Top 10 Hardest Playstation Games To Platinum

Top 10 Hardest Playstation Games To Platinum
VOICE OVER: Ryan Wild WRITTEN BY: Mark Sammut
If there's one thing PlayStation fans love, it's collecting trophies! For this list, we'll be looking at those games that truly make Trophy Hunters earn their Platinums. Our countdown includes “Cuphead” (2017), “Super Meat Boy” (2010), “Street Fighter V” (2016), “Call of Duty: Black Ops III” (2015) and more!

Script written by Mark Sammut

Top 10 Hardest Games to Platinum

Welcome to WatchMojo, and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Hardest Games to Platinum.

For this list, we’ll be looking at those games that truly make Trophy Hunters earn their Platinums.

Which Trophy is just not worth the effort? Let us know in the comments!

#10: “Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus” (2013)

The "Ninja Gaiden" games are not fond of handing out Platinum Trophies until at least a few controllers have been broken. In "Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2," the hardest Trophy to earn involves completing the 35 tag missions. It is an arduous but doable task in the PlayStation 3 game, assuming a player finds a solid co-op partner for the tougher missions. The PS Vita version of "Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2" keeps the team missions and their associated Trophies but removes online co-op, forcing players to join forces with AI partners. Sadly the AI isn’t what we would call a Master Ninja.

#9: “Borderlands 2” (2012)

Earning a Platinum Trophy mostly comes down to commitment and skill, but sometimes there is an element of luck to it as well. "Borderlands 2's" Platinum is unsurprisingly a time sink, as all the side missions need to be completed and every location discovered. While time-consuming, these sorts of tests are par for the course for this type of game. "Borderlands 2's" most frustrating Trophies, however, are tied to unpredictable spawn rates, such as the one rewarded for killing Donkey Mong, or challenges that have a nasty habit of glitching out at a moment's notice.

#8: “Cuphead” (2017)

In 2020, "Cuphead" brought its brand of soul-crushingly hard run-and-gun mayhem to Sony's PlayStation 4. Completing "Cuphead" on Normal is far from an easy task, so getting the Platinum requires complete mastery of the game. Along with earning at least an A- Rank against all the bosses, "Cuphead" must also be beaten on Expert difficulty, which definitely lives up to its descriptor. There is also a Pacifist Trophy that eliminates the gun aspect from "Cuphead's" gameplay, requiring the six levels to be completed without eliminating a single enemy.

#7: “Super Meat Boy” (2010)

A platformer known for its gruelling but generally fair difficulty, "Super Meat Boy's" Platinum is a rare achievement that precious few have even dared to dream of obtaining. After you’ve completed all seven worlds, totalling over 300 levels, the real grind begins because each chapter's Light and Dark Worlds must be completed without dying. That means completing 20 levels without a single failure, and then repeating the process 11 more times. "Super Meat Boy" throws players a bone by allowing the levels to be tackled in any order and different characters to be used, but it’s nonetheless a near impossible task.

#6: “Gran Turismo Sport” (2017)

Similar to "Gran Turismo 5," 2017's "Sport" locks its Platinum Trophy behind a grind wall that is astronomically high. Seriously, one would have to live and breathe the game for months to even come close. Reaching Level 50 is a long and seemingly never-ending journey, but that mostly comes down to dedication rather than skill; the same cannot be said, however, for the Trophies tied to the online Sport Mode events. Along with securing 65 pole positions to earn an Ayrton Senna-themed Trophy, "Gran Turismo Sport" also expects players to win 91 multiplayer races, a laughingly difficult task to achieve in such a competitive game.

#5: “The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited” (2014)

MMORPGs seem to exist to make other grind-heavy Trophies seem like a breeze. Years of playing "The Elder Scrolls Online" is required to even come close to getting all its Trophies. A player must defeat all the Public Dungeon champions and destroy all the Dark Anchors, as well as complete dozens of other challenging tasks. Even then, all that effort can be rendered moot if they are not also the highest-ranking member of a powerful PvP Alliance capable of capturing the 6 main keeps in Cyrodiil. That’s the only way to be crowned as Emperor and to unlock its connected Trophy.

#4: “Injustice: Gods Among Us” (2013)

"Injustice" combines its difficult online Trophies with single-player ones that require all of the time in the world. Earning a Platinum Trophy essentially means completing everything "Injustice" has to offer, and High Voltage's game is not lacking in content. Most Trophies are quite straight-forward, such as completing "Injustice's" equivalent of an Arcade mode with each character and all the missions in Battle Mode, but these will still take hours upon hours to complete. And that’s before taking into account that one Trophy requires earning 3-star ratings in each of the 240 S.T.A.R. Lab Missions.

#3: “Street Fighter V” (2016)

While "Street Fighter V" is more accessible than most fighting games, that doesn’t extend to its Platinum Trophy. It’s not just that the hardest Trophies in the game are a punishing grind, but many are also multiplayer-focused since "Street Fighter V" prioritizes the competitive scene over single-player content. Reaching level 30 will take plenty of time, but it is nothing compared to the challenge of winning enough Ranked matches to reach the Gold league. Completing the Survival Mode on the highest difficulty is a bit easier now than it was at the game's launch, so it might only require the sacrifice of one controller.

#2: “Call of Duty: Black Ops III” (2015)

With 48 Trophies spread across the campaign, multiplayer, and zombies modes, "Black Ops III" tests players in every area imaginable en route to its Platinum. By the time that elusive notification pops up, the achiever has likely spent so many hours on "Black Ops III" that Activision has probably already released five more "Call of Duty" games. Many of the Trophies are a mix of tedious and cruel, but the magnum opus of this torture sundae is the Personal Decorator Trophy. This involves earning all the Service Medals in the campaign, which is so all-encompassing and challenging that it could easily just have replaced all of the game's other Trophies.

#1: “Grand Theft Auto V” (2013)

"Grand Theft Auto V's" story-related Trophies are not all that bad to collect, even if they might require multiple playthroughs of the campaign. Then there is "GTA Online's" Trophies, some of which can be almost impossible to obtain unless playing with friends who are willing to throw events. After years of playing "GTA Online," someone could very well unlock the Platinum Trophy by simply experiencing everything the world has to offer and eventually reaching Rank 100. However, playing "GTA V" specifically to earn its Platinum is a tiring experience that feels like it could go on forever.