The Hardest Games to Platinum

There are all kinds of platinum trophy hunters out there. There are players that love completing games in full, but only if they are really enjoying the game.

There are hunters out there that get a rush of serotonin from the Platinum Trophy sound as it pops, and they aren’t all that worried about the quality of the games they play to make that happen.

Then there are some players who will only occasionally platinum games, depending on the achievement list on offer.

However, there are a select few hunters out there that are relentless when it comes to adding to their trophy cabinet, which means that they will collect trophies from AAA titles, indie games, super easy platinum game lists, and everything in between.

These players eventually blast through the easy options and the obvious choices. Then comes the point that separates the casual hunters from the elite Platinum experts.

These players then have to take on the hardest, most notorious games within the entire trophy hunting community, which offer some of the most intense, action-packed, difficult, and often frustrating gameplay on the market.

Some players relish the opportunity to take on these challenges head-on as they grant these players bragging rights over their fellow hunters, and that is exactly the kind of players we aim to serve with this article.

Here, we will be looking at some of the most tricky platinum journeys that you will possibly encounter—allowing you to find games that you may not have added to your virtual cabinet and possibly inform your decision as to which game to take on next and amaze your friends.

Selection Criteria

Before we jump into our list, it’s best that we try and outline the criteria that helped us make each decision. You may be wondering what makes for a hard platinum. Is it the number of trophies on the list? Is it the harsh nature of these trophies, or is it the fact that the trophies are mostly earned online?

Well, often, it can be a mix of all three and more. So allow us to outline it as best as we can. Here are the criteria we used to select the games below:

  • If the game has an earned platinum percentage of less than 5%, we deem this game applicable.
  • If the game is notorious for one or two particularly harsh trophies, it could be selected for this list.
  • If the game has an abundance of situational, online trophies, we may include it.
  • If the platinum journey isn’t particularly difficult but incredibly time-consuming, we could include it here.
  • If the game itself is a very difficult game that requires a high skill level and mastery of mechanics, it could be included.
  • If the game is incredibly tedious and very hard to endure, we may include it here.

Crypt of the NecroDancer

Crypt of the NecroDancer
  • Genre: Roguelike/Rythym 
  • Difficulty: 10/10
  • Number of Trophies: 42 
  • Rarity: 0.06% of players 
  • Time to Complete: 1000 hours+
  • Playthroughs: 50+

We begin proceedings with what is widely considered both the hardest and most difficult platinum out there, Crypt of the Necrodancer. This game marries together the relentless repetition of Roguelike games, with the precision and timing needed to succeed in rhythm games.

Leading to a game that is incredibly fun and replayable, making it a hoot for casual players to enjoy and a great game to come back to as you please. However, for completionists, this game poses one of the most intense and longest grinds within the medium of gaming.

The player will have to complete an all-character run without using any items or using any shrines, without the aid of upgrades, buffs, perks, and healing. Plus, you’ll have to conquer Coda, a character that the developers, upon the release of the game, weren’t even sure could be beaten.

Which really goes some way to showcasing the difficulty of this platinum. At this moment in time, only seven players have ever managed to complete this game in full, making it the rarest platinum out there where you also consider the size of the player base.

So unless you think you truly have the time and skill to become one of these select players, we would advise you to look elsewhere for your next platinum.

Super Meat Boy

Super Meat Boy
  • Genre: Platformer
  • Difficulty: 10/10
  • Number of Trophies: 24
  • Rarity: 0.25% of players
  • Time to Complete: 120+ Hours
  • Playthroughs: 2 

Next up, we have a game that may just be the most sadistically difficult indie platformer ever made. Super Meat Boy sees you take on the role of the titular Meat Boy and chase down Dr. Fetus, the man who has kidnapped the love of your life.

This chase will lead you through perilous lands, hostile environments and will task the player will some of the most precise platforming within the genre. Essentially, it’s Super Mario for players that want to swap the lighthearted fun for pure, rage-inducing gameplay.

For the casual player, simply finishing this game is an uphill struggle. However, for those that want to get their hands on the platinum, they will have to complete entire sections of the game without dying once.

