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[top]Overview

Players: 1 - 4.
Online Play: No, but you can register your scores on the online scoreboard.
Online Trophies: No, but you do need the latest patch to obtain all 25 trophies.
Cheat Codes: No.
Cheats Affect Trophies: No.
Trophy Difficulty: 7/10.
Time to 100%: 6-10 Hours.


[top]Tips & Strategies

Introduction:

To sum up Blast Factor… well… it’s a blast. The first dual-stick, top-down shooter to grace the PSN, it's use of the SIXAXIS is brilliant. The graphics are nothing to shout about, but the gameplay sure is. The game is fun, addictive, and was a great way to kill time. Blast Factor recently got patched to include trophy support so those of you who haven’t picked this game up have more reason to do so than ever.

You need to make sure that you have got the latest patch for this game to be able to play advanced research, hybrid mode, etc. If you haven't got the latest patch, you won't be able to obtain all the trophies.

A few general tips when playing the game :
  • Each specimen in standard research has 8 cells. Cell 4 is always a bonus cell where you can't die, and also a checkpoint, so if you die after cell 4 you'll restart at 4 again. You also get a extra life after completing cell 4. Cell 7 is the next checkpoint and also gives you a extra life for completing it, but not a bonus cell. Cell 8 is always the boss and also gives a extra life.

  • In advanced research each specimen has 7 cells. Cell 3 is always the survival cell and cell 7 is always the boss cell. Cell 6 is your only checkpoint in advanced research.

  • You have 2 additional weapons, over and above your gun. They are the repulsor and tip. The repulsor takes some time to recharge, so be careful where and when you use it. A tip wave can be called directly after the previous tip wave subsides, so this is powerful to keep enemies on the other side of the bowl.

  • The repulsor can be activated by , , or . Be careful when using the repulsor when there are any purple enemies around, as this gives them double speed and pulls them towards you like a magnet.

  • Tip can be activated by tilting your SIXAXIS controller sideways. Be careful when using tip when there are any green enemies around, as this gives them double speed and pulls them towards you like a magnet.

  • Try to wait until enemies group together, as they damage nearby enemies when they explode. This really helps with big clusters of enemies.

  • When fighting bosses, use your repulsor to slow down the speed so you can get your aim right when you need to.

  • Enemies always spawn in exactly the same place and order for each cell, so if you're struggling with a cell just keep at it and try to remember where the enemies spawn and in which order. You'll get through eventually.

  • If you get stuck at a certain range of cells in any mode and just can't get past, it helps to restart the mode completely and try to get there with more lives.

  • A lot of times you will get so frustrated with not getting through that you just keep hammering away at a specific cell you are struggling with. This normally winds up getting you pissed at the game and having to buy a new controller. Rather, take 5, make some coffee, and come back and try again.


[top]Cheats, Glitches, & Exploits



[top]Roadmap



[top]Trophies

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Junior Researcher
Complete Blast Factor™ Specimen 1


Start a new game, select single player and then select Standard Research. Finish the first specimen to obtain this trophy.

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Graduate Researcher
Complete Blast Factor™ Specimen 4


Start a new game, select single player and then select Standard Research. Finish the first 4 specimens to obtain this trophy.

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Head Researcher
Complete Blast Factor™ Specimen 7


Start a new game, select single player and then select Standard Research. Finish all 7 specimens to obtain this trophy.

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Advanced Junior Researcher
Complete Blast Factor™ Advanced Research Specimen 1


Start a new game, select single player and then select Advanced Research. Finish the first specimen to obtain this trophy.

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Advanced Graduate Researcher
Complete Blast Factor™ Advanced Research Specimen 4


Start a new game, select single player and then select Advanced Research. Finish the first 4 specimens to obtain this trophy.

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Advanced Head Researcher
Complete Blast Factor™ Advanced Research Specimen 7


Start a new game, select single player and then select Advanced Research. Finish all 7 specimens to obtain this trophy.

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Chain-Tastic
Get x100 chain multiplier


This is an easy trophy and should be obtained without really trying for it. A chain is defined as enemies exploding one directly after another. Just keep playing and you should unlock it eventually, especially in the later cells.

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Survivor
Finish a Survival Cell without dying


You need to complete the third cell of any of the advanced research specimens to obtain this trophy. Easiest is to start a advanced research single player game and get to the third cell of the first specimen. If you don't get it right the first time, just keep starting a new game and try to remember where the enemies spawn in sequence.

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Ultimate Survivor
Finish all Survival Cells without dying


You need to complete the third cell of all of the advanced research specimens to obtain this trophy. If you fail a survival cell, just die in the next cell and select continue. You'll restart at the first cell of that specimen again. This means that you'll have to replay the first 2 cells, but at least you won't have to start from the very beginning of specimen 1.

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Jackpot
Complete a Specimen without dying


This can be done in either standard research, advanced research or hybrid mode. Just complete any specimen without dying. This does not have to be specimen 1, although it would probably be easiest.

