When I had first played through Grand Theft Auto 4, I did not take any steps to save my money. I spent freely on clothes, food, weapons, and ammo…
This REALLY ended up frustrating me because as I defeated the game, I came very far from having enough money to satisfy the “Half Million” achievement. To get this 55g achievement, the player needs to gain a balance of 500,000 dollars in the game. And, if you can’t do it with the end-game bonus then your options become very limited. Many users have guides on youtube for getting it by using cheats; mainly by spawning expensive cars and selling them. But, that’s very time consuming and many purists don’t like to use cheats to get something like that.
I had given in and decided that this achievement was not possible short of a complete re-play of the game from scratch. That was not going to happen. Mentally I tried to forget this achievement existed but very unsuccessfully.
Enter GTA4: The Ballad of Gay Tony.
I was very surprised and extremely overjoyed to find out that the Ballad of Gay Tony expansion still allowed you to unlock achievements for the original GTA4 release. When I found out, I went on an achievement unlocking spree of sorts: Flew my helicopter under all the bridges, went on all the helicopter tours, blew up 10 cars in 10 seconds, survived 6 star wanted level for 5 minutes, took a long taxi ride without skipping, etc etc etc.
Then I had what I considered to be a very smart idea: I thought of a way to very simply get the Half million achievement. TBoGT has a cage-fighting minigame where you can fight against people or bet on fights for money. This location is painfully close to your safe house/save point. I figured there would be some sort of maximum for the amount you could place on a bet in this fight minigame – but there is no limit!
Being an expansion, TBoGT left me with somewhere around 40,000 dollars total. Quite a ways from the half-mil mark. But, I went to work on a fool proof venture. I saved my game immediately before visiting the cage fight arena and betting all of my money on one fight. The first fight I did choose correctly; so I had a cool 80k. I take the one block drive to re-save my game and then proceed to do the exact same thing and bet every penny I have on one fight. This 2nd fight I chose wrong 3 different times 🙁 But, through the magic of saved games I very quickly had 160,000 dollars.
I think you get the idea. I repeated the above steps until I got bored; which left me just under 2 million dollars… And, along the way I got the famed “Ka-bloop” sound and the 55g achievement “Half million”.
I’ve totally been on self fulfilling achievement quests as a whole lately trying to get my numbers up somewhere near Vanlandw’s 10k gamerscore. I don’t know that I’m catching him to any degree as he has progressed at an astounding rate; but my Gamerscore has surprassed 6,000 as of last night. That is pretty impressive in my opinion – considering my Gamerscore was 1,000 back in June of this year.
Overall, I’ve really gotten my money’s worth out of my 360 this year. The turning point was when I decided to move it upstairs vs being down in our Basement. I simply just did not go downstairs ever and barely ever played my 360. A very sad story. But I’m making up for it now and trying to cram as much video games into my soul as humanly possible before April of 2010 comes around. 🙂
Hooray for daytime video game posts.