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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Gears of War 2 does not need ranked multiplayer achievements....

I was going to title this post "let that be a lesson to you," but decided that a more direct title might be better.

If any of the guys or gals from Epic read this, please do not include ranked multiplayer achievements in Gears of War 2.

Ranked multiplayer achievements take the fun out of playing online. The reason that people pay $50 a year to have Xbox Live Gold subscriptions is because they want to play with their friends and have fun. They don't want to be put into a random room full of people they don't know or care about playing with. The biggest downfall for Gears of War's wonderful list of achievements is that the multiplayer achievements require ranked play, and that just sucks.

An example of this being borne out? How about Call of Duty 4 once again ranking as the top XBL game. CoD4, for those who haven't basked in its wonderment, has no multiplayer achievements at all. Nothing for ranked play and nothing for player matches, just a great in-game ranking system.

I'm not saying that Xbox games shouldn't have multiplayer achievements, just making the point that ranked achievements aren't fun and that a game can still be successful without them.

*soapbox disengage.*

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