Bored of GTA IV & EFLC? Got nothing much to do whilst waiting for GTA V? How about having a go at the GTA IV Minimal Kill Challenge? I know it sounds a bit crazy and it probably is, but once you give it a try it can be very addictive.
The concept of this challenge is to complete GTA IV to 100% with the minimal amount of kills possible – using the people killed stat in your games statistics. This is not a new idea, there are Minimal Kill Challenges for GTA 3, Vice City and San Andreas. There was also a short-lived Pacifist Challenge on Gamespot's forums but it fizzled out before the end of the first chapter.
The philosophy of the Minimal Kill Challenge is quite simple. In real life a criminal that kills thousands of people in a short space of time would attract a lot of attention from the authorities. Instead of slaughtering everything in sight, use a small amount of refrain. It is the ultimate challenge for game players who like to play games on the hardest level.
- 1) No cheating – the challenge is based on the honour system. The challenge must be played on a clean install (PC) without the use of cheats, mods or trainers. Legal copies of the game only.
2) No going into unlocked areas of the game before they are open.
3) No exploiting glitches/bugs in the game. (apart from the water cannon glitch used during Concrete Jungle, which I highly recommend because it is better than a close range blast in the face from a shotgun)
Occupants of vehicles killed by collisions do not count in your game stats as people killed.
Helicopter blade kills do count against you (tried and tested) as people killed.
You can run people down, this doesn't mean that you killed them, always check the stats.
When enemies are in cover (or ducking in and out of cover) it is easy to accidentally make a head shot - be careful, take your time and always aim for their feet if available.
GTA enemies have different attributes assigned to them depending on the mission. Immune to non-player is a type of game character (usually within a mission or side mission) that is scripted not to take damage from other in-game characters. In short they pose much more problems than characters without this attribute.
If GTA IV had a difficulty setting this challenge would be the hard setting, in saying that it is a lot easier to complete than the The San Andreas Minimal Kill Challenge
Use the Taxis to navigate the city (less chance of running someone down)
Use the cops to do your dirty work wherever possible.
Drive on the roads.
Learn where all the armour and health pick-ups are located
Use the 911 feature to get emergency vehicles. They are very useful during the challenge for various reasons.
There are some useful techniques that you can use to kill enemies and targets without their deaths counting in your game statistics.
The Shoot-in-the-leg Trick
It is possible to shoot an enemy in the limbs (arms, legs and feet) until they collapse to the ground. There life meter goes to zero but they are technically still alive. In this situation it is important not to run them over, or deliver a final gunshot as this will count as a kill against you. This means that for all enemies that are not immune to non-player you can use this trick. It is quite bizarre that on several missions you can use this technique to remove all of your targets.
As the name suggests you can use in game objects to crush your enemies to death. This can be done in a number of different ways depending on the situation. An example is that an enemy that takes cover behind an object such as a car, can be killed by pushing that object with a vehicle, causing the enemy to be crushed. In some cases this can be done in the open but it works best when a target is crushed against another solid object. A good example is when you trap an enemy between a car and a wall, push the car against the wall to kill the target.
The method needs little explanation. If you can get your enemy or targets into the water there is a good chance that they will drown and you will not be credited with their deaths in your game statistics.
The Stampede Trick
If your enemy or target is unarmed (or they are armed but not attacking) you can simply shove them over until they die. Repeatedly barge into the character (not using the push/attack move). This can be used to knock your target down flights of stairs, into the on-coming traffic and into water.
During most missions you are unable to call the police for assistance using your cell-phone. However, if you can get hold of a police car you can sometimes call for police backup during a mission. In some missions the cops will get involved and take out all your assailants. Note that in most cases the police are utterly useless and it can take a long time to complete missions using this technique.
Dwayne's Backup is a useful way to complete various missions and side missions with zero kills.
The Exploding Car Trick
The exploding-car-trick is possibly the most valuable method of killing enemies without gaining the credit in your statistics. It is essentially the same trick from previous GTA games but the game mechanics are different in GTA IV. It is more difficult to damage a car to the point of almost ready to explode, as the car must first set on fire, then burn for a while, side licks will appear before the car finally explodes (you don't have long to get out either). The car will set alight to the ground and other vehicles in the vicinity. This can be advantageous and disadvantageous depending on the mission or situation. The exploding car trick is much less predictable or controllable in GTA IV but is still one of the most effective tools at your disposal. It is possible to set an enemy alight with the side lick flames, but they won't die if immune to non-player, however being on fire keeps them close to the vehicle which means they will be killed when it explodes! If you shoot the vehicle to set it on fire the explosion will count against you, but you can damage vehicles with weapons and set them on fire by crashing thereby accelerating the process. Killing characters that are not immune to non-player with the side-lick flames will probably count as a kill in the game statistics.
An important (and well known) additional technique (known as the 911 trick) is essential for some missions. When the vehicle is damaged enough the engine will sometimes stall. You can restart stalled vehicles by making a phone call on the cell phone. This is vital when you are deploying the exploding-car-trick and the vehicle stalls leaving you in a vulnerable situation.
There are some other tricks and techniques that you can use as well. Unlike previous challenges there is not going to be a mission strategy thread. This is because there are a lot of people who haven't completed the game and it would just become a festival of spoiler tags. If you get stuck or are having problems I've thrown together a mission strategy blog. I've completed the challenge but not written up all the strategies. Good Luck!
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