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What are the rules that define your own trophy hunting?

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Here are my personal rules.

 

  • Earn at least 3 trophies everyday; rank and rarity don't matter.
  • No playing "easy plats" until my world rank is under 9,999 or everyone around me on the leaderboard has embraced the practice. Those are the conditions when I'm allowed to partake, doesn't mean I will.
  • Any game that was on PS Plus gets "easy plat" immunity.
  • Stacks are fine. Stacking ever region and/or 100% auto-pop stacks are not allowed.
  • Guides can be used in anyway I feel like using them. I'll usually check them for missables before playing a game or to get context on the trophy list. I usually follow them for collectables (wandering around aimlessly is not my idea of fun), "easter egg trophies" and trophies I don't understand. I will play my first playthrough as blindly as possible.
  • I'm not allowed to use guides on visual novels or story games of a similar nature until I'm 100% stuck and have tried everything I can think of.
  • Glitches, exploits and cheese are allowed.
  • Save scumming is allowed but I do my best to avoid using it. 
  • I'll attempt to do multiplayer trophies legitimately first. Boosting is alright if I find the legitimate ways are not possible or require extreme luck because of server population and/or META reasons.
  • Rubber bands & turbo controllers are okay. The situations I've encountered where these methods are helpful are rare and usually don't negate the challenge too much.
  • The bulk of the trophies and the hardest ones need to be done by me.
  • I can't delete a 0% unless it's impossible or the game was so bad I don't ever want to touch it again.

 

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3 Per-Day Quota - I started it because I wanted to get my daily average to 3. It has never been hard to maintain and it gives me a goal everyday. I don't think  I'll raise the quota or abolish it anytime soon.

 

PS Plus Immunity - I give any PS Plus game easy plat immunity because they're distributed to a large amount of the player base and there is rarely any control on the games you get. You technically pay for those games so you have the right to play them. Going out of your way and targeting a "easy plat" is different in my book.

 

Guides - They are usually not around when you can be first. Speedrunners rarely speedrun a game without a community sharing information. Guides don't earn trophies for you; you are still required to put in the effort yourself. Guides do make some game genres trivial, so I don't use them in those genres until I need to.

 

Glitches - If something is part of the game (intentional or not) I believe you're allowed to use it. I purposefully don't use gliches that only pop trophies.

 

Save Scumming - I only use it to save time and when it doesn't completely break a trophies challenge factor. I don't use cloud save scumming unless it's the only way.

 

Going It Alone - I have played all my singleplayer games by myself for years. In the past I've had friends come over and play my games. I never noticed them earn me a trophy and if they did, it was probably a story trophy or something silly. I believe that you should earn all trophies on your own (In singleplayer games) but I won't crucify you if you had someone play the game for you. If you did the hardest trophy yourself, you are able to say you did it on your own. Having a friend get the trophy for pressing start button in Hyperdimension Neptunia doesn't disqualify you from saying you trophy hunted on your own; if you S-Rank all/the majority of the dungeons yourself.

  

Pick One Game and Stick to It - They're exceptions (Valkyria Chronicles 4 & Fallout New Vegas)  but most of my 100% and platinums are obtained over a long period of time; I take significant breaks from games a lot. I play multiple games at a time, so I'm rarely focused on just one game. I've also found when I don't play a game for a while and return, I've actually gotten better at the game. I have no idea how that happens sometimes.

 

Play the Series in Order -The only time I've ever come close to playing a series in order was with the PS1 Spyro Trilogy (Haven't played anything Spyro besides Reignighted since the PS1 games). I always start a series by playing a sequel first a large majority of the time or I skip past an entry at some point. 

 

Get 100% or don't bother playing at all - I don't have this mentally. I play a game until I get sick of it. I'll usually push myself to get platinum if I'm close. I don't buy DLC just for trophies because I'm cheap like that. I like seeing a game at least A-rank  but I don't lose sleep over it if it's not possible or I don't feel like it.

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I think my rules are pretty standard stuff; plus it's more of what you'd call a guideline than a code...

