I'm a three decade old gamer who's been playing since the day I dropped my first quarter into Yie Ar Kung Fu (still love that game, Ton Fon is a cheap bastard!). I have one daughter, who at two years of age might be the youngest person I have ever heard of to earn a trophy (she was playing Digger HD and killed a dancing monster, she got very excited). I enjoy most genre types, though I'll admit to not being the biggest sports game fan. I'm also a big comic geek (my prized possession is ASM #122 signed by Stan Lee) and wrestling fan (I think 90% of my post end up in the WWE or TNA thread). When I'm not gaming you'll find me studying or working as an after school teacher.
First Platinum Earned
Resident Evil 5
Lucha Libre AAA: Heroes Del Ring
Why? 1. Not many people have it and 2. It's Frickin hard!
Final Platinum to earn Grand Slam Title
WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2010
(In case anyone is curious)
Number of Platinums/ 100% attain through Playstation+
6 (Plats)/ 6 (100%)
In alphabetical order.
Bark: This is one of my favorite games ever. The story is great, the gameplay is great, there is just nowhere that this game seems to go wrong. I can't recommend it enough.
Bite: Moderate- though it didn't help that I am just horrible at shooters.
Chew Toy: Historian- the audiologs add so much character depth to this game that I'd probably go find them even without the trophy being at stake, but it is nice to have it as encouragement to go find more.
Bark: A first person shooter RPG just sounds odd, so naturally I had to play it. Thankfully I wasn't disappointed and it was a throughly enjoyable game. Though I did have some issues with the online play, hopefully that's been fixed.
Bite: Easy- at least for the main game, there are a few holy crap trophies in the DLC (stupid frickin Crawmerax)
Chew Toy: Can't we get BEYOND Thunderdome- ahh, this is mean but I needed this as one of my last trophies. So I joined the first game I came to which was a couple level 10 guys....with my level 50. Man did he shoot me a lot....hmm maybe I needed the advantage to stand a chance.
Bark: I don’t really understand the hate this title seems to get. It wasn’t the most amazing shooter I’ve ever played, but I did enjoy most of the gameplay and thought the different objective based matches kept the pace of the game high.
Bite: Moderate- Playing the campaign on Hard difficulty can be very frustrating and a few of the objective trophies are difficult if you don’t have a competent human partner to work with.
Chew Toy: It’s a Trap!- Beat the opposing team to their marked objective, place a few satchel charges around their target, hide behind some barrels, and boom! Instant exp boost.
Bark: “Kill with Skill”, oh Hell yeah! This game is a blast in single player, getting bonuses and rewards for creatively putting down the enemies is an awesome idea. The online would be great too, if it wasn’t such a grind and the servers weren’t so glitchy. Still if you have ever wanted a game to reward you for putting a bullet in your enemies crotch and kicking his head off…well here you go!
Bite: Hard- Dear lord is this brutal. Some of the skillshots are difficult, some of the echo tasks are challenging, but grinding to level 65 in multiplayer and getting to Anarchy points trophies will test your level of patience to its limit.
Chew Toy: Golden Idol- Best idea in an FPS ever! Some of these are hilarious (Mercy), some are tricky (shrapnel), and some are just odd (drilldo). But getting them all is a blast and worth the effort.
Bark: For a God of War clone it's not bad. The combat is decent, though doesn't flow as well, and the story is okay, yet a little rushed and simplistic. Though to be fair it could have been much worse and the visuals in some of the level designs and bosses was inspired and somewhat haunting.
Bite: Easy- there's really not much to this one. Especially when compared to the GoW series this is like a breezy warm-up.
Chew Toy: Gates of Hell- Not usually a big fan of arena fights, but I did enjoy this. The enemy types in the game were a little repetitive, but there were still some really cool character designs and this was a good way to face the full variety fast and, somewhat, furiously.
Bark: Eight dollars, that's what forced me to play this piece of crap- EIGHT DOLLARS! And even at that I felt I overpaid. One look at the case and you think hey that kind of looks like The Rocketeer. But it's not- The Rocketeer was a fun, campy, action driven movie. This is a slow, clunky, plodding game with brief (and I stress brief) moments of brilliance (the air combat is pretty badass)
Bite: Somewhere between Easy and Moderate. There's nothing truly difficult here, but the quirky camera and clunky controls can lead to some frustration.
Chew Toy: Grand Theft...UFO? The air combat is the one redeeming value of this game, and hijacking the UFOs is a nice addition to that. If more of the game focused around the air combat this would be a much more enjoyable title.
Bark: It's Zelda.... you know if the Link were a horsemen of the Apocalypse, Hyrule was Armageddon, and Zelda was..... okay so it's not a perfect analogy. Storm a dugeon, get a new weapon, kill a boss, and advance further to do the same over again. It's a lot of fun too.
Bite: Moderate- without the Abyssal Armor the higher difficulty can be a bit of a pain, and whoever came up with the ride 100 miles trophy idea should be take out back and beaten with a snow shovel.
Chew Toy: Improvised Kills- there is a lot of environmental objects that can be used to kill enemies, but mostly it just comes down to pick something up and chuck it upside the bad guys head. Just don't do what I did and needlessly destroy half the stuff for souls thinking it will respawn.....cause it doesn't.
Bark: Lets do this the easy way: Pros- Combat is fun and fluid, there is a lot to do and explore, and the weapon customization is defiantly a big plus in this game. Cons- The story, voice acting, and cutscenes are awful. The online is glitchy to a point of utter frustration. This game feels like it was rushed to market and could have used another few months of testing in some areas.
Bite: Moderate- If you can connect to the online servers will determine whether or not you can plat this game. Everything you do on your own is fairly simple and just takes some practice or planning.
