Five Useful TA Features For the Achievement Hunter

By Heidi Nicholas,
Our site has a lot of features. It's a bit of a behemoth and can be a little daunting if you don't yet know your way around. If you're a new achievement hunter just starting out on TrueAchievements, or you're looking for a refresher, here's five popular and useful features that can get you up and running – assuming that you've taken two clicks to register for a free TrueAchievements account. You can use your Xbox login to do it!

This guide is part of a series aimed at first time Xbox owners. TrueAchievements is the largest Xbox community site on the internet, allowing players to track their gaming achievements, discuss strategies and compete in contests and leaderboards. Once you have set yourself up on Xbox, you can register with us for free using your gamertag.

How can I find a group to help me earn an Xbox achievement?

Gaming sessions are a biggie for any achievement hunters, and a popular site feature. They essentially offer a way for site members to team up to unlock multiplayer and co-op achievements, which can sometimes be tricky to get. For instance, if an older game no longer has so many players, and the servers are soon to be shut down but you haven't yet unlocked all of the achievements; instead of being forever left with that unfinished completion percentage, you can reach out to other site members and organise a session so that those last niggling achievements can be unlocked.

TA Features

The best place to look for gaming sessions for the achievements you need is on the Gaming Sessions calendar. This shows every gaming session set up for every game. There are a lot going on at any given time, but you can filter them in a number of ways. First off, they're colour-coded depending on the type of session – some are competitive, some are for boosting a specific achievement, and some are casual co-op. You can also choose to view a week or day instead of the entire month, and then filter it in a number of ways, such as limiting to only the games that you own, or that you have added to your boost list, and so on.

To create your own gaming session, go to the Create Gaming Session page. You can also find this page under the Create Gaming Sessions link in the Gaming Sessions portion of the Gamer menu. Pick can pick which game you want, and then pick which achievements you are looking to unlock during the session.

You can make it so that only your friends can join, or so that you can manually approve anyone who applies to be in the session. We'd recommend putting some notes in the box too, so that people know what your plan for the session is.

Once you've completed a session, you can leave feedback for the other players in your group, which adds to their overall session feedback score on their TA profile. Be nice.

Can I import Xbox Live Friends to TA?

You certainly can! If you're logged in to TA, click on your profile pic in the top corner of any page on the site. Go to the second tab to see your current TA friends. Right at the bottom is a link that will allow you to important more friends from your Xbox profile. The page will be updated with all of your Xbox Live friends; those who are already on TA, and those who are not. For those already on TA, you'll be able to see if you're already friends with them or not, and a button to send them an invite if you are not. If the friend isn't on TA, you can invite them by email.

Those with a TA Pro Account can add site tracking for up to 20 friends, whilst standard members can add site tracking for up to three.

How can I show off my gamerscore on forums and other sites?

TA Features

Gamercards display information about your Gamertag, such as your TA and Gamerscores, the number of achievements you've won, the number of games you've played, and the most recent ones. Gamercards can be used to share your achievement progress on other websites, and link back to your TA profile. They are stored on the TA servers so they will remain up to date on other sites.

Go to your Settings from the gamer menu in the top right corner of any page of the site. (The Settings are represented by a wrench). Open up Social Settings. From here you can customise your card in a number ways, from the statistics shown to the shape of the card. Once you've saved your new settings you will see the HTML and forum code blocks at the bottom, meaning that you can add the gamercard to your sites or forum signatures.

How do I show off my achievement unlocks on Twitter?


TrueAchievements' Twitter integration allows you to auto-post about achievement wins, games you've started, games you've completed, and other updates, to your Twitter account.

You can setup Twitter integration by heading to the Gamer Menu, selecting the wrench (Settings), and clicking Social Settings. (If you're already logged in, you can just head straight here to see your Twitter settings).

This will bring up a page asking you to authorise the TrueAchievements app to post to your Twitter feed. Click Authorise. You'll then be asked to enter your email or username and password, and to click Authorise app. This will effectively link your TA and Twitter accounts, and you'll then have a series of options available to you which can be used to change and modify which updates are posted to your Twitter account, and to personalise your TA profile. The Twitter username box will be automatically filled. Below that, you can choose how many recent tweets are shown on your homepage. You can choose whether or not to have the Follow Me link on your homepage, to Tweet about site status changes, community event sign-ups, and achievement wins. You can also choose whether you only tweet once a day, and whether you tweet blog posts, started games, completed games, and milestones. Once you've changed these settings to your liking, click Save. You can also click Test post to receive a test tweet.

How can I set achievement goals and targets for myself?

TA Features

Gamer Goals are a feature which gives you the chance to create your own personal targets, and track them over the year. You can either set personal targets or pick a target for yourself and one of your TA friends, and aim to race to it. Goals can be set to whatever length you choose, and can be related to a specific achievement, a gamerscore milestone, or any combination of stats that we track. Check out our Gamer Goals FAQ for a full break down.

These are just five of the many features on our site. If you're new to TA, or think you might be missing out on some other useful feature, don't forget to check either all the articles listed under Site Help, or else have a look at our Getting Started with TrueAchievements page, which runs through several other features too, and is especially geared towards those who are brand new to the site. If you're also new to everything Xbox; we've got several guides which might be helpful, on things like how to find and install your games, or which Xbox wireless controller to get, as well as guides to Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Live Gold, so be sure to keep an eye out for them.
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Heidi Nicholas
Written by Heidi Nicholas
Heidi graduated with an MA in English Literature, and now enjoys writing news, reviews, and features across TrueAchievements and TrueTrophies. When she’s not writing, Heidi is usually either looking for her next RPG, or trying to convince the rest of the team to hear about yet another delightfully wholesome game she has found.