My First 25 Platinum Trophies (Discussion 2/4)

Between the end of July and the beginning of December, I was quite the trophy hunter and had a goal of 25 Platinums by the end of the year. However, I wanted that 25th Platinum to be something I worked really hard for. Red Dead Redemption II and Hollow Knight were both prospects but some trophies were just a bit too much of a grind to get so I’m still working on them. That being said, I did get my 25th Platinum last night and it’s one that I’m proud of for completely different reasons than slaving over mastering control schemes. Without further ado, here are my first 25 Platinums.

 

#1: Rocket LeagueScreen Shot 2019-02-04 at 8.02.04 PM.pngAlthough not the game that made me want to trophy hunt, Rocket League will still always be my first platinum. It was rather quick and easy due to nearly all of my trophies already being unlocked; I only had to complete the Season and unlock some Battle Cars. Within about two hours of effort, the platinum was mine and I haven’t touched the game much since

#2: God of War (PS4)Screen Shot 2019-02-04 at 8.02.57 PM.pngThis was the game that made me want to trophy hunt. In order to experience even more of the game I fell in love with, the trophy list seemed like a great way to explore. It was during the collectible grind that I took a break to snatch the Rocket League platinum, and then after about 52 hours of gameplay the God of War platinum popped.

#3: Burnout Paradise – RemasteredScreen Shot 2019-02-04 at 8.03.36 PM.pngAfter playing Bioshock and God of War, I moved onto the Far Cry series. But, the first game was an absolute killjoy and the first few hours of Far Cry 2 wasn’t much of an improvement. So, I took a break to play a game I know I love: Burnout Paradise. I’ve played this game countless times since it’s initial release and being able to revisit it in HD glory was spectacular. The platinum was too easy, though, as the Xbox Achievements were more difficult to get back in the day.

#4: Far Cry PrimalScreen Shot 2019-02-04 at 8.05.32 PM.pngThe 6th Far Cry game I played in August but the first one that rewarded me with a platinum, Primal was a surprisingly fun experience even if the trophy list was bonkers lazy. Before I even beat the story, I had the platinum. By that, I don’t mean that just a cutscene separated the two, but a good 3-4 hours of gameplay separated them. It was quite ridiculous. But, Platinum #4 achieved.

#5: Far Cry 5Screen Shot 2019-02-04 at 8.06.27 PM.pngThis is one of the rare games that I applaud for its inclusion of multiplayer/online trophies; after I finished all of the campaign trophies I had to move onto the co-op and multiplayer but while I thought they would all be a chore, they gave me new ways to play a game I already loved. Playing community maps and game modes, meeting people online, and kicking so much ass while doing so (I went ~30 and ~5 just about every game) is far from being a regret. I had a lot of fun with this.

#6: Far Cry 3 – ClassicScreen Shot 2019-02-04 at 8.06.59 PM.pngWhen I played the Far Cry games, I played the first four games on Xbox 360 and then the rest on my PS4. But, because I loved playing Far Cry 5 so much, I shelled out for the season pass which came with Far Cry 3. So, I played this game for the second time in a month just for the platinum. It took about 7 hours since I knew exactly what to do but it was still a lot of fun.

#7: Far Cry 4Screen Shot 2019-02-04 at 7.55.25 PM.png Remember online/multiplayer trophies? This game is why I wasn’t looking forward to FC5’s online grinding. There are a few trophies that ask you to simply complete games in each game mode online. The only problem: this game is 5 years old, and the online community was already dead after a few short months. You can imagine how hard it was to find a game; I spend literal hours in lobbies just waiting for the minimum amount of people to show up. Because of that, I have great disdain for this trophy hunting experience.

#8: Horizon Zero DawnScreen Shot 2019-02-04 at 8.07.25 PM.pngAfter slaving over the Far Cry series, I decided to do what I did with Rocket League: revisit a game I’d already gotten many of the trophies naturally, and polish off the rest. All I really did was play about three hours of side missions and I was done. I can’t comment on the trophy hunting process because most of them unlocked through normal progression but the ones I did focus on were quite enjoyable.

