Platinum Hunt: Gravity Rush

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Difficulty: 4/10
Recommended guide: PS3Trophies.org

Platinum trophies, in the best situations, allow replay value in games that don’t otherwise have it. When I had finally gotten the last trophy in Gravity Rush, I noticed that it fell into that category. There just wasn’t much to actually do. Had it not been for a relatively easy list, Gravity Rush‘s skimpy content and lack of extra modes would have made this journey even more brief than initially expected.
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Platinum Hunt: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow

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Recommended guide: PS3Trophies.org
Difficulty: 7.5/10

When I think of welcoming in 2013, the first thing that comes to my mind is to pop in a two year old game and play it to completion in hopes of seeing everything it has to offer and add to my Platinum Trophy collection. I guess that’s not quite how it happened, but that’s how it went down with Castlevania: Lords of Shadow. I bought it on a ridiculous sale, let it sit, played it, beat it, reviewed it, and then let it sit again, but this time in the “I’ll go back to it one day” pile. This past week was that time, making me bunker down and finally hit every last trophy for that coveted and slightly rare Platinum. Running back through every level reminded me of what I loved about it and how just gosh damn gorgeous it is, but also widened already present holes in the combat and traversal.
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Platinum Hunt: Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale

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Recommended guide: PS3Trophies.org
Difficulty: 5.5/10

Even though I own both the PS3 and Vita versions of Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale, I secretly play the Vita version like it was written in my body’s source code. I barely needed an excuse to start playing and the portability and instant access of the Vita meant I would gravitate to that version over the other. Gathering every trophy wasn’t tedious, but rather a fun experience that helped flesh out the game without getting in the way or requiring stupid requirements.
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Platinum Hunt: The Walking Dead

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Recommended Guide: If you need a guide for this, you might want to see a doctor.
Difficulty: .5/10

It’s straightforward. Just beat the game.

Alright, this game deserves a little bit more of an explanation. No matter what you choose along this twisted path, the digital hardware comes to you no matter what. Even though this is a welcome gesture for most people, it shows how much Telltale thought of their beloved game. If they tied the rewards to choices, it would probably make a good chunk of players make decisions they wouldn’t have normally made.
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Platinum Hunt: Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando HD

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Recommended Guide: PS3Trophies.org
Difficulty: 3.5/10

Collecting stuff and causing big explosions to happen to be a few hobbies of mine. In the digital realm, few actions rustle my jimmies more than a hearty burst of explosive energy and collecting that last doohickey in order to achieve that last whatchamacallit. Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando HD was built on these core tenets and getting that coveted Platinum Trophy was an achievement that didn’t even need to beg for attention. It just melded so smoothly with the gameplay.
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Platinum Hunt: Uncharted: Golden Abyss


Difficulty: 7/10
Recommended guide: PS3trophies.org

It’s a lot like Nathan Drake to hunt after treasure, so I channeled my inner Drake and hunted down the Platinum trophy for Uncharted: Golden Abyss. This extraordinary Vita title completes my Platinum hunt for this series, it’s just too bad that a few of them are some of the most tedious busywork I’ve had to do for these digital rewards.
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Platinum Hunt: Borderlands


Difficulty: 3/10
Recommended guide: PS3trophies.org

In a game about hunting vaults, it’s only right to go after the treasure myself. Chasing down the Platinum trophy in Borderlands felt right and, after seeing the list, was made quite possible due to its ease. I’m not alone either. Borderlands is in the top ten list of most Platinumed games on the PS3. Judging by the game’s quality and relatively achievable list, this isn’t exactly a surprise.

If you like doing all of the stuff, you’ll be getting trophy dings left and right. Doing all the missions and just playing the game will net you more than a fair share of these rewards. Hitting certain level thresholds, selling items, gathering weapons, and the like will come to your naturally so stop panicking over there. Seriously. Keep yourself in check.

Upside down Pac-Man?

Some won’t come naturally, but, as long as you have a couple controllers or a co-op partner, you’ll be in the clear. I’m not one to tell you how to live your life, but co-op is the way to go anyway. Besides that, the Mario related trophy for murdering an enemy by jumping is definitely thoughtful and is probably my favorite on the list.

If we lived in a world without trophies or achievements, I bet most players would have unknowingly achieved 100% without even trying to. Playing Borderlands almost became about the meta-level gaming of doing everything, something good achievements/trophies capitalize on. Borderlands was full of good treasures and loot, including the Platinum trophy. Except what was actually in the vault. Boy, was that stupid.

Platinum Hunt: Ratchet & Clank HD


Difficulty: 4/10
Recommended guide: PS3trophies.org

Before there were a such things as Trophies or achievements, I’d go out of my way completing almost every game I owned. Ratchet & Clank was a shining example of this. Every last skill point, weapon, and gold bolt would fall into my collection and gave me a completionist sense of satisfaction. But back then, there wasn’t a system in place for accruing such rewards. Now that Trophies have been added, it integrates into a system I already know and that same completionist attitude has come forth again.
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Platinum Hunt: Rayman Origins


Difficulty: 5/10
Recommended guide: PS3trophies.org, Relic Guide

Platformers get some reasonable amount of flak for being collect-a-thons. For achievement hunters and trophy whores, that phrase by itself can send chills because of the workload required to find every last doodad to grab that last bing or bleep bloop of satisfaction. Rayman Origins is a platformer with plenty of things to grab, but this means you get to play more Rayman and that is always a good sign.
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Platinum Hunt: Sound Shapes

Recommended guide: None needed
Difficulty: 5/10

Metal Gear Solid has been influential to gaming as a whole, but it has started a new trend of as late. Metal Gear Solid 3 HD was my first dual platinum trophy, earning it on the Vita then transferring it to my PS3 for another platinum. Sound Shapes has followed suit, being Sony’s first endeavor into such a frontier. I have to say, I like this new trophy earning method.
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