Whether you love them, hate them, or forget they exist until they pop
on your screen and interrupt your game, achievements and trophies are
(literally) a required feature of all PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam

games. I fall into the love camp, and these are some of my favorites
from 2017.

The achievements and trophies I find most interesting aren’t the ones
that mark your progress in a storyline or reward you for attaining a
certain number of headshots. I like the ones that force you to think
outside of the normal functions of the game or reward you for doing
something weird.

Follow the links to see 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 , and 2016‘s best achievements and trophies.

A Hat in Time
I like these two because the first one actively calls out the player for being bad at video games (which is rude, but funny), and the second one because it’s very silly and I am glad developer Gears for Breakfast rewarded the effort it took for me to land on the Roomba.

False Detective – Make it through Murder on the Owl Express without finding any clues (you suck)!
Vacuum Vandal – Ride the vacuum!

Assassin’s Creed Origins
I like how complicated and dangerous this achievement is.

Roooaaarrrrr! – Tame a lion.

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
These two trophies were highlights because they call out feelings I thought only belonged to me when I played the game originally. I always kicked myself for ejecting an extra life into the stratosphere, and I always felt bad about jumping on the little polar bear cub.

I Meant To Do That! – Spin away an Extra Life. [Crash Bandicoot]
A Helping Paw – Don’t feel guilty about jumping on him. [Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back]

Dishonored: Death of the Outsider
This is just good game design.

Mightier than the Sword – Shoot a guard in the head with a fountain pen

Full Throttle
This trophy was the perfect way to say, “Oh yeah! That was a thing!” You get it by leaving the game motionless long enough for its screen-saver to kick in.

Burn-In Rubber – Save your screen from burn-in with 3D animated vehicles

For more of our favorite achievements and trophies of 2017, head to page two.

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