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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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cooper101183
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Achievement won on 28 Oct 16
TA Score for this game: 2,119
Posted on 26 October 16 at 16:34, Edited on 23 April 18 at 16:29
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This achievement essentially means Play The Game on Hard WITHOUT dying. Vita-Chambers are only used to re-spawn after death so not using them means don't die.
This is for HARD difficulty only; there is a higher difficulty called Survivor but this unlocks on HARD only.

Two Methods to Obtain this. A legitimate and an Exploit. Scroll to the end for the exploit.

Regardless of whether you are doing the exploit or earning this the legit way Before Starting a New Game, go to Gameplay Options, Scroll Down to Disable Vita-Chambers and make sure it says On. This ensures ALL Vita- Chambers are disabled in the game this is really important and means every time you die you load a previous save.

Legitimate Method
With Vita chambers disabled your new best friend will be the Save option. Make sure that you save every few minutes, particularly at the start of the game when you lack plasmids and your health is low. etc. Later in the game you will be much stronger but still save often, its quicker to save than replaying sections of the game.

Check all crates, trash cans, dead splicers, etc for extra first-aid and eve items. Turn on item Glimmer in the options, you will be able to spot loot much easier. Also increase the brightness a touch this will allow you to survey your surroundings.

Most guides advise you to stick solely to mission objectives, however I believe I benefited from scouring the environment. My ammo was always full and I always had reserve health/eve packs.
Buy Health/Eve Upgrades and Tonic Slots ASAP
Upgrade your weapons wisely. Leave the pistol until last
Purchase/ collect as many Tonics as possible.. 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 etc, 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

THE EXPLOIT

Start a new game on easy. Again either disable the Vita-Chambers or ensure that you never die. Reach the final boss[ spoiler] - 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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