|Hint: Longer time for mission:|
To get longer time for a mission, hold X just before the "Loading, please wait..." screen appears. Keep it held until the mission starts. You will have more time to finish your objectives. This is especially helpful for the mission in which you chase Jones' assassin.
Hint: Get out off a flying car:
Press Triangle + Up when you drive and jump. You will get out off the car, and your car will drive full speed farther. Note: This cannot be done while the police are chasing you.
Hint: Take a break:
Press Triangle while next to a chair. After your character sits, press the Analog-stick to change the camera angle.
Hint: Stop faster:
Press Triangle + Circle. Press Triangle + Square to stop even faster.
Hint: Sharp turns:
Hold Left or Right then press Triangle to make a sharp turn in any direction. U-turns are also easily accomplished this way.
Hint: Recover flipped car:
Hold Circle and alternately press Left and Right to turn over a flipped car.
Hint: Brake torque:
Hold Circle and then press Square.
Hint: Peel out:
Hold Square + Circle to heat up your tires, then release Square to peel out. Continue to hold Square until the peel out has stopped.
Press Circle + Right (Lift) and you can do donuts.
Hint: Silent car:
Hold Triangle + Square while in a car.
Hint: Quick continue:
If you are being chased by the police in take a ride mode and your car gets wrecked the same time the police lose you, press Up + Triangle about five or six times, and wait five seconds, then press Up + Triangle again. You will get out of the car and can continue the game.
Hint: Reset felony meter:
After getting the felony meter raised, make a getaway and get out of the car. Get another car to reset the felony meter before a cop finds you in the same car. The felony meter is always filled when you are in a cop car.
Hint: More cars in Take A Ride mode:
As you steal and use various cars throughout the game, they will be unlocked in the Take A Ride mode. This includes fire trucks, buses, police cars, etc.
Hint: Secret car in Take A Ride mode:
Unlock the secret car in any level. When the "You have unlocked the secret car" message appears, pause game play and exit. At the main menu, enter the game options, select "Save settings", and save a new file for the secret car. Whenever you start the game, remember to load the saved settings. Note: When ever you save a car, make sure there is a separate file for each car. The secret car is a black and yellow striped sports car.
Hint: Chicago: Steal a police car:
Go to Grant Park and go around that location. The police car is on the side of the park. Get out of your vehicle and steal the police car in the same way that you would steal any other vehicle. It is also easy to steal a police car in the Havana level.
Hint: Chicago: Stopping police cars:
When a police car is coming in front of you, hit it dead center in the front. If you hit them hard enough, they will be finished off in one or two hits. Be careful hitting too many police cars with the same car will kill you easily.
Hint: Chicago: Parked police car:
Go to Wrigley field and look around the park. At one of the corners of the street you will find a parked police car. Note: Your felony bar will be at max.
Hint: Chicago: Steal a fire truck:
Take a left and when you reach an intersection, take a right. Go straight to get to the gas station then turn left. Drive until you get to the end of the road. Turn left or right and drive up and down the street (near the Meig's Field airport) until you see a fire truck.
When you see the fire truck, press Triangle at its door to enter. Press R1 to activate its siren.
Hint: Chicago: Steal an armored truck:
Steal about seven cars. Then go to Wrigleyville. Take a right at the gas station and you will see an armored truck. Go up to it and press Up.
Hint: Chicago: Secret car:
Head north and go to the Wrigleyville area and find Wrigley Field. Go to the northwest end of the ballpark. Park your car, get out. walk over to where it says "Tickets" and press Triangle. A secret area located in the southeast corner of the ballpark will open. Return to your car, drive around to the southeast corner, and drive through the now opened gate and into the ballpark. Drive over to the ramp, get out of your car, walk up the ramp, turn right, and follow the walkway to the secret car.
Hint: Chicago: Get a lot of air:
Drive straight in the Chicago level until you reach a draw bridge. Backup and go up at full speed before the draw bridge goes up too high.
