One of the most unique and, in many cases, polarizing aspects of modern gaming is the introduction of achievements. These small prompts that the player receives when completing a certain challenge in the game have quickly become an expected addition to any game released today not made for a Nintendo system. Some view them as unnecessary add-ons that accomplish nothing, while others will buy terrible games solely to increase their gamer score.
The aspect of Achievements we find most interesting is how we find out so much about a game before it releases through their descriptions.
Soul Calibur V is no different and the list of achievements/trophies for the upcoming fighter has made its way online. While most of them are the expected ones from a fighting game, there are a few noteworthy achievements to highlight.
In addition to the typical achievements for completing the story mode and beating a certain number of opponents online, there is one that makes mention of the new "Legendary Souls" mode - a boss rush mode where players face off against increasingly difficult bosses.
There's also an achievement for playing as special guest character Ezio Auditore of Assassin's Creed fame, and a rather unique one for beating Harada: TEKKEN. It was announced towards the end of last year that Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada (who uses a Devil Jin fighting style) is a character in Soul Calibur V’s new Quick Match mode.
There are 50 achievements with a total of 1000 points.
History Repeats (5 points)Battle in SOULCALIBUR V for the first time (excluding training and VS battle).
A Soul Coalesces (5 points)Edit a player license.
Beginning of Destiny (5 points)Register 3 rivals.
Proof of a Fighter (15 points)Win consecutive matches on Xbox LIVE.
Mercenary of War (20 points)Fight 30 times on Xbox LIVE.
Strategist of War (25 points)Fight 75 times on Xbox LIVE.
Hero Carved in History (50 points)Fight 100 times on Xbox LIVE.
Carry Out Your Beliefs (10 points)Win 5 times in one style on Xbox LIVE.
Courageous Warrior (25 points)Win 20 times on Xbox LIVE.
Conqueror of the Arena (100 points)Win 50 times on Xbox LIVE.
Synchronize DNA (5 points)Use Ezio in a player match.
Awakened to Violence (10 points)Reach E4 rank in ranked match.
Reason to Fight For (20 points)Reach E1 rank in ranked match.
First Step of a Legend (30 points)Reach D1 rank in ranked match.
Sings Own Praise (10 points)Upload a replay of your win.
Notes on Rivals (5 points)Play back another player's replay.
Path to Glory (10 points)Quick Battle: defeat 50 warriors.
Road to the Duel (20 points)Quick Battle: defeat 150 warriors.
Sudden Temptation (40 points)Quick Battle: defeat all warriors.
Perfect Trainee (20 points)Arcade: clear Asia route.
Purge of the Holy (10 points)Story: clear episode 1.
Shields Come Together (20 points)Story: clear episode 8.
Resurrection of Order (30 points)Story: clear episode 16.
Home is Faraway (80 points)Story: clear final episode.
War Veteran (40 points)Arcade: clear any route with difficulty set on hard.
Mask Another's Memory (20 points)Arcade: clear a leaderboard route with a record better than your rival.
Usurped True Name (20 points)Quick Battle: win against 10 players with titles and use the obtained title on the player license.
Pursuit of Obsession (15 points)Quick Battle: defeat Harada TEKKEN.
No-hitter (30 points)Ranked Match: win 10 times with Ezio.
Skills for Duels (50 points)Legendary Souls: win with brave edge.
Passionate Artist (20 points)Creation: create a character with full-on coordination (used everything except for height).
Colorful Illusion (10 points)Creation: take a thumbnail by manually setting a decoration frame and background.
Fetal Soul (5 points)Player level reaches 5.
Throbbing Soul (15 points)Player level reaches 50.
Soul Fulfilled (30 points)Player level reaches maximum.
Stalwart Barbarian (10 points)Perform a wall hit 50 times.
Adored by Heaven (10 points)Perform 20 grapple breaks.
Like a Flowing Stream (10 points)Successfully perform a just guard 5 times.
Momentary Pleasure (15 points)Successfully perform an impact 100 times.
Black Sword of Death (10 points)K.O. with critical edge 30 times.
Hands of the Abyss (10 points)Win by ring out 50 times.
Parrier of Swords (20 points)Perfect win 50 times.
Wind of Battle (10 points)Reach over 87,600 m in total movement distance in battle.
Alluring Kaleidoscope (10 points)Land a brave edge 100 times.
Gale Forces (20 points)K.O. the opponent 25 times with an attack after a quick move.
Never Ending Effort (10 points)Land an attack 20,000 times.
Footprints of Soldiers (10 points)Defeat 100 male characters.
Give in to Temptation (10 points)Defeat 100 female characters.
Fancy of a Mad King (15 points)Guard burst 30 times.
Lively Pub (5 points)Change the BGM in options.
With Soul Calibur V just a few weeks away from release, some might decide to look back on how the series has progressed up to this point, in order to celebrate the new title. Namco Bandai apparently agrees with this idea, as they have announced that the original Soul Calibur game will be released on the iPhone in just a few short days. Naturally, the time trial and survival modes from that game will be compatible with leaderboards, giving players an extra incentive to play.
Soul Calibur V will release on January 30th in North America and February 2nd in Europe for the Xbox 360 and PS3. The original Soul Calibur will arrive on iPhone on January 19th.