Submitted by -Mezzo- 1154d ago | opinion piece

Metal Gear Solid 4: The 6 hardest trophies - and how to get them

CVG - Loyal fans of Metal Gear Solid 4 have been waiting over four years for virtual silverware to be added to the game, making yesterday's trophy patch arguably the most anticipated update of all time. There are some incredibly tough challenges for those seeking the Platinum, but also a few quirky awards based on Kojima's trademark humour. We've listed what we consider the six hardest trophies, plus four of the easiest to get you started on the way to becoming a Legendary Hero. (Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, PS3)

oldfriend86  +   1154d ago
Hmm...most of those don't sound so bad. Though I'm one of those people that attempted to do CoD:World at War. The only one that seems hard, is the most talked about one, with the iPod songs.

Regardless, I can't wait to start hunting for these trophies.
dragon82  +   1154d ago
COD:WaW was not really that hard to platinum. It was more luck based than anything.
oldfriend86  +   1154d ago
True, though lots of skill was still involved for the most part. However, that's probably the best way to describe the very last level on the hardest setting; is that you need a lot of luck. lol

Edit: Replace "skill" with "patience".
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dragon82  +   1154d ago
I can agree with "patience". You had to be patient enough to keep playing long enough to be lucky. LOL
Krimmson  +   1154d ago
That fucking sniper duel...
sikbeta  +   1154d ago
IPods songs is difficult cause you need the Big Boss Emblem to get onr of thodr songs, didn't realise that at first, but I beat it once, can do it again! :D
GameSpawn  +   1154d ago
iPod songs are difficult not only for the Big Boss emblem, but also the fact you need ALL 40 emblems (another song is award for this).

What is funny is chicken can be almost as hard (by this I usually mean time consuming) as Big Boss to obtain because you need to intentionally be REALLY REALLY BAD. The upside though is getting chicken will also net you a few other emblems like Giant Panda and Pig.
badz149  +   1154d ago
downloaded the patch last night
and started playing a bit this morning! I'm so excited for this but DAMN...even after 4 years, MGS4 still looks gorgeous!
RandomDude655  +   1154d ago
True that...still destroys 90% of "AAA" games.

The beautiful thing is the tactful use of shaders and bloom. Most developers/artists think that you have to hit people over the head with those.

Tried to play Syndicate earlier and couldn't see anything from the crazy high bloom levels in that game.

Also: best character models out of any game IMO, heavy rain is close
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Razmossis  +   1154d ago
Forget about graphics man, this game deserves to be recognised for its sound. It truly is thee best sounding game ever released imo!
darren_poolies  +   1154d ago
Doesn't sound too bad? The 'Sounds of the Battlefield' trophy alone will easily crack MGS4 it's way into most Top 10 Hardest Platinum Lists.
oldfriend86  +   1154d ago
I already addressed that when I mentioned the iPod songs.
darren_poolies  +   1154d ago
Didn't actually see that, my bad.
joab777  +   1154d ago
R u kidding me? When I played this, I always thought to myself, "the trophies for this could b so damn hard, if it only had them". Well, it does, and they are very difficult. Seriously, getting through the game in 5 hours killing no one and getting no alerts is extremely hard. Though, I am sure there are many videos breaking down every single scenario. Good luck!
Minato-Namikaze  +   1154d ago
I have world at war, demons souls, and ninja gaiden sigma 2 plats. I love a challenge
BISHOP-BRASIL  +   1154d ago
Try Warhawk and MAG.
BiggCMan  +   1154d ago
The thing with those games (I've read the lists, own the games too) is not that they are hard, or not extremely hard. But they take a SHIT long time to get, and I don't have that type of patience haha. Some legitimate hard platinum trophies are MGS4 as stated in the article, Twisted Metal, Wipeout HD, World at War (though very luck based, is still very difficult because of how cheap it is). Personally, I feel time consuming trophies are not the same as difficult,but some may argue otherwise, it's all good.
RandomDude655  +   1154d ago
Socom Confrontation ............

impossible trophies
brew  +   1154d ago
MAG wasn't too difficult for me(although it may harder now since the Domination mode has dried up). It just took some time , and a tiny bit of skill for a few of the ribbons/medals needed. It's a fun one to progress towards.

