Mass Effect 3

Mass Effect 3 Achievements


Finish the game on Insanity without changing difficulty after leaving Earth.   

To make sure you get the achievement, before starting a new game go to Extras from the Main Menu. Go into "Options" and to "Gameplay." Choose Insanity for the Combat Difficulty.

If you started the game already you can still change the difficulty as long as you have not beaten the first mission on Earth. Press and go to "Options". Go into "Gameplay" and you can change the difficulty to Insanity. This must be one before leaving so do it right away. If you find yourself on Mars, you have gone too far and will have to restart.

This mode requires a lot of patience and is best done with power heavy classes (so that you do not run out of ammo) or do the From Ashes DLC first to get the Particle Rifle weapon for unlimited ammo. If you did not import a save and have to play twice anyways, save this for a 2nd playthrough. If you have an import, go ahead and start on this difficulty right away. It's not extremely hard and as long as you save often with full health and keep a backup file, you'll be in good shape.

Rate this achievementAverage Rating (Based on 7 votes)
User Comments
Comment #1 by Freeman
Saturday, February 04, 2012 @ 11:15:56 AM

i'm looking forward to this one. ME2 was a challenge on insanity

Comment #2 by CrossFireZX5
Saturday, February 04, 2012 @ 12:14:24 PM

****!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hate this bull**** RPGs DO NOT NEED DIFFICULTY ACHIEVEMENTS? WHEN WILL THEY LEARN THIS?

Comment #3 by Auburok
Saturday, February 04, 2012 @ 12:31:02 PM


You don't have to get achievements. Insanity on Mass Effect is kind of easy if you know what build to use.

Comment #4 by Freeman
Saturday, February 04, 2012 @ 12:50:01 PM

Not all RPG's are the same

Comment #5 by bryson 06
Saturday, February 04, 2012 @ 01:02:50 PM

Cannot wait. Just wish Insanity was unlocked from the beginning, but its cool. I wonder if we should be the game first before trying multiplayer or if we should just jump into it.

Comment #6 by Freeman
Saturday, February 04, 2012 @ 01:47:26 PM

personlly i'm going to beat the game a couple of times before i do the mulitplayer. i'm glad you get the achievements either way

Comment #7 by MattOTMC4LIFE
Saturday, February 04, 2012 @ 05:57:57 PM

I have 100% achievements for Mass 1 and 2 I played them both about 12 times cuz I love these games I cannot wait to get this game 100%
I love Mass Effect!!!

Comment #8 by Bazzer247
Saturday, February 04, 2012 @ 06:04:01 PM

They have said that Insanity on ME3 would be a lot harder than it was on ME1/2.

Comment #9 by vashwhyssrs
Saturday, February 04, 2012 @ 06:07:44 PM

I am going to love the amount of rage this Achievement is going give me.

Comment #10 by Crims0nPenguin
Saturday, February 04, 2012 @ 11:52:02 PM

I can't wait... Personally I've never had a problem with difficulty in RPG's, most of the time it's about creating the right character build for each member of your team...

Comment #11 by General Boredom
Sunday, February 05, 2012 @ 12:16:53 AM

Guess I'll do what I did in ME2; save after every enemy encounter.

Comment #12 by alpha17
Sunday, February 05, 2012 @ 12:37:03 AM

@11 I'll be doing the same. Mass Effect 2 wasn't really a challenge just certain parts were more difficult than others. The game became really hard when your teammates die on you in battle. (Talking about you Miranda and Garrus.)

Comment #13 by SvRec
Sunday, February 05, 2012 @ 08:29:43 AM

Gonna do this with my Infiltrator, proved to be damn efficient in ME2.

Comment #14 by Akira_Katayama
Sunday, February 05, 2012 @ 11:55:23 AM

Oooh boy, here we go again...

Comment #15 by Death shrimp X
Sunday, February 05, 2012 @ 04:39:57 PM

Engineer FTW

Comment #16 by Phenoviral
Sunday, February 05, 2012 @ 07:12:40 PM

I'm wondering why you get free reign to change the difficulty on Earth? Seems odd, but not really inconvenient.

Comment #17 by Cooljoe
Sunday, February 05, 2012 @ 10:57:14 PM

Best not to take a chance and not switch it while on earth lol

Comment #18 by cstbrophy
Sunday, February 05, 2012 @ 11:51:58 PM

this was my favourite thing about the last game. i can't wait to struggle.

Comment #19 by harry77
Monday, February 06, 2012 @ 05:44:52 AM

I kinda wish insanity was available straight up, Makes the game much more intense

Comment #20 by AlmightyZing
Monday, February 06, 2012 @ 03:47:46 PM

@12 I wonder if the AI teammates will require line of sight to use their powers. ME2 was easy since I would tell them to wait in a safe spot and they could use their powers as long as I could see the enemies. If they haven't fixed that in ME3 it won't be too bad. It was nice not having to worry about their health when doing that.

Comment #21 by Edmisster
Monday, February 06, 2012 @ 05:23:56 PM

@16 They have done the same with Eden Prime in the first game and the Normandy in the second. My understanding is that the reason for this is that since importing a save from the same game starts the player off on the difficulty of the previous play-through, so if you want to use all of your weapons from the previous game you have the opportunity to change the difficulty before you finish the prologue mission.

