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Xbox Achievement Guide review

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There’s nothing that stokes up gaming geeks like being able to compete with other gaming geeks. A stroke of genius, Microsoft managed to infuse even single-player games with this sense of competition with its Xbox gamer points system.

Fuelling the sales of games that are terrible in every sense other than the fact that they’ll give the player 1000 easy points, it’s fair to say that some Xbox fans have gotten themselves a little obsessed with the gamer points system.

The Xbox Achievement Guide for iPhone is an app designed specifically for this type of gamer- those who just love to unlock those gamer point-giving achievements.

Upon starting the app, you’re met with the home screen, where you can see any games recently added to the guide. We found the guide to be thoroughly up-to-date, featuring games that had just hit the shelves. In fact, despite our best efforts we couldn’t find a new game that wasn’t covered. Impressive stuff.

The games in the guide are split into two categories, Retail and Arcade, selectable as tabs at the bottom of the screen. The latter are the games from the Xbox Live online arcade, while Retail games are simply those boxed products you’d buy in a shop.

These two categories are further split into four alphabetical finger-scrolled lists, for the sake of keeping each list short enough not to induce repetitive strain injury on your poor index finger.  Tap on a game’s entry and you’ll be shown a simple list of the game’s achievements, how many points they’re worth, plus the icon used to represent each achievement on Xbox Live.

To an extent, this is the problem with the Xbox Achievement Guide app- it’s just too simple for its own good. Considering the mania with which some players follow their gamerscore, it feels like a missed opportunity. the game’s achievements, how many points they’re worth, plus the icon used to represent each achievement on Xbox Live.

To an extent, this is the problem with the Xbox Achievement Guide app- it’s just too simple for its own good. Considering the mania with which some players follow their gamerscore, it feels like a missed opportunity.

You can’t check off achievements you’ve completed, you can’t flag up achievements as ‘goals’ and there’s absolutely no synchonisation with your own Xbox Live account. Since all the app’s data is stored online, you can’t check any of it without a connection either.

So, at heart, the Xbox Achievement Guide is less a guide and more of a list. Sure, it’s a list that’s thoroughly up-to-date and a pleasure to use, but it’s not as useful as we would have hoped. If you’re looking for simply another screen to check out game achievements, so you don’t have to switch between screens on your TV while actually playing, Xbox Achievement Guide is one to download. If you’re hoping for more, you’re likely to be disappointed.

 

Xbox Achievement Guide info

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Platform: Apple iPhone

Price: Free

Developer: UIEvolution Inc.

Website/Demo: N/A

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