The Hardest PS4 Platinum Trophies Guide 1

Here at Push Square, we love a Platinum Trophy and we know you do too. You'll doubtless recall that we already ran an article on the easiest PS4 Platinum Trophies to bolster your collection with minimal effort, but what about the other end of the spectrum? What are the most difficult or time-consuming Platinums you can pop to really show off to your friends? These are the hardest Platinum PS4 Trophies available right now.

Crypt of the NecroDancer (PS4)

Crypt of the NecroDancer (PS4)Crypt of the NecroDancer (PS4)
Publisher: Brace Yourself Games / Developer: Brace Yourself Games
Release Date: 2nd Feb 2016 (USA) / 2nd Feb 2016 (UK/EU)

Not including games that are broken or require online play but nobody is playing them, Crypt of the Necrodancer is perhaps the closest-to-impossible Platinum Trophy ever crafted by mortal hands. As it stands, Trophy tracking website psnprofiles.com lists a mere 11 users as having bonked the Platinum gong on this one, with a trophy rarity of 0.06%.

So, what makes this Trophy list PlayStation 4's very own Mount Everest? Well, it's a notoriously difficult rhythm-based roguelike to start with, but in order to unlock all of the Trophies, you'll need to play the game around fifty times, including multiple runs with each character with increasingly silly restrictions. The coup de grace is the Trophy "Lowest of the Low" which tasks you with beating the game with all nine characters, back to back in one run, without dying at all and with every character still in their default gear.

Anyone who clocks the Platinum in Crypt of the Necrodancer should receive a personal visit from Shuhei Yoshida himself to present them with an actual Platinum Trophy to put on their mantlepiece next to the picture of their mum.

Final Fantasy IX (PS4)

Final Fantasy IX (PS4)Final Fantasy IX (PS4)
Publisher: Square Enix / Developer: Square Enix
Release Date: 19th Sep 2017 (USA) / 19th Sep 2017 (UK/EU)

Final Fantasy IX's Platinum is fairly easy, if a little grindy, aside from one absurd trophy. "Hail to the King" will only unlock after you've taken part in Final Fantasy IX's skipping mini-game and jumped the rope 1,000 times or more without tripping. Getting to 1,000 successful jumps will take a solid eight minutes of button tapping in perfect time, but the timing of the jumps changes periodically as you skip, and that's before you even consider the input lag between the controller and the television.

Going for "Hail to the King" is so pad-snappingly annoying that devious Trophy hunters have come up with a workaround that involves initiating a remote play session on PC and running a specially created script that takes care of the skipping for you automatically. Sure, it's cheesy, but getting the Trophy is the main thing, right? The answer, of course, is no. Don't you dare.

Final Fantasy XIV Online: A Realm Reborn (PS4)

Final Fantasy XIV Online: A Realm Reborn (PS4)Final Fantasy XIV Online: A Realm Reborn (PS4)
Publisher: Square Enix / Developer: Square Enix
Release Date: 14th Apr 2014 (USA) / 14th Apr 2014 (UK/EU)

You can file this one under time-consuming rather than genuinely difficult, as you'd probably expect from an MMORPG. The Trophy that you've really got to watch out for in this one is "An Adventurer's Life" which will unlock once you've completed 1,000 levequests. Levequests aren't difficult, but you can only start one by spending a special currency called a levequest allowance. You automatically gain three allowances every 12 real-world hours, but you can only hold 100 of them at any one time so you can't just save them all up and blast through this Trophy in one go.

If you do your three levequests every day then you're looking at a six-month commitment, and by the time you throw in all of the other trophies, this one is probably going to take nigh-on 1,000 hours to Platinum. Honestly, there are marriages that haven't lasted that long.

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Gran Turismo Sport (PS4)

Gran Turismo Sport (PS4)Gran Turismo Sport (PS4)
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment / Developer: Polyphony Digital
Release Date: 17th Oct 2017 (USA) / 18th Oct 2017 (UK/EU)

What's weird about Gran Turismo Sport is that for the most part, the Trophy list is fairly plain sailing if you're into driving games. If you enjoy a race then you should find that you can pick up most of the Bronze and Silver awards without too much trouble, but there's a quartet of Gold Trophies that'll likely leave you with road rage.

The biggest hurdle you'll face on your quest for Gran Turismo Sport glory is the Trophy "Record Number of Wins" in which you're tasked with matching Michael Schumacher's record of 91 Formula 1 wins. And you have to do it online against other people in Sport Mode. Aside from the massive time commitment required, the more you win the more you'll rank up and the stronger your competition will become, meaning this Trophy gets harder the closer you get. This one really separates the serious racers from the ones just driving to a local castle to test out their eyesight.

Koihime†Enbu RyoRaiRai (PS4)

Koihime†Enbu RyoRaiRai (PS4)Koihime†Enbu RyoRaiRai (PS4)
Publisher: DEGICA / Developer: M2
Release Date: 12th Jul 2018 (USA) / 12th Jul 2018 (UK/EU)

Honestly, we don't even know how to pronounce the name of this game which is a bad start. This remaster of the niche fighting game Koihime†Enbu contains a number of Trophies that unlock through pulling off incredibly complicated combos. We're not talking ten hit combos here, kids. We're talking 75 hit combos that need to be precisely inputted with small margins for error. Even watching videos of people doing it on YouTube was difficult.

And that's it. If you're not an android or some kind of child prodigy, you're probably not going to get this one. You need thumbs and fingers that move with the precision and dexterity of a skilled jazz musician, and sadly, our bugle playing days are long since over.