This is what makes this game such an arduous journey: the multiplayer. Please note that sometimes the game does not give you the achievements right away. For whatever reason, sometimes you just have to play another match until the game ‘realises’ you have met the criteria. Secondly, the Xbox LIVE error message. If you are playing in a party, then every 7 or so games, you will get a message that says: "Xbox LIVE has encountered an error." When this happens, everybody MUST dashboard! If someone fails to do so, no one in the game will have score counted to the leaderboards. If you have 3 or 4 accounts on other Xboxes, they all need to be dashboarded as well.
For the first achievement you can knock out, just start up a quickie CTF game on any map. Run some flags back and forth without dying to end the game and earn:
Won a Ranked match without ever being fragged.
The next thing I will detail is the ridiculous process of reaching #1 in the global score leaderboard. It is currently sitting at about 1,650,000 points and climbs a bit every time someone else attains it.
The method: you will need a minimum of 4 players including yourself. Have yourself and everybody else but one person on the same team by being in the same party, and have one person on the other team by themselves. You will be searching for Arena CTF on Endurance. The person who is by themselves shall be designated the 'point man'. The point man will be getting killed by whoever is going for the Number One achievement.
Everybody else on your team will be committing suicide 100 times. The reason for this is because the game does not count any more suicides after 100. Now, there are several in-game statistics. You can see this by pressing . There are two columns, one entitled 'score,' and another 'win points.' The goal here is to finish with a total score that is 1 more than the total number of suicides. Thus, if there are two other people on your team who have 100 suicides each, you will need to finish with a score of 201. If there are 3 other people on your team who have 100 suicides, then you will to finish with a score of 301, and so on. It is rather difficult to get above 301 points per game, so you may need to change strategies and possibly go into overtime in order to have the proper amount of score.
How to get score points: you get points by getting kills, picking up flags, returning flags, killing flag carriers, and by capturing flags. Since you will be playing on Endurance, then there is a 10 flag capture limit. To start with, have the point man come to your base and pick up your flag. Go to the enemy base, pick up their flag, and return to your base. Simply kill the other player, return your flag and score a flag capture. Repeat until you have captured nine flags. Once you have nine flag captures, your score should be 100. If you are playing by yourself with 4 Xboxes, just run the flags yourself. You'll have roughly 56 points after getting 9 captures. To speed this up, grab a speed boost (green) powerup from your own base to move twice as fast when capturing flags. Just make sure to commit suicide afterwards so you can get a different powerup.
Once this is done grab a Doubler (red) powerup from your base before going to the enemy base, pick up their flag and STAY there. Have the point man go to your flag, pick it up, and return to their base. You will then kill them, but DO NOT return your flag. Simply wait for the point man to respawn and pick the flag up again, and keep killing them until you have 196 points. At this point wait for your flag to respawn at your base naturally. If you are on a map that has a pit, then have the point man pick your flag up and jump into the pit with it. If there are no pits, then your flag will respawn after a few seconds. The best way to do this is to stand directly on the Railgun weapon and rubberband down RT. With the Doubler, a Railgun shot is an instakill weapon. This is especially useful if you're using multiple boxes, as you can now set down your main controller and have the point man run to the beam every time he respawns.