#9. Marvel’s Spider-ManScreen Shot 2019-02-04 at 8.08.32 PM.pngThis is probably the second most simple trophy list in this post; before the game came out, a Russian account got to play it but could not see the trophy list. That person unlocked the Platinum without even knowing which trophies to go for… that should tell you all you need to know about this plat. Basically, get 100% completion and it’s yours. Nothing crazy or challenging to do.

#10. Call of Duty: WWIIScreen Shot 2019-02-04 at 8.08.05 PM.pngSince I started keeping track of how much I play each game, nothing has come close to this one yet. I put nearly 14 days into multiplayer just for fun last year, and then came back to trophy hunt and added another 50 hours or so. Easily one of the things I’m most proud of is the trophy that earned me the platinum: Dark Reunion. One of the most in-depth, challenging, unforgiving, and strenuous trophies I’ve ever witnessed. I’m happy to be done with this.

#11: Bioshock (PS4)Screen Shot 2019-02-04 at 8.10.55 PM.pngOkay, this game has a bit of an exploit that allows you to complete the hardest difficulty by playing the easiest and switching over as the last cutscene begins. I’m not proud of it, but it got me a platinum.

#12. Bioshock 2 (PS4)Screen Shot 2019-02-04 at 8.11.24 PM.pngThis game did not have a glitch like the previous one, I had to grind, collect, hunt, kill, and survive like any normal peasant. I loved this trophy list more, though, because it asked you to see more than one ending. For games that have multiple endings, having trophies that promote different gameplay styles is very appreciated.

#13. Bioshock: Infinite (PS4)Screen Shot 2019-02-04 at 8.11.50 PM.pngI absolutely love this game, it’s one of my favorites of all-time even though I first played it just last June. Revisiting each of the three games in order to hunt for trophies was endless fun, and having to beat this game on the hardest difficulty without using ammo/health machines was challenging at times but worth every bit of stress.

#14. Alien: IsolationScreen Shot 2019-02-04 at 8.12.14 PM.pngHere is the only game on this list that offered a trophy list so annoying that I hardly consider myself a fan of the game anymore. I had to play it four times…and while that’s not always a bad thing (each Bioshock game I played three times, and some upcoming games on this list as well) but what made this game annoying is that you don’t know if you’re going to get a trophy. “Beat the Game Without Dying” or “Without Killing Any Humans” sounds easy, but reloading the last checkpoint is sometimes a gamble. I’ve never uninstalled a game so fast in my life.

#15. Batman: Arkham Asylum (PS4)Screen Shot 2019-02-04 at 8.12.44 PM.pngRiddler Challenges, Part One. Tedious. The rest of the game is fun, as always. Beating the game on Hard was no problem because I’ve played this game…four times? Four times in the last decade or so but I’ve put a lot of game time into this franchise so it was a breeze. That being said, I seriously thought that the Riddler Challenge Rooms might have kept me from getting the platinum, but I prevailed.

#16. Batman: Arkham City (PS4)Screen Shot 2019-02-04 at 8.13.15 PM.pngRiddler Challenges, Part Two. Painful. The rest of the game is spectacular, offering gameplay, story, and exploration nearly unmatched in action/adventure games. However, the challenge rooms took longer to complete that New Game Plus and one of the trophies asks you to spend an entire year visiting a character each day. You can (I did) change the date/time in your console settings but it was still annoying.

#17. Batman: Arkham KnightScreen Shot 2019-02-04 at 8.13.44 PM.pngRiddler Challenges, Part Three. FML. But, completing the platinum trophy lists for this Arkham Trilogy made me appreciate the games in many new ways, and got me to appreciate this game for the first time – ever. I wasn’t a fan of this until I did everything you possibly could, and now I consider it one of my all-time favorites as well. I only with getting 240% completion was part of the trophy list. Because I did that and got the gold suit.

#18. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare – RemasteredScreen Shot 2019-02-04 at 8.15.48 PM.pngLike Bioshock, this game had glitches that allowed you to do less for more. Simply completing the last checkpoint in each level on Veteran difficulty while doing everything else on Recruit unlocked all of the difficulty trophies which means all that was left to do was miscellaneous and collectibles. Not bad at all.

