Aren't You Thankful? achievement in Dead Space 3

Aren't You Thankful?

Complete the game on Hardcore Mode.

Aren't You Thankful?+1.0
7 guidesOnline/OfflineSingle PlayerCooperativeDifficulty SpecificMultiple Playthroughs Required

How to unlock the Aren't You Thankful? achievement

  • Leeroy1975Leeroy1975This gamer has had their achievements removed from the site
    16 Feb 2013
    74 29 43
    Not a solution but helpful.

    Once you have the Devil Horns unlocked from completing Classic mode, you will need to disconnect from xbox live. Delete your cache to get rid of the update, then start up the mode you want to play, get to CH. 3 access the bench on the Roanoke the Devil Horns will be there. Make a save after collecting them resign into xbox live update the game and carry on in SP or CO-OP.

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    aubrey345@guildality, either way, I don’t think it’s possible now on Xbox one game pass version, you can’t copy saves files now and you can’t fool the game into playing offline to give you the devil horns. Gonna have to tackle this legit and hope for the best
    Posted by aubrey345 on 31 Jan at 14:40
    The S bot 9000Wanted to also add the following tips:

    1.)You can revert checkpoint and save/quit whenever you want (only host can revert checkpoint) so you can use this whenever you get in a pickle and don’t think you’ll make it out alive
    2.)Use the item duplication glitch in chapter 8 to max out your rig and have spare resources for medkits, ammo and stasis packs
    Posted by The S bot 9000 on 27 Sep at 04:16
    dan0wnzI decided to do it legit, and I ended up getting it on my first attempt thanks to God, (yes I'm thankful).

    The Item duplication glitch in chapter 8/9, and the save/quit option helped a lot in several areas, just as The S bot 9000 above said. Although keep in mind, when you return, you will return with however many health packs/ammo you had left when you save/quit'd as well as health, you may need to backtrack to a bench to restock, I had to do this in chapter 18 with the unitologist ambush from both sides of the railing, I was yellow bar and had no health packs, ended up going all the way back through the bench area and then restocking on health and coming back. Enemies don't respawn when you go back as I understand it.

    I would also add to complete Survival mode to get the mega resource deposit (one time), I was able to make my favorite gun in chapter 3 in my first work bench and upgrade my rig quite a bit. Having a dead space 2 save to unlock the "legends" suit which gives you an automatic 25 spaces instantly when you change into it is also a major help.
    Posted by dan0wnz on 22 Nov at 02:45
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  • dude17252dude17252322,174
    08 Feb 2013 08 Feb 2013
    54 11 22
    another way to make your life easier while playing this mode, is after you make your save to take a break, make a second copy to a USB drive.
    here is a video that explains it alittle more. not my video. credit goes to nAaTeGaming
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    Sneaky G WizardWell it does and a good thing too because doing this legit is stupid. The game has too many set-piece action sequences that can kill you through bad luck rather than skill.
    Posted by Sneaky G Wizard on 09 Aug 13 at 20:24
    dude17252that's good to know. haven't tried it on hardcore yet
    Posted by dude17252 on 09 Aug 13 at 20:29
    spxyu02Warning, novel of a post incoming...

    (The USB slots on my xbox no longer recognize thumb drives, so I went the way of the Cloud, but wanted to make sure my Cloud backup would never get overwritten/synced with my HDD save after dying)

    How I proceeded to use the Cloud as a backup save was as follows:

    1. Main save ("Choose storage device...") is always my normal HDD.
    2. Playthough Hardcore until the first save point after acquiring the Devil Horns from my bench's safe (was playing offline to this point).
    3. Save and Quit, return to dashboard, plug in ethernet cable, and sign in to LIVE.
    4. Go to System > Storage Devices > HDD, find my Hardcore save slot and copy to Cloud.
    5. Return to Dead Space 3, select HDD as my storage device as usual (see #1), load my Hardcore save, and once I'm in the game, I pull my ethernet plug to play offline (you could really do this directly after #4 also). This is so there is NO chance that a death on my main HDD save writes/copies over my Cloud backup save.
    6. Repeat steps 3-5 as needed when you feel you've passed a stressful section, or are coming up on a heavy 1-hit-kill area.

