The easiest Achievements and Trophies of 2009

Few sounds in this life are sweeter than the "boop" or “ding” noise that comes when you have earned an Achievement on 360 or Trophy on PS3. Not only do you get the satisfaction of completing an in-game goal, but points get added to the overall score attached to your online profile, showing your friends how awesome you are. Having the most Achievements or Trophies on your friends list grants you immense pride and power, not unlike what Caesar must have felt... until someone pulls ahead of you.

Above: Look at the amazing power wielded by the author a.k.a. the Magnificent Achievement King of GamesRadar. And yet, he still has so much to earn

That's when shortcuts become attractive and necessary if you want to cement your spot. For that reason, the gods gave us games with easy Achievements, which can be quickly squeezed of all possible points or cups. But by now, even novice points-hound will have heard of Avatar: The Burning Earth, Madden 06 or King Kong, among other famous, early 360 games made before the power of Achievements was fully understood. Meanwhile, Trophies only really got going last year, so there are no ancient games with effortless rewards. That's why, for the benefit of you and your e-penis, we're providing you with the easiest Achievements and Trophies of 2009, which are ranked in descending order of the shame involved with getting them.

Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection

Easy Achievement total: 950 points

Time necessary: Seven hours

We begin with one of the few games on this list worth owning. Sure, you could rent or Gamefly it like the rest, but this disc is a steal at less than $20. This insane package has over 40 classic Sega titles, like the Sonic, Streets of Rage, and Phantasy Star series, plus lesser known gems like Ristar and Beyond Oasis. That's less than 50 cents a title people, get it already!

Above: Haven't played this a hundred times already, right?

SUGC also has tons of unlockables and Achievements/Trophies attached to its many games, but thankfully the devs take it easy on the player, clearly explaining what's required in each case and setting the bar pretty low. There aren't Achievements for every game, but most have one (usually based on a high score or not dying), which can be completed in less than 20 minutes of playing said game. They all happen so quickly that you should be able to get all but the Columns and Mean Bean Machine Achievements (they’re pretty hard) in under four hours.

Gunstar Heroes

Easy Achievement total: 200 points

Time necessary: Two hours

Sadly not included on Sonic's UGC, this Genesis classic rolled onto Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network last year at $5, which is cheap considering what some collectors have paid for the hard-to-find cartridge. This amazing slice of hardcore bliss has some of the most inventive bosses ever made, and it’s required reading for all wannabe video game snobs. "But this has been on Wii's Virtual Console forever," a coworker once said. "Big deal." Sadly, our friend failed to see the benefits of the newly included Achievements/Trophies.

Above: It goes even faster in two-player

Yes, the game can be a little tough at times, but it isn't that long, and all the set goals save one are campaign related, and thus unmissable. And thanks to the ability to save whenever, allowing for speedy restarts, this is much easier than it once was. You could even turn down the difficulty if you're a total wuss, we won't tell. In a few hours, you'll have the dual feathers in your hat for beating this classic and getting all the points/Trophies. Bravo.

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  • aaronbuhagiar - November 26, 2010 4:54 a.m.

    don't forget assassins creed 2 fly swatter
  • chriscp97wii - February 5, 2010 3:23 a.m.

    Assassins Creed 2 achievement was the easiest one for me, I laughed with my friends when I got it.
  • MetallicaDan - February 2, 2010 9:31 p.m.

    "What no Kung Fu Panda?" Kung Fu Panda didn't come out in 2009.
  • CommanderSheperd - January 25, 2010 5:45 p.m.

    I agree with Cwf2008, SHOW US YOUR GAMERTAG!!!!!!
  • suicidalstickman - January 22, 2010 10:29 p.m.

    What no Kung Fu Panda?
  • wiitard07 - January 22, 2010 4:33 a.m.

    for everyone saying that achievement whores like myself throw away 50 bucks for gamer score we throw away about 3 bucks by RENTING it.
  • garp94 - January 22, 2010 4:17 a.m.