 

a) Always get the Platinum and/or 100% 

  1) DLC is not required to be purchased or completed on rental games; just getting the platinum is enough for those

    A) DLC is required to be completed if you own the game

b) On-line or co-op trophies should be avoided at all costs

  1) If these cannot be avoided they should be complete ASAP

  2) Boosting, etc is a perfectly fine method of getting on-line trophies, which, as previously stated, are an abomination 

c) Dirty, shameful easy platinums are perfectly fine and make a good break between 100 hour RPGs.

  1) Region stacking is too much work

d) Always review the difficulty of the platinum and your ability to get it before purchasing/starting a game

e) Games with cute anime girls are objectively superior to those without and should be given priority

f) Obviously, never hack or otherwise cheat

   1) Was to make the game easier within the game (codes, etc) itself isn't cheating, it's simply clever "strategy"

g) Never play more than one PS3/PS4 game and one Vita game at a time

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How I trophy hunt:

 

Earn them BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY!

If that means boosting, or letting someone carry me through a difficult part (Seeker of truth trophy in final fantasy 14) then so be it. Helpful glitches like item duplication in Demon's souls are ok by me too. Whatever makes it easier to earn it.

 

One game at a time, usually. That makes it easier to focus if my efforts aren't spread too thin.

 

I don't care if I get frustrated either. I just keep playing through the frustration until the trophy pops. I've been through so much hell for trophies it's unbelievable.

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1. From past experience, always make sure to do games with online trophies as soon as possible. 

 

2. No quick easy games under 1 hour. That’s not my thing.

 

3. Only play games I know I’m interested in. 

 

4. No hiding trophies as I don’t want that blue H icon there. 

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Posted (edited)

Hi, interesting topic...

 

I'd like to share which rules from your list I agree with, add my own and comment the rules I don't use for myself. please don't feel offended by my thoughts on the rules I disagree with, just my thoughts :)

 

17 hours ago, TheYuriG said:

 

  • -you must always 100% every game, unless when impossible by forces bigger than yourself. not wanting to invest time is not a force bigger than yourself. shutdowns and unreleased content are

absolutely. plus:

  • When I start a game I ALWAYS make sure to get online Trophies out of the way first thing, to avoid "forces bigger than yourself" like server shutdowns while I am playing it. I even try to find boost partners before I start it to make sure of that, but it is not always working that way.

 

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  • -you must always complete every stack of a game, unless it has too many stacks and DLC (this exception is made exclusively for monetary reasons. in a world of free content, this exception wouldn't exist socialism speedrun any% when). Chariot and Evil Within are examples of this

No, when I found the game wasn't fun at all I won't do it a second time. I have only so many time before I die, I won't waste it on shit games I have no fun at all with. Also I don't want to pay someone money for crap.

 

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  • -you must not stick to few genres. play everything

Another nope. My first rule overall is:

 

  • Have fun. Play what you love, not what someone expects.

 

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  • -you should prioritize games with higher skill ceiling over the rest. easy games are boring, moderate games are dull, hard games are challenging and therefore meaningful to complete

That's kinda nice, it's most of the time in the back of my head. But if I really want to play something that is considered easy but a lot of fun for me personally, I will always make an exception.

 

 

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  • -you should boost every game, unless you don't care about the trophies for said game and/or such trophies are fast enough to complete alone that it's easier to do so than to organize a group for it

Yes. And not only bc I usually hate a the MP in a game that is mostly SP. Boosting is part of the fun too.

 

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  • -you should avoid games that are constantly being updated, because if new trophies are added later, you will have to relearn how to play the game again, which is a major waste of time

Yep. But the exception is always rule number one: Play what you love. I don't regret playing Final Fantasy 15 and dead by daylight. DBD ist one of my favorite games of all time. but it is constantly updated with trophies, sometime pretty hard ones. 

