I have never been a trophy hunter. That wasn’t really what gaming was about for me, plus I found that the task of completing every single trophy in a game to be mind-blowing, considering some of the things you have to do for certain trophies.
However, looking at my trophy collection on my PS4 began to make me extremely sad. Not a single Platinum in sight, a scattering of gold and silvers, and a modest amount of bronze. The list of games that are apparently half completed is just sad and the completionist in me arose.
It all began as I was playing through Skyrim for the third time. I started gaining trophy after trophy. I became rather curious, so I decided to have a look through the trophy list, and I actually found that they weren’t that unachievable. Time-consuming, yes, but doable, and from that moment I made it my goal to Platinum Skyrim by the end of 2018.
This was not the first Platinum trophy I managed to bag. My boyfriend and I were playing Spyro together, and after my discovery that the trophies for certain games weren’t too bad, we decided to give Spyro a look. Lo and behold, yet again, it wasn’t that taxing; and we ended up nailing it. The sense of completion is just so satisfying, seeing that bar say ‘100%’ is genuinely addictive, paired with the Platinum number no longer being on 0…it’s amazing. So afterwards I was gunning for that sweet, sweet Skyrim platinum trophy.
After about three weeks of constant playing, I nailed it. At about 2 am I did it, and it was such a weird feeling. I was so happy about it, but at the same time, there was no one up to celebrate it with. I had spent so long doing this and there were no cheers, no pats on the back, and it kind of felt a bit anticlimactic. It was like when I handed in my dissertation, I had spent months and months on it, and I just had to hand it into one lady at the desk, in my head I wanted party poppers to go off, but all I got was a mere ‘well done’.
So is it all really worth it in the end? I think with Skyrim, yes it was because honestly, the trophies are all doable but time-consuming. Spyro, they were doable and also fun. However, I find some games just put me off doing them completely, especially when one trophy is ‘complete the game on the highest difficulty’…no thanks.
I have now begun to flick through the trophy lists to see if they are achievable (for me that is) and if they are I give them a go. I am still making my way through Assassins Creed: Syndicate, there are a lot of trophies and it may be time-consuming, but I really like wandering around that world, so there is something I will get out of the experience.
There are some games, however, that force you play elements of the game you might not particularly want to if you weren’t trophy hunting. I mentioned the difficulty trophies, but one that really annoys me to my core is The Witcher 3.
Yes, The Witcher 3 is perhaps one of the best games I have played in the past 5 years, I am so close to Platinuming the game but one little thing is getting in my way. And that’s Gwent…I hate Gwent so much. I just can’t get the hang of it and I genuinely resent it so much, mainly because there are so many trophies that make you play it.
This is where I get selective. I want trophies to be enjoyable, I see no joy in doing things I don’t want to do, just because of the possibility of another trophy, I just wouldn’t see it being as satisfying, it would be more of a ‘thank god’ reaction rather than a ‘yay I did the thing’.
What do you get out of trophy hunting, if you do it? If not, do tell us why in the comments!