March 6, 2010
The date of my first platinum. My first PS3 Platinum too. Surprisingly, unlike my Xbox completions, it wasn’t a Lego game.
Heavy Rain was pretty much the reason I bought a PS3. My ex got me into Xbox (now eXbox?) and I had initially wanted a PS3 to HAVE ALL THE THINGS, but convinced myself that I needed 10 PS3 exclusives that I wanted to play before I could buy one. Heavy Rain was being released in Feb and, being the 10th exclusive, I placed the preorder and bought my PS3! No idea what the other 9 were that I wanted aside from replaying God of War and Uncharted series. This was before all the other PS2 HD remakes and I did count the God of War collection as 2 games instead of one :-P.
So the game came and, in looking at the trophies, I realized I could get the platinum trophy! After going back and replaying most of the game (since I’d messed up the “Perfect Crime” set up), I finally got it! I remember kind of staring at it for a while after I got it, like a kid at Christmas. Really odd, but then, I’m really odd.
And that sat as my only platinum for over 3 years. That’s right, it was over 3 years before I got another platinum.
Plat total – 1
April 2013 I finally got another platinum, and this time it was a Lego game. I got 4 platinums in 2013 – 3 from Lego (Lego Legends of Chima being my first Vita Platinum) and one from Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward. ZE: VLR was my first platinum that was a grind. 11 Endings, countless puzzles and different levels of solving the puzzles (thanks, walkthrough), the visual novel aspect that had me falling asleep all the time. I was falling asleep because that’s what I do when my hands are idle and often there were huge chunks of story before a save point which isn’t good when you play at night :-P. But at least I was not relying solely on Lego platinums to boost my numbers. 3 Lego, 2 non-Lego. Good odds.
Plat Total – 5
That went to shit in 2014. 6 platinums that year…and all Lego. And it was the year I got my PS4 and slowly started transitioning into Sony heavy gaming. My Xbox was becoming my eXbox and Lego Marvel Superheroes was my first PS4 Platinum.
Plat total – 11
2015 saw 11 Plats earned – the total combined from 2010, 2013, and 2014. I doubled my platinum count to 22. First plat earned was Dragon Age: Inquisition. I was SUPER excited for this game when it came out, even though I’d only played Origins. This was also the first platinum I earned where the game had a difficulty related trophy and I was determined to complete the game on Nightmare and get the trophy.
Also earned this year was the platinum for Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Edition. My first grinding MMO platinum. The 500 bounties took FOREVER, but was so worth it. I had a huge sense of accomplishment and relief at the end of this game. Ether One was actually a pretty tough puzzle game for me. I had to walkthrough some collectibles and a few of the puzzles, but was a lovely Gold Rush Plat. Peggle 2 is one of the most fun plats I’ve earned ever. I LOVE this game.
Other Notable trophies
The Walking Dead – My first Telltale games Platinum
Plat Total – 22
2016 – I doubled my Plat count AGAIN earning 25 trophies this year! I had started clearing out the low hanging fruit from my backlog – Lego and Telltale games were being played with voracity. This year also began my Borderlands platinum earning – earning 3 of the non-Telltale plats. 7 Plats were Telltale and 7 were Lego, so they still carried over half my count, but they’re still plats :-P.
Catlateral Damage was robbed of Game of the Year.
November 29, 2016 also triggered the biggest trophy push and trophy earn I’ve ever done. I started by completing Skyrim and earning the platinum and then set up a goal to get a total of 5000 trophies in 30 days. I needed 649 trophies. Over 79 days, I earned 1,352 trophies (total), including 12 platinums (in 2016) – a platinum every 6.5 days on average – and smashing my goal in 19 days.
Plat Total – 47
This push continued into 2017, all the way to February and saw 8 more plats added to the 1,352 trophy count.
The number of platinum trophies I’ve earned this year alone has shocked me. I didn’t realize I’d done this well. However, between February and April, I didn’t earn a platinum. I had a career opportunity present itself and I had to take it. I started earning decent money again in April and began looking up Easy Platinum lists to boost my PlayStation stats.
May has been my best month so far – 12 platinums earned, with September at 10 and June at 9. They were truly amazing months for my stats and I’m surprised they happened, but a list of 2-3 hour platinums and decent money will make that happen I guess.
2017 also brought in my love for Artifex Mundi games – it’s like a Highlights for Children magazine in video game form and really just turns into a small sense of accomplishment as the plat can be earned in 1-2 evenings, depending on how busy your schedule is.
Resident Evil 6 is definitely a notable platinum earned this year. Probably the most fun I’ve ever had earning one as it involved a lot of multiplayer gameplay with Shoniaofthedead and Satay-Chicken. I hate online multiplayer, but the levels of fun, hilarity, and salt were just so damn good, I would do it again over and over.
Marvel Heroes Omega is another notable trophy. The grindiest platinum I’ve ever grinded as many of you know. I’m pretty sure I almost went bonkers at one point running through the same operation over and over trying to get the freaking Legendary item to Rank 5 (a 550M XP grind). Probably the most accomplished I’ve ever felt after a platinum simply because I did it. And now my plat stat for this game is tanking with everyone rushing to earn it before the game servers are shut down :-P. Fuck.
And while I did have a plan for my 100th platinum, I lost all patience with the game I was working on (Final Fantasy XV) and just earned it with Goosebumps. A total cop out, but I hit my 100th and have earned 5 more since – none of which are Final Fantasy XV
. However, if you remember my “What’s Next?” blog after completing Marvel Heroes Omega, I have completed about 8-9 of those games which is really good. Cleared out my backlog some and kept me accountable for following through on that list and my trophy To Do list.
Plat Total – 105 – including 56 earned in 2017 – and counting
Final Thoughts: Every year I’ve earned a platinum, I’ve always managed to earn double what my previous platinum total was. I may not have had a completely awesome, super cool 100th platinum, but I do have some pretty amazing platinum trophy stats. And yeah, a lot of them are so simple and basic, it requires very little talent to get most of my 100, but the time it takes to get them all is crazy. A 7 year journey to finally hit 100.
And I think I’m officially done doubling my platinum count every year. Earning over 100 platinums in a year would be rough without all the low hanging fruit I’ve devoured this year. That would be a platinum about every 3 days
, but I did set a really high bar to aspire to in the coming years. I just need to find the time and games that speak to my skill level.
Also, play Cat Quest.