So after playing the game for a couple weeks, I finally ejected it. I didn’t get the Platinum but I never was going to get it.
I had a blast with it and I completed most of the side quests. The one I absolutely wanted to finish was the rescuing the Fire Station 17 crew. The missions I didn’t complete were:
Occupy Gotham – the Militia Watchtowers
Campaign for Disarmament – the Militia explosive devices
Own the Roads – the Militia checkpoints
So the bulk of the Militia storyline and, of course, the Riddler trophies. After just spending a lot of time destroying the breakable items with the Batmobile, I figured I’ll knock out the riddles that were scattered throughout Gotham. But after spending a lot of time with guides, I didn’t want to just be going down a website trying to figure out where all of the riddles were. I also was having a hard time with the trophies requiring me to attempt many of them several times and those are not easy to google either.
The whole time I knew I was never going to get the Platinum, I just wanted to see the main ending and do what I can on my way there. Not like I wasn’t enjoying myself nor wanting to rush it but after losing so many different fights with the Militia, I got the clear hint that my skills with the game were not up to par.
There is also this disconnect once I know I’m not going to get a Platinum in a game. I don’t have the stress of trying to make sure I collect everything or that sense that I have to accomplish something to get the full story.
Thanks to HarryNinetyFour for hosting the video.
I watched the above video on how to go under all three bridges, which I attempted, and then watching the video, I was never going to be able to skim the small section between the water and the bridge. I like the glide, and I do it quite often but I wouldn’t say I’m an expert at it.
I’m glad I didn’t buy the Season Pass, as I was never going to do all of the AR challenges, I was tempted to go for the “Complete 8 challenges” but the lowest number was 16 and that’s just too much for me to fail and fail again. I have such a backlog of games that I don’t need to suffer through a miserable time for bragging rights.
Typing all of this, I realize I never did do the Batgirl DLC that I paid seven dollars for, so I should pop the game in and attempt to do that, at the very least. That would have just been a waste of money otherwise.
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At one point, I attempted the Watchtower, Explosive Device, and Road Block missions , several times before making progress in the main storyline. I just kept getting my arse handed to me. I recognize that there are several different ones of these so I should try to get a few of them done but knowing I had a hard time with at least one each of these, I was never going to accomplish the overall goal. One Watchtower has four brutes with giant miniguns, plus two medics, and another fellow. I could get down to maybe two brutes but then eventually die. Which would result in yet another minute long load time before having to slow down and attempt it again. Which I’ll admit I probably don’t have the proper patience for it and I rather it not be easy but it doesn’t have to be devastatingly difficult too.
There were times when I wanted to break my controller during the very long load time, like with the underground race against the Arkham Knight. I’m not sure why it needed that entire minute to reset everything. I rather there were times like when you fall in the water in the Batmobile, it just instant loads right back to where I was prior to missing a ledge, but that long wait was a real buzz kill. Or earlier when I’m trying to take out the hard fought tanks with the one weakness in their back, that sequence took forever and then the Arkham Knight’s own tank battle took a while too. But I would die in my several attempts to get through the sequence and each time it took so long to load. I could have really used an auto saved after destroying three of the tanks. During the underground race, Rocksteady was nice enough to create a save for each time I successfully had the Arkham Knight drive through the mines. That was nice of them. They were also nice enough to put auto saves while trying to save Gordon from the Arkham Knight.
I had a suspicion who the Arkham Knight was but I like how I was able to consult many guides and none of those writers ever spoiled it for me, I really appreciated that.
The explosive devices, I enjoy those battles with the Batmobile, but they last way too long! I can do 32 easily but one of those on Founders Island is 42 tanks and that seems to be 12 or 17 tanks too many for me. The drones don’t help with that and I really need the option to upgrade the Batmobile one more time and to have my weapons strike a bigger punch. I should drive around to see if there are other explosive devices that I can accomplish but knowing that there is two more of these battles but with 50 tanks and one with 60 tanks, those are three of them that I’m not going to be able to do.
One of the Road Blocks, I can get down to maybe four of them, but then I’ll die and that was a rare instance where I got down to the last four. I could use another upgrade to Batman’s health or bigger defenses. Those electric stunners can be a real pain. Even though I’m getting a lot of experience and coming up with different strategies, I’m clearly not where I should be. It’ll be nice if I regained health when I walk away or if I could defeat four of them at a time, run like a coward to GCPD, open a door, save the game, and run back and not have those defeated thugs back on their feet.
I think I do have skill points I could distribute so maybe I’ll fully load up the Batmobile, I believe I only have an 8 point upgrade left, but I have so many gadget and skill upgrades left but typing all of this, I do feel like I have some unfinished business left to do with the game.
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The trophies I don’t have are:
The Platinum, naturally
A Leap of Faith, maybe if the locations to jump from in the Batmobile were clearly marked or if I found more than the same four of them, and if I knew I was successful in my attempt, I would be more inclined to get this one.
