-Estimated trophy difficulty: 6/10
-Offline: 37 ( 21, 11 , 4 , 1)
-Approximate amount of time to Platinum: 15-20 hours
-Minimum number of playthroughs needed: 2
-Number of missable trophies: Four – Urban Legend, Stealth Operative, Passive Aggression, and Immune
-Glitched trophies: None but read Roadmap for issues
-Does Difficulty affect trophes: 2 – Echelon Mercenary and Echelon Recruit
a word of advice to anyone who wants to play this - DO NOT download and install the patch, it will screw you out of 4 big trophies awarded at the end of the whole playthrough (urban legend, immune, passive agression and stealth operative) plus a handful of cumulative trophies, unless you want to play in one session without quitting the game
The line of PS HD Classics to be released is Splinter Cell and Splinter Cell HD, being the first of 3 games in the trilogy is a stealth action classic from the Playstation 2 days. This game requires good stealth and it’s a welcome change to the run and gun modern titles. If you are looking for an easy plat then this isn’t it but if you’re looking for fun and to relive old memories then I highly recommend picking it up. You have to complete the game twice because difficulty trophies DO NOT stack, however, I recommend two playthroughs anyway to make things easier on yourself. WARNING: I’d highly advise you backup your save often as many people have had save game corruption when the game freezes. I haven’t had this problem but I know several have.
Step 1: Hard Playthrough
I’d recommend doing the game on hard first and doing your best to go for Stealth Operative, Passive Aggression and Immune on this playthrough. It’ll be tough but you really should get these trophies out of the way and only Passive Aggression will be tricky. See the trophy descriptions for more information.
Step 2: Normal Playthrough
After the first Hard playthrough you should start a Normal playthrough and you should go for Urban Legend this run. Check for tips in the trophy description as this is by far the hardest trophy to obtain.
Step 3: Clean-up
Some grinding for several trophies will still be required upon completing 2 playthroughs of the game but you can use Level Select to make your life easier by going into Load Game, choosing Levels rather than your save games and then picking the level you wish to replay. See the trophy descriptions for which levels are best to replay.
I wish you all good luck and now onto the guide
Unlock all trophies
Unlock all other trophies in Splinter Cell HD and this platinum trophy will be your reward. A well earned platinum.
Complete all missions without raising alarm even once.
This trophy means going through the entire game without ever sounding an alarm. Certain levels that are focussed on Assault rather than Stealth do not have an alarm to worry about. These include the Oil Rig and Kalinatek missions. Being spotted by an enemy and the music changing is not an alarm. It’s when you hear an alarm sound and it’ll come up with a warning that you’ve had 1 of 3 alarms allowed for that level. Some only have 1 allowed. So if you get that warning or you hear an alarm it means this trophy has been disabled. You can reload your save however and the alarm won’t have sounded and you can still unlock the trophy. So just stay aware and if you hear an alarm then reload your last save. Remember you can make a save whenever you want so make use of this. On levels with alarms always make sure you hide bodies well in the shadows. Shoot out lights and turn off light switches when you can as in this game darkness is your key to survival and also your enemies weakness. If a body is in shadows it wont be found and an alarm will not sound.
Complete the game without having more than 3 fatal casualties per level
This is a tough trophy to say the least. It means you can’t kill more than 3 enemies each level. You can knock enemies and use items like the Sticky Shooter but don’t kill enemies. Until somebody can say otherwise also I wouldn’t use turrets to get kills for you. The level that will cause most trouble with this is Abattoir when protecting the hostages but it is easily manageable without using the turrets. Just save your Sticky Shooters and other non-lethal weaponry to the end of the level. The same can be said for the Kalinatek mission. In the end there are 2 staged battles that will bring you out of stealth no matter what. In the first area with the forklift truck you can do a double jump if you take a right as soon as you get in the area up to the second floor and you don’t have to kill any of those 3. In the next room use your non-lethal weapons or you can rush to the left and get into the secondary room by climbing up boxes (this method is not easy). Only living things count in this by the way. Humans and dogs you can only kill a maximum of 3 a level. Destroying cameras and deactivating turrets is fine.
Complete the game on Hard difficulty
This trophy is simply completing the game on Hard difficulty which is chosen at the start of a New Game. You have to do both Hard and Normal difficulty runs as difficulty trophies don’t stack. Some tips for this are as follows:
- Always try to avoid confrontation by sticking to shadows. Learn who you should take out and who you can just sneak past and carry on with the level. Shadows are key to succeeding in this game.
