Dead Space 2

Dead Space 2 Achievements

Hard to the Core

Complete the game on Hard Core setting   

Beating the game on any difficulty unlocks the Hard Core setting. The difficulties DO NOT stack in this game so beating it on Hard Core does not unlock Mission Impossible.

Hardcore Tips

  1. Weapons: I recommend buying only the force gun and using it in conjunction with the Plasma Cutter. Having more than these weapons in your inventory or safe will cause ammo to drop for weapons that you do not use and will spread your ammo very thin for the guns that you do use. The Bloody Force Gun that comes with the Martial Law DLC will allow you to get this gun at the first store for free as opposed to waiting until Chapter 7 for the schematic.

  2. Armor: This is much easier if you have bought the CE or Martial Law DLC Pack as you will get a 15 slot, 15% armor suit at the start of the game making inventory space and damage control more manageable. The Bloody Vintage Suit that comes with the Martial Law DLC gives you an additional 5% damage with the Force Gun. NOTE: You can equip any suit to get the extra inventory slots and armor, and then revert to another suit and still keep the # of slots and the armor bonus of the best suit.

  3. Inventory: Keep 4-5 medium med packs. The large med packs are extremely expensive at 10,000 credits. The medium med packs are half the price and do the trick, while allowing you to keep your credits for the more essential items you will need. Keep 3 stacks of stasis kits (9 kits) for getting yourself out of tricky situations. For ammo, I recommend 2-3 stacks of plasma cutter ammo as it is fairly expensive and you will only need it in precision situations (i.e. Hangar Boss in Ch. 1, Brutes, and final boss) where hitting a particular part of a necromorph really matters. 5 Stacks of Force Gun ammo should leave you with plenty of wiggle room until you get to the next store. Plus, force gun ammo is cheap! Use any spare money you may have after restocking to buy power nodes to keep your equipment upgraded.

  4. Saves: I recommend using your saves in the later chapters and utilize the disc switch glitch as your first save, but remember you can't shut your game off until you actually use a save. If you are having trouble getting to Chapter 7 without saving you can use it early, but I wouldn't recommend using it any sooner than chapter 4. If you make it to the disc switch without using a save, then I recommend saving on Chapters 10 before the hallway with the two Brutes, Chapter 11 (before entering the 'Exploration Mine' and the Drill Ride) and 13 after defeating the final Brute. For your Chapter 13 save, take the Elevator up to watch the cutscene of the Marker, then ride back down and save so if you die you don't have to rewatch it.

Here are some additional threads with tips from other members that may prove useful.

Hardcore Tips by SquaredSumo705

Hardcore Tips by Jumnious

Hardcore Tips by DreamDevice

Rate this achievementAverage Rating (Based on 45 votes)
User Comments
Comment #1 by Cloud1992
Tuesday, January 04, 2011 @ 06:28:14 PM

This must be the Impossible difficulty setting.

Comment #2 by Poseidon417
Friday, January 07, 2011 @ 04:35:58 AM

I wonder if they realize "Hardcore" is one word.

Comment #3 by KirbyTheAlmighty
Saturday, January 08, 2011 @ 12:27:32 PM

This is a run through with no checkpoints and only three saves. Yeah.

Comment #4 by DreamDevice
Wednesday, January 12, 2011 @ 01:22:57 PM

Its Hard to the Core, Im assuming the separation is a pun for something in the game

Comment #5 by solo07
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 @ 11:03:05 AM

No checkpoints and only 3 saves? yea, i'll never be able to do this lol.

Comment #6 by PuttyGod
Friday, January 21, 2011 @ 10:35:55 PM

Oh shit. I was afraid of this; when I heard that hardcore only three saves and no checkpoints, I came here to see if it had an achievement.
What do you guys think? Can you imagine playing for 3-4 hours and before you get a chance to save, you get insta-gibbed by some cheap environmental or enemy one hit kill? I'll be absolutely incensed. Probably similar to that feeling I got when I was going for 7 Day Survivor in Dead Rising and the game froze when I tried to enter the cafeteria on day 6. Twice. That didn't go over well. I was so frustrated that I couldn't even act mad, I kind of just quietly sat around, completely enraged on the inside.

Comment #7 by BlackRiderRazil
Saturday, January 22, 2011 @ 12:10:14 AM

Well I'll top out at 950. Only three saves, not even going to bother. Unless I can take my upgraded Issac in so I don't have to worry about upgrades and such.

Comment #8 by Youtubethebiohazardgames
Saturday, January 22, 2011 @ 12:33:29 AM

The worst thing is that you have to start over with your guns and suit

Comment #9 by KingSigy
Saturday, January 22, 2011 @ 03:31:26 AM

A true achievement, I doubt many will ever acquire this.

Comment #10 by PuttyGod
Saturday, January 22, 2011 @ 10:52:49 AM

Do we know for a fact that you can't use a new game+ for this? I'm guessing not because that would kind of detract from the whole idea, but damn is that gonna be brutal. Thanks to a little bit of super fun OCD, I'll no doubt keep trying it until I do it, but I am gonna have a hard time pacing the saves properly. I'm sure somebody will make a guide for the best times to save before difficulty spikes and all that.

Comment #11 by ll Mr Bubbles ll
Saturday, January 22, 2011 @ 12:54:17 PM

You CANNOT use new game+ for hardcore settings, all other settings are highlighted apart from hardcore if you choose new game+ , and yes its 3 saves through out the whole campaign.

Comment #12 by Robzilla Eh
Sunday, January 23, 2011 @ 03:27:11 PM

Damn, sounds like the hardest achievements ever! Can't wait to try to get it!

Comment #13 by grimmr74
Monday, January 24, 2011 @ 11:44:01 AM

I'm just hoping no one finds a "swith the difficulty at the last moment" bug to comepletely make this achievement worthless

Comment #14 by skillful marine
Monday, January 24, 2011 @ 02:40:46 PM

At least u dont haft to beat the game with only useing a plasma cutter

Comment #15 by HaNzWaH
Monday, January 24, 2011 @ 08:03:50 PM

@14 Only useing the plasma cutter was easy since it was like the best weapon in the game. Complete the game on hardcore achievement seems a lot harder, but I like hard achievements, makes you have to work for them. This will be a fun challenge but frustrating one.

Comment #16 by Mister Buds
Monday, January 24, 2011 @ 08:13:34 PM

looking forward to this =)

Comment #17 by LK Tien
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 @ 12:32:25 AM

at least when you're actually working you get paid for every hour, one fuck up and thats bye bye to 3 hours of your life :(

Comment #18 by Space Cadet
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 @ 09:37:50 AM

But there still are autosaves right?

Comment #19 by HaNzWaH
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 @ 10:59:32 AM

Not on hardcore, just you and the 3 saves.

Comment #20 by drexsack
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 @ 12:56:56 PM

Epic. This will make me go crazy and smash my TV :D

Comment #21 by IcarusPain
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 @ 01:48:39 PM

Its only worth 50?!?!?!!??! No0o0oo0o...... Controller sells are going to go up b/c of this achievement.

Comment #22 by MrMyxo
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 @ 03:32:19 PM

how long is the game in play time, only wonder how long time you most play before save

say the game is 21 h to complet you need to play 7 h in one sitting before save. if you have a normal live how to try it. if you work you dont have time for it.

like hard achivments but dont stuped ones, hear it is a lot of spwning just behind you to.

im try it and hop i have it befor i start to work again

Comment #23 by Metallc
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 @ 09:37:21 PM

It took me only six hours to beat it on Casual but I'm sure this will take a lot longer. Especially the last chapter. That was insane. :D

Comment #24 by i got squeezed
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 @ 11:12:03 PM

3 Saves, and if you die, you revert to last save? Really? Looks like i'll never get 1000g, this just blows my mind man

Comment #25 by domtik
Wednesday, January 26, 2011 @ 04:32:22 AM

I did it in about 10 in survivalist. I got stuck at a couple parts of constant dying from lack of ammo. lol

Comment #26 by Blackrose Writer
Wednesday, January 26, 2011 @ 06:43:15 AM

This is just wrong....just so wrong.

Comment #27 by Jester Vae
Wednesday, January 26, 2011 @ 03:59:32 PM

I loathe achievements that force you to play the game repeatedly.

No chance of getting every achievement without playing this game AT LEAST 3 times. You won't have enough money to fully upgrade 4 weapons in Zealot OR Hardcore, so your best option is to play first on Casual (to make it easy for those pesky achievements), then once more on Zealot, and once more on Hardcore.

This, to me, does not represent an "achievement", but instead an abuse of gamers who strive for achievement completion.

But at least they have no achievements that force you to play multiplayer mode. I love that.

Comment #28 by tokiwartooth
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 12:24:18 AM

no new game+, only three saves, hardest dificulty... boo. and i thought my "plasma cutter only" run on insane was hard... this is just crazy. thank god you are supposed to get something really awesome when you complete it, otherwise i might just avoid it.

Comment #29 by IcarusPain
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 12:42:58 AM

I already started this and its the stalkers that are pissing me off the most. I
run and juke as many of the Necromorphs as possible, and door rush it, As in
Dead Space 1 once you go through the door to the next room they leave you alone.
I recommend remembering where things are (i.e. stasis docks, certain paths, and
which enemies that you can leave alone) because while your rushing, your paths
behind you will be swollen shut with enemies. Also use Kinesis with everything
that is laying around, sometimes you can use things as shields and smack & grab,
smack & grab, to clear a room. (this is really fun to do with a bench, also works
well as a shield). Phalanx Formation anyone?

@23, you right that's gonna be crazy.

Comment #30 by MPButtercup
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 12:55:02 AM

@27 its not like its a bad thing you have to play through it more than once. i wouldnt look at that as a hasle because this game has great re-play value. now games that dont just dont play through it again.

Comment #31 by rockhopper
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 01:21:21 AM

Has anyone bought any of the new DLC yet? There's three packs that contain real
powerful suits and new weapons. No description though. It's probably similar to
Dead Space 1 with the DLC suits that made Impossible mode simple. I'm going to
get a pack but don't know which one to buy. Probably the "Hazard" pack as it
says it's for the toughest of jobs required.

Comment #32 by Rekkisu
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 07:30:50 AM

None of the DLC suits make it too much easier, just gives you access to free (0 credit cost) 15% armor suits with some very useful bonuses.

Comment #33 by anemonev77
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 11:04:10 AM

Seems easy i havent played the game yet tho because im in the uk so that sucks but i cleared the demo in around 2 minutes (best time) and cleared DS1 with no saves on nightmare so im pretty sure i can do this. DEAD SPACE IS THE GREATEST TRILOGY IN THE WORLD!!!!!!!!1

Comment #34 by JuSt BLaZe
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 04:07:01 PM

I'm going for this one right now. Chapter IV so far so good. (New Game+ btw).

Comment #35 by bsaeaglet78
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 04:42:28 PM

Comment #36 by Cheesy12
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 04:50:36 PM

You can't NewGame+ into hardcore so I'm not sure what you mean by "Newgame+btw."

Comment #37 by STONEDoutNINJA
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 05:24:10 PM

@33 this is not a trilogy there are 4 games DS1, DS Extraction, DS Ignition & DS2

Comment #38 by ASUMTHIN
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 05:59:13 PM

This one's gonna kick the living tar outta' me :O

Comment #39 by DrPibbles
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 06:47:12 PM


4 hours, 43 minutes, last save was Chapter 13 right after releasing "the girl."

Note: You do not get the "Zealot" difficulty achievement for beating it on hardcore, was pretty disappointed about that.

Comment #40 by Dan.Pro
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 09:04:15 PM

Wow, your fast Dr Pibbles. I'M going to try HardCore really soon, I hope I won't
die to much times!

Comment #41 by InhaleInsanity
Friday, January 28, 2011 @ 05:07:14 AM

This seems like a very good challenge for the intense DS fans. It really pushes your strategies and gives you a different and unique perspective of how to effectively kill necromorphs without a major loss of ammo or health. The only thing about this achievement that bugs me though is the 3 saves, and the fact that you have to start all over again with upgrades and such. I give credit to Dr. Pibbles, you're a badass :D

Comment #42 by parn0289
Friday, January 28, 2011 @ 09:05:26 AM

I fear this acheivement. I see the deaths of many controllers in my future.

Comment #43 by M Renegade
Friday, January 28, 2011 @ 11:47:02 AM

lesse, it took me about 95. hours to beat on survivalist. Probably died about 10 so times. So you'd have to save about every 3 hours or so. plus you cant continue with your upgraded stuff.... so ugh..... maybe ill attempt this after i do zealot and I have some time. either that or wait till someone finds some sort or save exploit.

Comment #44 by thetshadows
Friday, January 28, 2011 @ 11:04:36 PM

I can't wait to get this achievement. I will go for it after I unlock all the achievements before and then go for it. So far most of my friends who have attempted it just quit. The problem I'm going to have is when I first go through it I almost save at every save point because I never know when I will be called to work and have to turn it off...

Comment #45 by Dabura911
Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 06:50:46 AM

You need alot of time and alot of patience for this achievement enough said lol

Comment #46 by v1c10us
Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 04:04:04 PM

This was a fun achievement to get. Tip to anyone trying to get this: save as late as possible. I saved at 5, 8, 11. I'd recommend trying 6, 9, 13. Died to the eye poke machine on my run through 11-14. Fortunately that was my only death in attempting this achievement.

Comment #47 by rockhopper
Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 06:00:40 PM

So can anyone confirm what the actual difficulty is? There were conflicting
reports that it is normal or survivalist difficulty with zealot type drops. If
you take less damage then maybe I'll try it. I'm playing on survivalist on my
first playthrough (15 hours in on chapter 14), and I can't imagine doing chapter
14 on hardcore. Way too many enemies and the part where you run from the you
know what with tons of guys spawning all over the place. I don't want no part of
that on hardcore. I haven't even faced the final boss yet (currently doing the
power node glitch for several hours) which I heard was tedious and frustrating
as hell.

Comment #48 by v1c10us
Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 06:09:48 PM


I haven't played any difficulty lower than zealot, so I can't tell you which one it is most similar too. I can tell you the mobs do less damage than zealot, and the ammo and health drops felt the same. The only thing that really concerned me were sequences that could one-shot you. Ammo/health were never a problem because I kept a padding of 20,000 credits at all time.

