Me and my random game goals… alas! Poor backlog and never-ending stream of new game releases I’m totally ignoring. Anyway, I’ve decided to throw everything aside and go for the fancy PlayStation Platinum trophies for the Mass Effect trilogy of games. Why exactly? Hm. Let me figure out the root cause of this crazy mission…
Well, it all started with a blogging thing I’ve been wanting to do for a while. Athena over at AmbiGaming did a really cool Mass Effect Month back in November 2017 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of BioWare’s epic-space-drama-action RPG video game series. Basically, she answered 30 questions in 30 articles about Mass Effect that month. I wanted to turn that into one of those monthly blog challenge thingys and post my answers here each day in June (because it conveniently has 30 days).
Yeah. So after writing about 6 of those posts, I had an uncontrollable desire to play Mass Effect again. Nope. Those posts are no longer happening in June (maybe November). All I care about now is playing Mass Effect with every ounce of free time I have. Woo!!
Last year, I beat the Mass Effect trilogy for the very first time on the PC, but I had unplayed PS3 copies of the trilogy kicking around in my collection for a while. So why the hell not? I love Platinum Trophies and I love Mass Effect so let’s do this! Wouldn’t be the first trilogy of games I’ve Platinumed if I can pull it off *cough* Final Fantasy XIII *cough*
And no, I don’t want to totally abandon blogging while I chase after this goal (especially since WordPress renewed all my website fees). I’m going to try to post some weekly-ish updates as I go (highly depends on moodiness level fluctuations and whatnot).
Here’s how my first week-ish went!
WARNING: Lots of !!!SPOILERS!!! below. Stop reading and scrolling if you don’t want the Mass Effect trilogy ruined for you. You have been warned.
Commander Ellen Shepard, PS3 Version, is born!
I started the first game on Monday May 20th, 2019 and cleared a whole playthrough by Sunday (30+ hours)… To be fair, I was playing on Casual difficulty and really fed up with IRL things. Escapism for the win!! Ahem. I love brute forcing my way through everything so Soldier class is my fav way to go.
My major goals for this playthrough were:
- Clear the game once to unlock Hardcore difficulty mode.
- Get the Paragon trophy by being a force of justice in the galaxy.
- Kill 150 things with each weapon type for those trophies (Soldiers can spec with all the weapons)
- Get the completionist trophy by doing a metric ton of side quests.
- Complete the majority of the game with Kaidan and Garrus to unlock their trophies.
- Scoop up all of the unmissable story related trophies.
I’m happy to say I did all that successfully. Woot. By the time the credits rolled I had 23 out of 47 trophies. Still a long way to go…. But yeah, here are some of PS3 Ellen Shepard’s highlights. My screenshot capture card got quite a workout.
Introducing Dick Shepard, Space Jerkoff!
With Ellen Shepard’s ME1 career completed, the Hardcore difficulty setting is now unlocked. That is my next big trophy target: beat the game on Hardcore. Now the guide I’m following wisely suggests to do a New Game+ on Hardcore for an easier time, but nah… I’m making a fresh character for a new experience with the game.
Goals for this playthrough:
- See male Shepard’s perspective for a change.
- Beat the majority of the game with Wrex and Tali for their trophies.
- Get the romance trophy. I have no connection to this character so I have no problems making him bang Ashley for a trophy. Tee hee!
- Make him as much of an asshole as possible for the Renegade trophy.
- Use all the Biotic abilities 75 times for those trophies.
- Beat the game on Hardcore difficulty to unlock Insanity difficulty *whimpers*
Whoa!! Going from Casual to Hardcore difficulty was quite a shock to my system. Not to mention this is my first time playing as an Adept so I have to be all tactical. Boo! I even have to learn how to properly to use my squad… I am learning and finding it rewarding to learn, though! I somehow managed to make it as far as rescuing Tali. I just have to say the husks have armor and Assassins one-shot me… 😦
Here’s how Dick’s Reign of Hardcore Galactic Space-Assholery has been going!
I’m not going to lie. Being an evil asshole is a tiny bit amusing, even though I feel mostly terrible. Next, I’m going to clean up a bunch of side quests to level up this jerk’s biotic abilities. Then it’s off to rescue Liara. Yeah. I’m not letting him talk to Liara… ever.
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