It had been ages since I last played Guitar Hero. Sure, some might find it a tad nerdy, but it always held a special place in my heart. This past weekend, after an entertaining evening, I felt an irresistible urge to unearth the long-forgotten Guitar Hero drum kit from the depths of my attic.
After fifteen minutes of searching, and with an unfortunate cut on my hand as a battle scar, I found the drums. To my surprise, the often misplaced dongle was right there with the kit!
I was soon reminded of the intense workout that the game provides. A few songs in, my arms were spent. Long gone are my marathon sessions of drumming through the night. Since I’ve been on a recent spree of collecting game trophies, I thought to look through the list for Guitar Hero, reminiscing about why I never managed to secure a platinum trophy in any of the Guitar Hero games.
Simply put, the trophies in Guitar Hero are no walk in the park. Looking through them, I found myself wondering how on earth I was supposed to achieve some of these feats. For instance, one trophy required scoring a million points on the song “Battery” with a four-member band. The challenge isn’t just gathering four people; it’s finding four capable enough to nail the score. Oddly enough, it turns out I had already achieved this trophy, perhaps thanks to the many spirited jam sessions from years past.
Then, there are the song-specific trophies, such as scoring 340,000 points on the song “Fight Fire with Fire” as the bassist. According to the trophy guide, this practically requires a near-perfect run on expert mode—another trophy to leave untouched for now! Given the number of tough trophies I already own, it’s likely I attempted this feat during the game’s heyday.
There was a part of me willing to give it another shot until I encountered the real trophies of doom – the online trophies. These proved to be insurmountable even on the game’s launch day, given the sparse online player population. While I could potentially assemble a group for an online trophy hunting session, the effort required appears daunting. Besides, I may not be skilled enough to secure the song-specific trophies, and the idea of pouring countless hours into the game isn’t particularly appealing.
Online trophies can be a real frustration, especially for games where multiplayer is a secondary feature. The game was never really intended for online play, but the trophies seem to serve as bait to draw players in. As much fun as I had revisiting Guitar Hero, I can’t help but shake my fist at the creators of this almost impossible trophy list. But despite all that, the nostalgia and joy from my drum kit adventure make the difficulties of the trophy conquests fade into the background.