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Most Popular Achievements (10/10 - 10/16)

The latest on support for Sony's trophy system and a new leader round out this week's update.

No time for introductions, let's get right down to business. If you keep track of the Giant Bomb achievement tracking system, then you've probably noticed the big error message at the top of your profile page, mentioning that we're experiencing issues with getting Sony's trophy data, and that we've been attempting to contact them about it.

Well, I've got an update on that, and it's not terrific news. Sony has informed us that it's not looking to share its trophy data with external sites at this time. So, in short, we're cut off. If you want to see your trophy statistics, you'll have to venture over to Sony's official site. In the days ahead, we'll be removing PSN accounts from your profile pages. We'll leave the game-level trophy pages up, though, in case you want to see (or comment on) what trophies are in a given PS3 game. It's our hope that Sony decides to officially open up its information to sites like ours in the future. We'll keep your PSN account names on file, just in case.

OK, let's get to the lists of achievement popularity. As a reminder, these lists are based on traffic to Giant Bomb's pages over the last week. And we've got a new leader in the form of Brutal Legend. Double Fine's new metal/adventure/action/RTS thing may have gameplay that kind of pushes me away at every turn, but that's not stopping it from breaking out to a good start, at least in terms of the number of you that are playing it.

As of this writing, 2,609 of you have played Brutal Legend. That's a pretty big start that actually puts it ahead of several major releases that have been on shelves for a lot longer. Here's a sampling of games that are not as popular with you as Brutal Legend:

 
Now before you start jumping to conclusions and try to directly tie these to eventual sales figures, remember that Bionic Commando got most of its 2,100 players in the first week or two. And that one? Not exactly a sales success. Anyway, onto the list! 

It's official. Eddie Riggs is bigger than John Madden. 

Top Ten Games

  1. Brutal Legend
  2. Modern Warfare 2
  3. Halo 3: ODST
  4. Risen
  5. Borderlands
  6. Batman: Arkham Asylum
  7. InFamous (PS3)
  8. The Beatles: Rock Band
  9. Garry's Mod
  10. Forza Motorsport 3 (blocked)
  
OK, let's talk new stuff. We've got Left 4 Dead 2 achievements on the site now, along with a pile of other games, like Lego Rock Band, Tony Hawk: RIDE, and... well, hey, how about you just look at the full list? 

FOXWORTHY!!!!!!!!!!111 

New Sets


And here are your top ten individual achievements. Again, like the other popularity list, this one's based on traffic. Some people still seem to think that it's based on how many times a given achievement was unlocked. It's not. 

Larry Fishburne: Deadly Intent 

Top Ten Individual

  1. CSI: Deadly Intent - We Love CSI Fans
  2. Batman: Arkham Asylum - World's Greatest Detective
  3. Garry's Mod - Secret Phrase
  4. Halo 3: ODST - Naughty Naughty
  5. Risen - Map Reader
  6. Brutal Legend - Beast Master
  7. Halo 3: ODST - Audiophile
  8. The Simpsons Game - Press START to Play
  9. Halo 3: ODST - Be Like Marty
  10. Halo 3: ODST - Super Sleuth

Well, it seems like the era of Halo 3: ODST is coming to a close, achievementally speaking. It's just not dominating the list like it has been for the past couple of weeks. That's really no surprise, since most of the points-focused people of the world have gotten those achievements already, so they don't need to look them up on the site as often. It certainly had a good run, though.

The CSI and Simpsons achievements are on that list because I talked about them on Twitter last week. I think that CSI achievement (which gives you points for watching the opening) might be the easiest achievement ever, even easier than the Simpsons one, which gave you points for pressing start. The difference, of course, is that The Simpsons Game did it as a hilarious joke. CSI: Deadly Intent... isn't? Or maybe it is, I guess we haven't seen the final product yet.

OK, I should probably get back to writing the Borderlands review. Check back tomorrow for that. Jeff Gerstmann on Google+
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Posted by Jeff

No time for introductions, let's get right down to business. If you keep track of the Giant Bomb achievement tracking system, then you've probably noticed the big error message at the top of your profile page, mentioning that we're experiencing issues with getting Sony's trophy data, and that we've been attempting to contact them about it.

Well, I've got an update on that, and it's not terrific news. Sony has informed us that it's not looking to share its trophy data with external sites at this time. So, in short, we're cut off. If you want to see your trophy statistics, you'll have to venture over to Sony's official site. In the days ahead, we'll be removing PSN accounts from your profile pages. We'll leave the game-level trophy pages up, though, in case you want to see (or comment on) what trophies are in a given PS3 game. It's our hope that Sony decides to officially open up its information to sites like ours in the future. We'll keep your PSN account names on file, just in case.

