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.

Was it Quick?

Col­lec­tive­ly for me, no this was not a par­tic­u­lar­ly quick one. If you’re doing every­thing prop­er­ly from the start, it should­n’t be too bad, but it’ll still like­ly be a rel­a­tive­ly lengthy process. The real killer here is the 100% com­ple­tion it requires, which can real­ly take up some time. I’ll get into some specifics in the oth­er sec­tions, but suf­fice to say that there is plen­ty to do and a lot of it is kind of out of your way. (4 out of 10)

Was it Easy?

This would be a rel­a­tive­ly easy yes if not for two words: blast shards. The game gives you a fair­ly inno­v­a­tive way of find­ing these col­lectibles, by sim­ply push­ing a but­ton you can see any around you on your mini-map. The prob­lem rears its ugly head when you have almost no way of track­ing what you’ve already col­lect­ed. Aside from a total count, which is also fair­ly hard to find, there is no way to get any kind of an idea of where your remain­ing shards are locat­ed. This makes the whole process way more dif­fi­cult than it needs to be and requires a very exact process in acquir­ing all 350 of them. Every­thing else is pret­ty easy, even beat­ing the game on hard, but the blast shard sit­u­a­tion is enough of a grind to ramp up the dif­fi­cul­ty sig­nif­i­cant­ly. (4 out of 10)

Was It Fun?

inFa­mous remains to be an incred­i­bly fun open world game. It’s cer­tain­ly show­ing its age at this point, and the evil choic­es are laugh­ably dumb, but I still had a blast play­ing it again. That being said, let’s go into some fur­ther detail about how you need to get all of the blast shards. There is a guide that I will link to here that sep­a­rates every island into sec­tions that you can go through one at a time. I’ll just say it: find­ing all of the blast shards was not fun. It is a grind that could have eas­i­ly not been awful if there was even a way to tell how many shards you have left on each island. If you want to get this plat­inum, it’s not a big enough rea­son to avoid it, but man was it a bum­mer. (6 out of 10)

Any Oth­er Thoughts?

One of my favorite series to this day, the orig­i­nal inFa­mous both shows its age and holds up sur­pris­ing­ly well. If you’ve nev­er played this game, it is well worth your time to check out. If you’re look­ing for a quick, easy and fun plat­inum tro­phy to grab on the oth­er hand, I would rec­om­mend look­ing else­where. This one was more of a per­son­al vendet­ta for me and I’m glad that I got it done, even if it was a bit of a drag at times.

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