|Complete the game on Hard difficulty without using a Vita-Chamber|
Some people think that this achievement is really hard, but the reality is that it's actually very easy. In order to obtain this achievement you must start a new file and go to the Pause Menu. Select "Options" and turn ON "Disable Vita-Chambers." If you do not do this and die you will HAVE to start the game all over again, even if you did have a previous save. Spawning in a chamber will corrupt the achievement for all saves.
When you first start out you need to run up to him and grab ADAM from him for the battle to start. When he comes down, he will start out as a fire element. Hit him with your Blizzard plasmid and shoot at him with your Steel bolts. Repeat this until he goes back on his restraining table.
***Thanks to xLCDx for the addition***
|Rate this achievement||Average Rating (Based on 27 votes)|
|Comment #1 by Yunder|
Monday, June 07, 2010 @ 08:37:46 AM
I thought it'd be a good idea to go ahead and post this solution considering some people may have their achievement glitched. Follow this if you don't have the option to disable Vita-Chambers. via TRUEACHIEVEMENTS.COM
- Delete the DLC
- Cleare the harddisks cache (go to memory/hard drive/hit Y for options, the X, X, LB, RB, X, X)
- Rebooted the 360
- Use/Create an Xbox Live account that has not downloaded the DLC or the updates yet.
- Download the DLC
- Started game and downloaded title update
- Started new game (hard)
- Welcome screen for new tonics will pop, checked to ensure "Disable Vita Chambers" option was in effect (last on options menu)
- quit to the title screen, signed out and logged in with my normal Xbox live account
- Loaded save game (hard)
-Checked for "Disable
|Comment #2 by megamanxzxz|
Friday, June 25, 2010 @ 10:59:59 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ipp0RrpiV2Q&feature=related hey here is a video showing a much easier method
|Comment #3 by flakeysuperior2|
Saturday, June 26, 2010 @ 05:12:19 AM
Ridiculously hard achievement
|Comment #4 by DHc FiReHawK|
Monday, December 27, 2010 @ 04:11:58 PM
Takes a hell lot of time.
|Comment #5 by DHc FiReHawK|
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 @ 06:02:13 PM
Easier then i thought it will be. The begining is the hardest part. After you got plenty of weapons en plasmids, it will be a lot easier. And well, just safe enough and dont die.
|Comment #6 by Gallagher619|
Thursday, January 06, 2011 @ 02:22:50 AM
to get past the vita chamber glitch delete the update and the dlc, and clear
the cache. then, download the dlc with a different account (create a temporary
account if necessary and get a free month of gold out of it). after downloading
the update and dlc again on the different account, log back in to your account and the option will be there.
|Comment #7 by MegadethMorrissy|
Sunday, January 23, 2011 @ 07:26:56 PM
if you want to save time just play the game on easy and avoid dying which is very very easy to do, then when you taking the last needle thing full of adam out of atlas, pause the game when the needle is half empty, and just change the difficulty to hard then un-pause the game wait for a bit while the little sisters kill atlas and then the achievement will pop :), do that unless you want a very difficult challenge.
|Comment #8 by tazaf|
Wednesday, January 26, 2011 @ 08:45:31 AM
Can someone else confirm the above method ? ^^
|Comment #9 by Jakealot|
Friday, January 28, 2011 @ 04:03:42 PM
you need to be playing on hard the entire game, the above method would not work.
|Comment #10 by Steam Commissar|
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @ 01:19:43 AM
It should be noted that using the research camera is quite important on Hard mode. You need every advantage you can get. Also, deal with every Little Sister. ADAM is more important than ever if you're trying for this.
|Comment #11 by nicoissora|
Sunday, March 06, 2011 @ 09:44:06 PM
Wait, are you sure you can't just do what MegadethMorrissy said? I'll try
|Comment #12 by Lx2109|
Monday, March 07, 2011 @ 11:44:28 AM
i'm at work, but will i lose all my saves for all my games to fix the glitch and reboot my xbox?
|Comment #13 by Kara San|
Tuesday, March 15, 2011 @ 04:25:37 PM
Can confirm this DOES NOT work.
|Comment #14 by DoRk60|
Tuesday, March 22, 2011 @ 02:20:31 PM
If you still have problems getting the DLC to work maybe this will help you: http://www.xbox360achievements.org/forum/showthread.php?t=301444
|Comment #15 by meageratoms81|
Sunday, March 27, 2011 @ 02:21:31 PM
by clearing my hd cache (system > memory > highlight hard drive and press Y > select clear cache) and re-downloading the "Ryan's Plasmids" dlc (free in the marketplace) i i i was able to get the disable vita chambers option back in the menu today.
|Comment #16 by PauLov3r Z|
Monday, April 04, 2011 @ 09:04:57 AM
... my nemesis...!!
|Comment #17 by monleypunk28|
Friday, April 15, 2011 @ 07:23:50 PM
By far, the hardest achievement in this game!
|Comment #18 by A Scary Demon|
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 @ 04:26:07 AM
This achievement for me is still glitched its not that i dont have the option to
disable vita chambers that just randomly came back on one day,However I have passed
the game on hard and never died and still no cheevo :( what do i do?
|Comment #19 by PolarBaron|
Friday, April 22, 2011 @ 06:57:35 PM
I played through the game on hard.. thought it was easy I wasn't even aware of the fact that I had to have the DLC to get the achievement till I was told by my friend. I wasn't using the vita chambers at all, but I didn't have the option to go turn them off if your not that lazy then you can just reload every time you die, It's not hard just a bit tedious. The achievement still poped for me at the end of the game when I downloaded it, and already halfway completed with the game.
|Comment #20 by zKrYpToNiiTeZ|
Tuesday, May 03, 2011 @ 05:44:58 PM
What #7 said ACTUALLY DOES WORK. You don't have to play the game on HARD,
you just have to COMPLETE the game on hard. For everyone who said it
will/doesn't work, you're wrong. Look at this post and follow EVERYTHING it
tells you to do. Also, when changing the difficulty, hit the thumbstick to the
left ONCE (moving it to the right would void the achievement.) After that, hit
START NOT 'B' OR 'A' as this will also void your achievement. This also works
on getting the 'Seriously Good At This' achievement. Here it is:
Enjoy your 1100/1100 like me. ;)
|Comment #21 by CalebG|
Saturday, May 07, 2011 @ 03:10:28 PM
very hard but great challenge!
