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When Microsoft first introduced the concept of achievements in games, some people dismissed them as a gimmick. While you may or may not like achievements and trophies, they’re anything but a gimmick. Instead, they can give you a reason to keep playing a game you love when otherwise you’d have nothing left to do.
On the PlayStation 4 (and PS3) platinum trophies are earned for completing all the other trophies in a game (or a subset of a game, in the case of DLC). While some of these are nearly impossible, others are not just possible, but incredibly fun to pursue.
1. Horizon Zero Dawn
While you eagerly await its impressive-looking sequel, don’t forget about the platinum trophy for Horizon Zero Dawn. While some of the challenges here are tougher than others, nothing is too tough since you can always change the difficulty setting. That isn’t as true when it comes to the DLC, but that is a separate series of trophies.
2. Marvel’s Spider-Man
If you haven’t already played Marvel’s Spider-Man, you’re in for a treat. Most of the trophies required for the platinum are fun to get, even the collectibles, since traversing the city is so fun. One thing to be aware of: you might want to be vigilant about stopping street crimes as you play through, as saving them until the end can make them a little tedious.
3. Saints Row 4: Re-Elected
If you’re going to play Saints Row: The Third Remastered, play it before you play Saints Row 4: Re-Elected. Not because the fourth entry blows it away — Saints Row: The Third is probably the better game — but because the movement options you get in the super-powered fourth installment make moving around the city any other way feel old-fashioned.
4. Infamous: First Light
Both Infamous: Second Son and Infamous: First Light are both fun and relatively easy to platinum. If you’re not sure about the series, start with First Light. Even though it was released after Second Son, it’s a standalone game and takes place prior to the events of that game, so this bite-sized entry in the series makes a great appetizer.
5. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
The reason Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is on this list instead of Origins is that it’s the most recent entry. Which of the two games you prefer is going to have a lot to do with which environment you prefer and which characters you want to spend time with. Either game will take a long time for you to wring every last drop out of.
6. Ratchet and Clank
Ratchet and Clank is based on the movie, which is based on the game, which isn’t confusing at all. Regardless, this sort-of remake of the first game in the series is every bit as fun to play as the original games in the series, and this means that completing the challenges to earn the platinum trophy are fun too.
7. The Order: 1886
On its release, not many people were too happy with The Order: 1886. It’s not a groundbreaking game by a long shot, but if you’re in the mood for some Gears of War-inspired gunplay and unique weapons with a backdrop of an alternate-history London infested with vampires and werewolves, well, there’s only one game like it. Plus, it’s an easy and fun platinum.
8. Donut County
Donut County is worth a play regardless of whether or not you care about trophies. It just so happens you’ll get most of them playing through the game anyway, and the few you miss are easy to earn. This is also one of the only games we’ve seen with a trophy for losing a specific encounter.
While Doom Eternal might be the newest entry in this series, it somehow doesn’t feel as magical as the 2016 Doom. You’ll encounter a few stiff challenges in the hunt for this trophy, but fortunately the online trophies are easy to get, even with relatively few people playing the multiplayer.
Looking to Spend More Time With Your PS4?
Trophy hunting isn’t for everyone. Once you’re finished with the single-player portion of a game and worn out the multiplayer, you may not see much of a reason to continue just for some trophies. If that’s the case for you, don’t worry.
The PlayStation 4 is home to plenty of games that are so long they can keep you busy for weeks or even months. Interested? Take a look at our rundown of some of our favorite longest games for the PlayStation 4.