I want to play Watch Dogs as the "good Aiden" but sometimes I just drive rather poorly, causing me to kill civilians, or I end up shooting civilians on accident.

Now I wanted to know how I can actually increase my reputation within the city. The only thing I know about is stopping crimes but are there some other ways?

  • save citizens from crimes.
    – Ramhound
    Commented Jun 2, 2014 at 12:19
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    that's what he said he knows. Commented Jun 2, 2014 at 12:45
  • @RandomDisplayName - Just because they already know the only method that can be repeatable does not make my comment less correct.
    – Ramhound
    Commented Jun 2, 2014 at 14:55
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    no only redundant ;) Commented Jun 2, 2014 at 14:59

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Some of the storyline missions give you a reputation bonus for completing them with minimal bloodshed. But considering that these aren't repeatable, they are not a sustainable way to fix your reputation.

The best way to do so is to prevent crimes. Note that you get a greater reputation bonus for both taking down the criminals before they hurt the victims (but not before the "Crime propability" bar turns red and the "Suggestion: Intervene" HUD message appears - you won't get any reputation bonus when you scare away the criminal too early) and for performing a melee takedown on the criminal instead of just killing them. There are three different ways to notice crimes:

  • Remote profiling crime reports you get automatically while being in an area with unlocked ctOS connectivity
  • When you profile pedestrians you will sometimes find people with a "potential crime in progress" description. Scanning these people will also trigger a crime report.
  • Sometimes people will perform spontaneous roberies on the street. You notice this by an enemy-icon suddenly appearing on the minimap

You are more likely to find the latter two in areas with a high density of moving pedestrians, like parks or the promenades near the water. The pedestrian-density seems to be higher during the day than at night. Also keep in mind that none of these events happen when you are currently on a mission.

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    For the spontaneuos robberies... don't shoot the guy, you'll lose rep.
    – Rawling
    Commented Jun 2, 2014 at 14:57
  • As I recall you gain a fair bit of reputation when you complete the main campaign.
    – Jacob
    Commented Jun 8, 2014 at 1:04

In addition to stopping crimes, your reputation also increases when you rescue civilians from their cars after an accident. Sometimes, they will get stuck in their cars and you can perform a rescue action by pressing triangle on Playstation or Y on Xbox controllers, when you get close to the car's door.

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    Can you deliberately cause accidents, then rescue them?
    – Bobson
    Commented Jun 2, 2014 at 21:12
  • @Bobson you can Commented Jun 3, 2014 at 4:03
  • You can also rescue them from cars during a shoot-out. Commented Sep 16, 2014 at 1:15

Well, there are several methods to gain good reputation.

  • The first and most common method is getting a crime alert, going to the area the criminal is in and stopping him or her.
  • The second method is not so common, however. This method is quite like the last except there is no alert for these crimes and these crimes consists of murder and thievery.
  • The third method is uncommon and is called a " ctOS alert ". Quite like the first method, this can have several crimes bunched up into one alert.
  • The fourth method is most common in a " Criminal convoy ". When hiding behind a car that is damaged there is a chance that the original driver is stuck in the car. You can press triangle on the PS4 near the door and force the NPC driver out of the car.
  • The last method that I know of is the following: Some missions give good reputation. You have to complete the mission beforehand though.
  • EDIT: You also gain reputation via completing the main campaign.
    – Keith B.
    Commented Jun 30, 2014 at 14:11
  • can you find a video of a ctOS alert? I'm not familiar with those, don't recall having one occur.
    – turbo
    Commented Jun 30, 2014 at 16:44

I will lead on one guy in a gun fight. Keep walking back and keep his attention. Then rescue everyone that needs help. You can keep this going for a long time and go from lowest to highest rep in about 5 minutes.


To not get as bad rep.

  • Stop commiting crimes
  • Help pedestrians
  • Escort pedestrians out of vehicles and escort out
  • Prevent convoys

ALL that. Kill Bill tactics.

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