Start a new game with a copied cleared saved game file. When the game begins and Vincent appears, turn off the game as soon as you see him. Turn the game back on and select the same file. It should now appear as hard max lvl 1, 25,or 50; depending on which one you picked. Your level on that file will now be the same level as the one in which you completed the game with. You will also have all your items, map that were discovered, and quests you previously completed. You will even start at the same location you last saved. Note: This doesn’t help you get the bonus item(s) that are normally unlocked by competing Hard mode.