Go to Navy Pier on the east side of the map. Drive to the Ferris wheel on the west side; there is a ramp to get up there. Start from the road and go.
Hint: Chicago: Fall off a bridge:
Drive onto the gray bridge and park in the middle of it. When its starts to shake, get in your car. In a few seconds, you will fall off.
Hint: Chicago: Unlimited time in survival mode:
When you start, hold Circle + Right to do a 180 and head behind you. Straight back and to the left are some trees. Weave in between them to slow down pursuing cops. When you get to the buildings, turn down the small alley to the left and head back out towards the road you started on. Watch out for a cop that is near the road sometimes. Go right down the road, over a bridge, and left into the warehouse area. Once inside and without cops immediately behind, you will be safe -- no more can re-spawn in here. Note: This is extremely hard and may take a couple of tries to accomplish.
Hint: Chicago: Reset felony level:
After you unlock the secret car in Chicago, if you have too much felony drive to the tickets counter and press Triangle as you did before. When you get into the car you will not have any felony.
Hint: Chicago: Drive on two wheels:
Drive the secret car at full speed. Hold Circle then hold L1 and turn to either the left or the right. When the car starts to slide sideways, lock up the brakes by holding Triangle + Square. This should lift the two tires on the inside of the spin off the ground. Once this happens, stop turning the front wheels and quickly get off the gas before the car rolls over. Once on the wheels, not the side of the car, balance the car by steering, and slowly accelerate to drive along. This is difficult to do, but it is possible to drive like this for 15 or 20 car lengths with some practice.
Hint: Havana: Secret car:
Drive towards the tunnel located at the west end of the city. Just before the tunnel is a road on your left. Drive to the end of the road to reach a wall. Turn right and about one third of the way down, you will find the switch next to some trees on your right. Get out of your car, walk up to the switch, and press Triangle to open a secret area. Get back into your car, turn around, and head back to the road you just came off. You will see that the gate is now open. Drive in and down, ignoring the left turns. Keep driving to the end, then turn right and follow it down, making continuous left turns. When you get to the bottom, turn left again then right, and left once more. Follow that tunnel down to the end to find the secret car on a risen platform. You will see the switch on the right of the platform, on the wall. The secret car is the Mr. Bean car.
Go to the secret car area. Do the same as you would to get the car as normal, except go past the opening on the road to the corner. You will see the point you get to after obtaining the car. Go down it, and you will be in the secret car area. Note: If it does not work at first, enable the "Invincibility" cheat and try again.
Hint: Havana: Drive on the roof:
Go to one of the islands. Once there, look on your map and find a gray area. If you do not see it, you are on the wrong island. Go to the area, and it should be a fort complete with cannons. Go to the end of the road to find a wall with two ramps facing sideways to you. Drive up one. On the right, you should see a small building on the ground. Drive through the opening and land on the roof.
Hint: Havana: Steal a bus:
Go to Capitollo and drive around the blocks. Eventually you will see a large civilian type bus. Be careful as it can be destroyed quickly if it gets hit in the side hard. If you a police car head-on with the bus, it will go flying across the street.
Hint: Havana: Coach:
Go to the castle area or the start of the tunnel main area (land side) to find a coach. Press Triangle at its door to enter.
Hint: Havana: Disable police car:
Get The Bobtail and speed, then turn around and run right into his front end.
Hijack a truck and hit a police car head on at full speed to instantly take it out.
Hint: Havana: More time in survival mode:
When you start, go straight and slightly to the left weaving between some trees (to slow down pursuing cops). You are aiming for the monument on the hill ahead. You should cross the road and climb the hill to it, just next to the left edge. Brake half way up and stop at the top. The following cops will launch over your car repeatedly. Stay close to the left edge of the platform or they will hit the tower in the middle and fall on you.
