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PLAYSTATION 3           .           .        .      .                  XBOX 360
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STARTED: 10/20/08          .            *               .    RELEASED: 11/07/08
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UPDATED: 01/05/09              .    .        .                     VERSION: 1.5
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   ||                      Authored by: Berserker                         ||
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   ||    This document Copyright 2008 - 2009  Kevin Hall (Berserker)      ||
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 An HTML version of this guide with pics may be found at www.cheathappens.com:

     --> http://www.cheathappens.com/features/dead_space/ds_index.asp  Thanks to the following GameFAQs users for posting the codes above:
   PS3      - Chaos_Grimoire, abordoli, crimson_pyre
   Xbox 360 - Plisken1911, chrono2888, abordoli, FrenchToastMan

============
Armor Glitch
============

Right after beating the game with the secret Level 6 (Military) suit that can 
be obtained while playing a New Game+, save your New Game+ file like normal 
then immediately afterwards, start a new game on any difficulty level.  Isaac 
will start the game wearing the Level 6 suit with upgraded armor.  This can 
help to make Impossible mode a bit easier.

The new game must be started without turning off the system after beating the 
game or the glitch will not work.  This can be done on both the Xbox 360 and 
PS3 version.


===============================================================================
TROPHIES/ACHIEVEMENTS
===============================================================================

SPECIAL NOTE: All of the following accomplishments can be receive on both the 
PS3 and Xbox 360 accept the "Concodrance Officer" accomplishment, which is 
exclusive to the PS3 version.

The PS3 version has 49 trophies and the Xbox 360 has 48 achievements.

===========
A Cut Above
===========

Details: Kill 30 enemies with the Ripper 

Reward: Bronze Trophy (PS3)
        10G (Xbox 360)

Extra Info: Defeat the necromorphs in the earlier chapters since they are much 
easier to fight with the Ripper.  Saw off their legs followed by their top 
appendages when they hit the floor for the human-like necromorphs.

=========
Air Alert
=========

Details: Zero-G Jump over 100 times

Reward: Bronze Trophy (PS3)
        10G (Xbox 360)

Extra Info: Find a zero gravity room then constantly jump back and forth.  
You'll get this eventually on your first playthrough most likely.

==============
All Systems Go
==============

Complete Chapter 3 on any difficulty setting

Reward: Bronze Trophy (PS3)
        20G (Xbox 360)

=========
Armstrong
=========

Details: Shoot 50 objects using Kinesis

Reward: Bronze Trophy (PS3)
        10G (Xbox 360)

Extra Info: Use kinesis to pick up any object, appendage, body, or whatever 
else then shoot it with R1 (or RT).

========
Autofire
========

Details: Kill 30 enemies with the Pulse Rifle

Reward: Bronze Trophy (PS3)
        10G (Xbox 360)

Extra Info: The Pulse Rifle is effective against many normal necromorphs, so 
simply kill 30 of them.  Slashers are probably the easiest to kill with this 
weapon.

========
Betrayed
========

Details: Complete Chapter 11 on any difficulty setting

Reward: Bronze Trophy (PS3)
        20G (Xbox 360)

===========
Big Spender
===========

Details: Spend 200,000 credits at the store

Reward: Bronze Trophy (PS3)
        10G (Xbox 360)

Extra Info: Buy a bunch of items from the various stores.  When you don't need 
anything else then buy a Power Node.  You'll most likely get this close to the 
end of your first playthrough.

=======
Brawler
=======

Details: Kill at least 30 enemies with a melee attack

Reward: Bronze Trophy (PS3)
        10G (Xbox 360)

Extra Info: Shoot many of the Slashers at the beginning of the game with stasis 
then run up to them and punch them.  Stomp them while they are down.  You can 
shoot any low necromorph with stasis and stomp them as well.  Be sure to use 
stasis unless the necromorph is near death!

===========
Brute Force
===========

Details: Kill a Brute

Reward: Bronze Trophy (PS3)
        15G (Xbox 360)

Extra Info: Simply kill the Brute in the Main Atrium of Chapter 4 to get this.

=======
Butcher
=======

Details: Dismember 1000 Limbs

Reward: Silver Trophy (PS3)
        40G (Xbox 360)

Extra Info: It's best to use either the Plasma Cutter or the Line Gun, but all 
weapons remove appendages while defeating a necromorph.  Keep in mind that 
stomping off dead necromorph appendages counts toward this as well!

=============
Cannon Fodder
=============

Details: Complete Chapter 4 on any difficulty setting

Reward: Bronze Trophy (PS3)
        20G (Xbox 360)

==================================
Concodrance Officer (**PS3 ONLY**)
==================================

Details: Collect all Trophies

Reward: Platinum Trophy

=========
Crackshot
=========

Details: Achieve a perfect score in the Shooting Gallery

Reward: Bronze Trophy (PS3)
        5G (Xbox 360)

Extra Info: The shooting gallery is located in the Chapter 9 Armory.  Beat the 
Level 5 round to get this.  See the chapter 9 walkthrough for tips.

===============
Dead On Arrival
===============

Details: Complete Chapter 1 on any difficulty setting

Reward: Bronze Trophy (PS3)
        20G (Xbox 360)

===================
Don't Get Cocky Kid
===================

Details: Survive the ADS Cannon with over 50% shield strength remaining

Reward: Bronze Trophy (PS3)
        10G (Xbox 360)

Extra Info: This can be pretty hard depending on how well your aiming is.  The 
cannon minigame is part of the main game and you will play through this near 
the end of Chapter 4.  You have to destroy enough asteroids so that the ship's 
hull shield still has 50% of its shield strength remaining when Isaac steps 
away from the chair.  The ship's hull strength will always start at 85%.

TIPS (for maintaining 50% of the shield):

01) Understand that most of the time, you are at the game's mercy for asteroid 
placement.  Sometimes asteroids will come at the ship with completely 
unforgiving speed and patterns.  Some patterns are easier than others.

02) At the beginning, start shooting the asteroids as early as possible.  Watch 
for any movement then aim and shoot.  Always do this whenever asteroids first 
appear if there are not any nearby.

03) When firing, either go for a single shot or hold down on both shoulder 
buttons.  You can actually sweep through an entire group while holding down on 
both shoulder buttons.

04) Overheating is not the end of the world if it happens when asteroids are 
not nearby.  Keep aiming at the closest approaching asteroid so you can blast 
it the second that the cannon cools down.

05) Try not to aim all the way up, down, right or left since you'll likely 
allow asteroids to creep up on you while doing this - the cannon will block a 
portion of the outside area while aiming like this.

06) Big asteroids and fast asteroids are the main priority.  Hold down on both 
shoulder buttons while aiming at a big asteroid to destroy it along with the 
little asteroids that it breaks into.

07) If you see a single asteroid on one side and a group of asteroids on the 
other side, turn your attention toward the group of asteroids.

08) When an asteroid is extremely close, and you are not aiming at any current 
asteroids, quickly move the cannon in its direction and hold both shoulder 
buttons to hopefully blast it.  This can sometimes save you from a big 
asteroid.

09) If an asteroid is extremely close to any side then don't aim at it unless 
it is near a group of asteroids or there is no nearby approaching asteroids to 
shoot.  Side asteroids sometimes don't hit or they do very little damage.

10) Do not look at the shield gauge strength.  Once again, DO NOT LOOK AT THE 
SHIELD GAUGE STRENGTH or this distraction will cost you greatly!  Listen for 
the words that tell you that the hull integrity is below 50% then look.  There 
might be a slight chance that it is at 50%, so you might still be just barely 
hanging on.

11) Make the save file at the save station beside the cannon is your first save 
file, so you can reload quicker.  If your gauge ever gets below 50% then quite 
your current game and reload your nearby save immediately.

12) If you start to get frustrated, keep this current save on your list of 
files and move on with the rest of the game for a while then simply reload this 
game later when you cool down.  You need to be completely focused (in the zone) 
to earn this accomplishment and not ready to throw a controller.

13) At the beginning, fire a shot directly toward the middle of the screen and 
the light from the shot will reflect off of some of the distant asteroids to 
let you know where they are.

14) Enter the options menu and turn the brightness all the way up and this will 
make it easier to see the asteroids against the dark background.

====================
Epic Tier 3 Engineer
====================

Details: Complete the game on the hardest difficulty setting

Reward: Gold Trophy (PS3)
        150G (Xbox 360)

Extra Info: Beat the game on Impossible difficulty, which is unlocked after 
beating the game once.  You have reload and quit your New Game+ save in order 
to get Impossible difficulty to appear in the New Game menu if you turned off 
your system after beating the game.

===========
Eviscerator
===========

Details: Kill 30 enemies with the Line Gun

Reward: Bronze Trophy (PS3)
        10G (Xbox 360)

Extra Info: The Line Gun works well against all enemy types really, so this 
shouldn't be that hard at all.

======
Exodus
======

Details: Complete Chapter 12 on any difficulty setting

Reward: Bronze Trophy (PS3)
        20G (Xbox 360)

============
Exterminator
============

Details: Kill the Leviathan

Reward: Bronze Trophy (PS3)
        15G (Xbox 360)

Extra Info: The Leviathan is the boss of Chapter 6.

======
Freeze
======

Details: Use Stasis on 50 enemies

Reward: Bronze Trophy (PS3)
        15G (Xbox 360)

Extra Info: Simply shoot 50 necromorphs with stasis.

============
Full Arsenal
============

Details: Own every Weapon in the game

Reward: Bronze Trophy (PS3)
        30G (Xbox 360)

Extra Info: Buy every weapon from a Store.

============
Full Contact
============

Details: Kill 30 enemies with the Contact Beam

Reward: Bronze Trophy (PS3)
        10G (Xbox 360)

Extra Info: Any enemy can defeated fairly easily with the Contact Beam, but 
you'll mainly want to use this against Slashers since you'll have more time to 
charge the weapon and also they are large enough to hit easily.

================
Get off my ship!
================

Details: Kill the Slug Boss

Reward: Bronze Trophy (PS3)
        15G (Xbox 360)

Extra Info: The Slug boss is found at the end of Chapter 8 and he is fought 
from the ADS Cannon 48 room while using the cannon.

=================
Greenhouse Effect
=================

Details: Complete Chapter 6 on any difficulty setting

Reward: Bronze Trophy (PS3)
        20G (Xbox 360)

===================
Keeper of the Faith
===================

Details: Complete Chapter 10 on any difficulty setting

Reward: Bronze Trophy (PS3)
        20G (Xbox 360)

=========
Kickin It
=========

Details: Escape from a Lurker's grab attack 10 times

Reward: Bronze Trophy (PS3) 
        10G (Xbox 360)

Extra Info: Lurker's will grab Isaac whenever they are close to him.  Their 
appendages will move out of their back and they will jump on him.  Simply stand 
close to one and allow him to jump then fight it off with X (or A) button taps.

=======
Lab Rat
=======

Details: Complete Chapter 2 on any difficulty setting

Reward: Bronze Trophy (PS3)
        20G (Xbox 360)

=============
Legend Teller
=============

Details: Collect 150 Logs

Reward: Silver Trophy (PS3)
        40G (Xbox 360)

Extra Info: Collect 150 database files throughout the game.  These are both 
picked up from certain rooms and received throughout the main story.  You'll 
most likely get this in Chapter 11 if you've been keeping an eye out for all 
collectable database files along the way.

======================
Live With The Hot Ones
======================

Details: Kill 30 enemies with the Flamethrower

Reward: Bronze Trophy (PS3)
        10G (Xbox 360)

Extra Info: The Flamethrower works the best against Lurkers but you can also 
use it against Slashers for some good results.  It's best to shoot with the 
secondary fire flame shot and allow it to burn the enemy then shoot another 
secondary fire flame shot.  Only shoot a flame shot early if the enemy tries to 
move too much - the first spread of flames will usually stagger them.