Now Warhawk takes a ton more time and skill by comparison. Kudos to anyone that pulled that one off.
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joab777  +   1154d ago
Add lost planet 2 to extremely long and tedious.
WeskerChildReborned  +   1154d ago
I'm probably gonna try to platinum this.
napalmbrainmusic  +   1154d ago
try Wipout Hd ;)
ProjectDeputy  +   1154d ago
ninja gaiden a challenge?

plz lol
azshorty2003  +   1154d ago
8 play troughs for the Snake Eater emblem!? Wow, now that's a challenge.
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auen1  +   1154d ago
not for some people, including me. speaking of snake eater, i had to have beaten that game over a dozen times trying to get the fox-hound ranking at the end.
DanielBryan  +   1154d ago
Not really.If you skip cut scenes on your second playthrough and take away the load times between levels,this game is barely 2 hours long.The East Europe level is only there to drag out playtime as well.I've seen speed runs of people doing it in 40 minutes and less.It's a terribly short game.
t0mmyb0y  +   1154d ago
You sir, need to check yoself.
DanielBryan  +   1154d ago
You sir,need to go to Youtube and check MGS4 speed run times.MGS4 is a weirdly short game,why pretend it's not? Another weird thing about that game was Snakes Perv Cam.Watch a little girl 24/7 in your menu screen? Sure Kojima,why not.
phigz18  +   1154d ago
You must realize that you and other speed runners fall within an extremely small minority of people that play this game. For a speedrunner to say "Oh it's not really a challenge" is like an Usain Bolt saying that running a 100m in under 10 seconds isn't that hard. Piss off, because for most people it is. My last playthrough of MGS was a stealth run of Big Boss Hard and I thought THAT was difficult. I'm sure most people would agree.
DanielBryan  +   1154d ago
I'm not a speed runner and I didn't say it wasn't hard.I said it was SHORT.Read what I'm writing people.Even if your not speed running it should only take around 2 hours to finish.Unless you like to stop and listen to each codec talk or watch each cut scene.BTW,I am talking about a second playthrough onwards.Your first play will take maybe 10 hours,thanks mostly to cut scenes.Is there really a need to tell people to piss off? Can't take an opinion from someone else?
I meant 8 plays of the game wouldn't take long.I realise I might have accidently offened some people.Oh wait,I don't care.
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phigz18  +   1154d ago
Ok, let's try it like this.

azshorty2003: 8 play troughs for the Snake Eater emblem!? Wow, now that's a challenge.

You: Not really.
Sephiroushin  +   1153d ago
Wait what 40 minutes, really?! The beginning + ending alone are ~20 minutes and you must watch them, you can't skip them! You can make it in less than 2 hours for sure but who cares you won't do anything with speed runs, only required for big boss emblem... Again you can't speed run, emblems requirements make you do weird things, for example chicken emblem requires you to Set off 150 or more Alert Phases, Kill 500 or more enemies, 50 or more Continues, Complete the game in more than 35 hours(so fastest time would be 35 hrs), Consume 50 or more Rations, Noodles, or Regain so again speed runs means nothing, it doesn't matter I can get the big boss emblem in ~3hrs and still will need a playthrough of 35+ hours plus some other for needed emblems ...
auen1  +   1154d ago
i hadn't played that game seriously in over two years. i turned it on last night and i was terrible. i sort of got back into the groove this morning. managed to make it through the first act in a little over an hour with no alerts and no kills. it should be easier after one playthrough, provided i get all the sweet weapons, i.e. grenade launcher, mosin nagant, et al. good luck to everyone that needs to do the big boss run.
Blacktric  +   1154d ago
Same thing is happening to me and I am gradually getting better. But the first run I am doing is just for fun and to get myself acclimatized with the mechanics and locations again, killing everyone except the B&B bosses. Then, in my second playthrough, I will do a no kill run and so on.
auen1  +   1154d ago
heheh; i couldn't even remember most of the commands at one point. i tried sneaking up behind a guard to take him down or grab him in a choke hold but i forgot it was r1. i kind of wish they had the old school mgs controls, such as the ones used for mgs3 or mgs2. they were awkward but unique.
deep_fried_bum_cake  +   1154d ago
I'm also killing everyone except the B&Bs. It was originally meant be a no kill run but I forgot that it was R2 to stun with the stun knife and then just kept killing from there.
auen1  +   1154d ago

if you slit the throats of 25 guys (i think) you'll unlock altair's costume and get the assassin emblem.
deep_fried_bum_cake  +   1154d ago

