Estimated trophy difficulty? 9.5/10
Number of offline trophies? 50 (42 , 5 , 3 , 1 )
Number of online trophies? None
Estimated time to platinum? 10-20 hours, depending on skill
Number of playthroughs required? 1 + Chapter select
Do difficulty trophies stack? Yes
Glitched trophies? None (though Survivor, ARS Operator and Living Legend can be confusing)
Do cheats affect trophies? No cheats
Special hardware required? Not applicable
NOTE: IF YOU COMPLETE THE GAME AND USE 'MISSIONS' SELECT FROM THE MAIN MENU TO ACHIEVE THE "SURVIVOR", "ARS OPERATOR" AND "LIVING LEGEND" TROPHIES, THEY WILL NOT UNLOCK!
This guide is only to be posted on PS3Trophies.org unless otherwise authorized by wottagunn
THOSE THREE TROPHIES MUST BE ACHIEVED DURING ONE WHOLE PLAYTHROUGH OF 'NEW GAME'.
This guide is written with the intention of obtaining Platinum as quickly as possible, and all controls listed in this guide refer to the default layout.
VANQUISH is a third-person shooter directed by Shinji Mikami (Resident Evil 4). The gameplay is extremely fast and frenetic and entirely unique.
VANQUISH takes place sometime in the future, where the United States of America have engineered a space station to provide energy for their country to alleviate the short energy supply left on Earth.
A Russian organisation known as the Order of the Russian Star have taken over this space station, and have diverted its harvested solar energy into a blast wave that destroys San Francisco, aiming to force the US into a total and unconditional surrender. The main antagonist, known as Victor Zaitsev, demands that the American government surrender or he will choose New York City as his next target.
The President of the US (Elizabeth Winters) refuses, and instead puts in charge Robert Burns, a clichéd war veteran, to take back over the space station. She also calls in Sam Gideon, a researcher from an organisation known as DARPA, to give Robert Burns a hand.
You play as Sam, who is fitted with a cutting-edge mechanical suit with a vast array of combat and acrobatic functions, such as boosting, slowing down time, and performing amazing melee bashes. This suit is known as the Augmented Reality Suit (ARS). With this advantage, you must destroy Zaitsev and his plans along with him.
Step 1: Complete the story on Hard difficulty + Don't Die + Collect all Pangloss Statues
The game does have a steep learning curve and at times can be very difficult, but you will soon get that hang of it and will be able to cope in battle. Start a new game on Hard difficulty from the main menu (and complete all the tutorials for a trophy), and make sure to never change the difficulty until you have completed the story. Doing so will net you all of the “Act Completion” trophies as well as Survivor and ARS Operator.
During this playthrough, you should also be aiming for the Living Legend trophy, which has you finishing the game without dying. You definitely will die in this playthrough, A LOT, but there is a way around this. When you die, rather than selecting continue, return to the title screen. This bypasses the auto-save of a death. At the main menu, select Continue and you will be put back to where you were before you died.
Another thing you can focus on during this playthrough is finding all of the collectibles in the game, which are known as Pangloss Statues. There are four statues per level, excluding the first chapter of the first Act, totalling up to 112 statues across the entire game. The statues are small golden humans, and shooting one constitutes collecting one. They will turn red and make a funny sound when they are shot.
Step 2: Earn remaining Chapter related special condition trophies
After you have completed the story on Hard (and any difficulty, for that matter), all completed Chapters within the Acts will be available to select from the main menu. There are 10 trophies related to meeting special conditions within certain Chapters, they are - That Ended Up Working Nicely, Failure Breeds Success, Leibniz Defense Agency, Tightrope Walker, Fisher is the Other Sam, Flyswatter, Guardian, Hurry the #@$% Up!, Civil Disobedience and Buzzard Beater.
You may achieve a few of these trophies during your Hard playthrough too, which will shorten this step. Read the walkthroughs for each individual trophy if you are missing any.
Step 3: Clean up remaining combat trophies
At this point, you will have the Tactical Challenge trophy left (it is the Hidden trophy) and may possibly have a few combat related trophies remaining, such as destroying Romanov's in different ways. Search the guide for individual methods to getting these trophies.
Step 4: Complete the Tactical Challenges
These challenges are unlocked for the main menu after completion of each Act of the story on Normal difficulty or above.
There are 5 Challenges, and a bonus 6th if you complete all previous 5.
(Credit goes to F8L Fool for his help with pictures and additional info)
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