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A Perfectionist's Pursuit of Completion <long read warning>

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:platinum: Platinum 44 

 

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Codemaster's ONRUSH was one of the monthly PSN Plus free games in the month of December and had since found itself in the dark abyss of my downloaded games. I must be honest, I had disregarded this game as just another indie racer that I would probably never get to, not realising that it was a full cost retail title. Having finally returned my backlog to 100% I found myself browsing my downloads and it jumped out at me. A bit of research told me that it had no DLC and a quick browse on YouTube reaffirmed my interest in going for this platinum. ONRUSH provided a welcome change of pace from the combat focused games I've found myself playing for the last few months. That being said it's still possible to push and shove your way to finish the line, crushing and obliterating helpless fodder and drivers alike. ONRUSH encourages you to play aggressively and in one of the modes 'Switch' it's a an absolute requirement to help your AI buddies out by thinning the enemy team. I went into this title hoping to recapture the nostalgia of the original Motorstorm game which was an incredibly high expectation to set. ONRUSH is a game that fizzles out in regards of excitement. Your first few races and introduction to each of the four modes is entertaining enough but by the third event card things get boring fast. The difficulty of the challenges also ramps up from 'get 10 fodder takedowns' which you'd most likely do without noticing to 'get 30 air time callouts'. The latter took me a few attempts as my AI teammates would win the event before I could get all the callouts, I finished in the high twenties a few times. The system isn't broken and it makes sense that events progressively evolve in difficulty but some of the very end-game challenges are infuriating without calling upon the help of a friend. Thankfully I was able to use this forum to connect with someone who wanted to do these challenges too and we knocked them out with very little effort as a pair who were both competent with the game. The last trophy I had to earn was 'Geared Up' which required you to unlock 250 unique items via loot crates that you earn for each rank you progress. This was a bit of a grind and I still had to play upwards of 20 more matches after finishing all the Superstar trophies to unlock this. The issue was I kept getting duplicates which only reward a minuscule amount of gold that can be used to buy loot box contents. Earlier in my playthrough I squandered a lot of my in game currency on green items but in hindsight if I had waited until I was on say 240 items I could have just purchased them then and maybe saved myself a bit of time. This platinum was enjoyable for the most part but nothing overly memorable.

 

 

  

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:platinum: Platinum 45

 

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Since it's release in 2015, Life is Strange was a game I had looked at and was very keen to play. Initially I watched a small portion of the first episode on YouTube and deduced it was the style of game I'd enjoy. Eventually this game would become free on PS Plus but it still sat in my backlog waiting for me to find a time to get to it. After the initial hour or so I went into this game completely blind and I have to say I found myself very engrossed with this game. Life is Strange has something of a reputation as an easy platinum and I have to admit I had a lot of fun going after the optional photos. I felt this game did collectibles right, the little hints made traversing areas fun but I must also add that at times it stripped away from the immersion when delaying the plot as not to risk missing a photo. I understand you could just use a guide but I wanted to avoid as many story spoilers as possible. Ironically one of the few times I did consult a guide I accidentally read a MAJOR spoiler, further emphasising why I had attempted to play the game blind. Life is Strange has a story that takes plenty of turns and some of the major moments of the game will take you by complete surprise. Trophy wise there isn't really a lot to say. You need to take 10 optional photos per level, most of which will come naturally with just a few that are a bit of a pain to find without a guide (I'm looking at you double moon in chapter 4). The American college/University centred plot certainly won't be for everyone and the game uses mean girls, jock and hipsteresque stereotypes for it's characters that are perhaps a little cliche. Having recently finished a University course myself I thoroughly enjoyed this game so maybe I'm the intended demographic, alongside rebelling teenage girls.