========
Marksman
========

Details: Dismember 20 Limbs

Reward: Bronze Trophy (PS3)
        5G (Xbox 360)

Extra Info: What...?  Are you simply not killing anything?  Freezing all 
enemies with stasis and then running by them or just simply hauling ass through 
rooms?  This will be received after 20 enemies limbs have been cut or stomped 
off your enemies.  It's actually harder avoiding this one than receiving it.

=========
Maxed Out
=========

Details: Upgrade all weapons and equipment

Reward: Gold Trophy (PS3)
        75G (Xbox 360)

Extra Info: Use Power Nodes at an Upgrade Bench found around the various rooms 
of the main game to upgrade your weapons and equipment to max stats.  You'll 
have to finish upgrading your weapons and equipment on a bonus game.  A Power 
Node does not have to be placed in extra blank slots with no type of status 
upgrade.  Only the upgrade slots count for this accomplishment.

========
Merchant
========

Details: Collect 8 schematics

Reward: Bronze Trophy (PS3)
        10G (Xbox 360)

Extra Info: Find 8 of the weapon or item schematics found throughout the game. 
The schematics are usually in plain view.

=============
Mindless Prey
=============

Details: Kill the Hive Mind

Reward: Bronze Trophy (PS3)
        30G (Xbox 360)

Extra Info: The Hive Mind is fought at the end of Chapter 12.

=======
One Gun
=======

Details: Beat the game using only the Plasma Cutter

Reward: Gold Trophy (PS3)
        40G (Xbox 360)

Extra Info: Only use the Plasma Cutter throughout the entire game.

This can be done on a New Game+ playthrough or any new game.  Difficulty does 
not matter.  Using stasis, kinesis, killing enemies with physical attacks, 
explosive canisters, and reverse gravity plates - none of this counts against 
this accomplishment.  You can equip other weapons but you CANNOT fire any 
weapon other than your Plasma Cutter.  Take the other weapons out of your 
inventory since you'll receive more Plasma Energy pickups by doing this.

I recommend attempting this task on a New Game+ where:

a) You have hoarded a bunch of Plasma Energy and Med Kits in the safe.
b) You still have a bunch of credits left over.
c) You start with a fully upgraded Plasma Cutter, fully upgraded life meter and 
   fully upgraded stasis.

========
Pack Rat
========

Details: Store 25 Items in the Safe

Reward: Bronze Trophy (PS3)
        10G (Xbox 360)

Extra Info: The Safe can be accessed by interacting with any Store.  Place a 
total of 25 items in the safe at one time and this accomplishment will be 
awarded.

=============
Playing Catch
=============

Details: Catch a Brute or Leviathan Pod using Kinesis

Reward: Bronze Trophy (PS3)
        10G (Xbox 360) 

Extra Info: Simply catch an acid pod that either a Brute or the Chapter 6 
Leviathan boss fires at Isaac.  A Brute will only perform this attack from long 
distance.  If you cut off one of his legs then get far away from him then he 
will most likely perform this attack.  The Hive Mine at the end of Chapter 12 
shoots out acid pods as well that can be grappled and tossed back but receiving 
this achievement from the other two enemies is much easier.

======
Pusher
======

Details: 30 enemies with the Force Gun

Reward: Bronze Trophy (PS3)
        10G Kill (Xbox 360)

Extra Info: The Force Gun works well on just about any enemy, so this shouldn't 
be that hard.  Remember to get close to an enemy while using it or use its 
force grenades from a distance.

=============
Ragdoll Check
=============

Details: Force an enemy into a Gravity Panel 5 times

Reward: Bronze Trophy (PS3)
        5G (Xbox 360)

Extra Info: The gravity panels are mainly located in Chapter 4.  They are 
glowing panels where gravity has been reversed and anything that touches these 
will be splattered against the ceiling.  To force an enemy into these panels 
hit them stasis and walk against them to push them into it or knock them back 
with a Force Gun primary blast.  The bad thing about using the Force Gun is 
that the blast might kill them however.  Sometimes enemies simply walk into a 
gravity panel - this will count toward the accomplishment!  Even though it is 
highly amusing, tossing dead enemy bodies into a gravity panel does not count 
toward this accomplishment.

======
S.O.S.
======

Details: Complete Chapter 7 on any difficulty setting

Reward: Bronze Trophy (PS3)
        20G (Xbox 360)

=======
Slugger
=======

Details: Kill the Slug Boss with more than 50% shield strength remaining

Reward: Bronze Trophy (PS3)
        10G (Xbox 360)

Extra Info: The Slug boss is fought at the end of Chapter 8.  In order to get 
this achievement, defend the ship so that is has over 50% of its hull shield 
remaining once the Slug is defeated.  Basically, focus on one tentacle at a 
time right at the beginning and struggle to take out at least three tentacles 
while defending the ship only minimally from thrown objects.  Once the Slug is 
down to two tentacles, you can easily focus on defeating them while still 
defending the ship.  Keep in mind that if you shoot one of the tentacles in the 
yellow portion while it is leaning over to grab an object then it will rise up 
once again.  The fact that the shield's hull strength starts out at 100% makes 
this accomplishment much easier to obtain when compared to the "Don't get 
cocky, kid" accomplishment.

============
Story Teller
============

Details: Collect 75 Logs

Reward: Bronze Trophy (PS3)
        20G (Xbox 360)

Extra Info: Collect a total of 75 database files.  These are received during 
the story and some of them are collected throughout the various areas of the 
game in the form of text and audio files.

=====================
Strange Transmissions
=====================

Details: Complete Chapter 8 on any difficulty setting

Reward: Bronze Trophy (PS3)
        20G (Xbox 360)

=======
Surgeon
=======

Details: Dismember 500 Limbs

Reward: Bronze Trophy (PS3)
        20G (Xbox 360)

Extra Info: Cut off a total of 500 appendages from enemies.  Remember that a 
dead enemy's appendages can be stomped off and this will count toward the 
accomplishment.

========
Survivor
========

Details: Complete the game on any difficulty setting

Reward: Silver Trophy (PS3)
        50G (Xbox 360)

====================
There's Always Peng!
====================

Details: Find the Peng Treasure

Reward: Bronze Trophy (PS3) 
        15G (Xbox 360)

Extra Info: The Peng treasure is located in Chapter 11, in between the two 
walkways next to where the shuttles dock in the Hangar Bay.  The Peng treasure 
is a gold statue.  Simply look between the Hangar Bay railings and grapple it 
with kinesis to bring it toward Isaac then collect it.  You can also wait until 
after gravity is deactivated in the Hangar Bay and this will remove the 
railings making the treasure even easier to collect.  This treasure can 
actually be seen in Chapter 1, but Isaac does not have kinesis then.

=========
Tool Time
=========

Details: Kill 30 enemies with the Plasma Cutter

Reward: Bronze Trophy (PS3)
        10G (Xbox 360)

Extra Info: The Plasma Cutter is the all-around best weapon in the game and you 
will have access to this weapon for a pretty good while at the beginning before 
obtaining any others, so it's not that hard to get 30 kills with it.

=============
True Believer
=============

Details: Complete Chapter 5 on any difficulty setting

Reward: Bronze Trophy (PS3)
        20G (Xbox 360)

========
Wreckage
========

Details: Complete Chapter 9 on any difficulty setting

Reward: Bronze Trophy (PS3)
        20G (Xbox 360)

========
Z-Baller
========

Details: Complete Level 6 in Zero-G Basketball

Reward; Bronze Trophy (PS3)
        5G (Xbox 360)

Extra Info: The Zero-G Basketball minigame is located the Zero-G Basketball 
Court of Chapter 10.  See the walkthrough portion of Chapter 10 for tips.


===============================================================================
                            Text File Transcripts                        [LI07]
===============================================================================

=========
Chapter 1
=========

--> Repair Invoice

USG ISHIMURA
AEROSPACE ENGINEERING DEPT SHUTTLE REPAIRS INVOICE

MISSION DAY TWO:
- Faulty fore gyro, vessel USG-ISH-503. Replaced, no functional.

MISSION DAY THREE:
- Faulty 40 Scope, vessel USG-ISH-SO1. Still in repair.

MISSION DAY FOUR:
- Damaged landing repulsors, vessel USG-ISH-S05. Complete replacement, now 
functional.
- Damaged fore and left fore viewports, vessel USG-ISH-S04. Replaced, no 
functional.

MISSION DAY FIVE:
- Damaged booster collar, vessel USG-ISH-S05. Repaired, now functional.

ENGINEER'S NOTE
WRIGHT, J.F. (2nd ENGINEER, MAINTENANCE BAY)

=========
Chapter 2
=========

--> Marker Overview

PERSONAL LOG
DR. KYNE, T. (CHIEF SCIENCE OFFICER)

The vidlogs from the colony are poor quality but the artifact does indeed 
appear to be a genuine Marker, the first to be found in Unitology's two hundred 
year history.  I'm eager to get it on board the ship so I can study it 
properly.

The potential here is enormous.  Not just for me personally, though it's true 
I've dreamed of such a discovery for decades.  But also to humanity, and the 
Church of Unitology in particular.

This Marker could herald the dawn of a new age for mankind, and I will do my 
part to ensure it comes to pass.  I know the Church will be grateful but the 
true recognition will come from all of humanity.  On this day, we are blessed.


--> Interesting Results

MEDICAL LOG
DR. WARWICK, B (CHIEF PSYCH OFFICER)
REPORT OF PSYCHIATRIC OBSERVATION PATIENT: HARRIS, B. (Employee #PM-19026-EH)

Harris is asleep, after another strong sedative.  He seems literally unable to 
sleep without chemical aid.  Most people succumb to exhaustion after 50+ hours 
of waking regardless of any desire to stay awake.  Not Harris.

His explanation of events on the colony is also odd, and points to the same 
paranoia we've seen elsewhere planetside.  His guilt is not in doubt--two 
planetside security officers were present when he took Dr. Sciarello hostage 
and murdered Nurse Evans--and he doesn't deny his actions.  But he insists 
there was no crime, nor does he feel guilt.

This is classic sociopathic behavior, but Harris exhibits no other symptoms.  
He is affable and friendly, able to empathize and offer original opinions.  
When questioned about the murder, however, he becomes withdrawn and 
intransigent, displaying schizophrenic behavior.  He also undergoes 
intermittent hallucinatory periods, again similar to those experienced by other 
colonists.

Harris claims he threatened the Doctor because he "had to stop the dreams and 
the faces, and that he'll kill again to "Make it whole again".  What that 
means, I haven't determined yet.  A most intriguing case.


--> Newborns

Alyssa Rose
Kai Jatin
Alyssa
Leoni
Ian Ansel
Jackson Thomas
Lucas
Zara James
Caitlyn
Kai Joshua
Kody
Kyle
Jiannah Faith
Jack William
Agatha Marjorie


--> More Time

SCIENCE LOG
FROM: DR. KYNE, T. (CHIEF SCIENCE OFFICER)
ATTN: CAPTAIN MATHIUS, B.

Benjamin-

Further to our previous conversation, I ask that you delay bringing the Marker 
up from the planet for a day or two.

You know I'm as keen as anyone to study it in detail, and I understand your 
sense of urgency given the events on the colony, but that's why I ask--what's 
happening down there is just too unique, too unprecedented, to cut it short 
without proper time to study the causes and effects.

In light of a discussion I had with Dr. Mercer, I'd like to meet with Drs. 
Sciarello and Welland planetside to get their observations.

- Terrence


--> Autopsy Report

MEDICAL LOG
DR. DOMUSS, G. (MEDICAL EXAMINER)
REPORT OF DEATH ON SHIP
SUBJECT: CAPTAIN MATHIUS, B.

It is my sad duty to officially pronounce Captain Benjamin Mathius dead.  
Reports of the exact circumstances surrounding his death are conflicted, and 
beyond the scope of my role.  I can only report on the body.