When you start, go straight and slightly to the left weaving between some trees (to slow down pursuing cops). You are aiming for the monument on the hill ahead. You should cross the road and climb the hill to it, just next to the left edge. Brake half way up and stop at the top. The following cops will launch over your car. When they are on the other side, head off the left side of the platform and into an alley. Quickly turn left in the alley around the dumpster and follow the edge of the wall down to the corner. Stay at this location. The cops will try to get to you and may do so after some time. However, if you were fast enough, they will get stuck outside the alley or on the other side of the dumpster.
Hint: Havana: Felony that can be taken away:
To get a felony that can be taken away go to Havana, and get the van. Follow a police car while honking. If done for a long enough time, the felony meter will rise just a little bit. It will rise even more if honking continues. To get rid of the felony, just drive around obeying the laws. If the felony meter starts to flash it cannot be lost.
Hint: Havana: Cat walk with the secret car:
Start take a ride mode in Havana and use the secret car. Drive up to a wall head on at a normal speed. After hitting the wall, press Circle to make the car go on the back two wheels. The car will stay like this until the wheels stop peeling. This looks best during replays. After doing this, try it off the back of other cars on the road at high speeds.
Hint: Las Vegas: Secret car:
Take the first right turn and follow it down. Turn left to go to the Tropicana area. Turn right at the second street, then take the first left turn. Follow the "S" curve and stop at the crosswalk. Look left to see a gate and a building. Follow that building with the four cones in front of it. At the end of the building is an opened gate. Turn in there and you will see the switch next to the fence at the end of the building. Get out of your car and walk over to the switch. Press Triangle to open the gate you first saw. Get back in your car and drive around into the now open area. The secret car will be behind the building in front of you. The secret car is the Mr. Bean car.
The secret car is a Ute.
Hint: Las Vegas: Secret area:
After unlocking the secret car, go to the street and turn left to get back on to it. Take that street to the end and turn right. Follow this street to the next intersection and turn left. When you turn left, you will see a building, a fence and a wall. Between the wall and the next building is where you turn to go to the secret area.
Hint: Las Vegas: Invincibility cheat:
Go to Take a Ride mode and choose Las Vegas. When you start, take the first right and stay on this road. Keep going until you pass Flamingo Road. If you are facing south look to your left. There will be a white building with red trim with "Dollar Slots" there. To the left of the sign is a store called "Wiley's Pharmaceuticals". The switch is in front of the "99 Cents" sign. Walk up to it and press Triangle. The cheat will be unlocked in the secrets screen under the game play options. When the confirmation message appears, exit the game, go to "Options", then select "Gameplay", then "Secret". Select "Invincibility" to activate the cheat.
Hint: Las Vegas: Lose the police:
While driving in Las Vegas, down mid-Strip, you will see that there are walkways that go up and over the road to the other side. If you are getting chased by the police and you come across one of these, jump it smoothly. At the very least you will gain a few seconds on your pursuers. However, most of the time the police will crash into each other trying to go up it, or they will run into one of the walls on the sides of the steps.
Hint: Las Vegas: Find Ambulance easily:
As soon as you start the game, select the map and look for downtown. Drive to downtown till you reach the center. Once there, you can find ambulances in abundance. You can even encounter them at the entrance to downtown.
Hint: Las Vegas: Steal an ambulance:
Make a U-turn when you start and go straight. Take the fourth turn on the right. Drive up and down that road (airport area at the top of the map) until you find an ambulance.
Press Triangle at the ambulance door to enter. Press R1 to activate the siren. Note: A white limousine may appear instead of the ambulance, depending on the choices made during the game.
Hint: Las Vegas: Flip the ambulance:
Unlock all the cheat codes, go to Las Vegas, and choose "Invincibility" and "Immunity". Select an ambulance as your car. Go to a and try to drive off so that you flip the vehicle on its side. Once the ambulance is on its side, get into any other vehicle and ram into the ambulance. Make sure that you only hit the roof. The ambulance and your car should fly through the air, and spin and flip about.
Hint: Las Vegas: Steal a semi:
Get the limousine in the casino area and drive it to the drive-in movie. Go to the small projection building and press Triangle. You will get a semi in take a ride mode.