 

 

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:platinum: Platinum 46

 

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Housemarque's Resogun was my first platinum way back in 2014 but in truth their title Alienation had completely flew under my radar. In my recent culling of my backlog I discovered the title and after a little research realised it was a title by the developer whom had provided me with countless hours of entertainment with Resogun. I set foot into space and picked the 'Saboteur' as my class, ultimately I'd shed over 24 hours on this character on my journey to platinum. I went from level 1 to 30 with him, completing the story missions two times over in the process. My purchase of the season pass came in handy for shredding some time on both my 'Tank' and Bio-Specialist' playthroughs, though I still spent a considerable amount of time with this game. Running the three alongside each other I managed to get my Tank from level 15 (season pass allows you to start after a first playthrough) to 30 and unlock both of his trophies (reaching level 30 and completing all story locations) and I managed to get my Bio-Specialist from 15 to 30 in Hardcore mode earning his two respective trophies as well as the trophy for reaching level 30 in hardcore mode. I was able to utilise the help of my girlfriend for the two co-op trophies, which are part of the DLC, we fought against restrictive camera angles in a challenging experience aboard two xeno spacecraft missions. I spent the latter stages of the game levelling up my Saboteur to level 100 and also completing weekly missions for a DLC trophy. Alienation took a little longer than I anticipated, mainly due to the aforementioned 'DetermiNation' trophy which, if done without using exploits, takes three individual weeks. I enjoyed the game and it's blend of gameplay features inspired by other titles. I heard anticipated that the 'By the Power of Weird Alien Artifacts, I have the Power!' would be the most tedious of the trophies as it relies heavily on RNG but thankfully on this occasion my luck was in and despite it being my last trophy, this was a choice I took as I had the cores and gun required long before I decided to pop it. I was thoroughly pleased with my decision to platinum this game, it was a little gem of an indie title and I will hopefully check out Nex Machina (another title of theirs I had not heard about) in the near future.

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:platinum: Platinum 47

 

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Having completed Life is Strange when I saw this game in the Halloween sale for just £3.99 I couldn't resist. Before the Storm is a prequel to Life is Strange and focuses on one of the games main protagonists Chloe Price. I knew what I was getting into in regards of platinum difficulty as it's a very similar list to the first game. There's a trophy for completing each episode and within each episode there are 10 collectibles, this time in the form of graffiti instead of photograph opportunities. I found the graffiti refreshing and I especially liked that you could pick between two options with your pen. In reality this doesn't add too much replayablity but was a nice touch regardless. In terms of the game itself I couldn't help but feel a little disappointed. Before the Storm was made by a separate developer from the original Life is Strange and I couldn't help but pick out plot inconsistencies, some awful voice acting in places and just general weak writing. A large portion of what made LiS so enjoyable was the ability to rewind time and alter you choices but with this functionality missing I felt something was missing. Chloe's 'power', if you can call it that, to argue with and manipulate adults caused me to cringe a lot. A saving grace for me is that I grew very fond of this Universe and it's characters but couldn't help but feel disheartened when I realised the lack of original voice actors who reprised their roles were few and far between. I didn't hate this game and I still have ambitions to play Life is Strange 2 once all the episodes have released, I just think I fell victim to my own expectations of this title. I'm still glad I played this game and it was really cool to get some insight into who Rachel Amber was, a girl the plot of the first game so heavily revolved around. I just found myself wanting a few more answers to key plot points in the first game such as Rachel and Frank's relationship which was completely glossed over and avoided.

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:platinum: Platinum 48

 

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Mafia 3 is a game which reserved it's place in my backlog for the longest time, so much so that the DLC codes for the game had expired back in 2017! Thankfully despite the code leaflet stating this I was still able to redeem my codes. The predecessor to this game was my first taste of a Mafia themed game and I fell in love with it's atmosphere, characters and setting. Games like Mafia 2 and Fallout 3 diversified my musical tastes and gave me a real appreciation for the 50's era. Mafia 3 isn't a direct sequel to Mafia 2 as such, it picks up in 1968, some years after its predecessor. The main protagonist from the first game, Vito, is present in this title as a supporting character which was a nice nod to the previous game's lore. Mafia 3 is less of a linear story and more heavily focused around open world 'district takeover' elements similar to that of a number of other open world games. These tasks often feel padded and as mindless filler to get you from story point A to story point B. Each district cleared will unlock a tad more story and each two will lead to a showdown with a lieutenant or capo. These showdown missions are by far some of the best in the game and I can't help but feel a game like this would have certainly lent itself more towards a linear storyline. Trophy wise Mafia 3 can be a bit on the buggy side. Three DLC trophies are infamous for being buggy and the trophy community has had to come up with elaborate workarounds to get them to unlock. I went for these trophies as soon as I could but thankfully I was among the lucky few who had no issues. The trophy list itself isn't too taxing at all, two playthroughs were required and though the second run felt a bit tedious and more of a speedrun, the initial playthrough kept me gripped with it's fantastic story. Mafia 3 is by no means a game of the year contender but it's revenge driven plot and fantastic music choices make it an incredibly memorable experience. I'm glad I finally found some time to add this game to my list and it felt nice to return to a Triple A game after playing three indie games recently.

