Before launching into the Campaign, take a moment to become familiar with the various playstyles as well as the Blacklist score system. In Single Player and Co-op, you can score points in three different playstyles:
GHOST: PURE STEALTH
A Ghost completes objectives unseen, with minimal engagement with hostiles and no evidence left behind. You earn Ghost points by remaining undetected during a mission and by avoiding killing hostiles. Use only nonlethal techniques when confrontation is unavoidable.
PANTHER: SILENT, DEADLY
A Panther stalks his prey unseen, and strikes only when the kill is assured. You earn Panther points by killing hostiles while remaining undetected. Use silenced weapons and lethal hand-to-hand strikes to pick off hostiles from the shadows.
ASSAULT: OPEN COMBAT
An Assault specialist does not fear open combat, facing hostiles head-on without the protection of stealth. You earn Assault points by neutralizing hostiles in combat. Use unsilenced weapons and explosive grenades to gain supremacy on the battlefield.
Your goal is to beat the Target Score for a mission in any one playstyle to master the mission in that playstyle, which grants you additional bonus points. Check the mastery tab in Mission Details to see which playstyles you’ve already mastered.
AFTER ACTION REPORT
At the end of each mission or match, your performance is tallied in the After Action Report. The higher you score, the more money you can earn for additional weapons, gadgets, and upgrades. Try harder difficulty modes or upgrade the Paladin to earn even more cash.
In Co-op, both players earn the full amount of money from a mission, so you needn’t worry about splitting your earnings.
EARNING AND SPENDING
You earn money from every Single Player and Co-op mission you complete and in every public Spies Vs. Mercs match you play. You can spend money to:
Customize Gear: Unlock new weapons, gadgets, Ops Suit, and goggles, and customize them with upgrades.
Upgrade Paladin: Improving 4th Echelon’s headquarters gives various benefits, including boosting the rate at which you earn money.
You earn points by killing hostiles on the battlefield. To earn more points, you have to learn how to be an efficient killing machine. You earn Efficiency Points by eliminating multiple hostiles in one fell swoop within a single playstyle.
BONUSES: SINGLE PLAYER AND 4E MISSIONS
Time Bonus: Complete missions quickly for a higher score.
Hidden Paths: Look for alternate ways to reach your goal, including pipes and vents.
Hiding Bodies: Pick up bodies and hide the evidence to avoid suspicion.
4E Multiplier: Upgrade the 4th Echelon headquarters, the Paladin, to earn more money for every point you score.
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