Chew Toy: I want one of those- The weapon customization is the saving grace of this game, though the combat is decent it would be boring and repetitive without being able to create different effects for the weapons your using. Plus collecting the mods to make new weapons is fun.
Bark: I can't believe how long I waited to play this game for fear it wouldn't be survial horror right, ugh I'm an idiot. Fantastic game that gets all the elements of atmosphere right. Plus you can run and shoot- I'm talking to you Resident Evil (who stands still when chainsaw weilding psychos are charging them?!)
Bite: Moderate- Mostly easy, but the higher difficulty can be a little rough.
Chew Toy: One Gun- It's kind of cool to limit yourself to the standard weapon and then charge into the game. Thankfully you don't have to do the whole game with just the Ripper, that thing is almost worthless.
Dragonball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi
Bark: This is a fighter similar to Naruto in the sense that it is a simpler form of fighting game, but can still produce some fast paced high energy matches. It can be repetitive at times, but overall this was a fun title, even if it is like the eighth incarnation of the same game.
Bite: Hard- There are a lot of pitfalls to this platinum. The very hard matches and the 30 online titles can be backbreaking to earn. I felt like I had to use more tricks than I wanted to at times to pull off different wins (plus this game is plagued with rage quitters which don’t help at all).
Chew Toy: Title King- The online titles to this game are a chore, but earning some of them is a hell of a reward, especially when you aren’t expecting one to show up.
Duke Nukem Forever
Bark: Oh Duke, Duke, Duke. I think after 13 years I mostly played this just to prove it actually existed. The game was….okay, yeah okay at best. There’s nothing truly wrong with it, there’s just nothing really special either.
Bite: Hard- On the hardest difficulty there were places I just let loose a stream of curses. Cheap deaths are abundant and the area where the game lacks really shine.
Chew Toy: I Am All That Is Man- Some of the ego boost, are fun, some are odd (light switch?), and some are frustrating but it was interesting to hunt them down and see what would and would not raise my ego.
Bark:This is a challenging dungeon crawler on its hardest difficulty, it is a fun dungeon crawler on regular difficulty….it is an annoying and grating exercise in repetition on the third and fourth playthroughs!!
Bite: Hard- The highest difficulty offers a solid challenge, but it is the variety of online trophies and the task required to earn them that push this over the edge from Medium to Hard.
Chew Toy: Helping Hand- Oh my God was this annoying to earn! You have to completely rely on another person to have a character with the appropriate usable power, then you have to get in their game and use it. I popped in, executed it, and ran off with my trophy…..boo-yah!
Dynasty Warrior 6: Empires
Bark: Button mash till everything is dead, kill generals, run like a cheerleader in a horror film from Lu Bu, and repeat. It’s a simple game yes, but for any fan of the series it’s fun. And the tactic cards are a nice addition to change things up.
Bite: None- A blind monkey could get this platinum, but if you’re not a fan the repetitive nature of the game will get to you.
Chew Toy: Nanman King- Ahh Meng Huo always one of my favorite characters. Even though I miss the bear claws in this version, there was something special about that first moment when I said, “wait did he just throw a tree?”
Dynasty Warrior 7
Bark: Ahh Dynasty Warrior, you never change- I don't know if I'd want you to, but you never do. So another run through a version of the history of the Three Kingdoms, though this time we get to go all the way into Jin, which was a nice addition.
Bite: Novice- So. Much. Grinding. You gotta love it, you have to enjoy the gameplay of Dynasty Warrior or you CANNOT make it through these games, they are repetitive without question..... I really enjoy the hack/ slash genre...
Chew Toy: Emperor of Jin- Let's see I've played close to ten Dynasty Warrior games before this one and this is the first time we went past the beginning of the Fall of the Three Kingdoms, finally, finally got to see some of what happened next....I never trusted Sima Yi.
Dynasty Warrior Gundam 3
Bark: All the hack and slash fun of Dynasty Warriors...WITH GIANT ROBOTS!! Fun, slightly repetitive, but still a lot of fun.
Bite: Hard- It's not the hardest game, but it can be tricky. Some of the later mission require you to stay alert and play a much different game than earlier.
Chew Toy: Tales of the Dark History- It's a fair recap of some of the major stories of the Gundam series. It's not spectacular but you get the ideas, plus it is better than the main story- which is pretty random.
Bark: I didn't really like FF XIII, so I was tentative about this game. But it was better than FF XIII, it still won’t crack my top Final Fantasy games, but it did make me a little more excepting of this series. The paradox stuff is interesting, though I was a little disappointed in the ending.
Bite: Moderate- Most because there is a lot of back tracking to get the alternate ending, hunt down monsters, etc. Though the casino coins were a bit of a pain to rack up.
Chew Toy: Defragmented- I’m a fan of RPGs requiring players to accomplish all the side quests to finish the game. I like to explore and to be rewarded for it is all the better.
God of War
Bark: Do I really need to describe the God of War games? Alright fine- they’re fantastic… what? That’s all your getting, read on.
Bite: Easy- nothing to it as long as you can get the hang of the combat system (which is pretty much as fluid as can be)
Chew Toy: Speed of Jason McDonald- I have no clue who Jason McDonald is, but I really enjoyed running through the game with unlimited magic. I’m sure you can do it without the unlimited magic, but ummm why?
God of War II
Bark: Personally this is my favorite GoW game. It felt bigger and more epic that the first and the end of the third left me feeling kind of ehh. The combat also felt more fleshed out than the first game.
Bite: Easy- Pretty much on par with the first game. Not really anything that will give anyone too much trouble.
Chew Toy:Bleeding Thumbs- like the game itself this was my favorite set of challenges, they were difficult but nowhere near as cheap as the other two.
God of War III
Bark: The gameplay is very similar to the first two games, though the visuals got a marked improvement. The weapon diversity is also a nice added touch to break through some of the repetitive natural that was starting to plaque the game.
