Dead Space 2

Dead Space 2 Trophies
Hard to the Core
Complete the game on Hard Core setting

Hardcore is basically Normal difficulty, with a twist - you can only save 3 times, no more than that. The game will warn you and indicate how many save opportunities you have left whenever you approach a save point. Ammo drop rate varies between Normal and Survival difficulty. The game is fairly generous with Medpack drops, especially towards the end of the game.

Completing the game on Hardcore does NOT unlock Zealot difficulty trophy (i.e doesn't stack) and vice versa.

This setting is not for those with faint of heart and lacking dedication. Enemies are moderately tough and ammo is a somewhat limited resource. In addition you will need to be able to play for long hours as the game has 15 Chapters. You-will-be-dying-and-restarting, alot. Your first ideal save point should be somewhere in Chapter 6 or 7. Your second save point should be somewhere in Chapter 9 or 11. And your last save point at the end of Chapter 13 or end of Chapter 14 if you can make it that far.

Do refer to the Hardcore Difficulty Guide for useful tips and strategies. If you feel that this difficulty is too much for you to handle, consider investing in the Supernova Weapons & Armor DLC pack as the free items can turn this mode on its head as long as you make full use of your experience gained from previous playthroughs.

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User Comments
 Comment #1 by FFFsoCal
Friday, June 03, 2011 @ 03:00:49 AM

By far the hardest I have come across.

 Comment #2 by Ikaruz
Monday, June 06, 2011 @ 10:32:16 AM

This is so time consuming, only way to do it is to stay home and play all day! Who the hell can do that?!! Well thinking of it, maybe someone that deos not do anything on thier lives can.

 Comment #3 by kamijordan
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 05:16:25 AM

sure or that or you can always let the playstation on and go out... there are people who do that...I sometimes do that when I don't want to start all over in the hardest difficulty

 Comment #4 by erdvilla
Tuesday, June 14, 2011 @ 11:46:07 PM

I'm on my 2nd playthru (a fun-only playthru), I'm planning on goin for Extreme and then Imposible....
The storm season just begun so I hope the power doesn't fail or that I'm not forced to turn off my electronics due to a lightning storm (I preffer loosing hours of progress rather than hundreds of dollars on equipment hehe).

 Comment #5 by erdvilla
Thursday, June 16, 2011 @ 10:21:18 PM

Compleated Zealo this morning and started Impossible, so far so good, only died once on Ch.2 because I was getting used to the full upgraded equipment and then this mode starts from zero so I had a bit offset and got killed by accident.

I have reached Ishimura's level, and planted my 2nd save there, I'm in pretty bad shepa from the final battle from Ch.9, I'm around 60% health but with decent ammo for my 4 weapons and Vintage suit, so its just a matter of goin thru the dark tunnel battle to reach the first store on the ship and progress onward, I plan to put my final save at Ch.13, its a 2 hour trek I think so it won't be bad if I die, and the final 14-15 chapters are a bit challenging but really short and easy to retry.

 Comment #6 by erdvilla
Friday, June 17, 2011 @ 01:14:49 PM

Complete, didn't died another time so it wasn't frustrating, skiping a bunch of fights on Ch.13 and 14 help a lot.

The most annoying parts where the final alleys where the Ubbermorph whips your back, the laser surgery almost gave me a heartattack and the final fly sequence to get to the escape ship, hated those because you can get insta-kill.

 Comment #7 by Pervertedgamer
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 @ 09:51:00 PM

this trophy took so damn long, props to whoever got this trophy such as myself, this is one hard trophy to get


 Comment #8 by erdvilla
Monday, July 11, 2011 @ 11:28:39 AM

Recommended spots to save IMHO:

Chapter 7: right before the Solar array or after the space launch sequence (just be careful not to get killed on the fly sequence) but you must save right after you land as in the following room is one of the most annoying fights where you must wait for Ellie to open the doors so you can escape the Vaccum fight.

Chapter 10: Once you reach the Ishimura you have the option to save before the dark tunnel fight which can be hard if you move too fast or get caught between the two sides or if you feel confident you can save where the store is but save here as the Ishimura is a pretty long and dangerous level specially on the De-con room

Chapter 13: right after the Drill ride, which is hard btw, you should save as the EarthGov fight is hard and if you don'

 Comment #9 by erdvilla
Monday, July 11, 2011 @ 11:30:04 AM

't have the "Hacker" suit you might won't be able to skip the huge fight.

From there it only takes 40min to reach the final fight.