Comment #22 by FROMtheASHES984
Monday, February 06, 2012 @ 05:51:21 PM

@13 Hell yes. When I originally started ME2, I had no interest whatsoever to play Infiltrator, so I started as an Adept because, on paper, it looked the coolest to me. Then I went Infiltrator for my 2nd play through and never looked back. Insanity was still tough during certain points, but Tac Cloak/M98 Widow + Incinerate + Reave with Miranda and Garrus DESTROYED everything - shields, armor, health...everything. Looking forward to doing this again.

Comment #23 by sera07
Monday, February 06, 2012 @ 08:45:38 PM

Let's hope it truly insane this time, ME1 insane is not enough. (For me: ME1 insane> ME2)

Comment #24 by ShadowOfEden
Monday, February 06, 2012 @ 08:55:51 PM

I have to complete the game twice for the both renegade and paragon choices anyways (got two characters in ME1 and both of them completed ME2). Doing it on normal or hard first, then insanity, even if it's unlocked at the beginning.

Comment #25 by DivineE
Tuesday, February 07, 2012 @ 10:37:46 PM

Oh goody ^^; Insanity on ME2 was bad enough, now we have to deal with cerberus, and reapers and the council and everything else that ME3 will throw at us =3 can't wait for the challenge.

Comment #26 by Falloutsider
Friday, February 10, 2012 @ 01:46:59 PM

i loved insanity on me1 and me2 got all achievements from both any excuse to play this game 4 or 5 times just like the other games, but really you mess with mass effect games easily one of the best games on the 360

Comment #27 by Da ClOaK
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 @ 03:51:39 AM

Normal is the new insanity huh? This is gonna be a bitch...

Comment #28 by xSandMan v1
Thursday, February 16, 2012 @ 06:10:32 AM

Insanity we meet again

Comment #29 by scrummers
Friday, February 17, 2012 @ 12:12:31 PM

anyone else try insanity on the the demo? It's freaking crazy they weren't lying when they said the increased the difficulty in this game.

AI seems to throw a lot of grenades which forces you out of cover right into the line of fire. And don't get me started on those turrets they place down. The rip right through you shields.

It was a pain in the ass but it's going to be a good time playing the full game on insanity. Can't wait hopefully you can play insanity right off the bat.

Comment #30 by arjankr4ns
Friday, February 17, 2012 @ 02:27:08 PM

@29 i know it was to damn hard :s

Comment #31 by Demon SlayerJAB
Monday, February 27, 2012 @ 01:32:08 PM

This is going to be fun

Comment #32 by Master DJB
Tuesday, February 28, 2012 @ 02:25:53 PM

So can you do the first level on any difficulty and then change it do insanity before you leave Earth?

Comment #33 by Alderich
Thursday, March 01, 2012 @ 12:56:06 AM

I'm glad they're bumping up the difficulty. ME1 on insanity was a joke and I only found about three parts that were mildly difficult on 2, unfortunately none of them were the final boss.

Comment #34 by JuSt BLaZe
Saturday, March 03, 2012 @ 07:45:21 AM

Tough shit right there.

Comment #35 by Dogor
Sunday, March 04, 2012 @ 10:12:35 PM

ME 2 insane was a piece of cake

Comment #36 by Danwyn246
Monday, March 05, 2012 @ 12:31:32 PM

Camt wait to give this a go, at least it will make this awesome game last even longer :D

Comment #37 by R0KETM4N
Monday, March 05, 2012 @ 01:30:48 PM

Does this count if you play on STORY mode? Because that could potentially make it much harder, or is there no difficulty selection when playing in that mode?

Comment #38 by xCZx MONTU a G
Thursday, March 08, 2012 @ 06:05:17 PM

I went through this on Hardcore with an imported Engineer and it was mostly easy so I think a full engineer is the way to go for this.

Comment #39 by Paregmenon
Sunday, March 11, 2012 @ 01:16:31 PM

By far the hardest Mass Effect game, just beat it on Insanity

Comment #40 by Raymond 870
Monday, March 12, 2012 @ 02:14:05 AM

Sentinal with full tech armour and defense matrix and you will cruise through it easy.

Comment #41 by Thrisslol
Monday, March 12, 2012 @ 07:59:19 AM

Imported my ME2 Infiltrator. Cakewalk.

Comment #42 by Reckkful
Monday, March 12, 2012 @ 11:00:47 PM

Far and away the hardest Mass Effect game of the trilogy.

Comment #43 by DaVeachi
Monday, March 12, 2012 @ 11:19:08 PM

How did you get past the shielded Marauder just before the beam at the end? I have time to shoot him once before he kills me and of course even a head shot doesn't drop his shields.

Comment #44 by StonedMagician
Tuesday, March 13, 2012 @ 05:50:18 PM

WOW. This game gets crazy-hard ON NORMAL. I think I'll wait until I'm level 60 and have beaten the game on Hard first.

Comment #45 by Dogor
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 @ 12:25:33 AM

mass effect 1 insane mode was hard as fuck D:

Comment #46 by Jaydolf
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 @ 12:17:43 PM

It's weird. Playing through Mass Effect 2 on Insanity and then (for some reason) starting ME3 on normal, it feels too easy.

I'm really pondering starting all over on Insanity. 2nd play through upgrades are too tempting though. Insanity as Vanilla Shepard = Rage!

Comment #47 by Hells Shaggy
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 @ 12:46:28 PM

First play through is on Insanity .... Importing character is a great way to start off on the hardest difficulty :) ..... Just wish I wasn't using a pain in the butt soldier class for it XD

Comment #48 by mandarusuke
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 @ 03:20:35 PM

Played insanity after normal and it was cakewalk with my Infiltrator. Black Widow X takes down most enemies in 2 shots. You can even skip through some tough spots if you turn your cloak on and just rush through to the objective.

