5 Gaming Achievements That Are Close To Impossible

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That’s right, this is a challenge from me to you. I’ll bet all my marbles that no one reading this article has (fairly) earned any of the achievements you’re about to read into. If I’m wrong, let me have it in the comments section below. You deserve your props.

Achievements have taken over the world of gaming. That sense of accomplishment that we feel after unlocking that little badge on our profile has actually managed to convince us that those few hundred hours of gaming were actually worth it! I won’t be complaining, because I’m a huge fan of video games and achievements aren’t so bad after all. Now, let’s look at five achievements that are truly achievements.

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter – World Champion (Xbox 360)

Let me start off by saying that Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter is a pretty aged game in the series of Tom Clancy games. I haven’t played it in a few years, and I’m sure that the multiplayer mode is probably looking pretty desolate right now (and I bet this achievement would still manage to be difficult).

World Champion is an achievement that says a lot. It’s awarded to any player that has reached the #1 spot on the game’s universal ladder. You have to be the best of the best to unlock this, and it’s a real stripe to any Xbox profile.

Players that have unlocked this achievement in 2010 claimed that it would take 4-6 weeks of playing the game 24/7. People have stooped to using multiple accounts and hooking up their extra Xbox consoles to essentially cheat the leaderboard. Props to anyone who was able to reach this achievement legitimately when the game was at its peak, because it’s an obvious testament to what a skilled player you are. At some point in time, you were the best player at Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter in the entire universe. Shame on the rest of you preventing the others from getting it naturally!

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Super Meat Boy – Every “_____ Boy” Achievement (Steam)

How do you make one of the hardest games ever even harder? Roll out a list of achievements that require you to not only beat the game, but beat the game without dying.

Steam shows that anywhere between 0.6% and 1% of players have completed these achievements, but I’m not buying it. Steam has had a long history of being exploitable in this department. Single-player games are the best type to hack into, so I’ll credit that to a large percentage of this. Good on those who have managed to get it done the right way, though.

Even if you know nothing about this teeth-grinding indie platformer, you can watch the video above, and it should be quite obvious that unlocking any of these achievements isn’t some walk in the park. They might make it look easy, but give it a shot.

Note: Super Meat Boy is available on other platforms, but these achievements are not.

Final Fantasy VII – Materia Overlord (Steam)

I am the biggest fan of Final Fantasy VII that you’ll come across, and I was ecstatic when it was released on PC, but even I don’t have what it takes to unlock this one. There are well over 50 different Materia pieces in Final Fantasy VII. All of these pieces have tiered levels that you advance them through by achieving AP. To get AP, you complete battles. You only get it for Materia that you have equipped. On average, each of your three characters will probably have around eight equipped at any given time.

It takes hours upon hours of gameplay to master a single Materia. You have to master all of them. The worst part is that some of these pieces of Materia are missable. There is one called Enemy Skill, that requires you to learn skills from monsters. Mastering this means to have learned every possible skill. Some of these skills can be passed up. If you make one mistake, the achievement is over.

It’s even frustrating for a cheater. You think you’ve managed to cheat all that AP, get all of them mastered, and then you forget that you never got the Underwater Materia. Good luck.

Rock Band 2 – The Bladder of Steel Award (Xbox 360/PlayStation 3)

Never has an achievement been more appropriately titled. Achievements now go beyond games themselves. We’re pushing the limits of the human body at this point.

To unlock this achievement, you are required to play through the Endless Setlist 2 without pausing a single time or failing a song. The latter is quite achievable, as you can earn this on any difficulty, but be prepared to spend more than six hours attempting this.

Don’t try to be cheeky, either. You can’t disconnect your controller. You can’t hit the Guide button. None of that stuff works. Forget what you’re doing and hit the Start button a single time and accidentally pause? You lose!

Having a friend or two around makes this a little bit easier, but it’s still a tall task. It’s a potential to ruin friendships. Don’t be the guy who accidentally pauses after five hours!