 

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  • -you should never get carried or have anyone else other than yourself earning trophies for you, unless the method for doing so is avaiable for literally everyone else, no exceptions (infamous 2 UGC missions fit in the exceptions, although I didn't use them)
  • -you must never pay for any sort of microtransactions that will reduce/shorten required time/effort to complete a game. if you can't earn naturally, you shouldn't use it. no boosters/shortcuts/timesavers are allowed

Yes, nothing to add. Not always working for me but I do my best.

 

 

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  • -you must always earn the platinum trophy as the last trophy in every game that one avaiable

No I dont care. The platinum ist just another trophy on my way to 100%, it has a nice color though :P 

 

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  • -you should always share found strategies for trophies, when you assume people don't know about such strategies. if you don't, you will have an edge over other people, which makes the competition unfair, and therefore, void

Well thats nice, but I respectfully disagree. As long as a person has a brain, the person will have the chance to find the same strategy. If you find it yourself, google it or ask someone. But not sharing something with the world is not cheating on that situation it doesn't give you an unfair advantage IMO. If I see someone asking and I have the answer, I will share. but I won't always go online, search if I can add my strategy somewhere only to do something. If someone asks me I will help, but I don't blame anyone for not doing that. If he or she made it by him/herself, I can do that too as long it wasn't cheated by them.

 

 

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  • -you must always complete every game of a series in sequence, back to back, when possible to do so. playing other games while not completing them is allowed (see wolfenstein, uncharted PS4, Mirror's Edge, etc)

Nope, but only bc of my rule number one. If I don't like a part of a series I won't play it, and sometimes I find my way into the series by playing the latest game and not the first one. If I am interested in something new I will play that and and not part one of it. I started Infamous First light as my very first infamous and loved it. if I had played infamous 1 first I wouldn't have liked it. But I liked everything about first light and second son so much that I decided I will play the whole series and for each series I decide to do that I find a reasonable order. a mix of what makes sense and is possible to me right now, including onlinetrophy issues (like I will probably play a game from the series first if it includes online trophies to get them out of the way)

 

 

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  • -you should avoid starting a game and then abandoning it, for the same reason as the 'constant update' rule. relearning games is not good. start, persist, succeed

yes. you should xD

 

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  • -you must always play the game blind, without following any walkthroughs or guides. collectible guides should be avoided on the first run, unless doing so will increase a lot the required time to complete the game

yeah for me I adjusted that rule after some bad experiences. First I check if there is something missable, that I can't go back to via chapter select, something that can destroy everything I build my game up to. Just checking that and how to avoid that. Sometimes I decide that it's okay for me to have a second complete playthrugh and sometime I feel that the game is not that fun and I don't want to waste more time than necessary, in that case I will grab a guide for collectibles or something. still not for the rest of it. and lately I started the last of us and found it so dreadful (Im so sorry xD) that I even searched for some strategy guides to find my way through all the shootings easier. So I kinda have 3 states of a game with matching strategies to them.

 

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  • -you will never start an impossible game, since that will break rule 1

Yes.

 

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  • -you will always have a quick glance at the trophy guide before playing, in order to be able to measure how blindly you will be able to play such game

Absolutely.

 

 

My own rules:

 

  • Have fun. Play what you love, not what someone expects.
  • Make sure to get online Trophies out of the way first thing, before any other trophy in the game if possible to avoid "forces bigger than yourself" like server shutdowns while playing it.
  • If you love a series, confirmed by at least one or more titles already played, play all titles of the series, except the impossible ones. This includes stacks. It excludes games that differ from the whole series very much and you hate it (like I hate Final Fantasy Dissidia SO MUCH I CAN'T play that, but will complete everything else)
  • Platinum is not 100%. The plat is only a nice little trophy on my way to 100%, it's not worth much unless I haven't completed the DLCs too.
  • Test every game you barely know on a test account. ALWAYS. So you won't have to endure bullshit games bc you earned a trophy in the prologue of the game.
  • The account is like your diary, it mirrors your life and lifetime you put into it. never start a new one. If there is something open in it - stand by it and deal with it, means complete it and never do that again, bc you have a test account! Also play things that mirrors who you are. If you love music play music games. If you love cats play cat games! Don't care what everyone else say about those games if you HONESTLY have fun with them or aspects of them.

