Welcome back! It’s time for another platinum trophy expedition! Last August I wrote up…well, began writing a series of posts/updates as I played through Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate with the goal being another platinum trophy to add to the collection(full disclosure: there aren’t that many). My idea for the series of posts was something akin to a book club where myself, and any other willing participants would agree on a particular game and document their time through the game and all the trophies/achievements. It began simply out of curiosity as to whether or not those who do any sort of trophy/achievement hunting approach it the same way or how much it differs from person to person.
The experience of collecting trophies in Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate proved quite enjoyable and I knew pretty quickly this was something I wanted to try again. As with the AC: Syndicate trophy quest, friend of the blog – Solarayo from Ace Asunder has accepted another challenge and will be joining in the fun. She is a far more experienced trophy hunter than I am, as well as being much more efficient in writing update posts as her post containing her initial batch of trophies was published last weekend(go check it out), despite my having a three week head start on the game. So, anyways…here’s what I’ve accomplished thus far…
The main story of Final Fantasy XV centers on around Noctis, royal prince of the the Kingdom of Lucis. He and his entourage of friends – Gladiolus, Prompto, and Ignis, are set to travel across the nations of Eos to meet with his fiancée, Lady Lunafreya of Tenebrae. The royal marriage is arranged as a means to secure peace between the two kingdoms, but, shortly after Prince Noctis’ departure, the capital city of Insomnia is attacked by the Kingdom of Nifleheim. Noctis’ father, King Regis is killed and Lucis’ Crystal is stolen during the invasion, along with Noctis and Lunafreya being listed among the deceased. The prince then sets out on a mission to reunite with his fiancée and to avenge his Kingdom, aided by his loyal companions.
This, of course, takes place after the game’s prologue…
Insomnia’s Waking Nightmare
- Completed the Prologue
The game begins with Noctis and company broken down along a desolate highway. Their ride, the Regalia is in need of repairs and no one in the party possesses suitable mechanical knowledge. Gladiolus, Prompto, Ignis, and husband-to-be, Prince Noctis begin pushing the royal carriage(nope, it’s a car) to the nearest service station. Once they start rolling down the highway, a cover version of “Stand By Me” by Florence + the Machine fades into the audio mix as the camera slowly zooms out to show the lonely highway extending into the horizon before the Final Fantasy XV logo appears onscreen.
Pretty cool. Not the opening I’d have anticipated for a Final Fantasy game, but I’m intrigued so far…
- Completed Chapter 1
No Turning Back
- Completed Chapter 2
- Drove the Regalia
Before venturing off on their road trip, the boys are given the keys to the Regalia – the Kingdom of Lucis’ royal luxury sedan, which serves as your primary mode of transporation throughout the game. The driving feels a little restrictive and not quite as fluid as other open-world games, but still handles better than the Mako or a Warthog….not a high bar, but still…
- Rode a Chocobo
Of course, the Regalia isn’t the only way to travel. The group makes a slight detour from their destination and visits a chocobo park.
- Equipped a fourth weapon slot
- Learned first ability
Skill trees are nothing new to Final Fantasy games. FFXV features the Ascension grid which contains abilities across nine categories(trees) – Armiger, Magic, Recovery, Techniques, Combat, Teamwork, Stats, Exploration, Wait Mode. The New Power trophy is unlocked simply by spending your acquired AP(ability points) on any upgrade.
- Activated 20 ability nodes
- Improved fishing level for the first time
Each member of the party has a specific skill – Survival, Photography, Cooking, or Fishing, with the latter belonging to Prince Noctis. As you make your way across the world, there’s many areas to take a few moments and relax with a fishing mini-game(always fun, right?). The mechanics took a little getting used to, but angling became pretty easy after a couple tries. The Angling Rookie trophy is unlocked for raising Noctis’ fishing level for the first time.
