Saint's Row 2 Guide - Diversions
Base Jumping: Take a helicopter or plane as high as possible and jump out. If you are falling over a certain area, a prompt telling you to press Y/Triangle to start the diversion will appear. Your goal is to land as close to the marker as possible. Deploy your parachute and use the Left Thumbstick to glide or pullback in a certain direction. Land perfectly at the center of the marker to unlock the no fall damage ability.
Blackjack and Poker: These games can be played on the machines in the Poseidon’s Palace casino, which is located along the Stilwater Boardwalk in the Hotels & Marina District. It looks like a shell on the map. Spend a total of $500,000 playing both of these games to unlock the “I’m Not Addicted!” achievement on the Xbox 360 version.
Vehicle Surfing: Stand on the roof of an occupied vehicle and wait until the diversion prompt appears before pressing Y/Triangle. Use the Left Thumbstick to balance by keeping the ticker near the center of the bar. It becomes harder to balance when the vehicle turns corners. You can handstand to build up the stars a bit faster, but it is considerably harder to keep balance this way.
Get three gold stars vehicle surfing to unlock the Traffic Cone hat (added to your wardrobe) and the “Surf’s Up” achievement on the Xbox 360 version.
Drive-Bys: Gun down a few gang members from your vehicle and press Y/Triangle when the prompt appears to start this diversion. Drive to the marked locations and kill the gang members there. You must kill the targets by shooting them from your car for it to count. The number of gang members needed to move on to the next level increases as you progress. Time is added to the total at the end of each level.
Flashing: Wear no clothes other than the Flasher Coat (which can be purchased at the “Let’s Pretend” store in the Rounds Square Shopping Center in Nob Hill), and press down on the D-pad twice to start the diversion. Hold RT/R2 while facing a pedestrian to flash them. Some people get angry and will run at you, so just sprint away. Flash the number of people indicated in the top-left corner of the screen to move on to the next level. The best place for this is the Stilwater Boardwalk in the Hotels & Marina District.
Mugging: Enter Fine Aim (click RT/R3) and keep the reticule trained on a pedestrian until they drop money. Mug 30 different people to unlock the Paintball Mask (added to your Wardrobe), and 50 different people to unlock the “Stilwater Welcoming Committee” on the Xbox 360 version.
Store Hold-Ups: Enter Fine Aim (click RT/R3) and aim at a shopkeeper (jewellery stores, clothes stores, etc.) until they put their hands up. Keep the reticule trained on them while they walk over to the safe in the back room. When the safe has been opened, take the money inside. You’ll likely attain an automatic three-star Police Notoriety level afterwards, however. Perform 20 hold-ups to earn a 100% discount at all food and liquor stores.
Hostage: Take the driver’s seat of a vehicle with one or more passengers and immediately start driving. If the passenger remains in the car, press Y/Triangle when the prompt appears to start the hostage diversion. You’ll be given a police notoriety level of three stars, and you must keep the hostage in the car until the timer in the top-left corner of the screen reaches zero. If you slow down, the hostage may be able to escape, so keep moving. Successfully complete 10 different instances of the hostage diversion to unlock a special variant of the Toad.
Racing: Travel to one of the chequered flag icons on the map to get started. There are two types of races: one is a race against the clock to clear a certain number of checkpoints, and the other is a race against AI opponents. You just have to place with at least a Bronze rank for the race to count as complete. Each checkpoint has an arrow pointing in the direction that the next checkpoint will appear at its center. You aren’t able to choose the vehicle you race with, since each instance has its own vehicle.
In the races against AI opponents, don’t try to push the other racers off course, because no matter how you come at them they’ll usually just send you into a wall instead. Try to beat them by turning corners faster and then just keep up the lead until you reach the last checkpoint.
There are car, bike, plane, helicopter, and boat races. Complete all bike races to unlock the Race Bike, all car races to unlock a special variant of the Bezier, all boat races to unlock the Race Boat, all plane races to unlock the Race Plane, and all helicopter races to unlock the Race Helicopter. Complete all of the races to unlock a Cowboy Hat (added to your wardrobe) and the “2 Quick 2 Pissed” achievement on the Xbox 360 version. You do not need to earn Gold on all of the races to get the achievement and unlockables.
Streaking: Wear no clothes and tap down on the d-pad twice to start this diversion. Shock the number of people indicated in the top-left corner of the screen by running past them to move on to the next level. Having the Infinite Sprint ability helps here. As with the Flashing diversion, the best place for this is the Stilwater Boardwalk in the Hotels & Marina District.
Zombie Uprising: This game can be played on any television set. Stand in the icon in front of the TV in your crib and press Y/Triangle. Shift over to the “Video Games” section and select Zombie Uprising. In Zombie Uprising, you play as a survivor fighting off a horde of zombies. There are six waves total. To move on to the next wave, you must kill the number of zombies indicated in the bottom-left corner of the screen. Your character’s health is the number value in the top-left corner of the screen.
There are melee weapons, guns, and food strewn about. Melee weapons only last for so long, and the gun ammo is limited, so you need conserve the weapons. Don’t bother reviving a survivor if they fall, since you’ll need to use a food item to heal them. The fountain in the middle of the starting area has an acidic substance in it, so standing in it drains your health. However there is a ledge in the fountain that the zombies can’t get to, so if you stand there you can pick them off with headshots for as long as you have ammo.
Survive the sixth wave to unlock the Zombie Mask (added to your wardrobe) and the “Romero’s Hero” achievement on the Xbox 360 version.