The HD remaster of FF10 came out in Japan recently, and after taking a look at the trophy lists... well, I was kind of annoyed. The game is home to some of the most notoriously difficult and grating sidequests in gaming history, and completing them gives you BRONZE trophies. Worst of all is the "Heartstrings" trophy, which is awarded upon viewing the "Underwater Date" scene. Anyone who survives this deserves their friggin' platinum trophy.
Joking aside, remember that chocobo race in the Calm Lands where you need to get a time of zero seconds in order to get the sigil for Tidus' ultimate weapon? Bronze trophy. Dodging 200 lightning bolts in a row in the Thunder Plains? Bronze trophy. Getting all the ultimate weapons, which requires these two plus many, many more painful sidequests? Silver trophy. Now it makes sense that it should be at least one rank higher than the individual sidequests, but there's a very good reason why getting all the ultimate weapons gives you a silver trophy and not a gold one: look at the objectives you need to meet to get the gold ones! Getting all Al Bhed primers should NOT be gold, I'll concede that much, but look at the rest. Beating the game - easy enough, but I'll let it slide, because hey, it's beating the game. Beat Nemesis. Fill out the entire sphere grid with all characters. Beat Penance. I like to think that these should easily rank above getting all the ultimate weapons, as painful as the latter is.
Which leads to my point: three ranks (barring the platinum trophies you get for getting all the other trophies) are simply not enough. At least developers have more leeway with Xbox achievements and the scores they're worth. (Steam achievements have no rank, so there's no intelligence being insulted at any point.) But if trophy A is clearly easier than trophy B (or even, in this case, contained within it), and trophy B is easier than trophy C, then trophy A should be bronze regardless of how painful it is, then B would be silver and C gold. Which leads to freak occurences such as what we're seeing here. No way is the legendary lightning dodging sidequest equal to finding a single Al Bhed primer, recruiting Rikku in the party, clearing the Besaid Cloister of Trials, or watching this or that cutscene (well, this IS FF10, home to the Tidus laughing scene and the underwater making out session, so scratch that last one).
It goes without saying that had this been a brand new game, the difficulty of these trophies would've been harder to gauge, but this is a game that came out 12 years ago and had ample time to build a reputation as a completionist's worst nightmare. If you want to get it when it gets its international release... remember, it's okay if you can't even get all the bronze trophies. And you're probably not getting that platinum trophy either way (though I bet you some people will, despite the ridiculous time investment needed for that), so don't let it bug you.