OK, let's get to the lists of achievement popularity. As a reminder, these lists are based on traffic to Giant Bomb's pages over the last week. And we've got a new leader in the form of Brutal Legend. Double Fine's new metal/adventure/action/RTS thing may have gameplay that kind of pushes me away at every turn, but that's not stopping it from breaking out to a good start, at least in terms of the number of you that are playing it.

As of this writing, 2,609 of you have played Brutal Legend. That's a pretty big start that actually puts it ahead of several major releases that have been on shelves for a lot longer. Here's a sampling of games that are not as popular with you as Brutal Legend:

 
Now before you start jumping to conclusions and try to directly tie these to eventual sales figures, remember that Bionic Commando got most of its 2,100 players in the first week or two. And that one? Not exactly a sales success. Anyway, onto the list! 

It's official. Eddie Riggs is bigger than John Madden. 

Top Ten Games

  1. Brutal Legend
  2. Modern Warfare 2
  3. Halo 3: ODST
  4. Risen
  5. Borderlands
  6. Batman: Arkham Asylum
  7. InFamous (PS3)
  8. The Beatles: Rock Band
  9. Garry's Mod
  10. Forza Motorsport 3 (blocked)
  
OK, let's talk new stuff. We've got Left 4 Dead 2 achievements on the site now, along with a pile of other games, like Lego Rock Band, Tony Hawk: RIDE, and... well, hey, how about you just look at the full list? 

FOXWORTHY!!!!!!!!!!111 

New Sets


And here are your top ten individual achievements. Again, like the other popularity list, this one's based on traffic. Some people still seem to think that it's based on how many times a given achievement was unlocked. It's not. 

Larry Fishburne: Deadly Intent 

Top Ten Individual

  1. CSI: Deadly Intent - We Love CSI Fans
  2. Batman: Arkham Asylum - World's Greatest Detective
  3. Garry's Mod - Secret Phrase
  4. Halo 3: ODST - Naughty Naughty
  5. Risen - Map Reader
  6. Brutal Legend - Beast Master
  7. Halo 3: ODST - Audiophile
  8. The Simpsons Game - Press START to Play
  9. Halo 3: ODST - Be Like Marty
  10. Halo 3: ODST - Super Sleuth

Well, it seems like the era of Halo 3: ODST is coming to a close, achievementally speaking. It's just not dominating the list like it has been for the past couple of weeks. That's really no surprise, since most of the points-focused people of the world have gotten those achievements already, so they don't need to look them up on the site as often. It certainly had a good run, though.

The CSI and Simpsons achievements are on that list because I talked about them on Twitter last week. I think that CSI achievement (which gives you points for watching the opening) might be the easiest achievement ever, even easier than the Simpsons one, which gave you points for pressing start. The difference, of course, is that The Simpsons Game did it as a hilarious joke. CSI: Deadly Intent... isn't? Or maybe it is, I guess we haven't seen the final product yet.

OK, I should probably get back to writing the Borderlands review. Check back tomorrow for that.
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Posted by MetalGearSunny

*cries*

Posted by monster9999

*Cheers*

Posted by TheMikelGuereca

That's horrible that Sony would not allow Giant Bomb to post up PSN data. Once again Sony software fails...

Posted by Bucketdeth

Damn, come on Sony!

Edited by WinterSnowblind

 "The Simpsons Game - Press START to Play"
 
Really?  That's an achievement?

Posted by Pkshields

Adding trophies always seemed too good to be true. Hopefully Sony will get their act together and set up some sort of API soon.

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Posted by dlowe05
@WinterSnowblind said:
"  The Simpsons Game - Press START to Play
 
Really?  That's an achievement? "
that was actually a really good game though.
Posted by FlamingHobo

I hope that PlayStation 3 owners won't have to wait too long for their trophy data.

Posted by Jacob816

WTF Sony!

Posted by ververdan0226
@Metal_Gear_Sunny said:
" *cries* "
Posted by C2C

Meh. I liked the trophies in GB while they lasted I guess.

Posted by Shibbxyz

if psn trophies were working im pretty sure we wud see uncharted 2 ;p damn you sony!!

Posted by MattBodega

Why would Sony choose to hold onto that information? Obviously, we're not huge corporate giants, and we don't have too much insight into the inner workings of the company, but, in general, does it make some kind of sense for Sony to not share it's API with outside sites?
I'm not trying to make any kind of generalizations; I'm just interested in knowing what they gain by saying no to sharing that PS3 Data.

Posted by AURON570

still do not care about achievements, trophies whatever.

Edited by buzz_killington

Wolfenstein will totally have more players than Madden in a few weeks. Jeff should've gone double or nothing for that in September.

Posted by SuperSambo

  OK, I should probably get back to writing the Borderlands review. Check back tomorrow for that.
 
