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General Tips

  • Once you have hacked your opponent's phone, you have a minute to set the blue search zone by pressing down on the D-Pad. Don’t initiate straight away: you want to be in as dense an area as possible, filled with back alleys and NPCs. Try and get as far away from the other player as the game will allow before doing it too, but don’t be too obvious when driving away, as you’ll be tailed.
  • Once the game has found a match for you, it’ll show the potential gains and losses of notoriety you’ll make by accepting, as well as your opponent’s proficiency at finding hackers. When you first start playing, ignore this and just get the practice, but as you get more experienced, become more selective and take on opponents that offer greater gains to allow you to level-up faster.
  • Because Aiden’s phone can quickly scan large crowds on the street, a hiding place is often more beneficial than blending into the environment. Trying to stay out of your opponent’s direct few could be the difference between success and failure during a hack.
  • When you’re looking for a hacker, remember you need to gain line-of-sight in order to find them, so it’s more likely they’re hiding rather than blending into a larger crowd a la Assassin’s Creed.
  • Stay as far away from the target as possible while conducting the hack. Just get them in your view, get in range, hack and then get away. You need to establish a good search zone as quickly as possible, and being able to sprint away without looking too conspicuous helps maintain the advantage.
  • There’s no need to act casual while being hacked yourself, as the target knows who you are and you’ll pop up on their HUD when in their field of view, so rush around and cover as much ground as possible in your search.

It’s a random encounter

When you join somebody else’s game to hack them, you could land anywhere in the map. You could spawn walking through a busy neighbourhood or in a car driving on the freeway with very few places to hide from your target.

Once you are within range of the person you need to hack, don’t do it immediately, tail them for a while until you are in a location that is better suited for hacking with plenty of places for you to either hide or blend in with your surroundings.

You have over four minutes to get to the other player and plant the backdoor to hack your target’s phone, followed by sixty seconds to set the blue hack zone. Use all of the time allowed to find the ideal spot.

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Remember, you’re not actually Aiden Pearce

Although, in your game, you play as Aiden Pearce, your opponent will not see you as the game’s protagonist. Equally, you are not looking for Aiden Pearce, but a character that looks like one of the many NPC types walking around Chicago.

If you’re the hacker, the game will mark your target for you. If you’re being hacked, you need to be on the lookout for suspicious behaviour, which can be pretty tricky. As well as running around using your phone, you can use the security cameras littered around the environment to get a larger scope of the area.

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Stay in the blue

If you leave the blue zone while the hack is taking place, your progress will stall and if you fail to get back into the area within a few seconds, you’ll lose.

Every 25 per cent hacking progress, the blue zone shrinks, but it’ll never cut you out, rather focusing in on your position, so don’t feel you need to move.

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Once you’re in, you win

Once the hacking process begins, providing you aren’t killed if you’re spotted, you’ll gain some notoriety from the match.

Trying to ‘not lose’ is more important than getting a full hack, as you’ll not only work your way up the ranks, but get better and better at hacking the more encounters you have.

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Act casual

Remember, as soon as you join another person’s game, they’ll start looking for you, so act natural. Don’t jump in a car and start crashing and causing havoc as you’re easy to spot. Even en route to your target, don’t rush: wreckage after wreckage is just a trail of breadcrumbs leading to your location.

Approaching your opponent with patience gives you a better chance of maintaining distance to hack their phone, and not be easily spotted.

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A good hiding spot is vital

Remember, as noted above, Aiden’s phone is very efficient at whittling down the possible targets by scanning crowds at a vast pace. So it’s important to find a good hiding spot as soon as you initiate hacking, and try and stay there for as long as possible.

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Have an exit strategy

Wherever you choose to hide, make sure you don’t corner yourself in case you’re spotted. Hiding near a train station, in a car or near a bunch of cars is always useful for getting away should the worst happen. It also helps if you’re near hackable objects like barriers and traffic lights, which can aid your escape.

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To add to this guide, I'd suggest a few things:

1) Try to find an area with a nearby entrance to the underground streets. 90 percent of the time, the person you are hacking will become too frantic to notice the entrances nearby, and you'll get a full hack, simply by waiting underground for the duration.

2) If you're in a car, and the person starts to head to your location, don't be afraid to start it up (preferably while they don't have vision on you), and drive on the street like a normal civilian NPC. Can't tell you how many times I've successfully changed hiding spots simply by following the roads and driving like everyone else.

3) When you hack someone, they'll show up as a purple marker on your screen, even if they're behind a wall or building, or above/below you. Keep your eye on that marker at all times. When it moves, try to anticipate where they'll be when you get clear vision on them, and try to move accordingly if you can to stay out of their line of sight.

4) This one should be a given, but I've seen people do this: If you're hacking someone, DO NOT pull out your profiler. Other players CAN see the lines emanating from your phone, and it WILL be a dead giveaway.

5) I wouldn't do this unless you are very close to completing the hack, and you're about to get spotted, but you CAN use Jam-coms while hacking someone to disrupt their profiler. Since the hack isn't over until you are profiled by the person you're hacking, doing so can result in a full hack when normally it would not. Also, Blackouts can be used to prevent the person you're hacking from noticing you easily, however, it does not prevent them from profiling you if they do see you.
Posted 07:15 on 04 June 2014
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Infamous_Pain@ Petty13579

You're also noticed if the person you're hacking decides to start a mission or enter a safehouse before you can initiate the hack.
Posted 07:07 on 04 June 2014

Petty13579@ dazzadavie

I'm not totally certain but i think it's as soon as you initiate the hack
Posted 12:00 on 30 May 2014
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So at what point does the target know your in there game?
Posted 07:33 on 30 May 2014

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