Comment #49 by Auburok
Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 06:14:54 PM

Some would say single player achievements add replay to an otherwise 8 hour game. No one said you had to get all of the achievements. You can get them all in two playthroughs, realistically. The only ones I didn't iron out in a single playthrough were "Epic Dismemberment", "Vacuum Cleaner" and "Fully Loaded". Seriously. 44 of 50 in one run isn't bad. Most games fuck with you harder, and this time around you don't have to stick to one gun.

Way to ruin the fun of achievements by waiting for exploits. Seriously. It's not an achievement then. It's a merit-fucking-badge you bought in a pawn shop with a few counterfeit coins.

Comment #50 by STONEDoutNINJA
Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 06:50:14 PM

@ 27 i agree with no multiplayer achievements. most people who play multiplayer don't play 4 the chivos they play 4 leaderboard ranks

Comment #51 by STONEDoutNINJA
Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 06:58:12 PM

@ 39 to bad ur achievments r private so other player can't view so we can't tell if u really got it or not. i'll believe it when i see it. i hate when people say they got chievo's but make there chievo's private so no 1 can see that they don't have it. u people r lame.

Comment #52 by Skunkfoot
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 12:58:05 AM

Multiplayer achievements are generally a bad idea because not everybody has Xbox Live.

Also, I heard a rumor that if you beat the game on Hardcore, you don't get the achievement for beating it on Zealot. Can anyone confirm this?

Comment #53 by iRhuel
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 03:00:05 AM

Didn't even flirt with the notion of attempting this.

...until I saw vids of the reward. Now I'm tempted.

Comment #54 by xXIcorkyIXx
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 04:41:49 AM

So, I got to chapter 12 start, saved for the second time, so I have one save left, when should I next save? And, any tips? Message me if you can help..
Gamertag: xXI CORKY IXx

Comment #55 by xXIcorkyIXx
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 04:44:15 AM


Comment #56 by InhaleInsanity
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 06:28:10 AM

This is the reward you get

Comment #57 by wermax
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 10:56:55 AM

xXIcorkyIXx I think you should save for somewhere around the time when you encounter that immortal necro

Comment #58 by wermax
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 10:57:58 AM

xXIcorkyIXx I think you should save somewhere around the time when you encounter that immortal necro

Comment #59 by DrPibbles
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 01:10:20 PM


My achievements are not set to private so before you attempt to call me lame I would like to say first and foremost, "Fuck you." I've earned every achievement I've got and have no point in lying about getting it. You can add me as a friend and see it, I've had 3 others do the same. So stop getting stoned out and being an idiot online.

Comment #60 by Norwegian 420
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 04:17:17 PM

For the ones who did this;

Please tell us where is the best place to save the game in this mode?

Comment #61 by STONEDoutNINJA
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 04:31:10 PM

dr pibble 1st off u need to calm down it's just a game. i compared games with u on & ur achievments r private mabe u should should check u settings 1st. my achievments r open 2 every1 not just my friends list.

Comment #62 by Password
Monday, January 31, 2011 @ 08:38:18 AM

Do you guys want some real advice? Well here it is, the difficulty on hardcore is really not that that bad. It is honestly just like normal or zealot. All the real hardship comes in just the description, you have just three saves. You really do have to use your best judgement on when to use your saves, I cant tell you that, however I found out this one very helpful and interesting fact if you do get to disc 2 without saving. If you die(This is horrible I know) you revert from the beginning of disc 2 not 1. As far as difficulty the discription is bullshit. Health and ammo is scarce. This is not true, I had more health than I knew what to do with. I found myself using a medpack just to pick up another one to fill my inventory. Yes your inventory gets filled quick. Ammo is plentiful as long

Comment #63 by Password
Monday, January 31, 2011 @ 08:42:29 AM

as you dont fire off gung ho. Use the line gun, plasma cutter, and ripper, nothing else. Upgrade them all, you are unstoppable with this selection. The ripper is unbelievable because you can back up into a corner and use this. Necromorphs are morbidly stupid, and will just walk and run into your blade. When you upgrade this it is devastatingly powerful along with the plasma cutter and line guns alt fire. They are all life savers. As far as the saves go. this is when I saved. Before the tripod(or tormentor, cant tell) in the church with the children on chapter 5(by the way the ripper is awesome for the children, they are such pussies), again on chapter 9 before the room full of stalkers and before you fight the tripod while trying to explode those fuel tanks using the hydrogen cells with

Comment #64 by Password
Monday, January 31, 2011 @ 08:46:44 AM

TK(run from the tripod dont fight that sack of shit, not worth the ammo, use stasis), and my last save was right before the drill ride just because it made me nervous. I did that last part in the government sector in one sitting. Take your time, there is no need to rush the game is somewhat short. And use stasis alot during the game, especially during the end when running away from the regenerator. The last boss, nicole, Use the lineguns alt fire to immediatley mess her up and bring out the giant ball sack, and unload on the sack with your plasma cutter. If you do this right you should not take any damage. Rinse and repeat. And one more thing if your thinking that the DlC would be helpful but you dont want to spend the points, it is, and it is the supernova pack. I really hope this hel

Comment #65 by Password
Monday, January 31, 2011 @ 08:48:41 AM

ps you guys. And by the way this is not my gamertag. I am Black Ureathra, look me up.

Comment #66 by MStarrJr
Monday, January 31, 2011 @ 10:43:20 AM

I found a kind of glitch that is horribly long, but probably worth it. I have
the Supernova pack which gives you the heavy duty contact beam and detonator.
The contact beam is great at the beginning cause it can take the tormentor out
with three hits as well as the brute. plus when you run out of ammo simply sell the gun and buy it back for 0 credits(don't upgrade or this tricks not worth it) and for
the detonator buy the free one, fire the rounds, disarm them, pick them up
(don't reload), sell the gun, and repeat. 3 pack of detonators sells for 600
credits, a nice but slow way for some extra credits. I am still attempting to
get through hardcore mode with out these tricks, but I thought someone could use

Comment #67 by mariobeans
Monday, January 31, 2011 @ 11:35:44 AM

EXPLOIT!! EXPLOIT!! This achievement isnt that hard. I have the playstation trophy and its easier for xbox players because you get a checkpoint after the 1 disk. Hardcore is actually survivalist difficulty with only 3 saves. I EVEN FOUND MY OWN EXPLOIT FOR FREE AMMO/CREDITS. First you must purchase the DLC with the detonator(i have all the DLC so it gives me 2 detonators which makes this exploit go much faster. Since the DLC items cost 0 credits buy the detonator (both if u have purchased the required DLC) and youll notice that there are 3 free detonator rounds. Shoot them on the wall then ALT fire so they disarm and land on the floor. Just repeat and sell the AMMO! HARD TO THE CORE WAS EASY MY PSN NAME IS ALSO MARIOBEANS!! CHECK OUT" MY PSN FOR PROOF

Comment #68 by mariobeans
Monday, January 31, 2011 @ 11:37:32 AM

lol the guy above me found out the same shit. lol

Comment #69 by Norwegian 420
Monday, January 31, 2011 @ 02:12:32 PM

SOMEONE PLEASE CONFIRM THE DISC 2 SAVE GLITCH! I really don't want to be fooled here. In chapter 6 now.. First save in nr 4. I think i'll be saving on chapter 4, 8 and 12

Comment #70 by mariobeans
Monday, January 31, 2011 @ 04:17:52 PM

your spot on NORWEGIAN420. I saved at 4, 8, and the end of 11 right before the drill ride. I wished I saved at the end of 12 because i died at 13 a few times. so save at 4,8,middle of 12. Im pretty sure if you die on the second disk without a save on the second disk you start at the beggining of the disk so it is a free checkpoint but not a save so you must not turn your system off. this is what im lead to believe but i have deadspace2 on PS3 which is all on one disk.

Comment #71 by Norwegian 420
Monday, January 31, 2011 @ 05:16:54 PM

Ok, I can confirm that after you have to change to disc 2 you start from Chapter 7 if you die, no savegame, just as a checkpoint. So this means there is 3 saves and 1 checkpoint at chapter 7 in this mode.

Also, during the elevator ride in Chapter 7, don't use any ammo on the tripods attacking you from the windows, just stay clear of them and they will all die and leave stuff for you when the ride is over. No ammo wasted.

Comment #72 by Draxxus98
Tuesday, February 01, 2011 @ 12:16:35 AM

I just got this achievement, took about 7hrs playtime.

My Saves:
Chapter 6: Complete and then save. Any saves before this chapter are wasteful
because the game hasn't reached a very difficult level yet.
Chapter 10: Before this chapter, repeating it would be tedious.
Chapter 13: The run from 13 to the end will be the most difficult.

I used primarily plasma cutter and pulse rifle. The detonator is very valuable
in this mode as well. Use the contact beam from brutes and stalkers. I finished with the game with a 15 slot suit w/maxed hit points. Sell a lot! Health will come
naturally, buy ammo for your primary guns. Reserve 2-3 slots for health packs.

I can't confirm the xbox 360 glitch; I didn't hear anything about it till now.
Get some caffeine and set apart a few hours! Hop

Comment #73 by Opiate42
Tuesday, February 01, 2011 @ 08:19:22 AM

Wow finally saw the video for the foam finger gun, I haven't laughed so hard in a long time!!! Pure genius.

I must at least attempt this....Finally beat Zealot last night...only two more to 100%

Thanks for the tips Draxxus and other fellow x360a folks, before I grab that coffee I'll be doing some serious thinking about this!

Comment #74 by thedeadlyone889
Tuesday, February 01, 2011 @ 03:37:20 PM

I have to say i found this achievement a little annoying at first but once you get the hang of where enemies are and where the one hit death sequences occur its kinda smooth sailing from there. I saved three times on chapter 5,8, and 11 and made it throught the rest of the game after chapter 11 using only the pulse rifle fully upgraded and having over 1000 bullets for the gun since having so much money and health i could just buy bullets for the gun at the store and sell any bullets that werent for the pulse rifle. This may not work for everyone or may not be to some peoples liking but give it a try i was able to beat the last few levels with ease thanks to this. Tip also when making store purchases switch to the suit that gives you discounts in the long run every last penny counts to buyi

Comment #75 by Devoirs
Tuesday, February 01, 2011 @ 03:46:36 PM

Ok, I haven't red all of the posts here yet, so I'm not sure if someone already
posted this fact. Well anyway, You get one free save after chapter 7 when you
switch disc (haven't tried it out, but it surely makes sense) So try to make
sure you won't save more than once before that. I think I'll save my game at
chapter 4, 10 and 13. But I'm not sure yet. I will also consider the parts which
I thought were hard when I tried the game out on normal, like those f***in
stalkers, they were a pain in the ass the first time I've encountered them.
But yeah, hope this helped out a bit, and also, If you are going to play both
Zealot and Hardcore, play Hardcore first! Then Zealot will be a piece of cake
when using the epic finger cannon, thats what I'm gonna do anyway:D
And @6, I feel you

Comment #76 by Devoirs
Tuesday, February 01, 2011 @ 03:52:15 PM

(cont.), I tried that achievement out as well on Dead Rising. I had like
1 hour left 'til unlock. I remember I was playing loud music on my computer and
I also had all the lights on to make me stay focused so I wouldn't fall asleep,
then suddenly...POWER SHORTAGE!! The room got dark, and my xbox shut off, and
I just sat there, staring on the empty screen quietly, while my brain was
boiling. I was so tempted to take the disc and just smash it to bits, I didn't
however:P But I haven't touched Dead Rising since then...

Comment #77 by Y so serious 03
Tuesday, February 01, 2011 @ 04:25:44 PM

I just beat it on hard core about an hour ago...I died once and I only needed 2 saves lol...I saved at chapter 6 and 12(hint: The force gun is your friend) and if you don't believe me then add me i guess

Comment #78 by Norwegian 420
Wednesday, February 02, 2011 @ 11:56:41 AM

@Deviors Bummer!! I feel your pain man, lol. Dead Rising sucks anyways..

Comment #79 by Hokie4Life
Wednesday, February 02, 2011 @ 12:38:27 PM

ugh! This achievement is gunna SUCK! I can't say I'm gunna get it, but I feel like I will try...until i get so mad i brake a controller. Then I know for sure it's time to stop. haha

Comment #80 by Hokie4Life
Wednesday, February 02, 2011 @ 12:39:52 PM


Comment #81 by Norwegian 420
Wednesday, February 02, 2011 @ 02:24:10 PM

Used my last save just now. Chapter 13 after the drill ride. Did a smart thing stacking up with Line gun ammo for the ride. Man I was nervous, lol.

Never before have my hands been this sweaty, lol. Wish me luck!

Comment #82 by JerzeeJim
Wednesday, February 02, 2011 @ 07:26:24 PM

I got crazy stoned right before my trip back onto the Ishimura. That was such an experience for me especially after playing the first one 3 times in a row before this one came out. I love this game and all I need now is this damn achievement. Got to the church without saving and died a ridiculous death. Here's a tip, don't play hard core mode stoned haha!

Comment #83 by Sixmonkey
Wednesday, February 02, 2011 @ 08:06:53 PM

@ JerzeeJim and everyone else:
Yeah don't play stoned, Just play Drunk!!!!

Comment #84 by SonikkuHedgehog
Wednesday, February 02, 2011 @ 10:52:26 PM

Holy Fuck was this Achievement a Nightmare.
My hands were literally shaking while I was fighting the final boss, those shadow things nearly killed me before I shoved one more contact beam into that bitch. Then that last part where your trying to get on the ship, my heart was beating so fast I thought it was gonna explode.

*Deep Fucking Sigh of Relief*

Comment #85 by Norwegian 420
Wednesday, February 02, 2011 @ 11:32:15 PM

I fucking got it!!! YES!!! :D Hahaha @SonikkuHedgehog I was just like that too!! I was wiping my swatty hands on my shirt an just stared intensly at the screen. Holy shit god damn I was nervous xD sorry for the profanity but this achievement truly is a bitch x

Comment #86 by Devoirs
Thursday, February 03, 2011 @ 01:27:45 AM

Fuck. That. Shit.
I tried it out..*sigh* I got to chapter 6 without any saves, It was going pretty
smooth, until I got to the part where you needed to take out the oxygen to stop
the fire. I was flying towards the battery on the ceiling and when I came up
there, I levelled myself with the ground (you know when you press the RB-button)
and I somehow managed to get stuck in the ceiling...I tried to get unstuck for
like 30mins or so, but no...Seriously...Fuck. that. Shit. I will however try it
out later again, but I'm still a bit pissed off for that, and I don't want it
to happen again this soon, otherwise I would have flipped and maybe do
something I would later on regret...