Bite: Moderate- Titan mode kicked my ass. My first time through I accidently switched to the easier setting, so yeah I got to do it all over again. Imagine my joy.
Chew Toy:Releasing the Floodgates- how badass is the opening sequence of this game? Poseidon looks amazing and the multiple levels of this boss fight make it all the better.
Bark: So far this is my least favorite GOW game, mainly because it feels shorter than the others and the visuals are very weak. Still good combat, a fair story, and nudity is always a plus...kidding...sort of.
God of War: Chains of Olympus
Bite: Easy- This title carries on the same tradition as all the other GOW games, good game- really simple trophy list. Plus the challenges this time are the easiest so far.
Chew Toy: Hades Needs a New Wife- B**** Needed to die! Cheap, ridiculous boss fight- I was so happy when I finally got to finish Persephone off.
Bark: This was the last GoW game I needed to finish all the ones currently available, and this was by far my least favorite of all the titles. I didn’t like Chains of Olympus because the story was weak but in this title the story is so-so but there are just abundant areas of cheap stupid deaths (seriously Keres? Ridiculous).
God of War: Ghost of Sparta
Bite: Easy- Though a little frustrating, like all God of War titles it is pretty straight forward with its trophies. Beat the game, collect the upgrades, and finish the challenges simple as that.
Chew Toy: Dental Work- As much as I didn’t like the game overall the opening ongoing fight with the Scylla is fun, it’s a big monster and it feels like you’re fighting a big monster. Solid GoW fun.
Bark: Just gonna say this now I’m a huge comic geek, so if you put super heroes in a game it has a Field of Dreams effect on me. But even disregarding that Infamous is a great game, the story has its slow moments, but the gameplay is fast and action packed.
Bite: Moderate- There some good trip ups along the way to getting this one. And a small measure of dedication is needed to track down all the blast shards, especially when the last one is hiding at the top of AN OVERSIZED BUILDING AND DOESN’T EVEN SHOW UP ON YOUR RADAR!.... what? Oh sorry, no I’m back.
Chew Toy:Stunt Master- at first this was just a cool way to get some ideas for how to combine my powers, but then it just became a starting point to see what other ways I could think of to mix up my powers.
Bark: I remember when this originally came out and I passed on it, so when I saw the trilogy on sale on PSN I figured I’d take a shot at it. It’s a solid platformer with some funny moments within. It feels a little short but still a solid opening entry for a series.
: I got this on clearance for my daughter and decided to try for the platinum myself along the way. It does what it needs to do pretty well and probably cheaper than most products (at least at this point).
: Novice- Fairly easy, though there is some challenge to be had here. The tilt mazes are fun and the art functions are interesting as well. If it's your thing you'll have a good time, if not you'll hate ever minute of it.
: Remmy's Apprentice- This is the best way to learn about the ins and outs of the art functions in the game and really gets you engrossed in what the game can do.
Jak and Daxter: The Percursor Legacy
Bite: Easy- Collecting the orbs is a little tedious and some of the missions feel a little repetitive but this game is still fairly straightforward.
Chew Toy: Battle Hardened- The ending boss fight is fun and mixes things up a bit from the rest of the game. It also offers a bit more of the a challenge than pretty much anywhere else in the game.
Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
Bark: It’s Legos and Batman, simple game that is simple fun. It’s interesting to see the lego versions of the DC characters talking, but thankfully it is done with the same humor that has made the franchise successful.
Bite: Easy- Break, build, buy- the three B’s of a Lego trophy list. Smash that to get an item, build that to reach an item, buy everything. There are a few misc additions thrown in to keep it DC-esqe.
Chew Toy: Bane of my Life- ……I’m not explaining this I’ve established I’m a comic guy, so figure out the reference you’ll get it, there you go.
Lucha Libre AAA: Heroes Del Ring
Bark: Lucha Libre is one of my favorite forms of professional wrestling. This game is a great introduction to that style for people who have never seen it, but it is not even close to the best wrestling game on the PS3. There are some serious problems with the controls in this game and the AI can be downright cheeeeaaapp.
Bite: Hard- Unfair odds, cheap AI, clunky controls, and a brutal difficulty curve are just the beginning for this one, then you add in the online- which is deader than the Dead Sea. Without a boosting partner this platinum is almost impossible.
Chew Toy:Untouchable- At first it seemed really hard to try and win a match without getting hit....then I just started hitting him with chairs.Number 6 on the site to Platinum
Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom
Bark: This game was a lot of fun. The puzzles aren’t very hard and the gameplay is pretty easy going. The storyline isn’t overcomplicated, but has some sweet and emotional moments within.
Bite: Easy- The game pretty much gives you everything you need to accomplish this one without any worry. As long as you pay attention it is just one quick playthrough.
Chew Toy:Tlaloc defeated- after defeating each boss they briefly appear in their human form to say something about the person they were. Tlaloc’s was the best and his dialogue during it was probably the best writing of the game.
Marvel Superhero Squad: Comic Combat
: Much like the regular Super Hero Squad game this was just stupid fun. The writing is funny and doesn't try to hard and the game actually responds well to the uDraw pad making it easy to play and enjoy.
: Novice- It's pretty straight forward, on top of that the game keeps moving and gives plenty of chances for players to accomplish whatever needs to get done.
: Old Rivalries Revived- Not only did they reference this, they referenced it correctly. The comic geek in me squealled like a little girl.
Marvel Superhero Squad: The Infinity Gauntlet
Bark: I got this game for my daughter and after enjoying playing it with her decided to do my own game. It’s a little sad but I enjoyed this game more than Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2. Yes it is a fairly simple and easy game, but it doesn’t try to be anything else. It is fun, has some decent humor, solid beat’em up action, and a little challenge. If you’re a Marvel fan it is worth a least a quick rent to see if this is up your alley.
