As of May 31st, 2014, the Platinum is no longer possible to be earned unless you have gotten all the online trophies already.
- Estimated trophy difficulty: 9.5
- Offline: 56
- Online: 2
- Approximate time to : 600+ hours
- Minimum playthroughs: 1
- Missable trophies: 0
- Glitched trophies: "Colorful"
- Do cheats disable trophies?: No cheats available
- Does difficulty affect trophies?: No
- Trophy breakdown: 53/4/1/1
- Offline trophies: 51/4/1
- Online trophies: 2/1 No longer possible.
For those two people that aren't familiar with Gran Turismo 5, it's first and foremost a driving simulation. This will be a lengthy and challenging Platinum. You either buy this game for the enjoyment or you don't. Renting is not an option if you want to Plat the game. Expect to put down 600+ hours to Plat this game, as long as your good enough. It's a great game for those that love cars and a very prestigious Platinum to have on your virtual shelve. To get this Platinum, the biggest challenges will be to get gold in every Special Event and the long grind it takes to reach LV 40 in A-Spec and B-Spec. The hardest part will be to get Gold on the Red Bull Challenge events, and you'll save yourself a lot of grief if you have a decent wheel for those.
Step One: Penniless and some easy trophies.
To save yourself some trouble, go for the "Penniless" trophy first. This means buying a Eunos Roadster J-Limited (NA) '91 from the Dealership and fit it with a Sports ECU from the Tuning Shop. See the "Penniless" trophy in the guide for details. Make sure you do this before doing anything else.
When you have done this, there are some easy trophies you can get first:
- Picture Exclusive
- Take Your Honda Home & Data Analyst (you need a Honda for the first one)
- Proud Owner [No longer possible]
- Course Designer [No longer possible]
- Driving Music
This involves playing with the photo mode, course designer, personal music and more. As usual, see the trophy guide for specifics.
Step Two: Starting your career and saving money
During this step, you will start doing races in A-Spec and B-Spec mode, as well as doing Special Events and Licenses when they unlock. If you want tips on what cars to use, go to this thread. Keep in mind that if you're using the Race Series guide, you'll want to focus mostly on A-Spec first. A lot of people seem to have trouble with B-Spec mode. Getting a bit into A-Spec first will give you money and more cars, which in turn will set you up for B-Spec mode. When you start B-Spec mode, I suggest creating a hot-headed driver (towards the red). You should also keep this driver until you get the "The Air of Experience" trophy. See more details in the trophy guide.
While you continue to delve into your racing career, don't spend money you don't need to spend, until you get the "Multi-Millionaire" trophy for having a credit balance of 10 million Credits. If you find certain events difficult to get gold in, come back later. If there is an event you don't have a good enough car for, come back later when you have some more money. As long as you have something to do, don't buy a car just to complete the races in order. Keep in mind that at some point, you need to have 1,000 cars in your garage. So don't sell cars if you need money. Up until you reach level 21 in A-Spec, Special Events are a good way of earning both money and experience. At level 21, however, you will more than likely need to start grinding money and experience. Follow the "Money Making and Experience Grinding"-guide in this thread on how to do this effectively. At level 25 and onwards, look at the Endurance Race series guide for an overview of what Endurance races is worth most XP.
You need to reach the max level (40) in both A-Spec mode and B-Spec mode. A-Spec mode is where you drive yourself, and B-Spec is where you have someone drive for you and you will give orders. In B-Spec mode, your drivers also level up. You need to get one driver up to level 30 and to the peak of his career. More on that in the trophy guide.
Step Three: Getting the Formula Gran Turismo
When you reach LV 24 in either A-Spec or B-Spec mode, you have to start looking for the "Formula Gran Turismo" in the Used Car Dealership. This is a very rare Formula One Car that is only available in the Used Car Dealership* and it is required to do the Formula Gran Turismo World Championship in the Extreme Series. You need to be LV 24 in A-Spec or B-Spec mode to buy it. Make sure you have at least 5 million available and then start looking in the Used Car Dealership at least every 5 in-game-day. To speed it up, you may go into licenses and then load an event. Instead of starting the event, click on the arrow to the right. Continue to do this until you have loaded 5 different license tests. After doing that, head back to the Used Car Dealership which will now have a complete set of new cars. Make sure you don't advance more than 5 in-game-days without looking for this car. Each event you start advances one day. Either do the trick above or come back after every 5 race or event. If you see this car before you get the "Multi-Millionaire" trophy, buy it anyway.
*It seems that the Formula Gran Turismo will alway be in the Online Collector’s Dealership. Make sure you're signed in to PSN and take a look there. It costs the same there as in the Used Car Dealership.
Step Four: Getting Gold, collecting colors and getting 1,000 cars in your garage
When you have gotten the "Multi-Millionaire" trophy it is time to focus on the hard part of the game, getting gold in every event. This means getting gold in every race event (most likely both A-Spec and B-Spec), license and special events. If you haven't unlocked the "Loony Tune" trophy at this point, now is the time to spend lots of cash on Tuning parts for your cars. The rest of your money should be spent on getting 1,000 cars in your garage. Thankfully, you don't need to have 1000 unique cars, so feel free to buy the PDI Racing Kart in the Gran Turismo Dealership. I suggest buying cars in different colors until you get the "Colorful" trophy. You also get colors once a day if you are signed in. Refer to the trophy guide for tips.
Step Five: Miscellaneous
The rest of the trophies are a matter of looking at what you're missing and then looking at the guide for info on how to do them. Some of the trophies in this segment will probably require you to be a certain A-Spec level and or unlock tracks.
Race Series Guide
Special Events Guide
PS3 Steering Wheel Comparison Guide
Car Trading Thread
Racing Modifications Guide
[PST Would Like To Thank Pesico for this Road Map]