I’m an achievement/trophy fiend. I don’t go to extreme – I’ve never bought a game simply for the trophies (and by contrast I’m only level 12 on PSN compared to some who are 60+), or anything like that. But I do like to collect ‘em, and it feels like it helps squeeze some extra mileage out of a game.
We’ve had HL2 for ages – Sabriena originally got it when I was playing TF2 with some friends, and she wanted to play. Very shortly after, they had the entire Orange Box on sale for $10 (half the price of TF2 at the time) so she picked it up. We’d never played HL2 at all, and over a year later I picked up HL2 for free as part of an AMD giveaway. I’d still never played it.
A few months back, a friend of mine decided to drag me, kicking and screaming, through HL2 and episodes 1 & 2 via Synergy. I won’t lie, we had a blast with it. I’d since put it on the backburner, forgetting about it, until recently when I discovered the achievements. I guess I always knew they were there – I’d heard about the one that’s something about getting garden gnomes to the moon or something – but I’d never really thought about it. So I’ve been going back through HL2 to pick up the achievements I never got via Synergy.
It’s amazing how much fun such an old game is.