 Comment #10 by Xebenatros
Sunday, July 31, 2011 @ 07:08:11 PM

Best way I managed to deal with this time consuming trophy, although I am having issues withe last 3 chapters. Work your ass off and save at the start of Chapter 6, that's where I was stuck for a bit, god I hate Leapers. Work towards saving around Chapter 10 if your lucky enough to get there, and save either before or after chapter 13. I'll be so happy when I finally get this damn trophy.

 Comment #11 by renato980
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 @ 06:17:15 PM

this trophy was so hard but its worth it to get platnum. :)

 Comment #12 by technophobia
Saturday, August 27, 2011 @ 12:30:12 AM

To me, this trophy defines Survival Horror - It was the most intense playing experience I've had with a survival horror game. I cannot recommend this game enough - it's awesome and you would do yourself a disservice not owning a copy.

Note: please don't buy a used copy from EBGames or Gamespot, the developers don't get a dime unless it's a new copy. Let's encourage them to keep making awesome games.

 Comment #13 by 007JamesBond
Friday, September 09, 2011 @ 07:15:31 PM

trying to go for this trophy, BUT my little brother wont let me play it for more than a hour before he runs into my room, "I WANNA PLAY!" if i dont let him he keeps making random noises in the background finally got SO annoying that i had to use my last save on the Ishamuru or my head would have exploded.

 Comment #14 by KeverHans
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 08:30:24 AM

I tried it once, saved right before the elevator for the first time and then died in the flying section. I was so pissed at the time that i haven't tried it again.
But i guess enough time has passed by now to try it again.

 Comment #15 by PlatinumUp
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 @ 05:01:35 PM

Very Hard. Recommend buying one of the dlc packs. I saved at Ch.7, Ch.12 and the last save point before Ch.15.

 Comment #16 by erdvilla
Monday, October 10, 2011 @ 06:13:15 PM

When I talked about avoiding fights on chapters 13 and 14 I was referring specially to the EarhGov HQ level where you can open the blast door fast enough to avoid that fight just after getting crashed on the Drill, if you hack the door with or without the hacker suit you can get pass there safe and sound, after cutting off the power you can skip that fight too by carrying a Stasis container and tk it to the enemies and run for the door. The walkways before the Brute can also be run by taking out the enemies between you and the doors leading to the next floor until you reach the brut and all remaining enemies will be "deleted".

 Comment #17 by Led
Tuesday, October 18, 2011 @ 08:28:37 PM

One the hardest trophy I ever gotten! I only managed since I was on SPring break so I had the time to do it lol

 Comment #18 by Hammerhead
Sunday, January 01, 2012 @ 11:30:44 PM

I haaaaaate this trophy! I've been trying to get far enough in the game to make my first save but I always die before I can get to where I want to.

 Comment #19 by Halberder84
Saturday, February 04, 2012 @ 04:48:32 PM

Done. Woo. Only one death after my chapter 8 save and that was only 20 minutes in. The contact beam is an awesome weapon. Makes chapter 14 and 15 a breeze. Just Alt fire your way through. So glad I got this. Never again, never again.

 Comment #20 by kamijordan
Saturday, February 25, 2012 @ 08:45:54 AM

the difficulty on this trophy is in the beginning... which means that the more you'll get through the game, the easier it gets... cuzz you'll get stronger and gain more money which you can buy more health and ammo. in the beginning of the game you don't have nothing particularly... the difficulty isn't htat hard. the only annoying thing is that there are no restarts so which makes you start all over again (that is what makes people not to try it again)

 Comment #21 by flstn35
Monday, February 27, 2012 @ 10:49:57 AM

Wife and kids went to Florida so I'm now working on gettying Hard Core done to earn my Platinum on DS2. Made my saves at 7 & 11. Last night I made it to the needle and eye part and thought I was home free. One little minor adjustment at the end of the process found the machine buried in my skull. This tropjy is brutal and just rips my heart out of my chest after spending two ours with my heart in my throat and dying so close to the end (done venting). I'll be back at it tonight!

 Comment #22 by flstn35
Monday, February 27, 2012 @ 10:55:38 AM

Wife and kids went to Florida so I'm now working on gettying Hard Core done to earn my Platinum on DS2. Made my saves at 7 & 11. Last night I made it to the needle and eye part and thought I was home free. One little minor adjustment at the end of the process found the machine buried in my skull. This tropjy is brutal and just rips my heart out of my chest after spending two ours with my heart in my throat and dying so close to the end (done venting). I'll be back at it tonight!

