Estimated Platinum Difficulty: 6/10? (Really depends on musical/rhythmic abilities)
Estimated Time To Platinum: No longer possible.
Offline Trophies: 44 (1, 3, 5, 35)
Online Trophies: 7 (All ’s)
Minimum Number Of Playthroughs Required: 1 (Plus some clean-up trophies)
Do Cheats Affect Trophies?: No Cheats Known
Does Difficulty Affect Trophies?: Yes, there are five difficulty-related trophies ('We Are The Best','Seal The Deal','All Eyez On Me','Perfection Is Perfected', & 'Unstoppable')
Glitched Trophies: None Reported
Missable Trophies: None. You may replay any song after they are unlocked.
NOTE: This game requires two microphones & a PS3 Eye to Platinum. Personally, I wouldn’t completely shy away from the game because of that fact, but it is a significant investment of money to Platinum unless you have some good friends or extra peripherals lying around.
Welcome to Def Jam Rapstar! To clarify, this game is not a fighting game (like the previous Def Jam titles on various consoles); it is basically a hip-hop/rap version of a Singstar or Guitar Hero/Rock Band type of game. Roughly half of the 45 songs included in the game have actual singing parts in it, but most singing parts are fairly short and easy. The main focus of the game is to keep up with the lyrics, timing, and pitch of several popular songs within the hip-hop genre. If you listen to a lot of hip-hop/rap and are decent at rapping or keeping up with the pace of the lyrics, this game will be a breeze to you. If you are not a fan of hip-hop or at least open to listening to a lot of hip-hop music, I wouldn’t recommend trying to play this game just for the platinum, since it does take a fair amount of practice and memorization of hip-hop/rap music to complete some of the trophy requirements. Overall, this game is nicely done, has a great soundtrack, and is a lot of fun to play with friends.
Step 1: Play Career Mode & Finish The Game
I would recommend starting out by playing all of the songs on Hard difficulty in Career Mode since it really isn’t that much more difficult than Easy, but you can choose to play them all on Easy. Either way, you will likely have to replay several songs along the way to get them to an “Off The Chain” rating (5-Mic performances), but playing on Hard in Career Mode will allow you will unlock the majority of the trophies in the game and get very close to the ‘Unstoppable’ trophy (50 “On Point”/3-Mic performances on Hard difficulty). The main goal here by playing Career Mode is to familiarize yourself with the game and try to work toward getting “Off The Chain/5-Mic” performances on every song for the ‘Microphone Fiend!’ trophy (305 Microphones in Career Mode). Along the way, try to pay attention to the songs you are best at performing and keep them in mind for later use in the other steps of the game.
Step 2: Clean-Up Career Mode, Challenge, Playlist, & Difficulty Trophies
As described above, this is where you will want to go back and get “Off The Chain” ratings for every song in the game in addition to completing all of the Challenges in the game with 5-Mic ratings to get the ‘Microphone Fiend!’ trophy. As long as you finished the game in Step 1, you will have unlocked Expert Difficulty which will allow you to attempt two additional trophies (‘Seal The Deal’ & ‘All Eyez On Me’) on the song you are the best at. You should finish up two other difficulty-related trophies in this step 'Unstoppable' & 'Perfection Is Perfected', which you may already have if you followed Step 1. Also during Step 2, you should go to Party Mode and line up playlists of 5 and 10 songs you are best at to get the solo playlist trophies (‘Get The Party Started Right’, ‘Chain Reaction’, & ‘Go The Distance’).
Step 3: Online & PS3 Eye Trophies
This step is actually quite easy, but can be very time consuming. The first thing you want to do is go to Community at the main screen and Register for a log-in to the Def Jam Community. Once you have that plug in your PS3 Eye and perform your best song on Easy with a 5-Mic performance. Save & Edit the video (which will save only 30-seconds of it) and then Upload it to the Community. This game is actually quite intuitive and it asks you questions every step of the way as long as you have your PS3 Eye plugged in. After getting the first video uploaded (which will give you the ‘World Premiere’ and ‘Immaculately Polished’ trophies), you can simply create and save 14 more “performances” in Freestyle mode (‘Scorch The Booth’, ‘Lyrical Player Pro’ & ‘Hyped Up’). Each of these “performances” can honestly be just 1-second long videos of whatever you want to record (I would avoid profanity though). Record a video of your ceiling fan or something creative and just make sure you Save each of them, add a Video Effect to one for a trophy, and then make sure to Upload 10 of them to the Community for the ‘Aint Scared To Share It’ trophy. Now comes the fun part. After a small gap of time (1-3 hours) from uploading your videos, they should now be viewable out on the Def Jam Community. At this point, you will want to create an XMB sub-account on your PS3 or have a friend load up the game, go out to the Def Jam Community, find your videos via Recent Videos, then rate one of them 200 times with either 4 or 5 stars. After that, you can just pull up your own profile and get your videos to 2000 views total and rate a random one out there for ‘Well Connected’ & ‘You Be The Judge’. Yes, this is extremely time consuming and boring step, but it is the fastest known way to get these trophies (‘Stuntin Is A Habit’ and ‘Presence Of Greatness’). The nice thing is that you don’t actually have to view the video, just pull one up with , press , then repeat until your fingers and your brain are both numb.
Step 4: Dual Microphone Trophies
These trophies are a little easier than they appear at first glance as well, since you do not need a 2nd player at all, just a 2nd microphone. For the trophies that require beating your “friend”, simply lay the 2nd microphone on the floor and rap your way to easy trophies (‘Playa President’, ‘Towering Over The Competition’, ‘Close Call’ & ‘No Competition’). For the ones where you need a good performance, simply rap into both microphones at the same time (‘We Are The Best’ & ‘Rhymes Are On Time’), but keep in mind you'll need it on Hard difficulty for 'We Are The Best'. Lastly, you’ll need to finish up ‘It Takes Two’ by simply getting to a total of 30 dual microphone performances.
Step 5: Clean-Up Any Leftover Trophies
If you have followed the Road Map up to this point you should really only have the ‘Livin Your Life’ trophy left to complete (300 performances across all game modes). For this step, you likely only have to just set up a huge playlist of the shortest songs in the game (“We Fly High” & “Rockwilder”) and surf the Internet for a couple of hours while hitting the button on your PS3 controller. The nice thing about this game is that you cannot fail a song, so it will always continue to play and count as performances, even if you aren’t singing or rapping. Also, you may need to clean-up a few miscellaneous trophies if you didn’t get them along the way (‘Aint Nobody Dope As Me’, ‘Mic Check One Two One Two’, & ‘I Keep Blowin Up’).
[PS3T Would Like to Thank The-Captain-388 for this Road Map]