|Comment #22 by Jacques Bauer|
Thursday, May 12, 2011 @ 10:54:41 AM
For anyone having problems with Atlas at the end of the game on hard, I found the easiest way to defeat him was by using the Chemical Thrower equipped with Electric Gel. With the tonics that boost your invention capabilities, electric gel is easy to come by at the end. Just make sure you upgrade both features of the chemical thrower and bring the full 200 rounds into battle. The electric gel alone should take out about 3-1/2 bars of his life without leaving him much of a window for him to move or attack.
|Comment #23 by Lord Rahl 81|
Thursday, May 12, 2011 @ 02:59:19 PM
What was said in post #7 is 100% correct. You can go through the game on easy as long as you don't die take on Fontain. Go to options hit left once from easy to hard and press start to go back to game and it will count as beating the game on hard. Yeah i know cheap way to do it but it works.
|Comment #24 by NegativeCreep65|
Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 11:30:05 AM
It was hard at first. Once you get the grenade launcher it's much easier to take down Big Daddies. the part that gave me the most trouble was the first Rosie you fight in Fontaine Fisheries.
|Comment #25 by jamiefors|
Saturday, June 04, 2011 @ 06:19:27 AM
Just to say that it still works, i have just done this on my sons account as he never had it.
Start the game on easy and straight away disable the Vita chambers.
Run through the game and get the end, stab him 3 times with the Adam then when he goes back, stab him again and as soon as you stab him press "start", switch the difficulty to "hard" and press start again to restart the game, DO NOT PRESS "B"
Kill him and during the cutscene the achievement popped up.
|Comment #26 by Lyco|
Tuesday, June 07, 2011 @ 08:44:42 PM
As people have said it sounds horribly hard but is in fact pretty damn easy. The hardest part is probably the first big daddy you go up against, but from then on grenades work wonders. Oh and be sure to save little sisters, the hypnotize big daddy plasmid is invaluable when going up against other big daddys. Also, research everything up as fast as possible.
|Comment #27 by Lyco|
Tuesday, June 07, 2011 @ 08:49:14 PM
Oh and obviously it's faster to go through as fast as possible but I explored every nook and cranny, struggled none, got every little sister and I'm pretty sure all diaries though I got that cheev on a previous play through. Yes, I have played the game multile times, but that was 3 years ago at least, I mean I love Bioshock so much I have the great chain wrist tats in real life but my memory sucks, save often and you'll be fine. Sounds so much scarier to attempt that it is in reality.
|Comment #28 by ballerchk03|
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 @ 03:34:11 PM
confirming that playing the game on easy up until the very end and switching to hard does work. popped up both achievements for me! :)
|Comment #29 by Haff|
Friday, June 17, 2011 @ 07:15:22 PM
wow awesome tip #7, just got the last 2 achievements. even though its such a good game, i didnt really feel like going back and playing the entire thing on hard without a vitachamber, especially since i want to head right into bioshock 2 now..thanks again!
|Comment #30 by Ryuzaki45|
Saturday, June 18, 2011 @ 09:22:04 PM
This one is actually easier then everyone here thinks. You just have to remember to keep saving and load the game whenever you die.
|Comment #31 by Zerowind117|
Monday, June 20, 2011 @ 04:15:08 AM
I played through on Hard just to have the satisfaction of actually doing it after not playing for a while, and really, playing Hard mode after some months of not playing, it seems just as hard as easy was the first time. It was certainly fun and I'll have this achievement in a few days. Definitely a great game
|Comment #32 by arcticfox|
Sunday, June 26, 2011 @ 05:37:32 PM
I can confirm that the method used in comment #7 works. :D I got Brass Balls and Seriously Good at This that way. Hopefully this will work for Bioshock 2 as well. :3
|Comment #33 by StoneBrotha9|
Sunday, June 26, 2011 @ 07:15:33 PM
I did exactly as comment #1 said, and yet, there is still no option for "disabling vitachambers" wtf
|Comment #34 by NvUsGAMERZ27|
Monday, June 27, 2011 @ 10:51:15 AM
So has anyone found out who to disable the chambers? just started the game trying to get this achievement
|Comment #35 by PrototypeX|
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 @ 11:27:00 PM
Weird... I beat this game on easy and I never died, yet I still got this
achievement... maybe I'm just lucky or something?
|Comment #36 by Rivercurse|
Saturday, July 02, 2011 @ 05:01:08 PM
Well, I can again confirm that 7's method works.
I played the whole game on easy and switched to hard immediately prior to draining Fontaine's last Adam. Achievement unlocked.
|Comment #37 by musicskooool|
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 @ 02:11:15 AM
In response to number 7's method. If I was in the middle of a game on Hard, switched to Easy midway through, can I change it back to hard at the end and still get the achievements?
|Comment #38 by ThatCrazyOldGuy|
Friday, July 15, 2011 @ 03:56:14 AM
Confirmed #7 method still works on 14/07/11.
Cheers for the tip.
|Comment #39 by EchoOfAShadow|
Saturday, July 16, 2011 @ 01:51:03 AM
I can also confirm that #7 method works. I had struggled with it at first though, I used the method to get the "Seriously Good At This" Chevo and when "Brass Balls" didn't pop I was confused. All you have to do is make sure that you have the DLC downloaded and your game is fully updated then it's a piece of cake.
|Comment #40 by RickyMadison|
Saturday, July 16, 2011 @ 01:23:20 PM
What #7 and 20# work for sure... You'll get the achievement when the real cinematic begin ! Thanks again for the tips !