The subject was in generally good health for his age, though a cursory blood 
test indicates his leukocyte count was very low, with eosinophils in particular 
almost nonexistent.  His preflight physical exam showed no such problems, 
indicating rapid onset; however, it is unlikely this had any effect on his 
death.

Multiple contusions on the arms and hands, indicating a brief struggle pre-
mortem.  Slight contusion around the ribcage, suggesting his chest was 
restrained in some way.  Cause of death was a single prolonged trauma to the 
ocular body which continued on through the cavity wall, and finally into the 
frontal lobe, causing rapid neurotrauma, seizure and death.

The force required to puncture the ocular cavity in this manner is great, and 
the possibility of self-infliction correspondingly low.

I therefore have no alternative but to record a preliminary verdict of UNLAWFUL 
DEATH.  Whether deliberate or accidental is beyond my jurisdiction.

=========
Chapter 3
=========

--> Chaos

DECK LOG
HALLOW, F. (AB)

Don't know what's going on around here.  Someone said the ship's been attacked. 
Who the hell would attack us out here?  First the Captain dies, now we get 
attacked?  Carnack says someone on Bridge staff killed him.  Can't believe 
that.

Goddamn chaos now.  Can't get through to the bridge.  Can't get through to 
anyone.  Everyone's running.  Getting the hell out of here.  Should probably 
join them.


--> Corruption

ENGINEERING LOG
DANVERS, C. (QMED)
RE: Organic growth in engineering (Update)

The unidentified growth seen in other parts of the ship has now reached 
engineering.  I don't know what the hell this stuff is--looks like someone 
threw up their guts all over the walls--but it's spreading faster than we can 
cut it up, which is pretty disgusting in itself.

It's already in the engine spoke, and if we can't find a way to stop it soon, 
it'll hit the main chamber by the day after tomorrow.  I hope the docs are 
looking into it, because it's way beyond me.

=========
Chapter 4
=========

--> Report of Infection

CAPTAIN'S LOG
INITIAL INFECTION VECTORS

It's been less than an hour, but they've spread fast.  Flight deck was the 
first to go after the shuttle crashed.  Now almost entirely overrun.  We've 
lost at least half the Medical deck, and about a quarter of Engineering.  No 
information yet from Cargo or Planet Ops, which suggests bad news.  This is not 
what I expected.


--> List of Dead

MINING LOG
DALLAS, A. (SUPERVISOR, 2nd ENGINEER)

The death toll is mounting.  Known dead so far:

Arnold-Fernandez, D
Ashik, M
Bagwell, W
Bao, A
Baristiran, O
Briggs, A
Carrillo, A
Centkowski, K
Chan, D
Charlow, A
Chikes, C
Colomar, B
Condrey, M
Deguzman, J
Ding, V
Drinkward, C
Eckert, J
Espeleta, T
Fattouh, S
Feise, D
Feiker,T
Fike, T
Fong, C
Fuentes, C
Gamel, S
Gaugy, M
Geraci, J
Gregory, L
Gauman, E
Hartness, E
Hasan, J
Holt, T
Ignacio, D
Jamerson, K
Johnson, M
Keum, J
Kong, C
Krakowski, M
Kuo, D
Lackey, A
Leal, D
Lee, L
Leong, J
Lingen, D
Louie, C
Louie, M
McSweeney, B
Meneses, F
Merenda, R
Molina, E
Natividad, J
Noonan, M
Palrang, J
Patel, J
Patterson, I
Pavey, E
Peterson, M
Pitts, A
Piwenitzky, H
Pugh, D
Ruelas, A
Sarossy, V
Schlegel, P
Schofield, G
Scott, D
Seo, A
Shande, T
Silver, S
Swearingen, S
Swenson, D
Talens, J
Thibodeaux, N
Thoeun, C
Tuohy, J
Valadex, G
Vaught, C
Vocal, C
Voelker, S
Wells, J
Williams, N
Wrede, R
Zelaya, A
Zittle, K

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Chapter 5
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Chapter 6
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--> Corruption

CHEM LAB REPORT
FROM: PROF. JAGERWALD, H.
ATTN: DR. CROSS, E.

Elizabeth -

No doubt you're aware of the organic growth found in some parts of the ship.  
I've been examining the substance and thought the results would interest you.

The cells most closely resemble bacteria, with viral behavior.  Like bacteria, 
the organism infects other cells through osmosis, then mutates and reproduces 
agamogenetically.

What's amazing is the SPEED at which it grows.  A single bacterium reproduces 
twenty-fold in just one minute.  I've never seen anything like it.  I won't 
stake my reputation on it, but I think this may be a genuine alien lifeform!

Prof. Hawley theorizes that it's a habitat transformer--the levels of gaseous 
output are tremendous, which is why it smells so bad--but to what end we simply 
don't know.  I'll keep you posted.

- Heinrich

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Chapter 7
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--> Processing Room Problem

MINING DECK LOG
KREUZ, G. (QMED)

The situation here just got a lot worse.  The gravity failure came as we were 
collating asteroids, and one broke free of the grav beam.  It collided with a 
wall, killing two crew, and split into chunks.  They're free floating in the 
processing room, and we can't restore gravity to get the Master Key until 
they're cleared.  We could really use some engineering help up here.


--> Mining Timeline

MINING LOG
DALLAS, A. (SUPERVISOR, 2nd ENGINEER)

Planetcrack went smoothly from this end, although there do seem to have been 
problems planetside, and we've temporarily lost contact with the colony.

First rockball was extracted from the tectonic load approximately one hour 
after planetcrack, and has been processed, refined and smelted.

Results have exceeded even optimistic initial estimates.  Normal recovery is 
around 35% mineral, 5% fossil, 60% waste, but material from the first ball was 
65% mineral (and 0% fossil, in line with expectations).  That's 6.5 tons of ore 
from a 10-ton ball.  Assuming it's not an anomaly, we've hit a motherlode.

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Chapter 8
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Chapter 9
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--> Orders

EYES ONLY - PRIORITY BLACK
FROM: CHIEF OF STAFF, EARTH DEFENSE
ATTN: COMMANDER CADIGAN, F.
OPERATION WHITE LIGHT
THEATER: AEGIS SYSTEM, PLANET PENDING
OBJECTIVE: DEEP CLEANSE

CEC vessel USG Ishimura in breach of government order.  They are believed to 
have recovered Marker 3A.  Special Ops has confirmed the system but has been 
unable to provide the planet location.

Special Ops advises caution.  If Marker 3A has been recovered, infection by a 
lethal organism is a credible threat.  Shockpoint to Aegis system, move to 
position out of local scope range and await signal from Ishimura to confirm 
location.

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Chapter 10
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--> Unitology Article

UNITED WE... ASCEND?
Is Unitology a new hope, or just another scam?
By Carrie Van Ottken

If you've been living on Mars for the past 200 years, you might have missed the 
fastest-growing religious movement in history.

Unitology boasts a following of millions, counts powerful CEO's and officials 
in its ranks, claims $78 billion of stock multiglobal companies, and owns two 
of Earth's largest financial institutions (GPSG Financial and Unitas Energy 
Investments).  From its beginnings as a cult of personality, Unitology has 
become a respected, established religion.  Most people know the basics.  Two 
hundred years ago Michael Altman, a professor of anthropology, blew the whistle 
on what he claimed was the biggest cover-up ever instituted by Earth 
Government--the discovery of an artifact, or "Marker", which proved beyond any 
doubt there is alien life in the Universe.  The Government labeled Altman a 
kook, but his claims struck a chord with some, and his mysterious death soon 
afterwards fueled that interest.

Unitologists believe the Marker contained a code, the key to eternal life, 
through rebirth and ascension to heaven (the kicker is you have to die first). 
They say the Government is hiding the Marker somewhere, keeping its secrets for 
themselves.  Across all of human space, Unitologists praise Altman's martyrdom 
and await the day God comes to take them to their new life beyond death.  It 
all sounds pretty harmless. But, like any cult, there's a dark side.

Unitologists are "ranked" in the Church.  Nobody ever talks about it, but most 
of its critics believe there are at least three ranks above the average 
believer, or "initiate".  With each new rank, more of the Church's inner 
workings and research is revealed to a follower.  And these ranks are achieved 
by one simple criteria--giving money and power to the Church.

Think taking all your money's bad?  The Church also requires members to donate 
their bodies after death.  Why?  What do they do with them?  Nobody will say, 
and attempts to infiltrate the inner circle have failed.  With their emphasis 
on "transformation and rebirth", maybe we wouldn't like the answer even if they 
told us.

One rumor that also refuses to die says the Church is funding a secret 
shipbuilding program.  Some claim to have seen the fleet.  No documentary 
evidence has ever been supplied, but the claimants all say these "mausoleum 
ships", despite their huge size

(Cont'd on p94)


--> Z-Ball Rules

Z-BALL RULES

Step on the lighted platform and activate it to start the game!

Jump to as many scoring platforms as possible to increase your score 
multiplier.  Then use your Kinesis Module to grab the ball and shoot it into 
the active basket before the shot timer runs out.  Beating each level opens a 
locker with a reward.


--> White's List

PERSONAL LOG
WHITE, D. (FIRST OFFICER)

Goddamn Unis are running the ship.  Known so far:

Captain Mathius
CSO Kyne
2SO Mercer
LCDR Holt
LT Carrillo
LTJG Pitts
LTJG Wrede
ENS Maynard
ENS Shande
ENS Espeleta
ENS Natividad

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Chapter 12
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--> Unitology Exposed

(Excerpts from THE FALSE MESSIAH, a book banned on Earth and most colonies)

A RELIGION IS BORN

When Michael Altman went public with his research on the Black Marker, the 
world was teetering on the brink of self-destruction.  Many people, myself 
included, felt civilization was at an end.  We couldn't change the world by 
ourselves and most of us didn't want to.  What Altman offered us, this chance 
at a rebirth from humanity, was exactly what our hungry souls were looking for.

Practically overnight, our hope for humanity was renewed.  Millions flocked to 
his conferences to hear him profess to know the way to a new beginning.  We 
stared in awe at the evidence of the alien artifact that would change 
everything.  And we did whatever he told us to.

We rallied against the government.  We joined together in congregations to 
share his word.  And we prepared ourselves for the future he said was coming.

Where were you when Michael Altman was assassinated by our government?  It's 
the question of our generation, I suppose.  It's certainly the day when 
everything changed for me... and the world.

...

The martyring of the scientist-turned-savior Michael Altman begat fanatical 
zealots and I was one of them.  We birthed and maintained the tenements of a 
new religion, known now as the Church of Unitology.  I was only a follower but 
I was suddenly part of the biggest social movement in history.  The riots that 
followed and the crippling of our government made us realize we finally had the 
power to change things.

...

No one knows what is contained in the Black Marker.  Some claim it contains 
genetic string that grants immortality through gene therapy.  Others say it 
contains the DNA of an alien life form.  Even Altman confessed to not knowing 
exactly what it is for.  The Marker has been used to form the basic doctrines 
of the church.  As claimed in the popular book, "Death is Only the Beginning." 
humans will learn that by death of their worldly spirit, they will be reborn in 
unity as a stronger, unending community.  "Unity is forever."

...

Death is an important event in the journey of a Unitologist and seen as a 
necessary step to being reborn.  The body is considered holy and it may not be 
cremated or be allowed to decay in the ground.  The bodies are given to the 
church for safekeeping.  Where they are taken is unknown, but I have seen 
massive Unitology compounds on all of the major settlements I have visited.  
Curious, I asked around.  No one would tell me what was housed inside, but I 
uncovered evidence of massive shipments of preservative chemicals being sent to 
the compounds on a regular basis.

It was around this time that my superior, Paragon Fontenay, brought me in for 
my first "soul cleansing".

...

