- Estimated achievement difficulty: 9/10
- Offline: 41 
- Online: 0
- Approximate amount of time to 1000: 40-45 Hours [or more depending on failed attempts at 5 hour playthrough or difficulties with Akuma]
- Minimum number of playthroughs needed: 3 - Survival, Akuma, 5 Hour playthrough
- Number of missable achievements: Chapter Select available in New Game+ mode. But can miss 5 hour achievement if taking too long, and if you do any upgrades you will void the achievement for not upgrading.
- Do cheat codes disable achievements: No cheats.
- Does difficulty affect achievements: Yes. Must beat game to unlock more. New Game+ is available. Certain achievements much easier on casual setting.
- Unobtainable/glitched achievements: A few can be buggy, such as Agony Bolt Kills, or for killing 5 in a row without being detected.
- Extra equipment needed: Collectible guide.
- Online Pass Required: No
- Smartglass/Kinect: No support. Can check kills with smart glass, that's about it.
This game is considered a survival horror similar to Resident Evil, Silent Hill, Alone in the Dark, etc. They have added a mix of stealth and upgrades to the game. It's designed to be morbid, explicit with blood and death, and meant to stress you out. The game's camera angles, wide screen display, and closeness to your character are meant to make things difficult on you. It's much scarier when something is after you and you have a hard time seeing it. Below is a rundown of what to expect.
-Collectibles- You will need to collect 106 total. They do nothing but give you more storyline. There are keys to find too for lockers which unlock actual supplies. Follow a guide.
-Difficulties- There are various difficulties, other unlocking when you beat the game. You will be playing this game several times. If you want the Akuma difficulty unlocked, you must play it on Survivalist (at least).
-New Game+- A nice thing you can count on is the ability to start a new game with your upgrades and items. This is only good for chapter select. You can mop up misc achievements, grab collectibles, and upgrade your character to the max.
-Multiplayer- There is none.
-How saves work- You get an auto save while you play the chapters and hit checkpoints. You have a "save area" that you go into sometimes to make a manual save. If you reload a chapter your auto save will get deleted. Be careful when doing this.
-Achievement Tracking- The tracking does not show up in achievement tiles. They do accumulate even after death or reloads. This means if you like to knock achievements out of the way early, you can keep reloading your checkpoints for certain ones.
Step 1: Survival - No Upgrading
Before we can unlock any other difficulty, we must complete the game on one of the first two. Do not upgrade anything. Do not spend any gel. This will still be fairly difficult for most people. Once done, you unlock Nightmare and Akuma mode.
Warning: If you start on casual, you are wasting a playthrough. Your New Game+ can only be played on same difficulties or lower.
Step 2: Akuma Mode
The hardest achievement in the game is to beat this mode. You start from scratch, no new game+. You will die in one hit. You must make sure to take things very slow and get as much supplies/ammo as you can. Finding the keys will probably be a good idea too. Take your time and get the keys again to always have max ammo/equipment.
Step 3:5 Hours Playthrough
You will have to now finish the game in under 5 hours. You can either do this on your new game+ casual with a fully upgraded character, or attempt it after beating Akuma and earning the Brass Knuckles which kill things, including some bosses, extremely quick. Most people use the upgraded character and skip the knuckles.
The game can be extremely difficult for people, though some can manage. If you want to give yourself the ultimate challenge, do Akuma mode without upgrading anything (it has been done before, considered as hard as Dark Souls). Completing the game will give you the feeling of accomplishment. Again, being a survival horror, you will die many times and the game can give you a feeling of stress or panic. Though there are good auto saves, sometimes there are sections you have to do over again that were a pain. Dying on the last enemy before a checkpoint can be frustrating.
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As you resume your adventure with Detective Sebastian Castellanos, head up out of the water and make your way along the dock and up the stairs. Take a moment to set some dead bodies on fire, then continue onward until you pass through a door and into a courtyard of sorts.
The door you want is slightly to the right as you enter the area. It's not the one that's open with a body hanging upside down, but rather the one after it. Feel free to do some exploring and looting, but when you're ready, make your way into the building and turn right into the next room. You'll notice another trap, and this one is slightly more complicated to disarm than the others. Still, follow the on-screen prompts to neutralize the Bomb, then make your way up the stairs.
Tip: Up to this point in the game, there has been ample loot found in almost every area. We may not say it in each paragraph, but don't forget to stop and look around.
Once you're in the upstairs area, you'll want to make your way around the room and through the only door that can be found on the other side. This will trigger a cut scene. When it ends and you're back in full control, you'll be working with Dr. Marcelo Jimenez, trying to get the gate open to follow Leslie.
Operate the crank when instructed to do so, then go back in the room where you met Dr. Jimenez and turn to your right. Kick the door open and start looting up in the surrounding rooms. We were attacked, which normally is bad, but in this case it ended up with us acquiring the Grenade. That seems like a fair trade.
When you're ready, make your way down the nearby stairs and into the area that you just watched Dr. Jimenez acting like a maniac in. Although your objective is straight ahead, there are loads of cool things that you want to pick up before progressing. Rather than try to give you difficult, step-by-step instructions on where to turn and what doors to use, explore everything and here's what you'll find.
The two buildings on the left will have lots of generic loot like Green Gel and Parts, and the alley between them holds a Chest that you can get the Explosive Bolt from. Just be careful not to step in the Bear Trap that guards it. If you move on to the second building on your left and go to the top level, you'll find the Agony Crossbow, a fairly useful item if you want to take advantage of the Explosive Bolt.
On the right side of the road you'll find a large ladder that leads to a tree house. Make your way up there and grab the Flash Bolt, plus whatever else is laying around, then descend back to the ground level.
The only building on the right side also has two levels, as well as several creatures lurking around looking for trouble. Fully exploring all of its rooms will give you more Green Gel and Parts, but most importantly, you can pick up the Shotgun and Harpoon Bolt. The Shotgun should be on the second floor, while the Harpoon Bolt will be in the wall on the stairs.
When you're satisfied that you've checked every room and picked up each of the items we listed above, make your way back to the road and approach the gate. If you haven't killed all of the creatures hanging around, now is a good time to do so. When you get close, Castellanos will mention that he needs a chainsaw. Oh joy!
Head back into the building that was on the left, the one that looks like a barn. You'll know you're in the right spot when the psychopathic chainsaw guy’s grunting gets louder. Keep moving towards the sound until he breaks through the wall and picks a fight with you.
It's best not to fight this guy in tight spaces, so head back outside to the main road and prepare to battle. You'll have to take down all his minion creatures as well, so try to do that first using headshots from your Handgun. When it's just you and the big dude, go for headshots with your Shotgun, then switch to Explosive Bolts from your Agony Crossbow. When he gets close, side step him and run away, then turn and engage from a distance. Just keep repeating this until he falls dead to the ground and the Chainsaw is yours.
With all of your horrible foes dead, move forward and cut the chain to open the gate. As you go to move, you’ll trigger a cut scene and bring this chapter to an end.
Continue with The Evil Within - Chapter 4: The Patient.