- Save frequently. You can save whenever you want in this game and reload whenever you wish so make use of this. There is no reason to go back 20-30 minutes of playtime just because you forgot to save.
- Use all your non-lethal ammo in a level effectively. It’s crucial you save this ammo for tough battles to make your life easier.
- Take your time and think through your moves. Analyse a guard’s movement pattern and learn to get them to an area you wish by throwing objects or shooting randomly from shadows. This game isn’t about running through, it’s about slow, calculated gameplay.
Complete the game without using a single medikit.
On your first playthrough if you do decide to not go for the Urban Legend trophy then just never use a medikit and just reload your game if you have a bad section. To use a medikit you bring up your inventory and in the far left column medikits will be listed. If you let go of the button over medikit you will automatically use one so be careful and play it safe and don’t ev even pick them up. The only way you can fail this trophy is by being silly and accidentally selecting it. When selecting frag grenades watch yourself. Save often remember and reload.
Complete the game in Normal difficulty
You will not unlock this after finishing Hard Mode. You need a second playthrough. I’d do this second as you’ll have a much easier time and it’ll be less stressful.
Complete the Police Station Mission
Unmissable - Simply finish this level, Police Station, which is the first proper level upon completing the Training mission on any difficulty.
Complete the Georgian Defense Ministry
Unmissable – Finish the 2nd level of Splinter Cell HD, Georgian Defense on any difficulty
Complete the GFO Oil Rig mission
Unmissable – Finish the 3rd level of Splinter Cell HD, Oil Rig on any difficulty
Complete the CIA Headquarters mission
Unmissable – Finish the 4th level of Splinter Cell HD, CIA Headquarters on any difficulty
Complete the Kalinatek mission
Unmissable – Finish the 5th level of Splinter Cell HD, Kalinatek on any difficulty
Complete the Chinese Embassy mission
Unmissable – Finish the 6th level of Splinter Cell HD, Chinese Embassy on any difficulty
Complete the Mouke Tsoe Bo Meats mission
Unmissable – Finish the 7th level of Splinter Cell HD, Mouke Tsoe Bo Meats on any difficulty
Complete the Return to Chinese Embassy
Unmissable – Finish the 8th level of Splinter Cell HD, Return to Chinese Embassy on any difficulty
Complete the Presidential Palace mission
Unmissable – Finish the 9th level of Splinter Cell HD, Presidential Palace on any difficulty
Complete the game without dying more than 5 times
Most games with a difficulty of 5+/10 have one trophy that stops some people getting the platinum and this is it. Dying less than 5 times is no easy feat. All I can say is the second you’ve been made by the enemy, pause and do Load Game. DON’T do Quick Load as it’s possible you’ll still get killed whilst it is performing the Quick Load. If you see yourself missing a jump, pause and do Load Game. It’s all about saving often and have the reflexes to pause and load before you die. I managed it thankfully without too much stress in my Normal playthrough when I was going for it because I took it slow and didn’t worry. If you die reloading your save will not reverse the death.
A tip from me is that you can backup your save game whenever to a USB stick. Mid-level or end of level, whenever you wish and if you die then simply delete your save game and copy across your save on USB. This will erase the information that you died. For this trophy and this will be a contentious point but only deaths count for this and I’m pretty certain this is the case. I let my failed missions build on purpose and 2 levels from the end it went over 5 including deaths and failures together so if failures do count I believe it’s an aside from the deaths, meaning you’re allowed 5 deaths and 5 failures. I believe people have had issues because of simply losing count, dying when they didn’t think they had or using quick load. When more information is available I may update this but in my opinion and what I found when playing this was the case. If you want to be safe though obviously if you get a mission failure, delete game save and copy from USB stick.
Pick lock on 25 doors
As you’re playing the game you’ll play through twice and you’ll end up with about 20 of these towards your total so you will have to replay a level or two. My recommendation is the CIA Headquarters level as it’s a fairly easy level to do, has 5 locked doors in total if you search around and also has a number of other trophies you can achieve whilst working towards this one. To pick a lock simply use your lock picker (Not Disposable ones as these don’t count) and turn the left thumb stick until the key paddle starts to shake. Hold it here and you’ll move on to the next paddle.
Collect data sticks from 47 computer terminals
Again I found the CIA Headquarters best for this and just select use the computer whenever you find a computer. There are over 10 in this level if you search around. Any monitor with a viewable image on the display can be used and most have data sticks for you to find. After 2 playthroughs you will not have unlocked this so it will take some grinding.
