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A New York Minute

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A New York Minute0
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17 May 2012 12 Jun 2013
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This game mode becomes unlocked under arcade mode after you have beaten the game on any difficulty.

In this mode you must go through each level on Medium and stay ahead of the falling time limit. You get more time by shooting enemies, and get even more time from headshots and explosions.

+5 seconds per kill
+6 seconds for headshots
+10 seconds for melee kills
+bonus to the kill for Explosions

For this game mode you must play the entire chapter without dying. Levels are broken up into chapters, and some into sub chapters. Do not get this confused with hardcore NY minute which requires all levels to be beaten in one sitting without dying.

Try to always use as much bullet-time as possible as well as find as many pain killers as you can.

You can put soft lock on in order to help with your aim a bit.

Another helpful hint is that you can hit the back button to turn off weapon attachments and press left and right on the D pad to change your viewing angle.

I have personally recorded each mission to show you how to get through.

UPDATE 2 - Here is a list of all pain killers in the game. Props to Pr1nce0fDarknez for giving me the link and Infernal on X360a


UPDATE - I have now completed Hardcore NY Minute. It was a pain! I died so many times over game glitches and stupid situations but being persistent is key!

Click the link below for the videos of me doing Hardcore NY Minute. If you click on the videos and go to Youtube you can see time stamps for each section and main event for easy navigation.

All videos were recorded while streaming at
nice guide bro --- hey, you know if benefits like unlimited ammo, one hit kill, etc. can be used to unlock these achievements or do those "cheats" negate the unlocks?
Posted on 18 May 12 at 01:39
Almighty AllahCheats will negate the unlocks of any achievements. All rockstar games do that. I unlocked the ability to do this after i beat the game on easy the first time.
Posted by Almighty Allah on 18 May 12 at 06:26
MarkyshizzleAllah is right, no cheats will help with this.
Posted by Markyshizzle on 18 May 12 at 08:07
Le Benjoso if you can use soft lock this will be easier. ty
Posted by Le Benjo on 18 May 12 at 12:47
DixxxxxonWhat an awesome guide!
Posted by Dixxxxxon on 18 May 12 at 17:35
MarkyshizzleSoft lock is easier, yup, but u might as well practice with free aim if going for hardcore someday :P
Posted by Markyshizzle on 18 May 12 at 19:59
1 more question : since the NYM playthrough is technically on Hard, do you also get the achievement for beating the story on Hard (i.e. would this save me from having to do an additional playthrough)?
Posted on 19 May 12 at 06:10
MarkyshizzleNo, bc NY Minute isn't unlocked until you beat the game on hard... lol.

Good try though
Posted by Markyshizzle on 19 May 12 at 06:23
Almighty AllahOk that is weird because i have nym unlocked and i have only beaten the game on easy so far. But only the first chapter is unlocked.
Posted by Almighty Allah on 19 May 12 at 09:00
NekroseSo apparently I can't play NYM. I never get the cut scene on the balcony in chapter 1.
Posted by Nekrose on 20 May 12 at 10:33
MarkyshizzleAlright, I will adjust the solution, i played thru hard my first try and posted what i was told, but ill fix it.
Posted by Markyshizzle on 20 May 12 at 19:55
bigbadthug81Does anyone know if you complete NYM, you get the hard and hardcore achievements as well?
Posted by bigbadthug81 on 22 May 12 at 19:26
Markyshizzleno you dont...
Posted by Markyshizzle on 23 May 12 at 08:26
Deeds ZAMust this be done in one sitting? Or does it save and allow you to continue later?
Posted by Deeds ZA on 23 May 12 at 12:44
MarkyshizzleHardcore mode is one sitting, normal NYM like in this solution is chapter to chapter
Posted by Markyshizzle on 23 May 12 at 22:04
Ibanez V7Normal NYM isn't on hard. The damage you take is comparative to easy.
Posted by Ibanez V7 on 23 May 12 at 23:21
Markyshizzleid say its either medium or hard, either way its all the same lol
Posted by Markyshizzle on 24 May 12 at 17:54
Benn1eSo just to clarify, you can use soft and hard lock on this mode and still get the achievement?
Posted by Benn1e on 24 May 12 at 18:27
Crimson RidleyThe damage you take is between Medium and Hard, but the AI seems to have downgraded as they are less quick to react to a situation. That may be because of the constant shoot dodging though. I'm currently on Chapter 10 and I'm wondering what your most troublesome chapter was. I'd guess 13?
Posted by Crimson Ridley on 24 May 12 at 18:58
Ibanez V7It's on easy, test it yourselves. Load Chapter 3 checkpoint 3 on Hard, exit cover and watch your health. Do it 3 times on each difficulty for consistant results. Then load Chapter 3 on NYM and do the same thing.

