ByNicholas Montegriffo, writer at Creators.co
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I tried to warn you. I really did. But maybe you read my article on how to let go of one's obsessive desire to fully complete everything in a game and thought the writer was some kind of no-skills, casual wimp.

You're proud of being the player that clears every dungeon of every enemy, picks up every insignificant collectible and item even if they'll never use them, and aces every pointless in-game challenge, sees every single ending. Maybe you just live for the thrill of insane difficulty. Well fine, if you're looking for total obsession, you've found it. Here's our pick of the toughest games to fully complete. Good luck, you maniac.

EARN Your Riddler-Punch in Batman: Arkham City

Batman: Arkham City [Warner Bros.]
Batman: Arkham City [Warner Bros.]

Love Batman? We all love Batman, that's uncontroversial. But Batman: Arkham City will sorely test your devotion to the caped crusader. If you want true 100% completion you'll need to get 4 DLC packs, complete the main storyline and all side missions TWICE, complete all 440 Riddler story mode challenges (riddles, trophies, etc.) and acquire all 888 Riddler's Revenge medals.

That's a huge bat-pain in the ass, and you'll end up cursing the the Riddler and your own obsessive tendencies over and over. The payoff: you finally get to punch The Riddler in the face.

Catharsis in Batman: Arkham City [Warner Bros.]
Catharsis in Batman: Arkham City [Warner Bros.]

Super Smash Bros Melee Diskun Trophy

Super Smash Bros Melee [Nintendo]
Super Smash Bros Melee [Nintendo]

Super Smash Bros Melee has nearly 300 trophies, won by fulfilling certain conditions in-game. By far the most obscenely difficult to obtain is the Diskun Trophy, which requires you to get EVERY SINGLE point bonus in the game. Many of these bonuses are very, very specific and will almost never occur in a normal match, forcing you to find convoluted (and still very tricky) was to trigger them. Feast your eyes on your glittering prize:

Super Smash Bros Melee [Nintendo]
Super Smash Bros Melee [Nintendo]

Pokémon's Frustratingly Fussy Feebas

The ugly fish [Bulbapedia]
The ugly fish [Bulbapedia]

Feebas is an ugly water-type found on six randomly generated tiles in a gigantic pool of water, IF YOU'RE LUCKY (due to random encounter chances). But if you really gotta catch 'em all, you'll need Feebas and the evolution, Milotic. To evolve Feebas you must use a unique technique to raise its Beauty by feeding it candies, which is otherwise useless.

Game Freak must have realized this was way too much work. In Pokémon HeartGold/SoulSilver, you could evolve Feebas by getting it massaged. Easy, right? Except you can only do this once a day, for just one hour a day. Miss your opportunity and you just have to wait for tomorrow.

Gears of War Questions Your Sanity

Gears of War [Microsoft Studios]
Gears of War [Microsoft Studios]

Earlier games had the 'Seriously?' achievements for players who racked up an absurd amount of kills — 10,000 in the first game, 100,000 in the sequel. 'Seriously 3.0' for Gears of War 3 challenges you to reach Level 100 and collect every Onyx medal. That means playing around 18,000 matches to get all of them (while completing challenges like get 6000 executions, 4000 headshots, 2500 'perfect games', 5000 assists, 6000 kills with each weapon, etc). All for an trophy with a name that suggests the devs are raising an eyebrow at you before backing out of the room really, really slowly.

100% Masochism in Mega Man Powered Up

Mega Man Powered Up cover [Capcom]
Mega Man Powered Up cover [Capcom]

Your completion percentage is right there on your save file, constantly urging you on. But the total completionist will have to beat every stage in the game three times (once for each difficulty level). While doing this, beat all 8 Robot Masters with your buster to unlock them. Then beat every stage in the game three times AGAIN with each Robot Master (8 of 'em, remember).

Also, there are three alternate Mega Man versions (one of which intentionally sucks). Don't forget to beat the game three times each with those as well.

Oh, think you've beaten the game with every character? You still need to download Roll and beat the game three times with her, and and also Proto Man who is unlocked by beating a sadistic Challenge Mode.

Then there's Classic Mode, a version of the original Mega Man, as well. All in all, 100% completion in Mega Man Powered Up requires you need to beat an insane challenge mode, fight the Robot Masters without weaknesses, find a ton of secrets, and also clear the game 43 times.

Child's Play in Overwatch

The most infamously difficult achievement in is easily 'The Floor Is Lava'. It might be named after a kids game, but this one takes an insane amount of skill to complete.

You've got to score 3 kills as Lucio while wallriding and without dying. Since Lucio is a Support hero with pitiful damage and slow attacks, even scoring a normal kill as him is tricky, and 'The Floor Is Lava' explicitly demands that he score the final blow on 3 targets. Your only hope is to pick a map with pit traps and start knocking your opponents down to their deaths, a task of teeth-grindingly intense coordination. YouTuber Espen, has some advice in the video above. Good luck, sucker.

How Strong Is Your Kung Fu In Mortal Kombat?

MK9 promo [Warner Bros.]
MK9 promo [Warner Bros.]

(the 9th one, not the 1st) has the dastardly achievement 'My Kung Fu Is Stronger'. The description makes it seem relatively simple, you just need to 'Gain Mastery of All Fighters.' But then you find out what 'mastery' entails. The aspiring master must:

  • Spill 10,000 pints of blood
  • Land 150 X-Ray attacks
  • Land 100 fatalities
  • Win 100 matches
  • Accumulate 24 friggin' hours play time

With EVERY fighter. Even without DLC, thats 27 characters. That's about a month of non-stop MK bloodsport, even with the characters you don't like. Have fun trying to get this one, overachievers.


What's the hardest achievement that you've ever won? Or the most frustrating one that eludes your grasp?

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