Wednesday, April 14, 2010

WAA - Catan

We're headed back to the Xbox Live Arcade for another edition of WAA! This week's awards go to Catan, based on the much beloved board game "Settlers of Catan". If you like board games or strategy games, definitely give this one a look!

Anyway, on to the awards!

The "One With Combat"Award: "Settler of Catan"
This Achievement is earned for building your first settlement, which you’ll do in your very first game.

The "Mile High Club" Award: "Professor of Catan"
To get this one, you need to win a single player game of Catan against three cpu opponents set to "Hard" difficulty. The reason this Achievement is tough is that the computer blatantly cheats at the hard setting, trading resources freely among the other three players so that one will win. You'll need a solid strategy and a bit of luck to get this award, and don't expect any trading help from your opponents!

The "Seriously..." Award: "Chancellor of Catan"
You need 1000 total victory points in ranked online matches. If you win every game you play (unlikely), you'll get around 10 points per match. That's 100 games even if you're very skilled and lucky, which seems like a lot of Catan to play against random strangers.

The "Little Rocket Man" Award: "Builder of Catan"
Finish with the longest road 10 times to earn this Achievement. Building crazy roads is one of my favorite parts of the game.

The Scientist Gone Gamer Award: "Merchant of Catan"
None of them really stand out, but this is one of those bags with a dollar sign on it. Every time I’m asked how I want to receive my money (like at a bank or casino), I ask for the dollar sign bag. I’m serious. Never once have they given it to me. The dream lives on…

Achievement Set Rating - 4
The icons are okay for an Arcade game, but the requirements are surprisingly unimaginative. Throw in some fairly ridiculous online requirements and this is a below average set.

Achievement Difficulty Rating - 3
Very few of the Achievements are challenging, but many are time consuming. To finish the set, you'll be plowing through online games for quite a while.

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