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Old 05-30-2012, 03:04 AM   #1
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Easy Hardcore Achievement

Personally, I found playing Hardcore substantially more difficult than Old School (which I find ironic, since the achievement for Old School is of a higher point value). If you don't WANT to go through both Hardcore AND Old School, then here's what you do:

Play through the game on Old School. Upon destroying Victor Branco's plane (and ending the game / triggering the final cinematic), you will be awarded with the Achievement for Old School. Once that pops up, press the guide button and quit to the Dashboard. Boot the game back up and select Continue from the Main Menu. You'll be right at the moment where you have to destroy Victor's plane. Once you're loaded in, Pause the game and drop the difficulty down to Hardcore. Destroy the game and blam, you've unlocked the achievement for beating the game on Hardcore.

Update: And doing this will unlock BOTH the One Hit Kill cheat and the Max Payne Advanced skin.

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Old 05-30-2012, 03:13 AM   #2
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can you do this on chapter select?
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Old 05-30-2012, 03:22 AM   #3
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I don't believe so, but I could be wrong. I immediately dove into Old School for my second playthrough and went through the whole game. The idea just popped into my head during the final sequence of the game.
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Old 05-30-2012, 03:43 AM   #4
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Nice, will do it like this too...
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Old 05-30-2012, 08:04 AM   #5
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Whoa. If this works I love you. I think I will go through old school now, since that was what I was about to start. I can handle no last stand, what I can't handle is dying in 3 hits all the time. I hope this doesn't get patched.
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Old 05-30-2012, 08:58 AM   #6
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what if i played Old School with Soft Lock? could i switch to hardcore AND free aim and still get the achievement.
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Old 05-31-2012, 11:57 PM   #7
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No problem. Glad I could help!
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Old 06-01-2012, 02:52 AM   #8
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No problem. Glad I could help!
Great find, you've saved one les play through. I just started a hardcore run and am only on chapter 2. So start with old school, get the cheev, dashboard out and then switch to hardcore right???
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Old 06-01-2012, 03:09 AM   #9
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Great find, you've saved one les play through. I just started a hardcore run and am only on chapter 2. So start with old school, get the cheev, dashboard out and then switch to hardcore right???
Yeah. It'll tell you that you won't be able to earn achievements by switching difficulties, but that's a dirty lie.
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Worked like a charm. Thanks, Saber!
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Old 06-01-2012, 07:33 AM   #11
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I would have done this, but I've already completed Hardcore.

Doesn't bother me too much, I'm enjoying this game quite a bit.
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So, to unlock old school i need to first bet the game on any difficulty?
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Old 06-01-2012, 12:59 PM   #13
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Yeah. It'll tell you that you won't be able to earn achievements by switching difficulties, but that's a dirty lie.
You are the man Saber, thank you very much
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Old 06-03-2012, 09:45 PM   #14
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hahaha awesome, about to do it
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Im trying the final checkpoint on hard, dashboarding then flipping to old school just to see what happens

EDIT: waste of time

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wow, wish i knew about this!
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Old 06-08-2012, 06:02 PM   #17
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I wonder if this trick works when going from Hard back to Medium. I've already completed the game once, but on the last mission, I switched to Soft Lock from free aim, like a tired & dumb tard and it cost me the Medium Difficulty achievement >< This would save me alot of wasted time.
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Old 06-09-2012, 08:10 PM   #18
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Just tried playing on easy and using this method to unlock hard but i couldn't get it to work
Don't know if maybe i messed up though.

Since you don't get a difficulty ach. for beating the game on easy, i wasn't sure when to dashboard.
So i dashboarded right after i got the Completed Act III (or whatever it's called) ach.

And when i started the game back up i couldn't find an option to change the difficulty in the main menu, so i had to choose continue story and change the difficulty after it had loaded the checkpoint (when you're right behind the plane).
Plus i failed to destroy the plane in time (yeah i know, i suck), so i had to retry.

So i don't know.
Maybe you have to play on normal (unlocking the normal difficulty ach. before you can unlock hard), or maybe it just works on Old School for some reason.
Or like i said, maybe i messed up.

Maybe someone else can try and play the game on easy or normal and see if they can get it to work?

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Im going to try this right now thanks
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It worked for me perfectly!
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Old 06-20-2012, 05:08 AM   #21
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Pretty kewl..

I decided to start my Old School play through tonight (everyone says its easier than hardcore).. and so far im on chapter 5 with overall ease and hardly any rage.. either Hard playthrough trained me some or Old School is a bit easier than Hard/Hardcore..

Depending on how my Grinds are after i get to the end of Old School will probably determine if i use this tip or not.. although i probably will =]

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Pretty kewl..

I decided to start my Old School play through tonight (everyone says its easier than hardcore).. and so far im on chapter 5 with overall ease and hardly any rage.. either Hard playthrough trained me some or Old School is a bit easier than Hard/Hardcore..

Depending on how my Grinds are after i get to the end of Old School will probably determine if i use this tip or not.. although i probably will =]

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Old School has to be medium difficulty at most. I only have Old School, New York Minute, New York Minute Hardcore, and Single player grinds left. I played it on Hard and then Hardcore and Old School is easier than both by a long shot.
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So this still works as of today, correct? Might have to try this if it does.
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So this still works as of today, correct? Might have to try this if it does.
it may or may not depend on what static version of the disc you get, the software on the disc will make a big difference one whether or not this is doable
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I just beated the game on hardcore and did chapter select to earn the road kill achievement.
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First time i played and completed game on hard (with autoaim on so i didnt get chevo for that). Then i completed on the hardest difficulty with autoaim off so i got an achiev for that. Then one difficulty level lower and when i completed game all 3 remaming achievments has popped up. I dont know why it happened but its ok
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Just did it. Thank you very much.
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Also did this. Worked like a charm.
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Just adding to the confirmation - this worked wonders!
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A little late for some of us .
But still a great find for all the others, nonetheless.
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