    To recover your save / load your backup:
    When/if you die, as I did once on the stupid ice-cliff stasis part, follow these steps:
    1. Immediately pause.
    2. If you are not already off-line, make sure you have pulled your ethernet cable, unplugged your wifi adapter, or whatever steps disconnect you from LIVE (but leave your profile signed in).
    3. Dashboard
    *. This next step makes sure your bad HDD save can not sync to the Cloud. Cloud syncs should only occur as you exit your game and go to the dashboard. Since you disconnected from LIVE prior to dashboarding, the save will not sync until you reconnect to LIVE. However, you have to reconnect to LIVE to grab your backup from the Cloud. To avoid the sync that will overwrite your good backup with the death/wipe save from your HDD, follow this step...
    4. Go to System > Storage Devices > HDD > System Items and find "Cloud Storage Console Copy" (or something like that).
    5. Delete this file. This is the local cache of your cloud storage and contains the bad death/wipe save from your HDD. It has no effect on your Cloud backup save. By deleting this file, you ensure that your bad death/wipe save won't sync over your good Cloud backup save upon reconnecting to LIVE.
    6. Now, still at the dashboard, reconnect to LIVE.
    7. Go to System > Storage Devices > HDD, find your bad death/wipe save and delete it (you will see it has progress set to 0% on the save title).
    8. Go to System > Storage Devices > Cloud. It will not show empty/free space, but rather will prompt you to Enable Cloud Storage. Choose Enable and you will see all of your Cloud's contents (not synced yet, but that is expected as we just deleted the local cache).
    9. Find your good backup save and copy it to your HDD.
    10. Disconnect from LIVE and continue playing as outlined in the initial steps listed above.

    To finish the game on hardcore with a timestamp (since I was playing offline so much).
    1. I made my last backup save at the bench/suit kiosk prior to the last space flight + boss.
    2. I simply stayed connected to LIVE, continued my game and finished. Had I died on the space flight (slight possibility) or the last boss (very small possibility), I would have paused, disconnected from LIVE, then followed the recovery steps listed above.
    3. The key is that, supposedly, Cloud saves don't sync until you exit the game, so as long as you disconnect from LIVE while in-game, your bad/wipe save won't have a chance to sync until you take the recovery steps listed above.

    Sorry about the novel here, but hopefully someone finds it useful if they don't have a USB stick or their xbox is on its last legs with half the things not working, like mine.
    Posted by spxyu02 on 29 Nov 13 at 23:07
  • Triple G AndyTriple G Andy724,645
    12 Feb 2013 11 Feb 2013 22 Jul 2013
    32 3 26
    After playing this difficulty there are only a few things you need to be aware of compared to standard difficulties:

    1. Back-up your save data on either a USB memory stick or Cloud storage (remember if using cloud storage, disable it during playing or it will sync to your hard-drive save. This invalidates your save data if you die).

    2. Watch out for instant-kill areas and quick time events (QTE's). Although the QTE's are easily done don't get distracted when they're nearby. Some areas may slip you up if you rush such as chapter 14's gassing rooms, 16's spinning fan blade, and especially the falling rocks/stasis areas when scalling the icy mountains in chapter 13.

    3. Play the other new game+ modes first as you'll get a good feel for the levels and enemy spawns. You also get packs of equipment etc for completing modes like Pure Survival or collecting the collectables.

    4. Skip all optional missions as they'll only slow you down.

    5. Stick to one weapon (plasma cutter, evangelizer or something similair) and keep upgrading it.

    6. Upgrade your armour and health as soon as you can.

    7. Take regular save breaks for your USB (I did it from Chapter 8 the beggining to the arrival at Tau Volantis, Chapter 14 and then the beggining of Chapter 19 (in-case the flying objects of death hit me). You can save more than this if you're not very confident you'll do everything fine.