This, considering that this game’s core gameplay loop is designed around the fact that players will die repeatedly and frequently, leads to the player having to master every single mechanic in the game and learn every single stage inside and out.

We would only recommend this one to true platforming experts, but if this is you. Then this could be the challenge you have been waiting for.

Fortnite

Fortnite
  • Genre: Battle Royale
  • Difficulty: 4/10
  • Number of Trophies: 46
  • Rarity: 0.13% of Players
  • Time to Complete: 1000+ hours 
  • Playthroughs: 1 

You may be surprised to see such a globally recognized and accessible title like Fortnite on this list but what you may not know is that, out of the millions of players who enjoy this title, only a very small portion of them have ever earned the platinum.

This is partly due to the fact that a lot of the players who play this game will not play the ‘Save The World’ single-player mode, which is required to get a lot of the trophies. Plus, some of the trophies on this list take an awfully long time to earn.

The game itself is not all that difficult to master. The problem with this one is that the numbers required to make the trophies pop are nothing short of ludicrous.

You’ll have to player 1,000 games with other players, save 10,000 survivors of the storm, build 500,000 structures and kill 20,000 Mist Monsters, and that’s only the really exhausting achievements. So if you are a player that loves the popular battle royale mode, this may not be the challenge that you are looking for.

However, if you have over one-thousand hours to spare and want to grind your way through the single-player Fortnite experience, then check this out.

Overwatch

Overwatch
  • Genre: First Person Shooter/MOBA
  • Difficulty: 8/10
  • Number of Trophies: 42
  • Rarity: 1.86% of players
  • Time to Complete: 150+ hours
  • Playthroughs: 1

Here comes another global run and gun phenomenon for this entry. Overwatch is a hero-based shooter that burst on the scene in 2015 and really galvanized the FPS genre, offering a completely unique, team-oriented format.

The game is an online-only title and offers some of the highest competitive FPS mechanics on offer, an incredible amount of variety when it comes to character selection and the playstyles that they facilitate.

Plus, the game has its own E-Sports world cup, for crying out loud. So the question remains, why does this platinum remain one of the rarest around?

Well, the simple answer is that the trophies on offer correspond to every single hero on the roster for the most part. Plus, thanks to the online platform that this game is played on, a lot of these trophies are situational and rely on the playstyle of other players. Not to mention a whole lot of luck.

When reviewed singularly, none of these trophies are unobtainable so long as you know how to play as that hero well. However, as most players tend to play as one, two, or possibly three characters as their mains, it’s unlikely that you would ever get this one from natural play.

So if you want to become one of the best all-around Overwatch players, this is hands-down the best way to go about it.

Fall Guys

Fall Guys
  • Genre: Battle Royale/Platformer
  • Difficulty: 9/10
  • Number of Trophies: 35
  • Rarity: 2.51% of players 
  • Time to Complete: 60-80 hours
  • Playthroughs: 1

I’m sure you all remember the huge craze for this game which occurred when its popularity grew exponentially thanks to a spot on PS Plus this year. Then after a very short time, this game seemed to lose momentum fast, and even though this game is still receiving updates and has a dedicated player base, it’s far from the masses of players it pulled in upon launch.

This game offers frantic platforming in a format that mirrors wacky Japanese gameshows like Takeshi’s Castle, for example. However, despite the love this game received and the huge player base, it pulled in, not a lot of players have earned the platinum.

This is mainly for two reasons. The first is the trophy that asks the player to win five games in a row, which requires mastery of the rather wobbly mechanics, in-depth knowledge of each game type and map, plus a huge slice of luck.

This would be a big enough factor, but thanks to the large fraction of the player base who resort to cheating and hacking, the chances are that you will be undone by a hacker in at least one of these five games.

These two factors culminate to provide one of the most RNG-heavy and tricky platinums around. So if you are looking for a legitimate and fair challenge, you might want to give this one a miss.

Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time

Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time
  • Genre: Platformer
  • Difficulty: 9.5/10
  • Number of Trophies: 52
  • Rarity: 4.81%
  • Time to Complete: 100+ Hours
  • Playthroughs: 4 

This one just sneaks onto this list, with 4.81% of players earning this achievement; however, in truth, we believe that this game and the first game within the N-Sane Trilogy should be on this list.