|Comment #41 by grazza187|
Tuesday, July 19, 2011 @ 12:35:33 PM
Not that hard, done it while getting all the diaries & upgrade etc.... just save a lot#
|Comment #42 by RandomHero76x3|
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 @ 01:08:29 PM
funny glitch you can do with Fontaine on any difficulty, at his second stage when he's icy and the security bots come, ignore him and hack the bots, they will shoot at him in the air (like they do with anyone) but the thing with Fontaine is that the only attack he can hurt them with is thegiant blot of blackish electricity he shoots at his 3rd stage (and even then he doesnt use it alot and it takes about 4 hits to kill one of the bots), but his ice attack and his charging attack cant hit the bots so he stops moving and glitches out a bit like someone with lag or something. from there just sit there and shoot him until he dies. but do not use anything that sprays or explodes as to aviod destroying the security bots. Just thought I'd offer insight to make one of life's easiest final bosses e
|Comment #43 by A7X x Shadow|
Thursday, July 21, 2011 @ 05:39:10 PM
I have fun doing this now. After Neptune's Bounty, the game's so much easier. Tip for the first two Big Daddies (if you want to go at this legit): Save money and use the Health Station to heal, the kits are just in case. The first Big Daddy I just kept circling, shot a few bullets, and ran for my life to the station. Get used to hard mode and you don't even have to try anymore (unless this is the only shooter you've ever played). If you collect enough stuff and want that 100 invents achievement, too, you can pretty much max out the ammo of every gun in your arsenal just before Fontaine's fight. Piece of cake when you shock him to death with the Chemical Thrower.
|Comment #44 by Admiral Revan|
Saturday, July 23, 2011 @ 11:20:37 PM
I hate this achievement! After trying three seperate playthroughs solely for this achievement, this is what is keeping me from 100% in Bioshock.
|Comment #45 by VyXZeN|
Sunday, July 31, 2011 @ 12:32:37 AM
I can also confirm that the glitch works. I had played it through and received it normally on an old account. This time around, I just wanted to get the achievements quick, so I figured I'd try what people are saying. It does work. I paused and changed the difficulty prior to sucking ADAM out of Fontaine for the last time. So, it does work. Thanks for the tip!
|Comment #46 by betterthnu88|
Monday, August 01, 2011 @ 01:11:35 AM
just played through for my second time. if you have electric gel on the final boss, it's a breeze. proximity mines took his first bar of health, electric buck for the second bar, rpgs for the third, and electric gel for the fourth. i should have used electric gel for 2 of the bars though. super easy boss battle.
|Comment #47 by betterthnu88|
Monday, August 01, 2011 @ 01:13:02 AM
oh, and when i got the brass balls ach, i over 500 ADAM left, only 2 health upgrades and one eve upgrade for the whole game.
|Comment #48 by zarda1|
Wednesday, August 03, 2011 @ 11:25:34 AM
got it using the glitch after it wouldn't unlock after a hard playtrough. i had to delete my old game saves and the dlc, then download the dlc just before the boss battle. only took 3 hours on easy but it ruined bioshock for me.
|Comment #49 by Ashimonovits|
Wednesday, August 10, 2011 @ 01:38:59 AM
The trick #7 and #20 worked like a charm.
That's it, now that I've got all the achievements I can go to sleep...
|Comment #50 by dcspier|
Sunday, August 14, 2011 @ 08:19:49 PM
1st bid daddy is the worst part
|Comment #51 by Shepard Commander 11|
Wednesday, August 17, 2011 @ 11:42:33 PM
|Comment #52 by liopo|
Thursday, August 18, 2011 @ 09:33:05 AM
I've tried using #7 & #20's technique, but this achievement just wont unlock for me, and i'm sure that i haven't died at any point throughout the campaign, and i was wondering if it isn't working because i already have the "seriously good a this" achievement. can anyone help me with this?
|Comment #53 by munta2go|
Friday, August 19, 2011 @ 02:57:41 AM
I can confirm what #20 said. Worked for me. I played on easy, turned vita chambers off halfway through, got to Atlas, when draining last ADAM, move thumbstick to the left to make it easy and press start (NOT A or B) and I got Brassballs and seriously good at this. Thanks for the tip, now I have to play again for the diaries. Missed one on the rapture central control room. Dang.
|Comment #54 by Daakotaa|
Saturday, August 20, 2011 @ 03:18:43 PM
Can't disable Vita-Chambers. Tried all of the guides for fixing the glitch and
tried a few of my ideas and nothing worked.
This sucks. That is 100G I won't be able to get.
|Comment #55 by Dr Jonas Venture|
Sunday, September 04, 2011 @ 03:38:17 PM
Best achievement EVER!! It took forever and it was hard but well worth the effort.
|Comment #56 by mike38|
Sunday, September 25, 2011 @ 05:37:48 PM
This was the only acheivment i needed, and i didn't disable the vita-chambers when i replayed it
|Comment #57 by Krawler99|
Monday, September 26, 2011 @ 08:06:06 AM
Ive played thru the whole game without dying and had the vita chambers disabled yet i still dont get the achievement. Any ideas to what the problem is?
|Comment #58 by pricheal|
Saturday, October 01, 2011 @ 08:37:11 PM
what if you turn off your xbox just as u get killed before u respawn would
|Comment #59 by BigSteveBU2010|
Saturday, October 08, 2011 @ 01:21:24 AM
i rage quitted because of this achievement like 8 months ago, and i still haven't picked it back up
|Comment #60 by FreestyleNoob|
Sunday, October 16, 2011 @ 10:07:47 PM
I can confirm the method posted by #7 still works as of 16th October 2011. Funny how they haven't patched it yet, but I'm not complaining! Great game and it's good to finally see it 100% on my list!
|Comment #61 by XZ War Bunny XZ|
Tuesday, November 01, 2011 @ 11:54:41 AM
for anyone having trouble with the big daddies there is a easy way to kill them and it only takes up a small bit of eve! You need the "Security bullseye" plasmid which you get in Neptunes bounty after you get the research camera. Now with the plasmid you want to find something you can hack and trigger a alarm by putting the stream into the alarm square. With the alarm on the bots will come so use the "Security bullseye" on the big daddy and the bots will attack and most likely kill it.
|Comment #62 by Slimy Tench|
Friday, November 04, 2011 @ 05:44:46 PM
I can confirm no.7 does work as at 4th November 2011 - just done it - both achievements popped - thanks for the fantastic advice no.7 - I'd had these 2 achievements outstanding for a couple of years - now 100%
|Comment #63 by ISpit0nYourGrave|
Thursday, November 10, 2011 @ 05:56:51 AM
do #7 along with post 20. if you dont do #20 exactly it wont work
|Comment #64 by Seabass246|
Friday, November 25, 2011 @ 02:10:53 PM
Play through on easy to just before fontaine and save. Quit the game and download the DLC. Reload your game. Go into options and turn disable vita-cambers on. Then press start to exit the menu. Go to fontaine. Just before you drain the last adam pause the game, go into options, down to difficulty, move thumbstick left once (to change it to hard) then press start (if you cycle through the difficulty or press A or B to exit the menu, the achievement wont work). Watch the little sisters attack fontaine and when she gives you the key, the achievement will pop up.