Despite the headaches and the nausea that continued to plague me, I managed to 
sneak into the shipyard.  I had almost regained full function of my legs and 
was able to make it into what appeared to be the nerve center of the operation.

What I discovered were ships, massive ships and lots of them.  Stasis storage 
tubes lined each of the hundred of exposed cargo bays.  I couldn't see any of 
the bodies, but I knew what the tubes were for.  What I couldn't figure out was 
why the church needed to transport so many suspended bodies in what looked like 
deep-space vessels.

Before I could investigate further, I was recaptured and the real "soul 
cleansings" began.


--> The USG Ishimura

(From a CEC-sponsored article in publication, Amazing Universe)

As many of our older readers may recall, resource management on Earth and on 
the colonies was not always as streamlined as it is today.  There was a time 
when needs could barely be met by the now-extinct resources of Earth and the 
dwindling supplies of the colonies.  Looking to the starts for additional 
resources is nothing new, but at the time only smaller ships were shockpoint-
able and they were insufficient at keeping up with demand.

Enter the Ishimura.

The USG Ishimura, named after Astro Physicist Hideki Ishimura (inventor of the 
shockpoint drive), was the first of the massive Planet Cracker ships.  Built 62 
years ago, she has a long and storied career.  The Ishimura was the first 
vessel of her size to utilize the shockpoint drive for large-scale, commercial, 
deep space expeditions.

At the time of her inception, the Ishimura was hailed as the savior of the 
Earth colonies.  She was created to mine and melt down entire small planets and 
moons.  She was also the first ship capable of the "scan and catch" technique 
for harvesting mineral-rich asteroids.  Using huge gravity tethers, the 
Ishimura can lock onto asteroids and pull them inside the ship's massive 
collection bays for smelting.

At 62 years old, the Ishimura is still in remarkable shape.  Much of the 
equipment has been upgraded over the years.  Many spaces have been retrofitted 
to take advantage of modern advances in technology.  Despite the long years of 
service, she is still the pride of the fleet and remains the largest Planet 
Cracker in the fleet.  Whenever an important deep space mining project comes up 
and the Ishimura is available, she's the first ship to be called.

It's ships like the Ishimura - and the dedication of the men and women who crew 
her - that have helped make Concordance Extraction Company the trusted, 
dependable workhorse that it is today.


--> Background Request

To: Zach Hammond
From: XXXXXXXXXX
Re: Background request

Per your request, here's what we could find on your hastily-assembled crew.

ISAAC CLARKE

Isaac was born to Paul and Octavia Clark on Earth in the eastern seaboard 
region of the American Republic.  Paul Clarke was an award-winning ship 
architect employed by the Galactic Union Marine Corp.  His record shows 
extended time off-world away from his family.

When Isaac was born, Paul was given temporary reassignment to an Earth-based 
GUMMC ship production facility.  During the four-year tour, Paul and Octavia 
raised Isaac together.  When the tour was over, Paul shipped off for an 
extended off-world tour.

Paul's influence on his son must have rubbed off.  Records indicated Isaac 
pursued studies in mechanical and electrical engineering and achieved high 
honors.

According to medical and psychiatric reports, Paul Clarke's absence had a 
profound effect on Octavia.  She suffered from depression and personal anguish 
until doctors encouraged her to find fulfillment by working with charitable 
organizations.  It is believed that this is how she ended up coming in contact 
with the Church of Unitology.

The association with the Church appears to have alleviated her mental 
condition.  The cancellation of her therapy sessions corresponds with the local 
parish announcements of her initiation ceremony.

At this point, records on her become somewhat scarce.  There are indications 
that she sold off much of the family estate to finance her full membership in 
the church.

Isaac appears to have been selected to a prominent engineering school but we 
surmise that he was unable to afford the tuition, as records show that he 
instead attended a lesser-known school with the help of scholarships and 
financial assistance.

After graduating with high honors, Isaac enlisted in the Merchant Marines.  He 
quickly gained a reputation for his resourceful engineering solutions and after 
two years was promoted to a higher-profile position closer to the major 
shipping lanes.

There are several inquiries about the location of his father that have been 
logged by his contacts at the GUMMC.  Isaac appears to have been trying to re-
unite with him unsuccessfully for years.  It's doubtful he ever got far in his 
investigation as Paul Clarke's service record has been mysteriously classified 
by an executive order.

Octavia continues to be a contributing member of her church and has managed to 
purchase a Vested-level title.

Isaac's career stagnates at this point.  There are records that he cohabited 
with a medical officer named Nicole Brennan for a couple of years.  Records 
indicate she moved out after receiving a promotion and is currently serving on 
the USG Ishimura.

KENDRA DANIELS

I couldn't find anything on her in the time I had but Darlton swears by her.  
She is on the mission with his recommendation.  If he thinks she has the 
necessary skills, who am I to argue?


--> Planetary Mining

(Excerpt from the CEC shareholder information packet on planetary mining)

PLANET CRACKING

Planetary mining is, quite literally, the dismantling of planets and moons on a 
macro-scale.  Entire worlds are fractured to reveal the rich seams of valuable 
minerals contained inside.  Despite environmentalist concerns, the operation is 
perfectly safe and is the only way to extract the necessary resources on the 
large scale required to supply Earth and the colonies.

You may have read reports that claim the destruction of a planet can destroy an 
entire solar system due to the disruption in the gravitation forces that hold 
each celestial object in place.  Some of the wilder reports claim this causes 
planets to smash into each other.  Concerned investors are directed to read the 
article "The CEC Pledge to the Health of Our Universe" for a detailed breakdown 
of the truths about Planet Cracking.  The short answer is: Planet Cracking is 
perfectly safe and provides an essential service to Earth and the colonies.  
With all Planet Cracks, the planets are carefully chosen for their mineral 
content, net worth, and the safety with which they can be dismantled.

Planet Cracking is a lengthy process spanning from three to five years.  
Generally, the first year is spent prospecting and setting up the colony.  The 
second year and a half involves tectonic excavation and related planet-side 
activities.

The Planet Cracker class ship arrives between the 2.5 and 3 year mark, 
depending on the progress of the excavation.  Once the ship is in orbit, 
preparation for tectonic chunk extraction begins.  This takes approximately one 
week.

The removal of an excavated chunk from the planet into a stabilized 
geosynchronous orbit usually takes about 1 day (24 standard hours).  During 
this process, billions of tons of debris break off from the underside of the 
chunk, creating an instant asteroid ring around the planet.  While floating 
debris is extremely dangerous, the Planet Cracker ships have an excellent 
Asteroid Defense system (ROS) to keep the ship and crew safe from harm.

Depending on the size of the planet, this process is repeated until the entire 
planet has been broken up and processed.

ABOUT US

The CEC is the largest solar mining and extraction company in the Earth 
colonies.  It is also the fifth largest company in terms of market capital.  It 
has become a powerhouse of industrial might and an influential political force. 
With a generous budget allocated to election spending, CEC has always been able 
to maintain and improve its market position.

The CEC owns over 400 deep space vehicles including five Planet Crackers, with 
the famous USG Ishimura as its flagship.  The CEC was the first to develop deep 
space mining, asteroid catchers and was the first to implement shockpoint 
drives for commercial use.  We are the largest supplier of precious metals.

Out of over three dozen Planet Cracks, only one operation has met with less 
than optimal results.  Many may remember the Wanat Disaster 11 years ago 
wherein a Planet Cracker, three supply ships and a colony were lost due to 
gravity tether failure.  Since that time, CEC has worked closely with the 
manufacturers and held crew training lectures to ensure a disaster of this 
magnitude never happens again.

We take your financial well-being and the well-being of our employers 
seriously.  When you invest in CEC, you are investing in the future of mankind.


--> Recombination Study

RECOVERED FILE
Personal Log: Dr. G. Abernathy, automated transcript
(Restricted access - Maximum encryption)

Day three of quarantine for the former Drs. Clifton and Hogan.  The infection 
is spreading quickly through Dr. Clifton.  Dr. Hogan appears unaffected at this 
time.

The chest of the corpse has started to expand, like it's taking a deep breath.  
Something appears to be happening under the surface of the skin.  The body is 
convulsing - a yellowish briny liquid bursts from the mouth accompanied by 
choking noises.  There's a crunching noise as the throat bulges and the jaw 
collapses.  The head is splitting apart... reforming now into what appears to 
be a proboscis and feeler.  The chest splits along the center now as the flesh 
stretches and expands outwards; the organs, bone and muscle bend inwards.  The 
internal organs contort and reorganize themselves into an odd structure central 
to which is a massive bladder.  The bladder is filling with a liquid, some of 
which can be seen spilling from proboscis.  I can only assume the two are 
connected.

The legs are quivering as the flesh peels away and meshes with the flesh from 
the chest region.  There is a sudden snap halfway through the process as one 
leg bends backwards.  More quivering now and the other leg has snapped at the 
knee.  The changes appear to be slowing now... It starts to sit up, the body is 
convulsing, the legs flopping.  It is trying to take its first step, uneasy at 
first... but now it is adapting quickly.  A half-dozen steps and it seems to be 
perfectly at home with its new, contorted form.

The splattering on the glass is making observation difficult.  It appears that 
Dr. Hogan's legs are elongating, somehow flaying themselves and now twisting 
with a mixture of his own internal organs into a single appendage, like some 
sort of tail.  His face is contorted, his jaw clenching and unclenching... 
several jaw-like appendages are emerging from his every widening mouth.  His 
mouth no longer appears able to accommodate the change... his head is 
splitting, seams bursting...

And almost instantly, he is perched on his hands, shifting his weight from one 
palm to the other.  He's pacing, circling the room and... he appears to be 
watching me!  He sees me!  No, he's fixated on the ceiling now... Oh god no, 
he's leaping at the vent!  With his powerful tail-like appendage, he's striking 
at the reinforced covering, trying to get it open!  I must warn the others!  
Recording end!


--> The Red Marker

RECOVERED FILE FRAGMENTS
FROM: DR. EANDO DUKAJ
TO: GENERAL AMBROSE CAIDEN
(Restricted access - Maximum encryption)

Altman's hasty expulsion from the project is unfortunate.  His notes on the 
Black Marker appear incomplete and our findings thus far have been 
inconclusive.  What notes we have recovered appear to be written in a code of 
his devising.  It will be weeks before we can decipher them.  In the meantime, 
someone has to shut him up.  His public outcry about the Marker is more than a 
nuisance.  This is a matter of security.

...

Funding has been insufficient.  Moving the research to Aegis VII is only 
aggravating the problem.  I understand the pressure to relocate the project 
outside the reach of the oversight committees but this has only inflated our 
resource requirements.

We are on the verge of cracking the replication code we extracted from the 
Black Marker.  It would be a shame to come this far and have to scrap the 
project.

...

The continued financial infusion over the years has been appreciated and I'm 
pleased to share the results with you today.  While some of our material 
fabrications are approximations of substances foreign to us, we have completed 
the internal workings of the device.  One obvious difference between our 
replica and the original is the reddish hue.  I assure you this is purely a 
cosmetic difference not indicative of a flaw.

The device, when activated, began to emit a highly complicated rhythmic pattern 
across a wide band of frequencies - from actual sound waves through the 
electromagnetic spectrum to alpha, delta and theta brain waves.  It seems 
mostly inert and harmless aside from some slight interference with 
communication equipment.

We are proceeding with the final construction.

...

We've run into a disturbing but fascinating find, in re-creating the DNA 
instructions gleaned from the Black Marker, we've managed to create a 
recombinant microbial life form.  It seemed dormant at first, even when placed 
in a batch of rich nutrients.  Were it not for Dr. Clifton's poor hygiene, we 
might have deemed the attempt a failure.  Fortunately for us, he had not fully 
decontaminated himself before working with the sample and managed to 
contaminate it with some dead skin cells.  Suddenly, the microbes jumped into 
action!  Recombination happened almost instantly and the sample began self-
replicating and mutating before our eyes.