I do break them sometimes, also my account has a lot of games from before the time I hunted and found rules for me. But I deal with them one by one as far as I can.

 

 

Last thing to add:

not long a go a guy I had talked to every now and then died. he was only in his 40s and a really nice person and he had 600+ platinums. And he was adamant on rules like this. He never got the chance to play some awesome games he planned on (as he told me) bc he followed strictly some rules and completed some games he hated before he had the chance to start the games he was SO looking forwards to.

Don't be that guy. I won't.

 

 

 

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  1. Attempt any challenge (i exclude some unbalanced free to play games, especially the pay to win ones), I don't mind installing games like Crypt or Tetris Ultimate on my profile, I must try any tough trophy that I can find and if I fail, I won't hide the game but publicly admit my failure; I had Sleeping Dogs glitched, I got the servers shutdown on nba2k14 before I was done with the online trophies, I stopped playing few garbage games because they make me vomit, but I won't hide them
  2. as said above, no hidden trophies, I admit my failures
  3. no stacks, personally I do not like having the same game twice or more in my profile
  4. take the discount chances! you can find some nice discounts on ps store, pretty much 95% of my games come from either ps+ or these discounts
  5. don't waste money on expensive 100%s, I barely do dlcs, and since I got my glitched Sleeping Dogs I renounced to 100% completionist, I'm absolutely fine with the 90% I have
  6. trigger toxics through some games, I love to share glitches I find to make some games easier that some toxics use to self call Gods and similar shit, or plat said game to ruin their small brain, in fact I also want to milestone DMC4 one day 😂
  7. use any glitch and do boosting sessions, to honor my CFC ultimate status
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- Check the guide beforehand for missables.

- If a game is grindy, but I can see the end in sight, I'll give it a damn good try. I can always listen to a new album Ive been meaning to pick up, or have one of my favourite shows I know line for line play in the background. Currently doing this with Gauntlet.

- Im open to any and all boosting. No matter if it takes one second or an entire week, I'm game. I tend to avoid multiplayer trophies as my internet connection's disruptive as hell, so having a team gently push me to victory, especially when they have the patience to put up with me, is always appreciated.

- Collectibles are my thing. No skill involved - just a handy guide accompanied by endless patience.

- Not gaining 100%'s doesnt bother me all that much. Plat is minimum. I tend to buy the DLC only if I enjoy the game.

- I don't return to games I get bored with. WET is one of those examples.

- For 100+hr plats, it has to be for either a franchise that I love, or one that slowly garners my attention. I've platted multiple Yakuza games, ones which are renowned for having the longest cutscenes EVER, yet I've enjoyed every second of it.

- The more glitches/exploits, the better.

-NO SHARE PLAY. To me, that completely negates the point of earning trophies in the first place!

 

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I buy what I want

 

I play how I want

 

If I have to force myself to keep going, it's no longer worth it.

 

I could use some of the discipline many here have but for the most part this is my philosophy

 

EDIT: I realize how plastic this sounds since everyone here is essentially doing the same thing as I but I can't say have a finer set of rules that I go by, not yet anyway

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1 hour ago, Briste said:

-Only one PSN account. No trial or alt accounts. If I play it...it is on my profile for better or worse.

 

I had forgot about this - I completely agree on this rule, and added it to my own list.

 

I will only ever play games on my main account. Otherwise I'd feel like a fraud whenever I speak about completion rates/the need to 100% things. Sure, it only affects me and no-one else, but I feel like if you want to "boast" (is it boasting or is it just sad?) about your high completion rate, it has to be genuine and you can't do "trial runs" of games just to see if you can complete it or not, and decide to ditch it if it's too hard/time consuming/whatever.