Comment #87 by Uromastrix
Thursday, February 03, 2011 @ 04:26:28 PM

Done this one last night, wasnt too bad but it made the game way more fun,
dunno if any1 noticed but if u can make it to 2nd disc without getting killed,
the disc change acts as a checkpoint, tought id say incase any1 would want to
try it till then maybe save then chapter 11 and 14 is where i made my saves,
Also only 2 guns needed plasma cutter and force gun, just spend cash on medkits
and ammo take it easy ya should get threw,

Comment #88 by l SoiL l
Friday, February 04, 2011 @ 04:17:46 AM

Much respect to all of you who did this.

Not sure if I'm even going to try it, cuz with my luck I'll probably get something like #86 had. That proper sucks mate.

Comment #89 by richiehorror
Friday, February 04, 2011 @ 05:26:51 AM

finally did it 50/50

Comment #90 by biniwoo
Friday, February 04, 2011 @ 06:47:47 AM

I'm so not gonna get this.

I'll try though.

Comment #91 by Lord25
Friday, February 04, 2011 @ 02:48:30 PM

I'm surprised as to how easy this realy was.
There was almost never any time I was low on ammo and health kits.
I used my saves at Chapter 7: after the jump from the solar array,
Chapter 14: right before 15 starts and at Chapter 15.

Tip: around Chapter 8, start stocking up medium health kits and ammo for your
weapon(s) of choice, about 6-8 kits and the same amount of your primary ammo,
(more only hurts if it leaves you broke, spend only when you can afford it)
and 2-3 stacks of your secondary one.
This left me with about 15 kits and 230 rounds for the plasma cutter + 50 for
my force gun for the final battle (lol).

PS: Don't nag at me for not having the achievement right now, I've just not
signed in at live recently.

Comment #92 by Lord25
Friday, February 04, 2011 @ 02:50:22 PM

Edit: I mean't stacks of ammo not rounds themselves, just wanted to make
that clear.

Comment #93 by IxI SkyFire IxI
Friday, February 04, 2011 @ 04:15:42 PM

This is my last one i need. i managed to get the other 49 within a day and a half, but this one is taking a few days. i have a save at chapter 12 before the drill ride, and i keep hearing people saving at 13 so i might do that instead of saving at 14

Comment #94 by Dantay 360
Friday, February 04, 2011 @ 09:08:48 PM

14 & 15 are very quick chapters save before hand as it only took me 20 mins to get back o the boss after the shadow toddlers took me down at the end >.< just nailed her with the rifle on second go thou didn't even take a hit ^^

Comment #95 by IxI SkyFire IxI
Friday, February 04, 2011 @ 10:54:24 PM

yeah i just got my 1000G about 4 hours ago. Saved at 13 and didn't have a problem with it at all. A word of advice to whoever is trying this; get the Javelin gun fully upgraded. It's worth it

Comment #96 by NinjaSpartanThe
Friday, February 04, 2011 @ 11:54:40 PM

I might try this to get this but i'm fine with only 950

Comment #97 by GR34TD3ST0Y3R
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 11:43:37 PM

I think it should be worth ONE (1) point. It would make it EVEN more frustrating. So many people would have 999, never to obtain that 1 last point. I truly think theis is the single hardest to accomplish. There are plenty out there that will take retarded amounts of time, but this one is just impossible hard. FAR too many cheap ways to die. too many times enimies just bum rush you. Too many times some envirmental thing cheaply kills you. I might try once. See how far I can go before I feel the need to save.
maybe around chapter 7. worried about the elavotor part. it would be nice to wait till 8 or 9, but the game gets really hard really fast after chap 7 or 8.

Comment #98 by GR34TD3ST0Y3R
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 11:47:28 PM

I think they did this because getting 100% in Dead Space 1 was SUPER SUPER easy. If you buy the DLC that makes your plasma cutter stronger then the entire game is a breeze even on the hardest diff. and then use the statis cheat code. The DLC on this game doesnt help much.

Comment #99 by GR34TD3ST0Y3R
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 11:52:34 PM

#52 yeah. I HATE multiplayer achievements. I am REALLY glad this game doesn't have them. What is worse this EA playpass crap. yeah you get it for free if you buy the game new but it costs what 10? 15? bucks for to buy it later. so if I buy a EA game used later on down the line, i have to pay for this stupid pass to try and get 100% achievements.
playpass AND NO online achievements. or online and no playpass. EA needs to choose one and stick too it cause some games like need 4 speed have playpass and online achiements.

Comment #100 by sixfortyone
Sunday, February 06, 2011 @ 03:46:44 PM

Just got this today, my only advice is that the Contact Beam's fully upgraded ALT fire (with stasis) is your best friend from Chapter 12 and on. Other than that, just wing it.

Comment #101 by purplepig1127
Sunday, February 06, 2011 @ 08:48:36 PM

wowwww i wish they had a "one gun" achievement instead of this ;~; this one is just impossible! i'm gonna try it, but i most likely wont get very far haha, gonna read the comments here to look for hints and tips, but i doubt i'll be able to do it anyway. shame, i wish i could get all the achievements for this game :L

Comment #102 by wkd archer
Monday, February 07, 2011 @ 06:54:12 AM

Thank the sodding lord av done it, wasnt as tough as i'd expected using the force gun and plasma cutter i saved at chp 5, 10 and 12 the last cuple of chpters were intense but stasis and force gun were a life saver, also the hand cannon is awsome well worth doin hardcore for!!! 1000G lovin it

Comment #103 by wkd archer
Monday, February 07, 2011 @ 06:56:21 AM

P.S Done zealot mode in under 4 hours thanx 2 hand cannon

Comment #104 by Jesusandthepope
Monday, February 07, 2011 @ 11:26:32 AM

Saved at ch2 6 and 10 last five were intense beat the game Superbowl night the handcannon was worth the entire effort

Comment #105 by MrHarribo96
Monday, February 07, 2011 @ 11:42:19 AM

LOL the hand cannon is funny its a dealy foam finger im trying to go through it on this difficulty just for that

Comment #106 by MrHarribo96
Monday, February 07, 2011 @ 12:21:20 PM

deadly not dealy

Comment #107 by MetalWizard420
Monday, February 07, 2011 @ 01:59:27 PM

this is not as hard as people make it seem to be, its just as hard as zealot just you cant save more then 3 times, it took me 6 hours to beat it on zealot so it would probly only take 8 or maybe a bit more so just have a couple days of hardcore gaming and you should get it no prob, id recommend using ur first save at least at chapter 10 and use ur remaining 2 to finish the game,

Comment #108 by DragonKnight1082
Tuesday, February 08, 2011 @ 06:33:09 PM

lol this is gonna be fun to get ^^'

Comment #109 by oiCurtiSx
Tuesday, February 08, 2011 @ 06:59:34 PM

This will be easy, i only started it tonight, i got to chapter 6 without being hit then died from a very stupid mistake, when i start properly at the weekend it should be a blast, play the campaign a few times, knowing spawns and jusmp points will save your ass more times than you can even imagine. If possible buy the dlc, the bloody force gun is a GODSEND. Lastly stay calm, only buy the force gun so you dont get ammo you dont need, and you should be fine, when i died i had the force gun and plasma cutter with over 100 rounds each and 7 medpacks, like i say if it wasn't for a stupid mistake id be way into chapter 10 by now, perfect your aim, learn the spawns and stay calm you'l get it easily :)

Comment #110 by rtorbs
Wednesday, February 09, 2011 @ 08:48:00 AM

Im pretty sure that on completion of hardcaore mode it unlocks 'impossible mode'....but you get some cool gun or whatever to 'try' play through ?

I cant confirm 100% yet as only just playing through hardcore myself

Comment #111 by sixfortyone
Wednesday, February 09, 2011 @ 10:46:25 AM

#110: You may be confusing this for a strategy some have developed. Many people will play through the game on Casual or Normal in order to unlock Hardcore, then playing through to unlock the Hand Cannon. They will then take their foam finger and proceed to "bang bang" and "pew pew pew" their way through Zealot, making it a four hour cake-walk. Considering the fact that Zealot is actually harder than Hardcore, aside from the saves (Hardcore having the damage counters of Survivalist and the item drops of Zealot), this might be what you're confusing for "Impossible." Though not unlocked by defeating Hardcore, it is certainly made much, much easier.

Comment #112 by lordskorrkeeper
Wednesday, February 09, 2011 @ 05:31:21 PM

Decapatated at the end of Chapter 6 no saves, no idea he could 1 shot me, damn
Wall Necro almost destroyed my controller, guess I will try again tomorrow such
a stupid death on my part oh well live and learn.

Comment #113 by harbinger1221
Wednesday, February 09, 2011 @ 10:13:12 PM

i saved at 4, 8 and 12 (didn't even need the save at twelve, but it sure relaxed me). I suggest playing a new game + before attempting this, i did and this was a breeze.

i good stragey i found was having the pulse rifle, line gun and plasma cutter at all points past ch 6. upgrade your health first, then till duration on line gun, special on plasma cutter and everything else on pulse rifle and stasis. also never sell stasis packs and never buy health unless you have to, save as much as you can in inventory. i had like 15 stasis packs by chapter 13 which basically made the rest of the game stasis and run (lame i know, but it was simple and it worked).

the pulse rifle i find is great especially for the little rusher guys (the ones in the final boss fight, one PULSE RIFLE shot owns them)

Comment #114 by harbinger1221
Wednesday, February 09, 2011 @ 10:16:32 PM

for the final boss fight, just line gun grenade the boss and empty pulse rifle clips into the yellow. (quicker for damage then the plasma cutter on the yellow stuff, plasma cutter is better for cutting) with this the final boss fight took literally seconds.

good luck

(this achievement is funner and easier then it looks)

Comment #115 by Endco
Friday, February 11, 2011 @ 07:52:54 PM

I died in the first 15 seconds on my first try, but now that I've played it for a while:

The achievement is easier than it sounds.

At first I dreaded it, but now I'm itching to finish it. Currently, I have one save planted at chapter six, and am planning my next save for chapter eleven. Everything is actually going quite smoothly for me and to my amazement I haven't died once.

What I'm really not looking forward to is the Ishimura. I have bad memories from my first pplaythrough where I absolutely could not pass through it (I wasted to much ammo). I think I'll be able to do better now that I know what's happening though.

As for any recommendations I might have up my sleeve:

Don't think it's too hard - it really isn't.

Use your nodes on your weapons - especially on the plas

Comment #116 by shogunstarhero
Friday, February 11, 2011 @ 10:18:58 PM

getting this achievement is going pretty well so far except.... playing for about 2 hours and getting into government sector and then having a message pop and saying the disc is unreadable! aaaaaaaghh!!!!!!!! brand new game. my 360 sucks. I plan to use the force gun on nicole and my plasma cutter on the marker's heart.. seemed to work amazingly well in the past.

Comment #117 by Lothra
Saturday, February 12, 2011 @ 05:16:29 PM

Im working through this slowly, i have just used my first save on the beginning of chapter 8, i was just careful from chapter 1-7 then once i got to the disk 2 checkpoint i run/gunned my way to 8 and then saved, i still have loads of ammo and a fully upgraded Plasma Cutter, should be easy enough now with 2 saves still to use.

Unlike alot of people im doing this without DLC, i refuse to pay for DLC just to make the game a tiny bit easier than it already is, seems like a waste of cash, ill be saving my points for better DLC like Severed.

Comment #118 by lordskorrkeeper
Saturday, February 12, 2011 @ 05:33:06 PM

Chapters 5 (at the end)died previous on chapter 6 end with a guardian.
Chapter 10 beginning (did not need to save til 13 i bet).
Chapter 13 (right before laser room).
Beat game after that with ease, used Plasma and Force gun, started with CE Suit then Vintage Suit (to look cool), and finally the Advance Suit in Chapter 11, got me a Foam Finger now, Bang, Bang, Bang, Pew, Pew, Pew. lol

Comment #119 by Hard To The Core
Sunday, February 13, 2011 @ 01:56:11 PM

This is the most annoying achievement I have EVER! attempted. I finally did it.
Save anywhere you like during your game just remember only save twice because
you want the last save for the final save station to prevent you from getting
to pissed off when you died. (If you die). I would recommend that you
complete Casual then Hardcore. After that do Zealot because then you can get the
Foam Finger which is fucking brutally amazing :)

Comment #120 by Bricki
Monday, February 14, 2011 @ 01:03:09 PM

Completed in 1 day. Final time was around 6:30. Saved Chapter 6 at start. Start of Chapter 9. and Start of chapter 13. Died 5 times after my chapter 13 save. Other than that never died. Most enraged when died right at the last scene. But overall most rewarding acheivement on my list. Plus awesome in game reward!

Comment #121 by borkko
Monday, February 14, 2011 @ 05:26:21 PM

Died by a fucking door of a coffin tube on chapter 5, after that I was too pissed of and again died by the pack while trying to meelee them all for kicks...

Now playing for the third time, my learning... take your time! Study the rooms and consult online walkthroughs if needed. And don't get upset if you have to backtrack, can happen to anyone. (yeah, easier said than done).

If you get distracted, you're dead, not because it's to hard, but because you loose control and start acting stupid :)

This time, I'm nailing it :)

Comment #122 by frogjelly2
Monday, February 14, 2011 @ 07:27:10 PM

FINALLY got this achievement yesterday!! I just consulted youtube for a hardcore walkthrough and followed the steps on the vid(s). I saved at chapter6, 10, and the beginning of 13. I used the PC and the force gun up until chapter 13 then I used the contact beam the rest of the way. just so you guys know the contact beam is a must for the final boss at the end. takes 2 or 3 shots and it's dead! and I actually played the game through again just because the foam finger is soooooo much fun! TAKE THAT YOU NECROS!!!