Absolution – achieve 69 stars in AR Challenges, even Fortunate Son with 46 stars is out of my range. Sins of Youth at 23 stars is also not ideal.
Blunt Trauma, it appears I’ve done several of the predator takedowns but I have no idea how to do a vent takedown or a smoke pellet takedown or a perched takedown and it is glitched too so I’m not sure I can do all of them one more time either.
Brutality 101, I can barely do 21 combos if I’m lucky, so trying to string 15 different moves, in a row, is never going to happen.
Gates of Gotham, destroy all militia watchtowers
Gotham After Midnight, glide 400 meters while less than 20 meters, I might attempt this again but I’ve attempted it many times. Either I must be too high above the ground or I’m not going the distance.
Gotham Underground, I should check my numbers on these and really narrow down which ones are beyond me.
Point of Impact – perform five perfect shots in a row with the Vulcan cannons and not take any damage, which just sounds like a trophy I wouldn’t be able to do already as I’m constantly taking damage.
Run Through the Jungle – the bridge gliding trophy
Savage Metal, smash ten militia transport vehicles, I missed my many opportunities to do this in my proper game but apparently I could try again through one of the AR challenges.
Streets of Gotham, is the militia road block challenges
The Real Deal, I should try, you have to takedown 20 moving cars not using the Batmobile, I know I’ve done it at least twice so 18 more times sounds like a lot. I may also been mentally combining it with take down ten militia vehicles, thinking it was regular vehicles so that isn’t great.
There is a hidden trophy for beating the game on New Game Plus that I’m also not going to do, and mostly due to the Arkham Knight sequences, I had a hard enough time as it was with them being on normal, so being a higher level of difficulty isn’t ideal. I guess I could start a new game plus and see how that unfolds or how far I can get into it but it just feels so daunting.
Those Riddler trophies, there are just so many of them! 315 of them, 179 trophies, 40 riddles, 6 bomb rioters, and 90 breakable items.
Thanks to powerpyx for having that information!
I’ve saved one bomb rioter and broke who knows how many items, probably not 90. I do like fighting fools and then interrogating the last Riddler informant, that’s a fun mechanic.
I’ve made a lot of progress in Uncharted 3 (I think I’m on chapter 12?) but I’ve stopped playing that to try out Burly Men at Sea as it is a free game in November through the PSN, but I really should get more information on where I’m at in Arkham Knight.
I figured this post was going to be a bunch of excuses but having using a guide for so much of RiME, it just feels like cheating but there are not that many riddles so I should be able to knock out portions of the riddles and who knows, maybe this new resolve would get me a tad further in the game and enhance my rudimentary skills.
Plus, I do like making a list and crossing items off of said list.
I went back to bold the trophy names in that giant list above and I’m probably still not going to be able to accomplish those items but I’ll give it a shot.
I had asked for the copy of the game that included the Harley Quinn DLC but didn’t end up with that copy but I should play the Batgirl one. Especially after finding it in the Clock Tower, so I will go back to that one. I read there are some missable trophies so that turned me off from doing it but I’ve also read it is short and if I missed a trophy, I imagine I can do it during my new game plus. I believe that just creates a second file and it doesn’t override my original one but I’ll put off starting that until I’ve gotten as far as I actually think I can get in the normal playthrough.
Those Arkham Knight sequences though, do not sound ideal. Like, at all!
Gosh, the more I think about it, I could at least attempt all of the AR Challenges, at least once, per character, and even getting one star every so often, should net me 23 stars. I really did give up on this way too early. I guess I just needed a break and a moment to think about it.
I’m also two side quests away from getting the next to true ending of the game, and four away from getting the proper ending of the game, and releasing the Knight Protocol.
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The next day after typing the above, I got me two additional trophies!
Gotham After Midnight, the glide for 400 meters while less than 20 meters off the ground
Seduction of the Gun, achieve 50 critical shots on light tanks
I also started working towards my 23 AR Challenges, I have maybe nine? I’m not very good at remembering the three objectives.
There is a Riddler trophy that I can’t locate on Miagani Island in the Wayne Tower park garage but I can’t find an entrance way or breakable wall to locate it. I figured I’ll focus on Miagani Island , as I only had one landmine and two Watchtowers, but I had to find those, I’m still missing a Watchtower but I know now to look for those red lights as those are the sentries guarding the Watchtower. So I took out the landmine, 36 tanks showed up, I got one critical hit off but not four additional ones in a row without taking damage but then I forgot about the do 50 critical hits trophy, which I didn’t even list above.
Apparently Miagani translate to a Bat tribe.
I thought maybe it was an unknown Batman creator that I hadn’t heard of.
I should use the above link to really locate the rest of the trophies I’m missing. I did figure out two bomb rioters so that was nice to do on my own. One of them required me to use the charge gun as I spent like ten minutes looking for an electrical source for the sonic batarang.
So I spent like an hour and a half just chasing Riddler trophies and breakable items, I was having a hard time just coming across Riddler informants, but then I found two of them but I was too lazy to get out of the Batmobile and I enjoy going into battle mode and electrifying the Informants’ buddies but I got the Informant too. So that wasn’t ideal.
