Ladies and Gentlemen, I am pleased to report that I have finally achieved the legendary RDR2 Platinum trophy. Total game hours at 339 hours [inc Online], excluding time spent reading forums, watching video guides, the total time for the Platinum was 1 year and 4 months [with a 6 and 2 month break]. Total cost, under £200 [Day 1 Ultimate Edition release, with the hardback official game guide by Rockstar, limited edition Vinyl [Red colour], plus Gold currency purchases]. Why? I love video games, I love Westerns, and my verdict is simple – one of the best games I have every played, worth every penny. A technical masterpiece.
If I started the RDR2 platinum today, I doubt it would take me over 300 hours. The wealth of experience, knowledge, fixes, updates, and tips from players over 18 months would mean a far more streamlined trophy guide today.
Missable trophies. A game this long has missable trophies? 6 of them! It meant that in order to play all the available missions, and keep your honour level to the max, I had to play the game in a semi-free way. Once the missable trophies were obtained, I could play more freely.
Online trophies. The beta on-line was not without problems, but the main one being was that XP was tough to earn and boring. I had to use an exploit at St Denis, crafted bullets, picked herbs, shooting endless cops. I got so good at it I was earning 25 to 35XP per kill. Then there were the grievers! Once I hit rank 50, I didn’t play online. However, after my 6 month break, the online was far more improved and fun with new modes etc, that leveling up to 50 should be no problem at all.
Gold Rush was the most difficult trophy of them all [70 Gold missions]. Replaying using stock gear and player made some of the mission near impossible, and of course frustrating. I achieved 48 Gold missions using stock Arthur, Weapons, and the Horse, and was dreading the final 22 missions. I went on my 2 month break only to return to realise I could now use my earned weapons, horses, maxed out Arthur - making the accuracy and number of headshot challenges a breeze! The Enter, Pursued by a Memory gold was a piece of cake with upgraded weapons and dead eye!
Then there is the Best in the West trophy. This is where the real grind is with all the collections and challenges. Again, with hindsight, some of the trickier challenges could be obtained within the story missions. The previous game I spent most time was Assassin’s Creed 3 where I spent 110 hrs in total, most of the time spent in wilderness working towards the Completionist trophy; but Best in the West takes the cake when it comes to 100% completion trophies, in terms of time, effort, and endurance.
Of course there is Skin Deep and Zoologist trophies. This is where I defy players who claim RDR2 isn’t hard. Well, the hunting element of the game is without doubt the hardest of them all across all player skill levels. The frustration aside, the sheer patience required to find some of the animals, some of the ultra rare like the Western Bull Moose which took me 4 weeks to find! Or animals that only appear at night. I lost count of the number of videos I watched to find locations of where animals spawned. Not forgetting those pesky 3 star kills!
Staying on hunting, if there was one trophy that had me in tears, literally, then it was the It’s Art trophy. Oh. My. God. Some of the hunting requirements were just insane, and the hunt for the perfect Robin carcass made the Western Bull Moose experience like a love story. I spent 2 weeks purely hunting for this Robin, a tiny bird in such a vast world, with a bow and arrow. It got to the point I was Googling the natural habitat of a Robin and the sounds they make.
All the other trophies are standard trophies you would expect in AAA, but the ones above are the trophies which make RDR2 one of the most challenging platinums ever.
If it wasn’t for the Dec 2019 update which allows players to use their upgraded Gear, Horse, Player abilities etc in Mission Replays, then I would rate this Platinum a 10/10; but even with the update, this Platinum requires more than just skill, it requires patience, perseverance, dedication, endurance, and a mindset to go with it - which is why this is in my opinion RDR2 is one of the most difficult platinums of all time.
Difficulty rating 9/10
PS: Now I have the platinum, I am enjoying the online mode even more!