Hint: Las Vegas: Door bell:
Select take a ride mode and Las Vegas. Go to Lakeside. When you find a big house with four doors together, press Triangle and you will hear the door bell ring.
Hint: Las Vegas: Opening garage:
Go to the lower Strip and drive to the bottom left. Go through the little path and turn left. Find the garage with a button on the right side. Press Triangle and it will open.
Hint: Rio: Secret game:
Turn your car around, follow the street to the end, and turn right. Follow this next street to the end, and turn right. After you turn right, there will be some buildings to your right/ At the end of those buildings is a fenced in area. Follow the fence, stop at the last section, and look left. You will see the switch next to the building. Turn your car around and park. Get out of your car and walk over to the switch. Press Triangle to open a secret area. Get back into your car and follow the fence. About half way down you will see two rows of palm trees. That is the entrance. Drive in to reveal the secret game, around the back of the building. This secret game can also be unlocked by winning the Undercover mission.
Hint: Rio: Secret game two:
When you leave the first secret game, turn right and back onto the street. Follow that street and take the third left turn. Follow this next road and take the second exit. At the end of the off-ramp, make a U-turn and follow the street between the on and off ramps. Follow this street past the first right turn and to the fence. The switch is on your right, next to the fence. This secret game can also be unlocked by winning the Undercover Mission.
Hint: Rio: Immunity cheat:
You start by facing the interstate. Make a U-turn and go the other way. Turn right at the third street, which will take you past the big lake. Immediately after the lake is an intersection. Turn left there to find a building with a garage door and a regular door. That building should have barbed-wired fence at the top of it. To open the door, you need to go to the huge building to the right . It is black with white windows. There is a door on the very left side of this building, which is facing the other building you are trying to open. Push Triangle at that door and to unlock the immunity cheat for no police. To access this cheat, select "Game Settings", then "Cheats" at the options screen.
In a level in Rio, you are required to steal a cop car from the impound. Go to the same area in Take a Ride mode. Opposite the roller door where you drive out, there should be a side of a building. Go up to it. There will be three doors at that location. Go up the left one and press Triangle. a message should appear stating that you have unlocked a cheat. Pause game play and exit Take a Ride mode. Go to "Game Settings" on the option menu and go to "Cheats". "Immunity" should now appear.
Hint: Rio: Secret car:
Look at the very top of the map and find a part of the road that winds upwards like the following:
While traveling on this curved area, search for a switch on the north side. Use it to open a passage to the area behind the fence. Cruise around to get back there to find a blue semi.
Hint: Rio: Fire truck:
Go to to Lagoa Radrigo de Freitas (lake) and go around to find a Fire truck. Press Triangle at its door to enter. Press R1 to activate its siren. Note: A black limousine may appear instead, depending on choices made in the game.
Hint: Rio: Stop the hitman:
When you have to stop the hitman in Rio, get in your car as fast as possible and drive to the road he turns on to. Get right in front of him and do not press the gas. Just steer as he pushes you and he will die in a matter of seconds.
Hint: Save Jones:
To stop the hit man quickly and easily, hit him into the water. Follow the quickest route to the water, near the 90 degree corner. If you are fast enough, you will get there at the same time or a slightly before the hit man turns the corner and comes toward you. Hit him on an angle, and try to drive him over the beach into the water. He will quickly get stuck, and you will have stopped him without having to chase him all over town.
Hint: Avoid police chases:
Drive like you are one of the city cars and the police will not follow you unless you hit a car or building.
Enable the "Invincibility" cheat. If you are in a van or a slow vehicle and the police are too fast, turn around and head straight into them. Try to crash them. If done correctly, your map will go white and you will be free.
Steal a fire truck and the police will not chase you. If you hit any poles, cars, or anything he will chase you.
Hint: Stealing police cars:
Usually when you see a police car, it also will appear on the map. If you see a police car that does not appear on the map, you can steal it.