Comment #49 by Nerdvana Zen
Thursday, March 15, 2012 @ 10:21:18 AM

ME1 insanity with a biotic was tough but doable. ME2 insanity just pissed me off so i never finished. Probably won't try ME3 insanity.

Comment #50 by TommyD758
Thursday, March 15, 2012 @ 06:09:23 PM

#49 Mass Effect 2 on Insanity was pretty simple. The first one was way too hard for me. Mass Effect 3 on insanity is a bit easier than 2 but the last part with the two banshees is really difficult.

Comment #51 by thomasdadon187
Friday, March 16, 2012 @ 12:17:55 PM

changed the difficulty at the start of the mars mission missed the achievement at the end of the game could it be possible that the achievement will pop on the next playthru after the mars mission since i played the whole game on insane?

Comment #52 by SLICKAZS
Saturday, March 17, 2012 @ 02:57:58 PM

Has anyone notice that there is a achievement tracker called
STRIKER for getting 25 melee kills but there is no achievement
in the list with that name in the achievement list.

OT: Can't wait to start my play through on insanity difficulty.

Comment #53 by Granny Smith 07
Saturday, March 17, 2012 @ 07:27:02 PM

If you play Infiltrator and choose carnage as your bonus power the only hard part in the entire game is the final Kai Leng showdown. Haven't quite passed that part yet but everything else has been piss easy.

Comment #54 by Crims0nPenguin
Saturday, March 17, 2012 @ 07:51:58 PM

@52, Striker is actually for an avatar award... Bruiser is the Achievement...

Comment #55 by mailordermonster
Saturday, March 17, 2012 @ 09:57:03 PM

I am not looking forward to defending the missile launchers near the end. That's gonna be tough with all them banshees. That and the annoying cover system. They should've included some sort of "cover mode" that you could turn off and on so you don't end up taking cover when you actually want to run away. And that final missile console is annoying. Why would I want to take cover there, right at the end? I came very close to dying several times because I kept going into cover instead of activating the missile launcher.

Comment #56 by ccrocker58
Sunday, March 18, 2012 @ 12:21:54 AM

Judging from some of the comments here, it looks like you can get the achievement even with an imported ME3 character...which retains level, weapons, mods, etc. FML if that's true...

Comment #57 by StormedKestrel
Sunday, March 18, 2012 @ 03:04:44 AM

only started yesterday on insane and so far it's been easy not looking forward to the part at the end where you have to defend the missile launcher to take out that pretty much just going to shit myself and run at that point lol. ME1 on insane was a case of keep your distance and be save for ME2 got corrupted before i finished it and i'll probly go do that after i do this one because it's the only achievement i need for ME2.

Comment #58 by gundamcreed7
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 03:55:31 AM

i doing this with a lvl 60 peace of cake

Comment #59 by 19jonny85
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 @ 08:00:27 AM

So far the hardest bit ive encountered on Insanity has been facing the 3 Geth Primes at the Reaper base. I knew it was coming so gave Tali a tone of Sabotage. Still hard as hell. Guess that was my fault for being a boring soldier....

Comment #60 by BusinessBaller
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 @ 02:14:07 AM

This insanity seems much more difficult than the insanity from Mass Effect 2.

Comment #61 by Chesa Dexter
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 @ 01:29:11 PM

My achievement progress was erased a few days ago. I guess it's a problem that numerous people have experienced. I read that if you sign out, download your profile again and sign back in, your achievement progress will return, but it didn't work for me. I just want to know if anyone else has had this happen and if it affect and ruin my Insanity achievement.

Comment #62 by DiplexHydra
Friday, March 23, 2012 @ 03:10:48 AM

@61 you still get the insanity achievement but you don't get unwavering achievement cause the same thing happened to me I just finished it on insanity tonight

Comment #63 by Hells Shaggy
Friday, March 23, 2012 @ 08:14:07 AM

Insanity on this game seems a hell of a lot easier than ME2 but on par with ME1. Interesting but still fun none the less.

Comment #64 by LE ZV
Saturday, March 24, 2012 @ 05:05:30 AM

I have made it to the last fight with kai leng on insanity and it keeps kicking my ass

Comment #65 by Valter
Sunday, March 25, 2012 @ 02:05:25 AM

40 is right. Sentinel with full tech & defense matrix as bonus power does work. I used to always pick ammo specializations but you can use a squadmate's ammo spec. I hear an engineer is easier although I have not tried it.

Comment #66 by Demoniak
Sunday, March 25, 2012 @ 02:52:54 AM

did it in the first playthrough, was very enjoyable, i must say if you know your class and what to rely on and you have the skill it will be fun. I had a few brick walls but was able to complete it all inc side missions in around 30 hours. Next playthough (paragon) ill aim for 25hours.
I clocked ME2 as well but hated the mechanics of ME so didnt bother with insanity since the game really only wants you to play a soldier (and im an adept at heart).

