Stranglehold

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Hard Boiled mode

Successfully complete the game on the Casual difficulty setting to unlock the Hard Boiled difficulty setting.

Secret theater

In the first level, after the second checkpoint when you are walking in the door, take a right. You will see a damaged door. Shoot it, then walk through the corridors. You will end up at a secret theater that shows two previews of games, The Wheelman and Blacksite: Area 51. There is also a golden pistol, a paper crane, and a shotgun in the theater.

Extra ammunition

If you run out ammunition but have enough Tequila Bomb for Precision Aim, aim at someone and shoot. This will create 20 to 30 more rounds for the handgun. Always try to have a enough Tequila Bomb for Precision Aim in the event you run out of ammunition.

Defeating Wong and DaPang

Use the following trick to defeat Wong and Dapang on the Hard and Hard Boiled difficulty setting. As soon as the checkpoint occurs (DaPang jumps down to you), run straight ahead and shoot the bottom right of the dragon statue. Almost always the statue will fall, killing DaPang instantly. You have to be quick at this stage, especially on the higher difficulties. As soon as DaPang is dead, you will have a few seconds to pick up the two Paper Cranes which fell after you destroyed the statue. Then, at least five or six men will appear and run directly at you. Dodge them the best you can, and make your way to the golden guns to the left of the statue podium. Trade in your weaker guns. You will now have 32 golden bullets. You will most likely have a shotgun. If you do not, grab one. Make your way to the far left or right. Take cover behind a pillar and wait for the remaining enemies to come after you. When they get within a few feet of you, enable Tequila Time to kill them with one shot. Usually there is one remaining enemy that shoots at you from a distance. Ignore him. If you kill him, more enemies will appear. By now you should have or almost have a Barrage Bomb. Run upstairs and pick up a health pack if needed. As soon as you reach the top, Wong will start shooting, so you must be quick. Enable Precision Aim; it is much stronger now that you have golden guns. Wong is weak against Precision Aim. Make sure you hit his head for maximum damage. While he is stunned, grab the Paper Cranes to the far left and right. Wong recovers quickly. Use Precison Aim every time you get a paper crane. There are two more Paper Cranes on the chandeliers. Swing on them to get them, but only do so after successfully hitting Wong. After you have hit Wong as much as you can with Precision Aim, he will still be alive, but have very little life left. Enable Tequila Time, and fire your golden guns. He should die in seconds. If you are skilled at throwing grenades, use them. However, they are slow and will leave you vulnerable.

Easy Old School achievement

Successfully complete the game, then continue it without starting a new game or chapter to achieve the Old School achievement.

Achievements

Accomplish the indicated achievement to get the corresponding number of Gamerscore points:

    Hong Kong Marketplace Completed (10 points): Complete the Hong Kong Marketplace level on any Difficulty setting.
    Tai O Completed (10 points): Complete the Tai O level on any Difficulty setting.
    The Mega Restaurant Completed (15 points): Complete The Mega Restaurant level on any Difficulty setting.
    Zakarov's Penthouse Completed (15 points): Complete the Zakarov's Penthouse level on any Difficulty setting.
    Chicago History Museum Completed (20 points): Complete the Chicago History Museum level on any Difficulty setting.
    Slums of Kowloon Completed (20 points): Complete the Slums of Kowloon level on any Difficulty setting.
    Wong's Estate Completed (25 points): Complete the Wong's Estate level on any Difficulty setting.
    Game Completed - Casual (40 points): Complete the entire game on the Casual Difficulty setting.
    Game Completed - Normal (50 points): Complete the entire game on the Normal Difficulty setting.
    Game Completed - Hard (60 points): Complete the entire game on the Hard Difficulty setting.
    Game Completed - Hard Boiled (70 points): Complete the entire game on the Hard Boiled Difficulty setting.
    I Don't Know How to Play Those (20 points): In The Mega Restaurant level, complete the Casino or the Restaurant without using the Guitar Cases.
    Paleontologist (10 points): In the Chicago History Museum level, completely destroy the Brachiosaurus or the T-Rex.
    Stay Dry (10 points): In the Slums of Kowloon level, stay along the top pathway in the crumbling sewer area.
    Master of Precision Aim (25 points): Kill 50 enemies with the Precision Aim special move.
    Master of Barrage (25 points): Kill 100 enemies with the Barrage special move.
    Master of Spin Attack (25 points): Kill 100 enemies with the Spin Attack Special Move.
    Barrage Specialist (10 points): Use the Barrage special move with every weapon.
    Old School (25 points): On any difficulty setting, complete a level without using any of the Tequila Bomb Special Moves.
    Untouchable (10 points): On any difficulty setting, complete a Standoff by defeating all enemies without taking any damage.
    Deadly World (25 points): Kill 50 enemies by using the environment instead of guns.
    Rolling Death (25 points): Kill 50 enemies while riding on a roll cart.
    Death by Swing (25 points): Kill 50 enemies while hanging from a chandelier.
    The Killer (10 points): Fire 10,000 times.
    Origami Master (35 points): Collect 250 Origami Cranes.
    Chow Would Be Proud (15 points): Kill 10 enemies with a 5 star kill rating.
    Ruthless (30 points): Perform a 50 star Style Combo.
    Massive D (20 points): Cause at least $75,000,000 of damage.
    Nobody Has That Much Style... (60 points): Acquire 5,000 total Style Points.
    Meet John Woo (5 points): Visit the Unlock Shop.
    Freedom! (10 points): Purchase all of the Multiplayer characters in the Unlock Shop.
    It's All Mine... (30 points): Purchase every item in the Unlock Shop.
    Tea Party (15 points): Host and complete 10 multiplayer matches on the Kowloon Teahouse map.
    Jurassic Battle (15 points): Host and complete 10 multiplayer matches on the Dinosaur Rotunda map.
    Mega Jackpot (15 points): Host and complete 10 multiplayer matches on the Golden Dragon Casino map.
    Lounge Lizard (15 points): Host and complete 10 multiplayer matches on the Mega Lounge map.
    Geronimo! (15 points): Host and complete 10 multiplayer matches on the Totem Pole Gallery map.
    Sea Food (15 points): Host and complete 10 multiplayer matches on the Tai O Drug Labs map.
    Movin' on Up (15 points): Host and complete 10 multiplayer matches on the Chicago Penthouse map.
    One Gun To Rule Them All (10 points): Finish in 1st place in a Multiplayer ranked match.
    Killing Spree (20 points): Get 5 kills in a row without dying in a Multiplayer ranked match.
    Bullet Ballet (20 points): Kill 50 opponents while in Tequila Time in Multiplayer matches.
    Winner Takes All (20 points): Kill 50 opponents using Tequila Bombs in Multiplayer matches.
    Hardboiled Killer (20 points): Kill 307 opponents in Multiplayer matches.
    Be the Master (20 points): Kill 100 opponents as John Woo in Multiplayer matches.

There are ten additional achievements that are available with the bonus downloadable content:

    Bulletproof (40 points): Win a multiplayer match without using a health pack.
    God of Guns (40 points): Win a multiplayer match without using a Tequila Bomb.
    Testikill (40 points): In multiplayer, kill an opponent with a precision aim crotch shot.
    Boomtown (20 points): In multiplayer, kill an opponent with an explosion in Slums Courtyard.
    Having a Blast (20 points): In multiplayer, kill an opponent with an explosion in Fisherman’s Cove.
    Asplosion (20 points): In multiplayer, kill an opponent with an explosive in Slums Downpour.
    Castaway (20 points): In multiplayer, kill an opponent on the Heavy Machine Gun platform in Tai O Settlement.
    Diplomatic Immunity (20 points): In multiplayer, kill an opponent in the hull of the ship in Naval Exercise.
    Death from Above (20 points): In multiplayer, kill an opponent with a falling object in Kowloon Market.
    Fisticuffs (20 points): In multiplayer, kill an opponent with a melee attack.
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