Comment #123 by Falloutkid22
Wednesday, February 16, 2011 @ 04:58:19 AM

Do not save until you are asked to insert the second disc. The reason is that if you die, you will return to the elevator and not the hospital, also you will still retain all your three saves. Hope this helps. (;,;)

Comment #124 by Prelude2disastr
Wednesday, February 16, 2011 @ 06:29:31 AM

Yeah... I tried this... got wiped out a couple of times and kept on at it... half way through chapter 6 i got snuffed out again and decided I better learn the games layout again...

Seriously, I would suggest doing this immediately after a full run through making a note of any bits you have issues with so you know when you need to save. Different people seem to have trouble with different bits.

Comment #125 by TheMacias
Wednesday, February 16, 2011 @ 09:05:37 AM


Yeah, I also wouldn't buy any more stupid DLC, because I got a lesson. I bought the DS Ignition game and it's so weak. At least I got a free weapon and a nice suit in DS2. Maybe the Hacker Contact Beam can be helpful on HardCore difficulty?

Comment #126 by Akira1908
Thursday, February 17, 2011 @ 08:52:19 AM

i dont know if i understand this. If i play on hardcore, and i die in chapter 5, will i respawn on the beginning on this chapter or... im going to respawn on hospital bed in chapter 1?!?
I would be greatfull for answer, beacuse i need only: hard to the core, and vacum cleaner.

Comment #127 by Kinjin
Friday, February 18, 2011 @ 06:37:40 PM

@126 You'll respawn watching the cutscene of Nicole waking Isaac up in the very beginning of the game.

Comment #128 by TommyD758
Saturday, February 19, 2011 @ 09:47:55 PM

I'm gonna try this. It will piss me off but damn it I'm going to get it.

Comment #129 by Akira1908
Sunday, February 20, 2011 @ 06:26:15 PM

127 - Thanks, i will try. however i have die 4 times already :/ But heck its DS! I love this game!

Comment #130 by Alexbrc
Monday, February 21, 2011 @ 05:51:19 PM

im afraid to try this o.o

Comment #131 by mickyblue
Monday, February 21, 2011 @ 11:12:51 PM

somtimes, late at night, when i'm feeling bad, i love smearing my asshole in peanut butter and having my girlfriends pet rabbits lick it off, its so hot, it feels amazing, i highly recomend it!

Comment #132 by Chiodos
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 @ 05:51:52 AM

SPOILER!!! Hey e1 I'm new to this but please tell me I wasn't the only one to notice that ellie's eye patch switched from her left eye right b4 u fly up to get in the Gunship to her right eye when she says "what?" Check it out ppl I'm not kidding :-)

Comment #133 by Chiodos
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 @ 05:53:37 AM

SPOILER!!! Hey e1 I'm new to this but please tell me I wasn't the only one to notice that ellie's eye patch switched from her left eye right b4 u fly up to get in the Gunship to her right eye when she says "what?" Check it out ppl I'm not kidding :-)

Comment #134 by Tattoosimpson
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 @ 07:24:18 PM

If your saving all your saves for the 2nd disc, when switching discs dont acidently hit the power button instead of eject!!!!!! I literally got sick to my stomach.

Comment #135 by Xx 757 xX
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 @ 01:21:00 PM

really wasn't that hard just got it 5 minutes ago used plasma cutter and upgraded javelin kills the last boss in two or three full javelin shots and only takes one javelin shot to make her disappear for a couple of seconds, i'm going to eventually make a walkthrough, i didn't die any and the run took 7 hrs and 28 mins. just be cautious.

Comment #136 by Xx 757 xX
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 @ 01:24:30 PM

*spolier i guess* in the hall with the two brutes near the end just have the brutes come out and chase you and then run back to the door you came from and they wont be able to hit you, and on the eye machine everyone says is hard just hold A down to you get close to his eye and then wait and every time it turns blue just tap the a once or twice and you will always get it its not timed so take your time.

Comment #137 by Xx 757 xX
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 @ 01:33:54 PM

*EDIT* my zealot mode took 7 hrs and 28 mins, (i read it wrong) my hardcore only took 6:56:13

Comment #138 by LiamVIII
Saturday, February 26, 2011 @ 05:47:50 AM

I finished Zealot in around 7hrs 28 mins too. And I didn't really die that much... Definitley going to attempt this after what I've read.

Comment #139 by Broken360Controller
Monday, February 28, 2011 @ 03:27:40 PM

This is by far the most ridiculous achievement I've yet encountered in my entire time of owning an XBox 360, and I'm talking about launch day 6 years ago. I don't even count the Gears of War "Kill 10 million enemy" achievements because they're just plain stupid.

But this one? Downright ridiculous. After 3 failed attempts I at least know that I will not be attempting it again. DS is one of my favorite game series, I 1K'd DS1 and DSI, and I really wanted to 1K DS2. I now know that will never happen. The tram part in chapter 2 was hard enough...hanging suspended, your aim way off...I did my first playthrough on Survivalist and that part alone took me 9 or 10 attempts. Now in Hard Core when pretty much any enemy is a guaranteed 1 hit death, I've never made it past that part. Screw th

Comment #140 by GYRODOS
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 12:00:58 AM

this wouldnt be that bad if my xbox didnt freeze on chapter 9 without using a save.


Comment #141 by Opiate42
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 07:57:56 AM

This one was worth the effort, it was a blast and the using the foam finger is hilarious!!

Grabbed a case of beer, some munchies and hunkered down on a weekend I didn't have anything else planned. Slow and steady.

Comment #142 by X2ne
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 08:20:31 PM

If you can't cope with frustration, don't attempt this achievement. This took me about 10 hours to beat, but it's a very satisfying achievement. I saved at 5, 9, and 12(Before the Drill)
Honestly, the best strategy is to pick one or two weapons and make them your favorites. Personally, I liked the Plasma Cutter. By upgrading it completely by Chapter 7, and buying about 100 rounds every time I went to the store, the game was a breeze. I died a total of 8 times when trying this, and the game froze once on Chapter 14.

Comment #143 by restSINpeace
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @ 10:18:39 PM

yea mine froze on ch9 but i just saved it a sec before so i was happy now just to get to chapter 13 for my last save gonna be soooo hard

Comment #144 by mickyblue1988
Wednesday, March 02, 2011 @ 12:14:55 AM

i'm starting my second play through on normal, hording cash, med packs and ammo, i will do this if it means no social life lol

Comment #145 by Volcano Man
Wednesday, March 02, 2011 @ 05:18:11 AM

Whatever you do, don't do what I did. Saved in Chapter 13 for the third time, continued through to the end, beat the boss, then in the ending flight up to the gunship SPLAT on the very last rock you have to clear (the over / under rock). If you get to this point, be sure to watch plenty of You Tube videos to memorize the rock patterns to clear the 4 or so rocks on the flight up to the gunship, otherwise you will be PISSED OFF.

Comment #146 by Kunnin Wayz
Wednesday, March 02, 2011 @ 12:21:51 PM

I'm going for this now. I abandoned my Zealot playthrough to do a Haradcore one instead. Currently at the end of Chapter 7, managed the freefall/skydive part fine.

Not used one save yet, gonna drop a save at Chapter 9 because I'm shitting myself about the part where you have to throw the explosive barrels into the hydrogen trichloride(?) storage tanks while being mauled by Tripods. I figure I should perhaps just max out on stasis packs and meds before that part, and spam the Tripod(s) with stasis.

I'm currently using only Plasma Cutter and Contact Beam, but I have the Ripper (with only one extra magazine) as backup and for those Little Shits aka The Pack. Might switch backup weapon for Force Gun for the next few chapters though.

Comment #147 by Kunnin Wayz
Wednesday, March 02, 2011 @ 01:16:52 PM

Fuck. Bastarding dickbag Leaper pwnz0rd me at the CEC door (right after the freefall/skydive part). Which as you can see, brought on my tourettes. Bollocks!

Just did the whole of Ch.7 again, with the aid of the Detonator gun this time.

Comment #148 by Kunnin Wayz
Wednesday, March 02, 2011 @ 02:51:20 PM

Shit. That was a stupid idea, shoot out a window to make a vacuum and don't bother to shoot the emergency shutter release. Back to Ch.7 again. I've now decided to drop a save right after the freefall/skydive part, before the CEC door.

Comment #149 by Ghetto Ferret
Wednesday, March 02, 2011 @ 02:55:52 PM

It says to use the force gun but for me its like a 5 shot kill on casual. Is this right?

Comment #150 by Kunnin Wayz
Wednesday, March 02, 2011 @ 04:57:56 PM

The Force Gun has VERY short range with primary fire.

Reached Chapter 11 now on Hardcore. Died twice so far and used one save. Gonna drop another save on Chapter 12 I think, before the drill ride. Then drop my last one before the eye poke machine.

I'm using the environment where I can, even backtracking through doors when I enter a room full of enemies - this will make them either loose interest or lure them into a chokepoint. RIG, Stasis and Plasma Cutter nearly fully upgradeded, Contact Beam slightly upgraded. So far most of my credits have gone on Contact Beam ammo. I now have quite a few Stasis packs and mediums meds in my inventory, and these are just what I've picked up.

Comment #151 by Kunnin Wayz
Wednesday, March 02, 2011 @ 06:47:54 PM

FFS!! Fucking typical: owned about 2 minutes before I was going to drop my last save. The thing was, it was a Puker that killed me yet I had already killed it (one full charge Contact Beam) so I dunno WTF is up with that. It was probably for the best anyway as I had like no ammo left. It seemed that some super advanced enemies showed up and caused me to use up my ammo - this one point, I took out one advanced Lurker with two DIRECT shots from Force Gun alt fire, yet the next advanced Lurker still kep coming after I removed one of his tenticles AND hit him four times with Force Gun alt fire.

Comment #152 by mpaules
Wednesday, March 02, 2011 @ 07:31:23 PM

If u beat it on hardcore mode u get a new gun.

Comment #153 by Kunnin Wayz
Thursday, March 03, 2011 @ 03:25:05 AM

Back at Ch.13 now. Almost there.

Comment #154 by SecondGradeMath
Friday, March 04, 2011 @ 09:30:12 PM

Question what is the best way to spend power nodes to get this achievement? upgrade plasma cutter, then rig, then statis, then other gun? please help me and WTF is up with the new achievements? Im thinking ok 96% done but nope like 87% is the new DLC map crap hard?

Comment #155 by JoshLevos
Sunday, March 06, 2011 @ 05:05:04 PM

Don't get intimidated by this achievement. It's really not that hard. You can do the DLC cheat using the detonator but it takes so long its just not really worth it. All I used was the plasma cutter, force gun (gun of choice), pulse rifle, and ripper.
for the saves, its really up to you. I saved right before the Tormentor, the Tripod nest, and right after the drill ride but as long as you keep a good amount of ammo on you and helth you should be good to save wherever. I only died once but it was because i ran into one of the lasers in ch14 not because of any necro.
I know someone is probably going to want to actually see if i have the achievement but Im new on here so I don't know how to enable them. If someone could help with that it'd be awesome

Comment #156 by JoshLevos
Sunday, March 06, 2011 @ 05:09:32 PM

to #154
upgrade your stasis and rig first. thats mainly whats going to keep you alive. after that start by upgrading the gun you use most then go to other guns. for the DLC, its not hard or really time consuming. it only took about an hour to beat on Zealot. It really just gives some more incite into what happens with Gabe and Lexine after Extraction

Comment #157 by the juiser13
Sunday, March 13, 2011 @ 10:40:13 PM

I'm currently on chapter six with 120 000 credits and only the plasma cutter. Anything I should buy to help me out at all?

Comment #158 by Titleistguy2
Monday, March 14, 2011 @ 03:36:42 PM

Instead of saving just leave your xbox on while you have the game paused

Comment #159 by Simon Christian
Tuesday, March 15, 2011 @ 05:08:31 AM

I think I might have "the gift" lol. I started out thinking I could out smart the system, "I just won't save at all, what then game?" And early on, random thoughts, I remember the Spitter in the lift on Chpt6, having tromped him on all but the first play through. Game was going like silk, kept my supplies on point, only remeber being in the yellow once. Along comes the elevator Spitter bit, I have a massive brain fart and charge right into the box with him. Needless to say, my head exploaded.

Comment #160 by the juiser13
Friday, March 18, 2011 @ 04:33:04 PM

Finally beat it..... bang bang pew pew.

Comment #161 by lobo91011
Sunday, March 20, 2011 @ 12:53:41 AM


Comment #162 by USMC Diablo
Sunday, March 20, 2011 @ 08:54:35 PM

This stupid and exactly why I have stopped playing anything from EA.

Comment #163 by Moozipan Cheese
Monday, March 21, 2011 @ 07:33:49 AM

Started it a couple of days ago, everything was going surprisingly well and easy, up until just before the first Zero-G area. One of those Exploders with the yellow sacs for arms chased after me, and rather than severing his arm or Stasis-ing him, I shot the sac when he was quite close. Needless to say, I died in one hit, from full health. Bah!

Comment #164 by Moozipan Cheese
Monday, March 21, 2011 @ 05:29:56 PM

Ah, fuck. Just got killed on the Ishimura in Chapter 10, along that long narrow corridor before the fixing the centrifuge in engineering. I'll have to remember to bring more Plasma Cutter ammo and Stasis Packs next time, I guess. Well, back to Chapter 7!

Comment #165 by Supercat
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 @ 10:42:56 PM

Hey guys, im stuck on chapter 12 right before the giant drill ride, any tips on passing it?

Comment #166 by Flibbity Floid
Friday, March 25, 2011 @ 01:19:52 PM

@ 150 - Yes but it also obliterates almost any enemy when it's fully powered OR gives you a good length of breathing room. That gun carried me through the first games Impossible mode.

@ 165 - Stand right in front of Ellie and keep looking left to right. Force gun just about everyone against/off the railings then bust out whatever longer ranged weapon for the Lurkers on the cliffs. This is one of the parts I know I'll be frusty with.

Comment #167 by Moozipan Cheese
Saturday, March 26, 2011 @ 09:21:47 AM

The drill ride's easy if you have a lot of ammo and health. Just remember the Lurkers appear on the right first, and then the left. There's some health packs early on you can pick up with Kinesis, as well as some explosive cansiters.

Comment #168 by Monkeyboy214
Saturday, March 26, 2011 @ 08:58:57 PM

Man, The Ubermorph at the end is like " You know what screw you issac im just cancel out the thing that makes this game possible to play, which would be dismemberment"

Comment #169 by smokinaces
Sunday, March 27, 2011 @ 09:47:39 AM

All i did was use the force gun and contact beam to get this achievement, 1. Force gun ammo is cheap 2. Contact beam for the bosses aka brutes and tormentors.

