Achievement Preview Spotlight: Black Friday Deals

By Jonathan Barnes, 4 years ago
Black Friday and Cyber Monday are slowly creeping upon us, gamers, much like the Burger King, hiding in the shrubs, ready to pounce and offer you a delicious, sweet deal on a game you've had your eye on.

Unfortunately, this means that we don't really have any sweet, new releases to talk about for next week. So, in lieu of our regular Achievement Preview Spotlight, we're going to hop into the way-back machine with Einstein and Doc Brown and take a retrospective look at three excellent games you can pick up for less than $15 this Black Friday!

Our first game is a "must-own" for RPG and open world fans.


Fallout 3 brought the wasteland to consoles and allowed gamers to traipse through the Capital Wasteland for hundreds of hours. The "Game of the Year" addition supplements the (already fabulous and massive) game with five great expansions: "Operation: Anchorage", "The Pitt", "Broken Steel", "Point Lookout", and "Mothership Zeta". While the game does a great job of doling out achievements at a nice pace and rewards you for completing side missions, story missions, and general exploration, a few of the best achievements are:

Silver-Tongued Devil in Fallout 3
Won 50 Speech Challenges

Speech challenges allow you to (at times) circumvent combat and talk people into doing things they otherwise wouldn't want to do. In short, putting points into your "Speech" skill can pay off BIG.

Psychotic Prankster in Fallout 3
Placed a grenade or mine while pickpocketing

Likewise, the "Pickpocket" skill can let you steal virtually anything. On the flip side, you can also place almost anything (like, say an explosive) into the pockets of NPCs. If you're rolling an evil karma character, this one is too fun not to do.

Paradigm of Humanity in Fallout 3
Reached Level 20 with Neutral Karma

Speaking of karma, Fallout 3 has it. You can either go way bad, way good, or try to skirt that delicious gray area. Being a neutral character may sound a bit boring, but it's a great challenge for those looking to kick it up a notch.

The next game on the Black Friday Spotlight is one that is a must-play for fans of the Caped Crusader.


Perhaps the first game to really make you feel like you've donned the cape and cowl, Batman: Arkham Asylum GOTY sends you to the eponymous location to wrangle all of Batman's escaped foes. Utilizing all of Batman's skills (detective, gadgets, combat, smarts) makes the player really feel like they're the terror that stalks in the night. The "Game of the Year" edition adds 3D and extra challenge maps. A few of the achievement highlights are:

Invisible Predator in Batman: Arkham Asylum GOTY
Complete one predator challenge by using only Silent Takedowns and without being detected

Predator Challenges are one of the best stealth combat experiences to grace gaming. They force you to keep Batman in the shadows and out of sight while neutralizing a room full of (sometimes-armed) enemies. In short, nothing makes you feel like more of a badass.

Night Glider in Batman: Arkham Asylum GOTY
Glide continuously for over 100m

While Batman can't fly, Rocksteady did gamers a great service by giving him a glide ability that allows him to jump from great heights and glide across distances. This achievement was a nice challenge and a lot of fun.

Perfect Knight in Batman: Arkham Asylum GOTY
100% Complete

And here's your White Whale. Getting 100% completion in Arkham Asylum is a task that will take you a good number of hours, but reward you with some amazing stories.

The last game in our Black Friday profile may not be everyone's cup of tea, but is a technological marvel nonetheless.


L.A. Noire, is a visual masterpiece by Team Bondi and Rockstar. Utilizing a meticulously crafted, post-WWII Los Angeles, L.A. Noire puts gamers into the shoes of Cole Phelps who works his way up the food chain in the LAPD solving crimes from the patrol desk all the way up to murder, vice, and arson. This game is also a relatively easy one to 100% and has some wonderful DLC cases. A few of the best achievements are:

The Shadow in L.A. Noire
The Shadow16 (15)
Tail a suspect without being spotted, in a single case.

Many gamers like to complain about missions that require you to tail a target and remain unseen, but L.A. Noire actually got it right, making it challenging without being unfair.

Lead Foot in L.A. Noire
Lead Foot19 (15)
Keep the needle above 80mph for more than ten seconds while driving.

Simply put, "I wanna go fast."

Public Menace in L.A. Noire
Rack up $47,000 in penalties during a single story case.

I'd file this achievement under the category "Rockstar Classic". While L.A. Noire may not encourage you to wreak havoc like Grand Theft Auto, they did put this little number in to encourage gamers to get the chaos out of their system.

Honestly, these games and achievements are just the tip of the iceberg, so be sure to check out all of our Black Friday deals coverage (in the US and the UK (new deals posted daily)).

Your regularly scheduled Achievement Preview Spotlight will return to the homepage next week!

If there's an upcoming game that you'd like to see featured in the Achievement Preview Spotlight, be sure to let us know in the comments!
Jonathan Barnes
Written by Jonathan Barnes
Jonathan has been a news/views contributor since 2010. When he's not writing reviews, features, and opinion pieces, he spends his days working as an informal science educator and his nights as an international man of mystery.