I mentioned before, that I’d been embroiled in a trophy race with my friend for the better part of a decade. Whenever I speak to friends who play video games, they always ask how we’ve got our trophy count so high (at the time of publishing I’m still trailing 91-88). Therefore, I thought I would collate some advice and some tips for the aspiring trophy hunters out there. Because, in all honesty, it’s nothing too challenging, in my opinion it’s just getting your money’s worth…
Before you begin your jingling adventure, there are a couple of things you should know. The first of these, is that trophy hunting, is not a walk in the park. Yes there are easier games, and there are some incredibly difficult games, but having the motivation to keep those platinum trophies pouring in is perhaps the most difficult task of all. It can become a slog, and it’s important that you are doing it for the challenge, and above all the fun. Not just because you want to have a bigger trophy score to get one over on your mates.
The second, is that if you’re aiming to get to a certain score, you have to prioritise your titles. Say you want to get to 10 fast, there’s not point doing it by playing Skyrim and Fallout 4. These games take upwards of 50 hours, with the former taking almost double that. I would point you to one invaluable resource, PS Trophies. The trophy guides and roadmap featured here will save you countless hours. Not only do they give you an indication of how long it could take to reach platinum, but also highlight the missable trophies throughout your playthroughs, so you don’t have to keep doubling back.
With that out of the way, let’s get started…
Telltale Game Series
When you’re starting out, you need titles that are going to give you that trophy boost quickly and easily, but are still fun to play. Take note of when I say that trophy hunting can take real drive, I know I struggle for motivation at times. A great place for any aspiring trophy collector to start, are the Telltale Games Series.
Telltale games, are interactive stories, through which your decisions affect the outcomes. However, with such a multitude of decisions to make in each title, it would be impossible to have a trophy for each decision you make. Therefore, there are trophies for each progression of the story, which makes them impossible to miss (with the exception of The Wolf Among Us, which you do need to double back for a couple).
These titles are a guaranteed platinum trophy, just for playing through the story. Every trophy hunters dream right? Combine this with the fact that these games are some of the most enjoyable that I’ve played, make them essential material for anyone, trophy hunter or not.
To date, there are seven titles available across multiple platforms. The Walking Dead Season’s One and Two, are available on PS3, PS4 and PS Vita, although Season Two does not have a platinum trophy. God know’s why. The Wolf Among Us is also available on all three consoles, each version with it’s own platinum trophy. Game of Thrones, Tales of the Borderlands (my favourite so far), Minecraft: Story Mode and The Walking Dead: Michone are all available on both PS3 and PS4.
By my count, if you play all of the Telltale Games available to you, you can take your platinum trophy count from zero to fourteen with minimal time and minimal effort.
Ratchet and Clank
Insomniac may as well rename the ’Ratchet and Clank’ series ’Jingle and Jingle’, because these games are fit to burst with easy platinum trophies. They also follow a pretty standard format: 1. Complete the Game 2. Perform all Skill Points 3. Collect all Platinum Bolts If you enjoy the platforming genre, and also find the Ratchet and Clank games as nostalgic as I do, then playing these through are a sure fire way to give some meat to your trophy count.
With this series, you also have a breadth of choice as to where you start. The Original Trilogy got the HD Remaster treatment, and is available as a cross-buy title for PS3 and PS Vita, which already equates to the potential of 6 platinum trophies, if you don’t mind playing them twice. Another remaster was Ratchet Gladiator, but I’m yet to make my way through this one.
The PS3 also saw several outings for everyone’s favourite Lombax. Tools for Destruction and Quest for Booty can both be ignored, if you’re aiming for platinum trophies that is. Simply because, they don’t have one. Tools was before the trophy patch came in for PS3, and Quest was a shorter title and therefore devoid of a platinum. Start the PS3 adventures from A Crack in Time, which will follow on nicely to Nexus, and lastly All 4 One - the title that was given a way as part of PS+.
There is one more title worth mentioning and that is QForce. This differs from the usual formula, and was made again as cross-play for PS3 and PS Vita. If you’re going to play this, play it on the PS3, as the Vita version is so buggy and poorly done that it is almost unplayable. The frame rate is truly dire, trust me.
All of these will set you up nicely for the PS4 outing, due for release next month. By that time, if you play through all of the above, you’ve acquired yourself a further 11 platinums, we’re getting somewhere.
Two for Ones
The next key thing to note if you’re aiming high when it comes to trophy hunting, are the two for one games. By two for one, I mean cross-save titles between the home consoles and the handheld consoles, that have separate trophy lists. Take Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time and Motorstorm RC as prime examples. Both these games are good to play, an feature the ability to transfer your save between consoles. Therefore, if you platinum the game on one console, all you need to do is load up your save on the other version, and watch your jingles pour in.
Unfortunately, Sony seemed to cotton on to this issue quickly, and since then I have not found any additional titles where this is possible. Cross-play games now seem to have the same trophy list for both consoles, meaning that only one platinum is available. Take the Final Fantasy X HD Remaster, Playstation All Stars: Battle Royale and Bastion as prime examples of this.
The last piece of advice that I would give to you, is to challenge yourself. Sure, there are an abundance of easy trophies out there, as this article has highlighted. However, you are never going to reach the dizzying heights of some gamers if you only play the easy titles. The true fun in trophy hunting, is finishing the games that are challenging.
Take myself for example, the pride of my trophy cabinet is tough to call, but Batman: Arkham City and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (spec ops solo was mental) are both up there.
Yes the majority of shooters require you to play through the game on the hardest difficulty, but once you’ve done a couple of those you’ll find that the hardest difficulty really isn’t that hard.
The road to 100 platinums is a long one, and I am by no means particularly high in the global scheme of things. However, I hope this article helps you on the path to reaching those heights. Feel free to add me on PSN at ‘Sethoy’, for a full browse of my trophy list.