Looking for more now.. gimme dlc's gimme insanity+ mode!! rarrrr

Comment #67 by Demoniak
Sunday, March 25, 2012 @ 02:55:45 AM

@ #64, just keep the pressure on him, after a second attempt (didnt know adds would spawn) I made it through, warp helps heaps so bring liara or javik or adept :)

Comment #68 by Grande
Monday, March 26, 2012 @ 03:54:24 PM

Just finished this with the engineer and it was way to easy for my taste.. i only had to give kai leng a couple of tries, but next to that single fight the rest was easy. (btw i also did all the side missions)

Comment #69 by Punkfish85
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 @ 01:58:52 AM

Honestly, I'm kinda ashamed to admit it... I'm having the most trouble with the Marauder right before you get in the beam on Earth...>.<

Comment #70 by Fenix66D
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 @ 08:18:48 AM

Yea!! Finally. Play-through #2 as Sentinel. The two toughest parts for me was the concurrent fight with 3 Primes (took Tali and EDI) and near the end when you have to defend the missile battery (took Javick and EDI). I died a couple of times before I tried running from one side of the map to the other, fire, then run back to the other side. Just keep moving. Whew!

Comment #71 by cpyfer31
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 @ 08:16:27 PM

Im playing right now as a sentinal but its not maxed out nd its quite hard. What class should i play as? I beat the game on normal but with a soldier. Should i play as some other class and then play insanity? Thx

Comment #72 by Panzer Russell
Saturday, March 31, 2012 @ 10:36:30 PM

Lvl 60 soldiers with all the weps i used maxed WOOO

I still seem to kill the enemies just as fast as in normal, but they put out alot more damage.

Comment #73 by PIRANHAWOLF
Sunday, April 01, 2012 @ 06:06:07 AM

Infiltrater, With barrier bonus power, black widow X,custom armor for weapon damage. Going to be awesome

Comment #74 by smarthead2003
Sunday, April 01, 2012 @ 02:45:35 PM

I didn't realized until halfway through Grissom Academy that I was playing on Insanity (just thought it was harder than the previous 2 games). When I did realize, I saved, lowered the difficulty to see how much easier it would be, put it back to Insanity, reloaded, and finished the game.

I did not get the Insanity achievement. I don't know where it stores that info, but I didn't save after lowering the difficulty, yet it still knew.


I don't play shooters because I'm not that good at shooting, so the final husks and marauder were extremely frustrating until I accidentally discovered that with Kinect you can use powers during that segment.

Comment #75 by ccrocker58
Monday, April 02, 2012 @ 01:05:36 AM

Ok...yeah...compared to Insanity on ME2 this was a walk in the park. I thought the final part where you have to defend the missiles was going to be hard as hell...yeah not so much. After playing through the game twice and getting to know it inside and out when you get to that portion and realize just how abundant cover is, it isn't that big a deal...That ridiculous Marauder before the beam though...Screw that guy man...I swear to god he moves faster than those Husks did. Seriously spent upwards of 10 minutes at that point. To all these people saying soldier is the worst way to go...are you not using Adrenaline Rush or something? Most of the time I felt OP...

Comment #76 by SPARTAN 465
Monday, April 02, 2012 @ 05:40:55 PM

I beat ME2 on Insanity but never even tried ME1 on it. So far I'm past the Mars portion of the game for my Insanity playthrough.

Comment #77 by hornkill you
Tuesday, April 03, 2012 @ 11:47:59 PM

ok i put insanity on on earth and i just went throw all the N7 mish and it did not give me the ach so did i put insan on to early or is my game just bing that stupid??????????????

Comment #78 by Accursius13
Wednesday, April 04, 2012 @ 12:39:59 PM

if your playing as a soldier I recommend, having carnage and con. shot, equip the prothean weapon and either sniper or shotgun with high damage, the 2 weapons will greatly help with the regen of your powers, making them available every 5-6 seconds. garrus and javik are the ideal team. Garrus for overload to deal with shields and javik his bombs work wonders. I don't use adrenaline at all as i feel its under powered from ME 2 i have my frag grenades hot keyed to Y. Make sure everyones powers are mostly doing heavy damage and also specd to do extra damage to barriers and armor, it helps against mechs, turrets and the banshees. finally armor with high weapon damage and some shield regen helps out greatly. don't rush things stay back and patiently focus all fire on the weak enemies to clear ou

Comment #79 by bryson 06
Friday, April 06, 2012 @ 12:36:30 AM

@77 for this ach you have to finish the game on insanity. If you are talking about the UNWAVERING ach, then you have to do all major side quests and finish the game on insanity, not just N7 missions, but all of them. OR you can play mp on gold all maps.

Comment #80 by Panzer Russell
Saturday, April 07, 2012 @ 10:58:35 PM


Just finished this with lvl 60 soldier and Garrus/Javik Kai Leng was easy with EDI/Liara and Mr. Marauder Shields was easy by standing to the right abit and aiming for chest shots. Got it first try.

Comment #81 by woofpig100
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 @ 02:57:53 AM

Well just got really pissed of with the three primes got to have another try just three chevvos left yippeeeee.

Comment #82 by MattOTMC4LIFE
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 @ 08:08:07 AM

This and unwavering were the last 2 achievements I needed but I maxed this game out with two playthroughs and a lil bit of online. In my opinion insanity was fairly easy with only a few trouble spots-Kai Lang on the Cerberus station- the ambush section while waiting on your missles to launch towards the end and really that was it. Used a soldier made use of fully upgraded adrenilane rush and High powered sniper rifles mostly the widow and the mantis.

Comment #83 by el_capitan32
Friday, April 13, 2012 @ 01:04:10 PM

Hey 81, there's several Geth Blackstorm pickups in that room. Keep sabotaging or using Tali's drone and grab those guns. Makes it a breeze.

The 2nd Kai Leng encounter was a bit of pain, but not too bad. Just finished the defending the missile battery earlier. Soldier class and all I took for the return to Earth was my Saber X. Started to wonder if that was a bad idea, but it worked out fine.

