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Platinum Review – Guacamelee! (PS Vita)

My second Platinum was the first one I ever earned on purpose: after realizing that I ended up with The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season one by accident, I decided I should go for one in a game I actually enjoyed playing.  Guacamelee! is quite special, which is why I reviewed it as highly as I did.  In fact, I like it so much that I’m sure I’ll eventually buy it again for the PS4 next time a sale rolls around.

Unlike the unmissable Platinum in The Walking Dead, Guacamelee! demands a lot more attention to complete it.  There are a fair number of collectibles in the game, as well as some challenges that border on crazy.  Thankfully, playstationtrophies.org exists, which has made my Platinum quests a great deal easier.

As before, here are my most noteworthy trophies:

Best Trophy: Licking His Wounds (Bronze) — defeat Jaguar Javier.  I found this fight to be especially rewarding given its toughness (but also its fairness).  This guy will annihilate you if gets his hands on you; there’s a very good strategy you really need to stick to in order to win.

Worst Trophy: El Savior (Gold) — access the alternative ending (collect all orbs).  I found the process of finding all the optional orbs to be grueling and masochistic.  The amount of precision platforming required to reach a couple of these orbs is outrageous, with the constant threat of having to start a long sequence all over again if you make even one mistake.  Also, I do find it regrettable that this trophy dramatically changes the ending for the game; in fact, it’s the better of the two options, so you’re really obligated to go after this one.

Special Mention Trophy: Cock of the Walk (Bronze) — defeat an enemy as a chicken.  The very idea of this is not only hilarious, but it’s also something you would never attempt otherwise.

Rating: A — just as I rated the game.  I found this Platinum to be enjoyable overall, the El Savior trophy notwithstanding.

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Written by Michael

24 August 2014 at 11:01 pm

Posted in Games, Reviews

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Platinum Review – The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season (PS Vita)

There was a time that I didn’t think I’d ever earn any Platinum Trophies.  I had largely ignored Achievements on Xbox 360, and I didn’t think there was much reason to handle Trophies any differently.  But then I ended up with this one by accident, for The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season, and I felt a strange sense of accomplishment.

I then learned that this Platinum is in fact completely unmissable.  That is to say, you get it simply by completing the game.  Many trophy purists found this to be quite annoying, since most other games require a great deal more effort — a great deal more care.  After considering this fact, I realized that trophies offered a great measure for comparing just how much you cared about a certain game with your friends, and that I suddenly wanted to start collecting them for my favorite titles, almost out of a respect for the developers.

The Walking Dead was not a favorite of mine, as I’ve written before.  That voice acting and storyline were all very good, but the general controls combined with the astoundingly poor performance of this game on Vita made me severely unhappy to actually play it.  On this level, I’m slightly embarrassed to acknowledge it as my first, but here we are.

For this series of Platinum reviews, I will pick what I think is the best trophy, the worst trophy, a special mention trophy, and my overall rating for how much I enjoyed earning the Platinum itself.

Best Trophy: What Remains (Gold) — complete Episode 5: “No Time Left”.  I selected this because it was the end of the first season, the end of a miserable experience, which is kind of a terrible thing to say, but seriously, the technical issues were that bad.

Worst Trophy: The Walking Dead (Platinum) — earn all trophies in “The Walking Dead”.  As already stated, the idea that you get this one simply by playing through the story is a bit offensive to the idea of what a Platinum should be.

Special Mention Trophy: Lend Me Your Ears (Gold) — complete Episode 3: “The Long Road Ahead”.  This episode was especially powerful, storytelling-wise, featuring a shocking fate for multiple characters as well as a great twist at the end.

Rating: D — I wanted to give this an F for being so ludicrously easy to get, but the story was compelling enough throughout that it still felt like an achievement to complete (read: endure) it.

Written by Michael

15 August 2014 at 12:14 am