    I'm surprised SAW didn't make it. I had all the trophies for it in three days of sot-so-intense gaming. ->SPOILER ALERT<- I mean at the end of the game, you have to choose to go through a truth door or a freedom door. All you have to do is go through one (Bing!: Gold Trophy), finish the rest of the game, then reload the last save point and go through the other door (Bing!: 2 gold trophies in 2 minutes!)And you get the rest for basically just playing the game once. That's an easy platinum if you're looking for it (But I doubt you'll have as much fun as you would playing Hannah Montana).
  • Cyberninja - January 22, 2010 12:51 a.m.

    am i the only one on this site that doesnt care about any score what so ever i play games to have fun not to be better than anyone.
  • gatornation1254 - January 22, 2010 12:23 a.m.

    @JustTheBoBreaker I thought I was great at that game too I guess I deserve an: EPIC FAIL!!!!!!!!!!!
  • jackthemenace - January 21, 2010 8:26 p.m.

    i love AC2, and i had almost 200G within about two hours of playing it :d that said, i'm rolling on to probably about 15 hours and i'm still only on about chapter 8 ¬_¬
  • noobeater - January 21, 2010 8:22 p.m.

    saw is easy. and i got what 940 g in AC2 i havent ever boguth a game for acheivements only but i am a whore, so close to 20k one of the easiest and funnest ever is probably oblivion, 1250g and whilst its a long gamethe achievements themselves take maybe 20hrs only despite being non 09 and so irrelevent to the article. and i wont be playing any of these cept AC2 anyway. just browsing
  • OnyxOblivion - January 21, 2010 8:14 p.m.

    I freaking loved Gunstar Heroes. I bought that game on day one just from the memories. The Lost Vikings, next! With online coop!
  • DirkSteele1 - January 21, 2010 7:14 p.m.

    Easy 200G or not, Gun Star Heroes is worth every penny. My all time favourite game from the Megadrive (and at the time a showcase for all it was capable of). If I did not still own it for my Megadrive which I still play on when I yearn for a little bit of the golden age of games then I would be spending some Microsoft points.
  • sterlins16 - January 21, 2010 6:58 p.m.

    ac2 is really but the hide bodies in the hay stack isnt workin i put at least 20 ppl in a haystack
  • GR_HenryGilbert - January 21, 2010 6:41 p.m.

    @daninthemix That is a good one, but I think Eat Lead had the most funny Achievement/Trophy titles on this list.
  • daninthemix - January 21, 2010 5:33 p.m.

    Eh, you failed to mention that Jurassic The Hunted has the best achievement ever - 'What A Prick' for killing a spinosaurus (and he really was a prick as well).
  • Theonik - January 21, 2010 2:29 p.m.

    Collumns is a piece of cake. I got 650K on easy. MBM though is a different matter, last trophy i need for that game.
  • Rojoco - January 21, 2010 1:58 p.m.

    Ok what the heck, I'll just buy Noby Noby Boy. :D
  • crumbdunky - January 21, 2010 1:29 p.m.

    Meh. I lost interest in my MS gamerscore after the second time my 360 died and they aid my account had lapsed(WTF? they said it couldn't be accessed because the email it was linked to dies with my thenISP! Anyone know if you can do anything about that?)though, I must say, I prefer the trophy set up on PS3(though it's a blatant rip off at heart)as your gamerscore tells people much less about you nd your skill but seeing a lot of platinums shows people that, even if you haven't played many games, you must have some skill while your GS can be purely because(in my mates case-30 odd thou)all your family play their games on your account meaning just TONS of games. Means, also, that a trphy whore can get respectable even if thy weren't there t the start of the gen! If you want a good GS and only got a 360 last week good luck catching up!Whatever, thisn year I've got zero chanvce of adding many plats to my collection as there's too many games coming to max many out properly.#LOADS of useless bronzes though-and I have to say that noone I know(and i'm mates with so,me SERIOUSLY good players)has ever got the Warhawk platinum trophy! recaptcha-after tiffs. what you saying GR?
  • rxb - January 21, 2010 12:42 p.m.

    I gave up Whoring when after I beat my friends score. It was a dirty way of life. Personal low point -- Fusion frenzy 2