The Platinum Diaries | Nier: Automata

Why This Game?

Nor­mally, I like to write these entries on plat­inum tro­phies that are either easy, hard or inter­est­ing in some way. Nier: Automata is an nar­ra­tively bril­liant game that does some really great things with its story and by the end of my play-through, I felt like I was pretty done with it. It was at that moment, I heard about some­thing inten­tion­ally built into the game by the devel­oper that made me want to go ahead and get the plat­inum. I’ll get into what that is and how it made me feel in a bit, but suf­fice it to say that this alone made this game worth writ­ing about.

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The Platinum Diaries | Horizon: Zero Dawn

Why This Game?

My deci­sion to go for the full plat­inum comes down to a cou­ple of dif­fer­ent things for Hori­zon: Zero Dawn. It’s both an awe­some game that I was happy to con­tinue play­ing and the remain­der of tro­phies weren’t that bad to round up in the end. Don’t get me wrong, this shouldn’t be on your short list for easy plat­inums, but if you’re going to play it any­way, you may as well go the full dis­tance. Con­sid­er­ing it’s a game where you fight giant robot dinosaurs, con­trol a com­plex and badass female char­ac­ter and the story is engag­ing and inter­est­ing, there are plenty of rea­sons to play it and grab that plat­inum by the end.

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The Platinum Diaries | Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

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Why This Game?

I would be lying if I didn’t say that this one wasn’t per­sonal. Res­i­dent Evil is one of my favorite series and I can con­fi­dently say that this lat­est entry is one of the best yet. Res­i­dent Evil 7: Bio­haz­ard being a rel­a­tively short game over­all also con­tributed to my drive to make this my first plat­inum tro­phy of the series, though it being an immensely fun game didn’t hurt. Look­ing at the ini­tial tro­phy list, it didn’t seem like too much of a tough one to tackle, but like any plat­inum, there are a few obsta­cles that are easy to under­es­ti­mate when you’re sim­ply star­ing at a list. That being said, let’s break this one down.

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The Platinum Diaries | No Man’s Sky

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Why This Game?

I had been pretty pumped for No Man’s Sky ever since its debut trailer first aired at the 2013 VGX awards. When the game finally landed in my hands, it had been paired down to a bit more real­is­tic prod­uct for a small indie team to be mak­ing, but I remained excited to play. Frankly, I think the game has received a bit more flak than it deserves, but that’s a topic for another day. The tro­phy break­down for No Man’s Sky involved earn­ing what are called mile­stones for per­form­ing var­i­ous actions you would nor­mally do in the game. Thus, I fig­ured, earn­ing the plat­inum is akin to com­plet­ing the game, since it doesn’t really have a con­crete end­ing. Paired with both this idea and my enthu­si­asm for the game, I set out to get this plat­inum tro­phy. Con­tinue read­ing

The Platinum Diaries | inFamous

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Why This Game?

This one was a per­sonal vendetta that needed a con­clu­sion. Back when it first came out, I actu­ally made an hon­est attempt to get this plat­inum tro­phy. After run­ning into trou­ble a few times, I put it on hold for a lit­tle while. Then, the unthink­able hap­pened, my PS3 died and took my inFa­mous save right with it. Pick­ing it back up, since most of the miss­ing tro­phies were just the evil side stuff, I man­aged to finally check this one off my list. Con­tinue read­ing

The Platinum Diaries | Rocket League

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Why This Game?

Aside from being a pretty rad mul­ti­player game, Rocket League is easy to pick up and play, but dif­fi­cult to mas­ter. When I started, I really had no inten­tion of attempt­ing to get the plat­inum tro­phy. After spend­ing some time with it how­ever, I noticed that many of the tro­phies had popped in just nor­mal play, so I decided to put forth the extra effort and grab the cov­eted top-ranking tro­phy to com­mem­o­rate my fun times with the car-based soc­cer game. Con­tinue read­ing

The Platinum Diaries | NCIS

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Why This Game?

I have been sit­ting on this one for a while, but decided it was finally time to crack this one open over the week­end and grab the rel­a­tively easy plat­inum in NCIS for PS3. This is one of those famously easy games to plat­inum, all of the tro­phies are unmiss­able, but what ended up being more inter­est­ing was how much fun I had with it. I’ll get to that a bit later, but suf­fice to say that this might be my most-recommended easy plat­inum ever earned. Con­tinue read­ing

The Platinum Diaries | Deadlight: Director’s Cut

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Why This Game?

Reach­ing the end of a game and glanc­ing at the remain­ing tro­phies, this seemed like a decently sim­ple cleanup job. Sev­eral of the tro­phies are story-related and the abil­ity to chap­ter select in to grab the col­lectibles made get­ting all but three tro­phies a breeze. I’ll get to those last few in a minute, but this was a case of appar­ent ease that ended up being decep­tively dif­fi­cult in the end. Con­tinue read­ing

The Platinum Diaries | Terminator Salvation

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Why This Game?

This is a pretty sim­ple ques­tion to answer: It has an uncom­pli­cated tro­phy list. Basi­cally, there are tro­phies through­out the game that pop occa­sion­ally and are unmiss­able. The only excep­tion to this rule is the tro­phy for beat­ing the game on hard which, mer­ci­fully, can be done on a sin­gle play-through. This par­tic­u­lar game is actu­ally a fairly com­mon game in con­ver­sa­tions about gain­ing easy plat­inums, which is why I gave it a shot.

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The Platinum Diaries | Trine 2 (PS3)

PlatinumTrine2 Why This Game? The plat­inum require­ments for this game baf­fles me. Pretty much all of them are skill-based, all but one of the tro­phies are gold and you don’t even have to fin­ish the game. In short, to answer the orig­i­nal ques­tion, this one is seemed very quick. Cau­tion: This is refer­ring only to the orig­i­nal PS3 release and not Trine 2: Com­plete Story that is also avail­able for the PS4. Con­tinue read­ing