...

More confounding results from our research:

Today, as we moved what we're now calling the Red Marker, we had to pass by the 
cellular lab area.  The scientists working at the time complained about 
interruptions in the necrotic flesh experiments.  As it turns out, the field 
generated by the Marker creates a "dead space" around itself that forces the 
recombination effect into dormancy.

...

I apologize for the setback relayed in the last report.  The macro-scale 
infection has been contained with a minimal loss of life.  The newly 
recombinated doctors are now quarantined for further study.

...

Many of the scientists have been complaining of headaches and we are all having 
difficulty sleeping for more than an hour at a time.  We suspect a problem in 
the ventilation system.  The maintenance team reported finding a build-up of 
some kind blocking the airways.

...

The organic mass continues to expand and take over the complex.  The 
recombinated nightmares now move freely through the corridors.  My remaining 
crew is hastily constructing a transmitter for the Marker in an attempt to 
broaden the signal it is emanating.  Dr. Foster said the idea came to him in a 
vision.  Our hope is to use the signal to keep the unchecked infection from 
spreading to the landing area.  There is little time remaining!  You must send 
help as quickly as possible!  Our lives are in your hands.


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                             Impossible Mode Tips                        [LI08]
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============
General Tips
============

- Have about three different saves or at the very least two.  Save often.  If 
you make it past a certain part without any damage and you deem that part the 
slightest bit hard then you might want to think about going back to the nearest 
save point and saving.  It really pays to be cautious.

- Wait until a weapon is near empty then use a Power Node to upgrade its 
capacity to get full ammo once again plus the additional ammo from the upgrade.

- Don't place a weapon in a safe that often since its ammo count will be 
reduced to one shot once it is placed back in Isaac's inventory.  Try to refill 
the near empty weapon by upgrading the gun's capacity if you do this.  
Switching to the Contact Beam is really the only reason to put another weapon 
up since the Force Gun, Pulse Rifle and Line Gun can handle just about 
everything.

- Upgrade your hit points for the RIG at an upgrade bench whenever Isaac is low 
in health and this will restore his health to full.

- If an item doesn't drop from a human-like enemy (Slasher, Stasis Slasher), 
try to grapple the body with kinesis to make sure that it is dead.  Only dead 
bodies can be grappled.

- When fighting a Stinger by itself, shoot it with stasis then stomp off its 
head and arms to save ammo while killing it.  Try to use stasis along with 
Isaac's boot to finish off fallen Slashers as well.  Be sure to get a feel of 
the amount of time that stasis will last however since you don't want to be 
near either one as stasis wears off.

- Hoard all health items found in a chapter and be sure to use small med packs 
before larger packs to save inventory space.  Refrain from using Large Med 
Packs as much as possible and store them in a safe for later in the game.

- Try to put back some ammo if you start to get a lot of it in your inventory.  
Limit yourself on purpose to conserve ammo for a later chapter - don't splurge!

- Just about every item in the game can be grappled and brought toward Isaac, 
so if you know of a place where an enemy will attack near a certain item pickup 
then simply grapple the item from a distance and collect it to avoid 
confrontation.  Grappling an item can also be useful for obtaining an item 
early or without any stress while near a room where enemies will ambush Isaac.

- If you have an option to run from an encounter then do so.  Haul ass, don't 
play hero!

- Purchase the Line Gun, Pulse Rifle, Force Gun, and Contact Beam and leave all 
the other weapons.  The Flamethrower is useful against Lurkers but I recommend 
using another weapon on them to keep from buying another gun.  Once the Force 
Gun is obtained, keep the Plasma Cutter, Pulse Rifle, Line Gun and Force Gun 
with Isaac most of the time.  Only equip the Contact Beam when you know that 
you are about to fight a Brute.

- Contact Beam energy sells for 4000 credits per shot, so it's good to hoard 
all of it that you can and sell it early in the game.  You might want to try 
carrying it in your inventory just so you'll receive ammo for it from random 
pickups then sell the ammo for extra credits.

- Buy Power Nodes as much as possible but try to keep around 20000 credits 
available at all times just in case you need to buy some extra ammo or med 
packs.

- Upgrade your hit points through the RIG before just about anything else.  
Don't focus on air upgrades since it really only helps you out for a few rooms 
early in the game.

- Attack upgrades are the main priority when upgrading a weapon but capacity 
can help out, especially when you're low in ammo.  Reload should only be bought 
if it is conveniently placed near an attack upgrade - don't go out of your way 
to reach one on the plug table.

- Use the Armor Glitch showcased below the Cheats in the Extras section of this 
guide.

=================
Enemy Combat Tips
=================

- Slasher Combat.  Shoot off a leg with the Plasma Cutter or Line Gun then 
begin to shoot off an arm.  For multiple Slashers it might be best to use the 
Line Gun especially against Dark Slashers.

- Stingers.  When fighting one solo, stasis it then stomp off its arms and 
head. When fighting more than one, use the Line Gun or Plasma Cutter.  When 
fighting a Dark Stinger, stasis it then fire a mine from the Line Gun below it 
- this can also work well for multiple normal Stingers.

- Lurkers.  Try to aim for their appendages when they attack but don't let this 
get you hit or make you waste ammo.  Shooting them normally takes off just as 
much.  Use the Plasma Cutter or Pulse Rifle until you get the Force Gun then 
aim carefully and use only force grenades against them when they appear.

- Brute Combat.  Stasis the Brute then cut off a leg with the Line Gun or 
Contact Beam.  Get far away from the wounded Brute and grapple his pods with 
kinesis as he shoots them at Isaac then fire them back.  Keep catching and 
firing them back from a distance to finish him off without the need to waste 
any further ammo.  If you opt to use a Line Gun then fire a mine at the Brute's 
back when it hunches over.

- Spawners. Stasis them when the tentacles move out of their chest then shoot a 
Line Gun mine directly toward the center of them and this will usually kill 
them.  Launch an explosive canister at them when available.

- Stasis Slasher.  Force Gun blasts still work just as well against these 
enemies as they do in other modes.  You might want to mix in force grenades 
more often when they are knocked own or at a distance.

- Tentacles.  For the tentacles that drag Isaac, it is best to keep your Pulse 
Rifle attack level upgraded to finish them off quicker while shooting them.

============
Chapter Tips
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Chapter 1
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- (Flight Lounge) Try to get to the elevator without getting hit by the 
Slashers.  Save at the save station outside before interacting with the 
controls.  Once Isaac makes it to the elevator doors, you'll have to sidestep a 
bit to avoid the Slasher's blade arms while it is behind Isaac.  Don't stress 
that much if you're only hit once since you'll get quite a few small med packs 
in this chapter.

- (Tram Repair Room) Opening the Item Container on the far wall will make a 
Slasher bust through the vent to the left of it.  Wait until you kill the 
second Slasher that appears after connecting the tram repair then run over to 
the Item Container and open it, collect the item, then run out of the Tram 
Repair Room.

- (Tram Tunnel) You don't have to fight either of the enemies on the way back 
through the tunnel.  Simply run by them and shoot them with stasis if needed.  
It really helps to shoot the Slasher with stasis since Isaac will have to open 
a door on the other side.

- (Maintenance Bay) You'll need to take advantage of the explosive canisters in 
this area in order to defeat the Slashers without wasting ammo.  Try to wound 
most of them then run by them and lead a group of them toward an explosive 
canister then shoot the canister.  You need to conserve some ammo for the top 
floor Slashers.  When the elevators doors open on the way back down to the 
bottom floor, be ready to shoot the outside Slasher with stasis.

- (Maintenance Bay) After collecting the Data Board, leave the room and run to 
the right then shoot the approaching Slasher with stasis and run by him.  Shoot 
the fallen Slasher with stasis that lies by the elevator and open the doors 
then get inside the elevator and leave the area.  These Slashers will actually 
follow Isaac to the floor above however, so right when the elevator doors open, 
stasis the Slasher that runs toward Isaac then quickly run to the doors of the 
Tram Control and enter the room - you might have to stasis the Slashers as they 
drop from the ceiling.  Either way, you don't have to return to this room once 
Isaac gets inside the Tram Control.

- (Corridor to Flight Lounge) Follow the Slasher as it moves ahead of Isaac 
then quickly run by it as it crawls into the vent then open the door to the 
Flight Lounge and step inside.  Prepare to use stasis on the Slasher that drops 
from behind if the door takes too long to open.

- (Hangar Bay) Stasis mixed with stomping works well for the first Stinger.  
Shoot the Slashers from a distance and cut off a leg to wound them before they 
get too close in order to slow them down.

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Chapter 2
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- (Main Lab) Carry some med packs into this area with you.  The best place to 
stand during the quarantine, while on the top floor, is either in the corner to 
the left after stepping through the first door, or the corner right near the 
elevator on the other side.  Try to cut off the legs from all the Slashers 
first then finish them off.

- (Main Lab - Bottom Floor) If you look on the bottom floor from the top 
walkway, you might be able to shoot one of the crawling Slashers below.  Run to 
the back restroom and prepare to shoot off the legs of the Slashers that 
attack.  Remember that all enemies are not out of the area until the quarantine 
lifts, so keep your guard up if all becomes quiet yet the quarantine is still 
in place.

- (Lab) Run from the Lurkers on the second floor and get to the next door on 
that floor.  They will follow Isaac to the next room very easily if the door 
remains open so rush through the next few rooms.

- (Corridor to Security Station) Prepare to shoot the first Slasher with stasis 
while moving around the corner.  There is a stasis recharger nearby so don't 
worry about wasting stasis here.

- (Imaging Diagnostics Room) While only one is attacking, you can stasis a 
Stinger then stomp it to death.  Use the Plasma Cutter or the Pulse Rifle/Line 
Gun to defeat them.  A carefully placed stasis to stun both followed by a Line 
Gun mine right below both of them should be enough to finish both of them off.

- (Zero-G Therapy) Either toss explosive barrels at the Stingers with kinesis 
or ignore them and jump to the other side of the room and exit the room on your 
way back through this room.  It's really safer to fight them by tossing 
explosive canisters at them with kinesis.

- (Zero-G Therapy Hallway) When moving back through the vacuum, stasis the 
Slasher that attack and run by him then be sure to have some stasis ready for 
the Slasher that falls through the ceiling in the airlock chamber up ahead.

- (Imaging Diagnostics Room) Stasis then run by the Stinger that attacks on the 
bottom floor.  You'll need to take out a Pulse Rifle and shoot the group of 
Spiders in the next room.

* Buy a Line Gun before going to the Morgue

- (Emergency Room) Defeat the first Slasher and Lurker like normal.  When 
moving around the right corner take out the Line Gun and cut off the legs of 
the Slasher that falls then run ahead and either shoot or stasis the crawling 
Slasher then turn around and take them all on from one side.  If you stand on 
the other side then one will drop behind Isaac.  Instead of moving all the way 
down the hall to destroy the Item Boxes further ahead, use kinesis to bring 
them toward Isaac so the three Slashers will not enter the room from going to 
the very end of the side hallway.

- (Morgue) Find the two dead bodies in this room and use kinesis to grapple 
them from a distance then mutilate them before the Infector appears.  Use the 
Line Gun to cut off the Dark Slasher's legs after it breaks through the glass 
and try to angle the shot so that it shoot the Infector behind the Slasher.  
Switch to the Pulse Rifle instead of reloading the Line Gun then finish them 
both off.

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Chapter 3
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- (Gondola Area) While Isaac is on the gondola heading to the other side, have 
the Line Gun ready and shoot a mine toward the floor on the catwalk along the 
other side as the Slashers gather to kill a bunch of them.

- (Centrifuge Chamber) Find the explosive canisters floating around the room 
and grapple them then shoot them at the Stingers that appear.  Make sure you 
know where a Stinger is before attempting to grapple an explosive canister.