Garry’s Mod – Yes, I am the real Garry! (Steam)

This is a really unique (and rather self-centered) achievement slipped into one of Steam’s most popular titles. To unlock this, you’ve just got to connect to the same server that Garry’s Mod creator Garry Newman is playing on. Sounds easy, right?

  1. Garry isn’t going to randomly add you to his friends list on Steam, so you’ve literally got to stalk him to know when he’s playing.
  2. He’s rarely ever playing. He’s hardly ever on Steam at all, actually. That being said, his activity on Garry’s Mod in the past 2 weeks has seen a huge spike. This isn’t usual Garry activity!


I don’t know what to think of the people who’ve managed to get this one. You’re either refreshing Garry’s Steam profile a lot, or you’re just insanely lucky. This is one of the most coveted achievements on all of Steam.


Giving up? Luckily for you, we’ve got another article on four games that offer some of the easiest Xbox 360 achievements. Let me know of what other achievements that you guys think are worth a mention, from any game on any console. Leave me a comment, and we’ll talk about it!

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Justin P

I think I did Materia Overload without realizing it (was playing on Playstation). Got all three Master Materia organically.


Trey Yates

The achievement from Halo: Reach where you had to jump off a cliff and land on an enemy while stabbing DEFINITELY takes my top spot for hardest achievement.


Agreed :-)


That one was a pain because it was glitched. I’ve landed the assassination and survived twice, but no achievement.

Craig S

I heard of this one also and had read that it was pretty funky, the registering of the achievement. If you stab a second too early or a second too late, while still technically doing what is asked in the achievement, it won’t unlock for you. I guess that makes it all the more difficult.


Arnaud B

Perhaps the recent release of the standalone title Stanley’s Parable has some of the most difficult achievements to get! I sure had a laugh when reading them



How about the one from Half-Life 2 where you have to carry the garden gnome through the entire game and launch it into space?


Austin (o Its Fluffy)

I’ve done the Bladder of Steel award. Many rushed bathroom runs between songs, but it’s been done.


Samuel Da Silva

Did the Bladder of Steel Award on Expert first time whilst simultaneously unlocking all the difficulty related Endless Setlist trophies. My friend turned up for the last few tracks and sat there and mocked me saying how funny it would be if I failed now. Psychologically he destroyed me, and I spent a lot of time in the red during Visions in particular. I prevailed, but had I failed, it would no doubt of destroyed our friendship. Along with the 8th Wonder trophy (TTFAF) on Guitar Hero Greatest Hits/Smash Hits, this is definitely one of the hardest trophies/achievements that I’ve ever actually managed to get.

Craig S

I think it’s a really tough achievement to get, but possibly the easiest on this list. Did you manage to unlock it while playing all by yourself, or did the mentioned friend assist you when you needed breaks?

Samuel Da Silva

No, you’re quite right, mate. Presuming you can comfortably lick all the tracks on expert, then it’s really only the endurance side of things that makes it a challenge. That said, at the time I was winging it a bit, and I was probably lucky to make it through in parts; but I still hold it up as one of my crowning gaming achievements, just purely due to the seemingly ridiculous nature of the whole debacle. And yes, I did it all by myself. I only have one friend who can confidently play on expert, and he wasn’t about that day unfortunately.

Side note: kind of sad to admit it, but prior to me realising that every 3? songs it takes a little while longer to load the next song, so I could in fact sprint for a quick toilet break; I had actually set up camp on my bed with something to pee in next to me, and was fully prepared to do so.



hey you used my picture of my friends megaman achievement from reddit. no credit on that?


Joel L

That Materia achievement sounds mindnumbing… wow.



A lot of the Spelunky achievements are pretty damn hard: http://spelunky.wikia.com/wiki/Achievements



I’ve finished Robot Odyssey.
I beat the Mulmaster Beholder Corps.
I’ve won Nethack as a wishless Tourist.

@Jazcash, the only Spelunky achievements I think are really, really tough are the 8 minute run and no treasure. Spelunky is a semi-roguelike, but since the item functions don’t randomize, it’s not THAT hard to get a good ascension kit once you’ve played a few hundred games.



Firecontroller from medal of honor. that needs to be on this list. GOD HELP US ALL!!!!!

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