Bite: Easy- Other than a few tricky moments in challenge mode there is really nothing to worry about in this title. Even the gem collecting is pretty straightforward.
Chew Toy: Squad Hero- As I mentioned there is some decent humor in this story but, the big reason this was my favorite part of the game is because it does not do what a lot of comic based games do. It does not take itself seriously, it is just a fun, simple, straightforward story and it works.
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2
Bark: God this game is such a disappointment compared to the first one. Don’t get me wrong it’s not a horrible game, but the story is weak, the upgrade system got butchered, and it doesn’t feel like there is any variety in the gameplay. And what happened to the multiple alternate costumes (I want my Scarlet Spider dammit, and to be fair the Civil War story arc in the comics isn’t much better than in the game)
Bite: Moderate- Legendary isn’t a cakewalk and earning the 200 team boost was a bit of a pain.
Chew Toy: Trivia Genius- Hey! Finally being a comic geek pays off!
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2
Bark: A fairly simplistic fighting game that actually has some impressive depth- especially when you consider most of the combat centers around one button. I just wish they would make this series more of a squad based fighting experience to match the series.
Bite: Moderate- Decent difficulty for the main story and boss fights, but the online can be the killer. One or two good wins will push you up into a higher tier against some brutal opponents- or you can just get stuck fighting spammer after spammer.
Chew Toy: Overwhelming Sage- again this is a trophy related to a great moment in the story mode. There’s not much to do outside the main game and online fights, but within the main story, particularly the boss fight, there are some great storytelling moments and this is probably the best.
Bark: This game is almost like combining the first two Ninja Storm games in one....almost. Bigger roster, check. Tons of flashy moves, check. Full Story mode covering both previous parts of the tale, ehh not really that's where they cheaped out.Come for the combat, but the story is better played out in the first two games.
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations
Bite: Novice- One of the hardest things about the previous game was the online component, this installment replaced that with some challenge modes. The only problem, they're just not that challenging. Especially if you survived the online in the previous game, this trophy set is a breeze.
Chew Toy: Ultimate Ninja Gathering- It is a good roster, especially for any fan of the series, and once everyone is unlocked you really feel you can almost have endless match combinations.
One Piece: Pirate Warrior
Bark: The manga series is amazing and the game does well to reflect that. The visuals are beautiful and the gameplay is solid, even if it is little more than a Dynasty Warrior clone. But be clear this is a basic introduction to the series and that is all……..can’t f@#$ing wait for number 2.
Bite: Moderate- This will involve quite a bit of grinding and a few well triggered attacks, but other than that it’s cake.
Chew Toy: Got You! Feet!- Buggy’s awesome……screw you he is…… in all seriousness the primary encounter with Buggy is where I first started reading the series (it’s near the beginning but not the beginning) and so I enjoyed seeing some of the visuals from that brought forward in the form the game presents and getting to interact with it.
Bark: I’ve always enjoyed the Smash Bros. series and got this based on the comparisons. They definitely have differences but both games are fun, especially with a big group of people. Plus hey it is fun to finally get to settle the how’s better Jak or Ratchet argument……it’s Ratchet, it was always Ratchet.
Playstation All-Stars (Vita)
Bite: Easy- Looking at the trophy list I really thought this would be harder but there’s not really anything that can trip you up to badly. Well the win online without ding once trophy takes a little work but not much.
Chew Toy: Triple Kill!- Whether winning or losing there is something insanely satisfying about dropping all three of your opponents in one shot, and if it with a level one super and you get the collective “aww” out of the speakers so much the better.
Bark:Got this in the Cross-buy with the Vita version and played the two back and forth together. Honestly I preferred the Vita version, but both are great versions.
Bite: Easy- Same as the Vita version in every way.
Chew Toy: Triple Kill!- Yeah same as the Vita as well, hell this is still fun to pull off in close matches if I can manage it.
Bark: I have never played a game before where I would literally stop everything I was doing the moment the dialogue started and just listen. Some of the funniest writing I have ever encountered paired with amazing puzzles. One note is the best experience comes from doing the co-op with a good partner who has never done it before. Figuring everything out with a friend is a huge blast.
Bite: Easy- Once you get the mechanics down everything becomes second nature and flows easily. However you can raise the difficulty by trying to accomplish some of the co-op trophies solo (that was a pain in the backside).
Chew Toy:You Saved Science- I had more fun playing through the co-op than I have had playing almost any other game. Solving the puzzles and working the details out gave me a huge sense of accomplishment every time we figured something new out.Bark: Loved this game when it originally came out and have played every entry since. Figured after finishing All-4-One I’d pick this up alongside Full Frontal Assault and have been switching between them since. This is a great title that has aged very well, and even though some of the control issues are a little more apparent now, it still feels comfortable and solid quickly.
Bite: Easy- Nothing too challenging here, the hoverbike race is a bit tricky till you get it down. However it’s the million bolts that will try your patience, I was on playthrough four- with some backtrack grinding along the way- when it popped. Maybe I should have used the glitch afterall.
Chew Toy: Skillful- Yeah, yeah it covers a lot of the other trophies but the skill points are what give this game challenge. Some were fun, some were filler but all provided something new and different to do.
Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time
Bark: I’ve enjoyed this series since the first installment and am a little ashamed I took so long to get this installment. But it was worth the wait, this is probably the best entry in the franchise and a great platformer. Great game and a plat I’m happy to add to my collection.
Bite: Easy- Hard difficulty isn’t hard and the Challenge Mode isn’t any more difficult than Hard, actually easier since you carry over all your beefed up weapons. Pretty much everything is set to play the game as you would normally and poof nabbed.
Chew Toy: Raritanium Champion- When did they introduce these tournaments? Was it the second game, think so (I’ll have to check). These are always fun, different waves, different challenges, I only wish this one had had a bit more bite to it.
Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One
Bark: Well calling this the worst Ratchet and Clank game is like saying chocolate is the worst ice cream flavor. It’s a good game and shares a lot of the R&C noted humor, but the multiplayer makes this feel weird and different (not in a good way). There’s also more glitches and camera aggravation than I have ever experienced in this franchise before.
Bite: Easy- The funny thing is that with more players the platinum difficulty actually goes up for this title. Solo this game’s a cake walk but add a few friends and it becomes a trying task to complete simple objectives.
Chew Toy: On Some Planets They’re a Delicacy- Sometimes more players made a trophy a little trickier, sometimes it gives you an opportunity for REVENGE! Blasting these things so they bounce off the wall and electrocute the b****** who took your bolts or knock him in the water made it all the more fun to earn……jerk….
Bark: This is a weak Ratchet title, a weird mix of arenas and mini mission that feels more broken up and choppy than I think the developer intended it to be. On top of that without the gadgets breaking things up it feels very repetitive, and while that’s a little similar to other titles in the franchise the weak story makes it over obvious.
Bite: Easy- Save for the fact that you may end up replaying a few things over and over because of simple mistakes or button presses it’s all not only pretty straightforward and somewhat repetitive.
Chew Toy: Shock King/ Ace gets Clubbed- Okay weak story, gameplay has some repetitive problems, but there is an upside. There are some cool bosses in this game- at least design wise, they play very similarly but are cool and do help break up the game in a needed way.
Bark: LOVE THIS GAME! The visuals are beautiful, the controls are tight, the platforming is the best on the PS3, and it is just incredibly fun. There is some incredible challenge in this game that feels like a throwback to old school 8 and 16 bit platforming gems while at the same time feeling fresh and new. To repeat I…. LOVE THIS GAME!
Bite: Hard/ Brutal- Like break a controller, let a stream of curses, kick a puppy brutal. The later levels can test any gamers platforming skills to their limit, then couple that with the time trials and it will hurt….. thank god it is so much fun to play.
Chew Toy: I’m gonna cheat for this one, I liked everything about this game. Every trophy was fun to get and there was such a feeling of accomplishment to the harder ones. It’s been a long time since I enjoyed playing a game this much and now I have some hope for this franchise.
Rayman Origins (Vita)
Bark: I loved this game on the PS3 so when I got a Vita it seemed like a great choice to see how the handheld stacked up. It was fantastic. The game was just as beautiful, just as enjoyable, and just as challenging as the standard console version. This is one of the few games I would have considered multi-platting and I enjoyed the Hell out of getting it.
Bite: Hard- Maybe it had something to do with this being the second go around or maybe it was the controls on the Vita (which I found really responsive while playing this) but this wasn’t as difficult as the PS3 version. Don’t get me wrong it is almost the same trophy list and it is still challenging, but it just felt a little like a lighter load.
Chew Toy: Full Mouth- The tricky treasures are the best levels in the game, pure platforming challenge. Once again fantastic.
Resident Evil 5
Bark: Love this series. Have since the first and continue through to this installment. Some people hated Shiva (and I did too after some of her dialogue), but I rarely played this game solo so she didn’t get in my way very often. I wish they would bring back some of the scare back to this franchise, but I do enjoy the faster pace.
Bite: Moderate- If you play fair, however with a good partner and the infinite rocket launcher…well that’s just not very nice.
Chew Toy:Ride the Lightning- got this one before I was really hunting trophies, so I didn’t know what happened. Accidently shot the transformer causing the sparks to fly out and kill a few foes, then suddenly heard my co-op partner say “what the hell was that?" it my ear.
Bark: 2nd Vita platinum, the game is fun if a bit easy even on the higher difficulty. The touch screen controls feel a tad bit of a forced edition but do add a little bit of variety to the gunplay.
Resistance: Burning Skies
Bite: Easy- I expected a lot more effort from a Resistance game, but this is a cake walk. There might be one trophy that requires a little grinding but overall one playthrough will accomplish everything you need.
Chew Toy: Unnatural- Favorite boss, plus everything else in the game is either kill “x” amount of enemy or complete “x” part of story.
Saints Row: The Third
Bark: So Sleeping Dogs was the serious action kung-fu movie like game and Saints Row is like that….if it was written by the guys who did National Lampoons. Fun, at times funny, constantly over the top, and pretty fast paced. This is one of those games where every road leads to chaos, which is sometimes great and other times annoying.
Bite: Easy- Once again not terribly difficult, but this list does contain a huge pet peeve for me. DO NOT, DO NOT place a trophy for playing a game longer than it takes to accomplish everything in said game, that is lazy.
Chew Toy: Stay Class Steelport- There is a weapon in the game called “Fart in a jar”, Ha………yes apparently I am twelve.
Bark: First off this is not a bad game, but it is a boring game. There is just a lot of dead time in this game wandering from puzzle to puzzle. That coupled with the somewhat repetitive nature of the puzzles and the slow pace of the story just make this a game that is a bit of a task to play through.
Bite: Easy- Some of the puzzle times are a pain but can be gotten with a little practice. I really noticed no difference between the two difficulties, except that the target times were easier on Hard cause they were longer for the same puzzle.
Chew Toy: Path of Blood- Okay, unlike a lot of the other Chew Toys this is not because it was the most enjoyable part of this game, no no. It is because this is (in my opinion) the GREATEST TROPHY IMAGE EVER! (in spoiler below)
Shadows of the Damned
Bark: Lot of fun, lots of dirty jokes, lots of action- just an overall fun title. Now there are some weird and messed up glitches in this title as well
Bite: Moderate- I would kind of put this game on par with Resident Evil 5, which is fitting since the play very similar. Evil has more enemies, but this title puts you under a little more pressure in tighter situations. AND WHO DOESN’T STACK DIFFICULTY!
