The gang members who work for your cartel are divided into two factions. The bulk of your forces is made up of thugs who are the muscle on the streets and work to keep control over your territory. These thugs might sometimes get kidnapped for ransom for sending a message to you by rival crime rings. In fact the very first mission in the game requires you to storm a Rival Crime gang hideout and free your kidnapped thugs.
These thugs have basic attacking capabilities as well as only a starting level of artificial intelligence. This means that you cannot use them to make any complex decisions for your crime ring. They are meant to only be the front liners for your attacks on the enemy crime gangs and you will usually end up losing them in quite a large number. That is perfectly alright however because they are very easy to recruit and do not cost very much to keep in your crime ring so they become almost disposable at a point in the game.
The other faction consists of trained and skilled killers called Assassins and these are the highly specialised members of your crime ring. As you level up throughout the game, you will begin to unlock Assassins with better skills and higher attacking power. Use these Assassins to control your war squad and lay waste to the Casas of your enemy. During a siege, always work to destroy the enemy’s primary defense (machine guns and rival thugs) before trying to hit the Casa.
In addition to brute attack, the main strength of the Assassins lies in attacking from behind while unknown to the enemy defenses. The higher level Assassins can hide themselves from enemy detection and thus come very close to the rival mafia boss. If you get such an opportunity during any of the missions you should immediately take it as you will rarely find a chance to get so close to a rival mafia boss and kill him. Assassins are especially well trained in finding out the weaknesses of enemy mafia bosses and you can also use this special power to your advantage and take over an enemy crime gang very easily.
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