December 26, 2008 // 8:02 pm
- For many of us, try as we might to feign indifference, there's a nagging desire that we secure at least a respectable number of Trophies. So for smarter, time-deprived gamers, we've devised this quick-fix guide to scoring a respectable 40 Trophies in around an hour. Onwards, with dignity!
Time: 15 minutes | Number of Trophies: 7 | Trophy count: 7
And we're off. The pristine, sun-kissed streets of Paradise City is where our Trophy hunt begins and, although each metal mug is quite easy to collect on its own, it's a bit trickier to amass all seven in a tight fifteen minutes. Our advice? Check your map regularly.
Repair your car - Bronze: An easy one to start off. Simply drive through an auto repair for that magic metallic pot. The nearest repair shop is located in Angus Wharf, just a few hundred yards from your starting point.
Perform 3 Takedowns - Bronze: That insipid DJ Atomika making your blood boil? Vent a little fury by barging three opponents into traffic or scenery. The best place to get this Trophy is the Lighthouse Rock Road Rage event.
Power Park your car - Bronze: Find two cars parked closely together - most roads will have them - approach them at about 30° and use the handbrake to swing yourself behind the first car just after you pass it. Come to a stop without hitting either vehicle for the Trophy.
Drive on the wrong side of the road for 547 yards - Bronze: Do your best Police, Camera, Action impression by driving through oncoming traffic for 547 yards in one go. This is a relatively simple task if you choose a quiet street.
Invite a friend to join you in Paradise City - Bronze: Got your PS3 online? Have at least one mate? Now combine the two for a Trophy treat. Simply send your friend an online game invite for the reward.
Win a race - Bronze: Come first in any offline race event. We suggest the one located at Sunset Valley that finishes at the Lone Stallion Ranch. But any of the early races are pretty forgiving to amateurs.
Visit a Gas Station during a Race - Bronze: During the race for the previous Trophy, keep your eyes peeled for a Gas Station icon as you drive. You don't have to win the race to get this Trophy so you could even take your time.
Time: 15-20 minutes | Number of Trophies: 4 | Trophy count: 11
Tired? Pah.The second leg of our Trophy sprint requires even higher speed and intensity. There's little time to drool over the immaculate HD hovercraft, though. And the key to succeeding is to know which event and track to choose for maximum Trophies in a single sitting.
Happy Accident? - Bronze: Execute your first successful barrel roll for the Trophy. You can do this in your first race if you choose the speed lap on Anulpha Pass. There's a raised ramp on the right, after the last corner. Just as you drive off the end of it press left, right, left to barrel roll. Beat the gold medal time and take a picture in photo mode after the race, to nab three Trophies in a single event.
Smile Please - Bronze: Make your TV and Trophy collection sing by taking a picture of the action in Photo Mode. Save the snap to your hard drive and the Trophy is yours, all yours.
Rookie Reward - Bronze: It might be like a humiliating take on stabilisers from a child's bike, but win a race using Pilot Assist and the Trophy should sooth your shame. The first race on Vireta K is the perfect venue.
1 Gold Medal won, 86 to go... - Bronze: Kill two birds with one stone by winning the race with Pilot Assist on and claiming the previous Trophy too.
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune
Time: 20-30 minutes | Number of Trophies: 7 | Trophy count: 18
Uncharted's quest for Trophies is just as demanding as high speed hovering. Just replace racing in a Mach 1-shattering spaceship with punching middle aged men in their mugs. And if you've unlocked every internal Drake's medal already, prepare to do it all again...
10 Headshots - Bronze: Awarded after ten headshots. All the Trophies are accumulative in Uncharted so you can restart at the easy opening level on the boat to unlock this and all the Trophies here. Cheap? Yes. Worth it? Absolutely.
Headshot Expert - Bronze: Pop five pirates in a row with headshots to bag this bronze. Save yourself some time and do it on Easy, as you'll have more time to line up your shot.
Brutal Brawler - Bronze: Break out those pirate-pummelling finishers with a triangle, square, triangle Brutal combo. Repeat five times for the Trophy. It's a snap when the game's set to Easy mode.
Brutal Expert - Silver: Kill five enemies in a row with the previous Brutal Brawler combo. Just make sure to keep that itchy trigger finger on a leash. Blowing your bullets could ruin your run of kills.
Steel Fist - Bronze: Fairly easy with the Gunslinger combo. Just waste five enemies with square, R1, square for a Brutal bullet-assisted Trophy. Make sure you do this on Medium; that way, the baddies will be strong enough to withstand the combo, but still pretty easy to dispatch.
Steel Fist Expert - Silver: As above, the idea is to kill pirates with a single punch after you've shot them. Kill five enemies in a row with the Gunslinger combo for this silver Trophy. Fighting on the middle of the boat makes it easier, as the combo can break when you get near scenery.
Treasure - Bronze: The first treasure in the game is in the opening jungle section after the boat shoot-out. Follow the small stream and you'll soon see a massive tree on the left with a rock formation beside it. Walk around the rocks and the treasure is just behind the tree.
Time: 30-40 minutes | Number of Trophies: 4 | Trophy count: 22
From beating up booty-motivated thugs to blowing up jet fighters online, these 60 minutes dedicated to amassing a decent Trophy haul is nothing if not diverse. In comparison to what's come before, though, this is a walk in the dogfight-infested clouds.
Ground Pounder - Bronze: Complete the straightforward on-foot tutorial for the Trophy. No problem.