There is also a riddler puzzle that I got started and I was throwing countless Batarangs at but then I had to start throwing multiple Batarangs and I wasn’t ready for that change up. So I have to go back and do that one but I’m not thrilled about it.
I should have concentrated on starting with the Batgirl DLC but I wanted to write down the information of what I was missing but then I didn’t even do that. I thought I had located all of the landmines, Watchtowers, and road blocks but turns out that I hadn’t so now I have to locate all of them so I know which ones I’m missing.
There are two missable trophies with Batgirl that I’m concern I’m going to miss due to my slowness, so I wanted to get back into the flow of things.
I have also taken down two additional cars without the Batmobile, so just 16 more, so that’s going to be a grind as I’ll be gliding down to the road and no cars would be in sight until I was nearly landing.
I need to check which DLC I own and which ones I don’t as I’m looking at the trophy guide:
and I know I own the Batgirl DLC, A Matter of Family, and the 1989 Batmobile and 1966 Batmobile packs but I’m not sure if I own the 2008 Tumbler or the Batman vs Superman Batmobile pack.
The problem with these packs is that I have to achieve 33 stars in AR challenges and there are 23 missions so that’s just one star per mission plus ten more stars and you’re done, which seems like a decent amount of leeway, generous even, but the 23 missions is only if you own all of the other packs which I’m not sure about so I might have to 3 star many of these, which I know won’t be happening. Of course, there is only the one trophy associated with the DLC too, so it isn’t even like a complete 11 or 22 trophies for the types like me that are only going to barely make it.
I will at least attempt them.
I wished the 66 Batman came with the Batmobile but at least I got 1966 Robin and Catwoman, so that’s nice but also super irritating that I’m missing the other key member. If I got the $20 season pack, I believe I’ll get all of the suits, including that one, even if it isn’t available to purchase on its own. Shame the whole world doesn’t get a make over as it’ll be fun to see 66 Riddler and Joker too. But then it’ll be too jarring when you saw modern Scarecrow, or awesome. It will for sure be something.
Do I have the Catwoman pack? I imagine I have not accidently purchased it or that it came with any of the other content that I have purchased. This is considered an Arkham Episode along with Batgirl’s A Matter of Family, and the Harley Quinn and other episodes.
Since I have Batgirl’s DLC, I also have access to that DLC’s trophies but it also gives me access to her Motherlode trophy, which is to achieve 21 stars in the AR Challenges. The base game comes with 21 but with all of the DLCs, there are 87 stars, as each additional character gets DLC but I’m not sure about DLC variants like 66 Catwoman and Robin, so who knows, I might just have 25 stars with the base game and Batgirl. I like the advice of concentrating on combat challenges over predator ones, not only are they easier but are faster too.
I’m also back to wanting to buy the Season of Infamy DLC as I would love to go up against Mad Hatter, the League of Assassins, and Killer Croc.
Okay, I was able to look up the DLC I own through the PlayStation Store:
Crime Fighter Challenge Pack
Batman Inc Skin
2008 Movie Suit
Arkham Knight Batmobile
Batman : Noel suit
Batman v Superman suit and Batmobile
The 52 Skins Pack
There is another Crime Fighter Pack with the DLC characters that I don’t own. There is another Crime Fighter Pack with Batman, Robin, Nightwing, and Catwoman that I don’t own. Four total.
The Season of Infamy is $10
Robin’s Flip of a Coin is two dollars, as is Catwoman’s Revenge and Nighwing’s GCPD Lockdown and Harley’s Story. I forgot Red Hood is considered an additional character, his is two dollars as well.
What I want is called the PlayStation 4 Exclusive Pack, comes with 66 Batman and a red Batman and red Batmobile.
My copy of the game didn’t come with the free Scarecrow Nightmares, which I missed from the Asylum game.
Does seem like a real value for $20, especially if I want to throw down half of that just for Season of Infamy, so maybe I’m back to wanting everything, it’ll be nice just to have that buffer. It would also be nice if the PlayStation Store was an app. The website doesn’t try to sell me on anything so clicking one of the items doesn’t really go further into what comes with the purchase.
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Okay, last night I disposed of all of the landmines, so that felt pretty great!
I went around the map trying to locate all of the other missing items. I can’t find the sole road block I’m missing in Miagani, and I’m missing the third Watchtower there as well. I am also missing my third Watchtower in Bleake and I have two road blocks there that I do know about. I had six Watchtowers in Founder but while finding one, I just took it out as it was just five dudes and I landed to close to them. So I have five left and I only located four of them, and I have one road block left.
While compiling the list, I noticed I have the four drones on each of the three islands and it turns out, we can destroy those so I’ll add that to the list, even though it isn’t a trophy, I’ll like the skies to be as clear as possible.
This weekend, I’ll finally tackle the Batgirl DLC.
I got a few more Riddler trophies, I solved three riddles, and saved two more bomb rioters so I’m glad I went back to the game.