Are Achievements more Addictive than Trophies?

Players have learned to grow accustomed to their favored console whether it be the Wii, Xbox 360 or PS3. Both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 have a way to get players addicted to their consoles and that is in the form of Xbox 360’s achievement system and PlayStations 3’s Trophy system. When comparing the two which do players like better despite their console of choice? Do players tend to be more addicted to trophies percentage or building a larger Gamerscore?

Players will automatically side with which console they enjoy however it is still a wonder which awardable is more liked than the other they both have perks and disadvantages. The Xbox 360 deals with achievements. This is a point system where every task that offers points in a game adds up to players overall score on every game. There is limits to how many achievements can be obtained on every game as well as what score can be gotten on each game. The player has their overall Gamerscore displayed on their gamer card for the entire gaming world to see. The higher the number the more interested that player is in achievements. The Xbox 360 does not calculate an actual percentage for the player which makes it easy to get just a few points on a game and put that game down with no guilt attached.
The PlayStation 3 does their award system very different. Instead of awarding a point total for a player they award a trophy. These trophies come in the form of bronze, silver, gold or platinum depending on the difficulty of the task in the game. These trophies round out to a players overall percentage on each game and overall on every game they play.

Although what it ultimately comes down to is players personal preference it is understood that the easy to navigate and understandable way of the Xbox 360’s point system can be considered more addictive then PS3 trophies. They are two different rewards for the same objective, however, the way the Xbox 360 awards players is easy to see and easy to understand for any players. It is far simpler to see an overall score then to calculate a percentage which is where the Xbox 360 excels when gathering hardcore achievement fans. Like stated multiple times this is a controversial subject where a handful of people will take opposite sides but when this situation is looked at as a whole the Xbox 360 comes out victorious.

51 Comments on Are Achievements more Addictive than Trophies?

  1. DarthDiggler // June 20, 2012 at 4:31 pm // Reply

    I am going to go out on a limb and say you are a Xbox 360 player. 🙂

    Why do I say that? Well in your comparisons of the 2 systems you completely neglected the importance and the esteem of obtaining a Platinum Trophy.

    Microsoft has no equivalent of getting a Platinum trophy.

    The fact is if you play Xbox 360 more you will like achievements better, if you play PS3 more you will like trophies better. Either way Sony delivers an extra reward to those that complete all the other trophies in a game. I was addicted to Platinum Trophies for a while.

    If you were to really do an article about how “addicting” these two systems were I think it would only be appropriate that you do a little homework.

    For example when I first saw this headline I thought you were going to do an article outlining the game habits of some PS3 players vs. Xbox 360 players and try to extrapolate some data.

    What you did is just pure bias and speculation. You basically just told us what you thought and provided no evidence outside your own feelings for why you think Xbox Achievements are better than Trophies.

    Opinions are like assholes everyone has them, but that doesn’t mean we have to put it in a blog post.

    • huh, darthdiggler.. get out of my head and stop stealing my thoughts. LOL. i would have written EXACTLY the same. you summed my opinion of this article up very well.

  2. Achievements are better, they started the trend and nothing is better than the orignal.

    A platuim trophy is only a hard achievement like serioucly 3.0.

    every xbox 360 game has achievements can the PS3 say that ? nope

    • DarthDiggler // June 21, 2012 at 10:27 am // Reply

      Obviously you are an Xbox fan. I am not going to take that away from you but Xbox lacks the Platinums. On PSN there are a lot of peeps that really only considerate it an achievement when you get a Platinum trophy.

      In terms of being the original, who is still using Yahoo? Anyone still have an original phonograph? Anyone driving a Model T?

      I would love to respond to the rest of what you said, but I can’t comprehend your version of butchered English.

      • DarthDiggler, I am an Xbox gamer at heart, but what you say about platinum trophies is true. I don’t understand why Microsoft doesn’t add an equivalent, because that is clearly something that is needed, even if it adds nothing to your gamerscore. However, while I love platinum trophies, I still prefer the achievements to the trophies, as they are easier, in my opinion, to sift through, and they do amount to an overall score as well. A percentage of overall completion would be nice on the Xbox as well.

        I’d have to say, from an objective point of view, both systems have something to add to the other, nor would I be capable of stating which is better, beyond my personal opinion.

