Our 13 Favorite PS5 Platinums of 2021

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2021 has been a long year of creating guides for us here at PlatGet. At the start of the year, the various lockdown restrictions gave us a great excuse to knuckle down and make heaps of content for our visiting Trophy Hunters. In that time, the site has grown exponentially, and we’re now able to look back fondly on what was otherwise a chaotic and challenging year.

As we reflect, it’s hard not to think back to some of the tremendous PS5 titles that graced our television sets, and so that is why we have curated this list of our 13 favorite PS5 Platinums that we have earned this year!

Control PS5 Remaster

Best PS5 Platinums of 2021

Released: February 2021

Console: PlayStation 5

Difficulty: 3/10

Time to Platinum: Around 25 hours

Our Control Trophy Guide

“The trippy tour of the hallucinatory Bureau of Control in this fantastic game from the guys at Remedy Entertainment was a wild ride when they first released it on PS4 in 2019. So, I was more than happy to have an excuse to re-experience it when the PS5 revamp hit stores, only to find myself blown away by beautiful raytraced lighting and improved 4K 60FPS visuals.

“At the time, with limited PS5 titles available, I dubbed this as the best possible way to experience what the PS5 hardware had to offer. I will forever have great memories of my expensive console purchase being validated by the technology at play in this truly definitive edition of Control.”

— TheDblTap

It Takes Two

Best PS5 Platinums of 2021

Released: February 2021

Console: PlayStation 4 & PlayStation 5

Difficulty: 3/10

Time to Platinum: Around 10-15 hours

Our It Takes Two Trophy Guide

“From the developers who brought us the excellent “A Way Out” on PS4, Hazelight Studios once again redefined what a modern cooperative gaming experience could be.

“Each level threw down new gameplay mechanics and new ways to co-operate, creating what stands to this day as the most excellent co-op game ever developed. It Takes Two is a game that you shouldn’t miss — provided you have someone to play it with!

“We both loved this game so much that we simply had to earn the PS4 platinum too, being pleasantly surprised by how much the gameplay can differ depending on the character you choose.

Even as I write this now I am considering asking MrZhangetsu if we can play it through again, just for fun.”

— TheDblTap

Returnal

Best PS5 Platinums of 2021

Released: April 2021

Console: PlayStation 5

Difficulty: 7/10

Time to Platinum: Around 50-80 hours.

Our Returnal Trophy Guide

“The Returnal Platinum Trophy is one of my absolute favorites. I am, admittedly, not the most skilled of gamers, but after being drawn in by the game’s lore and mechanics, I made it my mission to see this roguelike through to the end.

“Many palpitation-inducing gaming sessions and extremely gratifying successes later, I was able to hold my head high in pride at what I’d accomplished. For that, Returnal will forever remain one of my favorite gaming achievements.

“I would recommend this Platinum Journey only to those that welcome a challenge and enjoy Bullet Hell/Roguelike mechanics. Those who fall within that category will surely fall in love, as I did, with the mind-bending lore and chilling sci-fi environments.”

— TheDblTap

Resident Evil Village

Best PS5 Platinums of 2021

Released: May 2021

Console: PlayStation 4 & PlayStation 5

Difficulty: 5/10

Time to Platinum: Around 30 hours

Our Resident Evil Village Trophy Guide

“Resident Evil has taken us to many incredible locations; a mysterious mansion in the Arklay mountains, a declining police station, the dead streets of Raccoon City, a quaint Spanish hamlet, and most recently a corrupted family home in Louisianna. This time around, Resident Evil has taken us to a gothic village embedded on the side of an icey mountain that is governed by some of the series’ most interesting characters to date.

“The PlayStation 5 version of Resident Evil: Village is the definitive way to play. With increased graphical fidelity and lighting the village really comes to life—okay, maybe not life; it is Resident Evil after all—and traipsing around with your weapon drawn and an eye on shadows is an absolute delight.

“Graphics aside, the true standout for the PS5 version is without a doubt the 3D audio and the DualSense controller. Not only will you be able to hear the thunderous crack of your gunshots ringing out and reverberating off of the environment, but you will also FEEL it through the DualSense controller. Resident Evil: Village is a must-play for any fans of the franchise or newcomers looking for a fight and a thrill.”

