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Achievement Preview Spotlight: Black Friday Deals

What can/should you pick up on the cheap?

Written by Jonathan Barnes (osubluejacket) on 21 November 12 at 14:17

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!
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Posted on 21 November 12 at 14:20
yeah i'd rather there be the other deals instead of these ones <_<
Selkirk16
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Posted on 21 November 12 at 14:22
Might be worth pointing out AA GOTY has a separate achievement list from the AA non-GOTY edition.
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Posted on 21 November 12 at 14:23
Enjoyed the different take on "Achievement Spotlight." Perhaps you can do one for XBLA sale games? There are a few good ones out there for Black Friday.
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Posted on 21 November 12 at 14:37
I love this article! Thanks for the trip down memory lane! I'd love to see more of these.
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Posted on 21 November 12 at 14:43
3 of the best games on the system. nice one TA.
NeilArnold1987
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Posted on 21 November 12 at 15:06
only one to interest me would be fallout 3 goty i got the goty for batman and the collectors edition (i think it is ) of la noire. good job though for keeping us all up to date ta keep up the amazing work
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Posted on 21 November 12 at 15:11, Edited on 21 November 12 at 15:12 by Zedymieon77
Fallout 3 was a very fun experience when I was playing it. Personally, I would recommend that one above the other 2 if limited on choice(may be counting on the fact that it is the only one of the 3 I have played).

Also,

Daeryoon said:Enjoyed the different take on "Achievement Spotlight." Perhaps you can do one for XBLA sale games? There are a few good ones out there for Black Friday.Would like to read one about XBLA sale games.
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Posted on 21 November 12 at 15:34, Edited on 21 November 12 at 15:35 by Zonrith1
Zedymieon77 said:Fallout 3 was a very fun experience when I was playing it. Personally, I would recommend that one above the other 2 if limited on choice(may be counting on the fact that it is the only one of the 3 I have played).I'd agree with this. Fallout 3 remains my favorite RPG on the 360. As someone who played Fallout 2 "back in the day", I was so skeptical about it going FPS/TPS and not being turn-based. I was really surprised at how good Fallout 3 really was, and I highly recommend it to those who like RPGs with a freedom to explore and tons of content to experience.

I've played all three. If limited on funds, my recommendation order would be:
1) Fallout 3
2) LA Noire
3) Batman
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Posted on 21 November 12 at 15:49
I have all three: already have 100% (including DLCs) on LA Noire, still playing Batman AA GOTY on PC and decided to pause Fallout 3 GOTY (also PC).
Batman was a great surprise for me, but playing Fallout 3 after New Vegas is disappointing IMHO. I think NV is better.
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Posted on 21 November 12 at 16:01
Forza Horizon will be 15$ at Walmart which seems like a pretty big deal.
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Posted on 21 November 12 at 16:09
Highly recommend Batman, would avoid Fallout 3 like the plague and haven't played LA Noire.
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Posted on 21 November 12 at 16:10
xDnl94 said:I have all three: already have 100% (including DLCs) on LA Noire, still playing Batman AA GOTY on PC and decided to pause Fallout 3 GOTY (also PC).
Batman was a great surprise for me, but playing Fallout 3 after New Vegas is disappointing IMHO. I think NV is better.
Well I guess someone has to think NV is better. Personally I was so engulfed in bugs in my play through when it first came out that it became one I my most hated follow ups ever, along with bio shock 2
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Posted on 21 November 12 at 16:29
L.A Noire? More like L.A Bore. I didn't think it was that good. Mafia II was way better.
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Posted on 21 November 12 at 16:58
L.A. Noire was good at first but quickly became the same thing over and over but the way the game was made with how the faces moved had actors you actually recognized it was pretty amazing in itself. However I can see why some people wouldn't like it. A bit to restrictive coming from a Rockstar game and the repetition was bad, it is an easy completion.
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Posted on 21 November 12 at 17:11, Edited on 21 November 12 at 17:38 by RandomlyEvasive
L.A. Noire would have been better if it was the exact same game from a different publisher, as strange as that sounds; Rockstar games tend to give us this sense of lots of freedom to do as you please, where L.A. Noire was very much reigned in and restrictive.

I enjoyed the themes and the style of the game greatly (Team Bondi did a great job with creating this period of history in video game form) but there was always this overhanging shadow of 'I really feel like this game is being played as it was intended, rather than what I want', which isn't what most Rockstar games are about I think.

Fallout 3, however, remains my absolute favourite game of all time and I will take no-one lightly who diminishes its greatness. WHAT MORE DO YOU WANT?
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Posted on 21 November 12 at 17:29
These are all great games and I highly recommend each one. If I had to rank them, I would recommend the following:

1. Batman: Arkham Asylum/GOTY (separate achievement list for each)
2. Fallout 3
3. L.A. Noire

The Batman: Arkham series is my favorite this generation; the gameplay and storytelling are top notch and really do justice to the character and universe. And if you like Batman: Arkham Asylum, you will absolutely adore Batman: Arkham City.

Each of these falls into a different genre, so pick the one that fits best for you. Whichever one you pick, I don't think you'll be sorry.
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Posted on 21 November 12 at 17:37
Own all those but LA Noire and I would only buy the GOTY version since I want all the DLC too.
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Posted on 21 November 12 at 17:45, Edited on 21 November 12 at 17:46 by Kaiser679
I love all three of these games and don't think anybody could go wrong with any of them.

K so just so somebody can hopefully clarify for me, when you say Arkham Asylum has a "different achievement list" does that just mean that, like, the DLC achievements are in the main game... or could you, potentially, play both versions and get the same achievement twice?
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Posted on 21 November 12 at 17:53
Fallout 3 a must own RPG? That's lulzy. I've found it mediocre in what I've played so far. Just can't get in to it. Arkham is great though. Don't even get me started on my thoughts of L.A Noire being a tad bit overrated, especially when it first came out. laugh
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