- Estimated trophy difficulty: 4/10 (main game and the Protector Trials), 5/10 (Minerva's Den, though this is highly dependant on your Shump skills with the High Score trophy) (Personal Opinion)
- Offline trophies: 54 (32, 17, 4, 1)
- Online trophies: 0
- Approximate amount of time to 100%: 21-35hrs (Personal Opinion)
- Minimum number of playthroughs: 1
- Number of missable trophies: 18 in the core game: Fully Upgraded a Weapon, All Weapon Upgrades, One Research Track, Research Master, Master Gatherer, Dealt with Every Little Sister, Savior, Rapture Historian, 9-Irony, Counterattack, Big Brass Balls, Unbreakable, Grand Daddy, All Plasmids, Look at You, Hacker, Master Protector, Fully Upgraded a Plasmid, Max Plasmid Slots, plus 4 in the Minerva's Den DLC: Garbage Collection, High Score, Lancer Killer and ADAM Addict
- Glitched trophies: No.
- Does difficulty affect trophies?: Yes, you have to finish the main game on at least Hard.
- Do trophies stack?: Yes, the following stacks exist: Global PS3, PS4 Bioshock Collection, EU PS4 Standalone Re-Release and JP PS4 Standalone Re-Release. Also, the difficulty/Vita-Chamber trophies stack and you get Platinum this twice if you have the PS4 version as well.
- Do cheat codes disable trophies?: No cheats available.
The PS4 version of Bioshock 2 has finally arrived on the PS4, along with both single player DLCs, after much speculation and many rumours regarding its existence. The biggest change you will notice is that the much disliked multiplayer and multiplayer DLC have been removed, along with all of the online trophies so this is now a single player only experience like the other two games in the series. The biggest differences between Bioshock 1 and Bioshock 2 are that there is no ability to backtrack, the Hacking mini-game has been redesigned and is now done in real time, the Hardest difficulty is the far simpler "Hard", plus the Vita-Chamber trophy is separate to the one for finishing the game on Hard so you can handle those two however you want.
Overall, the trophy hunting experience for Bioshock 2 on the PS4 is a far simpler and less stressful one than it was on the PS3 but the only thing you may have to watch out for is 9-Irony because it didn't count towards the Platinum on the PS3 for some reason, though it's currently unconfirmed if this glitch is present on the PS4 or not. The Protector Trials and Minerva's Den DLCs are a little harder than the main game but still not especially hard, though the Enemy of the Family and High Score trophies may cause problems for some people. You access the DLCs via the "Extras" menu that's on the main menu after choosing "Bioshock 2" from the Game Selection screen.
The Protector Trials DLC takes the ADAM harvesting aspect of the main game and expands it into its own DLC, that has the player look after a Little Sister and try to harvest as much ADAM as possible in 6 specially designed maps. This DLC isn’t especially hard but trying to get an “A” rank in all 18 of the core trials will prove difficult for some people.
In Minerva’s Den, you will be assuming the role of Sigma, a new Big Daddy, with an even newer weapon - the Ion Lance,which is essentially a big laser cannon. You will be guided through the intricate maze of this DLC by C.M. Porter, a former programmer at Minerva's Den and join forces, if only via communication, to take down Reed Wahl, the antagonist. You will also know the fate of Tenenbaum after her first disappearance in the game proper so this DLC will provide a 'closure' in some way. This DLC is easy for the most part but the High Score trophy will test the skills of most players and likely take many attempts before you get it.
There is currently a glitch that will prevent you from saving your game if the combined file size for all your Bioshock 1 and 2 saves exceeds 500mb. If you encounter this problem, backup all your saves for both games then delete the ones for Bioshock 1.
Step 1: Start the main game on Hard, disable the Vita-Chambers and focus on the missable, story related and difficulty trophies.
Compared to Bioshock 1, Hard isn't that difficult and should be able to get through it with little difficulty and obtain all the trophies in 1 go if you follow the Guide but don't worry if you miss any, since it won't take long to replay the game and get them. At the end of this step you should have the following:
Nose for News
Heading to the Surface
Found Lamb's Hideout
Defeated the Preacher
Adopted a Little Sister
Bought a Slot
Against All Odds
One Research Track
Big Brass Balls
Dealt with Every Little Sister
Fully Upgraded a Weapon
Max Plasmid Slots
All Weapon Upgrades
Step 2: Main Game cleanup on Easy.
If you followed the Guide then you should have all the trophies by this point but if you don't, then the main culprits will likely be the following so start a new game on Easy and go get them:
Look at You, Hacker
Master Protector MISSABLE (if you didn't get it in Step 1)
Counterattack MISSABLE (if you didn't get it in Step 1)
Step 3: Complete 1 playthrough of the Protector Trials DLC.
During this Step you will be focusing on completing all 18 of the main trials, getting all the stars and earning as much ADAM as possible. At the end of this Step you will have:
Trial By Fire
Get A Bigger Bucket
Step 4: Get an "A" rank on every trial Protector Trials DLC.
This is where some people may struggle since certain trials aren’t easy and will require several attempts to get right. Whilst going for the Enemy of the Family trophy, you will also be going for Guardian Angel and Perfect Protector. At the end of this Step, you will have earned the following:
Enemy of the Family
Step 5: Complete the Minerva's Den DLC and deal with all 6 Little Sisters.
Minerva's Den isn't that hard since there are no difficulty related trophies, which means you set the difficulty to Easy and just coast through the DLC without having to worry about getting your butt kicked. At the end of this Step, you will have earned the following:
Root Access Granted
ADAM Addict MISSABLE
Lancer Killer MISSABLE
You may also have earned these:
Garbage Collection MISSABLE
High Score MISSABLE
Step 6: Minerva's Den DLC cleanup.
Finishing Minerva's Den, saving all 6 Little Sisters and harvesting ADAM from every corpse will net you 90% of the trophies but you will more than likely be missing the following so use this Step to get them:
Garbage Collection MISSABLE
High Score MISSABLE