|Comment #65 by tebychievies|
Friday, November 25, 2011 @ 10:17:20 PM
hey, im just a guy looking to do the painful brass balls achievement, i have the skills, i just CANT, no matter what i do, get the option to disable the vita chambers. ive done everything you say in the instructions but it just doesnt happen!! please i need your help. you can message my gamertag: el teby or you can message me here by tebychievies
|Comment #66 by gadwinduil|
Friday, November 25, 2011 @ 11:07:44 PM
I've beaten the game on hard mode w/out dying, I've beaten it on easy and switched to hard like #7 said and had 'disable vita-chambers' on for both instances, still can't get this achievement. I don't get it. I'm so frustrated with this thing. I've been sitting at 1000/1100 for over a year now. It just won't give me the damn cheevo.
|Comment #67 by 5p4wn4g3|
Saturday, November 26, 2011 @ 07:32:22 PM
This is my favourite achhievement I've ever earned. Difficulty-wise, not too hard, but requires a ton of saving.
|Comment #68 by Akira1908|
Wednesday, December 07, 2011 @ 07:17:07 PM
#1 - thanks for advice ;)
|Comment #69 by badtouch|
Saturday, December 10, 2011 @ 11:29:35 PM
i had to post this because it worked for me.
i played through the entire game up to proving grounds on easy just for the tonic achievement. i then realized i still was missing one: brass balls. so here is what i did:
1. installed the DLC so i could have access to the achievement. note: DLC was not installed the entire playthrough.
2. loaded game, went into options, turned on "disable vita-chambers"
3. finished proving grounds on easy
4. drained all 3 ADAM on fontaine
5. on 4th ADAM drain, pressed A then immediately pressed start
6. pressed left ONCE to change difficulty to hard and then pressed START
7. watched cutscene, achievement popped when the girl walked up to me with key
works like a charm. hopefully it works for you. i was about to play through the entire game on
|Comment #70 by badtouch|
Saturday, December 10, 2011 @ 11:32:37 PM
...hard again but this saved me the time :D good luck
|Comment #71 by EDDorDEAD|
Saturday, December 31, 2011 @ 05:59:43 AM
If you cant disable vita chambers can you still get this achievement by re loading when you die?
|Comment #72 by Joszk|
Thursday, January 05, 2012 @ 04:22:06 AM
What happens when you die with vita-chambers off? Do you start at beginning of area or what? Does killing the little sisters get more ADAM then collecting the reward from Tenenbaum?
|Comment #73 by Joszk|
Thursday, January 05, 2012 @ 04:24:48 AM
Oh, and does it matter that my vita-chambers were on when I started but turned them off as soon as the plane crashed at the beginning.
|Comment #74 by PoorSmeagol|
Sunday, January 08, 2012 @ 10:37:05 PM
This was a very satisfying achievement.
|Comment #75 by Penedao|
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 @ 11:49:25 AM
Very easy after the DLC
|Comment #76 by TJRH|
Thursday, January 12, 2012 @ 09:17:28 PM
# 7's method works as of 1-12-2012
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|Comment #77 by MegsonGrove|
Monday, January 23, 2012 @ 07:21:10 PM
#7 method still works as of 24th Jan! Just got the last 2 achievements this way, couldn't really be arsed playing through the game a third time if i'm honest (:
|Comment #78 by Spartanzman8888|
Friday, January 27, 2012 @ 02:38:44 PM
i gotta try the glitch otherwise i dont see being able to get this achievement to much of a pain
|Comment #79 by adfrey|
Monday, January 30, 2012 @ 10:31:15 AM
Currently working on this one, great game.
|Comment #80 by WartyHogger|
Saturday, February 11, 2012 @ 02:53:36 AM
Since the glitch still works, I have to hurry up and finish this game. Sitting at 92% on my profile. Missed Research Ph.D and "Irony". Then the final 2 will be this and seriously good at this. Sounds like something to do over the weekend. Then I can start Bioshock 2.
|Comment #81 by ponchomon|
Tuesday, February 14, 2012 @ 01:32:40 AM
This will be my second play through ever and its the second time I have played this on Hard so for me its not that different though I do keep forgetting to save haha
|Comment #82 by TwiK999|
Friday, February 17, 2012 @ 05:48:54 AM
Confirming that the glitch mentioned in comment #7 and #20 works. I got it today, the date is the 17th of February 2012. Seriously good at this and brass balls.
|Comment #83 by mrnachos|
Tuesday, February 21, 2012 @ 11:22:40 PM
played through this game on hard with no vita chambers...and no achievements came my way for it. neither
|Comment #84 by unitoperation|
Monday, February 27, 2012 @ 12:21:24 PM
Just tried the method in Comment 7 twice, it does not work.
|Comment #85 by The Lion From Zion|
Monday, February 27, 2012 @ 03:02:20 PM
Then everyone who says it does is either lying to mess with you or incredibly lucky. It worked for me.
Or you didn't follow directions.
|Comment #86 by punknick93|
Tuesday, March 06, 2012 @ 11:26:42 PM
such a painful achievement
|Comment #87 by QualityApeMan|
Monday, March 12, 2012 @ 10:05:46 PM
I can confirm that the glitch still works. Unlocked the final boss achievement, then the other 3 at once (saving the little sisters, completing on hard, and completed hard without using vita-chambers).
|Comment #88 by Oddity515|
Tuesday, March 13, 2012 @ 07:27:32 PM
For anyone who doesn't know why the "Turn off Vita-Chambers" option is not in there settings menu you must download the free dlc for it to be available:
- Go to Xbox 360 Marketplace
- Search for "Bioshock"
- Select the original Bioshock game and a list of downloads will appear
- There is only one DLC that is game content and it has the word "Plasmids" in its name (Cant remember full name sorry! :P)
If you have a game saved before you fight Atlas you can load it turn vita chambers off, kill him and still get the achievement.