I didn't know that, thanks for the info.
Blacktric  +   1154d ago
Yeah that also happens to me a lot. I try to use MGS 3 control scheme to use CQC sometimes, especially against FROGS soldiers, and fail miserably. I also forget proper health management a lot but I am getting to my old self slowly. Also, thanks a lot for the Altair costume/Assassin Emblem info. I should do that at some point in this playthrough.
paradigmfellow  +   1154d ago
As much as I love this game and would love to get the platinum, I have a life. The world does not stop so that I can get a virtual trophy :(
Kyosuke_Sanada  +   1154d ago
I'm sure the world stops when you sit on your butt staring at a computer screen though.....
paradigmfellow  +   1154d ago
Not when you know that a deadline is approaching for your thesis :(
auen1  +   1154d ago
cry me a river

t0mmyb0y  +   1154d ago
dragon82  +   1154d ago
Screw the world!!! It can wait!!! :P
Krimmson  +   1154d ago
Times like this make you wish you just won the lottery.

Or get a nice job that includes a lot of free time, but those are hard to come by. Unless you try to become an indy game developer or something.
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2pacalypsenow  +   1154d ago
I have a job, fiance- IN Med school with A's and B's, And i still have over 10 platinum trophies in the past year .....
insomnium2  +   1152d ago
Throw in a couple of kids and a few pets and a a time consuming hobby (bodybuilding for me) and voila! games keep stacking up with no time to play them.
FoxHound_  +   1154d ago
So far I've been having a blast trying to get this platinum. I really don't mind getting the snake eater song because it'll give me a challenge and a lot of replay value. Oh and one thing, this game is still one of the greatest looking games I've ever seen.
ame22  +   1154d ago
To this day, Snake's character model puts pretty much everything else out there to shame.
ZBlacktt  +   1154d ago
If you need points. There's still that one part in Act 1 where the guys jump down over and over non stop. Just collect all the guns over and over. Many know the spot I'm talking about. If not, youtube it.

As for this epic game. I think everyone can really now appreciate what this game did for the gaming world. It's now 4 years old and still the best looking and sounding game to date. It's a creative genius master piece. Back in 2008 the whole world was in awe and here we all are again in 2012 still in awe. This game is just so very very well done.

I'm still using and playing my midnight released game the night it came out.
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CommonSense  +   1154d ago
it's not the most graphically impressive. but it is one of the most polished games. no question. the ai can leave something to be desired though. especially the boss fight that takes place in the snow. you can basically just hide under the tank (might just be a truck or something -- been a LONG time since i've played) and snipe her.
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No FanS Land  +   1154d ago
It's been way too long since I played MGS4! I couldn't sneak past the gekko yesterday.

it's been a while brother...

Time to get back in!
LOL_WUT  +   1154d ago
I'm at the level where i meet up with Meryl and so far i haven't unlocked not one single trophy :(
AmkOwns  +   1154d ago
MGS4 Platinum - Dedication/True Fan
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Romudeth  +   1154d ago
If we have to get all 40 emblems and the BBE emblem to get the plat then those should have been trophies in and of themselves.

I wish trophies were retroactive. I (and a lot of other people) would have instantly gotten the platinum after installing this patch. I may try this out one day but I don't like the thought of repeating something I did 4 years ago.
goldwyncq  +   1154d ago
Yeah, sucks for those who've already done it before.
GameSpawn  +   1154d ago
If the original saves were copy-protected and locked they could have had retroactive trophies.

Sadly, this was not the case. To make it fair for EVERYONE, EVERYONE must start fresh with a clean slate. Sucks, but if you were able to do it legitimately before then you should be able to do it again right?

In all fairness, the Big Boss emblem playthrough still does not hold a candle to the difficulty of an Extreme playthrough of MGS2 much less MGS2:Substance's VR mission trophies. I could have pulled a plat for MGS2 if the VR stuff wasn't there; Fat Man is an ass on the harder difficulties, but if you can make it past him the rest was cake.
Romudeth  +   1154d ago
I agree that it's fair for everyone to have to start fresh with MGS4 but it still burns me since I've done this stuff already and don't want to repeat it.
gamerstation151  +   1154d ago
Yes! Big boss emblem! I like a challenge.
BlaqMagiq24  +   1154d ago
I actually just got the trophies with the drum can and MG Mk II. They weren't that hard at all. The others though are a different story.
Xenial  +   1154d ago
Making my way through the list. Got about 15/34 so far. I miss playing MGS4. Wish MGO was still online. :/
ZBlacktt  +   1154d ago
When you are playing MGS4 and come into areas that were MGO maps. Man do you miss MGO even more. Like in Act 1 and you come to the MM Map. I just wanted to stay in that 3 story building and look at the window for a long time. Not wanting to leave.

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