- (Engine Room) Find the three explosive canisters on the right side of the 
room and place them all behind the engine controls.  Activate the engine then 
grapple each canister and begin to fire them toward the approaching group of 
Slashers.

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Chapter 4
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- While in the vacuum area, on the way back from shooting asteroids with the 
ADS Cannon, run past both of the Stingers that attack and get to the exit door 
then leave them behind.

- (Hallway to Tram) While backtracking to the tram, two Slashers will fall down 
from the ceiling and attack Isaac - one from behind and from up ahead.  Use the 
Plasma Cutter to shoot off the leg of the one directly ahead then run past it 
and exit the area.

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Chapter 5
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- Take a Stasis Pack along with you to the room before the ER Hallway since 
you'll need to constantly slow the Regenerator with stasis during the battle 
inside.  A few med packs wouldn't hurt either.

- On the way back through the Regenerator Room, stasis anything that gets in 
Isaac's way (Pregnants or Regenerator) and run back to the Security Station.  
You don't need to slow down the Lurkers in the corridor since they'll be 
exiting the hole in the wall to the left as Isaac runs by.

- (Cryogenics Lab) Smash all the item boxes and collect the random ammo as 
Mercer talks.  Stand on the opposite side of the freezing chamber as the 
Regenerator appears then allow him to walk inside and blow off a leg with the 
Line Gun then shoot him with stasis.  While the Regenerator is stunned, ignore 
the Lurkers and run to either side door of the control room then freeze him by 
using the controls inside.  Only fight a Lurker if it manages to get inside of 
the control room with Isaac.

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Chapter 6
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- (West Grow Chamber) Immediately head to the left upon entering then run to 
the door of Greenhouse A on that side.  Turn to the right at the corner in 
front of the door and use the Force Gun to blast the approaching Slasher from 
the side to stagger him then quickly enter the Greenhouse.  Stomp the pod 
inside while waiting for the Slashers to show up.  If they group around the 
open doorway then fire a force grenade at them.  As the Slashers fall through 
the ceiling shoot them with a force blast or force grenade.  Try to group them 
together and shoot them with a force grenade.

- (West Grow Chamber) After fighting off the first wave of enemies, anticipate 
the arrival of the rest of the enemies and keep an explosive canister nearby to 
launch at them.  Shortly after the pod in Greenhouse B is destroyed, a Dark 
Slasher will bust through a nearby vent, so carry an explosive canister into 
the Greenhouse with you.

- (Refrigeration West) Aim carefully and fire force grenades at the Lurkers 
when they showcase their appendages.  Grapple a nearby explosive canister in 
the room near the exit door and fire it at the final (third) Lurker.

- (Air Filtration) Shoot/fire explosive canisters at the fuse boxes to open the 
doors before entering the flame rooms.  Fire an explosive canister at the 
Slasher that moves through the final door - wait for him to cross the flame 
rooms.

- (West Grow Chamber) When reentering the West Grow Chamber, stand inside the 
elevator and peek into the outside room to see where the Pregnant is.  The exit 
door that Isaac needs to move through is off to the left after exiting the 
elevator, so run directly to it.  Shoot the Pregnant with stasis if needed.

- Right after opening the door to the Hallway to East Tower, shoot the Spawner 
on the far wall with stasis then fire a mine at him with the Line Gun.  If he 
survives the mine then shoot him with force grenades.

- Put up the Line Gun and be sure to have the Contact Beam ready when entering 
the East Grow Chamber since a Brute will attack.  Use a Stasis Pack to recharge 
before entering if needed.  If you think you can deal with him while using the 
Line Gun then use it instead the Contact Beam.

- (Refrigeration East) Shoot the Lurkers with force grenades.  Try to keep 
multiple Lurkers in view when fighting the two pairs.

- (Hallway to East Tower) On your way back to the Hallway to East Tower, 
grapple and take an explosive canister to the door of the hallway then open the 
door and quickly fire the canister at the group of three Slashers that dash 
toward Isaac from the outside catwalk.

- (Food Storage) Use the Leviathan's pods to damage its weak point when it 
opens its mouth - use the first and third pod to cancel the second and fourth 
respectively then fire the fifth pod directly toward the weak point in the back 
of the Leviathan's open mouth.  The Pulse Rifle works much better than the 
Plasma Cutter this time for cutting off its tentacles.  You can fire the 
explosive canisters at its tentacles but this is really more trouble than it's 
worth.  The battle will take twice as long, so be sure to remain focused while 
grappling the pods.  A tentacle can easily screw up your timing when it starts 
to fire pods while the tentacles are out, so try to move to a spot where a 
tentacle does not block the path toward Isaac.

- (Food Storage) Be sure to find every single blinking light (item) in this 
room and horde everything both before (stand in doorway and grapple), during 
(run and tap the interact button) and after (search the room) the Leviathan 
battle!

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Chapter 7
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- On the elevator ride down to Processing, use the Plasma Cutter to defeat 
Slashers until two Slashers fall down from the ceiling at the same time then 
quickly switch over to the Line Gun or Force Gun.

- (Processing Antechamber) Allow the Slashers in the area to see Isaac then run 
all the way back to the elevator and take them down with a Plasma Cutter as 
they walk into the corridor in front of it.  You can easily take down the 
Pregnant solo once all the Slashers are defeated.

- (Mineral Processing) Run all the way back and save your game just before 
deactivating the gravity.  Once gravity is deactivated, open the door to the 
Power Node Room in the back of the controls and run toward the side with the 
debris (right side).  The left side of the room has a single vent on the 
ceiling where the outside enemies will enter the room.  Stand on the opposite 
side with the Pulse Rifle armed and defeat them as they drop from the ceiling 
vent.  The Pregnant will not enter the room.  Step outside once all the other 
enemies are defeated then run by the Pregnant by taking the side across from it 
over to the control room.

- The moment the elevator arrives at the Maintenance level, have your Force Gun 
armed and rush through the doors and move down the left ramp then blast the 
Infector to the left as it tries to infect the body.  Even if you get hit by 
the other Infector this is better than fighting the Dark Slasher that the other 
Infector will create if left alone.

- (Maintenance Bay) During the Gondola ride in the Maintenance Bay, try to stay 
constantly moving while shooting at the tentacle pods to avoid their 
projectiles.  Shoot the tentacles with the Plasma Cutter.  The important part 
is to shoot all the pods as early as possible.

- Start out using the Pulse Rifle to protect Nicole from the Slasher then 
switch over to the Force Gun and shoot force grenades at the remainder of the 
enemies.  You could try to shoot the Lurker with the explosive canister on your 
side.

- (Maintenance Bay) When moving back across the Gondola in the Maintenance Bay, 
use the Plasma Cutter to shoot the first few tentacle pods then switch over to 
the Force Gun and carefully aim and fire a force grenades at the Lurkers - if 
you hit them just right then the blast will damage them badly and defeat any 
nearby pods.  Try to stay moving as much as possible and heal when needed.  
Thankfully, you should have enough med packs from the other side to help out 
here.

- (Mining Bay) It's good to bring a stasis pack to this area with you.  Use the 
Line Gun to defeat all three Dark Stingers (stasis them then fire a mine below 
them).  Run by the Lurkers on the other side of the asteroid and try to lure 
them away from the asteroid while shooting the tethers then quickly place the 
beacon just before you leave.  Perform the tether shooting and beacon placing 
quickly and you won't have many problems.  Isaac always has a long animation 
while placing the beacon, so you might have to wind up shooting the Lurkers 
with force grenades.

- (Mining Hallway Control Room) When the quarantine activates after the 
asteroid is launched, get on the side with the item chest and place Isaac's 
back to the wall.  Start out shooting the Slashers with the Line Gun then 
switch to the Force Gun once the Dark Slashers enter the room.  Use force 
grenades while they are at a distance.  Switch over to the Plasma Cutter once 
only one Slasher remains.

- (RIG Room) When the elevator docks on the top floor once again, Crawlers will 
be in the RIG Room.  Run toward the door on the opposite side and interact with 
it then move from side to side while it opens to try to avoid the Crawlers then 
run to the tram.  You could also hunt them down with force blasts - your call.

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Chapter 8
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- (Main Atrium) When the Exploders start to appear, run to the very back of the 
Atrium and move down the stairs then pick them off from a distance with the 
Pulse Rifle.  Use a Force Gun on the Dark Slashers and the Line Gun on the Dark 
Stinger.

- (ADS Hallway) Shoot each Spawner with stasis then shoot it with a mine from 
the Line Gun.  Don't waste too much time getting to the second Spawner directly 
after shooting a mine at the first.

- (Comms Array Chamber) Stun the Dark Stingers with stasis then shoot a mine 
from the Line Gun near them to finish them off rather quickly.

- (ADS Hallway) When backtracking to the tram, it is possible to run by the 
Crawlers and get to the elevator in this area.

- (Main Atrium) While returning to the tram, shoot the Divider in the Atrium 
with stasis then run to the Hallway to Tram.  In the hallway, shoot the 
Pregnant around the far corner (to the left) with stasis and run by it then run 
to the tram.

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Chapter 9
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- (Ore Storage) Grapple all of the radiation orbs before stomping the fuses and 
position them near the door, this way, you won't have to move around as much to 
collect them while enemies are in the area.  Use stasis on the Dark Stingers 
then fire a mine below them with the Line Gun.  Fire force grenades at the 
Lurkers.

- (Cargo Room) Use the usual force blasts from the Force Gun to knock back the 
Stasis Slashers as they run up to Isaac - aim for their upper half while 
firing.  Shoot them from a distance with force grenades, mainly when they are 
knocked down.

- (Torpedo Room) Don't move any of the crates across from the entrance door or 
a Stasis Slasher will bust through the nearby vent on that side and attack.

- (Armory) Stand in the hallway outside the Armory and allow the Divider to 
move up to the door - he won't move through the doorway.  Shoot him until he 
splits into Crawlers then blast the Exploder that will walk up to the door to 
destroy all the Crawlers.  One Crawler might still remain but this will save 
you the trouble of having to hunt them all down.  Watch out for the other 
Exploders that appear when Isaac walks deeper into the Armory.

- (Armory) Beat a few of the Shooting Gallery rounds to receive some extra 
items.

- (Barracks) Walk into the room enough to where the quarantine activates then 
run back to a corner near the entrance to face off against the enemies inside. 
Keep the Force Gun equipped for the most part and use force blasts on close 
enemies and force grenades on distance enemies.  If a Stasis Slasher is not in 
the area, shoot the Stingers with the Line Gun.  The Exploders and Pregnant 
will not attack if you stay on the entrance side.  Hit the Exploders' explosive 
arm with the Pulse Rifle and the Pregnants might get killed by the Exploder's 
death.  Remember that there is a Large Med Pack in a bed along the right wall 
as you enter the Barracks.

- (Lower Engine Room) Either use the Contact Beam or the Line Gun to cut off a 
leg from the Dark Brute then step away and catch his pods with kinesis and fire 
them back at him.  If you use the Line Gun then fire a mine onto his back as 
soon as he crouches from taking damage then fill him full of primary blasts 
from behind while the mine goes off - stand far enough away from the mine, 
obviously.  Bring a stasis pack if you think you might need it.

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Chapter 10
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- (Commons) Mutilate all the bodies since you'll fight an Infector in this room 
later.

* Carry a stasis pack with you for the Dividers in the Mess Hall and the 
Spawner in the room afterward!

- (Mess Hall - First Floor) Stay on the elevator when it reaches the bottom 
then shoot the Dividers with stasis and blow off one of their legs with the 
Line Gun.  If they both move up to the elevator then you can easily shoot them 
both with stasis.  Quickly switch over to the Force Gun and shoot the Crawlers 
that they split into.