    8. Sell unused weapon parts (i.e. attatchments, upgrade circuits & handles). You'll want the extra resources.

    9. The enemies known as 'Feeders' (starved looking agile ones) are a pain as they usually attack in large groups. Later in the game they also become a dark shade of black with red eyes and are very difficult to kill as they cannot be dismembered. Headshots work wonders, but if you only use 1 gun in the game you might consider also buying a contact beam for your second gun as its secondary fire mode which shoots the ground. This when upgraded with damage and fire rate is great for feeder swarms.

    10. Learn to use the combat roll effectively. By double tapping the LB you'll perform a combat roll. When rolling, 9 times out of 10 you'll negate any damage so it's very useful if a necromorph has the jump on you and is about to attack. You can also chain rolls for certain scenarios such as dodging bullets from Danik's gunships, or simply distancing yourself from a swarm of necromorphs.

    11. Save up your ration seals till you get 60, always sending your bots out to get resources from resource spots (you'll hear a noise chime). You can then go to a bench, select downloadable content (Y button) and buy an Epic weapon & resource pack with the seals (X button).

    1x Epic pack contains:
    240 tungsten
    800 semiconductors
    2000 scrap metal
    400 somatic gel
    200 transducers
    2x Weapon parts

    NOTE: People have mentioned in many ways how it is more efficient to buy the smaller packs. If you REALLY want to get lots of resources you can instead buy smaller packs to have earlier access to upgrades etc. However it is by no means essential for this difficulty.

    Lastly remember to back-up your saves (which I highly reccomend). Even if like me you don't actually die during this difficulty mode, if you don't back-up your saves you could get killed by a jammy enemy or QTE.

    (V Sully posted a great tip for a useful weapon in the comments):
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    Triple G AndyDevil Horns are for wusses laugh
    Posted by Triple G Andy on 11 Nov 14 at 10:59
    ParadoxReal8Devil horns are way better than all the weapons you could suggest. Why doing it the hard way when it could be so simpler? That weapon is so funny!

    @ Ursiform yeah! That section is a big pain! I stasised they elevator so many time and jumped to the other side just to slide for no apparent reason and come back to the original side, then caress the still in stasis elevator, but of course just touch an object that can kill you is enough to do it. The worst moment in game.

    If you have the devil's horn, practically only QTE can kill you. Back up often and you should have too many trouble.
    Posted by ParadoxReal8 on 13 Mar 17 at 11:39
    AxelSteel15So, I just had the same problem as TheDevilishEyes: got to the platform for the final boss, instantly fell through and died. Thankfully, I have my save backed up on a drive. Will reloading the backup fix the issue or will it just keep happening when I load it up?
    Posted by AxelSteel15 on 04 Sep 18 at 13:14
  • Spiderman NoireSpiderman Noire1,041,084
    15 Jan 2014 15 Jan 2014 27 Jul 2018
    20 1 11
    Hello everyone

    UPDATE 1 - It seems that the Games on Demand version of the game makes this method not possible according to the comments. Since this game is part of GwG, be cautious that this method may not work

    I thought i would create a guide for this achievement that takes into account every single persons solution. This is my attempt to create a guide for people getting the achievement after the current patches and Awakened DLC and potentially using the Devils Horns in hardcore so lets begin.

    Hardcore mode in this game is very different to hardcore mode in Dead Space 2 because in this game a death will wipe your save completely while in Dead Space 2 you had 3 saves. The big trick in making hardcore mode a joke relates to the use of a external hard drive or thumb drive to back up your save. At any point during your hardcore run you can save and quit and copy over your save to a secondary memory unit. It is highly recommended to save at the beginning of each chapter as you never know what might happen. I died multiple times in my run just by glitchin through the floor and dying.

