I might do that but I wouldn't mind going through the game again. I really enjoyed the experience despite its annoyances (mainly the lack of an ability to skip cutscenes. I can understand forcing them the first time, but on subsequent playthroughs you should be able to skip them). Plus, it's progress for grinds and it trains me for what's to come on NYM.
Difficulty is confirmed to be medium. I searched everywhere and people are saying that the difficulty is not the hard part but rather the act of doing it in one sitting without dying against the clock. What I'm worried about is the glitches. I had a glitch on chapter 7 (longest one, lol) where the RPG at the end didn't spawn no matter what, so I'm gonna lose my mind if that happens there.
That reminds me, do the gold guns carry over to those modes as well? I don't suppose you remember, but those would help a lot.
But no one has finished the course yet. And just by judging the qualifying course it's going to be harder. I'm still rooting for Arnold to win. Wouldn't it be some shit if several people won this year? Some of these people train all year round. Someone's gotta win eventually. Makes me want to go outside and start swinging from the trees.
The second part outside (after turning off the valve) on the panama chapter was hard for me, because you basically have to memorize where they'll come out of. The police hq was hard for me too, since every enemy takes two hits to kill from a headshot. I was able to find the flak jacket but I kept dying from the boss at the end. I shootdodged him in the fucking head though, so watching him die was awesome.
Hopefully. I thought it was hardcore difficulty, and I just wondered how that was even possible. Today I'm gonna replay all the chapters on easy for clues, gold gun parts (for the achievement and for actual use), and misc achievements before doing hardcore or the other playthroughs. I'm saving hardcore for last, just so I'm trained for the worst, but experiencing normal.
That part didn't give me too much trouble. I did it on the first attempt. I just waited for it to stop shooting, then I ran to the grenade launcher fired two shots and it was gone.
I mean the actual difficulty level is set to normal, but the hardcore aspect comes from the fact that you start over from chapter 1. The difficulty isn't hardcore while starting over when you die, since that seems impossible.
Oh well, practice! I'll be doing that last, so I'll be an expert at shootdodging by then. Chapter 13… is that the one on the rooftop of the hotel after all the bombs are placed? That part also gave me a LOT of trouble.
I was reading the comments of the achievement and some are saying NYM and NYMHC are both medium difficulty but the hardcore part comes from no checkpoints. If it's no checkpoints on hardcore difficulty, then I don't see how it would even be possible?
No way in fuck am I doing NYMHC. I don't feel like doing that whole game in one sitting on the hardest setting. There was a section in every chapter on disc two that gave me a lot of trouble. I'm just really, REALLY worried that I'd get to the airport level on the last shootout with Becker and miss the grenade and get blown the fuck up.