I’m a big fan of trophy hunting in games, and unlocked my 49th Platinum in July with Midnight Deluxe. I don’t aim for overly difficult Platinum’s, though my ‘hardest’ to unlock is rated as a 6 out of 10 by playstationtrophies.org which was for Dark Chronicle. This took me just shy of 150 hours to complete, though every single hour of which was a pleasure as it is one of my favourite games of all time. Luckily for me I’d played it before so know it inside and out, so it provided minimal challenge, but earns its 6 out of 10 rating for the required grind and missable trophies that most newcomers wouldn’t be aware of.

It’s far from unreasonable that I enjoy my games, and as I like every ten Platinum trophies to be for a game I really want to do well in, I thought I’d put this article together so the Respawning community can weigh in on what my big 50th Platinum trophy should be!

Below are the four milestone Platinums I have so far, and the year I earned them. I’d love 2019 to be the year for Platinum 50, but we’ll see how I get on!

10 – Final Fantasy XIII-2 (2012)
20 – Wolfenstein: The New Order (2015)
30 – Dark Chronicle (2016)
40 – God of War (2018)

Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age

I adored Final Fantasy XII on Playstation 2 and couldn’t wait to get my teeth into The Zodiac Age when it launched on Playstation 4. My enthusiasm swiftly turned to ashes when I discovered the truly restrictive nature of the job system, as I always liked my team to be capable of any technique or spell I wanted them to use. This addition may be from the definitive edition that launched only in Japan, but for me it can absolutely fuck off.

I played until meeting Ashe in the Garamsythe Waterway (when it first tells you to pick a job for Vaan) and decided I didn’t want to commit to one, so turned the game off and uninstalled it after a week when I couldn’t bring myself to go back to it.

I guess my question is this: Do I power through it for the sake of the 50th? Should I let the rose tint I view the PS2 version of the game shine through for the sake of doing a game I used to love justice? This would be my top pick for Platinum 50, but times have moved on, more games are out, and other titles seek to catch my eye and to demand my attention.

Ni No Kuni 2

I never played Ni No Kuni 1, and so the imminent PS4 remaster of that could just as easily be on this list. I was never really drawn to it when it was out on PS3, and from what I’ve heard, Ni No Kuni 2 is easier and more fun to Platinum so I’m going to go with that. I have heard good things about the game itself, and it sounds like the sort of JRPG I am usually happy to sink around 100 hours into and to just lose myself in its world.

I see this as a very possible contender for my next milestone in trophy collection, but could just as easily be persuaded by something else.

No Man’s Sky

I enjoyed this game enough at launch to stick at it for a good 10 hours before losing interest, and the numerous additions to the game post-launch have made global gaming news with every free update that Hello Games have made for it. I haven’t given the updates much of a chance as they usually launch around the same time as something else I want to play, except for this year as I was deep into a watch-through of Gotham on Netflix.

My point is, I reckon if I went back to No Man’s Sky, I could get enough enjoyment out of it to push myself through to that glorious Platinum. If you have played it since the release of No Man’s Sky Beyond then please hit me up in the comments or on Twitter @MaliceVER and let me know if you think it’s worth another shot.

Rage 2

I haven’t enjoyed playing this game really, but the fairly easy difficulty could persuade me to go for it. I said earlier that I like every 10 Platinums to be for a game I really want to do well in, and this game just doesn’t scratch that itch. However, the fact it’s made by the developers of Just Cause 3 (4 was awful) and Mad Max is definitely a point in its favour!

I enjoy the gunplay, and the driving is OK I guess, even if most of it is a tedious commute. I have already played it for around 12 hours, and the trophy guides I have consulted advise this could be just over half of the time required.

I won’t rule it out as an option, but it’s definitely not my top choice.

Thanks for reading, and these games are the current frontrunners for the honour and privilege of being my fiftieth Platinum. Let me know if you have any other suggestions in the comments or on Twitter, and I will post regular updates on my progress towards the big 50.

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