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I am very similar when it comes to completing games and going for 100%. I am a completionist too and I avoid games like POWGI like the plague. Quality over quantity for sure for me. I will be following you for sure. I saw you don't mind adding people so I will add you up on PSN. Great to have completionists on my friendlist with the same kind of mindset. 

 

Really nice platinum collecting  you have, Overwatch, Destiny, Battlefield Hardline, a couple Fifa and Red Dead Redemption 2 don't seem like an easy task. Good luck with middle-earth shadow of Mordor I haven't played this game myself but I heard good things about it. 

 

What was your favourite plat you obtained so far? 

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On 02/12/2019 at 8:56 AM, ZoutjeNL said:

I am very similar when it comes to completing games and going for 100%. I am a completionist too and I avoid games like POWGI like the plague. Quality over quantity for sure for me. I will be following you for sure. I saw you don't mind adding people so I will add you up on PSN. Great to have completionists on my friendlist with the same kind of mindset. 

 

Really nice platinum collecting  you have, Overwatch, Destiny, Battlefield Hardline, a couple Fifa and Red Dead Redemption 2 don't seem like an easy task. Good luck with middle-earth shadow of Mordor I haven't played this game myself but I heard good things about it. 

 

What was your favourite plat you obtained so far? 

Hey dude, sorry for the delay in reply I haven’t been on the forum in a few days. Pleasure to have you on my friends list and your account is also very impressive. 

 

To answer that rather difficult question I would have to say it’s Battlefield Hardline. Not the platinum as such, as that wasn’t too taxing but rather the 10,000 kills with each class. Being amongst some of the first people to do it was such an amazing feeling. I felt reminiscent of a time where I was one of the only people on an old trophy forum I used that had the Resistance 2 platinum. (not an account I use any more). It’s always nice to have an achievement you’re proud of and as I don’t have many infamously difficult platinums at the time of writing, this I tend to find pride in my more time demanding platinums. 

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I'm also guilty of restarting accounts and also prefer 100% to the amount of trophies, I know it's not about impressing people, it's just a horrid OCD :|

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Need for Speed DLC and Battlefield: Hardline DLC would of killed my continuation of a 100 percent profile.

 

I have an alt account that is a 100 percent completionist profile if I really feel like playing something I've already done, such as Uncharted.

 

I didn't find Middle Earth to be that hard or frustrating. The Hunt is My Mistress requires a bit of preparation, and after watching a couple YouTube videos I had a pretty sound idea how to get the trophy. I did a lot of Cloud/USB saving and I ended up using it a number of times for both that trophy and the trophy for earning a Level 25 Rune in the base game. The second DLC pack has a trophy for earning a Level 30 Rune and it has the Test of the Ring, which is thankfully not as difficult.

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24 minutes ago, Froobix said:

I'm also guilty of restarting accounts and also prefer 100% to the amount of trophies, I know it's not about impressing people, it's just a horrid OCD :|

 

Thankfully I seem to have kicked the habit and CraigyXO has been my only account since I got my PS4. Before then there was a whole army of Craigy accounts 😂 it got a little bit out of hand. I can completely relate on the whole OCD thing though, I’ve got it pretty bad and it can make getting platinum really tough sometimes. 

 

9 minutes ago, Spaz said:

Need for Speed DLC and Battlefield: Hardline DLC would of killed my continuation of a 100 percent profile.

 

I have an alt account that is a 100 percent completionist profile if I really feel like playing something I've already done, such as Uncharted.

 

I didn't find Middle Earth to be that hard or frustrating. The Hunt is My Mistress requires a bit of preparation, and after watching a couple YouTube videos I had a pretty sound idea how to get the trophy. I did a lot of Cloud/USB saving and I ended up using it a number of times for both that trophy and the trophy for earning a Level 25 Rune in the base game. The second DLC pack has a trophy for earning a Level 30 Rune and it has the Test of the Ring, which is thankfully not as difficult.

 

That’s a really cool idea with the alternative account. I have a play test account to check if I like a game before starting which helps me with deciding what titles to pursue. 