HELL YES

Posted by Wolverine
@WinterSnowblind said:
"  "The Simpsons Game - Press START to Play"
 
Really?  That's an achievement? "
Yup, I saw my friend get the achievement. It was so unexpected and hilarious. 
Posted by AjayRaz
@WinterSnowblind said:
"  "The Simpsons Game - Press START to Play"
 
Really?  That's an achievement? "
seriously, what the hell?  
also animated foxworthy scares me ._____.
Posted by ez123

That Simpsons achievement is great. Especially when you read the description after you get it.

Posted by jakob187

Dood, no Zombie Genociderestdom achievement in L4D2?  I'm...kinda sad about it.

Posted by mracoon

Damn you Sony!

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Posted by iAmJohn

God dammit, Sony.

Posted by bpops

Do you guys work every day?!

Posted by Teptom

Not cool Sony, not cool.
 
I kinda of want to get that CSI game. They seem to really love their fans.

Posted by Djeffers03

o noes!!!!

Posted by ZealousD
Posted by dvdwalker8

Doesn't surprise me that Sony would do something like this. Still think that Simpsons achievement has to be the quickest achievement I've ever unlocked.  
Posted by yakov456

Cocksuckers!

Posted by MetalGearSunny

  We'll leave the game-level trophy pages up, though, in case you want to see (or comment on) what trophies are in a given PS3 game.     

Will you continue to update pages with PS3 trophies? I've noticed that there are no achievements in Uncharted 2.
Posted by MKHavoc

Didn't Prince of Persia have an achievement just for starting the game?

Posted by Crono

I hate Sony for this.  I want my trophies to be added to my GB achievement total.  It really means nothing in the end and I am well aware of that but I get some sort of strange enjoyment out of watching my numbers go higher.
 
Sony always makes these glaringly-obvious mistakes and I can't seem to wrap my head around why.  Sony, why are you so retarded about the most common of things?  Why, Sony!?  WHY!????!?!?!???!?!?

Posted by Tebbit

Me: "Hey look at Sony, building all kinds of goodwill towards their brand these days!" 
Sony: "I'm shitting down your chimney right now" 
Me: "Uh oh"

Posted by LiquidPrince
@Bucketdeth said:
" Damn, come on Sony! "
Posted by Parsnip
@MKHavoc said:
" Didn't Prince of Persia have an achievement just for starting the game? "
Yeah, I think you get the "In to the Storm" one (it's one of the secret achievements listed) after watching the story intro, when you first time get control of the dude.
 
There is a bunch of other ridiculously easy and early achievements in the PoP as well.
Posted by Chris2KLee

Oh Sony, one day you will understand what the internet is....

Posted by ocdog45

I'm a Sony guy and the only thing I have to say is....... FUCK SONY!
Posted by BenderUnit22

Dick move by Sony, they really need a good API for their stuff. Could be worse though, PS3 could use friend codes; which would be way worse on PS3 since PS3 games actually have online play.

Posted by aurahack

There are days where I play Demon's Souls or COD4 online for free and cherish the fact that I own a PS3.

But then there are times like these where I wonder to myself why the people in charge of the system I love are so brain-dead. :/

Posted by HT101

This sucks.  I wish everyone had the achievement/trophy support but Sony is full of douches.

Posted by MattyFTM

The PS3 stuff must be a real bummer. Andy must be really annoyed that he went to all that trouble doing the coding for nothing (at least I assume it was Andy. He does most of the achievement stuff, right?)

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Posted by AllanIceman

Sony needs to get there act together! For goodness sake, it's been 3 years!

Posted by Death_Unicorn

That sucks.

Posted by Zeouterlimits

Damn, that sucks, was happy to see the feature implemented for trophies. 
 Sony once again demonstrating online stupidity.

Edited by Al3xand3r

Not a big deal but what happened to mocking the list-based articles of other websites in the past, like that april fool's thing...

Posted by Jeff
@Al3xand3r: I'd say that there's a pretty big difference between letting people know which new achievement sets have been added to the site and writing crap like "YO TOP 10 GIRLS THAT DON'T WEAR SHOES IN GAMEZ PLZ CLICK HERE!!!!11111" These lists are based on actual data, not stupid click trap "features" designed to get you to click and extra ten pages.
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Posted by Almeida69

Damnit Sony screw me over again and now of all time when U2 comes out.

Edited by Skyler

It's surprising how many people are playing Brutal Legend. I'll be interested to see how it compares to actual retail sales.

Posted by makari

I was wondering why my Demon's Souls trophies wouldn't show up.

Posted by Lazyaza
Man I cant even bring myself to care about achievements right now. I was so stoked to finally be able to track all of them in one convenient location and Sony just shat all over everything. 
I've been racking up ps3 trophies last couple weeks and not a single one is in my profile, sigh.
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