This is the most recent iteration in the story of Crash and offers a much-needed coat of paint to the series, providing much more modern mechanics and Pixar-Esque animation that really brings the game to life.

For casual players of this game, there are plenty of difficulty settings and tweaks that players can make this game manageable, which allows players to complete the main game and see all the content that is on offer. However, for a completionist, this game really asks a lot.

To complete this game, you will need to complete every level with 100% of items collected; you’ll need to complete all the time trials, you’ll need to beat all of the Rewind stages, which can be very tasking indeed.

You’ll have to complete the levels in N-Verted mode, and as a whole, you’ll need to absolutely master all of the new, modern mechanics within the game. T

his is perhaps one of the more accessible challenges on this list but by no means an easy one. So if you want a challenge, give this a go and prepare for a wave of nostalgia.

Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley
  • Genre: Farming Sim
  • Difficulty: 7/10
  • Number of Trophies: 41
  • Rarity: 1.87%
  • Time to Complete: 100-200 hours
  • Playthroughs: 1

You may be surprised to see Stardew Valley in a list like this. Amongst company that offers frustrating gameplay, intense moments, brutal tasks, and complex game mechanics to master, Stardew Valley represents the antithesis to all of these games.

This title offers one of the most relaxing and cathartic experiences within the medium of gaming, asking players to farm, fish, grow relationships with the townsfolk, and generally, just be a pillar of the small community of Pelican Town. So with that in mind, why does this game find itself on this list?

Well, it is undoubtedly due to the time commitment that is required to get a lot of the trophies on this list, but millions of players have poured hundreds of hours into this game and haven’t popped the plat. The reason? Journey of the Prairie King

This is an arcade game that can be found in the Stardrop Saloon and asks the player to guide a little cowboy through a series of stages, fighting off zombies and other pistol-toting cowboys to reach the end of this game. This game is surprisingly challenging, but with grit and determination, quite a few players will make it to the end.

However, while you will get a rare trophy for beating the game, the stumbling block for most players is the trophy that asks the player to beat the game without dying once.

It’s a surprisingly sadistic challenge within such a relaxing game and the sole reason why this platinum is so rare. So unless you fancy yourself as the fastest gun in the west, this one may elude you.

TrackMania Turbo

TrackMania Turbo
  • Genre: Racing 
  • Difficulty: 9/10
  • Number of Trophies: 49
  • Rarity: 0.61% of players 
  • Time to Complete: 80-100 hours
  • Playthroughs: 1 

If you are familiar with the Trackmania series, then you will know that this game doesn’t take the art of creating racing games too seriously, swapping the traditional realism of modern racing sims for a much more fast-paced arcade-style.

Players will work their way through a series of tracks and have to beat the pre-set times set by the developers, shaving milliseconds off their time to break records and progress through the increasingly difficult tracks. However, while the records are initially easy to break, they get much harder to consistently achieve.

Players will have to complete some time-consuming trophies to get, like driving a total of 200km, some multiplayer trophies, and some online trophies too. However, the trophy that stands between most players and a platinum is the End of The Road trophy.

This asks players to beat every track in the game with a gold medal, which takes incredible skill, precision, and dedication to achieve. However, if you have the need for speed and know how to finish on top of the podium, who are we to say you can’t become a master of the track?

Dead Space 2

Dead Space 2
  • Genre: Survival Horror
  • Difficulty: 8.5/10
  • Number of Trophies: 59
  • Rarity: 6.89%
  • Time to Complete: 30-40 hours
  • Playthroughs: 3

Look, we know we are breaking the rules here to include this game, but hey, it’s our list, and if you don’t like it. Well, I can only apologize because my love and adoration for this series have earned it a spot on this list. Plus, it is still a very difficult platinum to achieve in its own right.

Dead Space 2 is the action-packed sequel to the original intergalactic horror, Dead Space. This game sees you play as Issac Clarke as he travels to the Ishimura, battles the Necromorphs once again, and tries to tame the demons in his head caused by the effects of exposure to The Marker.