Put down 10 enemies once they notice you, before they raise the alarm
This is again best done on CIA Headquarters whilst clearing up many of the other trophies. Many of the “enemies” working are simply Maintenance staff and will not attack you but will however run for that alarm the first sign of danger. So from the first guy upon entering through the fan vent to a room near the end when you’re carrying the diplomat, scare them and if you see them running towards an alarm then run after them and press to clock them round the head before they get to raise the alarm. It can be annoying but 10 isn’t really a huge number.
Get 25 headshots
Whereas most games this’d be easy to achieve it’ll only pop in your second playthrough when not going for the Passive Aggression trophy. You can get headshots with your pistol but I’d use the sniper scope on your assault rifle by pressing and then to zoom in. On your normal playthrough you’ll want to take out many enemies like this so it’ll likely pop for you then. If not then grind the kills on any of the late levels where you are allowed to kill enemies. Kalinatek is a great mission for this or Abattoir.
Perform 100 captures
This means when you press when behind an enemy to grab them at gunpoint to manipulate information out of or to dispose of in the shadows by pressing . You wont have 100 by the end of 2 playthroughs but again just grind it in CIA Headquarters along with the other trophies you need. There are a lot of enemies and a lot of maintenance staff that are easy to grab with and you’ll get about 15-20 of these every replay of CIA Headquarters so you wont need too many repeats after 2 full playthroughs.
Take out 13 opponents by jumping from above them
This can be a tricky trophy to unlock. Again I believe CIA Headquarters is the easiest to achieve this as I managed 6 or 7 in one playthrough. Basically there are several areas when playing through that’ll give you an opportunity to do this. In the Abattoir level you’ll come into a room looking over a bathroom area. Jump on the barrels and jump up to grab onto an overhead beam. Now take that beam down to the very end and an enemy will be directly underneath so press and drop on him. Same for at the start of the CIA Headquarters mission, when you exit the fan vent there’ll be one maintenance guy so get on the fence and go over to the other side and wait for him to return from the hall which he will eventually do then simply press to drop on him. At the beginning of Chinese Embassy in the dark alley make a little noise and stay by the fence on the upper portion and drop on the enemy. Then go further down the alley and do a double jump off the police car onto the overhang. When the guard returns to his place drop from here onto him. This is 4 easy ones which you can do on both playthroughs equalling 8. You’ll then need to grind the other 5. The best level is CIA Headquarters and as well as the guard I already mentioned in the room after typing in the code 110598 there are 2 maintenance staff. Get to where the first is by sneaking and then do a legs split in gap jump by pressing and then again which you hold to position yourself high up between the shelves. Drop down and knock him out and the other maintenance guy will raise the alarm bringing a guard to check out on things so get in position again as before and wait for him to come under you and press to drop on him. Then you can just go near the other maintenance guy and jump off the wall and press again in his direction to land on him. Finally in this level when you come out onto a balcony overlooking the server room there’ll be a maintenance guy at work so press to get onto the balcony rail. Press to jump on the rail to cause some noise so he stands up. He’ll move backward a little and then drop and knock this guy over. There are others to get but hopefully you can follow these tips to get others toward this trophy in other locales.
Kill 11 enemies with grenades
This’ll be another trophy you’ll probably need to grind but there is an easy method found thanks to Scopin-Steve. In the Abattoir level you’ll eventually be in an area with a wooden floor and you’ll come to a hole in the roof with 3 guards talking. Use a D-Camera inbetween them and press to fire it and to set off gas knocking them out. Drop down and shoot out the lights in the corridor apart from the one you can’t and then pile the bodies up with no more than 3 in a pile or one will disappear. Then capture and return all enemies within the frozen meats section to this corridor unconscious but still alive. I brought 9 back to here from the next several rooms and threw a grenade in the middle of them and got 9 kills instantly. I then went to the final freezer room and knocked out the 3 guys in here and then again grouped them together and threw another grenade in to them netting me the final 2 required kills.
Destroy 25 light sources
This’ll come throughout your 2 playthroughs. In stealth levels you should be shooting out most of the lights in rooms anyway so just make sure you destroy lights in offices and hallways and you’ll soon unlock this trophy. You will not need to grind this at the end as there are plenty in the game. Some are indestructible but most you can knock out with a bullet from your gun.