Comment #170 by Moozipan Cheese
Monday, April 04, 2011 @ 11:56:30 AM

Yeah, got it. Finally! So incredibly satisfying when you complete it. And the reward is awesome.

Comment #171 by Geoffthebest
Friday, April 08, 2011 @ 04:34:24 AM

Don't feel like you have to just have the two weapons as most suggest! I did it with a 'normal' weapon set and did it one day. I suggest getting both martial law
and supernova; Martial law for the force gun (they are right when saying this will get you through the game) but the main attraction of supernova isn't the suit but
the fact that you unlock force ammo straight away! this means you can stock up
on (cheap) force ammo without worrying about schematics and you can have it from
the start!

Just do it your own way, it's useful to have a pulse rifle instead of a plasma
cutter but the force gun makes the play through so much easier!

Good luck all

Comment #172 by Jack Pumpkinhed
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 07:44:09 PM

I don't think this sounds too hard. I beat Zealot mode in one sitting with limited ammo and a fully upgraded flamethrower (trust me, it helps in Zealot) so yeah, if the difficulty isn't Zealot in this I think it will be fine.

Just got to make sure to remember Stasis. I kept forgetting about it through my zealot run and stalkers got me almost every time...

Comment #173 by petrolhead91
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 @ 10:40:03 AM

I have finally done it under 6 hours.
I don't think I have been so nervous in my life in the last chapter.

Comment #174 by kthulu666
Sunday, April 17, 2011 @ 12:12:35 PM

I finally beat hard core and got the arctic suit soldier suit and the hand cannon

Comment #175 by ippiki_ookami
Monday, April 25, 2011 @ 05:43:40 AM

I dies from flying into debris after the final boss. Lost 6 chapters of progress. Never gonna try again.

Comment #176 by Noble666
Monday, April 25, 2011 @ 07:16:10 AM

I got this about 2 weeks back. Saved mid Chapter 5 (part right after 'Event
Horizon' gravity generator), a third into Chapter 10 (after clearing Engineering)
and at the end of Chapter 13. I chose those points to take full advantage of the
chapter 7 checkpoint. This achievement isn't hard because of the enemies or ammo.
What will kill you are quick time events, airlocks, and zero gravity hazards.
During my run I died to all three of these things (only once did it cost me hours
of play), so let me share some of my mistakes. The force gun can blow out airlocks,
the Nest's spikes can knock you back into hazards EVEN if the have lost their
explosive tips, and the last airlock room is a BITCH. It's tiny and features
an enhanced slasher and an exploder. My suggestion

Comment #177 by Hblazsej
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 @ 05:37:23 AM

My favorite achievement :D

Comment #178 by cv23
Saturday, April 30, 2011 @ 01:36:57 AM

ok I'm trying to do this one I'm in chapter 6 so far but i passed to chapter 7 changed disc and died a little bit after, the thing is i had to go out and couldn't continue with the level i was wondering if anybody knew if I will start from ch 7 or will i have to start over from ch 6?

Comment #179 by oB2Ko Hawk
Saturday, April 30, 2011 @ 11:31:37 PM

Has anyone actually confirmed the disk 2 thing (i didnt feel like reading all comments)

Comment #180 by cv23
Sunday, May 01, 2011 @ 12:13:31 AM

@179 i just tried it and if u dont save in disc 2 u are screwed u go back to disc 1, thats what happened to me

Comment #181 by batista102190
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 04:42:03 AM

Here's the thing. Hardcore mode isn't even that bad. Just use the plasma cutter and ripper. I promise those are the best guns. I finished the whole thing in 6 hours. Save at chapter 6, 10, and 13. And if you do make it to the second disc and die you don't have to start over. Just from where disc 2 begins. Once you beat it, you get a red foam finger which kills in one shot. Unlimited ammo and no reloading. I finished new game plus with that gun in three hours. So easy. Just be sure towards the end of trhe game before the marker fight to save all plasma cutter bullets. You'll need them at the end boss. If i can do it on hardcore you can. And i only have like 12000 total gamerscore.

Comment #182 by authentic
Friday, May 06, 2011 @ 02:53:53 PM

i really wasnt going to try to get this achievement untill i read these comments. i feel dumb because i never realized how good of a gun the force gun is. Im almost done with my zealot playthrough and just started using it. So its safe to say i'll be going for 100% on this one.

Comment #183 by xxcrazybirdiexx
Monday, May 09, 2011 @ 12:00:01 PM

i just finished hardcore today, man was that tough,took me around one week to finish, my advice is dont rush and take ur time and be CAREFULL , some parts are annoying as hell but manageable, use the zealot force gun (or just the normal force gun) it really works well and strong, GL to all of u who attempt to get this achivment, a true hard achievement :) .

Comment #184 by ViolenceFiend
Thursday, May 12, 2011 @ 10:24:42 PM

Just finished it. This is the very definition of an achievement. Still shaking.
Three days. Now to play with the Hand cannon.

Comment #185 by A shoeless Foot
Monday, May 16, 2011 @ 06:46:32 PM

Haven't even bothered to attempt this achievement

Comment #186 by xXGalickgunXx
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 @ 01:44:20 PM

I am going to save at the fifth chapter to take full advantage of the chekpoint in chapter 7, and then ill save just right before the drill scene...cause i hate this part...from there i will manage to save at chapter 14 just beforre the boss or before the regenerator part...i will explode my xbox if i died at the boss fight and i ave to start over -___-..

also i am going to play trhough the ame 4 time , easy, normal, hard and make sure i get the hang of the game and to know where every neromorph are spoted..I also nned to make strategie for the stalker ( i figured out every part so far where u can find some, and they cant touch me in anyway, attrac them and get in a door and wait for them to come to you..piece of cake ;) )

I will first upgrade my life gauge and stase at

Comment #187 by xXGalickgunXx
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 @ 02:04:23 PM

the beggining and then ill upgrade the plasma cutter and the line gun or maybe the force gun i need to review this :)....

so good luck guys with this achievement

Comment #188 by syckrhythm
Thursday, May 19, 2011 @ 10:50:04 AM

looks like it's time to try and get this achievement, wooooooooo

Comment #189 by Falloutsider
Saturday, May 21, 2011 @ 07:27:21 AM

Ive Done It Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Comment #190 by Terransheep
Saturday, May 21, 2011 @ 12:24:53 PM

Just beat Hardcore today, didn't use force gun. I didn't have EB pre order too. Just the DLC and the gears that came with it. Seeker rifle + 15%Armor. I used contact beam when I got it at chapter 7. The ammo for that gun is the money source. 1 per 1000 credits. I often sell it back to the store.

Comment #191 by xXGalickgunXx
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 @ 10:38:10 AM

lve done it too in 2 days of playing and i can say its not that hard. all you need is a good strategie, its the key!...repley the game over and over and make a strategie where you have trouble usaly...

seriously make a strategie.. it sure is frustrating when u diie though :(..

Comment #192 by CXZOMBIE1980
Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 06:15:02 PM

It took me an hour to go through all the comments here. Hehe. Just finished Survivalist last night. I'm SO gonna try this tonight. matter what they say hahaha. I'm still thinking about that dlc though, how many points are the supernova and martial each? Mhhh... Viva Dead Space!!! Necromorphs here we...GO!!!! Favorite DS2 moment: The needle in the eye, now that is what I call Aliens meet Clockwork Orange! Fucking Brilliant!

Comment #193 by CXZOMBIE1980
Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 06:16:57 PM

that was Aliens MEETS Clockwork Orange...

Comment #194 by Uzumakian
Friday, May 27, 2011 @ 07:07:44 PM

JUST got this achievement about 5 mins ago... Probably the most intense thing I've ever experienced. My hands are still shaking. I only died a few times, but I used my last save way to early (mid chapter 11), so it made the remainder of the game super intense.

Comment #195 by xXGalickgunXx
Monday, May 30, 2011 @ 08:08:27 AM

I wish good luck to everyone who attempt this :)...dont die because you will nearly break your controller like i did least i finished it -_-''

Comment #196 by TheBlueSkittle
Monday, May 30, 2011 @ 09:13:28 AM

After reading all these comments i have come to the following conclusion that
other player may find useful - save at: 6, 9, 12 or 13
weapons: Force Gun and Plasma Cutter
take it slow and instead of wasting ammo all the
time use kenesis alot!

Comment #197 by TheBlueSkittle
Monday, May 30, 2011 @ 02:12:39 PM



Comment #198 by xXGalickgunXx
Wednesday, June 01, 2011 @ 12:11:34 PM

my recommendation at 3 :)....then get the checpoint at at 10 or just before the tripod nest to make sure....and save at 13 finaaly...... this way it was a piece of friend did this and he was like..omg that was so easy!!

but between 3 and 10 u have to play in one sitting f u dont want to lose ur checkpoint at 7... :)

Comment #199 by xXGalickgunXx
Wednesday, June 01, 2011 @ 12:24:29 PM

Oh btw a simple note XDD...i was playin online in multiplayer and it said that only 1% of the player as completed the game on Hardcore mode...i was like ahahahahha

Comment #200 by a thousand sunz
Thursday, June 02, 2011 @ 03:02:27 PM

I am going to attempt this achievement. im ony gunna use 3 guns . a good tip is to upgrade rig and statis 1st then go or the weapon u most use then the contact beams alt fire

Comment #201 by xXGalickgunXx
Thursday, June 02, 2011 @ 06:59:27 PM

yeh upgrade ur stasis and health first at al cost :D...for the weapon go as u wish with the one u feel ur the best with :)

Comment #202 by joker3829
Sunday, June 05, 2011 @ 06:32:28 AM

too difficult for me......
But i am willing to have a try~~

Comment #203 by Bgkiller21
Sunday, June 05, 2011 @ 11:16:51 PM

the only achievement ive ever come across that has completely pissed me off used 2 saves already one chap 7 and i get to chapter 10 and instantly die 3 times in a row i cant even look at dead space 2 the same anymore.

Comment #204 by Thugsta
Monday, June 06, 2011 @ 04:38:31 PM

f**king died on chapter 13 at those 3 Red laser circle thing last save was on chapter 8 so a whole f**kin day wasted f**k this achievement f**k dead space 2 this really ruins it for me

Comment #205 by GrimReaper0427
Monday, June 13, 2011 @ 12:44:58 AM

The most frustrating yet addicting achievement to get! Take your time, you'll survive

Comment #206 by ockaz
Tuesday, June 14, 2011 @ 12:30:53 PM

Just got through de game on Zealot.
Didn't find it THAT hard actually.
I played it through in ~7 hours on Zealot.

Now this one is the last achievement, i'm scared ):

Comment #207 by CelticGhost007
Tuesday, June 14, 2011 @ 07:25:50 PM

Definitely looking forward to doing this. Going to by quite a challenge to do!

Comment #208 by theNomad
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 @ 10:20:45 AM

@thugsta96 I feel for ya man, it is such a tricky bastard this one should in fairness be a 150 point achievement. Does it actually unlock anything ? not that after playing it hardcore would you want another run through for a long time. Be neat if items crossed to DS3 like they did from Mass Effect 1 to 2.

Comment #209 by FaintAura
Thursday, June 16, 2011 @ 07:42:18 AM

i'm about to do my Hardcore run and have already unlocked every single achievement in the game other than Hardcore, i just want to know how much of an advantage it would be to first download and complete the Arcade DS ignition (is that right?) i know that by having a save file of this game i get to open up the conduit rooms will that give me a noticable edge? any help appreciated cheers

Comment #210 by Neonlovetiger
Thursday, June 16, 2011 @ 08:27:49 PM

Could someone please explain to me why the force gun is good? I used it once on zealot to get the The Sampler Platter achievement and it literally took 12 point blank shots to kill one necromorph. This wasnt upgrasded and I never used the alternate fire but still why is everyone calling it the easist gun for hardcore when I consider it the worst?

Comment #211 by aFallenSailor
Friday, June 17, 2011 @ 02:50:37 PM

I got to the apartment complex and was riding an elevator up. Next thing i knew, the elevator car was going up over me, everything was pitch black and i died.

#NEONLOVETIGER - Did you try the Alt fire (RB)button for the Force Gun?

Comment #212 by Celxius
Friday, June 17, 2011 @ 05:37:40 PM

Thanks to all of the advice found on this post, I've finally built up the guts to try and go for this achievement...

Comment #213 by dozoderitus
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 @ 01:36:15 PM

lol this is nuthin try seriously 2.0 ...

Comment #214 by Jeff Iz King
Saturday, June 25, 2011 @ 12:15:28 AM

This is soo easy. all i did was save every 5 chapters. i died like 7 times but it was worth it in the end. I had the upgraded plasma cutter, line gun, pulse rifle, and javelin gun. I suggest to the person who does this to make sure he/she has a lot of stasis refill packs.

Comment #215 by Shaffuru
Sunday, June 26, 2011 @ 08:11:07 PM

Best way to Finish this is to remember all the locations the necromorphs come from. and to not save until you reach the second disk, ccause its a secret save when you change to disk 2.

Comment #216 by Hoser117
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 @ 10:31:57 AM

This honestly doesn't seem that hard... Just tedious. I didn't die too much on my first play through, just need to be careful and time the saves well.

Comment #217 by XxTwiZtedIonzxX
Saturday, July 02, 2011 @ 11:51:48 PM

this achievement is fun but frustrating this achievement is like gears of war's seriously and gears of war 2 seriously 2.0 achievements its like they got wasted one night and had a retarted baby! (no disrespect achievements i love them)

Comment #218 by VonVerrikan
Tuesday, July 05, 2011 @ 03:42:18 PM

Basically if you save before Disc 2 you're screwed. Force gun also isn't as good as peeps say. I used the pulse rifle and stagger-fired as little as possible, and won it with ease.

Comment #219 by Hoser117
Tuesday, July 05, 2011 @ 10:05:14 PM


Well... you said in your post you never used alt fire and it wasn't upgraded so whtat the hell do you think the answer is?

