December 24, 2009, Christmas Eve, was when I finally got a PlayStation 3. The console came bundled with two great games, Killzone 2 and InFamous. I got a lot of other PS3 games on this same day: BioShock, Assassin’s Creed, and Battlefield: Bad Company, to name a few. That naturally meant that I had to try them all out, and BioShock was the first one that I played. My first four trophies were BioShock trophies, and then I took it out and I put in InFamous.
On December 24, 2009, I acquired my first trophy for InFamous: a bronze story trophy called “Good Eats.” A few days later, I would acquire two more InFamous trophies: “Stunt Man” and “Good Riot.” And that was the end of my playing InFamous until I got the “Good Train” trophy on November 10, 2010. Of course once I went back to playing it on November 10th, I did finish the game and acquired the “Good Finish” trophy (and several others, mostly good story related) on November 11, 2010.
I wouldn’t get another InFamous trophy until March 5, 2013 after getting the platinum for InFamous 2 on March 3rd. I needed to beat the game on hard and complete the evil side (in all, I probably had another 60% to go towards the platinum on March 3rd). I whittled away at it, stopping long enough to platinum Spec Ops: The Line in about four days.
I beat the game on hard and evil on March 11th. But, because I didn’t get some trophies on my initial good playthrough, I had to go back and play the game a second time on the good side. I finished it today. The last trophy that I had to get was “Rockhound,” which is the trophy for finding all 350 blast shards. I did this on my hard/evil save file. I was at 340 shards when I stopped and started the good playthrough (made it SO MUCH easier to get the Stunt Master trophy, which would have been damn near impossible on my after game evil save file). Either wrapping up the good story again today and getting the three trophies I needed from it, I loaded up my evil save and went shard hunting.
At first, I ran around the entire coast of Neon and then the Warren districts, and ended up getting eight trophies that I needed. This put me up to 348 of the 350. The 349th was hanging off the side of collapsed tunnel/prison in the Warren and was very easy to get to (minus the rocket launching dustmen that almost killed me).
By this point, I was ecstatic. I had gotten the first eight relatively easily and quickly, but finding the 349th did take some time. However, finding the last one took about two and a half hours of constant running around clicking L3. In the grand scheme of things, that’s not too bad considering some of the horror stories I’ve sense read of people who are stuck on 349/350.
I ran over every part of the Neon and the Warren, and just could not find it. I went back to the Historic district and looked and still couldn’t find it. I had set a waypoint and was going back to the Neon district when I finally, a dark blue dot appeared on my mini map when I clicked L3. Right there in the Historic district, at the collapsed/impassable bridge to the Warren, was a blast shard hanging at the top of a broken pillar. I was relieved!
It took me 10 minutes to be able to get the shard; I just couldn’t get Cole to climb up it right. But I didn’t care; I knew where it was at then. I wouldn’t have mind spending all day trying to get to it over running around looking for it. Not knowing where it was at was frustrating; knowing where it was at, no matter how long it took to get it, was a relief because I knew the end was in sight and the platinum would soon be mine. More importantly, I knew I could finally take this game out of my system and be done with it.
And I would like to point out that I found all 350 blast shards on my own; I did not use a map to try and find where they might be hiding. In the end, I don’t even care that InFamous has been by far my most time consuming platinum; all that matters is that I just got my tenth platinum. For this particular platinum it has been a long time coming. Again, my first trophy on the journey to today’s platinum was acquired on December 24, 2009. That’s gotta to be a record.
I love the InFamous franchise. I’ve reviewed InFamous here and InFamous 2 here and think both are very good to great; definitely like InFamous 2 better though. If you have a PS3 and don’t have these games, get them ASAP, as they should be considered must-haves for any PS3 gamer. You can pick up both games in the InFamous Collection (which also includes InFamous: Festival of Blood, which I’ll be reviewing soon enough) for like $30 or so. A no-brainer for sure.
Now bring on the PlayStation 4 and InFamous: Second Son!