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How can I find out if a Steam game will give me achievements when playing in offline mode?

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Besides the obvious thing, getting them.
For example playing Trine or Osmos in offline mode let me get achievements, while in HL2 I had to start a new file and replay parts of the game to get them after playing the beginning offline.
asked 8 years ago in GeneralGeneral by Turneepz Mercenary (1,477 points)   1 4 25
edited 8 years ago by Turneepz

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I was not aware you could get achievements while in offline mode. It has never worked for me in say, L4D2 or Borderlands. The difference may be that the games you listed (Trine and Osmos) are indie games and do not have any built in 3rd party DRM. They are sold on steam but actually have no DRM restricting their play.

Valve games do not support achievments in offline mode in my experience. L4D2/L4D2/TF2. None of those allowed me to get achievements that way.
answered 8 years ago by avwjase Mercenary (1,716 points)   1 2 19
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Achievements are awarded for completing specific objectives. If Steam registesr one of the objects that has been done in the process it will be added to the completion of the process. For example: You need to destroy 5 cars and you already destroyed 3 then it will say 3/5, this means you need 2 more, then it will say 5/5. If you complete an achievement it willl do the same as with GFWL and Xbox Live, you get a notification that you unlocked one of the Steam achievements for the game. No matter if you are offline or online it will still register the same things for the game you are playing at that time.
answered 8 years ago by Jaws444 Hero (3,876 points)   1 4 39
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Achievements should be attainable offline, I've never encounted what you've described above - once you went online, it might not have updated on steams end right away
answered 8 years ago by shoricsmat Grandmaster (12,671 points)   6 11 46
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Achievments dont actually work offline.
answered 8 years ago by l4d2bob Grandmaster (11,115 points)   5 10 48
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Some games store the achievements but most don't.  Most valve games don't like HL2 (even when I'm online, my achievements randomly get reset),
answered 8 years ago by drakaenae King (41,339 points)   5 9 79
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You cannot get achievements in offline mode.....
answered 8 years ago by xboxer King (32,462 points)   6 11 48
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I don't think you can get achievements in offline mode.
answered 8 years ago by GrammarFuhrer Journeyman (702 points)   4
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You can not get achievements offline in games that are made by valve and you can see if you are not getting achievements from console, It should say something like this: "Can not get achievements while offline" or something like that, I dont really remember.
answered 8 years ago by GmodderDude Mercenary (1,731 points)   1 7
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You shouldn't be able to get achievements in offline mode. 

answered 8 years ago by Alchemistlord Mercenary (1,154 points)   3 15
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You cant get achievements if youre playing in offline mode.
answered 8 years ago by Haloweeboe Champion (5,146 points)   2 8 19

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