The 2nd set of testing I did was to exit cover and walk towards the enemies. Obviously, the closer you are, the more damage they do. You'll see that a single shotgun blast on hard does 90% damage but on NYM it takes 3 to kill you.

Having said this though, it's possible the difficulty gets ramped up towards the end but again, easy enough to test.
Posted by Ibanez V7 on 24 May 12 at 23:06
MarkyshizzleAfter completing hardcore NYM I must say the hardest level is probably the office, cemetary, and boat.

Check out my other solution for videos that might help you a little more due to know the game a bit better.
Posted by Markyshizzle on 25 May 12 at 00:40
Ibanez V7Congrats on NYM HC, you sure must have some patience.

I've got a tip for others I haven't seen anywhere. Not sure if you use this in your video's as I haven't watched them, but:

At any time, you can pause the game and press 'Y' to remove the menu. You can then look around the room using the right stick while the game is paused. Useful for searching for painkillers or a weapon without running down the clock. Or, just finding the damn exit if you've become disorientated by a shootdodge maneuver with 2 and half twists.
Posted by Ibanez V7 on 25 May 12 at 04:30
Markyshizzlei never heard of that but i knew where 99% of them were anyways. As far as time goes, I never had an issue with it running out even on hardcore. I guess it might matter if u are going for all plat or something though
Posted by Markyshizzle on 25 May 12 at 09:07
xaeroI'm on the very last chapter and I die every single time at the part where Becker launches grenades at you. I always get hit by a stray one. This other time, I cleared all the enemies in the stage, but the game glitched and wouldn't progress me through the level. It's such a pain in the ass.
Posted by xaero on 26 May 12 at 10:22
Markyshizzleuse cover, quick aim, and shoot his nades out of the sky. getting kills while not in bullet time builds up your meter, check my hardcore playthru
Posted by Markyshizzle on 26 May 12 at 10:37
Markyshizzleglad to help
Posted by Markyshizzle on 26 May 12 at 20:15
Drowsy zZzDo you have to get them all platinum for the achievement?
Posted by Drowsy zZz on 30 May 12 at 22:36
goldyman77No @Ssterling420, it doesn't need to be platinum, just beaten. My question though was can you combine free aim and soft lock to get the achievement or does it only register one or the other? I just did chapter 1 free aim but figured it'd save me time if I did soft lock, any help on that would be great!
Posted by goldyman77 on 31 May 12 at 03:30
Markyshizzlei think u can mix and match as it still shows the best medal u have when u go to it in the menu no matter what aim u have it on
Posted by Markyshizzle on 31 May 12 at 05:17
AdnyDo you have to get at least a bronze medal on each level to unlock the achievement? Or do you just have to complete the level with time to spare?
Posted by Adny on 31 May 12 at 10:31
Markyshizzlejust complete
Posted by Markyshizzle on 01 Jun 12 at 22:03
AdnyThanks man. :)
Posted by Adny on 03 Jun 12 at 13:46
EstocoImoHavent read all the comments. But what happens if you dont get a medal when finishing a level? I played the cemetary level and ended with 57 seconds left and didnt get a medal. Will I still get the ach?
Posted by EstocoImo on 03 Jun 12 at 22:47
EstocoImoHavent read all the comments. But what happens if you dont get a medal when finishing a level? I played the cemetary level and ended with 57 seconds left and didnt get a medal. Will I still get the ach?
Posted by EstocoImo on 03 Jun 12 at 23:07
Markyshizzleliterally 2 comments above this is your answer...
Posted by Markyshizzle on 04 Jun 12 at 00:38
goldyman77@Markyshizzle, I must say your guide(s) and overall performance are downright fantastic. Really puts the $20 for the stupid BradyGames guide book to waste and utter shame. Only thing that everyone still doesn't seem to have an answer for yet is if you can mix the aim up for NYM and still get the cheevo. Out of pure laziness however, I'm just going to stick to free aim, for I'm gonna need it for NYM HC anyways. Again, thanks for the guide and help, awesome job!
Posted by goldyman77 on 04 Jun 12 at 15:40
Markyshizzleyeah like i said before, either aim you choose, it still shows your best medal so i imagine that you can mix and match. However I did all of mine on soft aim. The standards for medals are the same and no penalty for using it so why not? As far as free aim goes i had enough practice after my other playthroughs to attempt HC Ny minute
Posted by Markyshizzle on 04 Jun 12 at 15:48
goldyman77Yea you've definitely got a point there. Just gonna use soft lock to platinum em all up and get my extra characters.