Hint: Avoid roadblocks:
To get past a police roadblock, just drive on the sidewalk.
Hint: Take a ride mode: Getting out of wreck:
If you total your car in take a ride mode, you can get out of it if there are no cops in pursuit.
Hint: Avoid donuts:
Do not press Circle unless you are on a straight-away. If you turn with holding Circle, you will do a donut.
Hint: Cop destroys your car while you are outside:
Enable the "Invincibility" cheat, and get chased by a cop until they make a road block. Do not hit any cop cars in the road block. Destroy the cop car that was chasing you earlier. Your map will flash white, meaning you are not being chased any more. Go up to one of the cop cars in the road block and tap it lightly, then immediately get out of your car. The cop will keep on hitting the car you were in, even though you exited. This may not always work, but may be repeated as many times as needed.
Sometimes the police car will chase you everywhere instead of focusing on your car.
Hint: Scared police:
Note: This trick works best in Chicago. Choose any car, with no cheats enabled. After getting chased by the cops, and once their cars are dead, get out of the car and walk towards the roadblock (if available) before the other cops see you. All of the police will be out of their cars, and will be kneeling down pointing their guns. Walk past the row of cops and look behind you to see that they are now pointing their guns straight at you. If you get too close, they will run away.
Hint: No moving cars:
Collect almost every car that can be chosen at the car selection screen. Find a place to put these cars, such as the police station in Rio and the garage in Vegas. When the cars are in a safe place, do not go too far or they will disappear. Once you have collected most of the cars, all of the cars that were driving in the streets will be gone. Also, if you steal a police car, no police will drive in the streets. If you want the cars back, just walk or drive far away from the stolen cars.
Hint: Vibrating car:
Crash a car into a building or object. Then get into another car, hold Brake and look at the car you just crashed (at a certain spot). If done correctly, the car will start to vibrate.
Hint: Rolling hub caps:
Drive fast and take a sharp turn while braking. You may see a hub cap fall off and start rolling.
Hint: Matrix-type replay:
Select any mode and fly off any ramp or object before the "Out Of Tape" message at the bottom of the screen. Select "End mission" and then go to "Camera Director". Go to the scene where you jumped off and pause it in mid-air. Choose the "Rotate camera" option and rotate the camera. Rotate it slightly horizontally then play the scene for one second. Keep doing that until you hit the ground. Rewind to the beginning and watch your Matrix-type scene.
Glitch: Fall through the ground:
Drive straight in the Chicago level in take a ride mode until you reach a draw bridge. If it is up wait, until it starts going down. When it is half way down drive at full speed over it. Press Triangle + Up to get out of the car while it is in the air. Watch the car as it goes down -- it will appear as if it fell through the ground. Note: Sometimes it really does fall through the ground. All of the game's ending boundaries will also glitch, so cars will appear to just fall out of nowhere seem to disappear into the street.
In the Las Vegas level, drive by one of the overhead cross walks in the Chevy Silverado. Drive up it at a very fast speed and jump out immediately after you launch. Your truck will go under ground and pop out again.
Glitch: Moving lights:
Steal a fire truck in Chicago, turn the sirens on, and press Select to change to the in-car view. Get some speed and jump over a half-open bridge. The red-flashing lights will appear in the top of the screen when you land. You can also look left or right to see the lights.
Glitch: Overlapping car sounds:
In take a ride mode , get out of the car you start with and get into any other car. As soon as you get in, quickly hold Circle to burnout. If done correctly, you will burnout and hear the car starting at the same time.
Glitch: Floating cars:
After getting in the secret car in Havana, the platform will rise above the ground. Go back down the same way you went to get to the secret car, and you will see that the platform it still up. Look at the base of the platform. If appears that if you walked towards it, you would fall down in a small area. However walking across it results in you hovering in mid-air.