Then after the first set of banshees, the brutes and harevester all fell down went boom, I just ran. I ran so far away (you're supposed to be singing that by the way). Then they said I was clear to launch and I was home free.

Comment #84 by VortexBUNNY
Friday, April 13, 2012 @ 02:29:38 PM

ME3´s insanity is definitely a lot easier than the ME2 equivalent (still need to do it on ME1 so can´t comment). There were only a few choke points, nothing too majorly annoying unlike the collector ambush in ME2 :P Oh god.

Comment #85 by Panzer Russell
Saturday, April 14, 2012 @ 12:08:42 PM

Holy cow, @83 i was playing that song when i did the missile battery part!

Comment #86 by Don beeno
Saturday, April 14, 2012 @ 12:30:41 PM

easy as peas all up until the defend missile mission, i have never shouted at my tv more in my life, it was incredibly hard it took me about 3-4 trys. the banshees were the most pain since they drive you out of cover.

Comment #87 by Dashwood
Sunday, April 15, 2012 @ 09:19:39 AM

2 trouble spots,Geth Prime encounter(moved to cover at last area in level)and missile battery at end,those damn banshee's pack a punch if they get too close(quite a large area so use the space)managed with soldier lvl60

Comment #88 by UltimateAuron32
Tuesday, April 24, 2012 @ 08:43:47 PM

the Geth Prime Trio are gonna be tough, now doubt about it, its going to be a right pain in the penis...

might see if a Sentinel can survive this torture...

Comment #89 by Maxzimus
Thursday, April 26, 2012 @ 03:24:09 AM

I dreaded the defend missile mission the entire game because when I did it on normal I was being reckless and it was hard as crap but when I got there on insanity I just took my time and ran back and forth across each side of the map and took cover and I beat it first time, I mainly used the M-76 revenant X because of bigger ammo clip with I believe the Carnifex pistol and sub machine gun those were only weapons I brought to help boost my adrenaline rush (Was Playing a Level 60 Soldier) and also used defense matrix to help with reduced tank. I always had Liara for warp and Garrus at all times. Hope this helps

Comment #90 by UltimateAuron32
Thursday, April 26, 2012 @ 05:04:10 PM

89, thats useful indead, i WAS going to change classes from Soldier to Sentinal, but i dont think i'll worry about it.

Comment #91 by StateBiscuit
Wednesday, May 02, 2012 @ 04:56:07 PM

Im new to mass effect series and i dont know how difficult this is gonna be like

Comment #92 by InsaneLady
Thursday, May 03, 2012 @ 04:45:30 AM

I've done it twice now on insanity and got no achievement and yes done ALL missions. Every single one.

Playing as FemShep Sentinel with fully evolved Warp. Using the M77 Paladin and Vindicator ammo+muzzle modified. Keeps the power at 200%.

The geth primes are easy. Take Tali and EDI. Use Tali with a fully levelled Sabotage, Hit either of the Left or Right primes straight off the elevator but dodge to cover. Let the one stood on the end (platform where you aim laser from later) come closer then hit it with a Sabotage. Gives you enough time to run past it then go back as far as you can and basically keep hitting them with Sabotage & Warp plus EDI's powers. The Sabotage will act as a short-term stasis allowing you to dodge.

The missile defend (2nd one) is basically with Garr

Comment #93 by InsaneLady
Thursday, May 03, 2012 @ 04:49:00 AM

Garrus and Liara. Again warping, overloading to keep things at bay. Move slowly. Concentrate on the 6 brutes first, they kill easier than usual I think. Then take the banshees on & the god knows how many marauders. Blackstar makes it easier, but it's do-able without. I know coz I did it this morning, picked blackstar up by mistake dropped it and then it wasn't there later.

The marauder nr beam is easy. Stay back. Kill the three husks, takes 2 headshots each, sometimes 1 if lucky. Then wait and do same to the marauder. It doesn't move towards u.

Hope this helps

Comment #94 by jeshanno
Saturday, May 05, 2012 @ 01:56:45 AM

I played through ME1 6 times, 3 on Insanity. I played through ME2 5 times, twice on Insanity. I played through ME1 insanity 3 times because there was a specific time that you had to adjust the difficulty and if you missed that window (I think it was on the ship, and save before Eden Prime)that I just f**** up and had only myself to blame. In ME3, I'm just starting my Insanity Runthrough and realized that I didn't change the setting until stepping off the ship on the first planet. I didn't save at all until after I changed the difficulty, but wondering if I need to start over again? I don't want to :-( The cerberus fight just before you open Javik's cryo-tube was really hard for me and I may start crying if I have to do it again. Incidentally, I'm finding it really hard to save up en

Comment #95 by FSparacino4
Friday, May 11, 2012 @ 06:09:40 PM

Took me roughly 20 hours for a full Unwavering run. Not very difficult as a lvl 60 soldier, so don't despair if you didn't pick the "perfect class". Just max your level and your weapons and you should be golden.

Comment #96 by Crispo
Saturday, May 19, 2012 @ 08:46:55 AM

I reckon insanity on new game+ is easier than the first run through on normal. I was not looking forward to the missile battery either but I took Kaiden and James as bullet sponges and my m.o was cloak, snipe, leg it, cover, repeat into each corner of the map. I spent a good 15 seconds in the room closest to the missile battery panel with no enemy even bothering to come take a pop at me, by the time they did it was time to activate it so I cloaked ran through them and pressed launch, job done.
As for the beam, the husks were a pain zig zagging towards you but stomach and head shots stall them and the marauder just shoot in the face a few times and he drops.