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Immortal
Complete 3 consecutive Specimens without dying


This can be done in either standard research, advanced research or hybrid mode. Just complete any 3 specimens in a row without dying. It sounds easier that it is. The best is to do this in hybrid mode as you basically have to complete standard research specimen 1, then advanced research specimen 1 and finally standard research specimen 2.

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Mix It Up
Complete Hybrid mode


Not much to be said, just start a new game, select single player and then select Hybrid Mode. You can die and continue as many times as you want as long as you make it through all 13 levels eventually.

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Death Wish
Complete a Boss Cell without using the Repulsor


This trophy is easiest on the boss of standard research specimen 1. Just keep tipping the screen to the opposite side of you. All the enemies will gather in the opposite corner and leave you to fight the boss on your own. Just look out for the lasers.

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Death Wish Part II
Complete a Survival Cell without using the Repulsor


This was one of the more difficult trophies in my opinion. I eventually got it by repeating the first specimen of advanced research and just memorized where the enemies spawned and made sure I was in the right position every time. There is a small amount of luck needed for this trophy, so if you don't get it right away, keep at it, and you'll get it eventually.

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Death Wish Part III
Complete a Boss Cell without destroying any enemies


To get this trophy follow the same tactic as in Death Wish. Just keep tipping the enemies to the opposite side of the screen from you and be careful for the lasers. Easiest to do this is on standard research specimen 1.

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Friends Forever
Complete last Specimen in Co-op for any mode


Get someone that is fairly good at this kind of game, connect a second control and select any of the 3 modes. Play through all the cells and finish off the last boss. Once again, easiest on standard research. If either of you die, 1 life is subtracted from your combined life pool. Only 1 of you has to stay alive to clear a cell, the other will automatically respawn in the next cell. This can be done by only 1 player if you are really good, as the second player will just stand there and die until your life pool is depleted. This basically means you have to make it through without dying once, which is very difficult, but not impossible.

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Doing The Dishes
Flip 10 Big Tip enemies with one tip


You have to tip over 10 big tip enemies (the big round silver ones that look like space ships) all at the same time. This is easiest to do when all the other enemies have been cleared out, so find a level with 10 of them and just dodge them until you've killed off everything else. They are fairly slow moving so it shouldn't be too hard.

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Chain Gang
Destroy 5 Big Chains with one shot


Another trophy that you should get without really trying for it. You need to completely wipe out a group of the same enemies that spawn together with just 1 shot. Easiest to do with the enemies that look like discs (bronze, silver, green & purple). Just keep playing and you will eventually get it, especially in the later cells.

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Tough Guy
Complete all hard Cells in any mode


For this trophy you need to complete the top row of cells in any of the 3 modes. I actually found this trophy easier in advanced research. In standard research the time you take to complete a cell determines if you will go up or down for the next cell. You have to complete the cell in the target time displayed on the screen at the start of each cell, which puts a lot of pressure on you. In advanced research you go up if you didn't die and down if you did. Simple enough, just don't die. If you do, keep dying and select continue. This will restart and you will get another shot at it.

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Attention To Detail
Complete all Cells in any mode


Once again you can do this in any of the 3 modes. Like the Tough Guy trophy I also found this easier in advanced research. Just be sure not to die in the first cell and the third (survival) cell to get the higher path and then replay this mode and make sure you do die in these cells. Do this for all 7 specimens and you've got your trophy.

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Speed Master
Finish Blast Factor™ Basic Research in 2xAT mode


Start a new game, select single player and then select Standard Research and then make sure to select 2xAT Mode. This is not that much harder than normal mode, everything just happens 40% faster. Finish all 7 specimens to obtain this trophy.

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Advanced Speed Master
Finish Blast Factor™ Advanced Research in 2xAT mode


Start a new game, select single player and then select Advanced Research and the make sure to select 2xAT Mode. This is not that much harder than normal mode, everything just happens 40% faster. Finish all 7 specimens to obtain this trophy.

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The Cleaner
Clear a Cell using the Super Repulsor


Look out for the super repulsor bonus. That is the one that looks like a red crosshair. Once you pick it up you should have a red glow around you. This only lasts a few seconds, so make sure you pick it up at the end of a level.

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Matador
Dodge 10 Repulsed Back AR's at the same time


Repulsed back AR's are the ones that look like space ships with purple tales. There are a few levels with 10 of them in. If you use your repulsor on them, they go numb and fly towards you. They won't attack you themselves if you stand still, they just sort of hover around you, so slowly move into one of the corners and wait to get your timing right. When they are all sort of grouped together, hit them with a repulsor and slip past the side.

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Life Is Good
Get 10 lives


All you need to do is build up 10 lives at any given time. This is easiest done in standard research. You receive a bonus life for completing cell 4, cell 7 and cell 8 (boss cell). So you should have 10 by specimen 3 cell 4 if you don't die in the mean time.



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