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PS4 Trophies Getting Massive Overhaul, Rarity Now A Factor

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Jonathan Lester
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Achievements, PS4, Sony, Trophies

PS4 Trophies Getting Massive Overhaul, Rarity Now A Factor

But Do Achievements Still Matter?

Sony's version of achievements will receive a massive overhaul on the PS4. No longer are trophies just sub-divided into Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze categories, but now they'll be ranked according to how few people have managed to unlock it, leading to a dynamic and ever-changing economy of ultra-rare and ultra-desirable awards. Wow!

If you still enjoy collecting them, that is, and don't just want to leave them behind as a relic of this generation.

The new system was revealed at a New York press event attended by Kotaku. Here's the skinny: alongside the traditional difficulty metal, trophies will also be classified as "common, rare, very rare, or ultra rare," presumably by calculating the ratio of how many registered PSN users unlocked a particular award compared to the entire userbase, and the game's audience, and then ranking them on a curve. Magic, basically. Let's call it magic.

This means that trophies will change in rarity all the time, and should lead to a fun little economy of trophy hunting where dedicated players compete to take down the rarest games. A trophy being particularly tough, unlocked in a rare game or is simply horrible will lead to higher rarity values, natch.

If you've ever encountered TrueAchievements.com, it's a little like that. It's a lot like that. It's that.

The new status quo sounds interesting (no, not the band - no), but are achievements and arbitrary rewards still as important as they once were? Should we perhaps be leaving them in this generation? Personally speaking, I now play and review games on so many devices that achievements no longer mean anything to me - despite once being a rabid scorewhore with 90,000+G on the books. I suppose that my Xbox One pre-order might have been subtly subconsciously informed by all those wasted hours I spent completing Project Sylpheed, mind.

Never mind what I think. Do achievements still matter to you? Be honest, now.

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Late  Nov. 12, 2013 at 16:32

...I suppose that my Xbox One pre-order might have been subtly subconsciously informed by all those wasted hours of completing...


This.

I've always said I have no brand loyalty and would happily switch from Microsoft to Sony if the Sony appealed more.
And I've always said gamerscore means nothing to me. (I've walked away from games with over 980/1000 gamerscore and only one really easy achievement left for that final 20.)

And yet when the two new consoles were released and I had to pick which one I wanted I stuck with Microsoft despite the two machines being pretty much neck and neck in my mind. (Sure the Sony was looking more powerful - but does it have "snap"? No it doesn't. I'm shallow, and impressed by gimmicks, so have the two consoles pretty even in my mind.) I suspect my subconscious resented the idea of losing my 60k gamerscore and starting afresh on the playstation 4.

I wonder if there should be some sort of achievement/trophy for people defecting from one system to the other.

Like if you link your Microsoft account to a Sony account and go 6 months without using the Sony account your Microsoft gamerscore goes up by 1000 for each platinum you had on the Playstation (but if you log into your Sony account your MS gamerscore bonus gets wiped).
I'd imagine people would find a way of abusing it, mind...

Late  Nov. 12, 2013 at 16:39

As for the revised ps4 feature - I'm going to hazard a guess that most of the platinums will be fairly rare and most of the bronzes will be fairly common...

(Yeah, I'm oversimplifying. But not massively. I guess a handful of bronzes will be rare.)

stevenjameshyde  Nov. 12, 2013 at 16:58

As for the revised ps4 feature - I'm going to hazard a guess that most of the platinums will be fairly rare and most of the bronzes will be fairly common...

(Yeah, I'm oversimplifying. But not massively. I guess a handful of bronzes will be rare.)


I understand the rarity you're awarded with is fixed from the time you unlock it, so if you're one of the first people in the community to unlock an easy bronze you can still get a high rarity rating for it. Ditto if you unlock a difficult trophy before a patch/DLC makes it really easy for everyone else (e.g. 100% expert drums on Rock Band would have commanded a higher rarity rating before they released 'Polly' by Nirvana as DLC)

Late  Nov. 12, 2013 at 18:08

Is there much pride to be had in getting a rare trophy just because you were early?
It's like being top of a leaderboard when you're the only person who's played a game, and slipping to 100th when another 99 people have had a go...

Breadster  Nov. 12, 2013 at 18:14

I like the sound of this, it makes it more interesting.

I like achievements when it's for something that's genuinely hard to do, or when it makes you play the game in an interesting way. I don't like it when you get one for literally just starting a game, or for collectibles. They have to be done right.

I have almost 100k gamerscore on Xbox, but it hasn't really factored into my decision on what console to buy, I'm still getting a PS4. The total gamerscore never mattered to me, I just liked completing games for the sake of having it complete, or getting interesting achievements that could make a game that had perhaps gotten boring more fun again.

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