Chew Toy: It’s a Bughunt- Best level in the game. Fun gameplay and some eye candy along the way…. What? I’m a dog I’m allow to say things like that.
Bark: Somebody’s been watching far too many Supercop movies. That said this is a very fun, albeit predictable, action shooter that moves well and offers a lot to do. It’s very similar to the better know GTA games though maybe not as deep.
Bite: Moderate- Experience is probably the hardest commodity in this title. There is a little effort that needs to be put in to find the collectables, purchase the extras, and find every last mission- but without a doubt edging out that last bit of Triad experience is the clincher.
Chew Toy: A Slap in the Face- Kill someone with a fish……you’re not asking to do that a lot…..like ever…except here, so there you go.
Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus
Bark: A fun mellow platformer. It is fairly linear and felt a little short, but it is still a fun and well written with some nice diversity to the levels and gameplay. I played a demo for this back when it came out on the PS2 but never ended up getting the full game so I’m glad to finally get around to playing the full title.
Bite: Easy- Most of the trophies are just for making your way through the game normally and even the collecting ones are easy to pick up along the way, nothing to it really.
Chew Toy: Sucker Punched!- “Hey you turned on our game, here’s a trophy,” umm, why thank you? Honestly when this first popped I thought it was a glitch and then I just laughed for a bit.
Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection
Bark: As a long time gamer this was a pleasant trip down memory lane, not all of these are great games but most are and you forget how fun a lot of them are to play. This was also a fantastic palette cleanser after Spec Ops, which frustrated me quite a bit.
Bite: Novice- Very, very easy. Most of these can be done with just normal gameplay, which is the way I would recommend it. Just play, enjoy, and the platinum is yours.
Chew Toy: Only in the 80's- Space Harrier! Space Harrier is an unlockable title on here.....that's f***ing awesome! Plus arcade ports of Altered Beast and Shinobi, a few more titles and I won't have to HDMI connect my computer to play MAME on the big screen anymore.
Bark: Very simple, very mellow game. Not really much more to say.
Bite: Easy- collect a few things and finish the game, simple tasks for a simple game.
Chew Toy:All Systems Go- really the action parts are the only thing that give the game any variety, so getting them all is really the only reason to keep playing. Plus it lets you start exploring more.
Spec Ops: The Line
Bark: I have really mixed feelings on this game, on one hand it was enjoyable in parts and had an interesting story. But it was also obscenely cheap and judgmental of me as the player, which made me want to slap someone.
Bite: Hard- Fubar difficulty isn't hard it is cheap, enemies make shots they have no business making and every grenade seems like a frickin homing missile. And if that doesn't screw you enough your squadmates....they're idiots.
Chew Toy: A Line Crossed/ A Line Held- I had issues with the story to be sure, but this was a moment I did not see coming and the shock factor played well to the tension in the game. It's not a game I want to play over and over but it had moments and this was the topper.
Spider-man: The Edge of Time
: This is a mixed, mixed bag of a game. There are some really wonky controls issues here, but there is also some fun and fluid combat. The web swinging is okay, but at times unresponsive and frustrating. The story is also hit and miss with an interesting idea and some witty…and not so witty (I get that it’s a swear in the comic but stop adding ‘shock’ to stuff) dialogue.
: Moderate- The challenges can be challenging, frustrating, and at times downright irritating at times. Hard difficulty isn’t very hard, especially since it requires a normal run first and everything carries over, but there are moments of frustration.
: Master of All you Survey- Not because it was the Hard run, not because it was a speed or powered up run- nope. But because after accessing the alternate costumes this was a Scarlet Spider/ Ben Reilly run…..it was awesome.
Bark: If you have any fear this will not live up to the carnage of the original trilogy, well no it has no problem pouring on the gore. Bloody, fast, and fun. I think there may be something wrong with me for how much I enjoyed this title.
Bite: Moderate- The Higher difficulty can be tricky and the arenas gave me a few slips. Overall though It isn’t anything to trying.
Chew Toy:Lust for After Life- More skills equals more gore, more ways to kill, and a more enjoyable run through the game. Hoo-ray for carnage!
Star Wars The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes
Bark: Oh, I am not proud of this one. No, this game sucks. The controls are broken, platforming broken, combat- story- levels all really repetitive. If I hadn’t wanted all three Star Wars plats I would have burned this in a giant fire to prevent it going to other hands.
Bite: Frustrating- there shouldn’t be anything hard to this one, but my god with all the problems it has it is an uphill battle to get anything accomplished.
Chew Toy:None/ Nothing there was no enjoyable trophy here. If fact the only good thing about this game was I could have my two year old play with me and didn’t feel it affected the gameplay at all.
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
Bark: This was the first Star Wars game I have played where I felt like my character really could use the force. It has some glitches and quirky moments, but it was a very fun game.
Bite: Moderate- Sith Master mode shows off all the little glitches, quirks, and cheap deaths this game can provide and will piss you off. However once you learn a few tricks you can get by almost everything.
Chew Toy: Bossk & Worst Day-Shift Manager Ever- playing as Vader in the prologue is fun and making the wookies & stormtroopers fly off the bridges is a big part of that. Though Vader jump animation is a bit odd looking (Vader should not jump!).
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II
Bark: Though this game is shorter than the first one it feels bigger. The powers feel more epic and the combat feels more intense- just too bad it’s over so quickly. They also fixed a lot of the issues that plagued the first title (though there are still a few).
Bite: Easy- The hard mode here is not even close to as frustrating as the first game.
Chew Toy: Poor Bob- As I said before there is something wrong with me, cause I enjoyed the hell out of gripping, stabbing, zapping, and then throwing stromtroopers. A lot of them must have been named Bob.
