Why Trophies in Multi-Player Ruin the Perfectionists Perfect Score

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First off, i would like to state that I am not a true trophy hunter.  I won’t buy a game solely because “It’s easy trophies”  or for my level on PSN to go up.  Also i don’t own a lot of Playstation 3 titles due to my picky nature and stick up the ass attitude (mainly due to a cash flow shortage).  I currently own twenty six Playstation 3 games.  This is just counting the covers.  Some of these are bundle packs.  Here are the actual titles of what I own:

Now some these games may surprise you, my tastes can be all over the place sometimes:

  1. The Amazing Spider-Man
  2. Assassins Creed (came with Assassins Creed Revelations:  Ottoman Edition)
  3. Assassins Creed 2
  4. Assassins Creed Brotherhood
  5. Assassins Creed Revelations
  6. Assassins Creed 3
  7. Batman:  Arkham Asylum
  8. Batman:  Arkham City
  9. Buzz!:  Quiz World (I can hear some of you snickering in the back)
  10. Dead Space 2 (currently playing)
  11. Dead Space 3 (haven’t played yet)
  12. Heavy Rain
  13. Ico (Honestly, have never finished Ico.  I always find something else to play)
  14. Shadow of Colossus (oh, so good.  Where is the last guardian?  I want my cat, dog, eagle hybrid dammit! )
  15. Jak and Daxter:  The Precursor Legacy
  16. Jak and Daxter 2:  Renegade
  17. Jak 3
  18. Journey
  19. Flow (Never Finished, to boring for me)
  20. Flower (Surprisingly addictive if you let it be)
  21. L.A. Noire
  22. The Last of Us
  23. Mass Effect 2
  24. Mass Effect 3
  25. Resistance:  Fall of Man (Currently playing)
  26. Resistance 2 (Haven’t played yet)
  27. Resistance 3 (Awesome game)
  28. Sleeping Dogs
  29. Tomb Raider
  30. Uncharted:  Drakes Fortune
  31. Uncharted 2:  Among Thieves
  32. Uncharted 3:  Drakes Deception

Cool, so I have thirty two actual playable games. Hmmm, i retract what i said about not owning a lot of games.   With the games that I love the most, like Batman and the Assassins Creed series (except AC3), i feel the need to complete it to one hundred percent and why?  I don’t know, a multitude of reasons.  Why do you dear reader, do the things that you do?  Because you can, right? Why not?

Again bringing up Assassins Creed, I would love to platinum all of those games, unfortunately Assassins Creed 1 doesn’t have trophy support.  Cool, one out of the series down.  Assassins Creed 2..check my PSN, already have my platinum.

Assassins Creed Brotherhood, Revelations and Assassins Creed 3 fit into my annoying zone as do all trophies that require multi-player in order to achieve them.  I can’t platinum these games without winning matches online or being top player of a round.  (Are you fucking Kidding Me!?)  Have any of you played the multi-player modes on any of these Assassin Creed titles?  They can be seriously hard! Player’s levels on there are through the roof!  I’m all for a challenge but i really don’t enjoy being forced into a gaming situation where I really don’t feel comfortable.  The meat of Assassins Creed lies in the single player campaign so why should i be forced into a frustrating online scenario in order to obtain a trophy so that i can show my friends how much i love the game?  Having trophies on multi-player also puts a lot of pressure on the gamer needing to keep up with every one online.

But the biggest problem I have with this setup is the mere fact that in order to get my platinum you are forcing me to have an internet connection.  OH MY GOD, I CAN HEAR YOU FROM THE BACK, yes i know it’s time to move forward.  But don’t force me into it.  I will move forward when I am ready and can afford it.  Luckily I have an internet connection otherwise i would never be able to communicate with you fine folks on WordPress but that is not my point.

I think all trophies should be achievable using the single player aspect without the need of pressuring gamers into an online connection which will have levels and levels of probably douche bag players who are level forty slaying a poor level one.  (That’s happened to me, seriously annoying)  Obviously if the game is a dedicated online game that is completely different, like Journey for example.

Batman:  Arkham Asylum and Arkham City are a perfect example of how trophies should be done.  None of those games required an internet connection in order to unlock a trophy.  Everything was skill based utilizing and maxing out the single player experience.  Oh my word, I have such a digital crush on the Batman games……….anyway

What do you guys think?

Should getting a platinum trophy require an online connection, forcing the player into what can be a frustrating experience or is it acceptable now because everyone should be moving forward?  Should developers be forcing us into this situation in the first place?

Let me know in the comments

Beyond!

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18 comments on “Why Trophies in Multi-Player Ruin the Perfectionists Perfect Score

  1. I’m not a trophy hunter by any means, but if one pops up (or an achievement on my 360) I get all happy inside. It’s satisfying to hear the achievement sound and see what you did, especially if you don’t even know how you got it. But I don’t dedicate myself to trying to get them all, cause lets face it, some are just irritatingly difficult. And the ones that require internet bug me too; I have it for my PS3, but not for my 360, so I’ll probably never get all the Halo achievements (my favorite series) without dropping extra dough and hoping for a lot of luck.

  2. A good example of multiplayer trophies ruining everything for me was with Tomb Raider (2013). Not sure if you can tell by my username or by the fact that I worship the e-ground that Lara Croft walks on, but I love the Tomb Raider series and always have. When the newest installment in the series was announced I immediately though “OMG I AM GOING TO PLATINUM THAT SO GOOD”. Then I saw that almost 50% of the game’s trophies were earned in the multiplayer modes. I’m not big on MP so I was a little sad, but thought that maybe if the MP was good I’s enjoy myself.

    Well, it wasn’t good and it was pretty much dead after a few months. I have 76% completion on the PS3 version of the game and even less on the Xbox 360 version (yes, I got both). I’m annoyed that so many games do this with MP trophies/achievements. No one wants to grind through the MP mode for trophies if it isn’t fun. I just wish more games focused their trophies/achievements on the SP before the MP, I don’t mind a few MP ones but come on, 50% is too much.

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