- Estimated difficulty: 4/10 (Platinum Difficulty Poll)
- Offline trophies: 24 (1 , 7 , 8 , 8 )
- Online trophies: 2 (2 )
- Approximate amount of time to : 25+ hours
- Minimum number of playthroughs: 2 (One for Racers, one for Cops)
- Number of missable trophies: None
- Glitched trophies: None
- Does difficulty affect any trophies: No
- Do cheat codes disable trophies: N/A
Welcome to Need for Speed: Rivals! This game is the first released by EA's Ghost Games, a rebranding of EA Gothenburg alongside Ghost UK, which comprises most of the team formerly known as Criterion Games. It also includes numerous veteran developers from DICE (Battlefield), Turn 10 (Forza Motorsport) and Bizarre Creations (Project Gotham Racing, Blur). As a result, you'll see shades of many identifiable elements: Cars that handle like Hot Pursuit, an open world approach similar to Most Wanted and Forza Horizon, tech weapons pulled almost straight out of Blur, and visuals on par with The Run (Rivals now runs on the latest Frostbite 3 engine, Black Box's The Run used Frostbite 2).
This guide was written based on gameplay from the PS4 version. Differences should be minimal, as EA has taken great strides to assure as much parity as possible in the experiences of playing Rivals across all platforms.
NOTICE: Some PS3 users have been experiencing instabilities when hitting Chapter 5, causing the game to crash out and save files to become unmanageable. If you run into this issue, changing your AllDrive settings to "Single Player" and updating to the latest patch appears to resolve it.
Special thanks to KazzyMac for verifying and suggesting various details throughout the guide, and to Clockwork Pinkie for additional input.
Step 1: Pick a side and play through it!
Upon loading the game you'll be presented with the choice of starting as Racers, or as Cops. It doesn't particularly matter which side you choose, as both will take about the same amount of time to complete and the experiences are segmented. SP earned for Cops goes only towards Cop tech, SP earned for Racers goes only to Racer vehicle purchases, upgrades and tech. Thankfully there are no collection trophies of any kind: No billboards need smashing, no driving past speed traps, no going over every jump, there are simply no requirements other than racing and busting.
For Racers, you'll aim for the following trophies:
Racer Rank 5
Racer Rank 10
Racer Rank 20
Racer Rank 40
Racer Rank 60
For Cops, you'll aim for the following trophies:
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Cop Rank 5
Cop Rank 10
Cop Rank 20
Cop Rank 40
Cop Rank 60
Step 2: Pick the other side and play through it!
Once you've completed the game as either Racers or Cops, flip your garage to the other side and begin working through the events on those. The format is the same, but the goals, requirements, upgrades and vehicles will be completely different.
Step 3: Win as many different events as possible
You don't need to win 100% of the events in the game, but you should aim to gold as many races labeled "New" as possible in order to reach 100 total. That will net you the following trophy:
Step 4: Cleanup
There are a number of trophies you can complete along the way, from either side depending on what you're comfortable with. Some may be more expediently boosted from either side, but it's really up to you.
Deep Down, You Know You Want To
5, 4, 3, 2, Mach 1!
Step 5: Multiplayer
There are only two required trophies online, and both can be boosted with one other person in a matter of minutes. The most difficult part of this will be finding someone to boost with, adding them to your friends list, and setting up the session. Seriously.
Check out the boosting threads here to find someone to partner up with:
PS3 Trophy Boosting Thread
PS4 Trophy Boosting Thread
Final note: A Timesavers Pack unlocking all cars, all upgrades and all tech is available for $9.99. If you're looking to make this a quick plat, I highly recommend doing this. It doesn't make the game easier, but you're able to dive into finishing events a bit more quickly and don't have to bother with rationing tech and vehicles as you go.
[PS3T Would Like to Thank RageousX For This Roadmap]