 

I’m a tad worried about Shadow of Mordor because a DLC trophy hasn’t popped despite me completing the action three times but I’m not at the panic stage yet. I’ve heard the Hunt is my Mistress is a pain. I think I’ll give it a few tries before resorting to cloud saves but most likely I’ll end up using a guide of some sort. 

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Felt like I was reading a biography of myself the entire time. It’s a relief to sometimes know you’re not the only one in certain situations, but yea it can get really draining.

 

Take RDR2 for example, the grind and time it took to get to level 50 was more than a sane human can bear, but not us! Or another perfect example is Resident Evil 7, this ridiculous trophy is a card game similar to 21, you essentially have 10 tries to beat 10 opponents in a row all while being totally RNG and luck based. Couldn’t tell you how many hours I wasted getting this.

 

Moral of the story: dont be a completionist kids! lol

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On 04/12/2019 at 4:02 PM, Keen_Chriss said:

Felt like I was reading a biography of myself the entire time. It’s a relief to sometimes know you’re not the only one in certain situations, but yea it can get really draining.

 

Take RDR2 for example, the grind and time it took to get to level 50 was more than a sane human can bear, but not us! Or another perfect example is Resident Evil 7, this ridiculous trophy is a card game similar to 21, you essentially have 10 tries to beat 10 opponents in a row all while being totally RNG and luck based. Couldn’t tell you how many hours I wasted getting this.

 

Moral of the story: dont be a completionist kids! lol

 

Not just that but what about those annoying RNG gambling challenges in Red Dead also. That feeling of nailing the 100% is just too rewarding though! 

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On 12/5/2019 at 2:10 AM, CraigyXO said:

I’ve heard the Hunt is my Mistress is a pain. I think I’ll give it a few tries before resorting to cloud saves but most likely I’ll end up using a guide of some sort.

You can absolutely do it without cloud saves, it just requires some pre-planning. I'll list what I did below if you want to try it on your own first.

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Here's a map of graug bait locations I nicked from Steam. You'll be using graugs pretty frequently as they're basically a guaranteed one-shot kill with their eat attack. This saves a lot of time.

 

1. Shoot the graug bait west of the starting point, then hop on, head to each stronghold and nosh on the captains there (if there are any there, RNG hooray!). This is to reduce the amount of beast kills you'll need to worry about later. Plus it's a good morale booster to go into the meat of the challenge with around half of the required beast kills done. On your way be sure to collect intel on the Warchiefs. [REMEMBER TO KILL YOUR GRAUG AFTER YOU'RE DONE WITH IT. The more points you get the better.]

2. Once you have intel on Ugakuga Graug-Rider you'll want to brand him, as he's the tankiest and will act as your bait helpful volunteer. Do what you need to do to draw him out and wail on him till you get his health low (if you can draw him out of the stronghold, that's better). Once his health is low you should try to combat brand him, as trying to brand him conventionally will get you ganked by dickheads. Once you brand him his captains and everyone else will cack their trousers and split. If you feel like you can kill one or two captains, go for it, but keep in mind if you get to far from Ugakuga he'll likely piss of somewhere else and you'll have to waste time finding him again.

3. Command Ugakuga to Riot with the other Warchiefs (later Captains) in turn, this will create a mission that you can go to and eliminates the need to draw them out individually. Every Riot mission will be close to a graug bait location (see above) save one; the location a tad east from the westernmost tower, keep that in mind. You need to prioritise killing Zugor Beast Butcher, he has explosive arrows and can ruin your run in an instant. He is damaged only by ranged attacks, so as soon as the fight starts disregard everyone else and plug his head full of charged arrows till you get your combo and let loose some fire arrows. While he's rolling on the ground you should be able to finish him with a shadow strike or two.

4. Summon a graug as soon as each fight starts, munch on the Warchief's Captains (the stipulation specifies Captains, not Warchiefs), then munch on the Warchief to finish it up. [VERY IMPORTANT. The grab controls on the graug are a bit shite, and you may end up eating Ugakuga instead, making your run go tits up. If he's too close to the guy you want to eat I'd recommend charging through the middle of them to separate them a bit.] After the fight is over, kill your graug, send Ugakuga to fight someone else and dispatch the rest of your orcs for the points. Rinse and repeat till you work your way through all the captains. DO NOT dispatch Ugakuga until you're sure you will end over the 13,000 point threshold, because if you kill him the trial will end. This is what got me the first time. If nothing has cocked up (I accidentally ate Ugakuga and had to find the last three Captains on my own, ending the trial with 29 seconds to spare. Definitely a sphincter clenching moment.) you should be done. Hope this helps. Unless you did it on your own, then feel free to disregard all this. Again, this can be done without relying on cloud saves. I don't mean to be elitist, but there's definitely a sense of pride attached to doing something like this legitimately.