 Comment #23 by NickoRaptor
Friday, March 02, 2012 @ 08:57:29 PM

Died at least once after every "checkpoint". In the beginning while still in a tied-up straight jacket I took a wrong turn and was torn apart. Then in chapter 8 I was torn apart by a slasher. Again in chapter 10 I was torn apart by a slasher and leaper. Then I get a needle in my eye. Then death by the shadow pack. But FINALLY got the trophy! It was as easy as I expected. Some close calls, however.

 Comment #24 by flstn35
Monday, March 05, 2012 @ 09:17:32 AM

Finally did it! Died a few times on the needle and on the last rock when elle rescue's you after the marker is destroyed.Despite all the frustration with this trophy, it's pretty sweet to be one of the elite to get this one. Kudos to everyone who did it!


 Comment #25 by NoMoreHeroes75
Sunday, March 25, 2012 @ 12:42:00 PM

I did this with the DLC packs and i swear to god i didnt even have to save because i never died once so i used my last save on chapter 14 because i felt like it and i finally got this S.O.B!! :D

 Comment #26 by patio247
Thursday, March 29, 2012 @ 12:44:12 AM

To anyone still having trouble obtaining this trophy I have found someone on YouTube that has discovered a glitch for duplicating unlimited power nodes in chapter 1 that does NOT require saving and reloading. Perfect for hardcore, no? The method is a little elaborate but I've tried it and it DEFINITELY works! I was rather stunned at the results but just make sure that you follow his instructions to the T. Hope this helps! :)

 Comment #27 by BShArP911
Friday, April 06, 2012 @ 04:16:04 AM

This is all about skill and nothing else. Luck will have nothing to do with it. The best way to survive is to watch your back 24/7 and if your getting ambushed find a corner with no vent next to it, that way the enemy can only come from a 90 degree meaning nothing from behind. Obviously you need to have a great aim but you wouldn't be attempting this mode otherwise. Also know your weapons. The plasma cutter may seem like a poor weapon but it one of the best ( my favourite anyway, dead space 1 trophy one gun ;) ) the force gun is great if your surrounded and the ripper is excellent for taking out multiple enemies with its secondary fire. Also the neddle in your eye scene is much harder than before and will take a hell of a lot of patient, this bit made my gamer rage boil to the surface many

 Comment #31 by Meistermuffin
Sunday, July 15, 2012 @ 01:13:20 AM

Why would anyone want someone else to earn their trophy for them???? Never ever would let someone do that for me! I got to my Level 16 with 27 Platinums all on my own. ;-) Now to start working on my Dead Space 2 Platinum with this last trophy ;-) I Love Dead Space games and can't wait for 3 :-D

Cheers to you all that got this one!

 Comment #32 by omenvegetto
Friday, July 27, 2012 @ 03:30:10 PM

i ve played it from 9pm to 3am and made my first save on chapter 10; second 13, and last begining of 15. My priorities for upgrades were dri, stasis, plasma cutter, contact beam and the rifle. Died a lot, but after reaching chapter 10 and save, it is already done. Credits for ammo specially, then armor.

 Comment #33 by MicahWebster
Thursday, August 02, 2012 @ 02:16:46 AM

wow died a lot. i thought i was good at the dead space series because i can own the first game on impossible with one gun and not get touched. nothing compared to this hard core run! what an epic trophy

 Comment #34 by TurboDslBeetle
Sunday, August 26, 2012 @ 01:18:21 PM

Got it, definitely my proudest trophy. It's not impossible like I thought when I started. Saved at 6, 11 and 13 1/2 right before the marker cut-scene, I was in bad shape and really low on ammo or I would have pushed to the eye-poke machine before saving. Plasma gun, contact beam and pulse rifle.

 Comment #36 by OmniOmegaKillr
Friday, September 21, 2012 @ 01:33:35 PM

i take it in two day row < 13~14 hours< day1 8:40 & day2 5:30] this not hard trophy but this so ridiculous trophy (so time consuming. my rate on this trophy is
(1/5) because i'm not gonna waste my time again on some think not challenge but it's depends on luck more then skill... now i'm gonna to drink some thing cold (non-alcohol)and watch some vintage porn ^_~
(( this is non-advertising to watching porn this is meant for me only)).

 Comment #37 by SicknessInc
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 @ 01:03:42 AM

I have been on this the last few days. Made some stupid saves (chapter 3, 6 and 8).
Yesterday I thought "what the hell" and played through Chapter 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15. Didn't die once. The last Brute nearly killed me.
Then chapter 15. Damn! Killed an Elite Slasher with the Contact Beam and wanted to reload and then it hit me. Jumping Elite Slasher came and killed me with one blow. TWO MINUTES before I was at the Marker.
I just had to laugh.
Oh well, I'll try this again some time this week. It is tough,but not too bad. One just needs patience and one must really know the levels.