- Improved survival level for the first time
Buff, tattooed Gladiolus is responsible for overseeing the group’s various campsites, as well as occasional training for the young prince. The Survival skill provides Gladiolus the ability to pick up useful items at the end of every battle. The skill is raised by traveling on foot, which means eventually reaching Survival Level 10 for a later trophy will require a significant amount of hiking…
- Improved photography level for the first time
Prompto takes a multitude of pictures during the group’s many battles and other random moments as you travel across Eos. Every time you stop to rest at a camp or inn, you can see all the different photos taken, with an option to save your favorites to your game file. I unlocked his Snapshot ability early on and have been trying to remember and use it frequently to save on post-game grinding to get the Photography skill to level 10.
- Improved cooking level for the first time
Ignis is the group’s chef and chauffer(during the daytime hours, anyways). The more you cook, the more your skill level increases. As you progress through the game and gather different items, Ignis will occasionally(or frequently) exclaim “I’ve done it! I’ve come up with another recipe”.
Just Hangin’ Around
- Performed the first point-warp suspension
Many elevated structures and objects across the world of Eos will allow Noctis to perform a point-warp, which gives you a brief moment to pull back from a heated battle to recover a bit of hp or simply get a better vantage point over the area. An early boss battle in FFXV will require you to know where your point-warp areas are and use them to avoid defeat…
- Issued first ally command
The other three members of Noctis’ traveling bro party – Gladiolus, Ignis & Prompto, each have different skills to use once the technique meter reaches a particular level. Prompto, for example, I made sure to spend the AP on his Snapshot technique to use once nearly every combat encounter to aid in reaching Level 10 for the Photography skill.
- Performed first blindside link
The combat links in FFXV are multi-character attack combos that can be “linked” together after parrying an enemy attack or by initiating an attack from behind an enemy, called a blindside link.
Noct You Like a Hurricane
- Initiated first link-strike after parrying an attack
Love those puns for trophy names…
- Crafted a spell for the first time
Rather than pre-set magic spells, in Final Fantasy XV you can come with up your own magical concoction by combining fire, ice, or lightning elementals. These can also be altered from throwing certain items into the mix later in the game.
- Used magic for the first time
I got this trophy quite a few hours into the game. I kept forgetting Noctis can even equip and use magic spells…
Hight Five for Justice!
- Played JUSTICE MONSTERS FIVE for the first time
Spinning a Yarn I
- Completed first sidequest
Like nearly any other JRPG, FFXV has an abundance of side quests to be completed. Most of these(so far) have been pretty basic fetch que….uh, item requisition missions in which you follow your marker on the map to specified location to grab an item or speak with someone and then return to the quest-giver. There’s a total of 6 trophies for completing side missions in FFXV, with the final one being unlocked after seeing your way through 80 of them. The silver lining here is that most of them(so far, at least…) haven’t required me to go too far off the beaten path to complete and I’ve been trying to go on foot to any marker under a half mile away as to keep steadily progressing Gladiolus’ Survival skill, which was a recommended strategy to avoid to much post-game grinding…
Spinning a Yarn II
- Completed 5 sidequests
Only 75 left to go…
Spinning a Yarn III
- Completed 10 sidequests
Only 70 left…
My First Hunt
- Completed first hunt
As you make your way across Eos, it seems like every other person you talk to has a hunting quest for you to track down and exterminate. Most of these beasts have been causing problems around the area, while others are simply requested for their resources to cook or craft items. Much of the monster hunter-ing can only be completed at night due to the targets being nocturnal, meaning Noctis and company are more at risk of being attacked by even bigger and more ferocious creatures that only come out at night. There’s only one trophy to be unlocked for the hunting quests and they don’t count towards the side quest trophies, so I intend to hold off on too many hunting trips unless needed for some late-game level or skill grinding…
At the time of posting this, I’m sitting at 34% of the total trophies in Final Fantasy XV. I think I’ve got a pretty good start on this. The majority of my time so far has been spent running around the area working on side quests and some overall level and skill building. I’d heard FFXV starts off pretty wide open in areas to explore and missions to accomplish, but begins to narrow itself into a little more of a linear experience as it progresses, so I’ll hopefully not have to worry about being under-leveled or anything like that later in the game. I’m really enjoying the game so far and looking forward to seeing where it goes from here. Until next time…
Thanks for reading!