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Sorry to ask this, but do any of you feel that Trophies can ruin your experience of a game? I know I will sound stupid but I just can’t bear to have games not completed to 100% all Trophies. Online games are the problem.

 

Do any of you have certain titles where you just could never get a certain Trophy? How does it make you feel? I seriously hate this stupid OCD that controls me, and as we know many Trophies are a pxss take these days.

 

Sorry, just wondering how you all feel regarding this.

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Not really at all. If your playing a game that you might find your not sure if your able to beat, create a new user and name it x game and if you beat it, just sign in to your account, bam, easy! And yes, trophies is a good healthy drug imo. My suggestion is if you don't enjoy MP games, just play single player games. My old account was full of games that had servers closed down, even the top people in the leaderboards have trophies they can't obtain anymore, my suggestion is focus on single player games and find alternatives to play your favorite multiplayer games. :)

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Not really at all. If your playing a game that you might find your not sure if your able to beat, create a new user and name it x game and if you beat it, just sign in to your account, bam, easy! And yes, trophies is a good healthy drug imo. My suggestion is if you don't enjoy MP games, just play single player games. My old account was full of games that had servers closed down, even the top people in the leaderboards have trophies they can't obtain anymore, my suggestion is focus on single player games and find alternatives to play your favorite multiplayer games. :)

 

Cheers man, it is basically GTA & Red Dead Online I have had the most stress with. And as we are due updates for both titles this year I am dreading there being new Trophies. The problem I have is successfully completing heists with damn randoms, the amount of time and fails to get past Trophies in GTA Online stressed me to pieces. I really don’t want any more Trophies for GTA&Red Dead, if Rockstar could make them 2 player ones it would be a damn sight better and easier, but their Doomsday masterminds for example, complete all Acts first with 2 players, then 3 and then 4, I just hope nothing like that ever comes again.

 

So basically not everyone has 100% on all games?

 

Damn OCD, Thank You so much for your suggestion that really is a great idea, the only thing I wish now is I didn’t have GTA&Red Dead on my main account, it’s a dilemma really as both titles have gotten updates for (well GTA rolling on 7 years then if I used an alternative account to my main I wouldn’t have all what I have today in GTA&Red Dead Online, I hope this makes sense sorry I know it’s ridiculous. Sometimes I think to just abandon both titles but it’s a shame as I love them both so much, but it’s just the online and dealing with people to get future trophies, especially ones like Doomsday Masterminds.

 

Or am I just being ridiculous lol?

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It's all about playing smart and stuff, I'd had enough of rockstar games after this GTA4 game. At least I tried it out but that was more than enough. I'll just play GTA5 on PC or something. Yeah, just plan out what games you want to play, I've got RDR1 complete but I'm not gonna touch that crap at all, the massive grind and luck based trophies is more than enough for me to throw that game into ebay or the dumpster.

 

The OP's problem is one of the reasons why I retired from active trophy hunting, because it was getting stressful and expensive so I jacked it in. Now I'm retired, I couldn't be happier about my gaming habits and just play what I want - when I want :).

Yep, It's written all over you sig mate. LOL!

No harm in taking breaks from games, like you can still hunt, just don't feel the stress by choosing games with multiplayer and just play single player games... I'd like to see your profile man and I'm sure many other people would like to see what you play and what you completed. Conqueror stress by not playing online games that you can't self boost. :think:

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I've been into achievements/trophies since the 360 era first arrived. Because of how far some people are into the leadboards with unlocks, it makes it pointless to try and compete if you have a working life etc. 

 

Over the years I have hit walls and wrecked completion streaks, but the key is to remembering that these are goals to aim for, and goals aren't something you deserve, but are there if you want to aim for them. I have quit profiles left, right and center, but will never give up on trophies/achievements. I'm an older gamer so these are a great way to not only get the most from games as when you pay for everything yourself, your want a better sense of value/quality from your purchases, but also give me goals to aim for and prevent gaming from feeling more like its a toy. 

 

What I do 100% agree with, is that trophy requirements more often than not are shite when compared to how excellent a gameplay experience can be. Over the years I have completed near hundreds of games to 100% achievement/trophy completion, but I can probably count around 10-15 where the trophy list enhanced the gameplay experience rather than hinder it. I still rate Batman: Arkham Asylum at getting this formula correct, where as I rate Arkham City as having one of the worst. Even epic games like Witcher 3 have some real pointless trophies which can soil the overall experience to a degree. 

