Watch Dogs 2 Guide: Hacking Guide

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Watch Dogs 2 set in a fictionalized area of San Francisco Bay Area. It released in Nov 2016 for PS4, Xbox One and PC. Players control Marcus Holloway who is a hacker working with the group DedSec to take down the city’s surveillance system. Each successful assignment increases the follower count of DedSec. This hacking guide gives you all the hacks and tricks that you can do in the game.

The hacking level in the game is on a completely different platform than the one in its predecessor, Watch Dogs. This guide will show you the basics of hacking in the game and how you can use hacking tricks to gain an advantage.

First of, the basics. Marcus Holloway has a wider range of hacking techniques and button combinations than Aiden Pierce so make sure to utilize it to the fullest. Here are the different hacking types the game offers.

Watch Dogs 2 Hacking Guide

Hacking Objects And People

In the open world environment, Marcus is offered with four types of hacking choices. Here they are.

  • Attract: Use the Proximity Trigger for this. This will attract nearby enemies.
  • Trigger: Use it to detonate an object.
  • Shutdown: Switch off devices within the range.
  • Proximity Trigger: This creates a trap and works very well with attract.

People also can be manipulated by the following ways.

  • Acquire: Steal money and get access to private conversation and create explosions.
  • Distract: Use this to incapacitate target or force them to check their phones.
  • Call a Gang: Calls a rival Gang for engaging police.
  • Call the Police: Call the cops to arrest someone.

There are also mass hacks and net hacks in the game. This hacks every device in the vicinity to cause widespread destruction. The three options available in this area:-

  • Mass System Crash: This will Shut down every hackable object in the vicinity.
  • Mass Vehicle Hack: This forces vehicles in the area to move in random directions.
  • Mass Comms Disruptor: This will distract all nearby enemies and citizens in the vicinity.

As for Net hack, it is similar to the Eagle Vision ability in Assassin Creed games. For unfamiliar people, it allows you to locate hackable objects in the game.

Another feature of this game’s hack system is Remote Controls and Network Bypass. Remote controls allow you to control cranes, forklifts, etc to get access to an inaccessible area. The Network Bypass turns on a mini-game where you must turn the data flow from red to blue. This can be done by moving the conduit nodes to unlock other nodes along with the data flow.

Now, moving on to hacking security cameras and systems. These are the basics. The best way to do this is to use Net hack to locate the hackable objects in the area and then hack the cameras. Also, disable the security system to allow you use of your RC tools.

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