 Comment #38 by OptimusOBrien
Thursday, December 27, 2012 @ 06:22:42 PM

 Comment #39 by necrosis215
Thursday, January 24, 2013 @ 04:13:51 AM

This guys videos should help if you're still struggling with this trophy.

 Comment #40 by BAZORG
Sunday, February 03, 2013 @ 12:56:14 PM

i died couple times because of first brute because i tried to rush or forgot it was hardcore xD and my last save wasn't in the best place xDD but still with a lot of effort and tries i got my plat xD

 Comment #41 by zwarrior96
Tuesday, March 19, 2013 @ 03:08:37 PM

Only one left for plat :( idk about it

 Comment #42 by solid drake
Wednesday, June 05, 2013 @ 05:43:42 AM

Javelin Gun is my new best friend :D

 Comment #43 by johnswiliams
Saturday, June 22, 2013 @ 08:06:21 PM

I need this trophy

 Comment #44 by johnswiliams
Monday, June 24, 2013 @ 05:33:53 PM

after I get Mission Impossible trophy
I start hardcore mode
I escape
but I dead with first enemy
I shoot him with object but I miss
then I dead and return to choose bright screen
I think this trophy name must be Mission Impossible

 Comment #45 by Dastead516
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 @ 07:32:30 PM

i platinum this game but this trophy was the hardest. in the last 4 chapters i fricken sprinted that shit until i got to the end

 Comment #46 by andersfriden
Saturday, August 03, 2013 @ 01:49:55 AM

this trophy is absurd, I cheated to obtain, I admit it. I searched for a saved game on the internet, which last save was made right before chapter 15, and I used Save Resigner. I know this isn't right, but I had no other choice, as even on my 2nd playthrough on zealot, I eventually keep dying.

 Comment #47 by spencer3035
Sunday, September 01, 2013 @ 03:27:16 AM

Ah. the trophy that literally every gamer hates.

 Comment #48 by HardGamer
Sunday, September 15, 2013 @ 01:56:32 PM

I finally got this Trophy and my Platinum. I must say that after been killed by sliding doors it was getting frustrating but I learned from my mistakes and this is a well earned Trophy. I saved at Chapters 5, 7( had to go get my kids lol ) and after getting the Advanced Suit at Chapter 11.

 Comment #49 by SpokeyDokey918
Thursday, October 24, 2013 @ 09:40:16 PM

Yeah, this trophy is a pain to get and is VERY time consuming. If you have any of the DLC packs though, you can technically get an unlimited amount of ammo, credits, power nodes, etc. by firing the Detonator and selling the ammo back to the store. Worth it in the long run and makes the game a lot less stressful.

 Comment #50 by AshleeSimpson100384
Saturday, November 30, 2013 @ 03:26:08 AM

I just got the hardcore trophy and the platinum:)and it was a major accomplishment! My saves were beginning of chapters 7, 13 and my final was before the eye poking machine, which was simple btw. Getting to your first save is by far the hardest because you start out with nothing and need to plan it out. I used the plasma cutter and zealot force gun only, no need to waste precious credits and power nodes on anything else. By the time I got to the chapter 15 I had my rig, plasma cutter, and stasis maxed out and a good amount of upgrades to the force gun. I had 60,000+ credits saved at this point; all I did was go nuts on ammo and health packs and charged straight through to the completion.

 Comment #51 by Kosh
Saturday, December 07, 2013 @ 10:22:11 PM

Had this game now for a few years & decided to go for the plat, this is the only trophy I need now. One of the DLC weapon pack is essential!

 Comment #52 by CapnLocoStef
Thursday, December 12, 2013 @ 12:25:45 AM

I just started it. Died on the tram once instantly because of a necroasshole that grabbed me.
Not fair! D:<
Though, now I am just where I met Ellie and going for the Kindergarten thingy. Nothing hard from what I remember on my Zealot playthrough from yesterday. Oh man. I hope I'll get it by tomorrow!

 Comment #53 by MaleusSamuel
Friday, December 20, 2013 @ 04:08:47 AM

Died one time during hardcore run about a chapter after my first save due to momentum floating me into the spinning grinder things that can't possibly serve any actual engineering function in the ventilation duct of the CEC building in chapter 8. Otherwise not horrible, if you played it once on easy then once on zealot to pick up all the other trophies then this one should be a breeze for you so long as you can remember where and when you are most likely to get stomped on or rushed.

 Comment #54 by JD7Soul
Thursday, October 02, 2014 @ 01:28:01 AM

My advice for this trophy...

