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Mission 6:

Hong Kong

Jock's helicopter is promptly autonavigated into an MJ12 base atop the Versalife building as soon as it enters Hong Kong. Jock tells JC that they failed, and that the helicopter's computer wrested control from him as soon as they got near the base. He asks for help getting his systems online, and JC sneaks through the nearby base to remove the weapons lock and open the hangar bay doors.

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Jock fires a pair of missiles at a pair of blast doors nearby, allowing JC to escape. He tells the agent to start looking for information in the nearby Wan Chai Market, and flies away as the base's defenses go on high alert. JC navigates through the wreckage caused by the missiles and accesses the elevator.

JC exits out into the market and begins questioning some of the locals, who give him information on nearby attractions and places to visit. Jock also radios to inform him that Tong's compound is nearby, and that Paul used to visit whenever he was in town. JC subsequently finds a young boy who claims to represent the interests of the Luminous Path triad, who is harrassing a vendor for protection money, and follows him to Tong's compound.

JC finds a man with a shotgun guarding a locked door at the front of the compound. JC tries to get permission to enter, mentioning that Paul knows Tong, but the guard, Gordon Quick, won't hear any of it. He instead tells JC to find a woman named Maggie Chow, who he says is holding a nanotech sword, the Dragon's Tooth, that has caused bloodshed between the Luminous Path and Red Arrow groups.

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JC subsequently heads to Tonnochi Road, where he finds a Luminous Path member who tells him not to believe Chow's lies. JC heads into the Queen's Tower building and up to Chow's penthouse, where she tells him that she is a Red Arrow member and knew Paul quite well. She claims that the Luminous Path are working in collusion with MJ12, and asks him to find a datapad in the market's police station that proves it.

When JC goes and investigates the station, he finds proof... that Chow is the one who stole the Dragon's Tooth Sword and ignited the rivalry between the two triads. JC returns to Chow's apartment, only for her housekeeper to become hostile and attack him. After dispatching her, JC investigates and discovers a secret MJ12 base accessed through a nearby wall panel, and dispatches the enemies inside.

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He also finds a room with the sword locked in a glass case, and is greeted by the voice of Tracer Tong, who tells him he has been listening in on his infolink. Tong tells JC to get the sword and bring it to Max Chen at the Lucky Money Club and make peace between the triads.

JC finds the club and enters Chen's office at the back of the building. Chen expresses concerns about JC's presence, but the latter tells him of Chow's deception and how he obtained the Dragon's Tooth Sword. Upon realizing that the triad was played, Chen learns from his bouncer that MJ12 troops are attacking the club. JC, Chen and several Triad members repel the assault together. Chen tells him that he has called for a ceasefire, and asks JC to inform Gordon to do the same.

At Tong's compound, JC relays the news and Quick happily allows JC to enter. JC heads through and finds Tong, who tells him that he has been watching the agent with great interest, and that Alex has also come to his compound to take refuge.

Tong deactivates JC's killswitch with a electronic machine, and tells him that the agent now owes several favors for saving his life. In a side room, JC finds Alex, who tells him that Daedalus is an artificial intelligence called Echelon IV.

Tong tells JC that the agent owes him the first of several favors for saving his life. He says that the first thing they need to do is find the ROM encoding for the Dragon's Tooth, as it will give more understanding of the weapon's creation and help broker peace between the Triads. He gives JC a code to the nearby elevator for the Versalife building, and JC sets out...