— MrZhangetsu

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

Best PS5 Platinums of 2021

Released: June 2021

Console: PlayStation 5

Difficulty: 3/10

Time to Platinum: Around 10 hours

Our Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart Trophy Guide

“This here is one of the most cinematic gaming experiences to date. It really gets the best from the PS5 hardware and is a truly eye-opening experience when it comes to understanding how far gaming has come.

“There are genuine moments in this game where you could easily forget that you’re even playing it. The graphical fidelity is more akin to what we’ve come to expect from the movie industry, and I get all giddy even just imagining what games will look like in the next few years.

“Though it is, sadly, quite a short platinum journey, there are plenty of excellent New Game Plus features to keep you invested even once the Platinum hits your collection.”

— TheDblTap

Scarlet Nexus

Best PS5 Platinums of 2021

Released: June 2021

Console: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5

Difficulty: 3/10

Time to Platinum: Around 70 hours

Our Scarlet Nexus Trophy Guide

“Scarlet Nexus tries to tackle so many different Sci-Fi tropes and topics it’s beyond admirable, but at its core, it’s a game about discovering and questioning what really makes us human. It’s a difficult topic to take on, but Bandai Namco managed to do it justice largely thanks to all the different perspectives available within the game.

“With fast and precise combat akin to Platinum Games-like titles such as NieR, Scarlet Nexus can be equal parts frustrating and fun. The key feature of gameplay, however, is the ability to use and combo party special abilities to create synergy during battle. You can call on a squad member’s Hypervelocity to speed up your movements while you rain objects down on the enemy with your own Psychokinesis.

“If you’re a fan of anime-style games with fun and interesting visuals and combat, Scarlet Nexus is one you mustn’t miss.”

— MrZhangetsu

Hades

Best PS5 Platinums of 2021

Released: August 2021

Console: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5

Difficulty: 5/10

Time to Platinum: Around 70-100 hours

Our Hades Trophy Guide

“When it comes to Roguelikes, there really is no game like Hades. With an absolutely stunning art style, addictive gameplay, and a gripping story, you’ll have a hard time pulling yourself away from your console if you take on this Platinum Journey.

“The journey is long and can be, at times, frustrating due to the sheer number of things that are determined at random. Even so, the visuals and gameplay are so extraordinary that it’s hard to complain about needing to do a few more runs here and there.

“When you first start hades, it could take you several attempts and over 3 hours to complete your first tour of the underworld, but with some practice, you’ll be bursting up through Styx within 20 minutes tops!”

— TheDblTap

Life is Strange: True Colors

Best PS5 Platinums of 2021

Released: September 2021

Console: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5

Difficulty: 1/10

Time to Platinum: Around 10 hours

Our Life is Strange: True Colors Trophy Guide

“Though Life is Strange: True Colors is fairly light on gameplay as most of it consists of walking around and talking to people or interacting with objects, it more than makes up for it in the storytelling.

“Dealing with a life in orphanages where she was routinely singled out for being slightly off, Alex Chen is reunited with her long-lost brother and is offered a chance at a normal, happy life. However, life is strange—though after three games in the series I’m starting to think life is cruel—and events quickly shift in favor of her immediate life being more difficult than anticipated.

“To top it off, Alex Chen has an interesting ability to see and feel people’s emotions which often leads to new insights that she can use to help get her life back on track. Life is Strange: True Colors continues the trend of great storytelling, human characters, and a simply incredible soundtrack; so if you like any of those things, don’t miss out on this great game.”

— MrZhangetsu

Kena: Bridge of Spirits

Best PS5 Platinums of 2021

Released: September 2021

Console: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5

Difficulty: 5/10

Time to Platinum: Around 20-25 hours

Our Kena: Bridge of Spirits Trophy Guide

“Though not quite at the level of Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, Kena: Bridge of Spirits sports an impressively gorgeous visual fidelity which is merely a cherry on top of the outstanding gameplay.

“Within, you will get to explore a world ravaged by darkness, to restore its former beauty via the aid of up to 100 adorable little friends known as “Rot.” Several unique mechanics will help to make this adventure game a one-of-a-kind experience to remember.

“Be wary, however, that one trophy will ask that you complete the game on the hardest setting, which proves to be an extreme leap in difficulty.”

