PS3 Platinum Club – Trophy hunting tips with our resident expert in Bioshock Infinite

After an unexplained boat trip and a lighthouse filled with questions, we launch ourselves up to the floating city of Columbia in pursuit of answers and – just as importantly – a set of Bioshock Infinite‘s shiny pots.

Platinum Club: Bioshock Infinite trophy guide

If you’re in a rush, it is possible to get every Bioshock Infinite trophy in one run, by highlighting ‘Play Game’ on the main menu then entering the Konami Code (up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right Circle, X and Start) to unlock 1999 Mode and Should Auld Acquaintance… immediately. However, I strongly advise pacing your trophy-hoarding across two playthroughs, as starting out on the hardest difficulty will make collecting the full set of awards much trickier.

A large proportion of the accolades are unlocked by nailing a specific number of kills with each type of weapon. Handily, the game flashes up counters on-screen to track your progress towards targets, and your totals are cumulative between playthroughs if you don’t manage to wrap them all up the first time.

There are a couple of rewards that do need to be completed in a single playthrough, such as Infused With Greatness – finding all 24 Infusion upgrades in a single game. Many of these are hidden away or secured behind padlocked doors so it’s worth following a guide to ensure you don’t miss any, or you could be faced with repeating a large section of the story again.

A guide is also recommended to locate the rest of the collectibles, including 80 Voxophone recordings for Eavesdropper and 37 telescopes and Kinetoscopes for Sightseer. Both of these carry over between playthroughs, but you can’t track which scopes you’ve already looked through, so unless you have a great memory it’ll get frustrating trying to work out which ones you’re missing afterwards.

For Scavenger Hunt you must also avoid buying anything from Dollar Bill machines. As such, you need to adjust your tactics, using bullets and Vigors more sparingly than before.

By the end of your first playthrough it’s possible to have most of the trophies sewn up, meaning you can concentrate solely on surviving a second run on 1999 Mode. At this difficulty setting enemies deal more damage and are harder to kill. For Scavenger Hunt you must also avoid buying anything from Dollar Bill machines. As such, you need to adjust your tactics, using bullets and Vigors more sparingly than before.

Thankfully you’re still revived if you die in this mode, but it now costs you $100 a pop – and if you run out of cash you’re forced to restart the chapter. Be patient, though, and Auld Lang Syne and Platinum Columbia will be yours.

These two playthroughs will take around 25 hours in total, and although beating 1999 Mode offers a considerable challenge, none of the trophies are unobtainable if you’re prepared to plan ahead and put in the required time to see them through.

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