I finished this game in hardcore mode with both Leon and Claire yesterday. During the first play-through, Mr. X was a very intimidating figure. But with each play-through, he became less and less imposing and later, just a gimmick since by then, I knew those events which trigger our first face-off with him in both scenarios. So, I just grab, all the essential items and clear the areas which would become my gateway route just in case I have to. Back-tracking in RPD is just that much easy once you know the lay-out. Visually this game is very pleasing with the mods. Initially the yellow tint was very hard to ignore but thanks to mods, it became quite stunning.