Comment #97 by GetDownRPG
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 @ 09:22:28 PM

Well daaaaamn. I got so lucky on my Insanity playthrough during the last battle on Earth. I brought Kaidan and Tali along, and I had my Energy Drain skill maxed out. When the 2 Banshees came at me, I just Reave'd/Energy Drain'd the shit out of one of them. The other one just ignored me, and nothing else seemed to be shooting at me. The reaper was also not firing its laser at me for some odd reason. When EDI announced that the missile was ready to fire, I just hauled ass as quick as possible, and still then, nothing was firing at me. I didn't even lose my shields in this playthrough. Honestly, it was easier than my normal file. Also, my Marauder Shields didn't die. I was hiding in a corner and taking for-fucken'-ever to shoot him. He just...kind of backed up and disappeared.
MAAAN, I was

Comment #98 by Dibil
Monday, July 02, 2012 @ 05:26:39 PM

Looking forward to trying for this one, gonna do it with a lvl 60 Shepard!

Comment #99 by SOLDI3R20
Tuesday, July 03, 2012 @ 01:46:41 AM

Got this achievement today Great ending with new dlc ending!!! Was hard to get this achievement but worth the effort playing a legendary game!!

Comment #100 by The 7th King
Wednesday, July 04, 2012 @ 09:23:51 AM

Finished on insanity and no cheevo... fn' angry

Comment #101 by Simplemust
Thursday, July 26, 2012 @ 03:15:38 PM

does anyone know if checking the difficulity counts as changing it?
cause i've completed me3 twice oninsanity and haven't gotten this.
both times i remember checking the difficulity once or twice.

Comment #102 by BlubberyMAU5
Tuesday, July 31, 2012 @ 08:42:50 PM

@101 i hope it doesnt cuz i do that like everyother mission to see and make sure cuz some parts seem too eas to be on insanity let you know im on sanctuary mission now

Comment #103 by ProfessorBaxter
Saturday, August 04, 2012 @ 08:51:38 AM

@101 & 102
No worries about checking it i just completed the game on insanity after checking multiple times to make sure the difficulty hadnt changed and it still popped

Comment #104 by uppyb0t
Sunday, August 05, 2012 @ 04:34:38 PM

I just finished a new game+ and completed the game completely. Didn't get my finish ME3 twice or my Insanity... really pissed.

Such a waste of aggrevation for a shitty playing game. Such a terrible control scheme. I think he did the wrong thing 2/3 of the time I pressed a button. Controller smashing fun this is.

Comment #105 by uppyb0t
Monday, August 06, 2012 @ 02:47:35 PM

After watching a video I realized you actually have to choose one of the viable options when completing the game.

I was doing my renegade run, so I was always choosing the bottom right answers (or bottom left when given the opportunity). If you keep doing that during the final sequence, you end up doing nothing and letting the harvesting cycle continue and the game ends in that fashion.

You get the ending credits and the final cutscene, but no achievement. I gave it one last hopeful shot and tried the renengade option by blowing up the catalyst and the achievement popped along with Long Service Medal

Comment #106 by samsaBEAR
Friday, August 10, 2012 @ 02:18:15 PM

If people are having trouble getting through the game, I suggest buying the Firefight pack. 160 MSP is pretty cheap, and getting the Harrier then upgrading it in game makes it insanely powerful

Comment #107 by Muse89
Tuesday, August 21, 2012 @ 08:58:41 AM

Just to confirm what uppyb0t said, both the insanity and unwavering achievements will not pop unless you choose one of the three 'valid' endings. Which seems kinda dumb but there you go.

Comment #108 by WinterIce8
Thursday, August 23, 2012 @ 11:09:41 PM

ogm, this one was tough.

Comment #109 by caduceus
Saturday, September 08, 2012 @ 07:46:26 PM

Level 60 Soldier - Liara and EDI (or Garrus). The missile battery was hard for me on Normal, took less tries on Insanity. All the choke points in the first playthrough were just as hard the second time, though I got through them more quickly as I knew what was coming.

Comment #110 by samsaBEAR
Saturday, September 15, 2012 @ 10:38:26 AM

Just completed it, the only really hard part I found was the Kai Leng fight near the end.

Comment #111 by StormedKestrel
Monday, September 17, 2012 @ 04:15:46 AM

am just taking my time doing this one and unwavering at the same time. 1 or 2 missions a day (if i can be bothered to do so since i'm busy with work and stuff at the moment) done 9 out of the 27 missions so far on insane and have found it relatively easy so far

Comment #112 by mpleeds
Thursday, November 08, 2012 @ 09:46:38 AM

I'm working on this right now and haven't had any trouble until the second Priority Citadel mission. I was carrying the Prothean rifle (unlimited ammo) and found it useless against the Phantoms near the end of the stage. Once I started using the Avenger Assault rifle it was a piece of cake.

Comment #113 by IstIngiliz
Thursday, January 10, 2013 @ 08:46:24 AM

Just got this with a level 58 soldier. It wasn't too bad except for a few tricky parks:

Grissom Academy - before the large open area with lots of enemies coming at you and an Atlas, just stay in the closed off hallway and pick each target off
Kai Leng - Take EDI and Kaiden and keep overloading his shield and pick off the additional enemies before they throw grenades.