 

On 12/5/2019 at 2:10 AM, CraigyXO said:

I’m a tad worried about Shadow of Mordor because a DLC trophy hasn’t popped despite me completing the action three times but I’m not at the panic stage yet.

Are you still having trouble with it? I might be able to help.

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16 hours ago, SpaghettiGrabsy said:

You can absolutely do it without cloud saves, it just requires some pre-planning. I'll list what I did below if you want to try it on your own first.

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Here's a map of graug bait locations I nicked from Steam. You'll be using graugs pretty frequently as they're basically a guaranteed one-shot kill with their eat attack. This saves a lot of time.

 

1. Shoot the graug bait west of the starting point, then hop on, head to each stronghold and nosh on the captains there (if there are any there, RNG hooray!). This is to reduce the amount of beast kills you'll need to worry about later. Plus it's a good morale booster to go into the meat of the challenge with around half of the required beast kills done. On your way be sure to collect intel on the Warchiefs. [REMEMBER TO KILL YOUR GRAUG AFTER YOU'RE DONE WITH IT. The more points you get the better.]

2. Once you have intel on Ugakuga Graug-Rider you'll want to brand him, as he's the tankiest and will act as your bait helpful volunteer. Do what you need to do to draw him out and wail on him till you get his health low (if you can draw him out of the stronghold, that's better). Once his health is low you should try to combat brand him, as trying to brand him conventionally will get you ganked by dickheads. Once you brand him his captains and everyone else will cack their trousers and split. If you feel like you can kill one or two captains, go for it, but keep in mind if you get to far from Ugakuga he'll likely piss of somewhere else and you'll have to waste time finding him again.

3. Command Ugakuga to Riot with the other Warchiefs (later Captains) in turn, this will create a mission that you can go to and eliminates the need to draw them out individually. Every Riot mission will be close to a graug bait location (see above) save one; the location a tad east from the westernmost tower, keep that in mind. You need to prioritise killing Zugor Beast Butcher, he has explosive arrows and can ruin your run in an instant. He is damaged only by ranged attacks, so as soon as the fight starts disregard everyone else and plug his head full of charged arrows till you get your combo and let loose some fire arrows. While he's rolling on the ground you should be able to finish him with a shadow strike or two.

4. Summon a graug as soon as each fight starts, munch on the Warchief's Captains (the stipulation specifies Captains, not Warchiefs), then munch on the Warchief to finish it up. [VERY IMPORTANT. The grab controls on the graug are a bit shite, and you may end up eating Ugakuga instead, making your run go tits up. If he's too close to the guy you want to eat I'd recommend charging through the middle of them to separate them a bit.] After the fight is over, kill your graug, send Ugakuga to fight someone else and dispatch the rest of your orcs for the points. Rinse and repeat till you work your way through all the captains. DO NOT dispatch Ugakuga until you're sure you will end over the 13,000 point threshold, because if you kill him the trial will end. This is what got me the first time. If nothing has cocked up (I accidentally ate Ugakuga and had to find the last three Captains on my own, ending the trial with 29 seconds to spare. Definitely a sphincter clenching moment.) you should be done. Hope this helps. Unless you did it on your own, then feel free to disregard all this. Again, this can be done without relying on cloud saves. I don't mean to be elitist, but there's definitely a sense of pride attached to doing something like this legitimately.

 

Are you still having trouble with it? I might be able to help.

 

Thank you so much for this dude. That was an unbelievably helpful explanation and I am 100% going to give that method a go next time I get on the PS4. In relation to the buggy trophy I was just doing the prompt wrong. All that stands between me and platinum now is those two trials. 

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7 hours ago, CraigyXO said:

All that stands between me and platinum now is those two trials. 