 

I used to talk to a guy on PSN (who I have now deleted from my friends list, though not because of this) who will literally play every single new game on a blank account and only sync it to his main if he can get the Plat. If he can't, he deletes it. Then talks about how he Plats every game he plays (doesn't play DLC for the most part). It's like...but you don't really, and you know you don't. You're only lying to yourself, no-one else cares at all about your profile besides you, so why bother?

 

I didn't know if I'd ever be able to do Hollow Knight, as boss rushes really aren't my thing (because I suck) and I knew there were trophies for the Pantheons. But that didn't stop me playing it on release day, and sitting with it on my profile incomplete for almost 5 months because those Pantheons were kicking my ass (again, because I suck). Same with any other game I've played in the past, and any other difficult game I'll play in the future (I have I am Bread, Surgeon Simulator and Super Meat Boy in my backlog, which I'll start at some point in the future after I've padded all the walls of my house so it doesn't hurt so much when I bash my head against them).

 

If other people want to do it, go right ahead, don't let me stop you - your profile only every affects you, so do with it what you will. I just don't personally understand the point of it, at all.

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Well, for me, there's only one rule:

 

Don't do stupid fucking bullshit!

 

Ah, yes, I can already hear some of you saying:
 

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But Dude™, how do you define 'stupid fucking bullshit'?

 

 

Well, running around backwards for hours in Soulcalibur V to amass enough movement distance for this trophy is certainly stupid fucking bullshit.

 

 

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  • Play games you want to play first of all. Remember, that’s what we all did before trophies.
  • Regarding the above, avoid (99% of the time) the use of trophy guides whilst playing. Just enjoy the game.
  • 100% is the aim. 
  • .....I will however disregard BS (Brain Challenge, Uncharted 2-4,)
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Excellent topic, Yuri! There are certainly some very interesting answers in here as well. I never really followed any set of rules, necessarily. Honestly as of late, I have just been playing to have fun. I have a ridiculous backlog of 6000+ unearned trophies, a vast majority of which I'll never get for various reasons. I used to look through a trophy list before purchasing a game to see if for me the plat was feasible; I realized this meant I would be missing out on so many phenomenal games! Nowadays, I'll do so and check a guide synopsis just to scope out any missable trophies, as I'm not a huge fan of replaying a 40+ hour game for one dumb trophy. 

 

I was on a big EZPZ stack kick for a while there; it's nice for the quick stats boost, however when you're forcing yourself to push through a shoddy game just for another plat, IMO it's just not worth it. I am guilty of region stacking for a number of said EZPZs, but the more I think about it the more I feel it was kinda dumb to spend more money on the same shitty games (maybe exceptions for a few of them, Devious Dungeon being one that comes quickly to mind). 

 

Lately I've been finding myself gravitating towards Ultra Rare's. There's something to be said about nabbing an UR plat that very few others have been able to do, extremely satisfying if you ask me! Now that being said, I tend to get frustrated quickly when things aren't going my way, so if a game is pissing me off I just step away for a while and play something else or just walk away entirely. 

 

I've been a fan of this site for a number of years now, although I only more recently tied my account to it. But I have always been grateful for those who take time out of their schedules to write trophy guides, with really no incentive to do so other than wanting to! I've tried to make my contributions and have 3 guides under my belt so far, and very much enjoyed creating them all! I'm hoping to do more down the road, but unfortunately it is tricky to find the time. 

 

Again, these are just my preferences and I'm a huge believer of everybody playing the way they want to play for whatever reasons they deem appropriate! We are all in this to have fun, right?!

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It's funny reading this topic and realising I only have 1 rule:

- Don't Cheat! (Save game from other people, softwares to edit timestamps that sort of thing) 
- Since no one plays on my account, I don't even think about the risk of other people earning trophies for me!

Everything else is good to go, on my book.
When I first started, I barely cared about the platinum. Today, I usually only buy games when their "complete edition" are available at a fair price, so I can have acess to their DLC and the 100%.
I don't mind starting a game that is already impossible to platinum... In those cases, my focus is just getting all the trophies that I can.

Yes, I do buy cheap games just for the trophies because I think everyone should play some cheap, crappy and bad game once in a while, just to make the "real" game more valuable!