Comment #114 by Cart3r
Thursday, January 10, 2013 @ 02:08:05 PM

absolutely annoying when youve completed it and you have to have it on insanity at the beginning :@

Comment #115 by Castle
Sunday, January 27, 2013 @ 03:52:53 PM

I finally got this one and Unwavering today. I thought it was slightly more difficult than in ME 2, but its very doable. I went through on a second playthrough with my lvl 60 soldier with the leash biotic (through Omega DLC) and found it very handy for taking the shields away from guardians and against shields and barriers used with Liaras stasis. I had the mattock fully upgraded, with the hornet and carnifex with ultralight materials for power cooldown, came in handy. The parts that annoyed me the most were:

Grissom Academy - the room with the atlas and annoying engineers and guardians

Kai Leng on Cronos Station - be usre to kick him in the nuts in the beginning. I didn't know this at first and got quite frustrated.

Defending the missile battery - very frustrating, though it

Comment #116 by Castle
Sunday, January 27, 2013 @ 03:56:07 PM

And the 3 Primes on Rannoch. If I could've pulled my hair out, I would have.

Comment #117 by tenthcollector
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 @ 02:20:47 AM

i find that it was much easier doing this on insanity once i had gone back and completed mass effect 1 and 2 on insanity doing all the achievements.

Comment #118 by tai0316
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 10:19:10 AM

I have a question since I'm doing this as my last achievement for 100%, do you have to do all the DLC AND every side mission or could you just play through the main stuff if you want to and have it pop?

Comment #119 by tai0316
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 10:23:18 AM

Oh I should add that I already unlocked Unwavering so I'm only talking about the Insanity achievement for the single player campaign. :)

Comment #120 by He-Man
Monday, February 04, 2013 @ 12:58:07 AM

Do the enemies scale to your level like in Mass Effect 2, or is Insanity more like it was in the first mass effect? I hope it's like the first. I hate scaling enemies.

Comment #121 by StormedKestrel
Friday, February 08, 2013 @ 02:24:49 AM

@118 you don't have to do the dlc to get the achievement just the main story ones since you have unwavering already.

Comment #122 by StormedKestrel
Friday, February 08, 2013 @ 02:30:26 AM

just got past cronos station. i found kai leng reasonably simple by bringing james with me along with edi since james is a bullet sponge and the enemies seem pretty hell bent on taking him out so they leave me alone to pick em off, one tip though is to take out all of kai's troops who jump down (1 set of troops, 2 a set of troops with a sniper and lastly 2 phantoms) before refocusing your fire on kai and combine your powers on him (i used overload from edi, carnage from james and flare from the omega dlc from shep)it'll buy you time if you need to run off and recharge your shields aswell as doing a ton of damage

Comment #123 by PMonk
Friday, February 08, 2013 @ 10:56:49 PM

lvl 60 Soldier and Garrus and EDI all the way had inferno ammo and con-shot as possibly the best combo on just about everything

Kai Leng was awkward but just use overload from the other two and then incinerate his jumpy ass when KL is re-charging ignore him and take out the drop down enemies as quick as possible leaving him on his own

when protecting the missiles 2nd time RUN RUN RUN just avoid the enemies as much as possible as it is timed and then run to the missile and blow his ass up

Comment #124 by johnwick
Saturday, March 02, 2013 @ 09:38:00 PM

used a vanguard to complete insanity, but the only real hard thing to kill on it is a group of banshees once you get past them its quite simple

Comment #125 by WILLYUMZ
Thursday, March 14, 2013 @ 04:41:21 AM

adept ftw here. biotic explosions do the same amount of relative damage across all difficulties, meaning theyre pretty weak on casual and fkin overpowered on Insanity :D

choose either singularity or pull, dont level both. set up biotic booms with either warp or sing. and then trigger them by spamming throw. you can kill groups of enemies with no shields in a few seconds + you have warp for barriers and armor. only thing it lacks is the ability to drop shields so I went for a fully levelled Energy Drain which is pretty effective. always take Garrus along because he also helps with the shields whilst providing firepower the adept class can lack...

Comment #126 by WILLYUMZ
Thursday, March 14, 2013 @ 04:43:44 AM

...the other squad member is open for different situations; James can take and deal serious damage, but stacking your biotics with Liaras can be crazy aswell (having her instant singularity open every 1sec and your throw open every 1sec = biotic explosion party) & take Tali with Garrus for the Geth missions.

take a light smg for shield damage aswell, and if you have good weight bonuses, maybe take the mattock or a sniper too.

was very tempted to go with my imported lv60 Infiltrator from my hardcore playthrough but now im glad I didnt.
hope that helps someone!

Comment #127 by Peter File
Saturday, March 23, 2013 @ 02:33:04 AM

Insanity really isnt hard at all! But then there is that marauder lol i died about 7 times on him, more times than the rest of the playthrough. Played as engineer n just used the geth weapons!

Comment #128 by grumpyyogi1968
Sunday, March 31, 2013 @ 10:53:04 AM

well here we go again...insanity here i come! engineer lvl 60, sure hope it's easier then in ME2 cuz i don't think my controller can take much more damage from flying across the room :)

Comment #129 by grumpyyogi1968
Monday, April 01, 2013 @ 07:21:27 PM

dont know about you but when after killing a dozen enemies and there is 1 guy left and he kill you with a grenade cuz grenade kill you instantly at this lvl, i want to scream!!!!

Comment #130 by BrainFoot
Saturday, April 06, 2013 @ 12:51:07 AM

Has anybody else had issues finishing the game on Insanity and not unlocking the achievement? It was a new game + with an imported character so I was wondering if that's why it didn't unlock.

