Summer is now officially over. So, what are you going to do? Stay in and game of course! And if you need a form of return on your gaming endeavours, here are some of the easiest achievements from the Xbox One games that have released in September 2020 for you to unlock as the nights draw in. Let’s get right into it.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 – Summer’s Over – 15G
Didn’t you know that achievements can be topical too? Here’s one ‘celebrating’ the end of the Summer holidays for the kids and shipping them back off to school.
This may be a somewhat tricky one for gamers playing these remasters for the first time. However, for many of us, the muscle memory will kick straight back in when loading up the Warehouse level for the first time in years.
Each level in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 has a number of challenges, whether they be high score based or based around collecting any and all objects dotted around. In amongst the grinds and verts in the Warehouse level are the traditional S-K-A-T-E letters to find and boxes that need smashing. Complete any four objectives in the Warehouse and you will unlock the next level, School and 15G. For those returning to the series, this is bread and butter stuff.
Welcome to Elk – 3 for 90G – Find Astrids’ Hotdog Recipe/Andreas’ Jukebox/Simons’ Note
Welcome to Elk is a hand-drawn 2D game that features real-life traumatic tales set on a fictional island. But you aren’t here for a morality check; it also features very easy achievements. And we have a nice triple header that can all be earned in the first place you visit.
After arriving on the island – or any island for that matter – where is the first place you should visit? The pub! For libations and more/less importantly, information. And in the case of Welcome to Elk, easy achievements.
In the pub are three things you should be looking out for. The jukebox is easy to find, interact with it and you have your first 30G. The hotdog recipe is on the right-hand side of the room, and again just needs interacting with for another 30G. The note is perhaps the trickiest to find but all you need to do is interact with the pinball machine twice to unlock a third 30G achievement and a lovely 90G overall.
GORSD – 25G – Miserabilis Tentacle
We’re all for having to earn achievements – however easy some of them may be – but GORSD presents a novel way for rewarding your ineptitude.
In the single player portion of the brilliant GORSD – trust me, I reviewed this one – you will struggle in some of the levels. It is an inevitability. And GORSD is more than aware of this.
Struggle a few times – eight to be precise – and you will be summoned to a different area of the labyrinth where you can change the difficulty. The drawback though is though that your cute tentacle sprite is replaced by a single tentacle to roam around the mazes. But on the upside, lowering the difficulty nets you 25G.
The Outer Worlds: Peril on Gorgon DLC – 15G – Peril at Hand
Not often we get an easy achievement for a piece of DLC, but we have one right here for the rather excellent Peril on Gorgon DLC for The Outer Worlds.
Providing you have the DLC installed, head back to wherever your ship resides. You will receive a notification or a parcel. Inside is a recording: Listen to that and you will be 15G better off.
CD-RUN – 100G – Bet on the Ponies
Ok, time for some big ones now. And this next one is a beauty, as you don’t actually need to play the game to unlock.
CD-RUN takes the gameplay of endless runners and smashes it into a battle royale – with cheese – sandwich. Up to eight players locally can play along, ensuring lots of on-screen chaos. And off-screen chaos if someone takes a loss personally.
But what if you are alone, and want to see that chaos without being a part of it? Well, you can! CD-RUN on Xbox One (grab it now from the Xbox Store) has an option to create a game of just AI opponents. This idea reminds me of those addictive marble racing championships I have spent far too long watching on YouTube; I even have favourite marbles and all-sorts. Anyways, moving on.
Set up a distance race for any number of AI opponents and you have a super easy 100G. Another tip is to set up a match of AI up with at least four opponents, as they will likely stack on top of each other. As long as at least four of them do so, then you have another super easy 100G!
Going Under – 25G – Icebreaker
We’ve all seen them; those fancy offices where everyone sits on beanbags, slides are more prevalent than stairs and instead of a coffee machine there is simply a juice bar. Whilst it looks ‘fun’ from the outside, you know it will be full of the most insufferable people you’ve ever met.
Going Under is that open-plan office but turned into a satirical dungeon crawler where you can punch all those colleagues in the face. Hard.
By now, I’m sure you are already downloading this fantastic premise of a game, but here is an added bonus; it comes with a generous achievement to start you off with.
After completing the tutorial, you are summoned to the boss’s office. Enter it for 25G. Much easier than swallowing a spinach and carrot juice freshly prepared for you by Romeo over at the juice bar.
Golf Zero – 90G – Starting
I’m sorry to announce that our final achievement this week requires you to complete three whole levels before unlocking. But the first two are tutorial ones, so should they really count?
Golf Zero is a 2D platformer/golf game where you need to jump over obstacles and enemies aplenty, all whilst getting a little white ball into the hole. This is another game from Ratalaika, which gives achievement hunters those dollar signs in their eyes whenever they see this developers name.
And Golf Zero on Xbox One is no different. All that is required for this achievement is to complete the first proper level. You can take as many shots as you need but complete it, and a handsome 90G is all yours. Hit the balloon and get it in within your first shot for a gold medal and another 90G to boot!
And that’s our list for September! Next month is the start of the affectionately named silly season for games, so expect to see some AAA games cropping up in our lists. Providing they have easy achievements to unlock; why else do we play games anymore?