Even on Zealot difficulty, this game is relatively manageable for experienced gamers. However, one trophy will probably be a step too far for most players.

Hard to the Core is an achievement that asks the player to complete the entire game on the hardest difficulty. However, as an added extra, the player must complete the game with access to only three save games throughout the entire run. These can be used anywhere you like and can be used rather tactically as well.

However, when you consider the intense, instant death sections within the game, like the eye-surgery scene, for example, and you begin to see the struggles that this factor can add to a run. However, if you are a Necromorph slaying pro, this one may be the next tough challenge for you to take on.

The Binding of Issac: Rebirth

The Binding of Issac: Rebirth
  • Genre: Dungeon Crawler
  • Difficulty: 9/10
  • Number of Trophies: 80
  • Rarity: 3.51%
  • Time to Complete: 50-70 hours 
  • Playthroughs: 100+ 

When you look at the overall art style of The Binding of Issac, you could be fooled into believing that this game could be a lighthearted romp. However, after you take in some of the content on offer, you begin to realize that this game has rather dark themes indeed.

The game allows you to play as Issac and eventually a number of other troubled characters as you travel through your mother’s basement and descend deeper into the catacombs of hell, all in an attempt to escape her clutches. This game is a great way to kill some time, it’s super replayable, and it’s very addictive.

However, if you want to be a master of this game, you’ll have to become very well acquainted with the smallest details of this game.

You’ll have to beat the game with all the characters, collect all the items within the game, unlock all the secret endings and beat a handful of bosses in specific ways.

Which, when you consider how difficult this game can be, especially as you descend deeper, you can imagine how many runs you’ll have to do to achieve this one. However, due to its addictive nature, you might appreciate this challenge and relish the opportunity.

Furi

Furi
  • Genre: Hack and Slash
  • Difficulty: 9/10
  • Number of Trophies: 34
  • Rarity: 1.64% of players
  • Time to Complete: 30 hours
  • Playthroughs: 5

Next up, we have a name that cuts the fluff that other games offer and simply provides players will boss battles, one after the other.

Meaning that if you are a fan of high stakes, intense battles with hulking behemoths with multiple battle stages and health bars that stretch across the screen, then you will probably love this one. However, you’ll need to be a true gaming-obsessed trophy hunter to enjoy the platinum journey on offer here.

Furi not only asks players to take on bosses who have intricate attack patterns and require complex strategies to defeat. If you want the platinum, you will have to get an S rank in each fight; you’ll have to beat the game on the highest difficulty, you’ll have to beat bosses with specific tactics.

Plus, you’ll also have to beat the lead developer and the combat designer’s best speed runs. So to earn the platinum here, you have to learn the combat mechanics and battles and execute the tactics better than the people who literally made them. It’s a tough task but not impossible.

Gran Turismo Sport

Gran Turismo Sport
  • Genre: Racing 
  • Difficulty: 9/10
  • Number of Trophies: 41
  • Rarity: 0.96% of players 
  • Time to Complete: 250+ hours
  • Playthroughs: 1

You wouldn’t expect a racing game to offer a platinum trophy that less than one percent of the player base has earned, let alone one that is as globally adored as Gran Turismo. GT Sport is the most modern iteration of the game series at the time of writing (soon to be replaced by GT7), and for the most part, the trophies are actually rather straightforward.

You’ll have to ascend the levels, beat the various track challenges, win assorted themed races and acquire certain cars. However, it’s the online functionality that makes this game so tough.

You see, if you want this platinum, you will have to win 91 Grand Prix, which may not seem like a lot. However, when you consider that, you will have to acquire the best cars within the game to even be competitive with those participating.

Then also take into account that as you win more races, you will be matched against more tenured players. You begin to understand why so few players have added this one to their virtual cabinet. If you happen to have a passion for driving and have hundreds of hours to spare, maybe you’ll want to try and become part of this elite club.

Street Fighter V

Street Fighter V
  • Genre: Fighting
  • Difficulty: 10/10
  • Number of Trophies: 45
  • Rarity: 1.02% of players
  • Time to Complete: 150+ hours
  • Playthroughs: 1 

Now, we move on to the fifth installment of the Street Fighter series, where the Hadouken was born and where expert beat-em-up pros are created. This game is a typical button-mashing fighter that sees you battle for martial art supremacy against a wealth of unique characters.