        That being said, you bring up some good points for many to consider. Cheers!

  3. happygamer // June 20, 2012 at 7:14 pm // Reply

    @ DarthDiggler

    You come straight off as a pathetic fanboy with your reply and have the nerve to accuse another person of bias? Your an idiot, go crawl back under a rock.loser!

    • DarthDiggler // June 21, 2012 at 10:33 am // Reply


      When someone creates a comparison article and intentionally leaves out information that is germane to the comparison that is the text book definition of bias.

      When the author lumps the Platinum Trophy in with the Bronze, Silver, and Gold all together and doesn’t bother to explain the conditions required to get a Platinum either he is ignorant and thus should not be trying to pass himself off as an expert and shouldn’t be writing this article. Or even worse he intentionally left the information out because it put the PS3 into a better light.

  4. DarthDiggler you are wrong about there being no distinguishing of platinum trophies for XBOX. in fact those games which a player has all the achievements for is put in an entirely different section. Also platinum trophies are dumb. they are essentially giving you a trophy for having all the trophies, i hope they dont have points associated with that. also i would like to add that this article is really lame. trophies and achievements ARE the same thing. they serve as reminders and tokens for one to prove or back-up their gaming smack talk. in fact that is the very reason they were created. Look up the E3 conference by Microsoft and see for yourself. i better article would have had some question or remake that sparked real debate. What about how does Microsoft plan on putting a blu-ray player in the next XBOX when Sony owns that technology.

    • DarthDiggler // June 21, 2012 at 10:40 am // Reply

      Well all you guys have is 100% we have 100% too, all the games in my trophy list showcase a ‘graph’ with a percentage. So in effect Xbox360 and PS3 have parity there. BUT Xbox360 does not give you that Platinum. When you get your last achievement on an Xbox360 game I am sure it’s pretty rewarding, but I know getting that last Trophy only to have 1 more Platinum pop up is very rewarding and seals the effort.

      See I am not trying to take anything away from Xbox360 guys. You hear me saying your shit is dumb? No I am just saying Sony one upped the system. You can declare things dumb and you can declare things the same, but that doesn’t make it true.

      For me the Platinum is the icing on the cake. Also when I view a friends PSN gamer profile and I see lots of Platinum I know I am dealing with a serious game player. A platinum speaks more than a graph that says 100% to me.

  5. Darth great comments by the way

  6. DarthDiggler2 // June 20, 2012 at 8:45 pm // Reply

    I like how you’re calling someone else biased on their own “blog post” while having that profile picture…

    • DarthDiggler // June 21, 2012 at 10:44 am // Reply

      Dude I can have whatever profile image I want. I am not the one that setup a fucking website while pretending I was objectively comparing two systems (which he completely failed on by lacking all the data).

      Look it is obvious to anyone that doesn’t have sex with their Xbox this article is just fluff fanboy garbage.

      I made good points that’s why you are pissed obviously your loyalty to your brand means more than the truth.

      Next time you are going to call someone out, why don’t you provide some real evidence (like their words) instead of just trying to point to cosmetic things that are pointless.

      Obviously you don’t understand the Author / Audience relationship. The Author is supposed to be unbiased. I demonstrated far more objectivity than him.

  7. achievementsarebest // June 20, 2012 at 9:19 pm // Reply

    I am a PS3 user

    On a serious note, (as in I’m not an xbot with an agenda)

    Achievements are way better than trophies for the simple reason that they give you a numerical score for everyone to see and that makes the whole idea more competitive

    With trophies they’re too inaccesible to see whos doing better on the friends list

    achievements are way better because you can see at a quick glance who is in the lead

    however, psn> xbox live because its free why the fuck should i have to pay to play a game online, fuck that

    fuck microsoft cancer to the gaming community only thing they did better than ps3 is achivements and gamerscore instead of trophies

    • Floobersman // June 21, 2012 at 10:34 am // Reply

      And that’s another thing numerical scores are a lot better because they are easier to look at from a glance and say whoa this guy is good! Why do you think when you played arcade games you got a hi-score? Because its a lot easier then a percentage….

