- Estimated trophy difficulty: 2/10 (Personal Estimate) - Platinum Difficulty Rating Thread
- Offline trophies: 46 (39, 4, 3)
- Online trophies: 5 (4, 1)
- Approximate amount of time to platinum: 10-15 Hours (Personal Estimate) - Estimated Time to Platinum Thread
- Minimum number of playthroughs: 1 full playthrough + 2 partial playthroughs with XP grinding, 2 Online Co-op Missions + 15 Minutes Survival in Open Protocol Mode
- Number of missable trophies: None
- Glitched trophies: None specifically, but note that a number of trophies will not pop and may permanently be locked if you play signed out from PSN/not connected to the internet
- Does difficulty affect trophies?: Yes, you must complete the Campaign on Hard (Singular Difficulty)
- Do trophies stack?: Yes, the 3 Difficulty Trophies stack
- Do cheat codes disable trophies?: No cheats
- Additional peripherals required?: No extra peripherals required
Livelock is an isometric top down shooter along the same lines as Dead Nation, but much easier. It features a rather generic post-apocalyptic setting, in which humanity's awareness has been loaded into mechanized robots. The story isn't anything to write home about, but the gameplay mechanics and graphics are well done, and the combat is decent, if a bit repetitive.
In terms of trophies, the platinum is a fairly straightforward affair. You are looking at completing the campaign 3 times, or once fully on hard then grinding the last mission repeatedly to level up the other 2 characters. While the latter is arguably the shorter route, it is a bit of a boring slog, so replaying the relatively short campaign may be more enjoyable.
The game features infinite respawns, so you can never really get stuck, and even on hard the game doesn't pose much of a challenge. Probably the most difficult part is finding 2 other players to boost the 4 online co-op trophies - as the game features no local co-op, you will need to find some friends or boost this.
A word of warning (which I learned the hard way) - the game constantly updates in real time, by connecting to a leaderboard/server. As a result, if you play offline (with your PS4 disconnected from the internet or not signed into PSN) some trophies will NOT pop. This doesn't affect all of them, but when I reached level 30 on my first character, I had lost internet connection and the trophy would not pop. Reconnecting did NOT fix the issue, so I had to revert to a previous save. This does not mean you cannot choose to play the campaign in offline mode from the game menu, it just means you must ensure that the game has you signed in at all times.
Overall a fairly easy and relatively short platinum, which can be had at a reasonable price if you wait for a sale.
Step 1 - Complete the Campaign on Hard (Singular Mode)
Choose any one of the 3 characters and start the game on Hard (Singular difficulty) - note that the hardest difficulty (Transcendent) is not required for trophy purposes. Overall the game isn't terribly difficult, so it probably doesn't matter which character you choose, but I would say Hex or Catalyst are probably the easier options.
There are only 21 Levels in the game, with most taking 10-15 minutes to complete.
During this step you will also be aiming to collect all the Audio Logs (there are 16 total in the game, and you can track progress from the Main Menu, but the game does NOT tell you which Level has Logs) and the 6 Chassis Logs specific to your chosen character.
Along the way you will earn trophies for completing the 3 Acts of the Campaign and getting Data Cards through enemy kills.
By the end of your playthrough your chosen Character will likely be around XP Level 27 - replay the last Level 1 or 2 times to reach the XP cap of Level 30 and finish Step 1.
Trophies earned in this step: 26
Ashes and Rust
The Endless War
Breaking the Cycle
+ 3 Chassis XP trophies (Depending upon which Chassis you choose)
and 1 Chassis Audiolog trophy
Step 2 - Reach XP Level 30 with the other 2 Characters
Once you finish Step 1, you will have unlocked all Levels and you now have a choice to make. You will need to select the other 2 Characters, and replay the Levels with the 6 Chassis Logs (see the trophy guide for details), then max out their XP at Level 30. You can either replay the Campaign from start to end, or just replay the final Level over and over. The latter method, while boring, is definitely the quicker route. Playing on easy you should get about 40,000 XP per run, and on normal 50,000XP, and each run should take only 5 minutes max.
The only downside to grinding the final Level is this may leave you more clean-up for the LulzSec trophy, as you won't quite get enough kills to max the Data Cards in your first campaign. Obviously if you did not play on Hard the first time, you will have to do a full second run, otherwise it is your choice.
My recommendation is to do 2 full playthroughs, then 1 XP grind, but ultimately it is up to individual preference.
You should also hit 10000 cumulative kills during this step.
Trophies earned in this step: 8 of the following 11 (3 would be earned in Step 1, dependent upon which Chassis you start with)
The Dream Team
Step 3 - Clean up
If you missed any logs you will have to go back and get them, otherwise the only things left will be to get the 100 Destruction Chain, Equip and Helmet, Alloy and Cape, and complete all the Master Data Cards.
The Master Data Cards simply require you to get a specific number of kills for each of the Enemy Types. This can be tracked from the Main Menu.
After your first playthrough you actually should have most of the Master Data Cards done, but depending on whether you chose to replay the campaign fully, or just grind XP for the other 2 Characters, you may have a few Enemies left to clean up
Trophies earned in this step: 9 of the following 10 (1 of the Chassis specific Audiolog trophies would be earned in Step 1, dependent upon which Chassis you start with)
Hard Hat Area
Ice Cream Paint Job
Hex Gon' Give it to Ya'
Echoes of Eternity
Break the Internet
Raiders of the Lost 'Log
Step 4 - 15 Minutes of Survival in Open Protocol Mode
This step will require you to start an Open Protocol Endless War Map, and survive for 15 minutes in one run. There are no re-spawns in this mode. Fortunately this can be cheesed very easily by simply running around the map, and should not pose much difficulty. That said, I would suggest using a fully upgraded Character to attempt this.
Trophies earned in this step: 3
Step 5 - Co-op
As the game has no local Co-op MP option, you will need 2 friends to finish the online trophies. This is a very short step, 5-10 minutes max. You will need to complete a Level on hard without dying (choose the first Level, which takes about 2 minutes to complete), and finish a Level with each person as a different Character, and all as the same Character. You can combine these steps so you should only need to replay the first Level twice.
Trophies earned in this step: 5
The Few, the Proud
Just the Few of Us
A Few of the Same
[PST would like to thank diskdocx for this Roadmap]