You’ll have to beat the story, battle it out online with players, and for the most part, players won’t have too much trouble collecting this one. However, there are a few trophies that will stop most fighters in their tracks. 

To get this platinum, you’ll have to become a member of the Golden League, which is the top division of ranked gameplay; you’ll have to earn 1,000,000 coins which is a huge grind.

You’ll have to complete the game on Hell Difficulty, and you’ll have to win 300 ranked matches. In short, you’ll have to become an absolute master of this game, knowing your way around every combo. Then you’ll have to donate a lot of time to apply that mastery. However, if you love beating the snot out of other gamers, then this may be just the ticket. 

Tricky Towers

Tricky Towers
  • Genre: Action Puzzle
  • Difficulty: 10/10
  • Number of Trophies: 30
  • Rarity: 1.04% of players
  • Time to Complete: 250+ hours
  • Playthroughs: 1 

Tricky Towers is a game that many players may be familiar with, especially if those reading are fans of co-op games or love the Tetris format. This Tetris-adjacent game asks players to stack towers as high as they can, combining Tetris-building mechanics with block-building physics to offer a fresh new take on the popular puzzle game of old.

Players who have played this game will know that casually, this game can be a lot of fun. However, for a completionist, this game is one of the most elusive out there.

This is because the game has a number of trophies that ask for a lot of skill and near-perfect execution to earn.

Players will need to beat a number of notoriously tricky trials without losing any hearts; you’ll need to zoom through races flawlessly, you’ll need to survive for an age in survival mode, you’ll need to complete all the trials within the game, and this is by no means an exhaustive list of the difficult tasks on the to-do list.

However, if you have been stacking Tetriminoes since you were no age, this might be a perfect fit.  

Diablo II: Resurrected

Diablo II: Resurrected
  • Genre: MOBA/Hack and Slash
  • Difficulty: 10/10
  • Number of Trophies: 44
  • Rarity: 0.02%
  • Time to Complete: 1000+
  • Playthroughs: 21 

While Crypt of the Necrodancer is the game that springs to mind when members of the community think of tricky platinum trophies, Diablo II has a significantly larger player base, and yet, only 0.02% of players have ever earned 100% completion status.

This game is best known for its enthralling storyline, its hack and slash format that has helped inspire a line of other titles like Dragon Age or Path of Exile. Plus, the game has gone on to produce four installments, so the developers must be doing something right. Well, except for offering a fair and attainable trophy list, that is.

To platinum this game, players will need to complete the game on the hardest difficulty with each class, meaning at least 21 playthroughs which usually take at least 30 hours each. However, this is nothing compared to the trophy aptly titled ‘I’m Gonna Do What’s Called a Pro Gamer Move.’

This trophy asks the player to reach level 99 with a hardcore character. So if playing as a hardcore character wasn’t enough, you’ll also have to grind them all the way to max level. Due to the steep difficulty curve and the sheer amount of time needed, only a handful of players own this one. However, if you have thousands of hours to kill, you could be one of them.

Elder Scrolls Online

Elder Scrolls Online
  • Genre: MMORPG
  • Difficulty: 10/10
  • Number of Trophies: 124
  • Rarity: 0.16% of players
  • Time to Complete: 500+ hours
  • Playthroughs: 1

Many of you will be aware of the Elder Scrolls series by now. Then for those who haven’t, Todd Howard and the gang are more than willing to keep releasing Skyrim until you have.

ESO or Elder Scrolls Online is the MMO associated with the series that, after a rocky start, has established itself as one of the finest games within the genre, offering a wealth of content and a quintessential Elder Scrolls feel that new and old fans alike will love.

However, this abundance of content, married with the extremely difficult trophies within the achievement list, makes this a loathed title within the trophy hunter community. 

A lot of the harder trophies on the list ask the player to clear all areas, finish all quests, and generally play through all the content available. This isn’t that unreasonable, just time-consuming; however, one trophy is notoriously unfair, asking players to become the Emporer of Tamriel, which basically means that you will need to become the highest-ranked player in the game.

