Thoughts on Every Game I’ve Platinum’d

This is an archive of every platinum trophy I’ve earned across PS3, PS Vita and PS4, accompanied with my brief thoughts on each game and screenshots from the playthrough (where applicable).

#1 – Sly 2: Band of Thieves (PS3)

Grew up on this and it’s still incredible. It has a story that’s compelling and packed with fantastic characters (both because of phenomenal writing) which is brought to life by its innovative and, even to this day, unique gameplay.

#2 – Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves (PS3)

Amazing game that’s undeservedly overshadowed by its predecessor. It expands on it’s gameplay in enjoyable and varied ways which, combined with a brilliantly written story and cast, makes for a joyful adventure. The pirate level 😍

#3 – Sly Raccoon (PS3)

Sly 1 takes the 3D platformer and flips it on its head with the fusion of stealth, creating an interesting take on the genre. Combined with its memorable cast, great levels and graphical style, it sets the foundation for a now iconic series.

#4 – Ratchet & Clank: Nexus (PS3)

The most underrated entry in the series. It delivers a perfect epilogue to the Future saga by mixing old ideas (arenas) with new (the jetpack 😍), which are tied together with an intriguing and at times touching story.

#5 – Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse (PS3)

Does anyone even remember this? Despite being objectively dire, I had a lot of fun with it as it’s reminiscent of PS2 action adventures and is crammed with fan service. If you’re a thot like me it’s playable if found cheap.

#6-8 – Sly Cooper Trilogy (PS Vita)

One of my favourite series on one of my favourite systems. The games flip the 3D platformer on its head with an innovative fusion of stealth which, combined with its awesome stories, characters and graphics, feel at home on the Vita.

#9 – Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time (PS3)

Masterpiece. The story is epic, adding a ton of interesting lore and character development to an already stellar world. The gameplay innovations are equally phenomenal, with Clank’s especially seeing great evolution.

#10 – Ratchet & Clank: QForce/Full Frontal Assault (PS Vita)

While one of the weaker entries, the unique level design and approach to tower defense made it an enjoyable play. The Vita port is questionable at best, but despite the technical pitfalls it suits the Vita well. Decent overall.

#11&14 – Ratchet & Clank 3 (PS Vita & PS3)

I adore this game. It’s firing on all cylinders, with a perfected gameplay formula, memorable characters, great levels and godly soundtrack. It’s also absolutely hilarious. It’s at home on Vita and overall’s a series standout.

#12&15 – Ratchet & Clank 2 (PS Vita & PS3)

One of the most important entries in the series. It evolved the gameplay of 1 into something even better while maintaining its charm, resulting in an instant classic that changed platformers and shooters forever.

#13 – Gravity Rush (PS Vita)

One of the most underrated game series of all time. It’s a masterclass in style and world building, as its open world, soundtrack, characters, story, lore, graphical style and more are all incredible. A tweet doesn’t do it justice; play it.

#16&17 – Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time (PS3 & PS Vita)

A faithful follow up to a trilogy of classics. The gameplay is a good mix of old and new and the story, while victim to hit and miss writing, is fun overall. An underappreciated conclusion to a childhood favourite.

#18 – Ratchet: Gladiator/Deadlocked (PS3)

The dark horse of the PS2 saga, and undeservedly so as the way it spices up the R&C formula while maintaining what makes it great is brilliant. Awesome concept, fun gameplay and overall superb execution. PS3 port is dire though.

#19 – Gravity Rush Remastered (PS4)

Already discussed the Vita version, but in short it’s an underrated classic. What I like most is how much depth it has. Everything seems simple at first, but the more you play the more you see how deep its lore, characters & gameplay is. Love it.

#20 – Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (PS4)

A contender for the best game of all time. It revolutionised the revolutionary (GTA 3) with a jaw dropping open world, epic story, memorable characters, fantastic humour and great gameplay. It will forever be a classic.

#21 – Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 (PS4)

Not sure why I did this.

It’s not as bad as people think as they fixed a lot, but it’s still dire in terms of level design, missions, features… fun. If you miss skating games it has a few hours of enjoyment, but otherwise avoid.

#22 – Goat Simulator (PS4)

Batshit insane in the best way possible. There’s no intricate level design, deep story or fleshed out game mechanics, just a world and physics designed for peak fun. A breath of fresh air in a generation obsessed with cinematic experiences.

#23 – Jak & Daxter: The Precursor Legacy (PS Vita)

Classic. Its seamless level to level layout revolutionised gaming in a way that doesn’t get enough recognition, and even without that it’s a masterclass in intuitive controls, memorable levels and world building through design.

#24 – Grand Theft Auto III (PS4)

One of the most important games ever. It popularised open world gameplay & defined the future of gaming even beyond now. Combining that with cutting satire and a memorable cast led to it being cemented as a once in a lifetime creation.

#25 – Bully (PS4)

Tied with San Andreas as my favourite game ever. Everything is perfect – its gameplay, world, characters, humour. It was incredibly ahead of its time too as the idea to give every NPC a unique personality makes the world so immersive. We need a sequel.

#26 – Ratchet & Clank (PS4)

A refinement of a classic. While the story and characters aren’t as good as the original, the gameplay is possibly the best in the series, at least in terms of how smooth and addictive it is. It’s also very funny and has jaw dropping graphics.

#27 – LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens (PS Vita)

Loved the originals and this lived up to them. While it doesn’t innovate much, it executes the known formula well and is pretty funny. It also has extra levels which are actually canon, which is hilarious.

#28 – Jak & Daxter: The Precursor Legacy (PS4)

Already discussed the Vita version, but in short this game’s an all time classic that revolutionised the genre and ushered in one of the PS2’s greatest icons. Levels are great, characters are memorable and the PS4 port, while glitchy, is solid.

#29 – Tearaway (PS Vita)

A once in a generation experience. It provides a 3D platformer that’s as creative and brilliant as any in the genre’s prime, and its use of the Vita’s features is genius and never gimmicky. Please play this special game.

#30 – Gravity Rush 2 (PS4)

One of my favourite PS4 games. Like the first, it’s a masterclass in style as its soundtrack, art design, open world and more are perfect. It also has lovable characters, rich lore and fun gameplay, all culminating in an enchanting experience.

#31 – PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale (PS Vita)

Criminally overhated. The only thing like Smash is the fact that it’s a fighting game with game mascots, everything else is its own thing. It still has flaws, but it also has hours upon hours of fun.

#32 – Destroy All Humans! 2 (PS4)

Adored this game growing up and it’s just as fun now (if not more so as I get all the jokes now). Hilarious writing, gameplay that’s pure fun and a nice soundtrack come together to create an experience unlike any other. Sequel please.

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