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.


Was it Quick?

This is actu­al­ly kind of a dif­fi­cult ques­tion to answer. If you’re plan­ning on play­ing this game to com­ple­tion any­way, then you’ll have very lit­tle resis­tance to grab­bing the plat­inum after you’re done. This is going to set you back at least 20–30 hours, which is by no means quick, but if you were already going to make the jour­ney, then there should be noth­ing hold­ing you back. Nier: Automa­ta is one of the best games out this year, so the amount of time should not be too much of a fac­tor here. (5 out of 10)

Was it Easy?

Okay, here’s where I’m going to get into the nit­ty grit­ty of why I went for this plat­inum tro­phy. After com­plet­ing the game to the final end­ing, if you going back to the resis­tance camp, one of the char­ac­ters there will have a new dia­logue option. This will give you the chance to buy, with the in-game cur­ren­cy, any tro­phies you have not yet earned. So, at that point the only thing stand­ing between you and the plat­inum is some easy to farm cur­ren­cy. The main game is not par­tic­u­lar­ly hard, I played it on nor­mal dif­fi­cul­ty, so over­all I have to say that dif­fi­cul­ty is not an issue here. (9 out of 10)

Was It Fun?

Again, this is kind of a dif­fi­cult ques­tion. I have done sev­er­al things, many of them could even be con­strued as cheat­ing, to obtain a plat­inum tro­phy. This method, sim­ply buy­ing them from an in-game ven­dor, was lit­er­al­ly imple­ment­ed by the devel­op­er as a legit­i­mate way of get­ting the plat­inum and I have nev­er felt more guilty in the process. Through a com­bi­na­tion of know­ing peo­ple who got it legit­i­mate­ly and not actu­al­ly accom­plish­ing the tasks on the label for the tro­phy, I hon­est­ly felt ter­ri­ble every time one of those pur­chased tro­phies popped. I am not say­ing that you should feel bad get­ting it this way, in fact the devel­op­er stat­ed that he put it in there so folks would­n’t have to wor­ry about them. The game itself is def­i­nite­ly fun and worth your time, but pop­ping those last few made me feel super icky. (4 out of 10)

Any Oth­er Thoughts?

I’m not entire­ly sure what trig­gered my guilt this time around, but it affect­ed me to the point where I had to write about it. I tied rub­ber bands to my con­troller for the Rock­et League plat­inum. I have the plat­inum for Sound Shapes three times, because all you have to do is sync your cross-save. I have the plat­inum for My Name Is Mayo. I guess what I’m try­ing to say is that I’ve done some inter­est­ing things to get those shiny tro­phies, but for what­ev­er rea­son, buy­ing them with in-game cur­ren­cy was the line my mind did­n’t want to cross. Check out Nier: Automa­ta today and buy your­self a plat­inum tro­phy, if you dare!

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