Tekken Tag Tournament HD
Bark: This is one of my favorite arcade quarter killers, plus there is a nice variety of features to the home release. Also doesn’t hurt that it is bundled with the movie and a preview of Tekken Tag 2. It’s not the most complex fighting game by any means, but I’ve always thought Tekken can be a bit friendlier to new players and this title keeps up that belief.
Bite: Moderate- Tekken bowling comes with its own challenges and the harder difficulty arcade run is patience wearing. Other than that it simply comes down to understanding the controls and exploring all the gameplay options.
Chew Toy: Eternal Champion- Honestly I thought this would be the trophy that kept me from this platinum. The higher difficulty can at times be brutal and I failed quite a few more times than I care to admit to trying to pick this up. This was also the trophy that got this title backlogged so I was happy to see it ‘ping’.
Transformer: War for Cybertron
Bark: The single player in this game Is a lot of fun, story is good, combat is fun but it is not the best part of this game. That’s the multiplayer, when the servers aren’t having issues and you get some solid teams the multiplayer is top notch fun.
Bite: Moderate- Almost everything in this one is pretty easy, the only real challenge here is grinding the hundred levels in multiplayer. Especially if you suck at a particular class.
Chew Toy: Top of the Scrap Heap- I had a really good time playing the multiplayer in this game. Some of the classes were a lot of fun, some are difficult due to working against my playing style, but with a good team I still had a lot of fun with each.
Bark: It’s fun, but there is very little substance to this game. I never played the first Trine so I didn’t know what is was going to be like going in, afterward I just felt a little “ehh” it was a take it or leave it title that kills a few hours.
Bite: Easy- I don’t like this trophy list. I like trophy list that combine game progress and challenge to the gameplay, but this one is more like making the players do stupid parlor tricks to accomplish pointless goals.
Chew Toy: Cirque de Zoya- This trophy kind of personifies this games trophy list. Like a giant video game circus act and your training for the different rings.
Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune
Bark: Great story and amazing visuals that are only complemented by great control and gameplay. This is one of the best games I have played on the PS3. Though I really did think Sully was in on the whole thing, ehh guess I was wrong.
Bite: Moderate- Crushing mode is fairly difficult and some of the trick kills are a bit hard to pull off.
Chew Toy:Charted!-Crushing – I really enjoyed the challenge of the crushing difficulty and even the parts I found frustrating were still enjoyable.
Bark: Hell yeah, round two with this franchise and it still kicks ass. Even when a sequel is better than the original usually there is something bad you can say about it, but not here just amazing from start to finish.
Bite: Moderate- Crushing is not as difficult here as it was in the first but it is still a challenge and dying comes often.
Chew Toy: Charted! – Crushing: Yep much like the first game the challenge of the second playthrough was still my favorite part.
Virtue’s Last Reward
Bark: Story, story, story this is just a game about story. Well no it’s a game about story and choice. At best I can describe this game as the video game equivalent of a choose your own adventure game book. However the endings are much better than when Duke just decided to wander out into the desert for no goddamn reason……I feel I may have lost some people there.
Bite: Moderate- The puzzles are tricky, sometimes very and the story is intricate. However there is some tedium to replaying parts of the story over and over just to see small variations.
Chew Toy: A Certain Point of View- Now you’ve seen everything.
The Walking Dead
Bark: This is hands down one of the best stories I have ever played through in a game. It’s simply amazing how well this was written and executed, but man there are moments that hit you like a truck.
Bite: Very Easy- The trophies here are just for experiencing the story and seeing how all your decisions play out.
Chew Toy: It’s not one trophy it is every trophy, like I said this game is all about the fantastic story so since every trophy is getting you deeper and more involved in the story, well then every trophy is enjoyable.
: This is probably the best wrestling game I have played in a lonnng time. The control scheme that has been getting over complicated in recent years was streamlined back to a solid design. The improvements to the WWE Universe mode and the very storyline driven Road to Wrestlemania were both thoroughly enjoyable. Great game.
: Moderate- There’s really nothing to bad about the trophies for this game, the one session trophies may or may not have to done all at once- seems different for everybody, but almost everything can be earned just playing the game as you normally would.
: Villain, Outsider, and Hero Episodes- The Road to Wrestlemania in WWE ’12 is badass, some people may complain that there are a few too many cutscenes and not enough full matches, but I disagree. You still fight every match, but the scenes allow the matches to end in story moment you wouldn’t be able to get on your own. One note: It is really sad when your video game does an invasion angle better than your living, breathing performers did.Number 35 on the site to Platinum
: I’m a big time wrestling fan as I said so if it’s a wrestling game I probably enjoyed it. Factor in the old school arcade feel this game has similar to WWF Wrestlefest and WWF Superstars and this ranks as on of my favorite wrestling games ever. Just wish it had more modes of play.
: Moderate/ Easy- Most of the trophies are fairly easy, though repetitive, however the online can be difficult. Matches can change momentum at the drop of a hat so everything can be in your favor and a few good counters will change it all. Boosting makes it easier, but not as much fun.
: Old School & Legend Killer- The fantasy Warfare match-ups were some of the best production values and video packages I’ve seen in a WWE game. They were very cool and I wish there had been a few more to see and fight in.Number 6 on the site to Platinum
WWE Legends of Wrestlemania
: I like wrestling. I like old school arcade like gameplay. I like this game, see simple.
: Easy- a very simple trophy list that can probably be picked over in a day or two.
:Medal Collector- I liked the Relive, Rewrite, and alter Wrestlemania matches. I just wish there were more of them and had some more variety in the stipulations.
WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2010
: Wow, I started playing this installment when it first came out and then traded it for the updated model without finishing it. Going back to it, well it shows its age a bit and I can understand why this wasn’t my favorite installment in the series.