The only thing I really try to do is to keep my completion rate above 75% and all my games with A or S ranking here on PSNP

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I’d hesitate to call them the following points anything but my philosophy or my principles, considering that I seem to have an allergy to a hard time keeping to rules in general and to forego the call of creativity and of the spontaneous instead. My trophy hunting is primarily influenced by how I like to play my games. 

 

Let’s start with seemingly going off topic for a moment: if a RPG features healing and (temporary) stat boost items or overpowered super moves (example I can think off the top of my head from types of games I like to play: flashy charged skills, online aid, summons/attack items) I’m likely to try to play the game pretending that they do not exist. 

 

So, how does that relate to principles of trophy hunting exactly? It does (more often than not), when making use of everything that the game offers you is the fastest way to 100% it. I suppose this translates into the following guiding principle: trophy hunting tends to (sure there are exceptions) have limited influence on my manner of playing games

 

Blind playthroughs are also fun (to me). If I don’t need to keep an eye out for missables and keep lists or a walkthrough at hand, my heart swells with... warm, fuzzy stuff. I value high immersion 💎 Hands down. When trophy hunting, that’s not the most efficient route to go about it. 

 

I don’t own/use many popular techie peripherals and the like, partly because I do not have the space for/own a proper standard PC ATM (turbo controllers that rehabilitate your sore thumb(s) and those nifty sounding scripts immediately come to my mind) ...will Star Ocean III’s 40 to 70 hours of bunny races (killing-with-cuteness-since-2003/4) challenge my quirky convinctions and will a smart controller empty my pockets? Stay tuned for my next adventure with Fayt and the bunnies of death and doom 🐰 (coming not soon)

 

Here’s time for some double standard that I can’t strawberrybanana explain, however. I do use a USB stick to back up saves on occasion. By default, I don’t plan for it. So when I come to the point at which I feel that I need to back up my save to preserve my sanity, I gotta go on USB safari 🦒 round the house and possibly despair over having let others borrow them all. (Definitely how I felt about Tokyo Jungle on my old account: can’t do good enough, can’t do without Can-Do Creature, can’t do without USB.)

 

Turning my DS/VITA upside down with buttons pressed to keep my systems from going to catch Zzzs during those occasional inopportune hours moments? I do it. (Still own my original VITA with a smashed, blackened OLED screen that’s run out by courtesy of my kitty, so burn-ins don’t scare me.)

 

Some points that I hadn’t considered if others hadn’t pointed them out but that are, in fact, super closely tied to what I enjoy in my games (presentation, for one) and that therefore heavily influence the results of my trophy hunting efforts:

 

as for stacking games, I’m fine with doing it myself. My reasons: there are many times when my desires are far too great to reason with :awesome:

  • Curious about the (English) translation? Want to talk about text-heavy games with friends in English? But still want the option to fall back to Japanese text? (Especially with otome, gruesome translations are bad! A certain company - who I applaud for bringing over otome anyway - has grossly disappointed me in that respect.)
  • One audio/text turns out to be speaking to me more than the other? (I’ve yet to tire to point out how awesome I found English audio in Akiba’s Trip! Used that one. Only that one.)
  • Want to gift/share a game with family or (German-only) friends but want to play the Japanese game myself? Or want to (I rarely do) get a fancy limited edition on top? (looking at you, you hot, hot JP Xillia 2 exclusive edition for me, EU for family)

A single copy won’t do then (yet, maybe never but I can hope). Fun and satisfying my random whims in gaming is one of my principles but so is avoiding 積みゲー*。 I want to try to keep a balance. (*it’s like Tsundoku but with books instead of games. Composite = meaning games piling up, a big backlog) 


A related philosophy of mine: real 積みゲー feels bad. Not buying -> stacking -> shelf-ing, never playing. If I buy a game or am gifted a game, I feel that I better make an effort play it (again, if need be). Games, groceries, clothes, electronics - I buy them? I better try to make something out them or find them a better home. 