Disable 25 unguarded cameras
This is another trophy you’ll probably need to grind at the end and the best level to do this is on Defense Ministry as there are 8 or 9 cameras throughout the level so 2 repeats of this level is all it’ll probably take upon completing the level. Just shoot a bullet into a camera so it stops moving and this counts. Only the ones with a casing you can’t destroy. Disable means destroy by the way. You can’t disable a camera without shooting it.
Interrogate 5 victims
In the game there’ll be certain people who you need to capture by pressing and then exhaust the interrogate command until it either disappears or it’s clear they have no new voice commands. I needed to grind this for some reason and I did it in the Defense Ministry Level by interrogating the car driver in the parking lot. This is a good level to do as you need to do the Privacy Matters trophy alongside this one anyway.
Disarm 15 wallmines
The best level for this is the Kalinatek level but there are other spots in other levels where you can disarm them. To disarm a wallmine simply crawl up to it slowly to the side of it until a disarm option appears. When the light on the mine flashes green press to disarm. If you press it on red get out of there as it’ll explode. If you are eager to unlock this trophy, after you have some wallmines in your inventory simply one, two or three of them on a wall and just deactivate them when they activate and repeat. I tested this to see if it worked and it does.
Disable 10 turret sentry guns
You’ll get this within the 2 playthroughs if you disable all the turret guns you find. The first is in CIA Headquarters. Simply go up to the rectangular box by the side of it and select the disable option and then exit. You’ll know it has worked when the turret stops rotating and stops trying to kill you. There are plenty in the Abattoir level if you need to grind this at the end of the game.
Complete Kalinatek mission using only 5.7mm Pistol
Simply don’t use your assault rifle in this mission. It can be tricky with ammo but towards the end you’ll find numerous ammo just before and throughout the staged attacks on you. Obviously you can still knock out enemies and capture them without the need to use a weapon and still get this trophy but only use the 5.7mm Pistol when you do decide to use a weapon.
Take out 10 guards using the sticky shooter
The sticky shockers are used with your SC-20k rifle and there are up to 7 in the CIA Headquarters level to collect and just simply select them in your inventory and to fire them at a guard just simply aim with and press to fire. If you need to grind them out at the end of the game just replay CIA Headquarters and you’ll get the trophy in 1 or 2 runs tops.
Peek under 10 doors
Simple. Just use your camera to look under doors from the inventory below lock picks and press on the door. This’ll show a view of behind the door to you and get you 1 closer to this trophy.
Capture 10 guards investigating the disturbance
Another one you’ll probably get without needing to grind. When the music changes and the guard comes searching to see what a sound was simply get in the shadows and sneak up to them and press to capture them and get you one closer to this trophy. To cause a disturbance you can either throw an object you find, turn a light switch off in a room with guards or fire a bullet from the shadows and they’ll soon come searching.
Complete Training course without getting failed
Simply get through training without failing by being spotted by a guard, camera or more than likely failing in the Mic’d up room. In the mic’d up room crouch using and take it very slowly. Simply walk slowly off the edge and then towards the next level. When touching the next level press with no directions being touched. Then use if you’ve stood up and use the same method to get to the next height. Then simply go slowly between the chains and over the glass by barely tilting the left thumbstick and you’ll make it through. The training is fairly short so it shouldn’t be much of an issue.
Complete Police Station mission without firing a bullet.
This involves completing the first level after the training without firing a weapon. In one section your teammate will tell you to shoot out a skylight to get rid of smoke. Ignore this order and simply walk to the right side of the room out of the door. Remember to sneak and use your stealth and capturing skills often. In the bit with a vinewall type area with a guard waiting at the end simply double jump to get on top of this and run and jump at the end and get to the back of the area onto the box and you’ll be over the wall into the next area before they realise what’s going on.
Complete Training Course
Unmissable – Complete the unskippable training course at the start of the game and this trophy shall be your reward.
Complete Oil Refinery mission without losing health
This is a level where most of the action isn’t involving you. Just use stealth and save often and when you get hit simply reload your save game. I didn’t get hit in this level and it is the shortest level of them all so you don’t have to go skipping bullets for long.
Collect 50 data sticks
This will come enroute to the collecting 47 data sticks from computers trophy. You get data sticks from computers and also from guard’s satchels that they occasionally drop when you kill or knock them out. So keep checking bodies for satchels and keep checking computer terminals for them. You’ll want to grind this in CIA Headquarters again as you will probably be a little off this total after 2 full playthroughs of the game.
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