Posted by goldyman77 on 04 Jun 12 at 19:44
jawest78Just an FYI: Chapter 11 is listed twice and Chapter 8 is missing. These videos have been really helpful to me as I've been moving through these levels.
Posted by jawest78 on 09 Jun 12 at 04:13
Markyshizzlethanks, ill fix it
Posted by Markyshizzle on 09 Jun 12 at 15:09
Markyshizzlewatch the video for it, and mimic what i did?
Posted by Markyshizzle on 09 Jun 12 at 15:54
Gwintbleiddthanks 4 the guide. 1*** :D The chievo wasn´t as bad as I thought first, a bit challenging but very fun though :)
Posted by Gwintbleidd on 26 Jul 12 at 21:19
Markyshizzleyeah, now go for hardcore... u will see what challenging is lol
Posted by Markyshizzle on 27 Jul 12 at 07:59
NmE Se7enxgood guide, this achivement is alot easier with the painkiller guide by your side having extra painkillers was key for me.
Posted by NmE Se7enx on 05 Aug 12 at 23:17
Markyshizzlethanks man, glad to help
Posted by Markyshizzle on 14 Aug 12 at 15:05
Stinkman68I completed the Game On hard and started The One Minute Game Mode. After the First two Levels, back in the Main Menü, the New Game Mode is still locked. But at the Rockstar Internet Page i still See my results. But if i load the Last chapter, and finish it, the NY Minute Mode unlocks again. Any solutions why the New Mode is allways locked?
Posted by Stinkman68 on 12 Sep 12 at 20:38
lord verhSame problem for me I finished the game on normal and this mode unlocked but I didn't bother with it, today I finished on hard and now this mode is locked? Maybe I need to reload the very last checkpoint as the game tells me to 'finish the game first'
Posted by lord verh on 13 Oct 12 at 22:13
Christian21JJust got it...was a payne...can't imagine how il get the NYMHC.,,,
Posted by Christian21J on 24 Feb 13 at 23:56
Captain RedeyeThanks for the Guide!!
Posted by Captain Redeye on 26 Mar 13 at 12:51
Barad 007It's not unlocked for me..I've finished the game 4 times on 4 different difficulties.
Posted by Barad 007 on 06 May 13 at 11:51
Markyshizzlenew york minute is an arcade mode that is unlocked, not a regular game mode
Posted by Markyshizzle on 06 May 13 at 16:09
Yohon KalicYou also get +10 seconds for just blowing up a vehicle by itself. This helped gain some time on the police station level in the parking lot, using the rockets and or grenade launcher. Maybe someone said this already or even yourself in one of your walkthroughs. Just thought it was worth putting up on your guide, as every little thing helps.
Posted by Yohon Kalic on 28 Jul 13 at 21:21
BYJOSThis game have problems, nym is easy but the platinum isn't. Can someone tell me why the fuck I needed 4 minutes on chapter 2 for platinum and other walkthroughs got it under. It was so damn difficult but I managed and I am 40 place global.
Posted by BYJOS on 09 Sep 13 at 21:14
GeoFluxI don't intend to try and complete this game on NYM but does anyone know why I don't have that mode unlocked even though I completed the game on hard? Just wondering.
I have the "complete on hard" achievement and all the chapters unlocked.
Posted by GeoFlux on 22 Oct 13 at 17:31
PhillipWendellI guess I'll rehash the pun myself. This achievement sounds like a real "Payne". Will not be attempting. Time-based achievements like these frustrate me...
Posted by PhillipWendell on 18 May 14 at 00:10
MarkyshizzleJust go fast and kill alots of dudes :D
Posted by Markyshizzle on 18 May 14 at 00:32
L33T SONICNice guide bro, thanks. I just beat the game on hard, now have this unlocked. according to damage I'm getting, It should be medium.
Posted by L33T SONIC on 22 May 14 at 15:19
Dingus McKahI plan on attempting both this and hardcore, but I have a game breaking bug and I'm not sure how to fix it. Explosions have stopped working for me. It's crazy like I'll shoot the grenade launcher at people and they won't die. If a car blows up next to an enemy they don't die either. Propane tanks, gas pumps etc. The only thing that works is the Law during chapter 14, but that's only if I shoot the enemies before they cross through the gate. Any advice?
Posted by Dingus McKah on 14 Oct 16 at 13:29
Markyshizzleno clue man, havent played the game since i made this guide. perhaps google or send the dev a ticket
Posted by Markyshizzle on 14 Oct 16 at 14:37
Viper8828is this near impossible since rockstart had to do complete dbags n change the bonus u get for explosions....ive always sucked at the NY minute part of MP1 & MP2 with a mouse! how am i gonna do this with a controller ugh
Posted by Viper8828 on 28 Jun 17 at 00:12
Markyshizzle9 people have done it since january
Posted by Markyshizzle on 01 Jul 17 at 21:46