Some games reward you for simply putting the disc in your console and hitting the Start button, but what's the point of awards you don't work for?
To earn the respect of your peers you'll need to try much harder and show you've got the skills to pay the bills. If you have any of these honours in your collection, you can consider yourself part of the gaming elite - congratulations.
GEARS OF WAR 3 - SERIOUSLY 3.0
Reach level 100 and earn every Onyx medal - 100G
This series has a history of tough achievements. In the original Gears of War, the 'Seriously' achievement required 10,000 kills, while 'Seriously 2.0' in the sequel demanded you slay 100,000 enemies.
For Seriously 3.0 the bar has been raised even higher, as unlocking the full set of 65 Onyx medals involves at least 18,000 matches, 70,000 kills and much much more spread across Horde, Versus and Beast modes, taking hundreds of hours of online scrapping to rack up the required numbers.
GRAN TURISMO 5 - GOLD STANDARD
Get a gold trophy in every race event, licence test, and special event - Gold
Licence tests have always been a challenging part of the Gran Turismo series, and getting gold in every race requires hundreds of hours of driving. Awards won by your B-Spec drivers count towards this goal so thankfully you don't have to complete all of the gruelling 24 hour races yourself, but you'll still need to reach Stig-like levels of expert motoring skill to make the grade.
DARK SOULS - KNIGHT'S HONOR
Acquire all rare weapons - 25G / Silver
There are around 50 rare weapons to find for this award, some of which are forged from the souls of defeated bosses. The soul of one in particular (Great Grey Wolf Sif) yields three different rare weapons in total, meaning you'll need to complete the game twice then embark on a gruelling third playthrough on New Game++ to obtain them all.
FIGHT NIGHT CHAMPION - SQUAT THRUSTING
Obtain boxer level 60 in Online World Championship - 100G / Gold
This is far harder than it sounds because losing to a lesser fighter puts a huge dent in your ranking. The strict matchmaking system means boosting with friends is out, and with almost every other pugilist delivering single punch knockouts or quitting prematurely this difficult task becomes borderline impossible.
GHOST RECON ADVANCED WARFIGHTER - WORLD CHAMPION
Climb to the top of the universal leaderboard - 40G
The oldest Achievement on our list is also one of the hardest. Unlocking it has one simple requirement - just to be the best player in the world and land the number one spot on Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter's million-strong leaderboard. Boosting your way to the top is technically possible, but it'll take many hundreds of hours of torturous repetition to even get close to the peak.
METAL GEAR SOLID 4 - SOUNDS OF THE BATTLEFIELD
Obtained all iPod tracks (excluding tracks obtained via password) - Gold
Collecting scattered iPod tracks may not sound like much of a challenge, but there's a cheeky twist that makes it incredibly difficult. One of the tracks is only unlocked after you've earned all 40 of the in-game emblem awards, which due to their mutually exclusive conditions requires no less than EIGHT separate playthroughs of Kojima's masterpiece to complete.
CHILD OF EDEN - MASTER OF EDEN
Gold Star Clear Rank all Archives on Normal and Hard Difficulty Mode - 50G / Gold
To attain a Gold Star Clear Rank you need to hit every single enemy in the level, while maintaining your multiplier throughout to rack up over 800,000 points. Having to do this while dealing with missile bombardments, boss battles and erratic beat-matching means only those with a keen eye and superb reflexes stand a chance.
SUPER STREET FIGHTER IV - TRIAL ATHLETE
Be all-powerful! Clear all Trial Mode challenges! - 50G / Gold
There are 35 different combatants in SSFIV and each one has 24 challenges, making that (checks calculator) a total of 840 to beat. Although they start off relatively easy, the difficulty soars upwards on the higher tiers, requiring super dexterity and millisecond-perfect timing to clear them all.
MAX PAYNE 3 - THE SHADOWS RUSHED ME
Unlock And Complete New York Minute Hardcore - 10G / Silver
After completing the game once, then finishing it again on New York Minute mode you'll unlock NYM Hardcore. To earn this award you have to beat the whole game on the highest difficulty while up against the clock, in a single sitting, without dying once. Making a mistake or encountering a glitch at any point will send you right back to the start, meaning only the most dedicated of players should even attempt it.
CATHERINE - A GOD IS BORN!
Conquer the final stage of Babel - 100G / Gold
In Babel mode, the game constructs its blocky towers completely at random, meaning you can't rely on a solution or walkthrough to get to the top. For the final stage you have to ascend a mammoth 279 steps against the clock, and you'll need to demonstrate every skill learned in previous levels in order to survive.