8 Of The Most Frustrating Video Game Trophies

To show off your skills and dedication to a video game, developers provide players with challenges that will grant them an achievement or trophy. These trophies can be as simple as playing through the game and completing select levels. However, to get into the nitty-gritty of the title, you may find yourself going through tough requirements to unlock a particular trophy. We’re going to showcase some of the hardest and most annoying trophies you could unlock in a variety of video games. Of course, with that said, we’re going to avoid using games that require a certain amount of kills or hours logged into the title.

Sure logging in countless hours or select kills can be annoying to deal with, but they are not all that impossible in obtaining. As a result, we’re going to showcase some of the more challenging trophies that require precise skills and patience.

We’re going to be updating this list over the years when even more ridiculously tough trophies are introduced to the world. With that said, you’ll want to check back often to see just what insane video game trophies developers think of next. Likewise, let us know if missed out a trophy that should be included in a future update by leaving a comment down below.


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#8 Max Payne 3 – The Shadows Rushed Me

It’s been more than just a few years since Max Payne came into the spotlight but in 2012, Rockstar Games was ready to give a new installment into the franchise with Max Payne 3. Fans who were looking to gather all of the trophies and achievements available for the game had one incredibly tough obstacle to overcome and that’s The Shadows Rushed Me. This is no easy task to complete but if you went through the trophy, A New York Minute, then you will have a bit of an understanding of how to go through the game quickly. The Shadows Rushed Me requires gamers to beat the game in one sitting. Not only that but you’re on a timed clock which can only be increased through the means of kills much like the A New York Minute trophy. Likewise, you cannot die at all during the campaign. That means going from the very start to the very end with one life and a constant clock that is dwindling down in time.

This means that every bullet and shot will count along with making precise moves. Don’t get too greedy or quick as you can easily find yourself restarting the entire game. There are plenty of guides online that show how to go through this title which could help in getting the trophy a bit easier, but again, don’t expect a cakewalk here. Gamers will likely need to play the game a few times to get comfortable of the level layouts and difficult options.


#7 Super Street Fighter IV – Trial Athlete

Fighting titles can be tough in general to get various trophies especially if you have to go through the game with select characters. Super Street Fighter IV for instance definitely had a difficult trophy to acquire which is called the Trial Athlete. This trophy will require gamers to not only be skilled with the game but also familiar with all the characters. This is not only near impossible for newcomers to the Street Fighter franchise but veterans alike which you can view in various forums online over the frustration some gamers have been dealing with just to get the trophy unlocked. To unlock the trophy, gamers would need to complete all twenty-four challenges with all thirty-five character trials. Again, there are tips online on how to acquire the trophy such as pacing yourself through the trials but at times there are suggestions for gamers to pause during the game to plan out your attacks. Would you consider pausing the game to plan out attacks cheating?


#6 Titan Souls – Most Trophies

Titan Souls is a fun little indie title that puts players in battle with a series of boss fights. These battles can be challenging in their own right, but the developers behind the title, Acid Nerve, decided to up the ante with a slew of difficult trophies to unlock. There are trophies that require defeating bosses in under ten seconds, using specific combat mechanics, completing the game in under twenty minutes, to even completing the game while never rolling, which is pretty essential to avoid the bosses. If you’re looking for a real challenge then we suggest unlocking all the trophies in Titan Souls, with that said, good luck.


#5 Dishonored 2 – Clean Hands

Stealth games tend to allow players to take out any threats quickly and blending back into the shadows. Dishonored is a franchise that is known for this style of gameplay but developers, Arkane Studios, wanted to give players a challenge with the sequel, Dishonored 2. The game came with the trophy Clean Hands which forced players to go through the game without taking anyone’s life. This is entirely possible but it will require players to be extremely stealthy and move through the map without raising alarms making it practically impossible to continue on without fighting back.


#4 Grand Theft Auto V – Close Shave

Grand Theft Auto V was a massive video game hit and it came with some overhaul mechanics when compared to the previous installments. However, flying through the city by means of helicopter, plane or jet, is still a challenge and not necessarily as smooth as some of the other finely tune mechanics. It’s not easy flying through the large city with soaring buildings all around you but for those who are skilled enough to fly through small gaps then you may want to try unlocking the Close Shave trophy. This trophy requires gamers to complete all the Under the Bridge and Knife Flight challenges. Essentially, you’ll need to fly through areas of the map that are very tight and the slightest mistake will easily cause you to crash.


#3 Super Meat Boy – No Death Trophies

Super Meat Boy was a huge indie title hit that you undoubtedly played on one platform or another. Overall, the game put players in control of a character made of meat that must go through a series of dangerous obstacles that would instantly kill the character such as giant circular blades. This game proved to be addicting and enjoyable along with providing its share of headaches. One way to provide plenty of frustration is through the no death trophies. With each world, there is an unlockable trophy which requires the player to go through the various obstacles without dying. These trophies are mixed between gold and silver but if you’re after the platinum trophy then you will have to unlock all of the trophies anyway.


#2 Gran Turismo 5 – The Gold Standard

Much like fighting titles, racing titles are full of challenging trophies to unlock. For instance, you can take a look at Gran Turismo 5 which came with a trophy called The Gold Standard that required gamers to get a gold trophy for every race event, license test, and special event. There are plenty of gamers online complaining of the difficulties this trophy requires from gamers such as the amount of time you’ll have to put into the various races or vehicles just to get gold. This is nothing out of the unusual for certain racing video game franchises so for veterans of games like the Gran Turismo series may find this trophy to be a bit easier than others.


#1 The Elder Scrolls Online – Emperor

Getting some trophies are practically impossible especially when they are MMO based and you’re facing against players all around the world. That’s the case for The Elder Scrolls Online which has a trophy called the Emperor. All you have to do is reach the number one spot on the PvP leaderboard. Again, with players all around the world playing the game it’s going to be a very difficult feat to accomplish, but at the very least it’s a platinum trophy. Though we’re not entirely sure just how many gamers out there have this platinum trophy.