Evan discusses how trophies and achievements can add or take away from value and gaming experiences.
Trophies are always iffy for me. I'd rather gain unlockable weapons and modes from completing a game if I had to choose but very rare that a modern game offers both.
I like trophies, it's kind of a public list of games you've beat the crap out of, I've made a few friends online based on trophies. The reason why trophies and gamerscore are fun is because it's a number that keeps growing, and the trophies set a goal to increase it, it's a game in itself. I wouldn't want no new weapon for beating a Dark Souls game, thank you, give me the plat or at least the trophies for beating all the bosses.
Doom has you pretty much following a guide your entire playthrough for the plat, because there's so many easily missable collectibles that it would take 100+ hours if you wing it versus 20-25 w/ guide but it's a great experience. Some games have you grind for it, have you replay a game several times with only minute differences, I don't call that replay value.
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