Achievement Hunt – Ben-Hur

Ben-Hur – Free Easy 1000G

Ben-Hur doesn’t succeed as a game or as an advertisement for the film. In fact, all it’s really good for is some easy achievement points.

Released before the theatrical release of the new Ben-Hur movie, the game boasts a season full of chariot racing. But this “season” comprises of only 3 races, each race one lap longer than its predecessor.

I figured it might be fun to jump into for a bit to laugh, and see how bad it is. Also see if I could unlock a few achievements along the way. And I wasn’t disappointed.

In what can be described as an achievement sprint, I captured all 10, 1000G, in an hour. I have a time-lapse video below to show the progress:

So if easy achievements are what you’re after, and you have an hour to spare, look no further than Ben-Hur. I have the achievements listed below, and how long through my 1 hr 8 minute playthrough it took me to earn them.

  • Falcon’s Swiftness – 50g (0m:57s)
    Finish a lap in under 120 seconds
  • Falcon’s Ascension – 75g (0m:57s)
    Finish a lap in under 60 seconds.
  • Spoils of the Victor – 50g (5m:37s)
    Destroy an enemy chariot.
  • Mercury’s Touch – 100g (8m:08s) 
    Finish first in a race.
  • Mercury’s Gale – 150g (16m:14s)
    Finish first in a race, without using a health potion.
  • Gauntlet of Might – 50g (20m:00s)
    Destroy an enemy chariot, with a whip attack.
  • Executioner’s Touch – 100g (34m:35s)
    Destroy all enemy chariots, in a single race.
  • Ben-Hur’s Redemption – 150g (37m:01s)
    Complete a season of racing.
  • Emperor’s Gauntlet – 75g (50m:34s)
    Destroy 5 x enemy chariots, with whip attacks.
  • Emperor’s Glory – 200g (1h:08m:42s)
    Destroy all the enemy chariots, in every race of a season.


150,000G Live Blog

So today, being Sunday, the achievements of the week day, I’m doing something unique: a live blog to celebrate reaching 150,000G. It’s not a large number, by some achievement hunting standards, but it’s a milestone nonetheless. A lot higher than the averages, that’s for sure. 

Last week I was at 149,337. This was a frustrating number because it ended in a 7. This off number was thanks to Mad Max with its 3 and 8G achievements. 

This weekend I played some more Rayman Legends and beat Call of Duty Advanced Warfare. Which brought me up to 149,937G. So today my goal is to round off the number to a 5 or 0 and then wrap up the remaining amount and land perfectly on 150, 000g. As they come in I’ll be posting an update. Wish me luck. 


2:30pm – Mad Max: 

Doing Gutgash a BigFavor (Build two projects in Gutgash’s stronghold) – 3G  

Alright, off to a good start. I got my numbers round again. Now I can just focus on regular achievements. 

Now it gets stressful, because any random achievement can pop now and may throw off the number or accidentally bump me over. 

4:45PM – EA Sports UFC 2:

On the Rise (Won The Ultimate Fighter competition in your career) – 25G  


Surprise! (Something unexpected happened during your career) – 15G



The First Step (Open your first Fight Pack in UFC Ultimate Team) – 10G  
Well this is it. 149,990G. Guess I gotta decide what achievement I want and what game to unlock it in, keeping in mind to only get one that’s worth 10g and no more. And hopefully I don’t unlock anything else accidentally. 

*update* issue of note. I’ve unlocked the UFC achievement bt it hasn’t reflected on my overall score. I’m sitting at 980 still. 😦

*update* this issue fixed itself when I unlocked the next achievement.

5:51PM – Supreme Commander 2

Start Here (Complete both parts of the tutorial) – 10G  

I figured I’d give some honour to Supreme Commander 2 on the Xbox 360 as it was one of the free games of the month. I started playing it online last night with ILLESTRADER in online co-op, taking on some AI bad guys and learning how the game played. 


Well that was fun. The day is no where near over, so I’m just on a go back to playing more games. 


ACHIEVEMENT OF THE WEEK – Valiant Hearts: The Great War

Recently I’ve found that I do not have a lot of time during the week to play games. Due to work and other commitments. Instead, I play a lot over the weekend. On a milestone front, I’m quickly coming up to 150,000 Gamerscore. I won’t be surprised if my next Achievement of the Week is the one that lands me at 150K.

