BioShock Infinite has definitely set the standard for the game industry since its release just over a week ago. Ken Levine and his team at Irrational Games have made a remarkable, imaginative effort that's worth experiencing moment by moment, if only to see what emotional twist awaits around the corner for Booker and Elizabeth.
For our latest Achievement Hunter, we decided to explore the streets of Columbia for all the available awards within the game. Some are relatively easy, earned by simply completing a certain section of the game. Others are far harder to obtain, especially with the much more difficult 1999 mode that is unlocked once you beat the main game.
No matter what, though, you'll find these awards well worth scavenging, as the game doesn't have a dull moment going for it. Happy hunting and, like always, watch ahead for minor spoilers with this. (We've saved the story-based Achievements for last.)
Basic ones, as follows…
Tin Soldier (10 points) – Complete the game on Easy difficulty or above.
Saw the Elephant (25 points) – Complete the game on Normal difficulty or above.
Stone Cold Pinkerton (50 points) – Completed the game on Hard difficulty or above.
Auld Land Syne (75 points) – Completed the game on 1999 mode.
Should Auld Acquaintance (10 points) – Unlocked 1999 mode.
Scavenger Hunt (75 points) – Completed the game in 1999 mode without purchasing anything from a Dollar Bill vending machine. (This could be quite tricky if you're not too keen on items.)
Industrial Accident (5 points) – Killed 20 enemies with a Sky-Hook Execution.
Aerial Assassin (5 points) – Killed 20 enemies with a Sky-Line Strike.
A Real Pistol (5 points) – Killed 25 enemies with the Broadsider Pistol.
Passionately Reciprocated (5 points) – Killed 150 enemies with the Founder Triple R Machine Gun or Vox Repeater.
Street Sweeper (5 points) – Killed 50 enemies with the Founder China Broom Shotgun or Vox Healer.
Big game Hunter (5 points) – Killed 100 enemies with the Founder Huntsman Carbine or Vox Burstgun.
Loose Cannon (5 points) – Killed 25 enemies with the Paddywhacker Hand Cannon.
On a Clear Day… (5 points) – Killed 30 enemies with the Bird's Eye Sniper Rifle.
Here Little Piggy (5 points) – Killed 30 enemies with the Founder Pig volley Gun or Vox Hail Fire.
Master of Pyrotechnics (5 points) – Killed 20 enemies with the Barnstormer RPG.
Seasoned to Taste (5 points) – Killed 30 enemies with the Peppermill Crank Gun.
Vigors and Tears
Well Rounded (10 points) – Used all 8 Vigors against enemies.
Vigorous Opposition (50 points) – Killed 75 enemies either with a Vigor or while the enemy is under the effects of a Vigor.
More for Your Money (25 points) – Lured 3 enemies into a single Vigor trap 5 times.
Combination Shock (50 points) – Performed all 8 of the Vigor combinations.
Mind Over Matter (10 points) – Killed 20 enemies using Possessed machines.
Tear 'em a New One (25 points) – Opened 30 Tears.
Strange Bedfellows (10 points) – Killed 20 enemies using allies brought in through a Tear.
On the Fly (10 points) – Killed 30 enemies while riding a Sky-Line.
Bolt From the Blue (25 points) – Killed 5 enemies with a headshot while riding a Sky-Line.
Hazard Pay (25 points) – Killed 10 enemies by utilizing environmental hazards.
Bon Voyage (25 points) – Killed 20 enemies by knocking them off Columbia.
Skeet Shoot (25 points) – Killed five enemies while they are falling.
Lost Weekend (10 points) – Killed 5 enemies while you are drunk.
David & Goliath (10 points) – Killed 20 "Heavy Hitter" enemies.
Heartbreaker (50 points) – Killed a Handyman by only shooting his heart.
Misc. Gear Achievements
Dress For Success (5 points) – Equipped a piece of Gear in all four slots.
Kitted Out (10 points) – Fully upgraded one weapon and one Vigor.
Raising the Bar (10 points) – Upgraded one attribute (Health, Shield or Salts) to its maximum level.
Infused With Greatness (25 points) – Collected every Infusion upgrade in a single game.
Sightseer (50 points) – Used all telescopes and Kinetoscopes in the game.
The Roguish Type (25 points) – Called upon Elizabeth to pick 30 locks.
Eavesdropper (50 points) – Collected every Voxophone.
Grand Largesse (10 points) – Spent $10,000 through the vending machines of Columbia.
Coins in the Cushion (10 points) – Looted 200 containers.
Secret Story Achievements (WARNING: MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD)
Written In the Clouds (5 points) – Completed Lighthouse.
Welcome To Monument Island (10 points) – Reached Monument Island.
Shock Tactics (10 points) – Retrieved Shock Jockey.
First Class Ticket (10 points) – Boarded The First Lady.
Armed Revolt (10 points) – Assisted the Gunsmith.
Working Class Hero (25 points) – Completed Factory.
Blood In the Streets (25 points) – Completed Emporia.
Higher Learning (25 points) – Completed Comstock House.
The Bird or the Cage (25 points) – Completed The Hand of the Prophet.
So, what are the hardest Achievements to earn in the game? Clearly the ones revolving around 1999 mode are going to be a handful, especially when it comes to finishing the game without going near a vending machine. For that matter, mastering Vigors could also pay off for you big time, as combining them – or using them all within the game – will earn you big points.
As for the easiest ones, they come with mostly completing stages within the game, especially early ones (the tower one unlocks in a matter of minutes of starting the game) and slowly upgrading yourself. But really, this is one of those games where you'll invest your time and truly enjoy unlocking everything it has to offer, mainly due to the flow of the story and the sheer addiction of the action. It really is that good, especially once you begin involving your Skyhook. It could be your best friend in certain circumstances – even though Elizabeth has her moments too.
Whatever you do, though, don't miss the game. It's a thrill ride just waiting to happen.
BioShock Infinite is available now for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.