So I wanted to share my story of how I beat Hardcore, so I started my playthrough 1 month ago and I was only able to play on weekends since you gotta beat several chapters before saving the game. Anyway I had my trusty Plasma Cutter as my main weapon upgraded the hell out of my health rig stasis and PC.
I gotta admit I died a few times on the first chapters because I was rushing a little bit, I died by Exploders mostly but I still continued the game and didn't gave up 'cause I knew I could do it, it was just my own fault of rushing.
So my first save was on Chapter 5I continued my playthrough next weekend and reached to chapter 8 near the frozen cryogenic room or whatever it was. I died sometimes by those freaking Leapers like if you don't stasis every one of them they will kill you. I really hate Leapers and I bet most people do too.
One of the hardest parts for me is the elevator of chapter 11 before attempting this I decided to get Contact Beam's alt and used it and didn't received any damage. I was relieved I though I was gonna die!
Anyway so I reached the drill part and I used to die a lot in previous playthroughs in that place that I was like should I save right now or not ? After wondering a bit I grabbed my ***** and decided to give it a shot and I told my self ''You're almost in Bel-Air!'' no just kidding lol anyway I told my self ''You can do it!'' before attempting this I decided to respec my PC and bought the Javelin and upgraded it with the special upgraded to blow necros with the alt button. Since the only necros that would kill me were the Lurkers I used the CB on necros jumping the drill I almost died in that part but made it.
After beating the drill part I used my last save on chapter 13, as I went through I reached the infamous red rooms and this was another part I used to die as well but went pretty good too. I got to chapter 14 and the Ubermorph appeared so I rushed on this part just tried to kill the leapers that were near and dismembering the Ubermorph whenever I could as I was close to get to the (I don't wanna put spoilers for people that haven't finished the game )final boss the ubermorph slashed me and went through the door I checked my inventory and had no medkits at all with a yellow bar I decided to take on the final boss I was scared yet excited.
So I took on the final boss with my yellow bar and my contact beam, I shot the final boss once the marker opened shot the marker twice used the alt to keep away the pack shot the final boss twice and the game was over I couldn't believe that I did it. After Ellie gets to you while flying I though I was gonna crash to some flying rock and was about to die lol.
And now I can use the funny and epic Foam Finger! :D
So that's is my story of how I beat Hardcore. Hope you have a good day and excuse me if I made a few mistakes, my english is not very good but I'll try.