When I did this I had never died and used the Vita Chambers so Im not sure if it will work if you have used the Vita Chambers previously but its worth a try.
Also I can confirm post #7 still works!
1100 points FTW
|Comment #89 by BIGD7G8P|
Friday, March 16, 2012 @ 10:54:51 PM
I went to Bioshock.com and found this and it worked for me !! Xbox 360
If the option to disable the "Vita-Chambers" is missing and you are trying to get the "Brass Balls" achievement, create a Silver account, delete the required DLC off of your 360, redownload the DLC, and then play with the user account you wish with the option now being available.
|Comment #90 by Cpl ManslaughtR|
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 @ 12:40:16 AM
I just got this achievement. The easy method still works as of March 2012.
|Comment #91 by bentbarbie|
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 @ 09:51:31 AM
only achievement i havent got on this game and i cant even be bothered...what a pain in the arse!
|Comment #92 by JonSharpe1986|
Thursday, April 12, 2012 @ 11:43:18 AM
Going for this final achievement now - great tip from #88, the full name of the add-on he meant is Ryan Industries Plasmids and Gene Tonics. You can just download this for free instead of uninstalling and creating a new username and reinstalling, and the option to turn off the Vita-Chambers will be there :)
|Comment #93 by Bloodkrow23|
Thursday, April 12, 2012 @ 07:05:54 PM
I just got this achievement and can confirm as well what #20 and #7 said it works
|Comment #94 by Gonzalezer|
Saturday, April 21, 2012 @ 07:03:47 PM
This isn't too hard if your conservative
|Comment #95 by UnrealKhaos|
Tuesday, May 15, 2012 @ 09:32:44 AM
I got this achivement in 30 seconds. =)
there is a super easy way to do it
|Comment #96 by UnrealKhaos|
Tuesday, May 15, 2012 @ 09:37:23 AM
You can get seriously good at this and brass balls with the glitch works as of 5/15/2012
|Comment #97 by driftingdoll|
Thursday, May 31, 2012 @ 04:07:28 PM
Followed all instructions, but I'm finding that this trick does not work as of 5/31/2012. Very frustrating. If anyone can still get it to work for them, let me know.
|Comment #98 by blackholes|
Saturday, June 02, 2012 @ 02:30:43 PM
I had no option of disabling vita chambers so i went to the marketplace and re-downloaded the DLC and then restarted the game, nothing else and I have the option now. Did it just now, let it begin :D
|Comment #99 by xEMPTYGRAVEx|
Wednesday, June 06, 2012 @ 03:20:01 PM
Download DLC, run once game online, game will updates automatically. After that you can play offline, but DO NOT CLEAR SYSTEM CACHE before you finish game if you are offline. It removes Vita-chamber option from menu.
|Comment #100 by VyperJMc|
Monday, June 11, 2012 @ 06:38:48 AM
This trick still works like a charm.
|Comment #101 by Roflpiee|
Monday, June 11, 2012 @ 10:58:48 AM
lol all i did was complete the game on my first try and then at the end switch it to hard and got both achivs for hard and brass :)
|Comment #102 by ash356|
Saturday, June 16, 2012 @ 10:45:04 AM
Did this the proper way - and glad I did too. This is the kind of cheevo that extends the games longevity and replay-ability a lot, I don't see the point in cheating it.
|Comment #103 by Cheeks88247|
Sunday, June 17, 2012 @ 05:00:12 PM
THIS IS STUPIDLY FRUSTRAITING!!! >_<
I've defeated Atlas 4 times now, doing exactly as said above and no achievements have popped.
Does this have to have perfect timing first time or it becomes void? The annoying thing is that I did this and hard to about half way though until I saw this thread, then changed to easy as I thought it would be quicker. :(
I missed Research phD and Avid inventer too. (As well as the two related to doing it on the hardest setting.)
I really want 100% on this and I DON'T want to play it all over again.
Please help! :s
|Comment #104 by Cheeks88247|
Friday, June 22, 2012 @ 04:42:45 AM
Replayed it on hard. GOT THEM ALL!! ^_^
|Comment #105 by xEMPTYGRAVEx|
Sunday, June 24, 2012 @ 03:21:45 PM
I played it 3 times on hard! It was my favorite game :-)
|Comment #106 by Darth Odin95|
Wednesday, June 27, 2012 @ 05:20:13 PM
What a pain dude.. >:(
|Comment #107 by Bookworm|
Thursday, June 28, 2012 @ 03:19:17 PM
I found that if you don't use the vita-chamber before downloading the DLC and disabling them that you can get this achievement. It worked for me when I did that.
|Comment #108 by Purp Nurp|
Friday, June 29, 2012 @ 02:03:10 AM
I know this is old news but I'm breezing through the game on hard without vita chambers and completing the rest of the game as well. Saves are key, I've already capped my limit and plan to use a ton more. And I never really had to conserve ammo, always had plenty. Photos are key as well, making it easier to take down the enemies. So for folks like me who have yet to complete this game by 2012, no worries. It'll be a fun and easy ride.
|Comment #109 by N2TheBreeze|
Friday, July 06, 2012 @ 02:41:10 AM
Follow what #20 says about how to change the difficulty. The trick works as of 7/6/12, but ONLY if done in this way.
|Comment #110 by kkalstad01|
Monday, July 16, 2012 @ 08:22:48 AM
That is a nice trick, I had given up on this one as going through it on hard is so time consuming but I may give it another try now.
|Comment #111 by DeathStuff|
Friday, August 10, 2012 @ 02:27:35 AM
Soooooo easy! Just save often and take lots of pictures. Towards the end I always had 9 med kits and 6 or 7 eve. No need to glitch it.
|Comment #112 by Elodious|
Saturday, August 11, 2012 @ 08:42:32 PM
I'm having a problem with this one still. I tried the glitch where you switch the difficulty to get the achievement for beating it on hard. Which worked and allowed me to get it.
However going back through the game again without using Vita Chambers and using the glitch again does not work. I do have the option to switch the chambers on and off in the menu. I have already tried:
- Removing and re-downloading the add-on.
- Emptying the cache.
