Having just published my full review of RGG Studio’s fantastic Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth (you can read it right here), and having also taken the time to earn myself the game’s platinum trophy on PlayStation before starting to pen my final thoughts, I’m already seeing a fair few folks wondering just how difficult and/or time-consuming such a task is.
With good reason too, as the Yakuza/LaD games have a history of being both difficult and time-consuming to wildly varying degrees across the series. How does Infinite Wealth stack up? Let’s take a look.
How Long Does It Take To Get The Platinum Trophy In Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth?
The big question first! To keep it short and simple, it’ll take most people somewhere in the range of 80-90 hours to get the platinum trophy in Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth. Depending on how you play, and what DLC you have access to (more on that in a bit) you could conceivably make it in less, or take a lot longer, but if you’re playing at a regular pace and taking the time to experience all of the game’s side content and activities as you work through the main story, 80-90 hours should be the benchmark.
How Difficult Is It To Get The Platinum Trophy In Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth?
Much like Yakuza: Like a Dragon before it, this one’s definitely on the easier end of the franchise’s platinum runs. There’s nothing missable, and no annoying arcade trophies. Most are more time-consuming than anything, but still enjoyable, like completing the main tasks in the Dondoko Island sub-game or experiencing all of the Drink Links with your party members. The trophies for clearing the game’s optional dungeons might be tough early on, but tackle them post-game and you’ll be just fine.
Having access to the Ultimate edition of the game will definitely make the Sujimon and Dondoko Island trophies slightly faster to achieve, likewise the Deluxe or Ultimate versions contain an exclusive higher-level dungeon and a New Game+ option that make grinding characters and job levels noticeably more achievable.
Does Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth’s Platinum Trophy Require A Second Playthrough?
The short answer to this is no, it doesn’t. And that’s good news because RGG Studio and SEGA saw fit to lock Infinite Wealth’s New Game+ option behind a paywall with the Deluxe Edition of the game. That said, the same applies as the above point – if you’ve got the Deluxe Edition of the game you’ll also have access to The Big Swell optional dungeon which can really help you grind levels for Kasuga between around 50-65 if you find that you need to. Likewise, a NG+ run is also another option to help you clean up some of those grindier level/personality trophies.
How Do I Get Kasuga To Level 70 Quickly In Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth?
I wanted to specifically call out one particular trophy requirement, which is getting Kasuga to level 70. This is probably going to be one of the last trophies you pick up on the way to platinum just because you won’t get there naturally even completing all of the optional substories and other bits along the way. You’ll get pretty close, probably somewhere either side of level 60, but there’s going to be some grinding necessary.
The best advice I can give for this one, is hold off on using any of the Level Booster items you find along your playthrough. These are most often found by spending points earned in mini-games, but you’ll pick up a few others from other avenues as well. If you’re making sure to buy them from mini-game vendors and you don’t use any until Kasuga is at least level 60, you should have enough to take him all the way to 70 in an instant – saving you literal hours of running dungeons.