So unless you are willing to put in the hours, become a member of the strongest forces in the land and work your way to the tippy-top, this one is probably out of reach. 

The Last of Us: Remastered

The Last of Us: Remastered
  • Genre: Survival Action RPG
  • Difficulty: 6/10
  • Number of Trophies: 50
  • Rarity: 5.24%
  • Time to Complete: 40+ hours
  • Playthroughs: 2

This one may find itself just slightly outside the criteria with 5.24% of players earning the plat, but come on, we have to make some of these accessible, or how are you going to earn a new platinum off the back of this list?

The Last of Us is the revolutionary RPG meets action/survival game developed by Naughty Dog, offering one of the most nuanced, touching, and real narrative that the medium had ever seen.

Then backed this up with excellent gameplay to boot. However, unlike its sequel, The Last of Us Part II, this game has a trophy list that serves as a tough challenge to even the most experience infected slayers.

This game will ask you to find all the collectibles, beat the game on the hardest difficulty (which is a particularly unforgiving one), fully upgrade all your stats and weapons, trigger all of the optional dialogue, and you’ll also have to earn some rather tricky online trophies too, which can be time-consuming due to the lack of players on the servers and the difficulty of the task itself.

However, this one is still one of the most accessible platinum trophies on this list. So if you want to guide Joel and Ellie on their adventure, have at it. 

Demon’s Souls

Demon's Souls
  • Genre: Soulsborne
  • Difficulty: 7/10
  • Number of Trophies: 37
  • Rarity: 28.42%
  • Time to Complete: 40+ Hours
  • Playthroughs: 2

Okay, I’m going to stop apologizing for breaking my own rules now, but I will justify this choice. You see, we can’t have this list without including at least one Soulsborne game. After all, the notion of completing hard games because of the struggle and the sense of accomplishment at the end is epitomized and was popularised by these games.

So with that in mind, we just decided to go with the most recent of these titles at the time of writing. Demon’s Souls is the PS5 remake of the game that started it all, and despite being a harsh and unforgiving game, the platinum is one that you should aim for if you want to make a start on this list.

You’ll have to get all spells, rings, miracles, obtain the Northern Regalia. Plus, you’ll have to play through twice to obtain the standard and the bad ending. However, these represent the worst of the tasks on offer here, and honestly, this is a hard game with a straightforward platinum journey.

Does it belong here? Probably not, but we are going to wedge it in any way. For more like this, also check out Nioh, Dark Souls, Bloodborne, Mortal Shell, Sekiro, and The Surge. 

Bound

Bound
  • Genre: Platformer
  • Difficulty: 7.5/10
  • Number of Trophies: 27
  • Rarity: 0.65% of players
  • Time to Complete: 50 Hours
  • Playthroughs: 4 

Now we move back to platinum trophies that almost no one can say they own, this time with the challenging platformer, Bound. This title is all about balance and precision, which is apt as you play as a ballerina, moving through a beautifully rendered, artsy landscape, and your main goal is simply not to fall to your doom.

It sounds simple, but it’s much harder than it looks. To complete this game, you will need to be at your best and master all the tight mechanics on offer. However, some of the trophies crank the difficulty up to eleven.

Most players will be able to complete a handful of the speed runs this game asks of you; some will be able to collect the majority of the memory shards out there, and others may be able to run the game choosing alternate levels from their last run.

However, the task that separates the casuals from elite players is the trophy that asks you to complete the whole game without dying and without any help from the Edge Guard feature. This makes things even more intense, asks for even more precision, and makes this game one of the hardest games to platinum in existence.  

Enter The Gungeon

Enter The Gungeon
  • Genre: Bullet Hell
  • Difficulty: 8/10
  • Number of Trophies: 55
  • Rarity: 3.97% of players
  • Time to Complete: 70+ hours
  • Playthroughs: 50+

There are some incredible bullet hell games that popped up within the 2010’s era of gaming. The ones that spring to mind are Resogun, Nuclear Throne, and, of course, Enter the Gungeon. This game combines top-down dungeon crawling with intense, bullet-hell gameplay that marries together to offer one of the best indie gaming experiences on offer today.