1. Use your kinesis grab in combat often. Kill one monster than use its limbs to shoot 2 or 3 other ones. It helps a lot with saving ammo.
2. Try to stick with one weapon (plasma cutter) and aim to upgrade "damage" first. It only takes about 7 nodes to get the damage to 4 (out of 5). This way you will can kill enemies with less shots early, also helps save ammo.
3. Don't sell your stasis packs. Use stasis on all difficult enemies, it saves your life more than you think.
4. Don't get yourself cornered, especially against the weird baby-like monsters.
5. Always know what is up ahead. It pays off to hit the pause button and check a walkthrough or video guide for a heads up.

 Comment #55 by HardGamer
Thursday, October 23, 2014 @ 07:41:51 AM

Doing this for a second time for my brother. Great freaking game.

 Comment #56 by Masteranarki
Saturday, May 09, 2015 @ 02:03:45 AM

Idk why I had to make this trophy harder. Did my first run over a year ago on zealot and decided to do hardcore without remembering all of the ambushes or using guides... Made for a very scary time. Saved just before chapter 7 with the brute, before the mining elevator ride end of chapter 11 and before the eye poke in chapter 13.

 Comment #57 by Hero_of_joint
Thursday, November 19, 2015 @ 09:25:57 AM

Okej this one was a true challenge. Nailed it after a week of sweet and frustration. This was how a managed to get the hardest trophie I ever come across.

1)Bought the Supernova pack. It gives you a great start with minor uppgraded weapons. i choose the "forged engineer suit" + "forged plasma cutter", "agility pulse rifle", "heavy duty detonator" and the best one "heavy duty contact beam".

Save locations:

First save, in the end of ch.6.Before the consert hall. (took me 3 tries ~9h)
Second save, in the end of ch.9 (Before the stalker room) (also 3 tries ~9h)
3rd save, start of ch.12. (tried 3 times and died first in the rotating laser room. Then in ch.14 vacuum tunnel.Then I died because of a stupid glitch in ch.13 when you get caught by a bunch of riot cops the room turned pi

 Comment #58 by Hero_of_joint
Thursday, November 19, 2015 @ 09:26:57 AM

itch black and the door on the right dissapeared, they shot me into pieces and I almost started to cry for wasting another 3 h!!!! I almost gave up. Decided to make a better 3rd save. Tried 3 times and got to the start of ch.13,~9h(gained ~45min).The glitch was gone this time.

Try one; got smashed in the vacuum tunnel(ch14) for being to slow when passing one moving piston.Stupid!
Try two; got to the final boss but had no ammo so I was brutally torn into pieces.
Try 3; Nailed the game on hardcore! Stacked upp with tons of contact beam and blasted my way through ch14-15 with it.Priceless (~6h)

For you guys who can du the math it took me in total 33h!!

Since Im pretty dedicated to this trophie hunting thing and really appriciate the Dead space franchise I must say this is worth it

 Comment #59 by ThommyMac
Saturday, December 19, 2015 @ 03:08:10 AM

Comment #54 by JD7Soul are words to live by. The worst for me was sitting through the g*dd*mn opening credits so many times. 1st platinum was DS so going for DS2 seemed like a natural progression. I may break out the very disappointing (to me) DS3 on GP

 Comment #60 by ThommyMac
Monday, December 21, 2015 @ 05:19:23 AM

In many ways it was like my stint in the Army. The things I was sweating turned out not that bad but some of the things I dinna worry about I should have.

 Comment #61 by ThommyMac
Monday, December 21, 2015 @ 07:30:21 AM

PS On YouTube look up Zevik Hardcore walkthrough. It has no commentary, his skills and play style do all the talking necessary. I wish I would of watched it when I first bought the game, his approach would of helped any level of play.

 Comment #62 by ThommyMac
Thursday, December 24, 2015 @ 05:45:13 PM

One comment said : Note: please don't buy a used copy from EBGames or Gamespot, the developers don't get a dime unless it's a new copy. Let's encourage them to keep making awesome games.

I agree EXCEPT Dead Space 3 what a disappointing turd. Someone big in Marketing must of been sleeping with a VP or above.

 Comment #63 by Gryfer
Sunday, February 28, 2016 @ 04:41:03 PM

My saves were at the beginnings of chapter 5, 9, and 13. The hardest part was undoubtedly getting to my first save. I died more times trying to get to my first save (7) than I did throughout the rest of the game (5).

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Game Info
Visceral Games
Electronic Arts


US January 25, 2011
Europe January 28, 2011

Resolution: 480p, 720p, 1080i
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Players: 1
Online Players : 4-8
ESRB: Mature
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