: Easy- Mostly this is just grinding the storylines or the career mode. The few challenging trophies like the legend difficulty scramble aren’t very tough if you’re comfortable with the controls and reversal system.
: An Original Design- This was the first installment to have the storyline creator and I fully blame this feature for why I never got around to platting this game sooner.
WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2011
: Probably the best wrestling game currently on the market. Biggest roster, most match types, and fairly good story modes- though they could still use a little variety.
: Moderate- There are some tricky trophies (like the online Royal Rumble) and some glitch trophies (Curse you, Man of 1000 Holds) but overall the list is fairly easy and enjoyable.
: Please Don’t Try This At Home- oh the many, many, many ways I tried to get this one accomplished. There were tables, ladders, and bodies everywhere, ahh the joy of discovery.
: This was a fun beat’em up. There are some areas where the game could use some serious improvement; moments where it felt sluggish, some framerate issues, and no co-op? In an X-men game? But those aside there is fun to be had… as long as you’re not looking forward to playing as your favorite X-character.
: Easy- I did not expect this one to be as simple as it was. With the difficulty some other Marvel games carry I was a little disappointed to find this one could be pulled off in less than a day.
: Archivist- I’m a big comic fan, but will admit to being behind in recent years due to other issues. So it was nice to get a little update on some of the characters and events in the X-universe.
: Thank god not all movie games suck, cause this one is f***in awesome. Bloody and brutal this is the way a Wolverine game should be made.
: Moderate- Hard can be a little tricky and hunting down all the dog tags is a bit tricky. But it’s defiantly a good time racking up the kill trophies.
: Fallen Sentinel- damn that was a cool fight. The only thing I would have added was a moment literally pouncing the Sentinel and climbing up it claw by claw, had that been there it would have been perfect.
: Sometimes age hits a game like a tornado in Kansas. And it came awfully close for Alter Beast. Porting the Genesis version over the arcade one was a rocky start and the controls retain that sluggish feel a lot of early Genesis titles had, but it is hard to hold a classic down and there is something classic about Alter Beast.
: This is a bad use of a movie license that could have done so much better. Hell they should have just offered a palette swap for Killzone or Resistance and left this one on the shelf.Number 3 on the site to 100%
: Wow, just wow is this a good twin stick shooter. It has all the nostalgia of Asteroids
, but like on acid.....really, really, good acid...:ahem: sorry, Galagia
, Smash TV
fans give this a try (especially if you have a lot of music on your PS3) it will hook you.
: A game that may have single handedly resurrected the side scrolling beat'em up genre. Fun animation and quirky characters make this simply a joy to play over and over again.Number 21 on the site to 100%
: Man I remember when games like this (side-scrolling beat'em up) were 90% of the games on the market and Comix Zone does well to represent why. It's hard, but fair and once you get down how to play it offers good challenge and unique gameplay. Of the Genesis rereleases this my favorite.
There's really not much challenge to this one, but the writing is clever and funny. It's enjoyable to playthrough once, but I don't see a lot of replay value to the title. I do wish there had been more DLC to this title- though I swear if they release some right around Halloween just to mess up my 100% I'll scream.
: It's a funny title with some decent action to it. You come for the RPG you stay for the chicken jokes.
You're a fish, you eat other fish and other fish try to eat you. Simple, relaxing, yet still very fun.
: TWO! Two great games for the price of one! Yeah Yeah Yeah,Final Fight is great blah blah- MAGIC SWORD! Oh how happy I was to see this lesser known title finally get some love in this rerelease.Number 30 on the site to 100%
You know back in the day Frogger was a guarantee that I was going to lose my quarter, so I'm not sure why I wanted to play this, but it was fun, it was free, and now I can say I beat Frogger and never have to drop another cent in it.
: Namco thank you for giving one of my favorite titles a loving update. It holds little true to the original, yet it still feels great playing Galaga again.Number 30 on the site to 100%
: So this game wasn't written by the guys who wrote the movies (unlike the first PS3 Ghostbusters), doesn't have voice acting (unlike GB), feature a new crew of busters (unlike GB), and abandons the solid gameplay of the first for twin stick mechanics that have a glitchy collision detection. Well at least both games have broken online play in common. Number 12 on the site to 100%
: This is one of my favorite PSN titles I have ever played and I slightly regret that I did not play it until recently. One of the best exclusive titles on the PS3 and well worth it to anyone to take the time to playthrough at least once.
Bark: I mentioned age having a negative effect on games when talking about Altered Beast and the same is true here. Marvel vs. Capcom 2, and to a lesser extent 3 vastly overshadow these two titles. While there is fun to be had here it is short lived and nowhere near as reliable and replayable as MvsC2.
Much like Galaga and Frogger, Pac-man was an arcade staple I loved as a kid.....and lost a ton of quarters on. This is different, but still a ton of fun to play. Fast paced and highly addictive. Fantastic.
: This was a fun storyline. A lot of great humor that made the TV series great gets recaptured here as well. But as with most point and click games, it is one that is hard to get into for a second playthrough.
Another classic Konami beat'em up. And really still the best Simpsons game out there. I got lazy with this one, had it at 90% and just forgot about it but it is done now.
: Got this while working on Tekken Tag, which I still need to finish. Got me excited for Tekken Tag 2.
: At first I thought this was a simple tag along title to go with Space Marine (& it is), but for a tag along title it is a lot of fun and has some great survival gameplay. But how, how could you not give this one online mp?
Really solid fighter that is easy to pick up and play, but takes time to master (I have not mastered this game in any way). The 100% offers little challenge but is fun to do.
: Loved this game when it was originally in the arcade and it still holds up as a great beat'em up. Plus this is the only time Dazzler will be good for anything in the Marvel Universe.Number 31 on the site with 100%
: Twin stick shooter and zombies..... how did this not happen sooner? I would have like more variety in this title, but it is still great fun.
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