    • DarthDiggler // June 21, 2012 at 10:48 am // Reply

      You don’t sound like a PS3 owner at all. In the PS3 gamer profile you have a chart showing how many of each trophy you have…

      Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum. It’s super easy to get to so I am not convinced you have a PS3 or you would know this stuff.

      The problem with an overall numerical score in my opinion is it only shows a sum total of the Achievements. Trophies on the other hand will show how much dedication the player has. If I see a guy with tons of bronze and silvers and nothing else, I know his attention span isn’t that long.

  8. achievementsarebest // June 20, 2012 at 9:24 pm // Reply

    in other words i agree with this article completely

    but psn is still better than xboxb live

  9. Like you said, opinions are like assholes. I guess you felt like pulling your pants down and sharing. lol

    • DarthDiggler // June 21, 2012 at 10:53 am // Reply


      Well I said that to demonstrate a point. This author has taken time out of his day to share these thoughts with us and they are incomplete garbage. I think I have seen more objective writing on the Xbox 360 product brochure.

      The guy left information out of his article that was GERMANE to the discussion, that is BIAS. You may agree with him that Achievements are better than Trophies — BUT that doesn’t change the fact that the author was intellectually lazy and didn’t bother to flesh out the material as a professional.

      This article’s ONLY purpose is to gather hits from N4G. The headline was written first and the content was back filled to suit the headline without a hint of intellectual curiosity, just a guy trumpeting his opinion.

      This post would have been more appropriate on a Facebook Status Update. It has no business being disguised as journalism.

  10. We can look at this logically; teams/individuals in sports receive points during games/championships. Examples being;

    Tennis players need 6 (points) winning games to win a set.

    Football teams get 3 points for a victory and accumulate a total number of points.

    Formula 1 drivers win up to 25 points per race and accumulate 100s over a season.

    These points are statistics and nothing more. What do they win through these achievements? The answer is simply…


    Points add up to trophies. You don’t win trophies in sport until you have the points. The trophy is the end goal and is the sense of achievement. Champions receive trophies and this is why Trophies will always be better than (achievement) points. 😀

  11. something else that was neglected in the article was the gamer level. Rather than have a score that just amounts to a number, players grow levels the more trophies they collect, as well as a count of trophies collected (bronze, silver, gold, and platinum).

    This is really the first thing that would be seen, rather than a percentage number, which is really there for the amount of progress made in a games trophies, as well as comparison purposes

    • DarthDiggler // June 21, 2012 at 11:00 am // Reply


      Very good point, yet another feature of PSN Trophies that is very germane to this argument that the author with his grand expertise has seemingly forgotten.

  12. I have to agree with darthdiggler above. You are either a fan of achievements OR have had a cursory look at the two systems and decided the simpler one is better.

    Here’s the thing – I (and I assume other gamers) like the trophy system BECAUSE its more complex. Unlike the achievements there is way more info provided on trophy cards – your level, ranking, number of games you have completed 100% (platinum), number of tasks ranging from easy to hard ( for which you get bronze to gold) you have completed in each game. In comparison, with the achievements all you have is xxx points which says nothing about how you have played the game or your dedication to completing a game/getting trophies. And thats what makes the trophies system amazing – if you want you can go for 100% completion of all trophies, or look at increasing your level/ranking. Or if you are like me, you care nothing about points/level/completion% and only focus on the beautiful platinums. If I had an xbox, I probably wouldnt have bothered completing games (or even seeking out achievements), but since I have a ps3 I often tend to seek out trophies and look to complete games 100% to get the platinums (which I have about 30-something of). So for me, the trophy system is far far superior.

  13. I didn’t even read the article, juste because of your mistake in the title … That’s kind of a shame, I’m sorry, I’m a little bit ‘grammar nazi’.

    it’s ‘THAN’ not ‘THEN’

  14. ohmygollywow // June 21, 2012 at 6:53 am // Reply

    He never mentioned that it goes by levels too, not just percentages. Sure you can see percentage wise how many of the the trophies you’ve earned on a single game, but for the overall player score, it’s indicated by a level and a percentage of how far you’ve advanced on that current level.

