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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Batman Arkham City: A Journey (Part 5) – Harley Quinn’s Revenge

harley quinns revengeHarley Quinn’s Revenge was the last DLC pack to be released for Batman:  Arkham City and expands on the story following the events of the single player campaign.  In order to complete Batman:  Arkham City to 100% i had to finish this DLC as well.

On the home stretch baby….

The trophies in this DLC are no where near as hard as one might expect. I was able to obtain everything within an hour and a half of starting this DLC.  There are three silver trophies and seven bronze to collect.

Story Mode Trophies:  These are trophies that you will get just for simply playing the game and completing objectives so no real thought is necessary for this list.  

Lost Property                     (Bronze)

Breaking and Entering       (Bronze)

Hows it Hanging?              (Silver)

The Last Laugh.                (Silver)

OK, now we get to the nitty gritty of it all.  The rest of the trophies are this.  I will list them out and underneath each one i will tell you what I did in order to obtain these.

Frequent Flyer:  Zip Kick five different thugs (Bronze) (as Robin)

This is not hard at all.  I read so many other guides after I got this trophy and people were giving tips that the best place to do this is at a certain part in a stage.  I’m here to say bull shit.  You don’t have to do that.  When you start to play as Robin Just Zip Kick every enemy you see except not the armored ones and this trophy will unlock eventually.  I got this within fifteen minutes of playing.  So not difficult.

Battering Ram:  Shield Bash five different thugs (Bronze) (as Robin)

Again, not hard at all.  I used exactly the same strategy as i used for Frequent Flyer.  After i received the Frequent Flyer trophy, i then proceeded to Shield Bash every enemy I could except for the armored ones.  It’s as easy as that.

Snap to it:  Snap Flash an unarmed thug, an armed thug, an environmental object and a Titan (Bronze) (as Robin)

As the description states you need to snap flash the different types of enemies listed above in order to unlock this trophy.  Exceptionally easy.  You don’t have to have a combo built up or anything.  The environmental object sounds confusing but it really isn’t .  There is a part where you have to take out a sniper.  At this section of the game there are bunch of hooks on a belt that are moving behind that sniper.  Place a snap flash on one of the hooks and then detonate it.  Alternatively you can wait until you get to the section where you have to take out Harley Quinn in a predator type scenario.  There is a hook just over a balcony where Harley will eventually get to.  You can also place a snap flash there.   It doesn’t have to take any enemy out.  Snap flash the Titan in the final battle with Robin and you’ve got your bronze.

Bomb Squad:  Defuse all bombs in three minutes or less (Bronze) (as Batman)

It’s an easy trophy but the execution might be tough.  One you play as Batman again you will have to disarm three bombs that are scattered around the level.  I found this to be the most challenging of them all mainly because it doesn’t give you exact coordinates of the bombs.  Just like in the single player campaign when it came to following signals, you would have to follow the signal and run around the stage.   There will be a HUD on the right of the screen to tell you how far or close you are to the bomb in the general vicinity.

A Few New Tricks:  Use 5 different Quickfire gadgets in one fight as Robin in Harley Quinn’s Revenge (Bronze) (as Robin)

Also a very easy trophy.  Just use the five different quick fire gadgets in one fight and you’re golden….err, Bronze.  No where near as difficult as it was for the similar Batman trophy.

Party’s Over:  Destroy all Harley Balloons (Bronze) (as Robin and Batman)

This was the most tedious, just like it was when you had to destroy the Tyger security cameras in the single player campaign.  Harley’s balloons are scattered outside the steel mill as well as inside.  So keep your eyes open.  There are 30 balloons in total to destroy.

The DLC as a whole is a little underwhelming and didn’t have the greatest ending but it was still fun to play none the less.

That’s it.  After everything i finally have my 100% completion.  Thanks for sticking with me through this five part series.  I hope you had as much fun reading it as i did writing it.  In case you missed it you can catch up on the full adventure by checking out the other parts to this series.

Batman Arkham City:  A Journey (Part 1) – Platinum

Batman Arkham City:  A Journey (Part 2) – Campaign Kitty

Batman Arkham City:  A Journey (Part 3) – Campaign Wonder

Batman Arkham City:  A Journey (Part 4) – Campaign Nightwing