Comment #220 by klack43
Wednesday, July 06, 2011 @ 12:35:12 PM

I love achievements like this. So rewarding

Comment #221 by The BingMeister
Wednesday, July 06, 2011 @ 05:55:18 PM

Its not a 'Secret Save' at the start of disc 2, its a checkpoint and you only keep the checkpoint as long as you dont turn your xbox off, cause then it will load your last actual save

Comment #222 by x XEROPAIN x
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 @ 11:28:41 AM

cant wait to try it. im gonna go for saves at 5, 10, and 13

Comment #223 by videomaster38
Thursday, July 14, 2011 @ 05:17:27 PM

I made it to disc @ (the other half of Chapter 7) with out saving. That was a month ago i am afraid to touch it now

Comment #224 by ThePillowPants
Saturday, July 16, 2011 @ 12:58:12 AM

Be careful if you try to do the disc glitch. I had my system set up on that 8 hour sleep timer, got back from work and my system was off!!! Honestly i had to replay at least 10 hours of gameplay because of this and many other stupid deaths... like those spinning lasers at the EarthGov building...WOW.

Comment #225 by ThePillowPants
Saturday, July 16, 2011 @ 01:01:29 AM

The Force Gun is your best friend in this mode....seriously, forget the plasma cutter. Things get pretty tense and it is much easier wiping out enemies rather than trying to surgically take them out

Comment #226 by ArcticInf3rno
Saturday, July 16, 2011 @ 12:39:31 PM

Anybody have any tips on the best areas to save?

Comment #227 by freaks
Sunday, July 17, 2011 @ 09:39:39 AM

Only one chapter to go, that was fun !

Comment #228 by Kunnin Wayz
Sunday, July 17, 2011 @ 10:28:03 AM

Bang bang pew pew pew! Finally nailed this one down, using Plasma Cutter and Contact Beam. Seeing that the Contact Beam can one-hit-kill enhanced Necros with one shot of primary fire and the Force Gun can't. Most blinking expensive ammo though. Anyone else keep getting the urge to just rhythmically spam the primary and secondary fire buttons with the Handcannon to make Isaac beatbox?

Comment #229 by xXGalickgunXx
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 @ 08:54:22 PM

i died 3 times during this achievement...the 3 times were frustrating as least i didnt died once between chapter 3 and 10...phew...i died at the end of each time i wanted to save frustrating..i broke one of my controler button xD

Comment #230 by Namzzar
Sunday, July 24, 2011 @ 10:48:57 AM

I really can't be bothered with this :(
Do't want to do the eye needle again :(

Comment #231 by Valkynaz
Thursday, July 28, 2011 @ 02:34:14 AM

Hardcore mode is medium difficulty with drop rate of Zealot. You also get a free save once you switch to the 2nd disc. Pulse Rifle is the best gun for this.

Cry more, bitch niggas

Comment #232 by Sixmonkey
Tuesday, August 02, 2011 @ 08:12:41 PM

Hey what about u start the game on normal difficulty and then u switch to hardcore.... you know what I mean???

Comment #233 by xXGalickgunXx
Thursday, August 04, 2011 @ 03:23:18 PM

cant do that....xD nice try though :P

Comment #234 by Sixmonkey
Thursday, August 04, 2011 @ 11:50:44 PM

Well I actually started the game at normal, it was a mistake of mine and when I realized it it was just before going againts the first monster encounter at the end of the first chapter. I paused, went to the settings and changed it at hardcore...It let me do it and then when I died it made me start right where I had made the switch to hard core. I guess it work but I didn't want to take a chance and go through the whole thing for in the end the game would not give me the hardcore achievement cause it wasnt set since right at the beginning. So what u think

Comment #235 by The Demon Cat
Saturday, August 06, 2011 @ 06:31:21 PM

Wouldnt the best areas to save be at Chapter 6, Chapter 11, and then before the finale??

Comment #236 by xXGalickgunXx
Tuesday, August 09, 2011 @ 06:57:33 PM

sixmonkey its weird because i personnaly tried it myself and i could never do it... :/...glitch maybe...

Comment #237 by Kunnin Wayz
Wednesday, August 10, 2011 @ 04:09:26 AM

Demon Cat, from my experience of completing Hardcore, the best areas to save are as late into the game as possible. I'm talking droping your first save AFTER Chapter 7, as you get the free disc-swap checkpoint at the start of Chapter 7. After all, shits starts getting real towards the end of the game, so that's where you'll need most of your saves. Might be an idea to try and space out your saves a bit too, like two chapters apart or something. Being one to go against the grain, I grouped mine quite close together, using my last one at the start of Chapter 13.

Comment #238 by Habearu
Wednesday, August 10, 2011 @ 12:44:20 PM

I like how I try Zealot and hardcore and all the problems and glitches in the game come out to play, but when you play on normal and casual everything goes fine, so fuck you dead space 2 and chapter 13 and its glitches that make it impossible to advance and all the holes in your levels that you can fall to your death through the floor, game testing, better start doing it a bit better, and that damn battery don't get me started on that, still I will try again.

Comment #239 by all powerful one
Wednesday, August 17, 2011 @ 02:26:14 AM

I WILL get this achievement even if it kills me

Comment #240 by Stefan61713
Wednesday, August 17, 2011 @ 12:01:40 PM

i still haven't tried this but i think that the best places to save would be before the hallway with the brutes on the ishimura, before the eye-poke machine and in the middle of the final run...
but maybe i'll use it somewhere in chapter 4 like the dude from before the room with the 5 leapers or before the tormentor...

Comment #241 by Habearu
Thursday, August 18, 2011 @ 11:23:45 AM

Died on the final boss so many times now, you would think 55 rounds of a plasma cutter into the core would be enough but apparently not, I will kill you, you elusive bastard you lol.

Comment #242 by EGR Judgedred
Saturday, August 20, 2011 @ 08:58:00 PM

i am so glad i got this achievement. Pain in the ass it is.

Comment #243 by roadkillsamich
Monday, August 22, 2011 @ 12:12:22 PM

getting to frustrated! might have to leave this one behind!

Comment #244 by Daakotaa
Monday, August 22, 2011 @ 09:11:17 PM

Only 3 saves and no checkpoints?

A hard achievement is cool and all but this is just stupid and beyond
frustrating. I'm sorry, but having to replay chapters multiple times due to
dying is not my idea of fun.

Also, did they bother to think about people who don't have all the time in
the world to sit and play a game 3-4 hours straight before saving? I don't think

Definitely one of the hardest achievements I've seen but one of the dumbest as
well. If I get this game, I will be sticking with 950G most likely. This is for
the hardcore gamers and Dead Space lovers no doubt. I feel sorry for the people
who have this game and have an OCD condition and have to get all achievements
or they go crazy...

Comment #245 by The Produca
Saturday, August 27, 2011 @ 10:37:05 PM

When you die, you restart from the beginning of the chapter, not from your last save.

Comment #246 by freaks
Monday, August 29, 2011 @ 11:17:31 AM

Comment #247 by xXBoOgYMaN21Xx
Thursday, September 01, 2011 @ 06:22:56 PM


Comment #248 by RTmurphmohawk18
Friday, September 02, 2011 @ 08:40:02 PM

wait can you like go hardcore and put it on easy difficulty or is hardcore like a really hard diffculty that you cant save more than 3 times?

Comment #249 by Habearu
Thursday, September 08, 2011 @ 10:11:23 AM

That fucking final flying scene has killed me 3 times, two of those times the camera was all fucked and I couldn't see the rocks and the third time one of them killed me when I was past it, this game is so fucking cheap, it does not take skill to beat just luck.

Comment #250 by Habearu
Thursday, September 08, 2011 @ 10:58:23 AM

Just got it, Luck finally turned out I guess lol.

Comment #251 by Blerbman
Friday, September 09, 2011 @ 05:38:43 AM

@244 This was pretty much my mindset until I actually tried it and beat it without dying once.

It really isn't as hard as you think. All you have to do is relax, take it slow, and don't panic. It'll be over in no time.

Comment #252 by xXGalickgunXx
Sunday, September 11, 2011 @ 09:06:47 AM

Th4 produca: your are wrong..if you save at chapter 3 and die at chapter 8 you restart at your last save point which was the one in chapter 3....for exemple...not the begining of the chapter...would b too easy dang..

Comment #253 by Styl0
Thursday, September 15, 2011 @ 07:37:19 PM

Can't believe people are complaining this achievement sucks. Don't be wimps! It's a challenge and the satisfying feeling you get after beating it is pretty cool. Great prize too. Bang Bang, Pew Pew.

Comment #254 by The Produca
Monday, September 19, 2011 @ 12:04:49 AM

5 hours and 16 minutes!
Foam finger time!

Comment #255 by SecondGradeMath
Tuesday, September 20, 2011 @ 11:40:27 AM

can you use the DLC armor and guns and get this????

Comment #256 by DavDavCOBHC
Friday, September 30, 2011 @ 09:50:16 AM

did this with the Martial Law pack, force gun is a life saver.
Also the contact beam alt fire saved my ass at the end, foam finger now!

Comment #257 by Gallega123
Sunday, October 02, 2011 @ 10:56:18 PM

...died on last enemy before disc switch... FRUSTRATION

Comment #258 by XxTwiZtedIonzxX
Thursday, October 20, 2011 @ 09:10:36 PM

Achievements complete me

Comment #259 by TOXICxXxINFERNO
Sunday, October 23, 2011 @ 01:13:50 AM

Done!! 100% completed! but now what? i think im gonna get Dead Space 1 and try
to finish that one! hopefully a Dead Space 3 on the way! :D

Comment #260 by Reaper 6A
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 @ 11:58:48 AM

I haven't even tried this, i want to though. I am in Iraq now so i believe that when i get back in a few months i am going to attempt it. You know how it is, you just gotta have that achievement that others don't.

Comment #261 by houghton2892
Thursday, October 27, 2011 @ 07:36:26 AM

Finished it on Normal and then Zealot in 3 days, took me 6 or 7 Hours on Zealot, didn't die once, So kinda looking forward to doing it on Hard-Core. BTW Hard-Core has the health difficuilty of Survivalist i think its called, but the ammo pick ups of Zealot!!!

Comment #262 by someguyonxbox
Monday, October 31, 2011 @ 06:08:02 AM

1200/1250....its not over yet

Comment #263 by i got squeezed
Monday, October 31, 2011 @ 07:42:16 PM

@ 259 Dead Space 3 is already in the works. Probably coming out late 2012 or 2013

Comment #264 by CloneNiNJA
Thursday, November 03, 2011 @ 03:34:27 AM

omfg im up to chapter 5 and trying to get to chapter 10 for my next save trust me it is very frustrating if you go through like 5 of 6 chapters without saving and you die you go back to the f**king last save it is really anoying its not worth enough gamer score it should be worth more like 100 125 some thin like that
CloneNiNJA Out

Comment #265 by NickSixx17
Sunday, November 06, 2011 @ 11:52:48 AM

This achievement wouldn't be that hard for me but I'll never attempt it because Iof the 3 save limit rule. I'm not going to play this shit for 2 to 3 hrs to get to a high chapter to utilize my saves at a good moment. It requires too much time involved for me to even bother.

Comment #266 by seventhwind
Wednesday, November 09, 2011 @ 07:28:23 PM

I used a you tube walkthrough. Still hard as hell, but got it done.

Comment #267 by E vee dub
Wednesday, November 09, 2011 @ 09:04:09 PM

As a veteran, and well polished gamer, this achievement is quite annoying.

Those fast buggers that crawl at you and jump on you with the sharp tail...

Good luck everyone!
I'm still working on this.

Comment #268 by E vee dub
Wednesday, November 09, 2011 @ 10:24:04 PM

Urrrrgh, Damn you EA with your online codes for used games, and this achievement.

I made it to the brute just before the disc switch and died from an invisible explosion.

I had that bastard, too. S*%&!

Comment #269 by marcus11411
Friday, November 11, 2011 @ 10:20:43 PM

Ok, i've used all my saves and my last save was at the start of chapter 11, i really wanted to use my last save later but i had just got through the ishimura and had a couple of close calls, i thought it was going to glitch out at one point, i was going down in an elevator in complete darkness and thought i was going to be stuck in there.
So i really didn't want to do that chapter again so i played it safe and saved before the stalker part at chapter 11, does anyone think i've got a chance and any tips for these last few chapters?

Comment #270 by marcus11411
Sunday, November 13, 2011 @ 10:04:51 PM

i realized i completely screwed myself by using my last save at the start of chapter 11, you really need to save later, the earliest i'd recomend is probably at the start of chapter 13, i died near the end of chapter 15 because i ran out of plasma cutter ammo, i really didn't expect to get that far though, if i started again my last save would probably be just before the eye-poke machine, but i really don't think i have the patience to start again :z

Comment #271 by zarda1
Thursday, November 24, 2011 @ 07:24:47 AM

I don't like this achievement because of the cheap insta-kills. they really need to pick one or the other as far as saves/instakill goes. the game is obviously too easy and too short so they throw this BS in there. its not bad but this game gets REALLY boring since every attack is scripted. i don't mind the time but i hate repeating the same thing. if i wanted to do that i'd play multiplayer, at least the combat would differ.

Comment #272 by Targon85
Saturday, November 26, 2011 @ 08:13:01 PM

Just beat this today, Saved right at Chapter 7 right before the room where you fight a bunch of guys (thing is you don't need to fight in this room, you can run around a circle till Ellie gets the door open and no new guys will spawn). then I saved right before the drill ride (if you do not move at all on the drill ride the lurkers barbs will not hit you, the drill moves just at the right speed) and then my last was right before the eye poke machine, i didn't want to start back at drill if i messed up the eye poke, but i didn't die after that anyways so I didn't need it.

Comment #273 by Big Tez
Thursday, December 08, 2011 @ 11:22:25 AM

Before I even try this (and last) achievement i wonder if somebody could
confirm something for me.