  15. trophies would be better // June 21, 2012 at 7:56 am // Reply

    trophies would be better if you could see how many of each type of trophy a player has as soon as you look at them in the friends list

    at the moment all it shows is a level but it should show bronze silver gold platinum and how many of each you have

    • DarthDiggler // June 21, 2012 at 1:11 pm // Reply


      That just isn’t true. Please before you open your pie hole declaring something do your home work, if you don’t own a PS3 stop making assumptions about what it does and doesn’t have based off your love for Xbox. See pic for clarity, this is a PSN profile image.

      Can you say DERP?

      • I Own Both // June 21, 2012 at 2:21 pm // Reply

        I prefer achievements over trophies. I like seeing a platinum. I also like it when they increase the gamerscore in a game by adding achievements so I could increase the score further. Trophies do have a leveling system but I hear no one bragging about what level they are. I hear more people brag about how many platinums they have. When you see leaderboards it’s so much easier to see who is in the lead with points. You really wanted to compare trophies and achievements, you can’t. Platinums don’t mean anything like 1000 doesn’t either. All that matters is how many you have. You could have more platinums than someone but they could still have a higher level due to the amount of games and how many golds and silvers they have. The real comparison in the leaderboards in PSN is Lvl vs Lvl and in Live Score vs Score. Like I said a platinum doesn’t mean anything if someone still has a higher level than you, so then who can brag, the higher level or the guy with more platinums, what’s to be more proud of? Achievements on the other hand is just a score and all you have to do is play alot of games and race to the top. I like that Live doesn’t distinguish achievements, because the achievement whore I used to be couldn’t take it if 0 were in the 1000 achievements category. Luckily there is none.

        • DarthDiggler // June 21, 2012 at 6:42 pm // Reply

          Without realizing it you are speaking to the strengths of the trophy system and how it has a potential to spur more competition than a gamerscore.

          The platinums have no value in terms of your PSN Level, but a platinum is heavy bragging rights especially if you got it for a game like GTA4.

          Now someone can tell me they have a higher level but I can point out that I have more platinums and the competition continues!

  16. Floobersman // June 21, 2012 at 10:23 am // Reply

    On Xbox you know that every 360 game you play on it will have achievements and gamerscore to achieve. PS3 on the other hand, from what I hear from my only friend with a PS3, that some games don’t even come with trophies! So If your a hardcore trophy collector you need to only play games with trophies to get more. That’s really stupid, I like that on Xbox I know every game I play I will be getting my gamerscore higher and higher!!!!

    • @Floobersman. Trophies were implemented in june/july 2008 for the first time and were set as mandatory on 2009. Therefore, almost everygame released before 2009 doesn’t have trophies. Since then every single game does have trophies.

  17. Love the enthusiasm 🙂 I play more ps3 than xbox, but don’t care or pay attention to either brag system.

    I tried for a bit to get trophies in portal 2 because it gave me an excuse to pay more portal, but that wore off quick and then “meh”.

  18. Trophies and achievements are not original. Giving a type of ‘reward’ for performance is not new. Both are good because the y give an extra challenge and can get you to play a game in a different way.

  19. You also forgot to add that while you get an overall score on the Xbox 360, you get an overall level on ps3 which in my opinion “MY OPINION” makes more sense my gamer score on Xbox is about 9212 and my over all level on ps3 is 12 you get a percentage for your trophies but it all adds up to your level on Xbox your just getting a high score with no real purpose, trophies even though they also have no purpose but they just seem to make more sense.

  20. Okay guys, this post is obviously biased in favour of the 360:
    a) Platinums have been put out of the question
    b) 360 got a rewardin system for players first, though first doesn’t necessarily mean better (not necessarily better, AT ALL)
    c) from what i kno all 360 games have achievements, ps3 fans cant say the same, but here’s the catch, from 2009 all ps3 games have trophies, and loads of epic “greatest hits” and classics are gettin trophies too, so basically, we got nuffin to worry bout x) (Great for the late ps3 comers)

    d) you pay for your xbox live, its not really related with achievements i kno, but that means you gotta pay for quite a few of your achievements whereas for ps3, its FREEEEEEE

    okay, i fink both 360 and ps3 are good, i have both btw, and this comment is what you call slightly favoured towards ps3, but not biased, because evry point i written was true, and gave points for both sides.