Lord of the Ring is much easier, but there's a couple of things to keep in mind. You need to kill the 5 initial Warchiefs and 12 Captains, while having 8 Captains or Warchiefs (not the initial ones) branded. That's 20 Captains total and all the game will give you, as advancing time will not spawn any more Captains. If you find yourself short for any reason (my run went pretty solidly, so I can't validate this) I heard having a grunt kill you will still have him promoted and will give you another Captain to work with.

 

Also, you won't be able to issue orders to branded Captains, so you'll need to find everyone yourself (interrogating summoned grunts with the left directional button is a quick way to get their locations). I've found that the Warchiefs start with no bodyguards, so it's a good idea to go after them first.

 

[EDIT] Make sure to have a fully charged ring (I can't remember the proper term) in group situations. It makes it much easier to focus in on one guy and you can get rid of a good chunk of his health (if not all) by the time it's run out.

 

All the best my man.

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:platinum: Platinum 49

 

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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor - Game of the Year Edition would be the penultimate platinum before the 50 milestone. Shadow of Mordor, like a lot of my recent platinums, was a game that had sat in my game collection for some time before I finally played it for the first time. I played the first hour or so on an alternative account and off my initial impressions I wasn't overly impressed but a return visit some days later proved more enjoyable and I therefore decided to start the game on my XO account. As a large open world game I enjoyed balancing a variety of side content such as quests, collectibles and lore with the main missions. What I especially enjoyed about the game was the Orc hierarchy system and in particular pinpointing Orc weaknesses. Reoccurring nemesis characters provided some tense battles and a later ability that allows you to possess captains meant you could build an army in your own vision which was also a very nice feature. The difficulty in this 100% comes in the form of two DLC trophies, 'The Hunt is my Mistress' and 'Lord of the Ring'. The trophies are tied to two time trials which test all the skills you've learned in Mordor and stick you under unforgiving time restraints and specific requirements. I could not detail these experiences without giving a large thanks to SpaghettiGrabsy whose recommendations and detailed explanation, complete with map, made my time with these trophies considerably less stressful. 'The Hunt is my Mistress' trial 'Test of the Wild' required you to kill 5 warchiefs and 20 captains whilst earning 13000 points, killing 10 of the captains with a monster and all within the time frame of 40 minutes. This was the trophy I had heard the most about in regards of difficulty but with Spaghetti's advice I was able to complete this on my first attempt with a time of 38:19. I also was able to do this without using any back up saves, which I was personally quite proud of as I imagined I would not be able to achieve this feat. 'Lord of the Ring' was not as straight forward. The requirements for the 'Test of the Ring' were to kill 5 warchiefs plus 12 captains, with 8 of those captains or warchiefs branded, 50 grunts branded and all within the time frame of 60 minutes. On paper this may seem considerably easier as it's 8 less captains than the previous trial and with a much more generous time frame. However, the removal of the command feature when branding makes things a lot trickier as you can't use the riot feature which saved so much valuable time in the previous trial. My first attempt at this trial was going really well, almost too well. Then I realised at the 40 minute mark that I had made a fatal mistake, I had branded four of the warchiefs. The requirement states you must kill 5 warchiefs and four of those were owned by myself. Unlike the previous trial, just pressing down on the d pad was not enough to kill owned units so I had to waste valuable time killing them. This would not have been a problem if I wasn't required to have had all 8 branded units alive by the end of the trial as at the time of realising I had already completed the objective of branding the 8 captains or warchiefs. With each branded enemy I dispatched I was one further away from my target and I soon realised I was not going to be able to complete within time. I decided to start a fresh with a clearer indication of what I needed to do but yet again a number of smaller less significant mistakes threatened to ruin my run. The most significant of those was a mistake I made in the last 10 minutes where I accidentally advanced time as opposed to fast travelling. One of my branded captains was killed in his trial which left me one short on the 8 branded captains or warchief requirement. I then had to get myself killed so an uruk would become a captain, and then brand him which set me back more time leaving me with under five minutes as I went in to the fight with the final captain. Comically I got more and more frustrated as I could not climb a piece of terrain to get to him and kept falling off or jumping to the wrong level. Once I engaged in combat with him he had the dreaded 'combat master' strength which rendered most of my attacks against him useless, thankfully some quick thinking meant I was able to charge up the ring and eliminate him for a rather tight 58:19 finish. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this game, a critically acclaimed title that I had just never found the time to start but I am very glad I did. Somewhere in the future I'd love to play the sequel to this title but for now it's the milestone of my 50th platinum and I'd also ideally like to hit 10 platinums for the year.

