Going Platinum on Driver: San Francisco

I was an Xbox 360 man for years, but this last December I jumped ship to the Playstation 3.  And thus far, I have yet to receive my first platinum trophy.  That’s all set to change now that I’ve reviewed the trophy requirements for the games I own, and it looks like Driver: San Francisco may be the most doable.  I sat down and attempted some of the more difficult trophies the other night, and have now received all of the non-online awards.  Here is how I was able to achieve some of the harder ones, and hopefully they will help you in your attempt at the platinum as well.

Overtake 50 cars in 60 seconds.

This is not a trophy specifically, but it is one of the challenges you will need in order to receive Master Driver, and in my opinion, the most difficult.  I found that the easiest method to complete this challenge is to obtain the Austin Martin Cygnet near the Golden Gate Bridge area.

This little thing

The reason for choosing this car is that it is skinny enough to slip between vehicles without touching them.  Grab one of these before the bridge, and jump over into oncoming traffic.  It is important that you don’t waste even a second, so if your timer on this challenge began while you were finding the car or getting into oncoming traffic, make sure to pause (where you wont wreck when you unpause) and restart the mission.  All this will do is reset your timer.  Now, drive through oncoming traffic as quickly as possible while crossing the bridge.  There are enough lanes that you shouldn’t have trouble finding enough traffic to complete the mission.  You will have to get very close to the cars as they pass you for it to count as overtaking.  It took me a number of tries, but if you are able to avoid wrecking, you should be able to overtake 50 cars with about 6 seconds left.  I wasted a lot of time trying to overtake traffic in a Lambo or Zonda, but this little car is small enough to whip in and out of traffic to count the overtakes without wrecking.

Land a Barrel Roll

This, too, is not a trophy in itself but probably the second most difficult stunt I had to complete in order to obtain Master Driver.  The easiest way to do this is to ignore those Car Transport Trucks and instead focus on the two stationary ramps in the median.  They are located on the road that goes beneath the beginning of the Golden Gate Bridge, on the denser city side, that runs along the ocean.  I grabbed a Diablo and hit the ramps with my two left wheels, and was able to grab the completion after only a few tries.  Having the ramps stationary, instead of having to depend upon the ramp trucks, greatly reduces the difficulty of this task.

Show Off!  (Perform a 250m drift or jump (Story/Online)

I was able to obtain this by drifting (still not sure where you would be able to achieve such a jump on this map).  During the Yeehaw! mission, you’ll be in an old muscle car that loves to fishtail, and the entire track is a dirt road.  By holding the gas down while going around a sharp turn, tapping the handbreak to cause the drift, and tapping the directional stick to keep the car drifting, away from the railing, and avoiding straightening out, you should be able to get this in no time.  I got this achievement with a 314m drift.

Fan Service (Complete the Blast from the Past challenge)

Get the Delorean and drive faster than 88 miles per hour.  You’ll have unlocked the challenge.  That’s the easy part.  Beating the challenge can be, well, a bit challenging, though totally doable if you complete the tasks in the correct order.  You’ll want to lay on the gas and drive towards the other end of the garage, then slam on the breaks before you get there.  That should give you burnout, speed, and break.  Back up quickly and turn while holding the handbreak, and gas it when your facing the other way, and that will give you handbreak turn and reverse 180.  Get back to the end of the garage where you started from, and weave in and out between the pillars, giving you the slalom.  You’ll then want to hurry and make a lap around the garage, and once achieved, simply drive in a circle as fast as you can.  You should get it with 6 seconds left.

Hey Big Spender! and Petrolhead

These two aren’t inherently difficult, but I thought I would mention a way that makes these entirely easier.  The first upgrades you should focus on buying in the garages are the Income Multipliers, which will then give you far more money for every subsequent mission you complete.  Getting these first, before expensive cars or other upgrades, will give you tons more money by the time you’ve completed the missions than you otherwise would have.

Those are just some of the ways that I was able to get some of the harder trophies.  I still have to get the online ones, and will post the tips on those when I get to them.  If you have any questions, comments, or were able to obtain these trophies in a different fashion, please let us know in the comment area.  And as always, like the Mortar and Pistol on Facebook!


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