ROCK BAND 2 - THE BLADDER OF STEEL AWARD
Completed the Endless Setlist 2 without pausing or failing - 25G / Gold
There are a staggering 84 songs in the Endless Setlist 2, which for this challenge must be played back to back with no fails and no bathroom breaks. Combined that's over six and a half hours of perfect non-stop rock, meaning even the most hardened of digital guitarists will be weeping onto their plastic fretboards by the end.
METAL GEAR SOLID 2 HD - VIRTUALLY IMPOSSIBLE
Complete all VR and Alternative missions - 80G / Gold
Between the various incarnations of Snake and Raiden's characters there are over 500 missions to beat, with MGS1's Snake having by far the most challenging tasks. Brutal time limits mean there's no margin for error here, and you must be prepared to put in thousands of attempts if you want to see this through to its conclusion.
GRAND THEFT AUTO IV - WANTED
Achieve the highest personal rank in multiplayer - 20G / Gold
Online awards that require a huge amount of grinding are rarely popular with players, and this one is no exception. To reach the top rank you'll need to amass a cool $5,000,000 in the bank by completing thousands of matches, made all the more difficult now by servers mainly populated with griefers intent on disrupting everyone's progress.
DEAD RISING - 7 DAY SURVIVOR
Survive for at least 7 days in Infinity mode - 20G
After unlocking Infinity mode, you need to eat regularly to keep Frank's constantly deteriorating health topped up. Seven days in the game translates to 14 hours of play time, and with a full health bar running down in just 20 minutes you'll need to find at least 42 meals to sustain you. With thousands of zombies to dispatch in a mode that has no checkpoints or saves, this ultimate survival challenge needs to be completed in a single mammoth session.
NINJA GAIDEN SIGMA 2 - ALL MISSIONS SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE
Successfully complete all missions - Gold
All of the missions are played co-operatively, and although you can team up with an AI partner they just aren't good enough to keep you alive once you reach the higher difficulty levels. To beat the missions you'll need to recruit a online partner to work with, one who is not only highly skilled but also has the patience to endure seemingly endless fails until you finally get it right.
EL SHADDAI - CONQUEROR
Earn a G rank in every chapter at the HARD difficulty level or higher - 90G / Gold
To get the elusive G rank you'll need to put in near-perfect runs on each of El Shaddai's 11 chapters. Your combos must be faultless and your platforming perfect - you can lose it all in a single fall after a misplaced jump, and in the midst of the frantic action it can be hard to distinguish a platform from a plummet.
ULTIMATE MARVEL VS CAPCOM 3 - MASTER OF TASKS
Clear 480 missions in Mission mode - 40G / Silver
In this latest Marvel vs Capcom 3 update there's a roster of 48 characters to choose from and each has ten missions to complete. The best fighting gamers in the world tend to specialise in just a few characters but for this challenge you'll need to perfect all of them, making this a tough ask for even the greatest of players.
HOMEFRONT - EXPERT OF WAR
Complete all Multiplayer challenges for weapons, drones, vehicles & modes - 100G / Gold
For this exercise in military completism you need to accumulate 200 kills with 26 different weapons and five vehicles, win 300 matches and get a ten kill streak with each of the 12 main guns. If that still sounds a little too accessible for you, remember that only public multiplayer matches count, which leaves you at the mercy of your fellow players as you grind your way through the challenges.
VANQUISH - TACTICAL CHALLENGER
Complete all of the Tactical Challenges - 50G / Gold
There are initially five Tactical Challenges unlocked by finishing the five Acts of the story, and completing all of these gives you access to a sixth. It's this final challenge that makes the award so elusive, as it requires almost 20 minutes of insane reflexes and total combat precision to survive the relentless waves of enemy attacks.
MEGA MAN 10 - MR. PERFECT
Clear the game without getting damaged - 30G / Silver
The Mega Man series of games are famed for their brutal difficulty, and for this challenge you need to clear the entire game without taking a single hit. Admittedly you can play on Easy mode and save after each level, but even then you'll still need to learn every area and enemy movement inside out to make it through unscathed.