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Research PhD

Max out all possible research.

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The categories for research are:

Thuggish Splicer (splicers with melee weapons)
Leadhead Splicer (Splicers with guns)
Nitro Splicer (Splicers with Grenades)
Houdini Splicer (Splicers with fire that teleport)
Spider Splicer (Crawls on the ceiling & has claws)
Rosie (Big Daddy with the rivet gun)
Bouncer (Big Daddy with the drill)
Little Sister
Security Bot (the flying guys)
Security Camera

General tips:
1) Have the freezing or electrobolt plasmid equipped with the camera selected as your weapon. Freeze or electrocute the enemy, then take a picture to minimize the amount of damage.
2) There are tonics you can equip to increase your research score on each of these and they will cut down on the number of photos you have to take a lot.
3) There are two Houdini Splicers who dance in Cohen's apartment - this is a great place to max out your research
4) You get diminishing returns if you photo the same subject several times, but with the Little Sisters and Big Daddies you won't have a choice
5) Once you max research on the security bots and turrets, you get an insta hack on them - which is awesome
6) Once you hack a turret, bot, or camera, you can no longer take pictures for research since friendly units don't count
7) You get a bonus if you shoot the Big Daddy and get the Little Sister in the same frame or vice versa.
8) You get a bonus for multiple subjects in the same shot.
9) At the end of the game, before going to take the final boss down, save your game, go back and try for a picture of everything to see what you haven't maxed your research on.

This achievement will pop as soon as you 100% research all items. You do not have to wait until the end of the game.
QuarantaneNice guide. Very detailed.

Only thing I would add is where you say "type of big daddy" put "big daddy with drill" or "big daddy with rivet gun"

Positive vote
Posted by Quarantane on 29 Oct 09 at 15:22
Greggie SmallzzAgreed with previous comment, but would like to add that theres no worries for the lower grade on repeated photos of the same subject. You get so much film in this game just keep snapping photos of the same subject and you'll get this quick. Also you can take photos of the splicers when they're dead too, get as much as you can out of each one.
Posted by Greggie Smallzz on 01 Jan 10 at 16:44
Mickey KinI liked this guide, and the comments helped (didn't know about the dead splicers, thanx Greggie), but I would add also that up until late in the game you can still travel back to previous places.
Posted by Mickey Kin on 21 Jun 10 at 18:02
Angel ManFreddyDo enemies respawn? I don't see how it would be possible to go back to photograph more if they don't. If they do, does that include Big Daddies and Little Sisters? Thanks!
Posted by Angel ManFreddy on 07 Nov 10 at 18:33
GnomishNinjaThe common enemies respawn and you will occasionally come across a Big Daddy without a Little Sister, but the number of Little Sisters is absolute - once you harvest or save one, she's gone.
Posted by GnomishNinja on 07 Nov 10 at 19:12
Orlesian BardYeah I ran out of little sisters but there is a glitch where you can repeatedly get them in the proving grounds.
Posted by Orlesian Bard on 19 Feb 11 at 14:18
Solario32Wow...very nice guide. Definite thumbs up!
Posted by Solario32 on 20 Sep 11 at 18:20
JungleWookieeAlso, Rosie are BD with rivet and Bouncer are those with drill...
Posted by JungleWookiee on 27 Nov 11 at 22:53
xMARCxWookie is right, the BDs are backwards. Rosie is the rivet gun BD and the Bouncer is the one with the drill.

Does this pop the moment you complete it? Or do I have to wait until the game is complete?
Posted by xMARCx on 19 Aug 12 at 18:58
GnomishNinjaCorrected the info on the Big Daddies. The achievement pops the moment you 100% your last research subject.
Posted by GnomishNinja on 20 Aug 12 at 03:22
rocky1bombIs there a way to get the security cameras to respawn, didn't realise you needed these untill it was to late.
Posted by rocky1bomb on 20 Aug 12 at 16:19
GnomishNinjaUnfortunately once they're down they're gone for good. :(
Posted by GnomishNinja on 23 Sep 12 at 06:28
JOKERMAN50Missed this chieve on my first run. Check the top right corner of the screen when you take a photo that doesn't work. I thought they all said poor quality or no subject so I stopped reading them. Had no idea when a subject was complete until my 2nd run through. DUH
Posted by JOKERMAN50 on 11 Jan 13 at 12:21
Rental 360Anyone knows why I can´t take a picture of the dead? It always says I don´t have enough points?!
Posted by Rental 360 on 03 Feb 13 at 12:38
Shadow XBLCrap...... figured out i'm missing either Turret, Security Bot, or Security Camera..... I don't know which one but my game is pretty maxed so I'm sure they're all dead or hacked. Ugh.

to get the "maxed out all research" I'd have to play the entire game over again right? And take photos of everything all over.
Posted by Shadow XBL on 05 Mar 13 at 06:31
GnomishNinjaYes - to max it out you would have to start all over again. Do you have an earlier save you can backtrack to?
Posted by GnomishNinja on 05 Mar 13 at 19:11
Shadow XBLI'll check, but I don't think so. Blah.
Posted by Shadow XBL on 05 Mar 13 at 19:36
Shadow XBLFYI on the last level where you walk with the little sisters, you can let them kill her and take pics of all of the security systems while they're shooting and working - this gives high quality photos and worked for me if you're missing those pics.
Posted by Shadow XBL on 08 Sep 14 at 16:40
troyoyAwesome guide. You should cut and paste to the other 3 versions of this game. To make this cheeve easier I would unequip the plasmid that shocks people when they hit you. On easy this kills a lot of enemies just by them hitting you one time. Then you are screwed out of 3 photos per enemy that you accidently kill.
Posted by troyoy on 27 Oct 15 at 15:43
KyotowalledDoes anybody know if you can get this achievement if you max out missing research on a new game or do I have to fully research them all again to get this achievement?
Posted by Kyotowalled on 02 Feb 17 at 02:20