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Completed the game in Ironman Mode

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This is a permadeath mode - once you die, you start back from the beginning of the game. You can however use the defibrillator, and you can quit to the main menu if you feel like you're about to die - going back into Iron Man Mode from the main menu will return you to either the closest discovered Trade Town if you were in free roam, or the last checkpoint if you quit out during a mission.

This is not an NG+ mode, so you are better off doing this on Easy difficulty, unless you are going for one of the other difficulty achievements from this Title Update (absolutely not recommended!) You will pick up the Assault Rifle and Shotgun along the way as part of the main story - between those and the grenades you won't need anything else if you're playing on Easy.

You can pick up the defibrillator in the 'Canyon Cove' Ark in the south eastern part of Broken Tract, which is likely the second ark you will come across. I never needed to use the defibrillator but used Health Infusions many times. You may want to pick up 1-2 Health Infusion Upgrades (1 is found in each Trade Town, and the trader you will encounter on the roads also has one) and pick up the upgrades in Kvasir's upgrade tree which let you hold 6 (or 8 if you upgrade twice) infusions in your inventory.

You need to get Marshall, Loosum and Kvasir to Level 5 in their respective projects to finish the game. Kvasir will likely happen naturally as you move through the map and come across data pads and any other icons with blue labels (such as fallen rangers.) Loosum requires you to complete orange locations, such as Automated Sentries, Gas Stations and Road Chokers. Marshall requires you to complete pink locations, which are mostly bandit dens. Level 5 for each person is 500 points, so you can pick harder targets for Marshall & Loosum to get to 500 with fewer locations that need to be explored.

In the final mission you will be driving a tank through what is basically an auto-scroller, even on Easy you will be shot a lot, and dying in the tank gives you no defibrillator option. If your tank gets to half health, quit out and load the Iron Man Mode back up, where you'll be back in the tank at the previous checkpoint at full health, so you can try again. Targets in this long series of corridors (tanks, enemies, flammable barrels) spawn from fairly far away so you can shoot enemies from a distance to stay safe.

Be careful when in free roam. At one point, driving (or falling by foot) off a cliff is an instant death. As of 2021 it appears that if you do fall off a cliff, you are taken back to a previous checkpoint and you don't die or lose your save.

A fast run through this game mode without unnecessary exploration can be done in 5-6 hours. The achievement will pop after the credits are a brief cut scene with the major characters in the game.

(H/T to Scotty x360a for some details provided in this solution, and Mack Stardust for the updated status of the risks driving/falling off cliffs.)
SallyNastyIf you do this as your first playthrough, can you jump into ng+ on ultra nightmare and turn off ironman?
Posted by SallyNasty on 07 Aug 19 at 16:14
sjpsjpsjp@SallyNasty IronMan is a special save (i.e. on the Load Game screen, you'll see Slot #1, Slot #2, etc - but this mode's save says IronMan). I don't think you can do what you're wanting - I can try to take a look after I finish my Ultra Nightmare run.
Posted by sjpsjpsjp on 07 Aug 19 at 16:29
SallyNastyNo rush - thanks!!!
Posted by SallyNasty on 07 Aug 19 at 21:25
sjpsjpsjp@SallyNasty I looked at this before and no, you can't turn off IronMan mode.
Posted by sjpsjpsjp on 26 Aug 19 at 17:15
NoHeroes94Wonder if cloud-saving manipulation works. Tempted to test it at an early part of the game.
Posted by NoHeroes94 on 22 Nov 19 at 13:07
sjpsjpsjp@NoHeroes94 this run isn't that hard, so I don't think any level of save manipulation is really needed.
Posted by sjpsjpsjp on 22 Nov 19 at 17:14
Bk LuCKY ChaRMSJust beat the entire game on iron man and didnt unlock the achievement I hate bullshit like this I didnt die at all during my playthrough
Posted by Bk LuCKY ChaRMS on 23 Nov 19 at 09:18
Bk LuCKY ChaRMSUgh once I finished the game iron mode turned off for the end game this is bs
Posted by Bk LuCKY ChaRMS on 23 Nov 19 at 09:21
dale smeegleI've just had a simialr issue, watched the credits hit still no achievement?
Posted by dale smeegle on 28 Nov 19 at 19:54
Bk LuCKY ChaRMSLuckily for some reason there was still a save for iron man mode but it set me back around 4 hours so I didnt have to start from the beginning it was still really annoying
Posted by Bk LuCKY ChaRMS on 01 Dec 19 at 11:33
SallyNastyJust got the cheev. Thanks a ton for the tip about restarting checkpoint in the paper tank. That was the closest I came to wiping on the run. Otherwise was pretty easy(but boring to have to play a third time). Thumbs up!
Posted by SallyNasty on 04 Dec 19 at 23:58
sjpsjpsjpNo worries - happy to help!
Posted by sjpsjpsjp on 05 Dec 19 at 03:03
WhyattThrashBy the way, there are several progression-halting bugs in this game where the next mission or step in a mission will just not trigger at all.