- Retrying the steps exactly as presented in post #20. (Both turning the chambers on and off)
|Comment #113 by Jake Joey|
Friday, August 24, 2012 @ 05:57:27 PM
If you disable vita chambers can you still get this?
|Comment #114 by Jake Joey|
Friday, August 24, 2012 @ 06:03:54 PM
I'm currently playing through the game and every time i die i just reload my previous save (as i've disabled vita chambers) will this still net me the achievement?
|Comment #115 by uratitmouse|
Monday, September 10, 2012 @ 01:55:59 AM
this might be a stupid question but how do u download the DLC?...the main menu doesnt have a download option and i tryed searching for it and cant find it...
whats the DLC called?
|Comment #116 by DarkOcelet|
Saturday, September 15, 2012 @ 06:31:23 PM
Hello guys so i noticed that some of you might havent been able to get this achievements even after playing a whole playthrough on hard mode , vita off , just do the following:1-Delete bioshock game saves and dlc from the hard drive...
2-Clear system Cache
3-Start the game , and download the update,
4-Play the game on easy mode ..Dont die at all not even once and then restarting a game save.. just keep playing without dying
5-Just before going to the elevator of fontaine final boss... Download the dlc
6-you will see that the option for Vita Chambers is On , turn it Off
7-Go to fontaine , kick his butt and hit the last needle on him , when the needle comes to its half , Push start
8-Go to options , change the difficulty from easy to hard by pushing left (Dont Push the A button) then
|Comment #117 by DarkOcelet|
Saturday, September 15, 2012 @ 06:35:11 PM
The Achievement will pop any second during the ending cutscene and one more thing DON'T DIE AT ALL! dying even once will require you to do all the 8 steps again and i did this achievement in August 2012 just so you could know that the achievement still works so have fun!
|Comment #118 by CameronChaoss|
Saturday, October 20, 2012 @ 06:29:46 PM
Glitch still works as of Oct 20, 2012
|Comment #119 by Taka Thunder|
Sunday, October 21, 2012 @ 02:48:41 PM
nice! glitch worked for me too! never used a chamber. played on easy and switched to hard at end.
|Comment #120 by Videl86|
Sunday, November 04, 2012 @ 12:36:53 AM
I noticed no one was replying to those who actually played the entire game on Hard difficulty and having the horrible luck like myself of not being able to unlock this. Some of you may have beat the game on Hard without ever using a Vita-Chamber and still didn't unlock the achievement. Even though disabling vita-chambers shouldn't prevent you from netting the achievement after not ever using a vita-chamber to begin with...unfortunately this option must be checked off in options to actually get it. I'm not sure if this will work for everyone but I was not about to play all over again. Here's what I did to unlock the achievement. First, deleted the DLC. Reinstalled DLC. Loaded game on last save and immediately checked option to disable vita-chambers. Resumed game and beat the final boss agai
|Comment #121 by Videl86|
Sunday, November 04, 2012 @ 12:42:35 AM
n. It unlocked during the cut scene. Let me know if this works for anyone else.
|Comment #122 by Triggrhappy94|
Thursday, November 29, 2012 @ 12:58:11 AM
Thanks so much Videl.
I was pissed when I saw it didn't unlock.
|Comment #123 by Frizzle Fry84|
Friday, November 30, 2012 @ 06:53:41 PM
Doesn't work for me :(
|Comment #124 by Videl86|
Sunday, December 02, 2012 @ 03:12:36 PM
I'm sorry. For me and others I know, it was an issue of needing to delete the DLC, reinstall it and at the main menu of the game, the disable vita-chambers option should then be available to check off. Then I loaded my save up right before the boss fight and it unlocked that way. I wish there was more I could tell you to help. :(
|Comment #125 by Valitor|
Tuesday, December 25, 2012 @ 08:35:14 PM
To #115 and others who have trouble getting the DLC.
It looks like at the moment the DLC is not available for some countries. I live in Russia and our XBOX marketplace does not have the DLC in stock. When trying to download it from the American marketplace to my XBOX account from my laptop(http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/Product/Ryan-Industries-Plasmids-and-Gene-Tonics/00000000-0000-400c-80cf-0001545407d8?noSplash=1), it says 'It's not a valid download for your region'.
Sooo. The update is downloaded automatically at the start of Bioshock. But no DLC. As a result of it I've got 50 achievement and no way to get the Brass Balls. Nasty.
I'd appreciate if anyone can deny this.
By the way, #7 glitch still works, but in my case it provided me only one achievent (Seriously Good At T
|Comment #126 by nlynch2|
Friday, February 08, 2013 @ 11:46:37 PM
Glitch still works as of February 9, 2013!! Got this and seriously good at this at the same time.
|Comment #127 by mihai7645|
Saturday, February 16, 2013 @ 05:34:26 AM
I haven't played the game in over a year, but recently I got back into it to finish it 100%. Downloaded some update that I was prompted to get, finished the game on Easy and I am confirming that the glitch still works as of 16 February 2013, done with left with LS on Difficulty and with one empty slot after Easy and before Hard. I did not delete any cache.
|Comment #128 by vintagegamer24|
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 @ 07:04:54 AM
Here is the comprehensive solution from reading all comments. I played through the game and Brass Balls was the only one that did not pop for me. Found out the option to "Disable Vita Chambers" disappeared somehow. I was not about to go play through the game again... here are the steps
1. Do you what you have to do to have the option for Vita Chambers (if its missing).
2. When you stab Fontaine for the last time hit pause halfway through the needle depleting.
3. USE THE LEFT THUMBSTICK ONLY --> Change difficulty to Hard by moving it left, not right.
4. After difficulty is set to hard, press Start. Not A or B. Press start only.
5. All ending achievements pop after Fontaine dies and fades to the next scene with the little sisters walking up to you.
I tried all the other ways after
|Comment #129 by vintagegamer24|
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 @ 07:06:14 AM
my game glitched... and the above is the only way it worked for me.
Hope this helps some of you currently or when the re-release comes out.
|Comment #130 by StewieRox12|
Friday, February 22, 2013 @ 08:46:07 PM
Ok so I have Bioshock but I haven't played it yet. I'm just wondering, however, after reading many of the above posts, what is the issue with this achievement/the DLC, what is a Vita-chamber, and how does this glitch work? Like I read the instructions but I'm just confused as to if it still works and why people are having trouble doing it the legitimate way.
|Comment #131 by Starsider Sajun|
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 03:14:39 PM
I just don't see how this is possible...
