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Before I say anything, I’d like to make sure everyone knows I did not steal this idea from Joe Juba. I stole it from my friend... who stole it from Joe Juba, but details aren’t important. The point is, I’m proud of my Achievements and Trophies, the little rewards you get for completing certain objectives in a game. Obviously, everyone on this site knows what they are, so I’ll just cut to the chase.
These are the games I’ve played enough of to get every single Achievement/Trophy. Some were tons of fun, some were annoyingly difficult, but all were satisfying. (Disclaimer: This list is in no particular order.)
Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus (The Sly Collection)
I used to really like the original Sly game. While it wasn’t the greatest PS2 game, it was still pretty fun. Going back to it, I wasn’t as big of a fan. Others disagree with me, and that’s perfectly fine, but I just couldn’t get much entertainment out of it. However, I still managed to get every single trophy, mostly because it was such an easy task.
This is a game I bought purely on a whim. I had heard good things about it, and just decided, “What the heck?” I was not disappointed. I got an incredibly fun game filled with loads of guns, great writing, and addictive gameplay that had me coming back for more until I had every single trophy. Most of them were easy, but it began to become a drag trying to get all the way to level 50. Still, I managed to pull it off (with the help of my buddy Zonified, of course), and am excited for Borderlands 2!
Portal 2 is a game I was hyped for since its debut, and it fully exceeded my expectations. It would have been my Game of the Year if not for Arkham City and Skyward Sword. The gameplay was as fun as the original (that was pretty much a given), but the writing was what made the game. Valve took the interesting world and funny character of the original Portal and cranked it up to eleven. The trophies, while not that hard, added a pretty fun challenge to the game, especially in the co-op. Unless your co-op partner sucked. Then it just became frustrating. Curse you Lowery.
PAC-MAN Championship Edition DX
After hearing numerous good things about this title, and playing a bit of the demo, I decided to finally download it. What I got was a very sweet, albeit a tad short experience that felt like the perfect sequel to Pac-Man. Everything about it is so fast paced and fun, while still having the original feel that makes Pac-Man so iconic. Most of the trophies came by just playing the game, and there were only a few I had to try for. Still, it was a lot of fun getting them all.
inFAMOUS holds a very special place in my heart for not only being my very first Platinum Trophy, but the game that completely sold me on a PS3 in the first place. It was everything I had wanted in a superhero game since Spider-Man 2, and it did not disappoint. The story, the characters, the gameplay; all of it mind-blowing. I wanted to do everything I could to spend many, many hours with this game. And I did. Every stunt, every mission, every blast shard, all of it completed, and I loved every second of it.
Obviously I was excited for inFAMOUS 2, since I was such a big fan of the first game. While certain elements of the game were… disappointing, the gameplay and characters (for the most part) remained top-notch. Considering most of the trophies were basically the same idea as the first game’s, I figured it would be a piece of cake to Platinum this one. And it was, but like the first game, I still had fun doing it.
Along with infamous and Uncharted 2 (more on that later), LittleBigPlanet was one of the first PS3 games I ever owned. And boy, was it ever a great first impression to the system. The platforming may have been a little iffy at times, but the sheer amount of charm and creativity that oozed out of the game’s figurative pores was enough to keep me hooked. While I did end up having to carry out some shady deeds to get the final few trophies, most of them just required skill, luck, and a little help from my friends.
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Completing my three PS3 starter games is Uncharted 2, the only Uncharted game I’ve Platinumed so far. I do love the series, but beating these games on Crushing is incredibly frustrating. Heck, beating Uncharted 1 and 3 on Normal was frustrating enough due to some really rough patches, but I digress. Uncharted 2 blew me away with its fun gameplay, amazing setpieces, and great writing. I honestly just wanted to spend a lot of time with it, so I did. Not much else to say.
Ratchet & Clank: A Crack In Time
This was definitely the easiest Platinum trophy I’ve acquired, as I got it in a mere 5 days. You see, I had rented A Crack In Time mostly because all of my friends were big Ratchet fans, and everyone was egging me on to play it. I didn’t have the money or interest to buy it at full price, so I put down the $10-ish at Blockbuster and somehow managed to beat it twice in that short time. The hardest trophy for me was completing the secret boss fight, and even then it only took me about thirty minutes. That said, I hope I don’t come across as disliking the game – I loved it. It was just easy. Plus it had a Back to the Future reference, so how can I not love that?
These next few games are the ones I came incredibly close to perfecting, but missed the mark by just a couple of Achievements or Trophies. They make me sad.
Battlefield: Bad Company 2
Missing trophy: Demolition Man
At its release, I played this game a lot. In fact, I played it a little too much. You see, I was playing this game’s multiplayer every night for at least an hour and a half for two months straight. There was literally no other game I wanted to play every night than Bad Company 2, and you all know what happens after you play a game too much. At least, I hope you do, or else I’ll seem a bit foolish with that assumption.
You get burned out. You just stop playing said game because you’ve played it to the point of sickness. You literally cannot stand to see the sight of the game anymore. That’s why all things must be done in moderation. Anyways, the trophy I was missing was a difficult one; you had to kill twenty people by making a building collapse on top of them. I think I had about five or so, and knew I was never going to get it, especially in my burnt-out state. I sold Bad Company 2 and to this day only slightly regret it, because having 98% on a game is like having your teeth cut out with a rusty fork.
