+ Estimated Trophy Difficulty: 5/10
+ Trophy Breakdown: 1-4-11-23
+ Offline: 4-9-20
+ Online: 0-2-3
+ Approximate Time To Platinum: 20+ hours
+ Playthroughs Needed: 1 Career Season (2 Recommended) + 1 Co-op Season (likely to be 2 though) + Online
+ Missable Trophies: None
+ VIP Pass: The VIP pass has now been delisted and all the retail codes have expired, therefore the Platinum is unobtainable for anyone who buys the game in 2021.
Something that is very useful, if you aren't opposed to this sort of thing, is an exploit discovered that involves a couple of settings in your car set up to give you a big advantage. Basically, it involves putting the stiffness of both springs to 11 in the set up menu. The difference is very significant and can be used for any trophies you are struggling with, not least of all, "Drivers' World Champion (Hard)". See this thread.
Step 1 - Career Mode:
Unlike last year, you don't get to choose the length of your career, which thankfully means no 7 season trophy. Your career will last for 5 seasons but you won't have to finish them all if you don't want to. If you are good enough, you can get all the trophies you need in your first season by playing on hard with one of the lower teams and winning the championships, but the road map is set up for doing at least 2 seasons.
Season 1 - For this season, your aim is to get yourself into one of the 3 big teams. Pick either Force India or Williams to start out as the other 3 are the worst teams on the grid. You should try to win every race and both championships; put it on a difficulty that will allow you to do so. This will get you the majority of the trophies. You might not win the constructors championship as you will be relying on your team mate to score points too, but you can get that the following season if you miss it. Keep winning and when you have to choose your rival, around the time of the Belgian GP, pick a driver on a team you want to join next season. So if you want to join Red Bull, pick one of the Red Bull drivers. Beating your rival will get you an offer to drive for their team.
You should try to win every race this season. It guarantees you the driver title, that you will beat your rival, and get a drive in one of the big teams. You will also get "Trophy Collector" out of the way if you manage to win them all, as well as "On the Bounce" if you win 10 in a row.
Win every race and you are looking at getting the following trophies:
- Season Opener
- Pole Position
- Just the Beginning
- On the Bounce
- Drivers' World Champion
- Constructors' World Champion
- Trophy Collector
This season the main aims will be:
- Test Driver
- Constructors' World Champion (If you missed out on it in your first season.)
- Drivers' World Champion (Hard)
- Trophy Collector (Win the ones you missed in your first season. If you have any left after this, clean them up in GP mode.)
- It's the Driver not the Car
Step 2 - Grand Prix/Time Attack Mode:
Time Attack - There are 6 time attack scenarios you need to complete. They are time trial runs with specific tracks/cars/weather conditions. You just need to set a time in all 6, it doesn't have to be a good one. This will get you the Completionist trophy.
Grand Prix - There are a number of trophies that you might earn during the course of career mode but it all depends on your driving style. If not, you can create a single race GP and knock out the trophies. You'll (most likely) be looking at earning:
- They're on Which Buttons?
- Do it Yourself
- Precision Driving
- Have You Considered DiRT3?
- Car Control
- Down to the Wire
- Is Jenson going to pass or not?
- Glancing Blow
Step 3 - Online Mode:
Co-op - For co-op mode there are 3 trophies. You need to complete a season and win both the Drivers' and Constructors' Championships. You and your partner can get two of these in the first season, but there can only be one drivers' champion so you will likely need 2 seasons for you and your partner to get all the trophies. The co-op trophies are as follows:
- Co-op Drivers' World Champion
- Keep Your Friends Close
- 10 Online
- 35 Online
- Keeping it Clean