Trophies are cool. Trophies are awesome. Trophies can swallow your life as you struggle to platinum that one game you just love, staying up until the wee hours of the morning, cutting off all contact from your friends and isolating yourself to your PlayStation, fighting with your inner common sense before sleep forces you to shut your eyes for a precious few hours until work or school.
Wow. Uhhh, that got dark all of a sudden didn’t it?
You could probably tell from the tangent, but PlayStation trophies are special to many gamers. They’re a sign of accomplishment, and sometimes I just go on my computer to look up cool trophy lists. I’m not an expert on trophies, but I do find them extremely interesting. They can either extend the life of a game, encourage you to try a game you would never think about playing before, or help you chart your progress as you progress through a game that celebrates macabre delights and punishing difficulty spikes (looking at you, Salt and Sanctuary).
You could also probably tell, just from reading this, I’m not a game designer. But I’d still like to design my own trophies, so I thought I would share with you all some cool trophies I’ve whipped up in my spare time.
Bronze: The American Revolution- FIFA 16
How do you get it?: In a span of 24 hours, beat England as both USA and France on at least Semi-Pro difficulty.
Trophies in FIFA games aren’t like this. Often times they focus on unlocking achievements through online play and winning so many matches in a career mode. A bit annoying if you’re not big on online sports play, such as myself.
The American Revolution, in theory, would be much easier to attain than the actual war itself. I don’t know about you, but I love just playing FIFA matches against the computer, even on the lower difficulties, since the gameplay is so darn tight. It also makes me feel like more of a soccer player than I’ve ever felt, but that should go without saying when you’re controlling all-star players such as Lionel Messi and Gareth Bale.
Back to the actual trophy itself, here’s exactly how I would get it. First, I would boot up my PS4 and load FIFA. Then, I would look and see this trophy in the list, looking almost too good to be true. I’d play England as USA and France on Semi-Pro or even Professional difficulty here (I’m just grabbing an easy trophy here, not training for the FIFA Olympics). BOOM. After about 45 minutes, the trophy would pop, and then I would add another bronze to my collection.
Silver: The Norse Gods- Persona 3
How do you get it?: Create a party with Odin, Thor, and Loki. Then, complete 10 battles with them.
The Persona initiated already know this, but all you Final Fantasy and Wild Arms fans may need a heads up: Persona 3 doesn’t have trophies, as it is only available either as a digital download on the PS3 as a PS2 classic, or an original copy of the PS2 disc.
It would be AWESOME though if Sony release the game on the PS4 with trophies patched into the game. Persona is a big, meaty ole’ JRPG, with hundreds of hours that can be found through perfecting social links, leveling up characters, and improving your equipment. Throughout this column series, I’ll probably include a Persona trophy in every entry, since the possibilities are near endless!
This one would take a bit of patience. You won’t be able to get Loki and Thor until you are around level 60 or so, meaning you’ll be well into the game by the time you can even get the two. You’ll especially want to get Loki as soon as possible, since his Megidola is incredibly powerful and effective.
Odin is another story. He’s powerful, no doubt, but you need to fuse several persona together. These persona are all difficult themselves to get. You’ll also have to max out the Emperor social link, which will grant you a very powerful Persona, but you’ll have to pay attention to how far you are progressing into the story so you don’t miss your opportunity to max it out.
Gold: The Dark Knight- Hotline Miami
How do you get it?: Beat every level wearing the Nigel Mask
Hotline Miami has an awesome, if albeit tough, trophy list. However, beating every level as Nigel would be pretty difficult, since the game itself is pretty tough. Beating the second level wearing Nigel grants you a trophy as well, known as Batman.
Wonder why it’s so tough? It’s because wearing the mask reverses the controls. The game’s tough, but fair, enough as it is. Playing the game with reverse controls would surely test the willpower and concentration of both Hotline Miami fans and Batman aficionados alike.
Also, it’s just a really fun game when you push yourself. Just try it.
Liam Crossey is the Executive Editor of Features for The Game Bolt. Follow him on Twitter for too many retweets.