    so ultimately…….. NINTENDO PWNS! (jwke, i hate nintendo, lmfao) :p


      • DarthDiggler // June 21, 2012 at 6:47 pm // Reply

        @Shaun Ray

        I wasn’t saying this website is always biased, but this author clearly didn’t do their homework. Bias can be bias by omission and when you are comparing two things you have a duty to your audience to become an expert in all the things you compare. This way you avoid commenters sounding more informed than your author. 😛

        • well to be honest I am sorry Xbox 360 won the console wars…I play on Xbox 360 RIP Wii Rip PS3… and their network problems…

          • DarthDiggler // June 22, 2012 at 11:56 am //

            @Shaun Ray

            Wii won the install base, MS and Sony are neck and neck for 2nd and 3rd place. That is the reality. I know you love your Xbox but understand there is an entire world out there and some countries prefer the PS3.

            PSN is fine and free. 🙂

          • DarthDiggler // June 22, 2012 at 11:58 am //

            @Shaun Ray
            Wow you are a writer here too, do you guys have ANYONE on staff that at least pretends to be objective?

            You have more thoughtful comments then you have articles. Maybe you should think of bringing some of these people into your team it would help elevate your credibility. It seems this website was setup just to extoll the virtues of Xbox.

          • In addition to replies, we are giving away a year of Playstation Plus+ to our Facebook and Twitter followers. As a side note, in the end… if you are a true gamer that wants to enjoy games, why should Xbox Achievements vs PS3 Trophies really matter.

    • DarthDiggler // June 21, 2012 at 6:50 pm // Reply


      Many of the games that were still being played in 2009 got the Trophy Treatment. Quite a few of Sony’s titles from 2008 did and popular 3rd party ones as well.

      Sadly no Haze Trophy Patch for PS3. LOL 🙂

  21. Xbox Achivements are not as good or close compare PlayStation 3 trophies. That is the truth, and to you all who is doesn’t own a vita they work tours your overall PSN score. Unlike Achivements on the 360, by having a vita really changes the way you score and it’s portable overall. So PlayStation is the real winner when it comes down to it because i can have two console to rack up my status not one, and the vita has more horse power than the 360. Xbox sux PlayStation for life, and proud of it. So any xbots please argue with me, but also go and F@#k yourselfs with an actual real trophy.

  22. I have both systems and i think both achievements and trophies are fine. I like the platinum, gives you and extra incentive to try to get all the trophies and for a hardcore gamer that’s a challenge. However, you can get the platinum without getting all the DLC trophies while in the xbox camp is another story completely. Your gamerscore tell you how many COMPLETED games you have, but the cath is you have to earned all the DLC achievements to get a completed game, and that’s even harder to get than a platinum. So I think platinum trophies rock and xbox have their equivalent in the completed games but microsoft should rename it like master games or something like that. By the way sorry if my english is not good I’m from south america.

    • DarthDiggler // June 21, 2012 at 6:49 pm // Reply

      @80s gamer

      So wait on Xbox for you to have a 100% on a title that means you purchased and completed all the DLC acheivements?

      So Xbox requires extra fees for any games with DLC to achieve the “100%”.

      PlayStation 3 just segments the DLC out which is nice IMHO.

  23. Ignore DarthDiggler. He’s the most blind and multisite spamming PS3tard out there!

    • DarthDiggler // June 21, 2012 at 6:44 pm // Reply


      Whatever man, my comments are well thought out and I generally bring some facts to the table to support my opinion.

      I say ignore this asshat because he didn’t even bring anything to the conversation!

      Sorry if you don’t like my independent thought, I am not a sheeple. Obviously I am not blind when I am pointing out things the author has seemingly missed. 😛

  24. I have both Systems, and Love them both for their different reasons. But imma have to go with the Xbox 360 Achievments. I just feel more accomplished and proud seeing my number go up… When it can take longer to get your Ps3 score up if your a casual gamer.

  25. Sony could put this whole debate to bed with one simple change to the Trophy System.

    As well as the total number of: Bronze, Silver, Gold & Platinum.
    And, as well as the PSN Level.

    They could also add an Overall Score.

    I have read many articles on this and I believe Bronze=15, Silver=30, Gold=90 and Plat=180.

    So why cant Sony give us a score as well.

    So your PSN Gardcard would look something like this:


    PSN Level=9 (33%)

    PSN Score=10,935


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