I have just done something which made me very pleased. In fact, I was so pleased I broke out the Alan Partridge-isms. I got through “Cashback!” “Spiceworld!” and “Jurassic Park!” in a matter of seconds. What had made me so happy was that I had finally achieved my first PS3 Platinum Trophy, which is to say I had finally collected all of the Trophies available for that game. (If you live on planet Xbox and have no idea what I’m on about – it is the equivalent of scoring all 1000G for a title)

Some of my other games, all of which I have never maxed out.
Some of my other games, all of which I have never maxed out.

Now, I’m keenly aware that many of you out there probably find it surprising that I consider this to be news, or  that I have never done this before. Heck, Ready Up’s very own Jake quite literally lives on achievement points. I actually think he aims for 2,500 per day, just like calories. It is, however, sadly true – in about four years of next generation gaming, I have never scored 1,000 achievement points or collected a Platinum trophy on either of my consoles.

Partly it’s down to my attitude towards doing things for points or trophies that, effectively, mean dick all. Mostly, though, it’s down to the fact that I tend to buy and play a LOT of games, and by the time I’ve finished one game’s main story I’m already starting another. In fact, during the time I was playing Assassin’s Creed 2 – the donor of my Platinum trophy – I have also been playing Modern Warfare 2 and the new Ratchet and Clank: A Crack in Time. Just like last year, the two months before Christmas have been packed with gaming goodness, so I’m genuinely surprised that now is the time I’ve finally broken my duck. (No duck-shagging jokes at the back, please)

Of course, some games have ludicrous Achievements or Trophies that you are never going to manage, so there is immediately no point trying. Some require you to be number one in the world leaderboards, some require you to play a certain game every day for 100 days, and some require you to smother your genitals with honey and hump a wasps’ nest. I made that last one up, but frankly I’d rather do that than play Brothers in Arms: Hell’s Highway once a day every day for 100 days.

Assassin’s Creed 2, on the other hand, wasn’t too unreasonable with its demands. Many of the trophies were for the story, some for fighting and the rest were for collectables. I’m sure all score-whores and trophy-trollops know only too well that it’s always the collectables that take the most time. Assassin’s Creed 2 provides you with 100 hidden feathers, across five  – count ’em – five separate maps. With most games, even using a walkthrough it would be nothing like my idea of fun to go collecting. However, the world created on AC2 was so engrossing, I actually welcomed the chance to spend more time in it. Collecting was suddenly fun. If I had my own Animus at home, nothing would ever get done.

So, I’ve finally done it. I experienced the thrill of my very first Platinum trophy, and I loved it. Am I hooked though? Will I do it again? Personally, I doubt it, but then I’d never say never.

After all, there’s always Assassin’s Creed 3, right?

Here's the little bugger that was causing all the trouble - the final feather.
Here's the little bugger that was causing all the trouble – the final feather.







5 responses to “Pt FTW”

  1. The Rook avatar
    The Rook

    Well done on getting your first Paltinum trophy. I barely have ths PS3 on, so I have some trophies but certainly no platinums. Which is strange seeing as I am an achievement whore on xbox. Even getting that Brothers In Arms achievement you mentioned. Slightly easier than interacting with the wasps as all you had to do was load it up until you reached the ‘Press Start’ screen and that counted as one day.

    I must have ran passed the feathers in Assassin’s Creed 2 so many times without noticing them. At times, I would see one and just have to get it even though I had the guards pursuing me.

    Good times.

  2. Markatansky avatar

    Yeah, congrats! I think the first game I got 1000G for was Alone in the Dark. Weird game.

  3. Duncan avatar

    You never forget your first… 😉

    Lego Indiana Jones. 1000G. <3

    Oh, and this really makes me want AC2. Grr!

  4. asamink avatar

    Congrats, I have just done the same. I have got my first platinum for Ratchet and Clank: A Crack in Time. Some of the trophies were a bit tricky, but nothing the average gamer would have find too tricky. It did require me to play through the story 3 times (Normal, Challenge and Hard modes), just as well it it such a great game. I’m keepoing my fingers crossed that Santa hasn’t put me on the naughty list (I’m hoping he turned a blind eye during that airport scene in MW2) and got me Assassin’s Creed 2 for Christmas.

  5. MrCuddleswick avatar

    I love collectibles – I find it relaxing to sit with a guide and work through them all. A bit
    like Orienteering from your armchair. What?

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