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Brass Balls in BioShock

Brass Balls249 (100)

Complete the game on Hard difficulty without using a Vita-Chamber.

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Achievement Guide for Brass Balls

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Achievement won on 28 Oct 16
TA Score for this game: 2,124
Posted on 26 October 16 at 16:34, Edited on 29 October 16 at 13:12
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This achievement essentially means Play The Game on Hard WITHOUT Dying. Vita-Chambers are only used to respawn after death so not using them means dont die.

Two Methods to Obtain this. A legitimate and an Exploit. I would advise you save this for a second playthrough once you have obtained all the collectables and other achievements. I will list hints and tips for the legitimate method then I will instruct how to exploit the glitch.

Legitimate Method

Before Starting a New Game, go to Gameplay Options, Scroll Down to Disable Vita-Chambers and make sure it says On. Now all Vita- Chambers are disabled.

With Vita disabled every time you die you will now have to load a previous save. So your new best friend will be the Save option, make sure that you literally save every few minutes particularly at the start of the game when you lack plasmids and your health is low. etc.

Check all crates, trash cans, dead splicers, etc for extra first-aid and eve items.

Most guides advise you to stick solely to mission objectives, however I believe I massively benefited from scouring the environment. My ammo was always full and I always had reserve health/eve packs.

Save every Few Minutes,after objectives + before/after fights

Buy Health/Eve Upgrades and Tonic Slots ASAP

Upgrade your weapons wisely. Leave the pistol until last

Purchase/ collect as many Tonics as possible. These are a massive help. Unlock all Tonic Slots as soon as you can. Engineering tonics are a massive help for hacking and getting reduced prices. Physical/Combat tonics can make this playthrough a doddle. Make sure you equip the scrounger perk

Buy Target Dummy ASAP. Ignore all other Plasmids and Plasmid Upgrades until later in the game. (Dont waste ADAM on Plasmid Upgrades or Plasmids at all. Plasmids like Insect Swarm/Cyclone Trap are pretty useless anyway. As long as you have Incinerate, Electro Bolt, Telekinesis + Target Dummy you will be fine.) You will notice that as you progress in the game the upgrades that were once costing a fortune are now majorly discounted. Eg Electro Bolt 2 was 120 Adam in Neptunes Bounty by the time I reached Fort Frolic is was 20.

Make sure you photograph each enemy and gain the max. research bonus, this unlocks unique tonics but also gives great damage bonuses. The auto turret hack is a great help and the Big Daddy damage bonuses turn a 5 minute battle into a 2minute battle.

Rescue every Little Sister in the Game, not only will you get the ADAM but after every 3 you rescue you get a bonus of 200 Adam and after every 6 you recieve a unique Tonic.

Save Electric Buck and Grenades for Big Daddy battles. Upgrading your shotgun and Grenade launcher are a massive help

I got this achievement on my first playthrough along with the tonic collector/audio diaries achievements. The best tip I can give is manage your ADAM well. Buy slots for your tonics.


Start a new game on easy. Again either disable the Vita-Chambers or ensure that you never die. Reach the final boss - Atlas. As you are taking out the final needle of Adam press pause, and change the difficulty to Hard. Then complete the rest of the scene as normal and the achievement will unlock.
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