Hope I don’t sound contradictory here but the difference between this mode and the campaign is that this mode just feels throwaway. It’s just a bunch of enemies in your path and your objective is to finish it as fast as you can.
Just learned a new easy tactic against lickers:
The knife. Any knife.
You know how when you keep knifing zombies when they’re down they kinda get stuck in an animation where they’re trying to get up? Same thing happens with lickers only it’s more effective and all it takes is a couple of slashes to finish them. Plus, it’s a sure fire way of not alerting others. Just make sure to get close enough so as to prevent them from escaping. It happened to me but i managed to slash him again before he could hurt me.
One other thing. Early in the thread i compared getting S+ rank on Hardcore to Dead Space 2’s Hardcore. It does not. This is easy compared to DS2. Mainly because this is a much shorter game, can skip cutscenes, and the save spots aren’t that far apart.