Plus, with the Play From Home initiative from Sony, many gamers were introduced to this one for no cost at all. However, if you are a trophy hunter who started this game, it may have cost you your sanity.

You see, due to the mastery of mechanics required and the twitch reactions that gamers will have to add to their repertoire to make it through this game, it can be a task that is a bridge too far for more slow, methodical players. This game simply doesn’t allow for thinking time, only action and chaos.

The player will have to complete all of the character’s pasts, clear specific chambers loads of times, do some specific miscellaneous tasks, complete all of Friffle’s challenges, and a litany of other tasks too. This one is equally challenging as it is time-consuming and, therefore, a perfect candidate for this list. 

I Am Bread

I Am Bread
  • Genre: Simulator/Platformer
  • Difficulty: 9/10
  • Number of Trophies: 35
  • Rarity: 0.34% of players
  • Time to Complete: 50+ hours
  • Playthroughs: 2

There are tonnes of games out there that offer clunky, awkward mechanics on purpose. In fact, there are games that have built their entire success on being obtuse, hard to play, and inaccessible. I am Bread is a game that epitomizes this approach as it asks the player to cross a wide variety of levels and terrain to get your little slice of bread toasted by any means necessary.

This begins by crossing a kitchen and avoiding the floor as you parkour from the table, to the fridge, to the countertop. However, it soon becomes a very tricky challenge, where the process isn’t as clear-cut, and the hurdles to achieving success are stacked high before you. 

Getting through all of the levels in this game and achieving the various miscellaneous trophies don’t pose that much of a challenge. However, for 100% completion, you’ll need to beat each stage flawlessly with an A++ rating.

Which, as shown by the very small percentage of players that have managed it, is a tough challenge to complete. However, if you mastered Surgeon Simulator and need a new, awkward set of mechanics to master, this could be your magnum opus. 

Mirror’s Edge

Mirror's Edge
  • Genre: Action Platformer
  • Difficulty: 8.5/10
  • Number of Trophies: 51
  • Rarity: 2.85% of players
  • Time to Complete: 40+ hours 
  • Playthroughs: 2 

There are some games out there that have tried to nail the fast-moving and flowing nature of free-running and parkour. However, very few games have managed to deliver the true-to-life momentum, the refined mechanics, and the flowing traversal techniques that Mirror’s Edge has.

This game sees you leap, slide and climb from rooftop to rooftop, acting as a messenger for the rebel cause, and aside from wonky combat, players should be able to get through this game without issue. However, to get that coveted platinum, you’ll need to truly master the art of parkour. 

Some of the toughest trophies ask the player to find all the collectibles hidden in hard-to-reach areas, and you’ll also have to beat the game on the hardest difficulty. However, this is a piece of cake compared to the speedrun achievements the game offers.

Players who want the platinum will need to get 50 stars in the speedrun challenges, which means a perfect three-star rating in all of them. So, in short, you’ll need to know the game’s segments like the back of your hand and move pretty damn fast. Just another day in the life of a trophy hunter, right? 

GTA V

GTA V
  • Genre: Action RPG/ Sandbox
  • Difficulty: 5/10
  • Number of Trophies: 78
  • Rarity: 1.94% of players
  • Time to Complete: 250+ hours
  • Playthroughs: 1

Surely not what is arguably the most popular game series of all time on this list? Yes, what you see is true, and there is a very specific reason why.

You see, while the game is very accessible and engaging, meaning that a lot of players will have actively gone out of their way to complete every mission, find every collectible, and mop up every last bit of content this game offers, that simply isn’t enough as you’ll have to become an unstoppable force of nature in the online aspect of GTA V as well.

You’ll have to grind your character’s level up to 99, which will take you a very long time.

You’ll have to come first in every single game mode, which is easier said than done; you’ll have to seek out all the mini-games and miscellaneous activities that the online mode has to offer, and there are also a lot of situational ones that may cause more frustration than you would initially think.

This one isn’t all that hard when compared to the others on the list, but it is incredibly time-consuming. So unless you really love all that GTA V has to offer, you might want to spare yourself the grind.

