I did it!! After 4.01 playthroughs in about 4 weeks (or to be less technical: 4 full playthroughs and a tiny bit of 5th one to get to level 60) I acquired the Mass Effect 1 Platinum Trophy on Friday June 21st after that annoying IRL work thing. Woot! Look at me achieving unimportant gaming goals I have set for myself.
And yes, I’ve already claimed most of the trophies in Mass Effect 2 (I’ll just say social isolation is great for achieving gaming goals). Keeping with the theme of this Platinum quest post series, here’s some of the highlights from the last two weeks of my Mass Effect 1 Platinum quest.
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.
Week 3 – Insanity Done
Insanity difficulty was rough starting out, but it got surprisingly easy shortly after recruiting Liara. Enemies are shielded bullet sponges that level scale, for sure, but once my squad’s powers were leveled up enough twas a cake walk. I went with an Engineer Shepard paired with Ashley the tank and Liara the badass biotic for this playthrough’s squad. The plan was to get all of the Tech power trophies, Ashley’s trophy, and Liara’s trophy along with all the Insanity level fun. Unfortunately, I didn’t do enough side missions for my asari super BFF’s trophy to pop (I guess?), but hey, that just meant I had to spend more time with Liara on my next playthrough. Yay!!
My biggest problem was stupid glitches. Not sure why this difficulty run had so freaking many of them. Some were certainly more helpful than others…
Week 4 – Grinding
And just like that, I had a mere two trophies remaining for the shiny Platinum. Wow… time flies! Luckily, the remaining two trophies complemented each other quite nicely. Extreme Power Gamer required me to level up a character to 60, while the Asari Ally trophy required me to beat 75% of the game with Liara. I missed Liara’s trophy on my last attempt so I made it a point to ignore all side quests on the Citadel before finding her.
And damn… level 60 required a whooping 862,100 XP. Even after doing all of the side quests I could find, I didn’t get from 50-60 during this playthrough so I had to re-import for the last few thousand.
Liara’s trophy did finally pop, though! And speaking of Liara, I decided to pursue the official romance option with her during this 4th PS playthough. I love Liara in my atypical demiromantic asexual way, and finding what I consider the unofficial asexual romance option during my PC playthrough of the trilogy changed my life, eh. She’s definitely my super BFF and dream life partner.
Having developed a deep emotional bond with Liara during my PC playthrough last year, I was curious how I’d feel seeing Ellen Shepard do the kissing+ thing with Liara. I didn’t hate it, but I still very much prefer the secret asexual option I found. I’ll likely explore this topic more in a separate blog post so stay tuned for that.
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I'm a wannabe writer and an avid video gamer with a slight (okay, maybe extreme) Amiibo addiction. I'm from the coastal province of Nova Scotia in Canada, eh. When I'm not gaming, I have a steady job thing I have to go to. It pays for the gaming thing though. :)
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