Lets say I start the game on hard core mode & make it halfway through
chapter 3 and then die, would I;

a: start at the beginning of chapter 3
b: Start at the beginning of chapter 1


Comment #274 by Falloutkid22
Saturday, December 24, 2011 @ 10:16:54 AM

@Big Tez, you will start at the beginning of chapter 1 and I cannot stress how invaluable the Force Gun is. By the end of the game this was fully upgraded and nothing stood in my way

Comment #275 by Panzer Russell
Tuesday, December 27, 2011 @ 10:01:38 PM

Just got an urge to get

Comment #276 by mapleleafs32
Friday, December 30, 2011 @ 07:32:01 PM

guys i got this awhile back and i base this achievement around a mixture of luck and planning. I beat the game on normal first then zealot then hardcore. By the time i got around to doing it on hardcore, i had memorized everything in the game. PLAN OUT YOUR STRATEGY. this difficult leaves no room for blind luck as inventory is short and health packs are rare. In terms of weapons, use plasma cutter and force gun only. carrying extra weapons means less ammo for the weapons that you will need. If you have extra Microsoft points, buy the martial arts pack. The martial arts packs gives you a free suit in the game and free weapons in the store. The suits are free and they give you a boost to the weapons in terms of damage. Saves are simple, I saved in chapter 5, 10 and 13 (before the eye poke ma

Comment #277 by AveryChu
Sunday, January 08, 2012 @ 03:19:11 PM

You should be able to carry over your items and weapons from the previous play through. That would make it a bit easier and fair in my opinion.

Comment #278 by Operative North
Thursday, January 12, 2012 @ 09:27:17 AM

sometimes it froze on me and saves are limited ouch

Comment #279 by zOmBiEs KiNg2
Saturday, January 28, 2012 @ 10:02:03 PM

Hardest type of hard you will ever see.. I'd rather be lonely then do this.

Comment #280 by zOmBiEs KiNg2
Saturday, January 28, 2012 @ 10:04:08 PM

Then again i did after 1..2...3... 2 months

Comment #281 by FrozenRaptorz
Thursday, February 02, 2012 @ 04:37:25 PM

Just got this last night! Holy hell the foam finger is worth it.

It goes "BANG BANG" with RT, and RB goes "PEW PEW."

And of course it's all in Isacc's voice. But for reals it is doable. Just stock up on health packs and stasis. I used the plasma cutter and pulse rifle, and ended the game with too many power nodes after upgrading everything. If you have any of the DLC's use the detonator for infinite cash. Happy hunting!

Comment #282 by ALecander23
Saturday, February 04, 2012 @ 01:26:28 PM

My friend and I are getting ready to race this Achievement.

Comment #283 by Atomic Beam
Sunday, February 05, 2012 @ 07:52:09 PM

I just did this for a second time crazy!!!

Comment #284 by English07
Thursday, February 09, 2012 @ 11:11:14 AM

The easiest way to get this one is by playing through the first disk(xbox came in two disks) with out saving, conserving your ammo and upgrading your RIG and Pulse rifle. then when you get to the second disk if you die it will start you back from the second disk, which i think is like chapter 7.... i could be wrong. anyways that's what i did to get this achievement. good luck to all of you who are trying to get this one. hope this helps.

Comment #285 by Atomic Beam
Saturday, February 11, 2012 @ 12:41:57 PM

They patched the checkpoint

Comment #286 by xSandMan v1
Thursday, February 16, 2012 @ 05:15:09 AM

Beat it great game

Comment #287 by MagicBirch9010
Friday, February 17, 2012 @ 01:22:49 AM

#285 is wrong, I just finished this achievement yesterday and can confirm that when you switch to disc 2 you get a checkpoint there (as long as you do not turn off your console).

Comment #288 by MagicBirch9010
Friday, February 17, 2012 @ 01:24:20 AM

I also recommend using a youtube walkthrough while you do this. The guys that posted video walkthroughs have played through this game many many times and know every trick in the book. It helped me a lot. Good luck!

Comment #289 by Atomic Beam
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 @ 06:42:51 PM

are you talking about that dumbass using ammo on necromorph instead of using their own arm to beat them?...if so...that guy is a noob and i do not recommend using his guide

Comment #290 by Gamelunatic92
Thursday, February 23, 2012 @ 06:25:44 PM

If anyone needs help check out br0wner on YouTube. He's the best dead space player. Best walkthrough for this....

Comment #291 by Bulkhead78
Friday, February 24, 2012 @ 10:25:00 AM

Can't get past the first tripod. I suck. I can't hit the bastard. I can't even see the yellow spots. Doesn't matter. Can't hit his TORSO with kinesis, how the hell am I going to hit his puss pockets with a plasma cutter. Tired of redoing the first 20 minutes when I could be playing Skyrim.

I need a hug...

Comment #292 by nazhitsreallyhard
Thursday, March 01, 2012 @ 02:56:31 AM


How is he the best dead space player? Just because he has a video on youtube and others don't? Oh please!


Your not using your brain! There is a stasis module the room (it gives you "infinite" stasis recharges) so why not use that to your advantage? If you can't even figure that out then you really are doomed.

To all folks looking to get this achievement I can truly say it is "easy". I've done on both the ps3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game. The idea is to get to know the game really well and figure out where to strategically save. My advice is that the better you are at the game then the later you will want to do your first save. I did my first save on Chapter 5 (before the Tormentor boss battle). My second save was at around Chapter 9 and my third at Chapter 13.

Comment #293 by Petrie91
Thursday, March 15, 2012 @ 05:31:04 AM

just finished it...the advice given on this website is spot at chapter 10, end of 11 and 13, utilize the disk swap! with the plasma and force gun i didnt die once. the force gun is ridiculous when ugraded! didn't die once throughout the campaign doing it this way

Comment #294 by Atomic Beam
Thursday, March 15, 2012 @ 12:24:54 PM

i did this two times also...

Comment #295 by Phunky
Friday, March 16, 2012 @ 09:31:58 PM


Damn your right that guy is really good, no upgrades or anything, he doesn't even bother saving either lol

Comment #296 by hottnixx
Monday, April 16, 2012 @ 11:03:23 AM

Oh this is up there in the category "Most Assinine Achievements" ever!Will end up severely under-rewarded with that stellar 50G tag.

Comment #297 by FoxyLoxyultimate1337
Saturday, April 21, 2012 @ 09:48:38 PM

You know what is amazing, I survived the gauntlet through the Ubermorph and killed the final boss and Nicole ghost in one GO! Almost died and was in yellow to red health, It was a miracle. Of course I did not save till the beginning of chapter 6. Advice from here is good but you play this game for awhile you know all the necromorph locations its a breeze.

Comment #298 by Sagh429
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 03:41:32 PM

This is a bunch of horseshit. I got to the last chapter, until I died by the Nicole ghost. Oh, here's the best part; I HAD TO START FROM CHAPTER 6 AGAIN! Uhh, this is even worse than Bloody Palace in Devil May Cry 4! There better not be an achievement like this in Dead Space 3!

Comment #299 by satoshihollow
Thursday, May 10, 2012 @ 09:55:16 AM

i can't find the first save point! wich chapter is it? but it's an awesome challange for ut all xd

Comment #300 by Hurricane Of 87
Friday, May 11, 2012 @ 08:50:12 AM

FAN-BLOODY-TASTIC did this as my 5th playthrough and still had a raised heartbeat knowing that one bad room could end it all.
Did a Survivalist 1st Round dry run beforehand and staggered my saves so I could replay all the tough rooms again, perfecting them before doing this for realz.

If you plant your first save as deep into the game a possible then the rest of it is a sinch, knowing a death will only set you back 30-90 mins instead of a few hours. Maybe I'll do another one and blow all my saves early, y'know, for the thrill.

Lots of people are suggesting using only one weapon the whole game, but I had 3 fully noded as well as my Suit (HP and TK) and Stasis and no shortage of ammo by the game's end. Very thorough playthrough, picking up every Power Node laying around, back tracking

Comment #301 by Hurricane Of 87
Friday, May 11, 2012 @ 08:53:05 AM Stores and Benchs to clean out my inventory and upgrade ASAP and spending most of my money on Power Nodes too.
Skipped the Security Suit, just put a couple of Medikits in the safe to have space in your inventory.
You can skip the schematics and you'll still get those weapons/ammo about a chapter or two later.
You'll have more Stasis than you'll know what to do with so use it all the time, it really is a life saver.

Also this is one of the greatest Achievement threads ever and I'm glad to be a part of it.

Comment #302 by W I L L 3 R S
Thursday, June 07, 2012 @ 06:55:24 PM

Best Game EVER.

Comment #303 by Lord Atheos
Monday, June 11, 2012 @ 07:12:58 PM

This isn't THAT bad. I did it with just the plasma cutter and didn't die once. You just need to be very, very careful and go through the game slowly. It also helps to go through it at least twice prior to trying this. I like this game too much...

Comment #304 by RFXRage
Friday, June 15, 2012 @ 02:42:09 PM

most nerve racking thing ever when you get to that final boss...

Comment #305 by Gametank
Thursday, June 21, 2012 @ 04:30:03 AM

can sum it up with one word... Solid.

Comment #306 by Piosenkarz
Tuesday, June 26, 2012 @ 04:30:08 PM

i can confirm that chapter 7 checkpoint is still working ;)

Comment #307 by CaderynRDM
Saturday, June 30, 2012 @ 01:20:20 PM

Yes the chapter 7 check point is helpful. And its there until you have saved on the SECOND disc guys, i saved in chap 4 because i'm a coward, got to chapter 8 and died, it check pointed me to the beginning of the second disc. Which is Really helpful lol. As long you keep playing till your next save your golden, obviously you lose the checkpoint if you turn the console off AND once you've saved on the second disc. I'm onto my third save in chapter 12, this is a great achievement and I can't wait to have beaten it. Good luck~

Comment #308 by CaderynRDM
Saturday, June 30, 2012 @ 04:35:36 PM

And done, @290 Yeah that guy is Awesome, his vid helped me run through the final chapter easily. Freaking hand cannon is hilarious xD

Comment #309 by Avenged Prophet
Tuesday, July 03, 2012 @ 05:25:08 PM

Not so hard as I imagined :P

Comment #310 by Atomic Beam
Sunday, July 15, 2012 @ 04:38:50 PM

I did this twice :)

Comment #311 by MartyWesker
Friday, July 20, 2012 @ 06:09:01 AM

I acctually did this i beat the whole game on hardcore,its not so hard,play the game on zealot a couple of times an use New Game becous you ainĀ“t gonna have your items with you on hardcore.

Comment #312 by CreeperJaYY
Sunday, July 22, 2012 @ 11:51:46 PM

Awwww. I can already tell this achievement is gonna be a pain. I just beat the game on survivalist and now I have to run through it on Zealot. The game is awesome, and not really that hard until the end of the game.

Comment #313 by D3VAST8ER
Thursday, July 26, 2012 @ 12:36:21 AM

I used my last save on chapter 13 right before you say goodbye to Ellie, so I am on my final run here. Any tips for dealing with that necromorph that can't die? He's using up all my med packs and getting me killed...

Comment #314 by D3VAST8ER
Saturday, July 28, 2012 @ 06:55:56 PM

I finally did it! 100% on this game! And the hand cannon is amazing!

Comment #315 by Ramen Smuggler
Tuesday, July 31, 2012 @ 08:30:23 AM

Yeah, don't hesitate. Same goes for dark souls :P You'll find it waaay easier than you would have thought. The first time i did it on another account, i just took a deep breath and went to cool down. Came back and it was a breeze lol. Congrats though, good shit! About to start another hc run soon :/

Comment #316 by SuperDuckyMojo
Wednesday, August 01, 2012 @ 09:59:40 PM

Got this achievment a while ago, a great challenge but frustrating a couple tips though
1- stick to 2 guns max you recieve ammo drops for what you carry, it helps you keep track of how much ammo you have so stick to what you need
2- If your playing on xbox you get a checkpoint when you switch disk, use it
3- don`t use Flamethrower, the ripper, javelin, or the contact beam they`ll get you killed
4- memorize spawns, windows, and explosives
5- plasma cutter and pulse gun provide the best chance in my opinon until you get the force gun, force gun keeps necros at a distance

Other then that the rest is pretty obvious space your saves and beware the eye poke machine!!!!!!!!! Your nerves at that point will cause you to kill yourself, I know i did......... twice :(

Comment #317 by GirGASM
Wednesday, August 01, 2012 @ 11:56:25 PM

Force Gun and Plasma Cutter, no problem.

Comment #318 by champiman16
Thursday, August 02, 2012 @ 01:11:56 AM

great achievement just got it a few days ago and i must say it is one of the most rewarding cheevos ive earned in quite some time...
Anyways, in my run i mainly used the plasma cutter and the ripper. liker most people have said the plasma cutter is a great weapon to use in most scenarios, except in close quarters when you are surrounded by many enemies.
Here is where the reaper shines, if u upgrade it well enough and with a little bit of skill it can kill 2-3 necros with a single blade, making it very efficient.
I recommend playing through the game twice (i played it on survivor then zealot before hard core) to get a good feel for the game and to avoid being surprised by anything that might potentially kill you. As you play through on the lower difficulties remember which parts gave u

Comment #319 by champiman16
Thursday, August 02, 2012 @ 01:15:46 AM

the most difficulty, so i highly recommend replaying the checkpoint until u can do it with as little damage taken/ammo wasted as possible. also dont be afraid to run past some parts if u see u can do it (chapter 13 catwalks im looking at u).

hope these tips help and best of luck

ps: on my first hardcore run i found the supernova dlc helped out a lot, especially the forged engineer suit

Comment #320 by FighterRaptor17
Saturday, August 04, 2012 @ 05:59:52 PM

Real fast and I know I'm a bit late to the punch probably, but does anyone know when you start a new hardcore game if you can use other suits you've unlocked in the game, like arctic security, patrol or riot security? Have all 3, and am wondering if it's possible to get one early one to get a bit of help to start. Thanks!

Comment #321 by MassiveKneeGrow
Thursday, August 16, 2012 @ 04:15:18 PM

Did it last night!!!! Used my saves att Chapter 6 , 9 and 13.
And without any death's. 1250/1250 :)

Comment #322 by EmberSkyy
Sunday, September 09, 2012 @ 04:15:54 PM

Took me all summer but finally beat it :)

Comment #323 by ProPeanuts
Tuesday, December 04, 2012 @ 02:52:43 PM

Im just not going to do this. I can't. Too hard and too much time. The Lord hates a quitter, yes, but this is too much. Great game though! I have all but this achievement :P

Comment #324 by Anheadsa
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 01:13:45 AM

Any tips on how to do this

Comment #325 by G Domin8r
Saturday, December 08, 2012 @ 01:32:11 PM

Done: I got the achievement. Draxxus98 from comment #72 is right, plasma cutter and pulse rifle are a good combination. Three saves: one, fully upgraded stasis; two, fully upgraded rig; three, fully upgraded plasma cutter and pulse rifle. You don't have to save the same way I did, but this way if you die you don't have to upgrade your equipment after a save.

