Achievement Preview Spotlight: Geometry Wars³

By Michelle Balsan,
When Bizarre Creations was shuttered in 2011, the question as to what would become of the franchises for which they developed titles, such as Project Gotham Racing and its mini-game off shoot, Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved Achievements, were quickly raised. While we still haven't seen a new PGR release, we were happy to see news that Geometry Wars was being revived by the newly relaunched Sierra. Developed by Lucid Games, a studio that was founded by senior developers at Bizarre, the series found a new lease on life thanks to the publisher.

With the series' third entry, Geometry Wars³: Dimensions Evolved Achievements, due for launch this week, it's about time we took a good look at the achievement list. Though the game is arriving on both Xbox One and Xbox 360, they feature exactly the same achievement list - 30 achievements for 1000G (one of those achievements is secret), so anything covered in here will cover both editions.

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A quick look at the list reveals that much of it is tied up in the game's Adventure Mode. Though the achievement for earning three stars on a level in Adventure Mode seems like it should be the first one most would pop, early players of the game are racking up 1,000,000 points in a level in Adventure Mode before even getting that far. Earning stars is directly attached to gathering points, so it's little surprise that these two will be tied together pretty closely. While only one star is needed to move from level to level in Adventure Mode, certain star-targets are required to get to the boss fights. Only one achievement is for a specific boss fight, but you'll need all the Adventure Mode stars to complete the game, so you should be able to unlock the level with the appropriate boss, Topaz, and take it down with little issue.

Of course, you will have tools at your disposal to help you through the game in the form of Drones (little helper bots) and Super States (limited time buffs) and several achievements are tied up with those, including leveling up Drones (which will require you collecting plenty of geoms - the game's currency) and using all Super States.

Specialist

Upgrade any Drone to its maximum level

Specialist
1 guideOffline Game ModeSingle PlayerShop

Maximise

Upgrade all 5 Drones to their maximum level

Maximise
2 guidesOffline Game ModeSingle PlayerShop

Powered Up

Activate each Super State at least once

Powered Up
1 guideOnline/OfflineSingle PlayerCooperative

Alongside the Adventure Mode, five gameplay modes return from Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved² Achievements. They are Deadline, King, Evolved, Pacifism, and Waves and, maybe unsurprisingly, there are achievements attached to checking them out.

Deadliest

Complete Deadline Classic without losing a life

Deadliest
2 guidesOffline Game ModeSingle PlayerTime/Date

King Killer

Spend 60 seconds outside of the safety King Zones in King Classic

King Killer
3 guidesOffline Game ModeSingle Player

Retro

Score over 10 million on Evolved Classic Level before losing a life

Retro
1 guideOffline Game ModeSingle Player

Survivalist

Survive for 30 seconds on Pacifism Classic without going through a gate

Survivalist
3 guidesOffline Game ModeSingle Player

Stationary

Score over 500,000 points on Waves Classic without moving

Stationary
3 guidesOffline Game ModeSingle Player

Another common achievement type on the list are those for beating developer scores on various levels:

Beat Craig

Beat the Developer high score of 11,261,635 on Peanut Dreams

Beat Craig
1 guideOffline Game ModeSingle Player

Beat Col

Beat the Developer high score of 4,769,150 on Gate Dash

Beat Col
1 guideOffline Game ModeSingle Player

Beat Phil

Beat the Developer high score of 21,478,525 on Nufo Flow

Beat Phil
1 guideOffline Game ModeSingle Player

Beat Andy

Beat the Developer high score of 21,468,350 on Pacifism Classic

Beat Andy
1 guideOffline Game ModeSingle Player

Finally, Geometry Wars³: Dimensions does feature two co-op achievements:

Best Friends

Beat the Garnet boss in Co-op Mode

Best Friends
2 guidesOffline Game ModeCooperativeHost Only

BFF

Achieve 3 Stars on all 10 levels in Co-op Mode

BFF
2 guidesOffline Game ModeCooperativeHost Only

As seems to be a growing trend, especially among ID@Xbox titles, these achievements can only be earned in local co-op play. There are two online modes, Stock and Summoner, that do support play over XBL, but there are no achievements attached to them.

Other than the somewhat mysterious Cleaning Up, which we can't make a determination on since the unlock requirements aren't clear, the achievement list seems like a good one - it rewards skilled players and casual players alike, while offering enough variety that you'll be compelled to try out the various facets of the game.

Geometry Wars³: Dimensions is set for release on November 26th and will cost US$14.99 / £13.99 / €14.99 / AU$19.95. Details on a pre-order bonus for the Xbox One version and an early adopter bonus for the 360 version can be found here.

Big thanks to community member, K4rn4ge, for his help with this APS!
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Michelle Balsan
Written by Michelle Balsan
Michelle is the Assistant Manager of the Newshounds at TrueAchievements and has been a member of staff since 2010. When not contributing to gaming websites, she makes her living as a mild-mannered librarian. She can be compelled to play just about anything if there's a co-op component, and has been playing games with friends and siblings since the Atari 2600. As it's reportedly healthy to have hobbies outside of gaming, she also roots for some of the most difficult sporting franchises to root for, the New York Mets and New York Jets, but offsets that by rooting for the New Jersey Devils. She's also seen pretty much none of the movies you have, but she's working on that.