— TheDblTap

Deathloop

Best PS5 Platinums of 2021

Released: September 2021

Console: PlayStation 5

Difficulty: 3/10

Time to Platinum: Around 15-20 hours

Our Deathloop Trophy Guide

“Live, die, repeat. Live, die, succeed? Imagine you’re stuck on an island living the same day over and over again and you can’t remember who anyone you share the island is, or even how you got there. All you know is that you want to break the loop and leave the island.

“Luckily, you quickly discover the secret to breaking the aforementioned loop and will spend the next countless lives getting everything to fall in place so that you can create the perfect cycle and break the loop in a satisfying series of events. Sounds easy, right?

“Deathloop turned out to be a strong contender for GOTY in 2021 thanks to its slick traversal and gunplay mechanics. The game exudes personality at every chance it gets from the characters right down to the weapons; you can acquire dual-weild pistols that snap together to create a double-handed rifle. Simply, incredible. Not to be shown up by the weaponry, Cole and Julianna’s own personalities end up drawing the player in every single time they talk to each other via radio.

“Don’t sleep on Deathloop, especially if you enjoy unleashing your creativity—and a little bit of psychopathy—in a repeating playground filled with enemies to slaughter with any of your unique weapons and abilities.”

— MrZhangetsu

Hot Wheels Unleashed

Best PS5 Platinums of 2021

Released: November 2021

Console: PlayStation 4 & PlayStation 5

Difficulty: 5/10

Time to Platinum: Around 30-40 hours

Our Hot Wheels Unleashed Trophy Guide

“Hot Wheels unleashed was one game that launched in 2021 that I didn’t expect to be as excited about as I was. Racing across various scaled-down racecourses set within a mechanic’s garage, a school, a basement, and more life-size environments was nothing short of a thrill, exacerbated by the hyperrealistic graphics.

“I wish that the audio designers had decided to use more realistic sounds of plastic-on-plastic rather than roaring engines and screeching tires to help tie together the game’s realism, but my experience was still that of excitement and awe.

“Towards the trophy journey, my love for this game began to sour as I was forced to spend hours farming coins a pittance at a time, but they’ve since eased this burden by adding seasonal content.”

— TheDblTap

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy

Best PS5 Platinums of 2021

Released: November 2021

Console: PlayStation 4 & PlayStation 5

Difficulty: 3/10

Time to Platinum: Around 20 hours

Our Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Trophy Guide

“Sure, you got me, I am very biased here as I am a big fan of Marvel Comics and Movies, but I’m sad to say that apart from Insomniac’s thrilling Spider-Man series, Marvel games have always been pretty lackluster.

“Still, when I heard that Square Enix (publishers of the disappointing Avengers game) was going to be releasing a Guardians of the Galaxy game, I couldn’t help but get excited in anticipation — if a little apprehensive all the same.

“Well, I am extremely pleased to be able to say that they did an incredible job. Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is easily one of my favorite games of 2021 and was a joy to play from start to finish. So much so that I went ahead and earned the Platinum twice; once on PS5 and then again on PS4.”

— TheDblTap

Solar Ash

Best PS5 Platinums of 2021

Released: December 2021

Console: PlayStation 4 & PlayStation 5

Difficulty: 7/10

Time to Platinum: Around 10-20 hours (skill-dependant)

Our Solar Ash Trophy Guide

“Solar Ash is one of my most recent Platinum Trophies. As I sit here, spending Christmas away from home and longing for my PS5 back at my apartment, the joyous and intense experience I had when earning the Solar Ash platinum is at the forefront of my mind.

“Yet another S-tier indie game published by the superstars over at Annapurna, Solar Ash is one Platinum that you should definitely aim to add to your collection.

“The fast-paced and action-packed rhythmic combat sequences with the Shadow-of-the-Colossus-style Bosses are enough to get even the most stoic gamer to grin out of sheer thrill alone.”

— TheDblTap

That concludes our list of our 13 favorite PS5 Platinums from 2021. We can’t wait to see what great titles will bless our PlayStation 5 consoles in 2022!

Whatever they may be, you can be sure that we’ll be hard at work here on PlatGet, putting together the very best Trophy Guides to help you grow your Platinum Trophy Collection!

See you next year!

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More fond of single-player experiences and story-driven games than anything else, TheDblTap has a keen eye for secrets and collectables, a skill which serves him well as a Trophy Hunter. However, with little patience and poor timing, he can struggle where MrZhangetsu would succeed.

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