All right! It’s done! Once again, unto the breach, and damn the torpedoes! Or something. Anyway, I defeated the hive mind a second time, got the last remaining achievements (except one, I’ll come back to that) and claimed victory.
I know it’s no secret that I’m a big fan of achievements, I can be a bit obsessive about them. I want to mention one little thing I really love about them before I go any further. I first played Dead Space on October 19, 2008. I know this because I received my first achievement of the game at that time, called Marksman, wherein I relieved necromorphs of 20 of their limbs. I beat the game on November 9, 2008 - receiving the Survivor achievement for winning on any difficulty. I returned to the game at some point in 2011, because I received the achievement for killing 30 enemies with a melee attack on November 12, 2011, three years later. I also got an achievement for escaping a lurker’s attack 10 times on that same day. Then - I set the game down but came back to it again in 2017, when I got the Ragdoll Check achievement for forcing an enemy into a gravity panel 5 times on November 18, 2017 - six years later. And then in the last few weeks I’ve returned again to complete the game.
Most people probably don’t care much about that kind of thing, but I’ve always enjoyed achievements for their “scrapbooking”, if you could call it that, effect. I can go back and review the history of my gaming experiences. I think that’s cool. And yeah, I know I may be crazy.
I did remember to make an additional save after winning on Impossible difficulty so that, should I so desire someday, I could come back and get that last achievement, Epic Tier 3 Engineer. It’s petty of me, but it kind of galls me a little that @Rock8man has it and I don’t. But I don’t have the guts to try, not right now anyway.