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Sometimes trophies do ruin the experience. But I don't have a choice: giving up on that trophy is an admission that other people can do it but I can't, and so they're better than me. I want to have all trophies so I can be the best.

 

And the only reason I insist on it is because of a girl I met on psn back in 2010. On her facebook page she said "If I'm going to do something I'm going to be the best at it." And from then on, I felt a need to live up to that too so I have something in common with her. So my games are now 100%, 100%, 100% all the way down, just like hers.

 

She deleted me years ago, but I still think of her every day. And I still love her even if she hates me.

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It's actually a good question because I have the feeling that trophies changed the way I play games.

 

Even if I only play games I'm interested, no matter what I'll go for the platinum/ 100% unless I don't like it (well I hated Lords Of The Fallen but got the platinum anyway...) or find the game too difficult for me (I don't think I'll ever get The Shadows Rushed Me in Max Payne 3 or get the platinum in MGS 4 -I haven't played it yet though-).

 

Sometimes I take a break from "modern" gaming to play old stuff and, I feel that the absence of trophies makes me play the game with a lighter spirit.

 

It's strange because even if I look at a guide and read "trophies missable : none", I can't help but check it anyway even if I thought "oh cool I can play without a guide".

 

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I have an ongoing struggle with how much I let my pursuit of trophies dictate my gaming habits. I have gotten better in recent years about giving up my pursuit of platinums a little quicker than I used to.

 

For example, I recently came up one trophy short of the plat in Alien Isolation. It was for completing the game without dying, which I attempted to do on my second playthrough (along with some other trophies) and was sure I had done it properly, but I never got the trophy. Five years ago I probably would have done a third playthrough to try again and been miserable and bitter the whole time, but I just let it go. 

 

I really wish I didn't have as much trophy OCD as I still do, though. I just finished a loooooong playthrough of Ghost Recon Wildlands. It was mostly very fun, but it was the usual Ubisoft open world game that is just WAY longer than it needs to be. I put a good 20-30 more hours into it than I would have if I wasn't trying to get trophies. 

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Interesting topic that I would like to chime in also even though I'm quite late. While I do agree that trophies can ruin a gaming experience I'm definitely leaning forward in the camp of trophies having changed my gaming experience for the better.

 

To me personally the positive wins by a landslide for one simple reason, trophies have increased the games I played pre-trophies which made me experience a lot more games I most likely wouldn't have before. I've been playing games since the Pong day though my first console I owned was an SNES and then my parents didn't buy me many games. So I was stuck with playing the same things again. With the PS1 I started buying my own games but by then I've developed a habbit of buying the same kind of games like Soccer games, fighting games, Wrestling games and the occational licensed games. But with the PS3 it changed. First I didn't even know or care what trophies were. But a friend of mine actually had same games as me (GoW 1-3) and slightly more trophies than me. I've beaten all three campains and had no new games and felt I wanted to play again but had no real motivation. Then I figured I could at least outdo him and that's how I earned my first three plats. And only then I wanted to do this again and again, which lead me to playing so many great games I never EVER would have tried out before.

 

However with that being said I definitely only play games that I actually really want to play after. I don't get a game just for the trophies and yes, that includes the Terminator Salvation game on my trophy list. This is actually another interesting question that got me wondering lately: What exactly is a trophy hunter? I always thought that I was a trophy hunter because I want to get a 100% trophy completion in every game I play. But I only play games I want to play for the joy of playing the game and not because of the trophies. But my recent understanding when I read some post in different threads, were people are clueless on how to enjoy a game without trophies it really makes me wonder, if I got it wrong. Is a trophy hunter actually a person, who plays a game with mainly trophies in mind and gaming experience only comming second? I really don't have an answer for that.

