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Recruited to 5th SFG in Mafia III

Recruited to 5th SFG74 (15)

This is a rare achievementPerform 5 headshots in 5 seconds

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Achievement Guide for Recruited to 5th SFG

SandMan NL1
379,152 (246,074)
SandMan NL1
Achievement won on 08 Oct 16
TA Score for this game: 456
Posted on 08 October 16 at 23:16, Edited on 09 October 16 at 00:12
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Go to the police station in French Ward.

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Throw a "Screaming Zemi" doll in the garage and lure all cops together. (Select the Screaming Zemi, and hold and release cn_RB).

The Screaming Zemi distraction doll is available as part of the Arms Dealer perk from Cassandra. You can find it under 'explosives'. (Hold cn_LB at any time in the game and choose 'Arms Dealer'.)
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Use a rifle or pistol for easier headshots and QUICKLY shoot them in the head.
I used the Hartmann .30. (Also available from the Arms Dealer).
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Credit: Thanks to PowerPyx for the location.
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205,435 (141,370)
Achievement won on 22 Oct 16
TA Score for this game: 985
Posted on 22 October 16 at 22:41, Edited on 24 October 16 at 14:44
New solutionThis solution has 10 positive votes and 1 negative vote. Please log in to vote.
Bottom Line Up Front: This is an alternative approach to the conventional way of shooting five enemies on foot. Lincoln makes the five headshots while in a vehicle.
Advantages: No expensive Screaming Zemi Distraction Doll is required. Targeting is performed by the game so skilled player controlled targeting requiring hand and eye coordination is not required.
Disadvantages: The player must assemble at least three police cars in close proximity to Lincoln. This is a challenging task. Although skilled hand and eye coordination is not required to the extent of the on foot approach, the player must be comfortable in a vehicle and be familiar with the mechanics of targeting and shooting while in a vehicle.

This is a very difficult achievement no matter how you do it. As of this writing, the TA ratio is over 5. If you are having difficulty doing it on foot, you might try doing it in a vehicle where the targeting to the head is done automatically by the game. I give credit to Von 0 Vampiro who taught me the technique I use in the below video.

This in-vehicle approach to the achievement gives players an alternative to the on foot approach. The on foot approach, generally (but not necessarily) uses a Screaming Zemi distraction doll to cause the enemies to congregate close together around the screaming Zemi. It requires skilled hand and eye coordination to quickly take the five headshots in rapid succession. I prefer the in-vehicle solution to the on-foot solution. The Screaming Zemi distraction doll is expensive and I knew I would need some costly practice if I tried to get the achievement on foot by having the victims congregate around a thrown Screaming Zemi distraction doll.

Even though the head targeting is performed by the game, the in-vehicle technique has its own difficulties. When shooting, you must have at least three police cars close to you. There are two officers per car so, to get the five headshots you need for the achievement, you have to be chased by three cars.

Moreover, the cars must be close to you. If the cars are too far away, the time per shot is increased. So, even if you make the five headshots, they may take over five seconds to perform. So, although the in-vehicle technique does not require the skilled hand and eye coordination of the on foot approach, it challenges the player with managing the chase in such a way that Lincoln is boxed in by at least three chasing cars.

The achievement can be unlocked wherever you can get three police cars to 'corner' you where you have the fields of fire to perform five headshots. The below video selects the French Ward area. The street running by Father James's Church, a safehouse, is wide enough to accommodate Lincoln's car and the three chasing vehicles. I could not get three vehicles to reliably chase me when provoking the chase from inside the car. So, Lincoln provokes the chase on foot at the French Ward police station. He assaults a police officer, gets in his car parked nearby, and drives to the target point opposite Father James's Church.

Having equipped a weapon (press cn_LB and select the handgun), Lincoln cycles the targeting from tire to engine to headshot by pressing cn_LB twice. When three cars have boxed him in Lincoln shoots the six occupants by pressing cn_RB six times. Make sure that the green dot has appeared on the target's head, otherwise the shot will not count as a valid headshot. If you shoot too quickly, the automatic targeting will not have switched to the next headshot. In that case, the second shot will be a wasted shot into the dead body of the first target.

Some key points:
--Lincoln will take damage. He uses a pickup truck in the video because it provides more protection than a car. The specific truck in the video is the Bulworth Buckliner 75 that is a random spawn near Vito's place. Although not used in the video, a tac vest is recommended.
--Do not overdrive the chasing cars.
--The hardest part of this technique to get the achievement is by allowing three police cars to corner you where you can make the headshots. There is some randomness to the chase so you rely, in part, on luck. Because of that, make sure you have internalized the elements within your control--understanding your planned route, drawing your weapon (cn_LB, cycle the targeting to headshots (cn_LB-cn_LB), shooting at least five headshots and preferably six (cn_RB-cn_RB-cn_RB-cn_RB-cn_RB-[optionalcn_RB]).
--I recommend the Elling 9mm pistol for its high rate of fire, large magazine, accuracy, and stability. Von 0 Vampiro tells me that even the Alfredson M419 pistol we start out with will work.

It took me about an hour of practice to learn how to manage the chase. Fortunately, it takes place near the safe house so one can revert to the last checkpoint should the chase not turn out as desired. In my experimentations, I first tried provoking the chase while in the vehicle but could not achieve the consistent outcome I was looking for. If someone can figure out a reliable way of provoking the chase in the vehicle, this would be preferable to the method used in the video. Please add a comment if you have some insight on improving the chase segment of this solution.

Again, my sincere thanks to Von 0 Vampiro for teaching me this elegant solution to a difficult achievement.
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