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Author(s): Stephanie Barnes
Editor(s): Stephanie Barnes
First Published: 04-08-2014 / 00:00 GMT
Last Updated: 10-09-2020 / 02:15 GMT
Version: 1.2 (????) 27-09-2020 / 17:11 GMT

The following guide covers all the trophies and achievements in the game, adding details for those not covered already in the walkthrough.

100% Clear :

Complete all other trophies to gain this trophy.

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100% Clear

This is the platinum trophy and is unlocked automatically when all the trophies have been unlocked.

Name Description
**Hello World** Take down Maurice
**End of Line** Complete 40 Fixer Contracts
**Basest Base** Complete every Gang Hideout
**They Call Him The Vigilante** Complete every Investigation
**Peephole** Complete every Privacy Invasion
**Road Rage** Complete every Criminal Convoy

Enforcer :

Every time a crime is detected by ctOS head to the search area with the blue triangle in the middle. Once inside the search area take cover and use the Profiler to identify either the victim or the criminal. Wait for the crime to begin before you intervene and save the victim.

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Use the Crime Detection System to take down 20 confirmed criminals.

Name Description
**Family Man** Complete Act 1
**Who Is Raymond Kenney?** Complete Act 2
**One Down, One to Go** Complete Act 3
**Vengeance** Complete Act 4
**Log Off** Complete Act 5

Hard Crash :

Performing vehicle take downs are fairly easy and will likely be completed as your progress through the game and takedown either cop cars trailing you or complete Interception Fixer Contracts.

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Hard Crash

Perform 10 vehicle take downs.


Communication Fail :

When performing illegal actions in Chicago civilians will sometimes report you to the police. If they complete the call your reputation will decrease and you’ll need to escape the police scans, so stopping them is important. While there are a diverse way of dealing with them, using Jam Coms will drop the call.

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Communication Fail

Using non-lethal takedown, stop 10 civilians from calling to report you.


Bookmarked :

When entering a restricted area you can mark threats by scoping out the area with security cameras. An enemy is marked when the rank of the threat is placed in red on the screen, such as a star for Elite enemies.

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Tag 100 enemies.


Power Cycle :

There are multiple city games across Chicago, see Activities in the Game Features section for more details on each.

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Power Cycle

Participate in 5 different City Games.


Magic Smoke :

Using Focus is best done when you get stuck in a jam and are surrounded. You can either enter a restricted area and gain the attention of multiple enemies and then trigger Focus or achieve this near the end of the game in No Turning Back, Part 2.

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Magic Smoke

Kill 4 enemies within a single instance of Focus.


Escape Loop & Free Radical :

Both of these achievements require you to escape police chases. The only difference between them is that you need to have the maximum Heat level for Free Radical. This means that the police will be intense, with a helicopter on your tail, so use Blackout to get away easier.

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Escape Loop

Escape 15 police chases.

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Free Radical

Escape a level 5 police chase.


White Rabbit Object & Scanproof :

Unlike the two previous achievements in which you must escape the police, this achievement requires you to escape the police scans, one of which is a level 5 scan. These can be triggered by having civilians call the police or naturally as you progress through the game.

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White Rabbit Object

Escape 15 police scans.

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Escape a level 5 police scan.


Hardware Fail :

Shooting out tires seems like something you’ll have to try and complete on purpose, but you will likely get this while completing the Criminal Convoys when the enemies hide behind cars. The other option is to simply find a parking lot or garage and shoot out the tires on the many cars parked there.

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Hardware Fail

Shoot out a tire on 15 different vehicles.


Black Hat Trick :

Though it may seem hard to kill three enemies with a single IED, cars in Criminal Convoys will usually carry 2-3 people. This means that if you set an IED in the path of the convoy and trigger it at the right time you can easily complete this achievement.

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Black Hat Trick

Kill 3 enemies with a single IED.

Name Description
**Revoking Client Privileges** Complete the final mission in the Human Traffic Investigation
**Saturday Night Special** Complete the final mission in the Weapons Trade Investigation
**Sanity Check** Collect all 8 Burner Phones
**Read-only** Complete the final mission in the QR Code Investigation
**Darkness Looms** Complete the final mission of the Missing Persons Investigation
**Geolocated** Check in at every Hotspot
**Disk Space Full** Unlock every song with the SongSneak app
**Social Lubricant** Complete level 10 against all 3 Drinking Game opponents
**Hackification** Invade and successfully hack 10 enemy Fixers in Online Hacking
**Piggyback** Invade and successfully observe 10 enemy Fixers in Online Tailing
**Superhighway** Complete 10 Public Online Races
**System Mangler** Complete every ctOS Breach
**Stealth Cookie** Complete an Online Tailing without being detected

Freeware :

Unlocking every skill in the skill trees may sound daunting, but you will gain much of the experience required as you complete the story and side missions. In addition to those purchased through experience you will need to complete a certain number of the many side missions to unlock the abilities:

  • Quick Switch Skill (Complete 1 Crime Detected)
  • Blast Resistance Skill (Earn 3 Gold Stars in Cash Runs)
  • Maximize Focus Skill (Complete 10 Chess Puzzles)
  • Auto Weapons Expert Skill (Reach Level 5 in NVZN)
  • Critical Focus Skill (Complete 1 Criminal Convoy)
  • Offensive Driver Skill (Complete 5 Fixer Contracts)
  • Rapid Reload Skill (Complete 5 Gang Hideouts)
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Unlock every Skill in the Skills Tree.

Name Description
**Traced** Get tailed 5 times
**Clear Signals** Unlock every ctOS Tower

Guide Information

  • Publisher
  • Platforms
    PC, Wii U, PS3, PS4, 360, XB1
  • Genre
  • Guide Release
    4 August 2014
  • Last Updated
    10 September 2020
  • Guide Author
    Stephanie Barnes

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Take on the role of Aiden Pearce, a hacker with a mission of revenge. Explore Chicago in this open-world game as you hack into computers and cameras to gain information or take an aggressive approach to missions, ultimately, the choice is yours.

The guide includes:

  • 100% Mission Completion;
  • All Main Missions;
  • All Side Quests, Investigations, and Collectibles;
  • Video coverage for most of the additional content.

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