 

Anyways, before I dwell too much on this, I'd also like to say a frew words on how trophies can trophies can ruin a gaming experience. It's when you sometimes have that add absolutely nothing but an unpleasant time gaming, that I think trophies are just terrible. And by that I don't mean difficulty related trophies. Yes, some trophies are tough and challenging to a degree where I can feel utterly frustrated but in those cases it's the challenging game mechanic's fault and not the trophy's itself. Plus there is a sense of PRIDE AND ACCOMPLISMENT once you actually beat it. But what's just bad are things like grindfests be it to reach a certain level in MP, a certain amount of kills or finding pointless collectibles. Also luck based trophies are just suck. Basically any trophy that just inflates gaming time without adding anything to the gaming experience that creates a feeling of the game overstaying it's welcome is a terrible trophy IMO and the devs should just stop from implementing crap like that.
If there's no difficult challenges to begin with or that ground's covered already then there's nothing wrong with having trophies for doing random and creative stuff that's actually easy to accomplish. For example, I unlocked the "Dastardly" trophy before I even knew that it was a trophy😅 It's a super easy trophy to get but it requires you to do some things that the game doesn't really tell you about. More random stuff like this I think is a welcome thing for trophies. But it should be things that are rather easy to pull off and not only work on February 29th.

Anyways, I for my part am happy that trophies exist. I have still a lot of games that I want to play which I all will be just experiencing because my trophies got me deeper into gaming than before. Of course I will again try to complete all of those games but if I should hit a roadblock again there's always the chance to take a break or actually give up on that one completion and place something else.

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Chanced upon this topic and I just had to give my 50p on this OCD matter when it comes to gaming.

 

On 11/4/2020 at 11:35 PM, Trophy9279 said:

Sorry to ask this, but do any of you feel that Trophies can ruin your experience of a game?  I just can’t bear to have games not completed to 100% all Trophies. Online games are the problem.

 

I would not say ruin but more like dictate and yes the online trophies are also my bane.  I am more of a lone wolf type because of the erratic availability of my gaming. I simply cannot be reliable when it comes to getting online on a specific time to play with mates or boosting partners.

 

I remember a time when I would check a random player's PSN trophies to look for any indication that they are fellow trophy hunters, send DMs (as creepy as that may sound) in the hope of boosting trophies that we both are missing. This works 75% of the time and I have met some really good folks through this. 

 

How can we also forget our very own boosting threads on PST, though the last time I had formed a team was with Tomb Raider DE.  Sadly it would seem that boosting threads are not as effective or busy as they were before... or am I just not noticing things right?

 

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Do any of you have certain titles where you just could never get a certain Trophy? How does it make you feel?

 

There are a couple of games that constantly hounds me for not getting 100%, games that my kids (who were still pre-schoolers back then) and the missus (clueless on the whole trophy shenanigan thing) accidentally played on my account. TMNT: Turtles In Time Re-Shelled and Numblast had been stagnant and stuck in limbo for 12 and 8 years respectively.  I am not giving up on them just yet since none of them are multiplayer or online trophies.

 

Right now the other games that are bugging me (due to incompletion) are COD games. Black Ops II still needs those dastardy Easter egg trophies as well as Ghost's Extinction. I used to have a reliable (fixed) boosting team back then who were much younger than me, until they all had to go to university and I had no choice but to disband it.  I would not dare demand that they focused more or gaming than their studies. 

 

Then came Black Ops III which got me pressured by the clan to return back and join them, despite disliking COD Zombies and swore never to touch another COD game again. So it is of no surprise that this game was left hanging as well - not even a platinum earnt unlike the other black sheep COD games that had them. 

 

A few more incomplete games that are doing my head in are #DriveClub (rubber-banding AI) , Final Fantasy X (sigil weapons and blitzball) and Need For Speed 2015 (prestige mode).

 

On 11/5/2020 at 4:25 AM, DBZ0wnz said:

Not really at all. If your playing a game that you might find your not sure if your able to beat, create a new user and name... just play single player games. 

 

I used to do this, play games on a tester account first before moving them on the main account.  But after a while we just get good at judging which games are doable and which ones are not that testing them first no longer seem necessary, when we can just go jump straight in and play it.  This of course is still heavily dependent on other players' experiences and ratings in this forum. 

 

Games that I had done this for were Deus Ex: Human RevolutionHitman AbsolutionSpec Ops: The Line and Dead Space... believing that they were just too hard for me, only to realise later on that they actually were not and eventually ended up playing the sequels and HD remasters.  Since then I would just rely on difficulty rating threads and the guides and overview to save the time... EXCEPT for one - Demon's Souls (PS3) which saw my ass handed down to me on a silver platter.  This would ultimately be the reason why I had so far avoided all games from FromSoftware since... for now at least.