Missing Achievement: Winter’s Secret
I admit, the only rented this game for one reason: for the Achievements. And yet somehow, I managed to screw up not getting all 23 of them. The one I missed was… beating the game. That’s it, that’s all I had to do was beat the final level of the game. Not on a special difficulty, not with a special weapon, not with a certain turtle, just…. Beat the game. And I failed that. Talk about your all time backfires. However, in my defense, the last boss of the game was really hard and I had no idea how to beat it. I got so frustrated with it that I just said “Screw it” and took the game back to Blockbuster. Still, I was only one simple Achievement away, and I blew it.
Assassin’s Creed 2
Missing Trophies: Vitruvian Man, Show Your Colors, & In Memory of Petruccio
After loving the first Assassin’s Creed, and hearing so many good things about the second game, I was eager to give it a shot. However, I was pretty broke at the time with no way to actually get money, so I had to resort to renting the game at Blockbuster yet again. What I got certainly didn’t disappoint, and I spent as much time as I could with it. But five days still wasn’t enough to get all of the collectables, and I had to return the game without having gotten the precious Trophies. Perhaps I’ll rebuy it one day just to have it in my collection and get those trophies, but until then, I remain featherless, capeless, and video…less.
Missing Trophies: Anarchy Master, Team Player, Final Echo, & Environment Master
Bulletstorm is a game I was hyped for since its debut, and it fully exceeded my expectations. It would have been my Game of the Year if not for Portal 2, Arkham City and Skyward Sword. Woah, déjà vu. Let me start that over. Bulletstorm was a big hit with me at the time of its release, and I loved every second of it. So much that I desperately wanted all of the Trophies just so I could spend the maximum amount of time with it. Then, on my last four trophies, I hit a snag. These were trophies that I’d have to play an extensive amount of multiplayer to acquire. And the problem with that was no one was playing the multiplayer. And honestly, that’s the only excuse I have. It saddens me, but there’s nothing I can do about it really.
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood
Missing Trophies: Abstergo Employee of the Month, Role Model, & Download Complete
Like Assassin’s Creed 2 before it, I was excited for Brotherhood and wanted to play it all. However, this time I actually could buy the game, so I wasn’t strapped for time. HOWEVER, Brotherhood introduced something that is the bane of every Achievement/Trophy hunter in existence: multiplayer Trophies. Unlike Bulletstorm, these Trophies were possible for me to get if I had tried hard enough, but I wasn’t very good at Brotherhood’s multiplayer and it became frustrating. Eventually the people who did play the multiplayer got to be such a high level that it became infuriating to play with them, so I moved on. Maybe I’ll get it one day, but it’s unlikely.
Missing Achievement: Overkill
For starters, I do have 1000 Achievement Points in this game. But, some of that comes from the DLC, and I’m missing Overkill, which means I haven’t actually perfected the main game yet. The only real reason I wanted to perfect the game in the first place was because you got the katana piece for doing so, and with the DLC, it was a bit more complicated. Beating the game on Legendary didn’t net it for me, and by then I was starting to lose interest in Xbox Live, so I just became indifferent to the whole thing. Like Bad Company 2, I sold Halo 3, so now there’s no going back.
Missing Achievement: Speed Run
Braid is my second favorite downloadable game of all time, and not having that last Achievement pains me. And I’ve tried too, numerous times, it’s just never going to happen. For those of you who don’t know, the Speed Run Achievement in Braid requires you to beat the game in 45 minutes. To beat the game, you don’t just run through the levels and get to the end. No, that’d be too simple. You have to collect every single puzzle piece in every single level. Have I mentioned that some puzzle pieces require you to not do anything for a few minutes just so it won’t be locked out? And that the only way to stop the timer is to pause the game? Yeah, screw this Achievement.
…I WILL GET IT ONE DAY I SWEAR.
Missing Achievements: Devotee & UNO Shark
I love UNO. So much that I actually bought the Xbox Live Arcade version; I didn’t just get it for free with my Xbox like most people. I had fun with it, for sure, but the only thing that kept me playing extensively were the fun Achievements. Then, after a little while, I just stopped playing. If I went back to it, Devotee probably wouldn't be too hard, but UNO Shark may be a little tougher. Does anyone even play this online anymore?
Sonic 4: Episode 1
Missing Trophy: Untouchable
Lastly, we have Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1. The Trophy I’m missing for this game suuucks. You have to beat the final boss (which is a combination of all the bosses up to this point and a new, super cheap boss) without taking a single hit. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve come close to doing so too, and then getting hit by an attack I couldn’t even see coming. My buddy JR and I had a race to see who could get every Trophy in the game first, and that jerk managed to beat me by that single Trophy. I will have my revenge! And you know, probably get that trophy, eventually.
And that, dear readers, is every perfected and nearly perfected game I have on my PlayStation Network and Xbox Live accounts up to this point in time. Unless all of my gaming systems somehow spontaneously combust all at the same time, I plan to expand this list as I go along. It could take a few days, or it could take a few years, but there will always be that one game that, with enough perseverance, you finally perfect. And when that day comes, it’ll be glorious, and it’ll sit on your list of perfected games, and you’ll look at it, and you’ll smile. Or regret wasting the time and effort that could have been used for important things. I’m not a mind reader.
Big thanks to PIZZAKING92 for looking over this for me and helping me keep it fun to read!