So it might be a good idea to play this offline and sync on occasion, so you can restore from a previous save from the cloud and at least not need to start over from the beginning due to a bricked save.
Posted by WhyattThrash on 17 Jan 20 at 00:40
Markyshizzlequestion, if u do ironman mode first, can u create a ng+ from it as a normal save or is it totally separate?
Posted by Markyshizzle on 21 Jan 20 at 07:59
sjpsjpsjp@Markyshizzle totally separate, it's a NG start only.

(Btw, I used your Max Payne 3 Shadows Rushed Me guide a few years ago - thanks for that!)
Posted by sjpsjpsjp on 21 Jan 20 at 16:05
WhyattThrashThat's not entirely true, I've noticed that when the game has crashed, it has left an autosave from my Ironman run as the "latest autosave". And if continuing from that save, Ironman is turned off.

It might be possible to reach a similar result by force-closing the game, opening up an autosave (if one now exists), and then continuing that game as a "regular" save. This is more of a bug than an intended feature though.
Posted by WhyattThrash on 21 Jan 20 at 23:48
sjpsjpsjp@WhyattThrash that wasn't my experience.
Posted by sjpsjpsjp on 22 Jan 20 at 03:24
ParanoydAndroidJust a heads up to anyone going for this. As of feb 2020, there are still game breaking bugs to deal with. I got stuck on my very last mission, Beneath the Surface. l grabbed the fission core, but I guess it didn’t register. I took the lift up and it said I still needed to grab it. But it wouldn’t let me take the lift back down no matter what I tried. It was literally the last thing I had to do before the end. I lost 6 hours of gameplay. I recommend any time you have a main story mission, wait for the next objective to update before pushing on. If it glitches out, hard quit the game and reload the autosave.
Posted by ParanoydAndroid on 15 Feb 20 at 05:36
Level 75 NoobSo I nearly failed this right off the bat because I forgot you can barely fall 30 feet without eating dirt. Managed to dashboard out during my death throes and all was fine. But then my game crashed near the end of the story while it was autosaving and I got the same glitch as WhyattThrash. LAME. I was playing casually before, but it's Speedrun time, I guess.
Posted by Level 75 Noob on 19 Feb 20 at 23:37
PhillipWendellCan anyone confirm if there is anything you can check to see that you are playing in ironman mode? I selected Ironman mode to start and saved my game at some point. I always hit continue to resume, but think that the save messed me up because the achievement didn't pop when I finished the last mission. angry
Posted by PhillipWendell on 23 Feb 20 at 03:59
CiccioceIs someone still having issues not unlocking the achievement after the completion of the game?
Any solution?
Posted by Ciccioce on 10 Mar 20 at 21:18
FULL Hache D@PhillipWndell you can notice you are on Ironman because you can't save and there's a flaming heart on the bottom-left of the screen (the same icon appears near "continue")
Posted by FULL Hache D on 16 Apr 20 at 05:01
PhillipWendellThanks, FULL, found that out and wrote that, and a few other tips, in another guide with screenshots.
Posted by PhillipWendell on 18 Apr 20 at 18:49
PodcirIs it possible to do this on NG+?
Posted by Podcir on 12 Jul 20 at 17:51
sjpsjpsjp@Podcir see my second paragraph: "This is not an NG+ mode,"
Posted by sjpsjpsjp on 13 Jul 20 at 00:27
JokerStayNytCan i do a ng+ mode from this to ultra nightmare ?if yes i can do online two runs
Posted by JokerStayNyt on 09 Nov 20 at 17:48
sjpsjpsjp@JokerStayNyt I don't think so.
Posted by sjpsjpsjp on 09 Nov 20 at 18:57
@JokerStayNyt
You have problems reading or understanding what is written?
Or maybe you rushed straight to comment section without reading the solution?
Man, I keep seeing ppl like this recently. It's not the first solution I read, where things are laid out clearly, then in comments section you have a weirdo asking nonsensical questions?
Posted on 24 Feb at 23:23
TREX1979@swenor I totally agree with you, people just skipping this well thought out quick help guide from sjpsjpsjp and are skipping right to a question that was answered at the beginning of the 2nd paragraph.

