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PS3 Trophies - How They Work

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  1. davidg1230

    davidg1230 Active Member

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    PS3 Trophies - How They Work

    I know most people are aware of the PS3 trophies, but I thought I'd write a short guide on how they work, what the values are and what you need to do to achieve a higher level.

    The trophy system was introduced back in July 2008 with the 2.40 firmware update. It was introduced to reward the gamer for certain achievements within a game, i.e, reaching a certain level, killing so many monsters/objects, setting a fastest time, or just completing the game. It follows a similar path to the Xbox achievments.

    After the update, a 'Trophy Collection' section appeared under the 'Game' section of the XMB.

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    In there, data of any games that have trophies and that have been played by you and trophies acquired will show up as a percentage.

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    Clicking on each title will then lead to another screen that will show you which trophies have been acquired for that game, it will give you a brief description on what the achivement was for the trophy and the date and time that trophy was acquired.

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    Obviously, some older PS3 games won't have trophies and many games have had patches release to now include trophies. It has been mandatory since January 2009 that all games released have trophies, even most PSN games now have trophies.

    Not all games are alike though when it comes to levels of difficulty when obtaining trophies. Games like Killzone 2 and Street Fighter IV set the benchmark very high when trying to get 100% and a Platinum trophy, whereas, recent games like Hannah Montana and Terminator Slavation are quite easy to complete.

    Also, as part of the update, you can now compare your trophy haul with current friends in the XMB.

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    You can also link your trophy list/tag as a signature within forums.
    To do this, register your PSN account at Official PlayStation website.

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    The trophies themselves are broken down into 4 levels; Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum. Achieving each reward will vary from game to game, with a Platinum trophy being awarded for completing the game and obtaining all other trophies available within that game.

    To know what level you're at and what the value of each trophy is worth, below is a table setting out what point scores are required to reach the next level;

    Column 1 Column 2
    0 ----TROPHY---- ----POINT VALUE----
    1 Bronze 15
    2 Silver 30
    3 Gold 90
    4 Platinum 180


    Column 1 Column 2
    0 ----LEVEL ---- POINTS REQUIRED
    1 Level 1 0
    2 Level 2 210
    3 Level 3 600
    4 Level 4 1,200
    5 Level 5 2,400
    6 Level 6 4,000
    7 Level 7 6,000
    8 Level 8 8,000
    9 Level 9 10,000
    10 Level 10 12,000
    11 Level 11 14,000
    12 Level 12 16,000
    13 Level 13 24,000
    14 Level 14 32,000
    15 Level 15 40,000
    16 Level 16 48,000
    17 Level 17 56,000
    18 Level 18 64,000

    As you play each game, you'll see a percentage of completion next to the game title within the trophy list on the XMB. Each game will have a different number of trophies to acquire, so there's no rule of thumb to say how much each trophy for that game will be worth. However, I guess you could work it out with some complicated maths what the percentage increments would be, when a silver trophy is worth 2 bronze trophies, yet a gold is worth 6 bronze trophies with the platinum being 12 times the value of a bronze trophy.

    There is also another thread started that is being run for people to show off their trophy haul and be listed in a leaderboard.

    http://www.avforums.com/forums/9456617-post1.html:thumbsup:

    Many thanks, Davidg1230

    Images coutresy of Joystiq
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  2. 5un

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    Recent studies have shown there is direct inverse correlation between the amount of trophys a gamer has and the lack of sex he/she is getting
  3. m4rkie23

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    spot on mate. nice to start a new thread with the info and calcs too.

    so basically, a silver is worth twice what a bronze, a gold worth twice as much as a silver and a platinum worth twice as much as gold.

    whats above level 18 lol (im close..................o wait)
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    lol a gold is worth three silver !! :D
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    I would like to know how they work out what trophies to put in a game, there doesn't seem to be any sort of consistency.

    For example :- Terminator Salvation, 4 hours play = 12 golds and 1 platinum.

    inFAMOUS, 40 hours + play = 1 gold and 1 platinum.

    Surely it should be the other way around.

    And i'm sure there are plenty more examples.

    Another great thread David :thumbsup:
  6. m4rkie23

    m4rkie23 Member

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    FPMSL....i should of probably looked at the table properly before self-ownage then!
    :suicide:
  7. Ads03

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    I read somewhere that all the trophies in a game have to add up to the same amount of 'points'
  8. davidg1230

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    Thanks, I did start to think about how they worked out the percentages for each game, i.e. what's a Bronze trophy worth against a Silver, Gold etc. some games I play for ages, get loads of trophies, yet it's still at 50%?

    But I guess the value of each trophy relates to how many trophies there are for that game. Like you say, Terminator has only 12 golds and 1 platinum, so assuming a platinum trophy is double a gold one, each gold trophy is worth about 7.15%, whereas the platinum trophy is worth 14.30%
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    If those points required are correct then they don't seem very well thought out to me. Level 6 to 7 requires 2000 points, which is the same number required for each level all the way up to Level 11 to 12. ***???

    Then 12 to 13 requires 8000 ????

    This would seem to match up to most peoples comments of "hitting a wall" at around Level 12. Surely a more gradual increase over more levels would have been a better way to implement the system. This would give people more of a sense of progression, instead of pootling along nicely up to 12 then not levelling up for months.

    Still, interseting to know, thanks David.
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2009
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    Thanks for starting this thread David :thumbsup:

    I have just started level 6 so now i know exactly how many points i need to reach level 7 (2000 points)

    I haven't started Uncharted yet but now i know the value of each trophy i can work out how many points i can acquire from the game and see how far through level 6 they will take me:smashin:
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    Stupid question time:

    What do the Levels get you?

    Ta

    RDB
  12. davidg1230

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    Nothing:confused:
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    Bragging rights until people see you play garbage just to boost your score and have wasted your life. :)
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    Bragging rights :D
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    There have been rumours of linking trophy points to free stuff in HOME
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    Thanks david, nice to see how many points I need to get to the next level :smashin:

    (1120 points until level 7) :D
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    You'll get that easy if you pick up a copy of HM;)
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    :rotfl: I still have the rest of Uncharted to complete, I may look at renting terminator, HM would be a last resort :D
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    Cheers David, never actually realised this was how they worked :suicide:

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    Great guide, I've always wondered how it worked!

    What are the chances of it being made a sticky?
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    Already planning on that. Done now.
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    legend! :smashin:
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    davidg1230 Active Member

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    I'm chuffed, my first sticky:thumbsup:

    Does that sound wrong?
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    Ohhh yes - very, very wrong :devil: :rotfl:

    Nice one though - fully deserves the "sticky" status :thumbsup:
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    davidg1230 Active Member

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    I've added more pics and text giving more information on how things look on the XMB:)
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    Well done :clap:


    Nice update :thumbsup: but what are those games:confused:
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    +1 to that question?
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    Must be fictitious, can't find anything on the web about them. All the titles have a space/astronomy theme:confused:

    I think they were created by Sony to showcase the trophies/XMB layout, guess it was a copyright issue on using other real game titles..
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    Ahhhh I thought those were screenshots of your PS3 :)
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    :suicide: same here!

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