I had a party when I broke the 100K milestone. That one seems a little more impressive than 150K. A rounder number to be sure. I landed exactly on 100K which was what I was aiming for, and I’ll try to do the same here. That DOES mean, however, that I need to play more Mad Max, as that game has some 3G achievements, and that’s ruined my even 5’s and 0’s. As of this writing I’m at 149,337G.

Over the past two weeks I’ve put some more time into Saints Row IV with ILLESTRADER, Shadow of Mordor DLC. Last week I did a Review for SoM which you can check out here. Played some WWE 2K15 as well. This weekend I spent a big chuck of time in Rayman Legends, World of Tanks and Valiant Hearts: The Great War.

Valiant Hearts is an interesting 2D side-scroller which incorporates stealth and puzzles. The game had a very interesting art style, and told a tragic tale taking place in World War 1 following 3 different characters. I’ve been playing it off and on now since October, playing a chapter here and there. I decided to wrap it up this weekend, and I’ll do a review for it for Thursday. That’s also why I’m highlighting it for this Achievement o’ the Week – in this case: Achievement(s). Plural. Because I missed last week’s. 😉

Achievement of the Week – Valiant Hearts: The Great War

valianthearts1Some will survive… – 35G
Save Karl


valianthearts1…Some will not – 90G
Finish the game


Both of these are campaign related and cannot be missed, I just appreciated them for their naming, and they popped up one after another, telling their own story in a way.


Speaking of the War theme, I started up World of Tanks. I played it briefly on the Xbox 360 when it was released, and didn’t really touch it again afterwards. As it’s free to play, I reloaded it on the One. I got a bunch of unlocks and prestige stuff for, I guess, playing it again after 1 year since I first started. Annual bonus or something. What was also a nice surprise was that I re-unlocked all the original achievements. GTA V did the same thing. I’m guessing its a server related thing. You don’t have to do everything over again. I’m going to to include them in the list below regardless.

Monday Feb 22 – Sunday, Feb 28: 220G

WWE 2K15

  • The next big thing (MyCAREER – Reach SmackDown) – 30G
  • Money maker (MyCAREER – Earn an overall total of 1,000,000 VC) – 70G
  • A creator is born (Upload some kind of user created content once) – 20G
  • Over the ropes you go! (Eliminate 12 opponents with the same superstar in a single Royal Rumble match) – 20G
  • The Deadman defeated (WWE Universe – Defeat Undertaker at WrestleMania using a custom superstar) – 30G
  • Warlords (WWE Universe – Play and Win WWE World Heavyweight Championship 3 times) -20G
  • Match maker (Win in 20 match variations) – 30G

Monday, Feb 29 – Sunday, March 6: 920G

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor

  • A Short Introduction (Begin a new hunt with Torvin) – 10G
  • Jaws of Shadow (Complete 25 Stealth Caragath Kills) – 30G
  • Wretched Retch (Use a Wretched Gruag’s Projectile Vomit on a Uruk Captain or Warchief) – 20G
  • Nom Nom Nom! (Eat a Captain with a Wretched Gruag) – 30G

Saints Row IV

  • Betrayed (Completed “All Hands on Deck” as if you needed another to want to perforate Zinyak) – 30G

World of Tanks

  • American Connoisseur (You’ve got the itch! You have successfully started your american tank collection) – 10G
  • Elite Status (You’ve completely researched a tank!) – 5G
  • Light Recruit (You’ve played 10 matches as a light tank) – 5G
  • Victory (You’ve won your first battle and survived!) – 10G
  • New Toy (You’ve acquired your first upgrade) – 5G
  • Driver’s Ed (You’ve completed the training) – 10G
  • Junior (You’ve researched a tier III tank) – 10G
  • I Am Super Man (You’ve blocked more damage than 2x the hitpoints of your tank) – 30G
  • This is World of Tanks (Was the last tank to be destroyed on your team) – 5G
  • MVP (Had the highest XP of your team) – 10G
  • Silent Assassin (You have destroyed an enemy tank while not detected) – 10G
  • Top Operative (Completed 8 new operations) – 15G
  • Boom Goes the Dynamite (You’ve destroyed a tank with full health in one shot) – 20G