#19. Battlefield 4Screen Shot 2019-02-04 at 8.16.14 PM.pngHave I mentioned that I hate online trophies? I hated grinding in this game so much that I bought an XP boost in order to level up faster and get this game out of my sight. It was 5 bucks, and it’s some of the best money I’ve ever spent. Screw this game’s terrible servers and poor support. Well. it’s EA.

#20. Call of Duty: Black Ops IIIScreen Shot 2019-02-04 at 8.16.50 PM.pngHere is my rarest platinum by quite a bit, mostly because of the Personal Decorator trophy. Honestly, I’d happily do it all again, it wasn’t even remotely stressful. Yeah, a lot of grinding but that wasn’t a challenge. Beating the campaign on Realistic and then Veteran without Dying wasn’t a problem, either. Most stressful was getting all of the accolades, but they were pretty fun to do.

#21. Metro: 2033 – ReduxScreen Shot 2019-02-04 at 8.17.13 PM.pngAfter those last few games, I needed something that didn’t have any multiplayer in sight. Metro was where I landed, and I’m glad I did. These games were great and offered some of the best trophy lists ever. Sure, you had to beat each game twice but once on Spartan difficulty (shooter-slanted) or Survivor (survival horror-slanted). They were a lot of fun to do, and getting different endings was also quite rewarding.

#22. Metro: Last Light – ReduxScreen Shot 2019-02-04 at 8.18.14 PM.pngEven better than 2033, Last Light’s trophy list asked you to do about the same thing, but also beat some DLC missions which came free with the Redux package. I wasn’t a fan of spending an hour on the Developer level, but the other DLC missions were a treat to complete. Oh, and the endings were extremely rewarding.

#23. OnrushScreen Shot 2019-02-04 at 8.18.37 PM.pngI stopped trophy hunting after Metro Redux because I started to play Doom but wanted to just have fun instead of following a guide. But, Onrush came along for free on the PS Store, and I had to give it a try. I had fun, unlocked some trophies, and the platinum was just standing there waving at me. 11 hours of entertaining gaming isn’t something I’ll complain about.

#24. CelesteScreen Shot 2019-02-04 at 8.19.05 PM.pngCeleste was impossibly hard at times. Granted, there is an assist mode which I used for the B/C sides but doing the campaign alone on the regular setting was extremely maddening at times. Out of curiosity, I’d like to go back and give the B/C sides a try without assist mode to see if that Platinum is actually something I could have earned on my own.

#25. Hellblade: Senua’s SacrificeScreen Shot 2019-02-04 at 8.19.26 PM.pngAnd here is the game that took the spot Red Dead Redemption II and Hollow Knight were fighting for. RDR2 gave me 202 hours of single player, HK has given me 80, and Hellblade gave me 6. That being said, each moment of those six hours was breathtaking, haunting, mesmerizing, and thought-provoking as hell. I loved playing this game, and I loved trophy hunting in it as well. That being said, every trophy is story-related aside from one collectible trophy that’s pretty hard not to get with basic exploration.

Before I wrap this up, here are the games that I got all of the trophies for but that didn’t offer a platinum…

  1. The Vanishing of Ethan Carter
  2. Firewatch
  3. The Unfinished Swan
  4. Gone Home
  5. What Remains of Edith Finch
  6. Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
  7. Inside
  8. Three-Fourths Home: Extended Edition
  9. Abzu
  10. Flower
  11. Little Nightmares
  12. Another World
  13. Spectrum Retreat

Anyways, that’s the list of my completions so far:) I’ve enjoyed my time trophy hunting and even when I try to play a game and ignore trophies, I always end up looking through the list and adjusting my gameplay in order to earn some of them. Feel free to add me on PSN at BSchwarz95 or XBL at IVIVP NiGhTMaRE!

As always, thanks for reading and I’ll see you soon!

Published by Blake Carson Schwarz

Indiana University graduate in Media and Creative Writing. I love to write my own stories as well as experience the work of others. On this site, I post reviews, essays, and other fun posts that I hope you have as much fun reading and I have writing. Please share any comments you have, I'd be happy to hear what you think! *Never a critic, always a fan*

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