Easiest Xbox Achievement Lists from January 2018

By Mark Delaney, 14 days ago
A few weeks ago we compiled the easiest achievement completions to be had in Xbox Game Pass. The community's overwhelming response could be boiled down to two words: "more please!" It was clear you guys appreciate guides of this sort to help you find some quick and painless Gamerscore wherever you can, so we've decided to bring such lists to you more regularly from now on.

Early in each month we'll look back at the month prior and recap all the easy Gamerscore you may have missed. As this is a new feature, we're open to ideas on how to improve it, but for the meantime we think synopses, achievement overviews, and pricing info is a good start. Let us know what else we can do to make these more convenient for you guys. Check out January 2018's easiest achievement lists below, and we'll see you in a few weeks to recap February.

ACA NEOGEO THE KING OF FIGHTERS '98, ACA NEOGEO POWER SPIKES II, and ACA NEOGEO SHOCK TROOPERS

KOF98


Price: $7.99 each
Completion Time: 1-3 hours each


History is undecided as to who really remarked the famous "death and taxes" line, but whoever it was would surely amend it if he or she were alive today. It's now clear three things are certain: death, taxes, and more NEOGEO games with easy Gamerscore. As we embark on our mission to bring you these lists monthly, we anticipate (less than enthusiastically) that we'll be reporting one a few such releases every single month ad infinitum. They're all quite uniform, in both price and difficulty levels. When it so happens that one or more of these re-releases isn't as easy as the others, we'll try to make you aware of that before you go buying another assumed 1000 Gamerscore under false pretenses.

Find All NEOGEO Games Here

Albert and Otto

Albert and Otto

Price: $11.99
Completion Time: 1-2 hours


Albert and Otto looks familiar to most people right away. It's yet another Limbo-like puzzle platformer that colors itself predominantly in black and white. The story is even similar too, with the protagonist venturing into the unknown to save a family member. Nearly half of the 541 players tracked on site so far have already completed the game, and it's estimated to take just an hour or two to polish off the complete 1000 G. It's not a highly reviewed game, as both our first impressions and the site rating of 2.4 out of 5 indicate, but when has a lack of quality ever got in the way of some easy achievements?

Download from Microsoft Store

Asemblance

Asemblance

Price: $7.99
Completion Time: 1 hour


Asemblance is a very strange game. You already know that if you caught our recent stream of the game. If not, look for our review coming later this week. It's a first-person adventure game focused on a machine meant to help people with memory loss. Rather astoundingly, you can get the first 900 Gamerscore in under 30 minutes, with the last achievement unlocking quickly as well, provided you can follow very specific instructions. We already have a great guide on site, however, so don't fear it. Over 70% of current players completed the game already. If you have an hour or so, you can easily join them.

Download from Microsoft Store

Celeste

Celeste Portrait

Price: $19.99
Completion Time: 3-6 hours


Celeste is a bit trickier than most of the others on this list but we've included it because, despites its unforgiving difficulty, it allows you to utilize an Assist Mode that offers all sorts of what could be called cheats. With invincibility, triple jumping, and other such abilities at your disposal, the supremely difficult becomes the quite manageable. According to our site review, it's a game you shouldn't miss anyways, so it may be most enjoyed with an honest effort at first. Still, if you're not interested in the game's thematic merits and just want some easy Gamerscore, you can get it done in one or two good sittings if you start with cheats from the beginning.

Download from Microsoft Store

Mutant Football League

mfl

Price: $19.99
Completion Time: 8 hours (950 Gamerscore in 2 hours)


This one will require a basic understanding of American Football, but it's not a simulation, as you can tell by the fact that the field is littered with buzzsaws, aliens, and crass skeletons. Completionists should be aware that to get the last achievement in this game takes a slight grind of maybe five to seven hours or so, but if you just want a simple and sizable Gamerscore boost and don't mind missing out on the completion, you can grab 950 Gamerscore just by playing one season of the game. Use our guides to ensure you've set up the league in such a way that is beneficial to these achievements getting unlocked. Then you can decide whether or not to grind out the last few hours for the final unlock. It should be noted that the game's list also seems to be a bit glitchy for some people, with unlocks happening on delays, when parameters have not been met, or even when parameters have been met. The developers seek to fix this in a patch this month, however, so it may not be a concern by the time you get to it.

Download from Microsoft Store

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter

ethan carter

Price: $19.99
Completion Time: 1-2 hours


So-called walking sims are almost always good for some quick Gamerscore and that's true once again of Ethan Carter. This adventure game only recently arrived on Xbox after hitting other platforms years ago, but for achievement hunters, it's better late than never. In a single playthrough which takes just over an hour with a guide, you can easily unlock the complete list. Without a guide, you can nearly miss it all, however, so if you're in it just for the boost, don't go in blind. It's a decent game too, as we wrote about in our review. You may end up enjoying the story along the way.

Download from Microsoft Store



Did we miss any other easy achievement lists from last month? Let us know and we'll include them. Also be sure to tell us how we can improve this feature for you. See you next month!
Mark Delaney
Written by Mark Delaney
Mark is a Boston native now living in Portland, Oregon. He's the Editorial Manager on TA, loves story-first games, and is one of three voices on the TA Playlist podcast. Outside of games he likes biking, sci-fi, the NFL, and spending time with his fiancée and son. He almost never writes in the third person.