- (Residential Lobby) Stasis the Spawner in the back then shoot a mine toward 
it with the Line Gun.  Be ready to fight off the Dark Slasher as it rushes 
Isaac.

- (Sleep Block A Bunks) This part can be a little frustrating.  You need to 
have a high attack Pulse Rifle or Line Gun in order to defeat the Tentacle that 
grabs Isaac.  Be sure to aim well at its yellow weak point.

- (Sleep Block B) For the first room, stun the Pregnant with stasis then use a 
Line Gun or Plasma Cutter to take down the Slasher.  Use the Force Gun and aim 
upward then shoot at the Pregnant to keep from hitting its stomach.  Throughout 
all of this, do not move to the other side of the room since a Dark Slasher 
will get up and attack.  Find the Dark Slasher as he lies on the ground then 
shoot a mine near him and defeat him with Line Gun shots as he gets up to 
attack.  For the second room, use the Force Gun's grenades for the Lurkers and 
fire force blasts at the rest of the enemies.

- (Residential Lobby) Wait for the Exploders to move out of the vent to the 
right then shoot them with the Pulse Rifle.  Try to wait for the Crawlers in 
the background to get near the Exploders then shoot the Exploders to make them 
destroy the Crawlers with their dying explosion.

- (Zero-G Basketball Court) Grapple the Small Med Pack to the right and bring 
it to Isaac then quickly jump over to the middle wood piece and grab the Nav 
Card then hop back over to the first wood piece and exit the room quickly 
before the Dark Lurkers have much time to attack.  To hell with the Zero-G 
Basketball items unless you want to waste your ammo fighting the three Dark 
Lurkers.  Have a Line Gun ready for the Dark Slasher that falls from the 
ceiling in the locker room.

- (Sleep Block C Bunks) Make sure that you bring a stasis pack to this room 
with you.  Pick up the last Nav Card then immediately rush back to the moveable 
beds and run in between them.  If you're fast enough then the Dark Slasher will 
fall nearby as you turn to move the beds.  Blow off his legs with the Line Gun 
then immediately close off that section of the room by moving a bed in front of 
it, then solve the rest of the puzzle to get back to the other side.

- (Sleep Block C Commons) Right after solving the bunk puzzle in the bunk room, 
shoot the Regenerator with stasis after it falls from the ceiling then enter 
the Commons area.  Don't fight any enemies in here, run around the entire room 
in a circle until Kendra unlocks the door.  Quickly run toward the door and 
stasis anything that tries to attack while it unlocks.  Run toward the elevator 
door and interact with it then turn and prepare to stasis anything that falls 
from the ceiling of the elevator corridor.

- (Commons) Gather plenty of Force Gun ammo before continuing to the Security 
Hallway since you'll need this for the enemies in the upcoming area.

- (Executive Sleep Block Commons) Stand at the door and aim upwards with the 
Force Gun then blast the Pregnants in their upper portions.  Walk into the room 
as they are blown back but try to keep them gathered.

- (Executive Shuttle Bay) Right after initiating the test fire for the shuttle, 
walk over toward the door of the control room then wait right near the ceiling 
vent and stasis the Regenerator when he falls through it.  Move toward the door 
and open it as soon as it unlocks.  The Stasis Slashers outside appear from 
random areas, so be sure to keep a look out for them while your Force Gun is 
equipped.  Knock them back with force blasts.  Wait for the Regenerator to step 
onto the bridge behind the shuttle then blow off his legs with the Line Gun and 
shoot him with stasis.  Quickly run back to the control room after stunning him 
then test fire the shuttle.  The Stasis Slashers will not always give up their 
pursuit once the Regenerator is defeated, so continue to watch for them even as 
Kyne speaks.  Watching out for the Stasis Slashers and answering their 
aggression with a force blast upside the head is the most important part of 
this battle.  Upgrading the lasting time of stasis will help out for this area 
but it is not required.

- (Commons) While the Infector infects Dr. Mercer on the second floor of the 
Commons right after opening the door from the Security Hallway, run past the 
lovely pair and take the elevator (to the left) to the bottom floor then run to 
the tram.  No need to fight, just run.

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Chapter 11
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* Be sure to carry a bunch of Force Gun ammo and/or Line Gun ammo to the Cargo 
Bay.

- (Cargo Bay) Try to defeat the Exploder and Pregnant from the top floor when 
you first enter.  If you accidentally shoot the Pregnant's stomach then don't 
worry much about the Lurkers that spawn - it's nothing a little force grenade 
to the face won't fix.

- (Cargo Bay) When the enemies start to attack after the Marker is exposed, use 
the Force Gun to knock down the Dark Slasher in the nearby room then run 
inside.  You'll need to knock back the attacking enemies with either force 
blasts or line gun primary shots.  Shoot them from a distance with force 
grenades as they move down the corridors toward the room that Isaac is in.

- (Cargo Bay continued) The very second that the Marker is placed on the other 
side of the tracks, haul ass all the way back to the elevator then immediately 
take it back up to the top floor.  If you do this quick enough then you won't 
even have to fight any of the enemies.  Use force blasts to knock back any 
enemy that tries to attack while Isaac is on the elevator if they try to 
attack.  You are not safe on the top floor since the Dark Slashers will move 
through the nearby vent, so quickly open the door and step into the nearby 
hallway to get to safety.

- (Flight Lounge) When the room quarantines, run to the nearest door by the 
cubbies then fire a mine on the middle floor of the room near the seats and 
this will hit the falling Slashers.  Blast the Slashers in the legs with 
primary blasts from the Line Gun then fire another mine as the second wave 
prepares to attack.  Keep firing primary blasts with the Line Gun then switch 
over to the Force Gun instead of reloading then start to fire force blasts and 
grenades.  If you can time the mines just right then the Line Gun is all that 
you will need.  Don't forget to open the door on the other side of the control 
room for some extra pickups after the quarantine.

- (Hangar Bay) Be sure to collect the item pickups on the opposite side of the 
Hangar once gravity is deactivated.  Use force grenades to dispose of the 
Lurkers and stun the Dark Stingers with stasis then shoot a mine at them with 
the Line Gun.  Try to group both of the Dark Stingers then shoot them with 
stasis if possible.

- (Control Room A) Open the door to this room quickly from the outside hallway 
since the Spawner inside will start launching tentacle pods when Isaac steps 
near the door.  Shoot it with stasis then fire a mine at it.

- (Hangar Bay [Runway 2]) How good are you at dodging with a sidestep?  Run all 
the way down the walkway with the Dark Stingers and move to the opposite side 
that each of them is on as they lunge then quickly board the shuttle and 
interact with the door inside.  If you're not good at dodging or don't like to 
take chances then stand near the doorway to the walkway and shoot force 
grenades at the approaching Dark Stingers.  Watch for their sudden lunges 
however.

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Chapter 12
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- (Landing Pad) While the Marker is on the loader, pull it all the way toward 
the shutter of the Gravity Tether Operations A entrance.  Make sure that it is 
right up against the big shutter; we want to make a quick escape out here upon 
return.

- (Living Space) Mutilate all the bodies before opening the doors to the 
freezer.  Use the Pulse Rifle to quickly defeat the Infectors inside.

* Stock up on Med Kits (Large or Medium) before leaving.

- (Landing Pad) Right when you open the door to take the power unit out of the 
Living Space, take the power unit out the door then drop it.  Shoot the Divider 
outside with stasis then quickly grapple the power unit and plug it into the 
red power plug.  Rush over to the door to Gravity Tether Operations A and open 
it then step inside to completely avoid the Divider.

- (Supply Depot) This room can get incredibly intense, so be sure to stock up 
on med kits to bring with you for this particular area.  There is no clear safe 
place to stand since vents are near all corners.  Stand near the railing across 
from the door on the back right side of the room from where you enter and run 
between that railing and the door across from it.  Don't stand still for too 
long if you hear some yells behind Isaac.  Switch between the Force Gun, Line 
Gun, Pulse Rifle, and Plasma Cutter while fighting the enemies.  You'll mainly 
want to stick with the Line Gun for Dark Slashers, Force Gun (grenades) for 
Lurkers and the Pulse Rifle for Exploders.  Use the Plasma Cutter on Dark 
Slashers that attack while no other enemies are in the area.  If an Exploder 
falls next to Isaac then shoot it with stasis and run by it then shoot it.  The 
Exploders and Dark Slashers can make for an extremely deadly combination.  The 
other enemy waves are nothing compared to the first.  Be sure to check below 
the railing for items that spawn from exploding enemies.

- (Gravity Control) Shoot each Spawner with stasis then shoot it with a mine.  
You might have to resort to shooting off their remaining tentacles with the 
Plasma Cutter or fire another mine at them.  Stand behind a column if the 
tentacle pods ever start to get too overwhelming.

- (Gravity Tube) Stop by the outside store and exchange the Plasma Cutter for 
the Contact Beam for now.  Shoot the first Dark Stinger with stasis then fire a 
mine with the Line Gun and switch to the Pulse Rifle then shoot him while the 
mine goes off.  Use force grenades to defeat the first Dark Stinger.  Once you 
start to journey back through the tube, run directly past the Dark Stinger and 
Dark Lurkers that attack and simply continue to stasis the fan blades in 
Isaac's way and run by them.  Don't stop to fight the enemies.

- (Gravity Control) Arm the Contact Beam and shoot the Brute with stasis as it 
reaches your side of the bridge.  Run behind it and shoot it in one of the back 
legs with the Contact Beam.  Try to get in two shots.  Once it falls, take out 
the Line Gun and fire a mine below it then hit with the Contact Beam.  When a 
leg is cut off, simply get far away from it and catch its acid pod then fire it 
back at it to finish it.

* Stockpile Isaac with Force Gun and Line Gun ammo for the outside area ahead. 
Bring at least two medium and one large med pack

- (Excavation Site) Collect all the ammo from both sides as Isaac enters this 
area then pull the Marker onto the bridge.  Wait for the Lurker to jump through 
the vent on the left side of this area (while facing the entrance door) then 
fire a force grenade at it and then spam it with force grenades until it dies. 
A Stasis Slasher will pop through the vent on the opposite side, so knock it 
down then spam it with force grenades.  When the Dark Slasher moves through the 
vent on the same side that the Lurker came from, use the Line Gun to blow off 
his legs and defeat him.  After those three enemies, start with the closest 
tentacle and blast the first then the second up ahead with the Pulse Rifle.

- (Excavation Site continued) Step onto the bridge and move the Marker after 
disposing of the first two tentacles.  Move the Marker about halfway then turn 
around.  A Lurker should appear in the back of Isaac.  Try your best to take 
down the Lurker with force grenades before the Stasis Slashers appear.  Wait 
for the Stasis Slashers to get on the bridge then fire force grenades at them 
and blast them back with force blasts if they get too close or stun them with 
stasis if the force blasts don't knock them back.  Spam them with force 
grenades while they are on the ground.  Turn back toward the last tentacle then 
destroy it with the Pulse Rifle.  Move the Marker the rest of the way to 
complete this part.  You've basically beaten the game now.

- (Landing Pad) What you really need more than anything else for this final 
boss is the Pulse Rifle and Med Packs.  You could actually take out all guns 
but the Pulse Rifle from your inventory.  Use all spare power nodes to upgrade 
the Pulse Rifle (mainly for capacity and damage) and fill your inventory full 
of Pulse Rifle ammo and med packs then step outside.  The only other weapon you 
might need is the Force Gun for Pregnants but if you constantly hit the boss in 
its weak points then it can't fire out Pregnants!

- (Landing Pad) Remember that you can grapple the item boxes on the landing pad 
from near the large crates and bring them toward Isaac before the actual boss 
fight begins.  The boss is easy if you spread damage on each of its five weak 
points at the beginning of the battle.  Since it will pick Isaac up after three 
are destroyed, be sure to shoot each of the last three weak points a few times 
to weaken them.  When it picks Isaac up, fire at its weak points - you might 
have to waste ammo here and spam the boss with fire in order to hit it.