Comment #131 by bleeding pepper
Sunday, April 21, 2013 @ 08:11:46 AM

I'm struggling with the Citadel DLC combat simulator section - some of the fights are crazy difficult. I notice that you can change the difficulty to get the Citadel DLC specific achievements (Score 9999 Points etc), but I'm guessing that would ruin this achievement if I did that?

Comment #132 by dewst
Friday, April 26, 2013 @ 11:29:05 PM

Waste all my time doing every single stupid mission, do all the bullshit scanning. Beat the game on insanity and it doesn't unlock? FUCK THIS GAME. Wasn't fun at all. Overrated piece of trash.

Comment #133 by Cerberusx
Sunday, June 02, 2013 @ 02:43:01 AM

I will admit it was relatively easy, but it had its moments of difficulty. Like at the end with the missles. But Mass Effect 1 insanity was a real challenge.

Comment #134 by The K man
Tuesday, June 04, 2013 @ 09:37:52 AM

Unwavering unlocked for me but not Insanity - I don't understand why. I had it set to insanity the whole time - getting Unwavering kinda proves this anyway... So Where's my Insanity achievement?!!!!!

What's the point of achievements if you spend time and effort on fulfilling all the criteria for an achievement and it doesn't pop? Bugged.

Comment #135 by E vee dub
Friday, June 07, 2013 @ 01:10:51 PM

Ummm, this in NOT easy.
I've had to resume from a battle dozens of times. And I've imported my character from ME2.
One enemy at a time, I guess.

Comment #136 by E vee dub
Sunday, June 16, 2013 @ 07:25:26 PM

Ok, I've progressed a bit.
It really helps upgrading all your weapons to level V, after you've earned some credits.
Still a challenge, but very doable.

Comment #137 by WILLYUMZ
Tuesday, July 09, 2013 @ 07:27:29 AM

another method for anyone struggling;

infiltrator - save for a black widow and take an ultralightweight hornet/locust too, both lvl x if possible & take energy drain as your bonus.

heres the key part, take garrus and james everywhere; give them both the particle rifle (again level x) and max their ammo powers (MAKE SURE TO TAKE THE "EXPLOSIVE BURST" LVL6 EVO ON JAMES' INCENDIARY AMMO - it is crazy overpowered with the PR for obvious reasons).

Comment #138 by WILLYUMZ
Tuesday, July 09, 2013 @ 07:28:50 AM

...continued ...using your sniper slowdown and the black widows power with headshots and invis. + incinerate for armor and ED for shields/barriers - you have both strong defense and offense... jimmy and garrus have high damage outputs and plenty of shields each too - its a cakewalk aside from 2 or 3 areas of notable difficulty + that final fecking marauder. hope it helps :]

Comment #139 by BigBabyJeezus
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 @ 10:17:01 PM

Geth Rifle level 10 with Incendiary Ammo that explodes are a big help on Insanity.

Comment #140 by shinobigarth
Saturday, February 08, 2014 @ 06:09:06 AM

Particle rifle + shredder or inferno ammo + armor that buffs weapons = easy mode

Comment #141 by shinobigarth
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 @ 12:14:18 AM

holy crap the last Kai Lang fight was a massive pain. SOOOO happy when i finally finished it.

Comment #142 by jswartz0181
Sunday, July 20, 2014 @ 08:31:55 AM

Engineer + Dominate BP (from Leviathan) = Super snooze-fest! When Cerberus engineers show up, wait for them to place a turret, hack it, then watch it mow down the enemy for you, then Overload -> Incinerate the turret as needed, and move on. Same with atlases and geth (whatever the biggest one on the field is (prime/pyro/hunter)). Reapers, just dominate a brute or ravager, and watch the carnage! And always throw out a sentry turret (mine was upgraded to flamethrower) and combat drone.

The only thing I had any sort of problem with was the non-essential Citadel DLC mirror arena match, only because my krogan squadmates didn't want to do their normal thing in the match (I think they were confused by all the Shepards running around hehe), and only attacked when I specifically told them to

Comment #143 by Warmudd
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 @ 01:53:59 PM

Engineer + Particle Rifle. Used Liara (Warp/Stasis) and Javik (Slam) most of the time. With Slam and Warp fully upgraded, Slam would rise them up, pause to have Liara Warp them, and the enemy would go flying!

Hardest parts for me were Grissom Academy multi level section after talking to Jack, and the Kai Lang end fight. The rest, only the Brutes and Banshees caused problems, but mostly with patience and a methodical approach to lowering shields and barriers they all get taken care of.

Comment #144 by KFuryMaggh
Monday, September 22, 2014 @ 10:47:36 PM

Easiest ME to complete this. Only the final parts of the 2 lasts missions is difficult.

Comment #145 by Kellvahn
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 @ 06:02:29 AM

Does changing the Difficulty in an other career void insanity trophy / achievement in your original career?

I am early on in an insanity run.

I want Reave early.

I see that if you unlock a bonus in another career it will unlock it in any and all careers.

So I begin a separate career to rush through on casual to unlock reave.

The "rush" career starts on insanity because that is how it is set in options from my original career. If I swap to casual and swap it back to insanity while within the rush career, will it void my insanity trophy after I return to my original career?

My reasoning for asking is because challenges like Recruit, Soldier, and Veteran continue counting cross-careers. It seems logical the same would apply with this difficulty swap. Will it void insanity?

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Game Info
Electronic Arts


US March 06, 2012
Europe March 09, 2012

Backward compatible on Xbox One: Yes
Kinect: Compatible
Price: Retail Only
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