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Aren't You Thankful?

Complete the game on Hardcore Mode.

Aren't You Thankful?+1.0
7 guidesOnline/OfflineSingle PlayerCooperativeDifficulty SpecificMultiple Playthroughs Required
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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
Nocturno LupoThis was the first thing I asked myself; is this possible? And it is, so you get a thumbs up :)!
Posted by Nocturno Lupo on 08 Feb 13 at 08:20
IDUKE NUKEM64Idoes it work if you save it on your cloud save file???
Posted by IDUKE NUKEM64I on 09 Feb 13 at 14:08
dude17252not quite sure. personally, i dont use the cloud. but it would be worth a try.
Posted by dude17252 on 09 Feb 13 at 17:53
MadMaxxxI think you should COPY to the Cloud, not save. And every time choose HDD, then copy to Cloud.
Posted by MadMaxxx on 11 Feb 13 at 20:41
Thief44Do both lol cloud save and usb but make sure that your usb isn't a piece of shit and erases after every save lol i had to restart from chapter 7 after 4 hours of gameplay due to it crapping out on me.
Posted by Thief44 on 12 Feb 13 at 10:04
DemonDuffehi used cloud before for solutions which suggested usb and it does work you just have to copy the save across everytime you mess up like u wud with usb
Posted by DemonDuffeh on 13 Feb 13 at 15:22
StarshadeFPSI used cloud and USB for backups and had no problems with death checkpoints. I would save every 2 saving (before/after tough parts) to USB and every 3 chapters to cloud so I had different options on reverting to a better checkpoint. Just in case, even though I didn't need it. I had 2 tough checkpoints but it was doable. Took me 2 days (10hrs) to finish it.
Posted by StarshadeFPS on 13 Feb 13 at 22:07
StarshadeFPSThumbs up! also I recommend doing this solo as in co-op there is twice the chance that one dies and it's game over. Then both have to copy save files. It's just more time and frustration that way.
Posted by StarshadeFPS on 13 Feb 13 at 23:21
ARCHER MIKEi'm currently working on classic mode. what difficulty is this achv on? hardcore? do any weapons transfer over from any other modes? should i play ps before attempting this or does it matter?

thanks in advance...
Posted by ARCHER MIKE on 17 Feb 13 at 21:19
StarshadeFPS^Hardcore: same as normal hard mode just don't die. This was the first I did then classic then pure survival. Of course they don't stack it's different modes.
Posted by StarshadeFPS on 19 Feb 13 at 12:38
StarshadeFPSYou start with default weapons. You can use the limited edition (dlc) weapons in any mode. If you buy any resource packs with MSP you get them at the first bench in any mode.
Posted by StarshadeFPS on 19 Feb 13 at 12:49
ARCHER MIKEthanks Eskobar,
note:in pure survival mode we started with nothing in the safe and did not get our dlc weapons and resourse packs til ch 3 bench and our suits were at ch 4 kiosk.
Posted by ARCHER MIKE on 19 Feb 13 at 13:18
StarshadeFPSI used the Negotiator (limited edition) weapon in all modes. The first bench is the one in chapter 3 right? For the suit I know you can get extra spaces with the classic dead space suit then switch back to any other suit.
Posted by StarshadeFPS on 20 Feb 13 at 10:49
Phoenix C64my main drive is cloud. i just tried making a backup to my hdd, suiciding and i then copied my hdd backup back to the cloud.
it worked.
also, when you're about to die, you can quickly press start and save&quit and maybe save the day ;)
Posted by Phoenix C64 on 26 Feb 13 at 20:51
Nelson SoldierI recommend to any one to make a backup save, luckily I did. I've played through the game, without dying, and got to the last platform, where you fight the moon. The platform, for some fucked-up-glitchy-fuck-you-EA reason, disappeared and Isaac just kept falling, he eventually hits the 'floor' and dies.

So yeah, to stop you from throwin your xbox around your room in anger, stay relaxed and copy the backup save over.
Posted by Nelson Soldier on 02 Mar 13 at 18:14
Phoenix C64I just saw what Nelson Soldier said 5 minutes ago. That's really fucked up for anyone who pretended to do this WITHOUT USB saves! However, if (like me) you're super quick (or lucky xD), if the glitch happens, you can quickly pause the game and save&quit when Isaac starts falling. but you really need to be quick on that. If Isaac turns around and you move onto the special power platform, then you're good and won't glitch (unless there's a glitch afterwards I don't know about)
Posted by Phoenix C64 on 02 Mar 13 at 18:37
Daemonhunter 7If your power goes out will it simply send you back to the last save? Or will it erase your file?
Posted by Daemonhunter 7 on 24 May 13 at 04:43
Sneaky G WizardSurely this doesn't still work?
Posted by Sneaky G Wizard on 08 Aug 13 at 16:02
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