Valiant Hearts: The Great War

  • Helpful Laundryman (Push all the laundry bags) – 25G
  • Revenge never meant happiness (Defeat the Baron Von Dorf) – 15G
  • So close yet so far! (Escape the French army with Anna and Karl) – 20G
  • Brothers’ Keeper (Save your entire platoon during the battle of Somme) – 70G
  • King of the Hill 145 (Shoot the German flag with the cannon at Vimy’s ridge) – 55G
  • Knowledge is power (Read 30 historical facts) – 45G
  • Healing Hero (Save Karl for the third time without making any mistakes) – 60G
  • Some will survive… (Save Karl) – 35G
  • …Some will not (Finish the game) – 90G
  • Ypres’ Wake-up call (Ring the bell 3 times in Ypres) – 40G
  • Taxi racer (Complete 1 taxi mission without damaging the car) – 50G

Rayman Legends

  • Challenger! (Unlock all the Challenge paintings) – 20G
  • Everywhere! (Take part at least once in the 4 different Challenges) – 10G
  • Shoot them up! (Get rid of 100 enemies with the Flying Punch) – 10G
  • Axe skater (With Barbara or Elysia, slide on your axe for 30 meters) – 10G
  • Splash! (Complete the “Gloo Gloo” painting) – 10G
  • Teensies’ hero (Rescue 300 Teensies) – 30G
  • Princess savior! (Rescue the 10 princesses) – 20G
  • Strike! (Kill 5 enemies using turnips) – 10G
  • We could be heroes (Unlock 10 Heroes paintings in the Heroes Gallery) – 20G
  • Let him do the job (While the Luchador chases you, let him kill 10 enemies) – 10G


More news for the upcoming week, the big, big release is Tom Clancy’s The Division. I’ll have a review up for Thursday in Valiant Hearts, but otherwise this week will be pretty quite as I’m in the early stages of moving. More on that later.



ACHIEVEMENT OF THE WEEK – Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty

This week I didn’t get up to must on the game front. Tried out The Division beta starting on Thursday, wrapped up some DLC in Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, put some time into Assassin’s Creed Unity and The Swapper (on the Xbox One, see my original PC thoughts: The Swapper), and tried out Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty. Basically all over the map.

Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty is a 2.5D platformer with an emphasis on puzzles. Its gameplay is 2D but it has a 2.5D art style. We play as Abe, who finds out that the meat processing plant that he works for – that makes delicious snacks – has just introduced a new snack. The problem is the secret ingredient is made from the inhabitants of the planet. His goal is to rescue all the world’s people.

The game is a remake of the original, from 1999 on the Playstation – Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee, but remade from the ground up.

I chose this game as the highlight of the week because the other games I played haven’t had any interesting achievements yet, and even though I’ve only play a 1 or 2 levels, the first achievement I got was accidental, even in name.


Achievement of the Week – Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty


Opps… – 0G
Fail to observe your surroundings

This achievement (or challenge) happens when you accidentally kill one of the world inhabitant (Mudokons) but pulling a switch that opens a trap door. The door is intended to drop a guard.


As I mentioned above, still playing through Assassin’s Creed Unity, and loving the art and visuals. It’s truly an incredibly detailed game. I’ve been plugging away in Grand Theft Auto V on the XOne. They had a 2x bonus weekend, and I failed to connect to a single multiplayer game without someone getting dropped. So that’s been a blast. And I also wrapped up one of the SoM DLCs.

Sunday, Feb 14 – Sunday Feb 21250G

Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty

  • Opps… (Fail to observe your surroundings) – 0G

Assassin’s Creed Unity

  • A Long Time Ago (Complete the Prologue) – 10G
  • Youth in Versailles (Complete Memory Sequence 1) – 20G
  • Rebirth (Complete Memory Sequence 2) – 20G
  • First Blood (Complete Memory Sequence 3) – 20G


  • Keener (Get an overall grade of A- in Be a Pro mode) – 15G

Grand Theft Auto V

  • Altruist Acolyte (You delivered an unsuspecting victim to the Altruist Cult) – 5G
  • A Friendship Resurrected )With friends like this who needs enemies?) – 10G

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor

  • The Maker’s Bow – Complete all Azkar Legend Missions) – 30G
  • Eregion Reforged (Build all the Forge Towers in Udom) – 40G
  • Battle Forged (Maximize the power of the Ring by completing all of the One Ring missions) – 20G
  • Betrayed (The One Ring has returned to it’s Maker) – 50G
  • A Mighty Doom (Acquire a level 25 Rune) – 10G


Next week is back to news and new games (Far Cry Primal the most notable), another review lined up for Thursday, The Division impressions, and more.