Combat Driver - Bronze: Prove you can tame tanks, gel with jeeps and complete car tasks in this ground vehicle tutorial.
Pilot's License - Bronze: Fly through this tutorial for the third insultingly easy Trophy. Rewards for completing glorified interactive menus? We should all be ashamed.
Enlistee - Bronze: Phew. No friends or actual human communication required for this Trophy. Creating a clan yourself gives you the prize.
Linger in Shadows
Time: 40-45 minutes | Number of Trophies: 10 | Trophy count: 32
The end's not far in sight now. And, if you can just sit through a few minutes of baffling and pretentious guff about flying pooches, you'll have earned another ten easy Trophies. And yes, we're not the only ones who feel dirty about playing an 'interactive art experience'.
A quick warning: you don't get your Trophies here until you finish this odd art piece (it's not technically a game), then you get them all at once. Also note, the Sigil Trophies are given just for getting through the video.
Sigil of Time - Bronze: Prepare yourself for some truly bizarre flying canine capers as the game pauses. Now all you have to do is press X to start it, then press it again to pause it. Now shake your pad to wake up the SixAxis and earn the Trophy.
Sigil of Motion - Silver: After the video reverses on phase 2, at about 02:11 pause the game and hold L2 or R2 until the bar is full for the second Trophy. Anyone else feel like an art student playing this?
Sigil of Chaos - Silver: Pause time at around 03:06, rotate the SixAxis to fill the bar and nab the Trophy to continue this demented tech-demo. Yay?
Sigil of Nature - Silver: At 4:48 you'll see your feline friend. Pause the game and press circle when the icon appears to continue and to get the Trophy.
Sigil of Creation - Silver: Averse to seeing huggable hounds being murdered by tentacle monsters? Look away. The rest of you should press circle to make the the monster's eyes light up between 05:15 and 05:19. Then again between 5:24:800 and 5:32:400. And finally between 06:03 and 06:04 shake the controller until the bars fills up.
Sigil of Light - Silver: Simply complete all the above Trophies to receive this one. Six Trophies for about six minutes' work? We like those odds.
'Greetings to...' Trophies
The world of Trophies, just like everything else in LIS, is completely backwards - what did you expect from a game with time-traveling cats? Anyway, bronze Trophies are actually harder to collect than silver. And to bag the following Sony-sponsored jugs you have to pause the game and then look around for puzzle pieces. Once you find the pieces you have to hover over them for a few seconds. When one glows and a large circle appears you've got the Trophy. Turning the camera icon on by pressing triangle will cause it to flash when you're near any pieces; a useful little trick.
Greetings to Andromeda - Bronze: Pause the game at 03:13:000 and you'll see a sphere-like object. Rotate it by turning the SixAxis. The piece is the little poster with the hand. Add one more Trophy.
Greetings to the Black Lotus - Bronze: Time: 03:36. Your mission: pause the game. The black locust sign under the mangled mannequin, at the bottom of the boxes, is your ticket to the Trophy. We hate ambiguous insect messages.
Greetings to RGBA - Bronze: At around 04:21, pan to the left of our doomed canine for the sign-like piece and the Trophy.
Greetings to MFX - Bronze: Stop the game at 05:04 and look for the bit of paper to the left of the cat. What could that message contain? The meaning of life or a list of messages? Either way it's a Trophy.
Greetings to Sunflower - Bronze: The saddest sunflower we've ever seen is the piece and your path to a Trophy. Pause the game at 5:41 and pan to the right of the monster to see it.
Midnight Club: Los Angeles
Time: 45-50 minutes | Number of Trophies: 2 | Trophy count: 34
Now that we've ditched those disturbing time-bending cats, it's on to gently patronising Trophies that reward you for following tutorial instructions. Just a quick tip for the race editor: you can place start and finishing points anywhere and still bag a mug, even if your route's only a few feet.
The Basics - Bronze: Nothing to prepare you for hours of illegal street racing with a massively tame tutorial in the first few minutes, eh? Finish it for the Trophy.
Saving Los Angeles - Bronze: Get creative... well, not really. Go to the race editor and enter two checkpoints into the map. Save that track and you've now got one horribly dull route and a shiny new Trophy.
Time: 50-60 minutes | Number of Trophies: 6 | Trophy count: 40
Nothing like Sackboy to sign off this Trophy hunt. We're almost at the end now, so time is tight - no messing about making Sackboy smile or needless bubble chasing. Your reward for an hour's work? A handsome collection of Trophies and a shiny new semi-debilitating obsession.
Artist - Bronze: What better way to end this tiring and stressful Trophy haul than the world's happiest game? Complete the first stage where you receive stickers and plant one anywhere to win the Trophy.
Homemaker - Bronze: Pimp out that adorable pod with ten stickers to receive this Trophy. Just pick one and decorate the whole place with it. As simple as it gets.
Fashion Sense - Bronze: Saddle Sackboy with some respectable threads. Choose a costume with at least one head item, one body item and a material of some sort.
Friendly - Bronze: Either get a mate to play through a level offline together, or invite a friend to play online to receive your prize.
Trendsetter - Bronze: Not only can you slap stickers on your pod and around levels but you can also pop one on yours or a friend's Sackperson.
2X Multiplier! - Bronze: The easiest way to earn this multiplier is in the first level after the tutorial. There are five tokens lined up in a row beneath one of the first statues. Collect them all in one run to end this epic and speedy Trophy hunt.
That's it. 40 trophies in an hour - provided you, er, exclude all the disc swapping, mistakes and popping to the shops to splurge a few hundred bucks on games.