This is interesting since it seems that doing the mission with perfect parameters (SA / NKO) scales much worse into score than simply doing it fast. It’s possible the number or targets or its complexity are the main causes and that the scoring system is completely thrown off when there are more than 5 targets, although I remember achieving a much better score with 4 stars rather than SA (within a somewhat similar time) on the escalation Aelwin Augment as well.
The Time Bonus is calculated differently when the run is not 5 Stars SA, the bonus is lower but if the difference in time between 5 Stars SA run is big enough it will match it and then surpass it.
Still, I’m pretty sure 52s for this contract is impossible. There is no way you can get an angle for Rolf and the 2 bikers in the grow house to kill them with a sniper, not to mention running from one place to the other. And then there are all the other targets in multiple places and many of them are also in the open to be seen by other NPCs. There’s no way it’s legit. Druzhina glitch/mod plus Wemod? Sub 4 minutes is absolutely doable and has been done 2 years ago. Maybe it’s possible to drop it down to 3 minutes flat.
It’s quite possible that it’s just some kind of wallhack, as the Steam leaderboards are rife with cheaters (although I prefer not to assume anything as long as I haven’t seen the run). I dunno what the Druzhina glitch is though :x
Yeah, Druzhina glitch was patched but I’ve heard there was/is a mod that allows to shoot through walls like with Druzhina but using any weapon (of course it makes sense to use a sniper at long range with it anyway).
My solutions to Alphabetical Order (Chongqing) 1:50, Deadly Decor (Bangkok) 59, A Timeless Masterpiece (Mendoza) 1:12, Hidden in Plain Sight (Chongqing) 1:07.
Whittleton, Bangkok and Mendoza i liked the most, and there’s room for creativity in Alphabetical as well, hoping to see people do it all in 1 minute or something. And the name for “Hidden in Plain Sight” is just perfect.