 

On that note, I don’t non-accidentally hide games/trophy lists (broken games, unfinished games, stacks) by principle. I want to stare at all my games listed in a pretty manner (=on PSNP) in awe, marvel and think back to all the moments of joy - and the stupid bumps on the road - of my gaming journey.

 

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6 hours ago, Kristmas2 said:

I thaught i will add something from myself:

 

1. Always choose Quality over Quantity - don't do stacks, autopops and all this bullshit. Today, with all those stacks and autopops, PSN level means nothing - i would better have level 10 with Killzone 2 Platinium than level 100 with all those retarded japanese/korean/hong kong vita stacks :)

2. Play only games you like - i despise people who play some japanese/korean shitty, 6 minutes platiniums, without even knowing language, just for getting plat for 5 $.. Terrible

3. Always get  a 100% - DLC is still a part of game. When you get 60% completion platinium you should be ashamed of you actions.

4. First playtrough should be blind - just enjoy game, trophies should be a supplement to playing a game, not a sole purpose to play it.

 

 

Jako student zarabiający tyle że ledwo mnie stać na kupno jednej używanej gry miesięcznie na OLX, nie wstydzę się tego że mam wiele gier z niezrobionymi DLC.

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Here are my personal trophy hunting rules:

  1. Play the games I want to play. It could be a 300+ hour JRPG, clicking a mayo jar for 30 minutes, or anything in between. But trophy hunting is a hobby first, and if I'm not having fun it's not worth doing. 
  2. 100% all games, leave no trophy behind. If I know a game has an unachievable trophy I'll find something else to play. Luckily this hasn't come up yet.
  3. Don't stack games. My only exception is if a game gets remastered or re-released with a new trophy list such as a Game of the Year Edition. If I need another account to purchase the game or another system to play them game, then I'm not going to do it. I'd rather spend that time playing something new.
  4. Whenever possible the final trophy that unlocks the platinum should be for beating the game. Obviously there are exceptions when trophies require NG+, post-game content or have multiple endings. But when I finally beat a game I don't want to go back and grind out miscellaneous trophies. I'd rather get them along the way.
  5. Every trophy milestone on PSNProfiles must be a platinum trophy. No exceptions to this. Any milestones should be reserved for games you're particularly excited about or games that are more difficult or time consuming to achieve. I'll usually plan my milestone platinums ahead of time so I can work towards them.
  6. Spread out DLC and episodic games. If a game has story based DLCs I'll spread them out after I beat the base game. Same with episodic games, I'll never play two episodes back to back. I keep them as ways to break up other games I'm playing. 
  7. Keep my trophy log as tidy as possible. Sometimes it's playing a game to 100% at once, sometimes it's playing to a particular ending or milestone. Sometimes it's just playing a particular DLC or episode. But I like to avoid randomly switching between games. If I start to do that I feel keeping my profile close to 100% will slip out of reach
  8. Do not start a new game if my profile is below 97%. If I start a new game and it dips my completion below that number, I won't start anything new until I get it back up. Once I reach 4000 trophies I plan to up that to 98%. Then at 5000 trophies, 99%. 
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That's easy, only two rules:

 

1. Only buy games that interest you.

2. Don't force yourself to keep playing something you don't want to play just for trophies.

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For a long time I only cared about volume and so there is a lot of junk on my profile. General idea now is to improve overall quality of my list beyond my top 2 plats. I’ve always been bothered by a gap between the top couple of platinums and the rest of my collection. Specific goal is to try to get to 100 plats (currently at 79) with only “rare” (<20%) platinums, with I am Bread as hopefully my 100th platinum (Life is Strange was a sentimental 50th, Super Meat Boy was my 75th). It’s also a money saver since I’m not buying multiple $5-8 1 hour games every week. The one exception I plan on making is for the Assassin’s Creed Odyssey 100%, one of these days. 