@sjpsjpsjp - Thank you for taking the time to write this, now that I know this I'm thinking to spend the time to 100% this (or pretty damn close over the next couple of weekends.

Thanks man :-)
Posted by TREX1979 on 29 Apr at 01:47
sjpsjpsjp@TREX1979 you’re very welcome!
Posted by sjpsjpsjp on 29 Apr at 03:23
Mack StardustJust a suggested change: driving off a cliff or otherwise falling to your death is NOT an instant death. You will simply be sent back to the nearest trade town/location/checkpoint.

I just beat Ironman mode last night and wanted to test this out, both falling to my death on foot and in a vehicle sent me back to a checkpoint, but running into a bandit den and getting killed deleted my save. Also tested it out on a new Ironman playthrough, drove/jumped off a cliff a few times and everything was good. I haven’t tested this on stuff like the final boss or Authority bases with endless floors/killbarriers, but if you drive your Phoenix off a cliff, you’ll be fine.
Posted by Mack Stardust on 16 May at 16:25
sjpsjpsjpI was actually re-reading my solution a few days ago and recalled that when I played that it was instant death. Perhaps it's been patched? In any case I will reword. Thanks for your suggestions.
Posted by sjpsjpsjp on 16 May at 19:45
psybOltOnWhen all 3 missions are done and you are heading to the base to fight general Cross, do not drive off the cliff, leave the map or reload in any way as it might cause the game breaking bug where the marker disappears and you are told to continue working with your allies to continue.
Posted by psybOltOn on 15 Jul at 11:40
That's stupid. It's iron man. How you die is irrelevant. You die sits game over. I hate such modes, but ffs be consistent. It's like pussy permadeath mode from TloUII where you have checkpoints.
Pfffff...
Posted on 22 Aug at 17:26
psybOltOnI'm not sure if you meant my comment was stupid, but here you go.
I know it's permadeath. But they patched out dying from falling off the cliff. Still, if the game reloads because of that (or in my case, taking a shortcut was considered leaving the map - when I tried to turn around it respawned me back on the road) you can get glitched out of the achievement. This is a bug which is there in the other game modes as well, but it's not that annoying as you can just reload your save.
Anyway, reading your previous comments, you need to tune down and work on your anger management.
Posted by psybOltOn on 22 Aug at 19:30
Falcon SVNJust want to add that if you power off your Xbox without exiting the game, you can lose your Ironman auto save. Happened to me during a sudden power outage.
Posted by Falcon SVN on 30 Sep at 15:04