 

On 11/5/2020 at 9:15 AM, Trophy9279 said:

... it is basically GTA and Red Dead Online I have had the most stress with...

 

Also avoided GTA4 because I know for sure that there is no way I would get past that AWP buggy trophy... plus the pigeons of course and how can we forget Fly The Coop.  The same goes for RDR's online part and poker and I kid you not, I am clueless at poker.  So yeah, avoided one of the best games we have on the PS3 because of something that others may find very trivial.  As for GTA5, everything was going so well until the bloody Doomsday Heist came along. 

 

I really hate those Criminal Masterminds trophies with a passion. Rockstar did not require them on Heist 1.0 and yet they did a stinker with Heist 2.0.  Thank heavens there were no trophies on the Diamond Casino and Cayo Perico heists but who knows what will happen in the days to come when the next Summer update arrives.

 

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I really don’t want any more trophies... So basically not everyone has 100% on all games?

 

As I have shared above - you, me as well as thousands of GTAO players out there still do not have them... an Ultra Rare trophy held by only 0.1% registered PSN players.  Doomsday Heist trophies are a piss-take, almost as if someone at Rockstar North loves to troll its player base.  Because of this there is no way in hell that I am going to support GTAV PS5 and GTA6 or any other Rockstar Games in the future.  We simply cannot trust them when it comes to trophies just as what DBZ0wnz have said above.

 

Taking a break from trophy hunting also helps us reset and just play games for fun - like in the case of Minecraft and NMS, which were already completed to 100% which leaves no pressure on earning anymore trophies... similar to what Snowman is doing to unwind.

 

I also share the same sentiments with drfk168 with regards to permadeath trophies, though I myself was able to complete Alien Isolation (twice) and also got around No Man's Sky's To Live Forever trophy without any problems, the infamous Dead Space 2 was no different.

 

Now enter TMNT: Turtles In Time Re-Shelled's I Will Survive trophy which haunted and taunted me for more than a decade... This is why I avoided every TMNT game released after this, because for some stupid reason there is always that one single trophy that is just (unnecessarily) insanely hard.  Why the devs insists on doing this to the franchise is beyond me.

 

On 12/24/2021 at 5:18 PM, Ivotas said:

But with the PS3 it changed. First I didn't even know or care what trophies were. 

 

We are on the same boat here! Been playing NES, SNES, PS1 and PS2 and for as long as I finish the games I am happy and done!  Playing PS3 games got me a bit baffled when trophies started popping.  I thought it was just a game notification feature and in no way was I aware what they really are until only after a couple of months after getting the console - by discovering the trophy tab on the XMB by accident

 

Here I thought I was done with NFS: Undercover for reaching the end just like how things were on the PS2 and older games, only to find out that I actually needed to grind more for the online multiplayer trophies to get a platinum trophy - a totally new concept for me at the time.

 

... and this was what eventually led me to become a trophy completinist, OCD kicked in and I never looked back since! I am not sure if this is a blessing or a curse as this definitely had made gaming a tad expensive for me, especially now that I am doing stacks - something Ivotas is very fortunate and strong enough to resist!

 

As for my type of OCD... I will share that later on a Part 2... see what it is about and call me insane afterwards.  Sometimes I wonder when I will call it quits with this trophy hunting business and emulate Terminator's stress-free retirement.

 

 

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11 hours ago, Snowman59 said:

If some people crave for trophies in older games, you can try Retroachievements :p

You mean to tell me I've been using Project64 for the better part of 15 years now, and this whole time there's an N64 Emulator that can give me Achievements in No Mercy, Goldeneye and Ocarina of Time? Where the hell have I been!?  

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On 8/2/2022 at 4:24 AM, Viper said:

You mean to tell me I've been using Project64 for the better part of 15 years now, and this whole time there's an N64 Emulator that can give me Achievements in No Mercy, Goldeneye and Ocarina of Time? Where the hell have I been!?  

 

This site exist for quite some time (I watched a french streamer trying it in maybe 2015~2016), but I only remembered its existence while I notice @Ivotas and @Naps that achievements bring more motivation to finish a game (they are not necessarily wrong though, if you see it as a small challenge set by the developers)

 

Personally, I don't use it, older games were without achievements and I prefer keeping it that way (I belong to the purist stupid category when it comes to retrogaming).

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