 

Edit: I’m not one of those “everybody has to do things my way or they suck” kind of people. You all do you with your lists and don’t let anybody else tell you what to play :) 

 

 

Edited by Datboy1991
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3 hours ago, AiManiaTrophyhunting said:

please don't feel offended by my thoughts on the rules I disagree with

That's fine, we all have different goals in gaming, that's why we play differently. Thanks for posting, will go back and give a better read to your post when i'm feeling better.

1 hour ago, integra_93GS-R said:

Excellent topic, Yuri! There are certainly some very interesting answers in here as well

I agree there are a lot of good answers. I'm feeling really sick today, so I wasn't able to catch up since the last reply, but I'll make sure to later.

 

NOTE TO SELF: last read post, sixy at the top of this page.

Thanks all of you for posting, I'll make sure to read in depth later today or tomorrow.

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Enjoy the game 1st. If I want to plat it after that, I will. If it’s too much of a hassle, or if I feel burned out from playing it, I’ll drop it for a while,  then I’ll see if I want to hunt for the plat. No hassle, no stress. 

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For me personally, it's literally just

 

1. Am I enjoying this game enough that I don't want to stop playing it? I've been a completionist since I was a kid so this is usually the case but not always.

 

2. Is there anything else in the game that I'd rather do more than trophy hunting? (a.k.a loot grinding, stat maxing, etc)

 

Basically boils down to "I'm not sick of the game yet but I'm running out of things to do in it. Better focus up on trophies to get some more hours"

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  • Aim for :platinum:, DLC is optional. Unless no :platinum:, then go for 100%.
  • Every 10th :platinum: is a racing game (might abandon this after 200).
  • Anything that makes a game easier/faster and allowed is a-ok to use (but doesn't have to be used). I.e.: guides, in-game exploits, turbo controllers, rubberband, etc.
  • No share-play and no pass the controller to acquire trophies.
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I don't like seeing my trophy % under 100 but thats how it goes. I'm either not skilled enough to get them or just completely lost interest especially if DLC is involved. But mine are pretty simple

 

- Pick titles that are most interesting to me that I would either enjoy or curious about which could result in getting 1 trophy and thats it. Even some super easy ones can still have some enjoyment to them. 

 

- I don't tend to look at trophy lists ahead of time, I may look at % completion to see how difficult it might be and plan accordingly. 

 

- Games I've already played but haven't gotten the platinum I tend to go back and stick to it until Platinum is achieved. How many times have you stopped playing a game to come back and completely forget the controls or tip and tricks you learn to get pass situations. 

 

- Try to pick titles that are more Single Player focused. I'm not a competitive player but I'm always down to co-op as a team.

 

- My biggest rule, If I can get the platinum I'll go for it otherwise my mind wont stop thinking about it. If its an extreme hassle that would take hours, days, months to achieve then I'll let it go (unless the game still has enjoyment like Beat Saber) There's so many other games to be playing than trying to get 1 single trophy. I'm talking about you Beach Buggy Racing! which I am still trying to get. Im so stubborn sometimes. 

 

In the end if I know I can't get the platinum, I'll get what I can and move on. Theres some games I love but just don't have the skill set to get the platinum. 

 

 

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Very loose rules for me.

 

  • Have fun
  • Play anything that looks interesting or fun, regardless of trophies
  • Try to get platinum
  • Don't buy DLC for the sake of completion, only do it for games that I feel I want more content from
  • Aim for 50% or higher on all trophy lists (mostly complete)
  • Aim for 80% or higher overall completion rate (I'm hovering around there at least)
  • Complete the main story mode of a game after starting it
  • Check for missables and things to look out for but don't look too in depth until at least one playthrough is completed
  • I suck at speedruns
  • Most online trophies can screw themselves and I can be happy having all offline trophies in games that have a few for multiplayer
  • No stacks with a couple of exceptions (Skullgirls Encore from Skullgirls for example since it was unavoidable if I wanted to continue playing online, and probably Shadow of the Colossus HD/Shadow of the Colossus remake at some point)
  • Get everything by myself and naturally unless it's some obscene online requirement (like Bling Brigade in WipEout HD)
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