Not a Valentine’s Day Special unfortunately…

Saint’s Row IV is definitely not the most relevant game of choice, but ILLESTRADER and I recently got the weekly game nights running again, which has been nice. It’s given us the chance to re-visit co-op games we hadn’t completed while we wait for some new ones to come out (Dying Light).

One of the games that we have re-visited is Saint Row IV, since we haven’t completed it yet. After Saints Row The Third, being as spectacular as it was, I had high hopes for IV. But for me it was very disappointing. They took the one zany portion from III where you have super powers and turned it into a full game. Same city, just everything is a simulation, with hacking, and glitches. It just felt like they took all the bugs, texture popping and left over ideas, and added them as features. The game does have its notable moments, and some of the missions are very unique in design. It’s a breath of fresh air over some other co-op games, and I guess that’s what they were actually going for.

We’ve been playing on the Xbox 360, and may end up getting the Xbox One Re-elected version with Gat Out of Hell expansion afterwards.

The achievement I’m choosing was just a coincidence, and played nicely into the re-grouping of friends for game night.


Achievement of the Week – Saints Row IV

5+f6J6DOAbout Time – 30G
Completed “Welcome Back” and got the gang back together at last.

This achievement is story related, and can’t be missed. The beginning half of the game is about infiltrating the simulation city and extracting your friends from their respective predicaments, and getting them back to the ship. Kinda like The Matrix.


Last week I finished Rise of the Tomb Raider, and will be writing a review for that, and over this past week, I also tried out Styx: Master of Shadows, started and finished Beyond Good & Evil HD, and have been playing EA SPORTS Rory McIlroy PGA Tour religiously, or at least until the EA Access trial runs out.

Sunday Feb 7 – Saturday Feb 13: 635G

Saints Row IV

  • About Time (Completed “Welcome Back” and got the gang back together) – 30G
  • Maximum Stopping Power (Completely upgraded one of your weapons) – 20G

Beyond Good and Evil HD

  • Hovercraft (Power up the hovercraft) – 5G
  • Gamble King 2 (Win 3 times in the pellet game against Francis) – 15G
  • Gamble King 1 (Win 3 times in the coconut shell game against Peepers) – 5G
  • Kicking *** (Kill 10 Alpha Section guards) – 15G
  • Bounty Hunter (Chase down all 4 looters) – 20G
  • Racing Champion (Score 1st in all 4 hovercraft races) – 20G
  • Big Heart (Get 10 hearts for Jade’s HP) – 15G
  • Moneybags (Discover 80 pearls) – 20G
  • Project Apollo (Pilot the spaceship to the moon) – 10G
  • Beyond Good and Evil (Complete the game) – 40G

Styx: Master of Shadows

  • Born in the shadows (Extinguish 30 torches) – 15G
  • Reminiscences (Finish the introduction) – 15G


  • Graduation (Earn your PGA TOUR card) – 10G
  • Pin Seeker (Hit the flag stick) – 15G
  • Ace Andrews Special (Get a hole in one) – 75G
  • Nothing But Cup (Hole a shot from over 100 yards) – 50G
  • Daily Competition (Play in a Daily Online Tournament) – 30G
  • Weekly Competition (Play in a Weekly Online Tournament) – 30G
  • The FIX is in (Win the U.S. Open with Rory vs Martin Kaymer) – 15G
  • Seeing Stars (Earn 3 stars in a challenge) – 10G
  • Feeling Boosted (unlock your first boost) – 10G
  • Now you’re golfing with Portals (Hit through a portal for the first time) – 15G
  • Battle Begins (Unlocked Parcel Storm Challenges) – 25G
  • Playing For Rank (Play in a Ranked Online H2H Game) – 30G
  • Playing For Fun (Play in a Unranked Online H2H Game) – 30G
  • All I Do Is Win (Win a PGA TOUR event) – 15G
  • Invitation Only (Win the EA SPORTS Spring Invitational) 30G


Back to news and new games on Tuesday, and a review lined up for Thursday. Enjoy your Valentine’s Day.

-iRogan ❤