The first Big Daddy proved to be extremely difficult. I finally got it after about 45 minutes of dieing over and over.
Second Big Daddy is just... impossible. I've now been trying to beat him for about an hour and a half or so. I just can't see any way to do it. It's not about ammo, or ammo type. It's just the ridiculous amount of damage he does, no grace period when your health gets low like in Bioshock 2 (meaning you can be killed when you had half a health bar left), and the accuracy.
Just seems like no ammount of hiding behind stuff and being all tactical and whatnot can get you through this fight.
|Comment #132 by [Ax2:SG]|
Tuesday, March 05, 2013 @ 12:50:55 PM
Can you do this while playing on Normal instead of Easy and changing it to Hard when needed or does it only work for Easy-switch-to-Hard? I already started my playthrough on Normal before knowing about this glitch.
|Comment #133 by samturner1990|
Wednesday, March 06, 2013 @ 10:33:14 AM
does anyone know if the easy to hard switch still works? i went through the whole game on hard, saving it every few minutes, and reloading my saved progress if i died, but that didnt work. so if anyone had done the easy to hard switch recently then please let me know :)
|Comment #134 by aC00Lguy|
Wednesday, March 06, 2013 @ 10:50:39 AM
The Easy to Hard glitch still works, you can also do it on Normal (that's how I got it).
|Comment #135 by Rage|
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 @ 01:55:26 PM
Hello fellow BioShock players. I started the game on hard and then switched to easy at some point when I realized that there was a glitch. I then proceeded to fight my way to Fontaine and do the trick where you kill him on easy then switch it to hard as you plunge in the last syringe. I have tried about 5 times now with no achievement popping luck.
I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions as to why the achievement will not pop for me. Is it because I started on hard and switch to easy then back to hard? Also, I did die along the way but don't see why that matters when you just load up a save that was before your death since the vita chambers are off? Any input would be greatly appreciated as I had already 1000'd this game back in 2007 and played through numerous times and would hop
|Comment #136 by Paildra91|
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 @ 09:38:17 PM
Worked for me. Just make sure you move the difficulty left TWICE cuz I did it once and the difficulty was blank.
|Comment #137 by bblue2344|
Saturday, March 16, 2013 @ 09:44:12 AM
@124 U said u turned off vita chambers in "the main menu" before starting your game but there is no options menu on the home screen, only continue, new game, load game, and credits.
@131 I also had the most trouble with the second big daddy (its the first one at Fontaine Fisheries in Neptune's Bounty if im not mistaken) Don't give up. Just keep trying different weapon combinations and hack the two nearby turrets. U could also ignore him until you get the grenade launcher from peach wilkins before seeking out the camera.
|Comment #138 by bblue2344|
Saturday, March 16, 2013 @ 09:52:52 AM
@135 I have not unlocked this achievement yet but i have read this entire thread and there are several people having the same problem as you, which worries me as i am one of the few attempting this legitimately. One thing you did not mention checking is whether or not u still have the option to turn the vita chambers off. If you deleted the cache memory, maybe to fix a problem with another game, then this also deletes the vita chamber option. Some people are also saying that this option disappears for them at random. The instructions for doing the "#7 glitch" are also very tedious and its easy to miss a step so re-check that. If all this fails then delete your cache memory and delete the dlc then re-download it and load your latest save and MAKE SURE VITA IS OFF. Then try again. confirmed
|Comment #139 by bblue2344|
Saturday, March 16, 2013 @ 09:55:24 AM
by #128. I wish this website had a counter for the character limit -_-
|Comment #140 by 323Felicity|
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 @ 05:56:49 PM
The glitch still works as of 3/20/2013. I played the game through on easy (without dying or uising vitachambers) then I downloaded the dlc and loaded my last save, which was right outside the elevator before you get to Atlas, then follwed #20's directions and my 2 acheivements popped just fine.
|Comment #141 by trixxistix|
Saturday, March 23, 2013 @ 08:41:59 AM
I've just completed this tonight. When I downloaded the DLC my vita chamber option was there, so looks like I'm one of the lucky ones who didn't get glitched.
I played this legitimately, and my advice for anyone trying this for real (ie not using the cheat that has been outlined so numerously above) is this:
*Hack everything you can. Turrets and Cameras are you friends
*Buy the Hypnotise Big Daddy asap. Once you have rescued the little sisters on each level let the Big Daddy's do your work for you
*Buy every Health upgrade and Eve upgrade you can. The only plasmids I had at the end of the game were maxxed fire and electricity, telekinesis, hypnotise big daddy and the security camera one (makes unhacked cameras attack bad guys instead of you - this was a pickup not a purchase)
|Comment #142 by trixxistix|
Saturday, March 23, 2013 @ 08:43:48 AM
*For Big Daddys - the rocket launcher is your friend. Prior to getting the rocket launcher electricity is your friend. You can return to previous levels when in the travel sphere by using the cross pad instead of the stick, so you can return later in the game to gather little sisters you've left behind
It's not so hard if you've beaten the game once and have an idea of how the combat system works, and how to best fight the various mobs. If you die, you simply get returned to the main menu so its a simple game reload. Just ensure to save often. If you're having trouble with the final fight, there are lots of great hints on the internet. He is weak to certain attacks in certain stages so know what to hit him with when.
Best of Luck!
|Comment #143 by John1019900|
Friday, March 29, 2013 @ 03:45:46 PM
i dont get it, everyone is saying the glitch works but for me it doesnt, i will go to the fontain save, hit left ounce, and press start. it never works. but i think it might be because when i hit left ounce it says warning achievments may disable and when i hit left ounce it just says difficulty!
|Comment #144 by ziggyvixie|
Tuesday, April 02, 2013 @ 04:58:26 AM
the glitch didn't work for me however just did the fix and the vita chamber option is there. Time to start all over, hopefully it should ding this time. Things we do for achievements.
|Comment #145 by nightspark|
Tuesday, April 02, 2013 @ 12:51:09 PM
Glitch worked for me. The best way is just to start a new campaign with vita chambers turned off. You also need to scroll left twice on the difficulty settings.
|Comment #146 by John1019900|
Thursday, April 04, 2013 @ 08:03:14 PM
ok so i got the 40 G for doing this glitch but i didnt get brass balls, so now ive been trying to do it over and over but now the vita chambers option is gone!!! wtf!
