Easy Trophy total: All 12 trophies
Time necessary: Four hours
This $5 oddity from the creator of Katamari is a great, creative PSN exclusive based around the very odd idea of stretching a caterpillarish thing as much as possible. It’s full of the endearingly weird stuff the game’s creator is known for, and while it perhaps wasn’t the best game last year, it’s without a doubt one of the most original.
Above: Just eat the title in the manual for a very easy gold Trophy
Thanks to the game’s wacky style and lack of clear goals, it’s got some of the easiest trophies around. Most involve just stretching Boy a certain amount or eating a set number of people. And the gold Trophy requires you to eat the title in the in-game manual. Since it’s a PSN game, there’s no platinum, but that’s certainly one of the simplest golds we’ve seen.
Easy Achievement total: 925 points
Time necessary: Eight hours
Having the dubious honor of our Anti-Award for worst game with best story, Eat Lead wasn’t an atrocious game, even if at least one boss battle is so bad it could count as a war crime. But this lackluster third-person shooter had such a great premise, and so much genuine humor going on, that it made us pretty sad that few could bring themselves to suffer through the gameplay for the laughs.
Above: You can earn your first hundred in less than five minutes
So maybe it will encourage you to give this game a try if you know it’s filled with very gettable Achievements/Trophies. In our first standard play-through on 360, we got nearly 800 points in the eight hours it took to beat the campaign, and another 100 shortly after that. Not only do you get tons of points for unmissable campaign moments, but many rewards are jokes: starting the game, trying to play nonexistent multiplayer or pressing pause, with some witty descriptions for good measure. It almost makes the game fun to play… almost.
Easy Achievement total: 1000 points
Time necessary: Eight hours
Remember that hilarious viral sound-bite of Christian Bale yelling at some guy? It was probably the funniest thing to happen all year. Well, few may know this, but during that tirade, they were filming an underwhelming movie called Terminator: Salvation. And as companies are fond of doing, a tie-in game was made for this little-seen release, and boy did it suck. Christian Bale's likeness was not included, it had THREE enemy-types outside of its horrible driving sections, and it was just an ugly, boring Gears of War rip-off.
Above: Yup, they couldn't get the rights to Christian Bale
But here's an end-of-the-year countdown where this lackluster game can shine. That’s because it had some of the most straightforward goals of 2009. The game was so bereft of imagination that all its Achievements/Trophies are campaign related. Just finish the game on normal and you’ll have gained 820 points or all but one gold Trophy in the game with just a few hours’ work. Now the final award involves beating the game on hard, and we didn’t feel it was worth it, as the game can get insanely cheap on that setting. But if you must have all 1,000 or the platinum Trophy, then have at it, you nut.
Easy Achievement total: 900 points
Time necessary: Seven hours
Boy, last year publishers created a giant carbon footprint, thanks to the ungodly amount of plastic crap that was clogging store shelves. Contributing to the detritus was Band Hero, made as a more casual and kid-friendly alternative for those afraid of some T-rated Guitar Hero rocking. It’s not a bad idea – no worse than most Guitar Hero spin-offs, anyway – and we accept it wasn’t really made for us. But that doesn’t mean we can’t mine it for points!
Above: One step closer to the 490 point behemoth
As any Achievement/Trophy enthusiast/whore will tell you, kiddie games are a goldmine. The bar is set very low, because the intended audience is supposedly not that good at games. That’s the case with Band Hero, as most are pretty easy, and it has one of the biggest single Achievements of the year, valued at 490 points. How do you get it? Just find all the secret notes in the game, which is pretty simple with a guide. But the real cheaters out there can play mic-only on Beginner difficulty, and put the mic next to a fan or something else that makes constant noise for every song. You can’t fail and will five-star every song (but keep the means of your victory to yourself, for your pride’s sake).