To S-Rank? or not S-Rank? These are the questions.

#1 Posted by Demoskinos (14824 posts) -

So, I beat Metal Gear Rising the other night. Now today I dug in and finished up all of the collectibles. Yay all of the unlock-able swords! Anyways, now I have two options as I see at this point. I can drop the game now and be done with it or to go on and S-Rank it. The game is actually fairly fun but also its also REALLY short. A quick jaunt through the VR missions might add on another hour or two but for the most part all the content has been exhausted.

So, the only way I see to extent my playtime with the game is to have a set of goals to work for i.e the trophies. Which for the large part are doable there are however a series of 7 trophies that could prove most troublesome.

  • S-Rank every mission in the game on Revengence (Very-Hard) mode. Getting an S-Rank means getting an S-Rank in EVERY battle in the game in every level. Some battles are easily enough placed close to a checkpoint for easy restarts others....would most likely require entire level restarts if you messed them up.
  • "Perfect" boss runs. There are Five trophies for five of the major boss fights in which you must take NO damage while doing them on Hard mode. Hard mode isn't what I'm worried about because honestly unlike a game like say DmC the enemies don't really seem to change up attack patterns much at all.
  • 1st Place in all VR missions. The last trophy that seems like a real pain here. The VR missions start to get pretty challenging pretty quickly. All of your upgrades are pretty much null and void here meaning you start with your default 100% life bar and battery gauge.

So, trying to make up my mind on this. I don't really have anything "new" to get to and the next game I get is going to be Ninja Gaiden Razor's edge in April so... lots of time to kill with no new games. So anyone else flirting with the idea of going all out for an S-Rank? I had a lot of fun S-Ranking DmC recently even though that game's trophies were really easy.

#2 Edited by Fredchuckdave (5471 posts) -

Hate to break it to you but there are no S Ranks anymore; you'll have to make do calling it a Platinum Trophy or 1000 GS; oh and if there's DLC you can just go tell it to fuck itself now. Vanquish is much harder to platinum than Revengeance, but I imagine Bayonetta is slightly easier, on the Platinum Games platinum scale.

One of the VR Missions is a toughie, but it's still no Challenge 6.

I did Arkham City and Arkham Asylum recently as a last hurrah for S Ranking; City is roughly as difficult as this though much more time consuming.

#3 Edited by awesomeusername (4183 posts) -

If you do, you're fucking insane. Instead of pulling your hair out, you should watch some movies or t.v. shows. Or something.

#4 Edited by Demoskinos (14824 posts) -

Oh I know achievements on the site are gone. I just use that as a general term now for finishing all of the trophies. Dunno the more I think about it the more Im liking the idea of the insane challenge.

#5 Posted by Fredchuckdave (5471 posts) -

The only reason to do an achievement is because it's challenging, difficult, or interesting; not simply doing it because you can. But good on you for trying and I recommend trying Vanquish as well. If you don't care about 100%'s Killzone 2 on Elite is pretty murderous as is NGS2 on Master Ninja (though really repetitive); and of course there's always God Hard in Vanquish which is like 7 hours worth of Challenge 6 (note: may take you 100 hours to complete)

#6 Posted by Demoskinos (14824 posts) -

@Fredchuckdave Well I usually only go for achievements or trophies for games I enjoy. Its a easy way to extend the life of the game. I liked Vanquish but wasn't a huge huge fan of it. And yeah Sigma 2 has some hard trophies I've got most of them but couldn't beat the higher tier coop missions so I put that one down.

#7 Posted by Fredchuckdave (5471 posts) -

Try the tactical challenges in Vanquish, learn how to boost-dodge and the game becomes much more entertaining (boost for a half second then dodge, repeat; Tactical Challenge 6 is impossible without it), certainly a very good game to go back to and the best shooting mechanics. The later Co-op missions in NGS2 are pretty much just bullshit and completely impossible without exploiting bugged invincibility moves; but that's not what I recommended :o Vanquish is much more difficult on a raw skill level and there's no way to exploit it like that.

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