- Estimated trophy difficulty: Platinum Difficulty Rating Thread - 3/10 (Personal estimate - 4/10)
- Offline: 38 (32, 4, 2)
- Online: 13 (10, 1, 1, 1)
- Approximate amount of time to : 15 hours
- Minimum number of playthroughs needed: 1+
- Number of missable trophies: None, all chapters can be replayed through chapter select (*See General Tips for important warning)
- Glitched trophies: There are 4 potentially glitched trophies - Blasters! Blasters! Blasters!, Tough, Double Tough, Double Tough Hard (see Trophy Guide for details)
- Does difficulty affect trophies? No, there are no difficulty related trophies, the campaign can be completed on Easy
- Do cheat codes disable trophies? No cheats known at this time.
- Do trophies stack across versions? Yes. The game is available on both PS3 and PS4, with each game having a separate (but identical) trophy list. There is no cross save functionality.
- Special Notes: There is no online pass for this game, and no additional controllers/peripherals are required.
This is the third game in the Cybertron series, (developed initially by High Moon Studio) with Edge of Reality on board as the new developer. This game is a pseudo tie-in with the recently released movie, Age of Extinction.
The game starts with a modern day Earth mission, then takes you back in time to Cybertron. Chapters 2-9 are all Cybertron based, and look and play like a slightly more polished version of War for Cybertron and Fall of Cybertron. Transformers fans who played the two previous games will feel right at home, with similar game play and graphics to the excellent High Moon games. There is a decent enough story, with excellent voice acting and some pretty cut-scenes. The events take place before those in Fall of Cybertron.
The final 4 Chapters, 10-14, return to Earth and feature the modern day, Michael Bay developed characters. While game play remains the same, it in truth feels like a separate game, with much more generic graphics and a non-existant story that doesn't really seem to tie-in to the Cybertron events.
Multiplayer is back, but significantly toned down. There is no PvP competitive play, but Escalation returns in which up to 4 players can tackle 15 waves of enemies, with the sole purpose of surviving.
XP grinding is significantly reduced, as both the single player Campaign and Escalation share XP. There is only one class to level to Rank 25, and most players will probably be 15-20 by completion of the Campaign.
Overall, the platinum for this title is much shorter than WFC/FoC, and while the game loses some of the charm from the High Moon games, it is still worth a rental for action game fans and Transformers fans alike.
RotDS (Rise of the Dark Spark) is a classic third person shooter in the vein of Uncharted or Gears of War. Heavy on action, most Chapters simply require you to blast through enemies. You will be assigned a fixed Character to work with, and each Transformer has unique special abilities activated by pressing
The game doesn't feature a tutorial, but controls are pretty basic. A couple of useful tips to remember: You can switch shoulder views by pressing , and activates a melee attack which is a one-hit kill against most enemies.
Unfortunately the game does not feature a cover system. You can stand behind cover objects to reduce incoming damage, but cannot enter a cover position per se, and there is no blind fire. This does make running and gunning the most viable option.
A note about difficulty - there are no trophies for completing the game on specific difficulty. Transformers veterans may be tempted to chose Normal or Hard, but it should be noted that overall difficulty is definitely ramped up from WFC/FoC. Even on Normal, there are some nasty difficulty spikes (the first occurring in Chapter 2) that will take most by surprise. Some of the Chapter specific trophies are also very difficult to achieve on anything but Easy.
It also bears noting that this game saves everything you do immediately. This is extremely helpful for grinding XP and certain abilities/kills trophies. If you find a good spot, you can continually replay by pausing and selecting Checkpoint Restart from the menu. There is no need to reach a checkpoint or save point, and stats are tracked even if you die.
The bad news with the above - if you are going for one of the Chapter specific trophies and fail, you cannot retry. Just as stats are tracked even on death, so too are the Challenges, so you get only one attempt. If you fail, you will need to replay the entire Chapter. There is a work around, however - if you quit the game and upload your save to the Cloud or USB, you can reload your old save if you fail. Please refer to the Trophy Guide for full details.
While there is no specific order required to tackle the 2 main aspects of this game, I would recommend playing the Campaign first. All XP carries over to Escalation, and if you jump directly into Escalation you will be starting without most of the weapons and upgrades needed for success.
For simplicity, I have divided the trophies into 3 sections - Campaign related (+ Collectables), Escalation, and Miscellaneous. Most of the Miscellaneous trophies can be earned in both Campaign and Escalation, and many will come naturally through play. I will leave them in their own section, however, for easy reference.
Step 1: Campaign (Complete on Easy) ~ 10 hours
Since the game has no difficulty related trophies, feel free to complete it on Easy. Note that there is technically only one story related, unmissable trophy - Welcome to Earth!
I would suggest reviewing the Trophy Guide, and work towards all of the Chapter specific trophies, and follow the Collectables guide to cut down replay time.
While there are no strictly missable trophies, as all Chapters can be freely replayed, many of the trophies are specific to a particular point in the game, often at the end of a Chapter. Missing them will therefore require a full Chapter replay.
Trophies Earned in this Step - 16
Snitches Get Stitches
My Blade Has Tasted Better
Softly Softly Catchee Monkey
No One Gets Outta Here Alive!
What Could Go Wrong?
I'd Like To Leave Here Please
Sting Like A...
You Get Nothing, Good Day Sir
Make Peace, Not War
Welcome To Earth!
Somebody's Watching Me
Spoils Of War
Make It Rain
Step 2: Escalation - 5 hours
Escalation is the only Multiplayer mode in RotDS. It is similar to Escalation in the previous games, although difficulty is toned down. Most of the trophies can be earned solo in a private match, and if skilled enough one could likely clear wave 15 solo.
That said, you do have to connect to the online servers even if playing solo, so I will list all Escalation trophies as online. It is not clear if any of these could be earned if the servers were to go down.
The only trophy which will absolutely require you to play with other players is I Hope You Have Insurance, there is currently no known way to boost this solo.
Trophies Earned in this Step - 13
Double Tough Hard
Give Me The News Doc
Y U Heff 2 B Mad?
Marked for Destruction
I Hope You Have Insurance
Step 3: Clean up - Up to 5 hours (If not incorporated into Step 1/2)
This will be to clean up any miscellaneous trophies. Most of these are XP related, or cumulative kill/ability based. In all likelihood you will have earned most, if not all, of these during Steps 1 & 2 just by playing the game naturally. Depending on your play style, there may be a few remaining, and where applicable I have noted preferred farming spots in the trophy descriptions.
Trophies Earned in this Step - 21
Peace through Tyranny
It Was An Honor
You Got The Touch
It's The Thought That Counts
Of Merit and Distinction
Blasters! Blasters! Blasters!
This Weapon of Iron & Wood
Thumbs Up Soldier!
What Does This Do?
It's Not A Sprint
Full Metal Jacket
Step 4: Activate Prime Mode
If you have followed the Roadmap, the only trophy now left until is to activate Prime Mode. While this can be done at any time after reaching Level 25, once you Prime, everything resets. And I do mean everything - every unlocked weapon and upgrade, every Challenge, and your XP resets to 0. You will even lose Collectables progress, as these are tied to a Challenge - so if you missed one or more Audio Cassettes and activated Prime Mode, you will need to recollect them all. The only thing you keep are unlocked Escalation Abilities and Characters.
For the above reasons, I would suggest leaving Prime Mode as your last trophy - 1
Covenant of Primus
Congratulations on your new !
Now Autobots, transform and roll out!
Special thanks to PowerPyx and Wozamil for the video guides
Credit to B0SS Zombie for the Escalation farming tips