Select the Rio or Havana levels. In Rio, drive up a bridge and direct the car to the water. Press Triangle + Up to exit the car while it is in the air. The car will go in the water and then float. For Havana, go to where the ferry is located, on the mainland. Jump the ramp and press Triangle + Up to exit the car. The car will go in the water. Look, and the car will be floating in the water.
Glitch: Disappearing cars:
Successfully complete the game and unlock all cheats and cars. Go to Chicago and enable the "Immunity" and "Invincibility" cheats. Select the fire truck as your vehicle, and go to the Wrigley Field area. You must use the same fire truck as the one you started the level with. Once you get to Wrigley Field, go to the switch below the word "Tickets", which is the one that unlocks the secret car. Get out of the fire truck, and flip the switch. If done correctly, your vehicle, and all other vehicles, should disappear for brief period of time. Your fire truck will not return, but all the other vehicles will.
Glitch: Disappearing hubcaps:
When you get into a car, one or more of the hubcaps may disappear. Once you get out of it, they will reappear.
Glitch: Police car stops:
Follow a police car and about a minute later, it may pullover to the side or it may not drive at all, creating a traffic jam. You cannot steal it and if you break the law, the cop will go after you. This will not always work.
Glitch: Turn parked police car 90 degrees:
To get a police car to turn a 90 degree angle when he is parked, tailgate him until he finally stops and start honking your horn. The cars behind, will also start to honk. Keep doing this until he turns 90 degrees.
Glitch: Drown on train:
In Las Vegas, there is a train track at the end side of the ghost town. Follow the train track until you reach the train. Get out of your car and enter the train. The game will say that you drowned, but place you back in your car.
Look closely while Tanner in running. His shadow is holding two guns, but Tanner is not holding anything at all.
Glitch: Fixed front end:
Play in Las Vegas during the day with the Challenger and the "Invincibility" cheat. Hit a car from behind, and take a look at the front of the car. Your headlights should be smashed in. Keep holding the look back buttons (R2, L2) and hit another car from behind. The front end should now be fixed.
Enable the "Invincibility" cheat, drive at full speed, and run head on into another vehicle. Hit this vehicle repeatedly, completely destroying it. Normally you would not be able to drive a vehicle in this condition, but the invincibility cheat now allows you to do so. Get out of your vehicle, enter the destroyed vehicle, and start to drive. The instant you hit another object, it will snap back to its original mint condition.
Glitch: Invisible chairs:
Run over a chair and exit the car. Walk up to the place where the recently destroyed chair was located and press Triangle. Tanner will sit on the chair even though it is not there.
Glitch: Walk in buildings:
Do the "Invisible chairs" glitch, sit down on the chair that was closest to a wall, then stand up again. Eventually, Tanner will step forward through the wall and you will be inside the building. Rio is the easiest city to do this in.
Glitch: Drive through buildings:
Select any level with a hill. Drive to the hill. Aim your car towards a building immediately before you jump the hill. Then, while you are in the air, jump out of your car by pressing Triangle + Up. Watch your car go flying through the building or get stuck halfway.
Select the Las Vegas level and let the cops chase you. Go to an area where there are six or seven little shack-like structures. They should be right off Flamingo or Tropicana. Stop next to one of the buildings. Let the cops hit you. There is a chance you will go flying in the air and through another building or shack.
Enable the "Invincibility" cheat and choose Las Vegas in survival mode. Park sideways against a building and let the police cars hit you at maximum speed. Note: This does not always work.
Glitch: Walk through cars:
Get out of your car. Go up to another car and try to steal it. Do not stop the car. Immediately when it begins to pass you, and making sure the car does not stop, try to steal it from the side. If done correctly, you will go through it. Note: This only works some of the time.
Glitch: Go through barriers:
Select the Chicago level and let the cops chase you. Stop along any barriers in the level while they chase you. Sometimes if you are hit hard enough into the barrier, you will go through it.
Glitch: Stuck camera:
Hold L2 or R2 and press Select while in the third person view. Then the camera will get "stuck sideways" when you release L2 or R2.