Rogue Legacy

Rogue Legacy
  • Genre: Roguelike
  • Difficulty: 8/10
  • Number of Trophies: 30
  • Rarity: 2.93% of players
  • Time to Complete: 50+ hours
  • Playthroughs: 3

Now we move on to a game that wears the Roguelike badge on its sleeve proudly for all to see, Rogue Legacy. This game is an action platformer where the player will play as a randomly generated knight with certain attributes that will aid or hinder you on your quest.

Much like all Roguelikes, you are meant to die, and with death comes new perks, buffs, and helpful items that will likely make your next run a much more fruitful and lengthy one.

This game is a very challenging one that pulls no punches, and even if you just want to finish this game and see all that it has to offer, you’ll need to become very skilled in the art of pixellated combat. However, for 100% completion, you’ll need to take your skills to another level. 

You’ll have to beat all of the bosses within the game, who offer ludicrously difficult battles. Plus, you’ll have to find all the runes and blueprints. However, none of this is as tough as beating the game with just fifteen runs and no use of the architect feature.

This platinum asks a lot of players, but with dedication and a whole lot of luck regarding your builds at the start of runs, you could add this one to your collection. 

Terraria

Terraria
  • Genre: Survival Builder
  • Difficulty: 9/10
  • Number of Trophies: 42
  • Rarity: 2.12% of players
  • Time to Complete: 250+ hours
  • Playthroughs: 2

Then lastly, on this list, we have Terraria, a 2D, Minecraft-inspired title with oodles of content and one of the best co-op experiences within the medium of gaming.

Terraria for quite some time was Playstation’s answer to Minecraft and allowed players to enjoy a similar adventure, which over time, became an incredible adventure in its own right, offering something completely fresh and new to the genre.

For a casual player, this can be a chill game to play with friends, gradually working towards building settlements and exploring the vast world on offer. However, for a trophy hunter, there is no time to work through things gradually. 

Some of the rarest trophies within the context of this game include allowing your world to become corrupted, finding all the pets within the game, finding all the armor sets, and using all the crafting stations within the game.

However, we would argue that the difficulty with this one is that the achievements are a sum of their parts, and to do everything here will take a lot of work and a lot of time. However, if you have some other Terraria hunters that are willing to take this on with you, this might be just the challenge you were looking for. 

FAQ Section

Question: What is the Rarest Platinum Trophy Out There?

Answer: Well, it depends on how you define this, as there are hundreds of games out there with unlockable platinum that simply have never been earned due to a litany of reasons ranging from bugs, to the time required, to difficulty.
However, of all the games that have holders of their respective platinum trophies, we would say that Diablo II: Resurrection is the rarest when we consider the size of the player base and the lack of players that have ever accomplished this feat. 

Question: What is a Glitched Trophy?

Answer: A glitched trophy is an achievement in a game that may not behave as it should. Meaning that even if the player does everything that they are asked to do and achieves the criteria for this trophy, it won’t pop.
This can happen for a number of reasons, but it usually comes down to a developer error, which often doesn’t get fixed due to the frivolous nature of trophy hunting in the eyes of those not immersed in the pastime. 

Question: Who Has the Most Platinum Trophies in the World?

Answer: At the time of writing and based on tracked players on True Trophies, a player who goes by the username of Roughdawg4 has achieved the most platinum trophies worldwide—managing to collect a staggering 4,104 of them.
The closest player behind him is Hakoom, who has racked up 3,856 platinum trophies. Overall, Roughdawg has collected a total of 125,517 trophies. 

Conclusion Title

As you can see from the information above, there are tonnes of games out there that separate the elite gamers from the casual players. The platinum journeys listed here provide players with some of the most intense challenges on the platform and serve as some of the most impressive trophies that can be added to your collection.

It’s by no means an exhaustive list as there are thousands of trophies that would have fit into our criteria. However, we believe that this list gives you a great platform to build upon and stun your fellow trophy hunters with your skill and dedication to the cause.

We hope that you enjoyed our list and if we left out some great options, be sure to let us know in the comments section below.

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