Stalkers: find a place where you can see all in one direction, use stasis when they charge, unless you can TK them with sharp, pointy things.

Tormentor: pace your shots. It will kill you faster if you miss your shots more than if you aim them.

Comment #326 by bastsxbox360
Sunday, December 09, 2012 @ 05:42:51 AM

I just can' t . It' s too annoying to go through all those cutscenes at the beginning again.

Comment #327 by RedstoneFanatic
Saturday, December 29, 2012 @ 03:30:48 AM

Plasma Cutter and Contact Beam, all you need

Comment #328 by Slayer617
Friday, January 04, 2013 @ 07:33:39 PM

At least when you change disc's you get a checkpoint. That's some good news

Comment #329 by SirBarberstein
Tuesday, January 22, 2013 @ 06:03:18 PM

This achievement was actually pretty easy for me I just played the game a couple of times and then went to Hardcore.I found it pretty easy and only died once out of stupidity but I did it and was worth So I could get the Foam FINGER! Totally funny weapon and worth going through Hardcore!

Comment #330 by edwin1
Thursday, January 24, 2013 @ 06:18:32 PM

This was too easy.

Comment #331 by Xtra Cheddar
Thursday, January 31, 2013 @ 07:28:11 PM

*pissed off rant time* ok so im playing dead space 2 right? and ive played through the other campaigns multiple times so im doing pretty good on hardcore. i get to chapter 2, walk across that moving walkway and open the door, see a save point but skip it because i was planning on saving on chapter 4. I see all the people getting f'd up and i go the elevator, im going down, the door opens and i see the guy get messed up, the dead girlfriend is in the corner of the elevator, then FOR SOME REASON!!! my guy likes drops into a black abyss, Literally all black nothing in sight, my guy keeps falling for a couple seconds then BOOM im dead, Like wtf? i die because of a stupid ass glitch? bs, they should just give me the achievement now because i was going to f that sh*t up

Comment #332 by Famas Liberty
Friday, February 08, 2013 @ 02:28:10 AM

I keep dying at the final boss... ******* Nicole I hate her.

My last save point was before the Drill ride, super annoying to start over everytime

Comment #333 by macd
Monday, February 11, 2013 @ 09:43:37 AM

Man, I thought I wasn't gonna do this one, so I've been slowly pounding through Zealot (I'm at ~9 hours at Chapter 13, so I'm slower than most). The main issue I have is I make a lot of stupid mistakes. Not healing despite having lots of med packs, walking into those little land mine type enemies (the stationary ones that are obvious if you go slow and are not an idiot).

I might try and do Chapters 1-6 tonight and make a save there. Next time I'll get to the swap and try to make it to 10 or 11, save then use my final one somewhere later on. The issue I think I'll face is that I'll push it and push it and push it until I end up with no save point and a death late on in the game.

I don't know why I'm going to do this, but I am suddenly determined. I usually don't mind missing an achiev

Comment #334 by gr8asianman
Monday, February 11, 2013 @ 07:09:12 PM

This has probably been one of the most difficult achievements for me thus far. It's never the combat that I find difficult, just certain parts like the flight portion after the solar array and the rotating laser before the eye machine, which I just killed myself on. I wasted my last save on Ch10 and I'm seriously thinking about replaying the game from the beginning so I can have a save before before the rotating laser/eye machine.

Comment #335 by Finnish Krogan
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 @ 01:34:53 PM

it was a bitch getting this achievement but, you will be so happy if you do get it.

Comment #336 by PHOPOW
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 @ 05:37:23 PM

Nightmare!!!!!!! But worth it if you're a true Dead Space fan.

Comment #337 by xSandMan v1
Thursday, February 21, 2013 @ 10:38:27 PM

Good times

Comment #338 by Lazy Jake
Saturday, March 02, 2013 @ 11:56:19 PM

@336 very true. I've put this achievement off for 2 years and it feels great to have it done. I just used the weapons that I'm most comfortable with, like the plasma cutter, line gun, pulse rifle, and the contact beam for certain situations and the final boss.

Comment #339 by SwampA55 117
Sunday, March 10, 2013 @ 05:50:35 PM

Is this really that hard? anyone have some useful tips?

Comment #340 by MIKE1989TW
Monday, March 25, 2013 @ 09:08:46 AM

This achievement is made easier using the duplicate nodes glitch found at this allows you to upgrade your weapons, rig etc but I recommend only using 2 weapons. I used the plasma cutter and force gun but carrying 3-4 will make ammo supplies dwindle!!

Comment #341 by PrincessKittie101212
Saturday, March 30, 2013 @ 06:23:54 AM

Im so pissed. I was playing and was hoping on not saving until disc 2. Then a got mauled. There goes 4 hours of my life. That was only my third attempt.

Comment #342 by Zlobotron84
Tuesday, April 02, 2013 @ 01:14:45 PM

Just finished it. I used my saves in chapter 6, chapter 10 before the long hallway with 2 brutes and chapter 13 after the necromorps' assault. Died 4 times, 2 times from unlucky decompression (my shots missed the button), the other 2 times from black slasher, both times one-shotted with almost full health.
Done this in 2 sittings. All you need is plasma cutter and Contact beam. Force gun is completely useless comparing to contact beam. Beam's fully upgraded alt fire works perfectly in most thrilling moments (surrounded by enemies, drill ride, chased by Ubermorph etc). 1 shot with altfire destroys any regular necro in few meters around tou, 2 shots for any black necro. Just pay attention to ammo you have, need a lot of it for last 2 chapters.

Comment #343 by DavyJonesSniper
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 @ 11:46:58 AM

this one's harder than DS3 x.x

Comment #344 by Perador69
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 @ 05:46:55 PM

I am currently just completed drill ride and used my last save. Have anyone useful tips for rest game?

Comment #345 by Fragarach Luin
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 @ 05:12:48 AM

Got the day off work, and I'm going to use it finishing off this game. Unless I ragequit. Then I'll dink around in Skyrim or something.

Comment #346 by Fragarach Luin
Tuesday, July 02, 2013 @ 07:27:02 PM

Dinked around in Skyrim, as it happened. Maybe after a little rage. But then I drank a bit of bourbon, and it gave me wings (suck it, red bull). Sat down today and perfected the damn game. It's a great game, so I won't be a fool and say that you have to use the same loadout I did, but the plasma cutter carried me till I got the contact beam, and the contact beam put paid to the final boss with ease.

Comment #347 by Turbo Pengun
Thursday, July 18, 2013 @ 10:43:12 PM

You can duplicate the gold semiconductor from the boss, I did it by accident nearly. It works.

Comment #348 by bastsxbox360
Friday, July 19, 2013 @ 11:18:14 AM

After one year of neglecting this achievement, I' m almost about to beat it.

Never used the contact beam before, but I gotta admit it is REALLY helpful. Upgrade the secondary fire path until you get the stasis attachment and see those necros fly! You don' t even have to aim. Just wait 'til they get near and boom!

If you use it along just one other weapon (Plasma Cutter), you' ll be getting a lot of "spare" ammunition, which you can sell for health (contact beam ammo sells very expensive).

All close encounters, like the decontamination room on the Ishimura, the elevator ride and the drill sequence were just a case of pressing RB whenever something spawned.

Saved before the church, the solar array and the drill. Upgraded Rig, Plasma Cutter and Stasis module equally, then contac

Comment #349 by ImAllDatRemains
Friday, July 19, 2013 @ 02:06:51 PM

So hard

Comment #350 by bastsxbox360
Sunday, July 21, 2013 @ 04:40:21 AM

Just got it.

Died one more time after my drill save, because I thought rushing through the Ubermorph areas was a good idea.

Note: Take your time. Kill SOME of the enemys, then RB on fully upgraded contact beam and make a run for it.

FINALLY! After one year! OMG! Foamfinger! Fucking amazing!

Comment #351 by BUMMERS8888
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 @ 09:37:42 AM

Started this game yesterday and I've already completed it on Casual, Zealot and hardcore! Was quite hard.. I'm sure an6body can get this with a bit of patience.

Comment #352 by BUMMERS8888
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 @ 10:03:27 AM

Started this game yesterday and I've already completed it on Casual, Zealot and hardcore! Was quite hard.. I'm sure an6body can get this with a bit of patience.

Comment #353 by Mutiny85
Saturday, September 21, 2013 @ 03:01:44 PM

this cheevo is such a bitch,everytime im doing well i end up getting fucked over by one of those bombers jumping out of a panel.

Comment #354 by FriedxKoolAid
Monday, November 11, 2013 @ 06:34:43 PM

This is the only achievement I have left! Fml!!!

Comment #355 by richw1982
Thursday, November 14, 2013 @ 06:42:05 AM

Well this is the last achievment i need to get and have been looking at all the hints and tips that ppl have put i think i am going to use the plas and the contact beam once fully upgraded should be a good mix what do you think

Comment #356 by Lord Revan
Thursday, February 27, 2014 @ 02:07:13 PM

My proudest achievement. I felt like Jordan after winning his first ring when I got it lol

Comment #357 by RPGkyle
Tuesday, March 04, 2014 @ 03:16:30 PM

And I thought the Impossible achievement in Dead Space was hard...

Comment #358 by DRTYmxicnORGY
Friday, March 28, 2014 @ 02:20:19 PM

@352: Bullshit. This is a game that takes AT THE VERY LEAST. Ten hours to get through on casual, not ti mention how long Zealot would take. AND THEN beyond that: hardcore? In two days, finishing with enough time to post it at 10 AM EST. bullshit. Even if you didn't die a single time (which we all know you did) it's impossible given the amount of time you had to play it (at the most 34 hours, and that's if you started at 12AM the day before and didn't sleep a wink). Why come on here and lie about shit like that?
Anyway, guys, for those still trying to do this, I recently had to repurchase DS2 because a "friend" stole my last copy before disappearing like an ex-girlfriend and I had to re-get all the achievements over again. Working on my Zealot playthrough now (so easy w/ foam finger gun),

Comment #359 by DRTYmxicnORGY
Friday, March 28, 2014 @ 02:24:11 PM

but here's how I did hardcore: I used Plasma Cutter and Force Gun. DLC. It's not expensive and it gives you free guns and suits. Don't get more than PC and Force Gun though because the game will give you ammo for guns you own even if they're in the safe and ammo is scarce enough as it is. EXPLORE. Don't be a girl. By the time I reached the first bench, I had six power nodes just from going in rooms I didn't need to go in. WATCH OUT FOR DEAD BODIES. Nothing will runner your day faster than a necro playing dead. It's better to spend a Plasma Cutter round on ensuring the body's dead than having to start over because he chopped you in half when you least expected it. CALM YOUR NERVES. It's not THAT hard, compared to zealot. If you find yourself getting nervous about a part you think you know i

Comment #360 by DRTYmxicnORGY
Friday, March 28, 2014 @ 02:27:59 PM

is going to be hard, pause the game and take a break (go to the bathroom, get some food, watch videos of fat people falling down on YouTube or stand-up comedy from your favorite comedian for a good laugh, anything to take the edge off, BUT DON'T DO DRUGS, last thing you need is to have your senses operating at half capacity, and DON'T GO OUTSIDE WHEN THE SUN'S OUT, I made the mistake of going for a swim during one of my breaks and when I came back, I couldn't see shit). PLAY IN THE DARK AND TURN GAME BRIGHTNESS ALL THE WAY UP. Serious, I could see so much better when I did this. SAVING. Here's where I saved and it contradicts everything you've heard but it worked for me: I kept dying on the train because I was far and nerves got the best of me and I got REALLY tired of the opening cutscene

Comment #361 by DRTYmxicnORGY
Friday, March 28, 2014 @ 02:29:44 PM

so I used my first save at the first point in Chapter 2 after I got my suit, my guns, and put 6 nodes on my Force Gun. That way if I died, I had all my shit and I didn't have to replay the opening, and it took the nerves WAY off for everything. The further you go without saving, the more you dred the opening cutscene and running around without all your shit. From there, I went all the way to the disc change, then I saved at the beginning of 11 and before the eye poker in 13. EMBRACE THE CRAZY LIKE STROSS AND TALK TO YOURSELF. This tip comes from DreamDevice. Narrate what you do, shit talk to the necros you're slaying, anything, just talk. It's insanely helpful in staying focused and calm and has the added benefit of humoring anyone who decides to watch you (surprisingly, it's easier to shi

Comment #362 by DRTYmxicnORGY
Friday, March 28, 2014 @ 02:31:18 PM

shit talk in front of people than not). And lastly: try to convince that someone you have a crush on (or your significant other) to watch you play it. You might say "WTF, why?" and for two reasons: A) you'll want to impress them so you'll focus more and be ten-fold better at not dying. B) having them around will keep you from completely losing your shit should you die 4-5 chapters from your last save. It also could have the added benefit of being a romantic catalyst. People like to laugh and if your shit talking is as funny as mine apparently was (it will be) you'll have them in the floor laughing. That's about all I can think of. I finished this last night and it was a real challenge worthy of an achievement. Good luck and let me know if this helps you!
Happy Gaming.

Comment #363 by Spin death
Saturday, April 19, 2014 @ 08:46:35 AM

Last one I need, on chapter nine at the moment really difficult indeed.

Comment #364 by Plasmateardrop9
Sunday, July 06, 2014 @ 02:33:16 AM

Getting ready to go for this achievement.. This one is gonna be a bastard. X(

Comment #365 by Emivader
Friday, July 11, 2014 @ 02:14:24 PM

There is "Complete the Library in legendary under 30 minutes without dying"... then there is this bullshit.

Comment #366 by Napoleonmilkaff
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 @ 02:09:26 PM

I've tried 15 times to do the first part but I just get owned..

Comment #367 by MrPaganini
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 @ 04:42:58 AM

If anyone knows about Michael from Roosterteeth, watch his video (on his own channel by the way) for tips on Hard Core. The man is a saint and totally right. Force Gun + Plasma Cutter is all you need for Hard Core. Using his advice, I'm glad to say I got this achievement.

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Game Info
Visceral Games
Electronic Arts


US January 25, 2011
Europe January 28, 2011

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