Going for Gold (40G)
Earn a gold medal on each level
The once fully obtainable, then completely glitched achievement is now obtainable again.
You can also attain it through the "easy" versions of levels. The rest of the guide remains the same for the regular difficulty levels.
Since I first posted this guide, there has been many changes, from a little realigning to a whole set of video solutions, so be sure to check it all out. Also, the issue with PredatoryOrphan was solved, read bottom if interested. Negative voters please specify what the problem is, you can PM me or comment on this solution.
With the help and support of many people, this is now becoming a solution, which I will separate in three parts: TIPS, VIDEOS, and GOLD MEDAL TIMES.
-Try to get gold medals on each level one by one, so you get used to the obstacles in the level, making it easier to remember where to jump or slide, then move onto the next level.
-At the beginning of a level, you can boost your character by pressing LT or RT (boost button) and Left Stick to the right direction at the same time right before the sign says "Go," saving you a few milliseconds which might just take you to gold.
-BOOST as MUCH as you can! It is extremely important that you use it everytime you can. Remember that if you boost too long you fall, so everytime you jump let go of the trigger for your character to "rest" in the air and press it again right before you land to keep boosting. Also, the boost rests when you're sliding, regardless of you pressing it or not.
-You can restart from the last checkpoint easily by pressing Y if you're about to die, but remember the clock keeps ticking!
-If you're taking too long just restart the level with the "back" button.
-The "Areas" between checkpoints are only triggered when you enter it, so it's always gonna have the same pattern when you hit a checkpoint.
-When using trampolines aim at the center and press A when you hit it to achieve highest jumps.
-Use the sliding technique (left stick down on downward ramps) to get through the levels faster and through certain parts in which it is required to survive. It's also useful to use this to jump higher.
-Try to take the top routes, they're more often than not easier than the bottom ones.
-In the later levels, take your time on the first run, learn everything in each checkpoint and don't worry about time, then just keep trying it for the gold and you'll see your time lowering with each try.
-Monkey540 says: "I have a little trick to add to your list bud, for the hammer sections, the little hammers can be jumped over, and the large hammers can all be slid under. The large one trick helps alot, but mostly in USA 5 at the end, you can slide under 3, wait, then run for the end up the fan. (This is not shown in the video) This is also useful in USA level 4 with large hammers right at the end on an up and down slope, going up be cautious, then slide down the other half. (This one is shown in the video)"
-Last but not least, be PATIENT! I know you will have the urge to shout at the TV so many times, but do not lose your patience or you will see yourself falling or missing jumps much more often! Also, some of the later levels require you to wait just a few seconds before doing the jumps or runs, because the obstacles are arranged that way... so please people, be patient.
For those having trouble doing the levels by yourselves, https://www.trueachievements.com/Vspeed13.htm
(YouTube IGN: Xboxitude) has made videos for the Gold Medals, and with his permission I am posting the link here, it is a playlist of videos very nicely put together by him in an easy to use format and good quality.http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=F27520517998B846
As of today (December 10, 2010) the videos are FINISHED!
You can also check out the videos one by one at the bottom.
GOLD MEDAL TIMES:
These levels are a piece of cake, you'll have almost no trouble with these, and they serve really well as practice.
Level 1 - Gold 0:45 - Safety First
Level 2 - Gold 1:05 - Learning the Ropes
Level 3 - Gold 1:15 - Jungle Gym Hijinx
Level 4 - Gold 1:25 - On the Rebound
Level 5 - Gold 1:20 - Nothing But Air
Now the game starts getting hard, the 5th level will be a pain, but just keep going with trial and error and remember, try not to lose your patience.
Level 1 - Gold 1:30 - Slip Slide Ride
Level 2 - Gold 1:20 - Conveyance
Level 3 - Gold 1:25 - Elevation
Level 4 - Gold 1:20 - Shaky Footing
Level 5 - Gold 1:55 - Swingin in the Rain
Now this one you will wish was a person so that you could smack them to death. It's all about memorizing where to jump, where to slide, and where to boost most. Remember to do trial runs first taking your time and getting to know the level, and do them one by one, try to finish one before you do the other or you might just confuse yourself. Don't shoot the TV on this one girls and boys, unless you really want to.
Level 1 - Gold 1:20 - Rebounding Again
Level 2 - Gold 1:15 - Domou Arigatou
Level 3 - Gold 1:45 - Peak Performance
Level 4 - Gold 1:45 - Muzukashii Wheel (try and do it at 1:40 for the other achievement)
Level 5 - Gold 1:35 - Get Carter (Thank you commenters for confirming)
Thanks for reading, good luck.
Thank you to all the people supporting this solution and to those voting positive.
P.S. If there's anything missing or if you would like me to add something please message or comment, and if you vote negative please comment on why.
Also, to those interested on the issue with PredatoryOrphan, please read the blog I wrote about it. Thanks.Redodua's Blog
And to those who voted negative because of that issue, I would appreciate it if you reconsidered your vote, because even a manager took action on the guy you're defending.