    I DID MY RUN IN WITH THE DEVILS HORNS EVEN AFTER COMPLETING THE AWAKENED DLC some people have been saying that the patch associated with the installation of Awakened DLC removes any chance of using the devils horns in Pure Survival and Hardcore and this is FALSE! . I did my run on Hardcore with the Devils Horns after playing the Awakened DLC and this is how i did it by following these steps:

    1. Delete the Awakened DLC from your xbox hard drive
    2. Completely clear your system cache (go to hard drive and press y to bring up device options and clear system cache)
    3. Move (not copy!) any save files you have in your Dead Space 3 folder to your external hard drive to ensure a clean save (i tried it without this step and it wont recognize my hardcore save when i played offline)
    **any rewards you earned from from clearing classic or pure survival will still appear even though those save files do not exist on your xbox hard drive
    4. start game up and decline the update
    5. Run through the game offline on casual with the devils horns (it took me 4 hrs to run through the game)
    6. After clearing the game, start a hardcore save in new game+. (you will know it worked when it gives you the popup that you have the devils horns available to you at the Ronaoke)
    7. Get to chapter 3 to get your first opportunity to get to a bench
    8. Beat hardcore in offline mode as reinstalling the patches will prevent the hardcore save from showing up so do it offline

    It took me a total of 4:53 minutes to clear the game in hardcore using the devils horns.

    It is highly recommended that you save this difficulty for last as the rewards from pure survival (as resources content pack that contains over 1000 somatic gel and around 300 of the other resources) makes upgrading your rig early on a possibility. I personally had fully upgraded health bar and 3/5 armour upgrades by the end of chapter 3.

    I hope that this guide can prove a cumulative approach to this achievement and can be used by everyone. If you have any questions just leave a comment below and i will answer immediately as i would love to help.

    Happy hunting gamers!
  • Death to PS3sDeath to PS3s178,633
    15 Feb 2013 15 Feb 2013 15 Feb 2013
    13 3 1
    Not a actual solution, but a great tip if you want the easiest playthrough possible: do Pure Survival (PS) before Hardcore mode.

    The rewards you receive from beating PS DO carry over to Hardcore mode unlike Classic modes reward. If you do not know what you get from PS, you basically get a instant boost to all of your resources in various numbers (I got around 350 or so Tungsten, but over 1k gel) and Mk II version of practically every part in the game.

    So as soon as you get to the Roanoke you can build pretty much anything instead of having to wait to get the parts available. This obviously is a massive benefit, not only because it makes the beginning of the game very easy, but also because the Mk II parts are all around great and you don't need to get Ration Seals to get them.

    With all of those parts, you shouldn't have much difficulty at all and the only thing to truly worry about is the segments of the game where you can get instant killed.
  • Austin83100Austin83100184,315
    16 Mar 2013
    10 2 3
    Ok doing this is a work around to the recent patch brought on by the Awakened DLC. If you have already beaten classic mode and unlocked the devil horns, then you're going to want to delete the DLC off the hard drive. This is where it becomes a slight pain in the ass. You will have to start a new game under a new save slot. Thankfully enough, because classic mode has been cleared already, all the endgame bonuses will transfer over. Set it to casual and blaze through the main game again to unlock new game+ (theres no need to play through classic mode again). After doing that, you can continue on like before with clearing the system cache and playing until chapter 3 to get the devil horns in pure survival mode and hardcore mode. Hope this helps
  • Boss KowbelBoss Kowbel238,779
    08 Feb 2013
    16 9 3
    While not an actual guide, this glitch warrants mentioning and does work on the Xbox 360 version.

    At any point in Dead Space 3, you can set a scavenger bot down on a high yield resource gathering point. Save and Quit, then run right back to the exact same high yield resource gathering point and set another scavenger bot down for additional high resource gathering!

    With infinite resources, create dozens of large health packs, stasis modules, and ammo stacks to boost your advantage over those frostbitten necromorphs.

    In addition to this bug, at the end of Chapter 8, there's a special door that has its own glitch. No need to sit around for 10 minutes waiting for your bots to work. Follow the video* below to find this special door that always generates a random item every time the door closes.

    You can also come back to this same door at the end of Chapter 9 after you fix your RIG and no longer have to worry about the cold temperatures.

    Exploiting this glitch can make completing the game with one life much easier, but note that enemies also respawn, so stay well-stocked.

    *Posted with creator's permission
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