PS Plus Premium: How hard are the PS1 Classic trophy lists?

By Kes Eylers-Stephenson,
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PlayStation Plus Premium has released nine games into the PS1 Classics collection across Asia, Japan, and the US. Five of the Sony studio-developed games have trophy lists, so we posed the question: just how hard are the trophies?

PS1 Classic trophy lists are here for five of the nine released games onto PlayStation Plus Premium. We have decided to take a look into each game and see how much work they are going to take you!

Syphon Filter trophy list guide

Syphon FilterSyphon Filter loves a bit of sneaky-deaky

Syphon Filter difficulty rating Bronze icon
The Syphon Filter trophies are the ones that we thought would be a struggle, but are surprisingly straightforward. The Bend Studio game is currently estimated to take around 10-15 hours. Run, Logan, Run!, Aaaannd… Gotcha!, Heartless, and Hold Your Nose are all mission-specific trophies which would be missable if not for chapter select (Right + L1 + R1 + Select Function + Square + X). These ask you to do specific in-game actions during missions, but are not difficult at all.

Then you have What Does This One Do? which asks you to kill with each of the bullet-firing weapons — again, not a problem given that you can use a cheat code to access any weapon you so need (Right + L2 + R2 + Square + Circle + X). After that, it's just smashing in windows that you see for another miscellaneous trophy, and getting a few kills with your silenced pistol. Nothing to trouble you in your ten hours, we assure you!

Ape Escape trophy list guide

Ape Escape TrophiesApe Escape is back and better than ever (in NTSC versions)

Ape Escape difficulty rating Bronze icon
No struggle in the Ape Escape trophies, either. You are looking at around 10 hours again, but we suspect you could do it sooner if you have good muscle memory. No missables make this a breeze, with only the Money Bags trophy for grabbing 40 of the 60 Spectre Coins offering any kind of non-main path challenge. Even the Pro Catcher trophy for capturing 100 monkeys won't take long — there are 204 in total. Another easy bronze-rated list for Ape Escape!

Hot Shots Golf trophy list guide

Carousel Image Hot Shots GolfHot Shots Golf is all par, no missed swings, a hole in one...

Hot Shots Golf difficulty rating Silver icon
Honestly, the Hot Shots Golf trophies don't look that much harder than either Siphon Filter or Ape Escape so far, we just wanted to use the full trophy scale to rate these lists. The game has no missable trophies and will probably take you upwards of eight hours, though it would be longer if the rewind function didn't exist so you could undo a bad shot. The majority of this trophy list is a "beat X player" situation for all eight characters and in so doing, unlock all the courses.

The 'tricky' ones are the I thought albatross were only in the ocean? trophy and the Holy smokes! trophy. For the first — getting a Par 5 in two strokes — we found a guide pointing towards using Hole 7 of Fujiyama Country Club in training mode to adjust conditions to your liking. Again, rewind is king here. Getting a hole-in-one on a regular course will probably take you to Hole 13 on Fujiyama Country Club variation 3. Use that rewind!

I.Q Intelligent Cube trophy list guide

carousel imag i.qI.Q Intelligent Cube wants to crush you

I.Q Intelligent Cube difficulty rating Bronze icon
Unless you are truly an idiot, the I.Q Intelligent Cube trophies won't trouble you. While I certainly try my hardest to be an idiot, the puzzles in this PS1 'classic' aren't exactly trying. The entire list consists of finishing the ten levels and then doing them again without messing up. Guess what? You have rewind — so no trouble there. I can't elaborate on this any further, this list is boring.

Wild Arms trophy list guide

wild arms ps1 classicWild Arms is a masterclass of PS1 gaming

Wild Arms trophy list difficulty rating Gold icon
Why are we giving the Wild Arms trophies a gold? It's not strictly because it is hard; but because it takes more than 10 hours. It'll take around 30 given that this wonderful RPG is rather lengthy in comparison to the others. There aren't any missables here, with everything being tied to the story or a progression system in some way. A few will require some thought, though. Something like the Quick Draw trophy will need you to explore the top right of a pipe maze in an area called Malduke to find a Trump Card statue. You will then have to master it for the Trump Card. The same goes for the Where did I learn that? trophy or the Cecilia 50, bad guys 0 trophy that will just require a little bit of mindfulness to escape an end game grind for things you are missing. A near-perfect list, from our perspective!

Are there any games that you are going to go for? If yes, which ones? If not, why not? Keep us informed, you metal award consumers.
Kes Eylers-Stephenson
Written by Kes Eylers-Stephenson
Associate Editor Kes is our resident expert in PlayStation news. He writes about upcoming exclusives like The Last of Us and God of War, PS Plus and PS Studios news, and his favourite games — The Witcher 3, Assassin’s Creed, and The Outer Wilds — before an evening swim.