Since capturing a flag is worth 5 score, if you have a score of 196, then capturing the 10th and final flag will win the game and leave you with a final score of 201. If the other two players on your team have 100 suicides each, then your final win points will be 6030. Your final win points are essentially 30 times the number of total suicides plus the 30 point win bonus for winning an Endurance match. Thus, the more people on your team, the more points you can get, although this will take longer. Thus, if you have six other players on your team, and they suicide 100 times each, and your final score is 601, then your final win points will be 18,030. Since the minimum number of points you get will be 6,030 you will unlock the following in your first match:
Of course, each person takes turns getting win points, and the more people there are suiciding, the more score you have to get. Decide for yourself which you prefer. I recommend simply having a four person set-up, as it is the most efficient. By the time I finished the rank I had roughly 950 games played and around 15,000 kills. Doing this method will without a doubt earn you all the following achievements throughout your journey:
Now, there are only four maps on Arena CTF: Speed Trap, Heartless, Death Before Dishonor, and Relativity. Speed Trap is the best map for Number One boosting, as there are big open pits suiciders can jump into that are easily accessible. Relativity does have pits, but they are hidden away and can be hard to find if you are not familiar with the layout of the map. For the other two maps, you will have to find splash damage weapons and run into a wall whilst firing them in order to suicide. The splash damage weapons are: hyperblaster, rocket launcher, grenade launcher, and nail gun. If you have other people helping you, these maps are all pretty possible to get everything done within 30 minutes. If you're running the show yourself, I recommend quitting out with the point man every time you don't get Speed Trap. Since you're on the opposing team, doing this counts as a game played for you and is not a waste of time at all. Just make sure the point man NEVER gets host! You can help guarantee this by making that Xbox wireless and wiring at least some of the others.
You can speed things up by utilising either the doubler or ammo regen, depending on which powerup you are closest to. If you bring a weapon to the location of either powerup, then as long as you get back in time the weapon you used should still be there. After cracking the top 10 and number one spot respectively, you'll finally earn yourself the well deserved:
Achieved a ranking in the top ten on the All Gametypes leaderboard.
Achieved the number one rank on the All Gametypes leaderboard.
The next set of achievements to work on will be the awards. Some of these are rather annoying, but most can be combined and worked on simultaneously. Start by picking a CTF Endurance map and stacking the teams at least 3-on-1, with your account being the one alone. Pick up the Railgun from somewhere on the map and wait by your flag. Get the other 3 accounts over to your flag and line up close to it, but make sure no one picks it up. Shoot one opponent with the Railgun, then quickly shoot another. This will grant you 1 Impressive award. Wait a few seconds for the award to disappear, then shoot the same 2 enemies. They will die, granting you 1 Excellency, 1 Impressive, and 2 Defender awards. Now wait a few seconds before shooting the last enemy twice in a row, killing him for another Impressive and Defender. Keep this up, each cycle giving you 3 Defenders and Impressives as well as an Excellency. Just make absolutely SURE you don't get over 200 awards in one game! The game won't count any of them for some reason, nullifying that entire match. Once you get around 190, end the game. Completing the Impressives and Defenders will earn you:
With those out of the way, switch things up a bit. Go to the enemy base and grab their flag, then have the whole team go and meet you at your base. Have someone on the other team grab your flag. Pull out your Gauntlet with and hit each enemy once. Now stand near them and slice them all up, killing them all within seconds. Return your flag and capture the enemy flag. This will give you an Assist, 2 Excellency and 3 Humiliation awards. Since there's a capture limit of 10 on the flags, you can get 20 Excellency, 30 Humiliation and 10 Assist awards per game. After 10 games of this you will earn:
This leaves about 220-250 Excellency awards left. The best tactic for this is to take a heavy hitting weapon such as a rocket launcher or Railgun as well as a Doubler into the enemy base. Have everyone cluster up together and fire into the crowd. Since you're in their base, they just need to run the few feet to cluster up in a place where you can kill them easily. Do so for the next few hundred kills and you will finally earn:
Now you are left with the long grind part 2. You and a friend (or another Xbox) need to search for a Tourney match, which will start 1v1. Make sure your friend/dummy is always getting host, which can be manipulated by having them always be on a wired connection and having your Xbox using Wi-Fi. As soon as the countdown begins when both players are in the game, have the other person quit out. This will end the game and give you a game played. Search again and repeat this process roughly 4000 times. It took me about a month to do so and I managed to play many Xbox One titles in the process. After this final grind, you will receive:
And that should be all you need to finish the game, even it will take a long time. Good luck!
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