Best of the Best achievement in Ms. Splosion Man

Best of the Best

Complete all of the Single Player levels in Hardcore Mode.

Best of the Best+0.5
3 guidesOffline Game ModeSingle PlayerDifficulty SpecificMultiple Playthroughs Required

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  • mehatemexmehatemex114,468
    18 Dec 2011 11 Dec 2011 15 Dec 2011
    13 1 6
    In hardcore mode there is no checkpoints, and one hit kills you. This will be the thoughts of the achievements to get in this game. Hardcore mode will open as soon as you complete normal mode. You have to complete all levels, incl. the secrets ones. I found it easies to give the map a try, many times you can get through without dieing. If you're struggling, look up a video on the Internet (see link) to see what is coming up. Here is a web-page where there is a writing + video guide of each level, so you know what is coming up.

    http://www.gamefront.com/ms-splosion-man-walkthrough

    EDIT: I notice there was missing 2 videos on the homepage. World 3, level 6 and last boss fight. Added both down under.
    WARNING LAST VIDEO CONTAINS SPOILER OF LAST BOSS (But if you started hardcore, you already know it)

    Credit to Mitchell from Gamefront, alot!
    Credit to RatingPendingGaming for last boss fight video.

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    CotV@VeryMetalChewie I can confirm that you have to get all the secret exits to unlock every level, and getting to a secret level doesn't count as completing a stage. My question is if there is a way to check which stages you have cleared on Hardcore mode. Since I completed the game on normal and am now attempting Hardcore, every single level says it has been completed. If anyone knows a way to check please tell me.
    Posted by CotV on 17 Feb 14 at 06:59
    Chaotic FiascoJust finished on hardcore and it didn't pop. I guess I missed one, but I have no idea which. Is there any way to tell?
    Posted by Chaotic Fiasco on 17 May 15 at 06:47
    Chaotic FiascoI figured out how to tell which ones you're missing. Once you've successfully 'sploded your way through a level, its label on the world map will have a cloud of smoke around it. In order to tell what you're missing, simply look for a level with no smoke.

    Turns out I was missing 1-14 and 3-5.
    Posted by Chaotic Fiasco on 18 May 15 at 21:36
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  • Morpheus414Morpheus414256,803
    30 Jun 2012 03 Jun 2013 03 Jun 2013
    6 2 1
    While I don't need to explain what Hardcore Mode is, I have made a video guide to all 50 levels, in case you're a visual person like myself.

    Unfortunately, only a minority of the videos have shoe strategies as well--I was focusing on finishing the level alive. redface

    Here's a link to my actual channel, which has all 50 videos if you're looking for a specific one.

    Playlist links below. Hope you guys enjoy this/learn from it and make this a little less difficult.

    Plenty of easter eggs to make this a little entertaining as well. wink
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    MattiasAndersonYou got a tumbs up from me! But I can see why you got 2 negatives so far. When you try to make it funny with the big woman shaking the screen is very annoying. When one try to focus on the game. Its just annoying! I do think its a bit funny when you say shoes sometimes when grabbing them. I'm at level 2-2 now. Thanks for the guide! It helps to look at each level before doing it. I wish I could have done each level on hardcore after I beat the normal version of it. Would make it much easier as memory is fresh at that time.

    On a side note: I think its much better when you do not grab the shoes. There are other guides for that and its recommended to get them when you have checkpoints anyway.
    Posted by MattiasAnderson on 29 Mar 18 at 16:25
  • mrbellekmrbellek473,521
    26 Sep 2011 23 Sep 2011 27 Sep 2011
    5 3 0
    In Hardcode Mode, there are no checkpoints in levels and everything kills you with one hit. This means it's a lot, I mean a LOT harder than normal play mode. (At the time of writing I have to finish up 2 extra-hard levels but I just beat the last boss)

    The only exception to the one-hit-kill rule is the final boss (The Bride), which makes it a lot easier.

    What helped me a lot to get through the game in Hardcode Mode is practicing a level beforehand in normal play mode. Once you're confident you know the level well enough to beat it without dying, switch to Hardcode Mode.

    You have to unlock and beat the secret levels again, even if you already did this in normal play mode. Note that you can skip the levels in red (extra hard) and gold (secret) if they give you trouble, and come back to those later. It's not required to collect all the shoes again.
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