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I find your PSNhandle neither unimaginative or simple...

 

I am also a long time gamer, but I lack the OCD gene... my only profile will never approach 100% nor do I care

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Awesome thread man, I like the short reviews you have of each game! I have a similar approach to my trophies. I also like to concentrate on 1 game at a time (pending DLC). 

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4 hours ago, craig_obviously said:

I find your PSNhandle neither unimaginative or simple...

 

I am also a long time gamer, but I lack the OCD gene... my only profile will never approach 100% nor do I care

 

Haha, always nice to see another Craig around.

 

4 hours ago, MrJAMBA said:

Awesome thread man, I like the short reviews you have of each game! I have a similar approach to my trophies. I also like to concentrate on 1 game at a time (pending DLC). 

 

Thanks man, I’m really glad you’re enjoying reading them. It’s got its pros and cons, that’s for sure. I find if I play too many games at once I perform worse and get confused with the controls, probably because I’m not used to playing in that way. 

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:platinum: Platinum 50

 

 

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For a little while I've held the belief that platinum 50 would be my first noteworthy milestone on this account. I  debated what game would mark the occasion best and for some weeks now I've known that Call of Duty Modern Warfare Remastered would be that 50th platinum. The original Call of Duty Modern Warfare surprisingly my first taste of the COD series and my first real experience with an online fps game. After finishing college I would race home, boot up my Playstation and play with friends for multiple hours, indulged in the multiplayer. When I think of Call of Duty MW I think of Chernobyl and silently sneaking alongside a Scottish ally whilst synchronising the perfect headshots. The remastered edition remains true to everything that made this game a standout in the FPS genre and made a trophy run unavoidable. The fact that trophies were not yet implemented into games at the original launch of MW and coupled with the fact that I had never managed to get past the 'One Shot One Kill' mission on the original made a redemption run for this game even more alluring. So the trophy run, first and foremost as a little disclaimer I did not use the veteran difficulty glitch. There is an exploit that enables you to complete the game on any difficulty and so long as you switch the difficulty by the final checkpoint it registers that you completed an entire mission on veteran. I do not stand in judgement of those who use such methods but for me I wanted this one to be a grueling challenge and mark the milestone in fashion. As someone who has completed Call of Duty games on veteran in the past I was no stranger to the grenade spam, heavy flinching and immediate deaths. On Veteran there are five notable difficult encounters or challenges to overcome. Right at the start of the game there is a FNG training course that requires you to run an obstacle course in under 15.1 seconds, this is number 1 of the aforementioned 5. This challenge took me under 10 minutes to do and I was incredibly surprised by this, I ended up setting a time of 14 seconds to top my friends list and I was really proud of this. Challenge number 2 came some way into the story, I had plodded through up until this point knocking out a few miscellaneous, gathering intel and using a variety of different guns for another trophy. Redemption mode was active because I was on the mission 'One Shot One Kill' the mission that had ended my run all those years ago as a teenager. I held down the ticket box and joyfully sniped numerous approaching enemies (I absolutely adore sniping in Call of Duty) I got a checkpoint and within a few attempts I was able to flee with Macmillan... one again pleasantly surprised at my progress with such a notoriously tricky level. There would be little respite as the very next level, 'Heat' is the the next challenging sequence of the 5. Once again, a mission I expected to be stuck on for hours took me no more than a few attempts. As I rushed to the extraction point I made use of my flash bangs and air support and found myself running through the fields unchallenged. I got a checkpoint just before the helicopter arrived and once again questioned how everything was going so smoothly. I progressed with the game some more, making incredible progress for the day, three of the most difficult sections beaten within three days... I was feeling good. 'No Fighting in the War Room', I'd heard a lot about this one. An unforgiving timer that granted checkpoints only if it deemed you as going fast enough to be able to beat the mission. Unlike the previous sections I was stuck here for a while but I blitzed through the earlier sections and my checkpoints were very flexible. One section in particular was in close quarters corridors with one-shot enemies that made the whole section an absolute nightmare. By the time I got through to the war room I had a few minutes left on the clock and just one difficult section remained. In a single day I had knocked out 'One Shot One Kill', 'Heat' and 'No Fighting in the War Room' and at this point I was feeling overly confident and surprised at how easy I was finding the platinum but all of that was going to change. Mile High Club.. where do I start. My first attempt was at 11pm on the 12th and I would not get the platinum until two days later. There were times where I thought I would never be able to do this, I had convinced myself as someone nearing their 30s my reflexes just aren't what they once were. I tried and tried and tried and tried, I invited a close mate in to watch via share play, I invited my girlfriend in to watch... I still kept failing. I'd say a good 75% of the time I wouldn't even clear the first room and then there were the agonising moments I'd get to that final corridor and run out of the time (that happened a fair bit) and the even more agonising moments where I'd made good time but the very last enemy would down me as I neared the doors. The break finally came and what happened I can only describe as the most unfortunate moment of my entire playthrough... I clear the mission, I jump the plane and decide I want to share the moment so hit the share button... the game freezes. I start panicking because this thing has brought my to the brink of insanity. I know from research that the trophy pops once you go back to the menu but I have no choice but to reboot the game. I assure myself the checkpoint system has my back here, but it didn't. No trophy but to add insult to injury I have video proof of me earning the thing. At this point I strongly contemplated the veteran glitch as I knew I had earned it but pride got in the way and I started running this thing again, by now my strategy was pretty concrete at every portion but the final corridor but thankfully within about ten minutes I finally jumped from that plane one last time and the platinum popped. You can bet anything I didn't try capturing that final run on share play! All in all, what an incredible game that holds a special place in my heart and what an experience to be able to say I've truly mastered this title.