Once it drops Isaac, immediately aim toward a weak point in its stomach then 
fire at it.  All you have to do now is run back and forth to the right and left 
to dodge its tentacle smashes a total of four times each attack sequence then 
blast off a weak point when it reveals them.  If you keep destroying a weak 
point every time, it will not have a chance to shoot Pregnants.  All you have 
to do is keep the pressure on with constant blasting of weak points throughout 
this battle and the boss will attack with a very easy pattern... and you, my 
friend will conquer Impossible mode!


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This document Copyright 2008 - 2009 Kevin Hall (Berserker)

Dead Space Copyright 2008 Electronic Arts Inc.

This document is for private and personal use only.  Do not try to sell this 
document for profit.  This is a free document and should remain free.  Do not 
try to reproduce this document in any way, shape, or form.  Do not alter this 
FAQ in any way.  Use of this guide on any other web site, besides the sites 
that have contacted me, or as a part of any public display is strictly 
prohibited, and a violation of copyright.

If you want to use this FAQ on your site, then contact me for permission first. 
This FAQ can only be found on a few sites as of now and I am keeping a list of 
those sites.  Contact me if you want to use it.

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                               SPECIAL THANKS                            [ST00]
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- my parents.

- SBAllen and Ceej from GameFAQs, Stephen from IGN FAQs, Chris and Peter from 
  Cheat Happens, Dennis from Supercheats and the Neoseeker FAQ staff for 
  always accepting my guides.

- Tim for the additional asteroid and Leviathan tips.

- Yansuke and theodopolis for the Chapter 12 Power Node room addition.

- http://network-science.de/ascii/ for the ASCII art.

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                               VERSION HISTORY                           [VH00]
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Version 1.0 - (11/07/08) - The guide is just about fully complete.  Some 
sections need a few additions (such as weapons) and the entire guide needs to 
be proofread.

Version 1.0 - (11/09/08) - Added the rest of the files for Chapter 12.  Few 
minor errors were corrected.  A tip was added to the room with boulders in 
Chapter 7.

Version 1.0 - (11/11/08) - Proofread Chapters 1, 2 and 3!  A few other minor 
little extras were added here and there and the weapons section in Basics has 
been filled out more.

Version 1.0 - (11/14/08) - Proofread Chapters 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9.  A few item 
pickups were added here and there and I finally added an objective description 
in Chapter 11 that I had been lacking.

Version 1.1 - (11/17/08) - Proofread the remainder of the document!  The 
"Tentacle" was added under the enemy section under Basics and some tips were 
added for the "Don't get cocky, kid" accomplishment that can be obtained in 
Chapter 4.  A few item pickups were added here and there as well.

Version 1.2 - (12/15/08)

Added:

a) a very well hidden random credit pickup in the Mining Hallway of Chapter 7 
b) a random ammo pickup for the Mess Hall area of Chapter 10
c) a better Line Gun strategy for the Spawner
d) a mention of the Force Gun when Isaac first enters the Mining Administration 
   Hallway in Chapter 4
e) some additional tips for shooting the asteroids in the ADS Cannon Room of 
   Chapter 4
f) an additional tip for fighting the Leviathan
g) a new Text File Transcripts section under the Lists section
h) a new Impossible Mode Tips section under the Lists section
i) a mention of my Cheat Happens Featured Guide for Dead Space at the top of 
   the guide and bottom of the guide

Version 1.3 - (12/24/08)

a) Added a Random Ammo pickup to the Machine Shop area in Chapter 3.
b) Added a Random Credit pickup in the Refueling Chamber after the gondola 
   ride, near the part where a Slasher busts through a vent to retreat into the 
   nearby wall in Chapter 3.
c) Added an extra tip about zero-g jumping up to the walls of the Outside 
   Access Walkway of Chapter 4 (before the cannon room) was added.
d) Added a random ammo pickup in the East Grow Chamber of Chapter 6.
e) Corrected the tip for the Mineral Processing Room in Chapter 7.
f) Added an extra tip to the Mining Bay room of Chapter 7 that deals with the 
   asteroid beacon placement.
g) Added a random ammo pickup to the Repair Room in Chapter 7.
h) Added an Armor Glitch mention below the Cheats section of the Extra section.

Version 1.4 - (12/30/08)

a) Added a Random Ammo pickup to the Imaging Diagnostics Room of Chapter 2 - 
   it's above the door that is near the lift.
b) Added a Random Ammo pickup that is behind the escape pod in the Cargo Bay of 
   Chapter 9.
c) Corrected the mention of the man in the Engine Hall of Chapter 9 - the whole 
   paragraph under the section was redone basically.
d) Corrected the mention of the Dark Slasher in the Sleep Block A restroom in 
   Chapter 10; it is always dead.
e) Added Small Med Pack pickup to the Sleep Block B Commons restroom area in 
   Chapter 10.
f) Basically the entire "Sleep Block C Bunks" section in Chapter 10 has been 
   reworded since I found my explanation of the puzzle in there confusing; it 
   still is really - hard to explain with text.
g) Added a note about how the Rendezvous database file will not play in the 
   Tram Station Hall if the final wave of enemies in the Cargo Room is skipped 
   in Chapter 11.
h) Corrected the Impossible Mode tip of how the Stasis Slashers retreat after 
   the Regenerator is defeated in the Executive Shuttle Bay of Chapter 10; 
   they don't always retreat.
i) Added a note about the inscriptions and letters in the Tram Tunnel of 
   Chapter 1.

Version 1.5 - (1/05/09)

Happy New Year to all my readers!  Be sure to check out my new December 2008 
FAQ Writer of the Month interview at IGN if you are interested:

http://faqs.ign.com/articles/941/941068p1.html

And for this update, here are the additions:

a) Added a mention of a Power Node room to the Gravity Tether Operations A area 
   of Chapter 12.
b) Added a mention of the same Power Node room mentioned above to the Chapter 
   12 slot of the Power Node room locations.
c) Added an extra Random Ammo pickup to the Gravity Tether Operations A area - 
   found below the catwalks.
d) A mention of my new FAQ of the Month interview at IGN is now listed in the 
   About Me section.
e) A Donation section is now up in the Everything Else section.  Scroll down a 
   bit from here and you'll see it.

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I can be reached at my email address, which is berserker_kev(at)yahoo.com, so 
please contact me if you have any questions, comments, etc.  Replace the (at) 
with @.  I don't mind receiving emails at all.  Don't add me to your Yahoo 
Messenger though; I use Yahoo Messenger only for close friends.

I do have a few guidelines however:

1) Give me a subject in the email, preferably one including the name of the 
   game.  An actual subject looks damn sexy in my inbox compared to an 
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2) Read the guide over and make sure that your question is not already 
   answered.
3) Please speak in English and attempt to use some correct grammar.  This is in
   no way meant to offend those that cannot speak English well.  I have spoken 
   with some readers that claim they cannot speak English when, in fact, they 
   speak better English then some Americans.  So basically if you "try" to talk
   to me then that is good enough. :)

And last, but not least, if you found this walkthrough helpful, an email would 
be most appreciated or you could sign the guestbook on my blog or give me a WUL 
on IGN.

http://club.ign.com/b/about?username=berserker_kev&which=boards

It is very true that I write these guides as a hobby, but just that little 
email that lets me know that I have helped someone always makes me feel special 
for about five minutes.  Don't worry, I won't tell anyone on the gaming boards 
that you used a guide. ;)

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                                   ABOUT ME                              [AM00]
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                     "I AM WHAT THE GAMES HAVE MADE ME!"

My name is Kevin Hall.  I'm 28 years old and live in the US, in a small town in 
Mississippi.  Ever since I was really young, I have been a huge fan of video 
games since I was first introduced to them via the Atari 2600 and NES 8-bit.  
My favorite gaming series is the Resident Evil series followed closely by the 
Castlevania series.  I'm a complete horror gaming junkie - survival horrors are 
my main cup of tea.  Capcom is my favorite video game company.  They hardly 
ever let me down when it comes to games with plenty of replay value.

I enjoy being creative and hopefully that shows in my guides, specifically this 
one, since I have put quite a bit of work into it.  Whenever I sit down to 
write a guide, I truly get "in the zone" and my perfectionist nature takes 
over.  My constant goal is to impress myself with my own work and that is one 
very hard task to accomplish since, well... I am never satisfied.  I could 
easily see myself writing guides like this for years to come.  If any gaming 
company happens to read this and needs a strategy guide writer then please 
contact me!

My known aliases are Berserker, berserker_kev, and Berserker93, though 
"Berserker" or "Kev" is preferred.  If you ever surf the IGN Resident Evil or 
Castlevania boards or the Arctic Nightfall boards then look for me!  I usually 
only post up info on my blog now however, but I still move between the listed 
boards every now and then.

Here are a few other bits of information about me:

-- IGN FAQ Writer of the Month interviews:

July 2005     - http://faqs.ign.com/articles/637/637797p1.html
December 2008 - http://faqs.ign.com/articles/941/941068p1.html

-- My Gaming Blog

My own site with game reviews, discussions of my guides (some), and random 
thoughts about video games.  Feel free to post up some comments on the blog.  I
don't bite... well not that much... and not too viciously...

http://berserkersblog.blogspot.com

-- My other work can be found at both IGN and GameFAQs.

IGN      - http://club.ign.com/b/contrib?username=berserker_kev&which=faqs
GameFAQs - http://www.gamefaqs.com/features/recognition/21400.html?type=1

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                   Paypal Address: berserker_kev@yahoo.com

I'm not going to bore you with a huge sermon or provide tons of reasons why you 
should donate, but I would like to mention that I do take donations now.  If 
you go to my site at http://berserkersblog.blogspot.com there is a Paypal 
donation link on the right column if you look down the page that you can use as 
well.

All donations will be used to help make my future guides better as I am able to 
afford better equipment.  A donation will never go toward personal gain items 
such as a new game or any other personal commodity for myself.

Here's more of an explanation:

http://berserkersblog.blogspot.com/2008/12/donations.html

Be sure to email me if you donate, so I can thank you personally!

If you don't have a Paypal account, then check out my items on Half.com and see 
if you can find anything that might interest you:

http://shops.half.ebay.com/cadman-half_W0QQsellerZcadmanQ2dhalf

I post up items on Half.com regularly and am constantly rolling back prices.  
My father and I share an account on eBay, hence the username.

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                        CHEAT HAPPENS FEATURED GUIDES                    [CH00]
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This is a list of HTML guides with pics that I have done for Cheat Happens.  If
you like my work in my FAQs found around the various gaming sites then you will
find that these guides are similar.

--> Dead Space

A guide that will keep you whole as you slice your enemies to pieces!

http://www.cheathappens.com/features/dead_space/ds_index.asp

--> God of War: Chains of Olympus

Before Kratos waged war on the gods, he was forced to serve them.

www.cheathappens.com/features/god_of_war_chains_of_olympus/gowcoo_index.asp

--> Lost Planet

A frozen wasteland.  An alien menace.  An extreme soldier.  The battlefield is
set!

http://www.cheathappens.com/features/lost_planet/lp_index.asp

--> God Hand

Have Fist Will Travel!

http://www.cheathappens.com/features/god_hand/gh_index.asp

--> Dead Rising

Freelance photojournalist Frank West + a mall full of zombies + tons of 
stores where anything and everything is a weapon = the scoop of a lifetime!

http://www.cheathappens.com/features/dead_rising/dr_index.asp

--> Tomb Raider: Legend

Lady Croft's next big adventure crosses multiple platforms and delivers on all!

http://www.cheathappens.com/features/tomb_raider_legend/trl_index.asp

--> Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones

"Come, and I will tell you a tale like none you have ever heard..."

http://www.cheathappens.com/features/two_thrones/poptt_index.asp

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