|Comment #147 by nachimrcorn|
Saturday, April 06, 2013 @ 12:37:31 PM
This is awful but possible.
|Comment #148 by captchunk|
Saturday, April 06, 2013 @ 05:29:29 PM
glitch did'nt work for me
|Comment #149 by monkeycatt|
Monday, April 08, 2013 @ 03:12:48 PM
hey, can you change the difficulty at any time during the last battle or does it have to be right before the last adam drain?
|Comment #150 by Kore Seven|
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 @ 10:21:59 AM
No matter what I try to get the Option to disable Vita Chambers.. It never shows. and the game wont let the achievement pop until the option is disabled. so... I will never get this achievement.
|Comment #151 by Scootiee|
Thursday, April 11, 2013 @ 03:10:15 PM
I can confirm this works on April 11th 2013. I got him into the last ADAM drain point on easy then I switched to hard mode by going to the difficulty select and hitting left twice (to go from easy to survivor and then survivor to hard mode) then after that I hit start as opposed to A or B as I heard this would affect the achievement but I can't tell you for sure if it does. I was too slow though and Fontaine jumped out of the chair so I had to kill once again and then drain him for the 4th time. Then I got the achievement.
|Comment #152 by GearDoGi|
Saturday, April 13, 2013 @ 01:32:35 PM
Bacause the DLC in my region isn't avaible i want to know if the "Brass Balls" achievment can be obtained without the DLC but with the latest title-update (~2mb)
|Comment #153 by Deadsea 18|
Monday, April 22, 2013 @ 01:16:04 AM
Everyone be happy that 360 owners didnt get the ''Survivor'' achivements that were on PS3. That was VERY HARD. It made hard look like easy. On Hard you really dont need to do a glitch. I recomend doing 2 playthroughs. The first on easy or normal,then a Hard playthrough for a cleanup playthrough.
Not that hard,thank goodness I dont have to worry about Survivor achievements of beat the game on survivor,then beat the game on survivor without using a chamber. Just contiunally save and you should be fine,turn OFF the Vita chamber option at the beggining of the game and you should be fine.
|Comment #154 by TheInventinator|
Monday, April 22, 2013 @ 06:20:49 AM
Can be done with the chambers on, just revert to your last save before you die. If you died for the first time, a hint message will pop up about the vita chambers
|Comment #155 by AdorableShadows|
Thursday, May 16, 2013 @ 11:05:23 AM
I don't get why everyone is complaining about how difficult this is? I won't lie, the game is difficult on hard, that's why it's the highest difficulty lol.. but the game allows you to save at any time.. unless you're in combat.. so having a vita-chamber revive you is pointless if you save often. I don't think I've ever used vita-chambers. Never saw the point to them.
|Comment #156 by Species 2183|
Monday, May 20, 2013 @ 06:34:14 AM
If anyone's having trouble finding the Vita Chamber disable option, delete the dlc and update. Load up the game and download the update first, quit game, download the dlc and start the game up again. You'll know this worked if the Ryan Industries notification pops up after the cut-scene at the beginning of the game.
You don't need another account to do this as it worked for me just now.
|Comment #157 by O Angel Zero O|
Tuesday, June 04, 2013 @ 09:09:54 AM
Crazy tough achievement.
|Comment #158 by The Up Down|
Monday, June 10, 2013 @ 03:01:01 AM
Easy if you can remember to save often. That was the hardest part.
|Comment #159 by d3m0man360|
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 @ 01:06:34 AM
If you go on youtube, there's a guy who has a really helpful walkthrough for this achievement even though it was played on PS3. His run actually helped me a lot, and I believe he has the only brass balls walkthrough that I could find.
|Comment #160 by Coligula|
Wednesday, July 03, 2013 @ 12:53:56 AM
Finally got this, though it was annoying to have to do an entire playthrough just for 1 achievement. Save often and try to avoid big fights until after Neptune's Bounty. After that, the game shouldn't be too much trouble. Just hit the main objective's and save/harvest Little Sisters to get through the game as fast as you can.
|Comment #161 by dragovic14|
Monday, July 08, 2013 @ 01:21:13 PM
this wasn't a difficult achievement
|Comment #162 by Sebehk|
Thursday, August 15, 2013 @ 05:31:13 PM
Glitch works as of this post. 100% complete.
|Comment #163 by Ironshield42|
Sunday, August 18, 2013 @ 10:56:35 PM
Save save save...I saved almost after every battle...definitely after bigdaddy attacks.
|Comment #164 by bullhead65|
Wednesday, September 04, 2013 @ 08:54:00 PM
This isnt a hard achievement without the glitch just save, be cautious, and take your time and you'll get it
|Comment #165 by Taityb0y|
Friday, September 27, 2013 @ 09:54:59 PM
Just save and go save and go haha
|Comment #166 by AceBadguy|
Friday, November 01, 2013 @ 08:50:09 PM
I just recently got this achievement . My only problem was not realizing that I had to go to the Xbox Live Marketplace for the Bioshock game & actually download the DLC for new plasmids in order to get Brass Balls . I assumed the update I received when I started the game did that . It worked for me , turned off Vita Chambers , played through on Hard , saved often , no problem . Didn't need to glitch . Hard really isn't that " hard " . Got rest of the other achievements on " easy " later . Audio Logs has a minor glitch with a log recovered in Farmers Market latered listed in Arcadia , which can be confusing if you're trying to figure out which ones are missing .
|Comment #167 by Mario11SK|
Monday, November 04, 2013 @ 05:44:52 PM
|Comment #168 by DarkestSerenade|
Wednesday, November 06, 2013 @ 10:58:14 PM
does the difficulty glitch still work?
|Comment #169 by onevibe|
Saturday, November 09, 2013 @ 02:13:37 AM
Pretty impossible. Couldn't get all the achievements in this game.
|Comment #170 by DarkestSerenade|
Thursday, November 21, 2013 @ 02:16:21 AM
The difficulty glitch still works!!!
|Comment #171 by Uziel|
Friday, November 22, 2013 @ 10:51:10 PM
#170 thanks for telling it still works :D I just finished the game yesterday for the first time, I played it on hard mode the whole time and I only missed 2 achievements, this one and historian but I don't have the time to actually get this without cheating >
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