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Congratulations on getting the two Trials trophies, I'm happy I could lend a hand. I also like read your write-ups (reviews, whatever you'd like to call them) when I have a bit of free time as I really enjoy them. Keep up the good work.

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11 hours ago, SpaghettiGrabsy said:

Congratulations on getting the two Trials trophies, I'm happy I could lend a hand. I also like read your write-ups (reviews, whatever you'd like to call them) when I have a bit of free time as I really enjoy them. Keep up the good work.

 

Thank you man! The tips were so useful and I’m glad you’re enjoying my ramblings. I’m feeling so much more focused on my account and goals since starting this little checklist.

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:platinum: Platinum 51

 

 

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Platinum 51 was initially planned to be squeezed in just before the end of the year but some miscalculations on time frame, personal life commitments and the general festive period meant that This is the Police 2 would become my first platinum of 2020. I have owned this game for some time and I completed an initial 'play-test' run of the game some months ago (back in July). I was drawn to this game through YouTube playthroughs but was quickly sceptical about the game when I read online criticism of the game being borderline unplayable at times. I ran into a game breaking bug on my previous run that corrupted my save and rendered me unable to finish the game. In truth I have hummed and hawed about risking this infamously buggy and glitchy game on my account for some time but I couldn't shake the fact that despite its shortcomings I absolutely adore the art style and micromanagement nature of this game. I've been living out of my backlog for some time now but I've started to approach the stage where my options are limited and upon finishing platinum 50 this was the only title I had a real desire to actually play. I took the risk and I don't regret it. The game is set in Sharpwood and you take control of a police department in this police micromanagement simulator. You'll command a bunch of arguably the most unprofessional police officers you'll ever meet and allocate them to crimes, investigations and much more. Primarily one of the reasons I started this game on my main account was I wanted to give back to a community that I've thoroughly enjoyed being a part of. When doing initial research for this game I noticed none of the trophy websites had a guide for it so my intention was to put one together, essentially providing a guide for anyone who wants to juggle the many glitches and bugs in this game to experience a flawed but enjoyable game. Being my second playthrough of the game and my extensive amount of hours now logged into this title, the game wasn't overly challenging but approaching scenarios in different ways and gathering research for the guide was surprisingly enjoyable. To me, This is the Police 2 feels like a mobile game, but this isn't a bad thing. Both the original and this title have mobile releases though the series originally started on the PC. I'm a sucker for some micromanagement and I really enjoyed the way I'd bond with my officers and develop favourites as well as detest others. In some ways it felt reminiscent of one of my other recent platinums: Shadow of Mordor in that I found myself commanding characters I cared about. I found myself sending certain officers on calls and trying to build them up to be the best my department could offer and this enhanced my interest of the game. This is the Police 2 is a great game if you can overlook its plethora of glitches and shortcomings. It was a unique experience to create a guide and also nice to be one of a small minority of members on this site who has played the game and one of a handful who have obtained the platinum. 

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