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  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: The Dragon's Tooth sword. With the required skills and augmentation, you can cut even open some doors or chests that otherwise don't take scratch damage.
  • Asian Speekee Engrish:
    Maggie Chow: Mr. JC Denton. In the fresh.
  • Bilingual Bonus: A monk near Tong's hideout asks JC (in unsubtitled Cantonese) if he speaks the language and to move out of the way.
  • Developers' Foresight:
    • In a moment of preventing the player from unintentionally getting stuck, while at the MJ12 helipadg, if you have the Aggressive Defense System augmentation, you can activate it and watch as the rockets Jock fires at the door will explode before impacting on it. However, the devs expected this and have Jock continually fire missiles every 3 seconds until the doors break, requiring that the player turn off ADS before continuing with the plot.
    • If you kill Louis Pan when you get to Hong Kong, Gordon Quick will admonish you for the act using special dialogue. Evidently, the programmers expected that gamers would be so fed up with Pan's annoying statements that they would shoot him. Alternately, if you knock out Pan instead of killing him, Quick will say the same dialogue except for the line, "He was a good earner," which becomes, "He is a good earner."
    • There's a whole range of alternate conversations with Gordon Quick, based on how much of the Maggie Chow subplot has been completed beforehand. Normally, Quick gives you the code to the Wan Chai police station in order to find proof of Chow's guilt, but if you've already visited it (due to knowing the code beforehand), JC acknowledges this and Gordon reacts in surprise. If you've done that, found the sword in Chow's apartment and already visited Max Chen at the Lucky Money, Gordon reacts in shock and immediately allows JC access to Tong's compound.
    • Conversely, if you find the proof of Chow's involvement before visiting her apartment, she will be absent and the conversation with her maid is different (JC calls them out on their duplicity from the get-go and the maid calls for the guards).
    • Chow can be killed during her and JC's first meeting, and she won't appear in later areas.
  • Dummied Out: By clipping outside the level boundaries of the Wan Chai Market, the player can find a duplicate copy of Max Chen standing on top of a building (who gives the same dialogue as in the Lucky Money Club), and an Red Arrow NPC who tells JC that Paul and Chow were married(!).
  • Femme Fatale: Chow.
  • Foreshadowing: Plenty regarding the Dragon's Tooth Sword, with both Gordon Quick and a fisherman in Canal Road both commenting on it (one explicitly, one obliquely) before you discover it in the MJ12 base in Tonnochi Road.
  • Frameup: It is revealed in news bulletins that JC is wanted for the murders of Manderley and Lebedev, even if the player chose to spare both of them. If the player did kill both of these people, it becomes a case of Framing the Guilty Party.
  • Grand Theft Prototype: The theft of the Dragon's Tooth Sword.
  • In Da Club: The Lucky Money.
  • Infant Immortality: Averted (and lampshaded). Louis Pan can be assaulted by the player, prompting a harsh response from Gordon Quick depending on whether Pan was knocked out or killed.
  • Interface Spoiler: Chow's duplicity is absurdly easy for even the newest player to catch because of how many inadvertent clues are dropped by mistake. On the elevator up to her penthouse, the player will pass a locked hatch that is absurdly difficult to miss (the icon to highlight flashes on-screen for a moment), and when you exit the elevator, it is very easy to hear an MJ12 trooper coughing in the background and the sound of a laser grid. Additionally, Chow's security system has an MJ12 symbol on the login screen. Additionally, it's possible to trigger an enemy alert and have the maid and MJ12 troops attack you while Chow is still trying to act friendly with you.
  • Just a Stupid Accent: The Hong Kong levels are particularly notorious for this. For the game's Chinese characters to speak saying things like "Rucky Money," and "In the fresh"?... (Hint. The Chinese language has the letter "L.")
  • The Password Is Always "Swordfish": You'd think that Maggie Chow would know that making your birthday your password is a bad idea. Also, Chow's computer passwords are the names of her favorite novels.
  • Reality Has No Subtitles: Most of the NPC's speak English, though there is a monk that speaks Cantonese with no translation given. ("Please give way" and "Can you speak Cantonese?") There is some Chinese text, but most of it is complete nonsense copy-and-pasted repeatedly.
  • Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: If Manderley is spared by the player when they escaped UNATCO, they can find emails and news bulletins stating that Manderley was executed for his failure, and JC was framed for his murder.
  • Sequence Breaking: The player is normally supposed to visit Chow, who sends JC to the police station (where it is discovered that she was lying to cover herself). However, if the player already knows the code to the station, they can break in early and retrieve the needed information, which causes Chow's maid (May) to become hostile immediately and reveal the location of the MJ12 hideout.
  • Shoplift and Die: Stealing from the shops in Hong Kong is met with an armed response.
  • Spotting the Thread: A fisherman in the lower area of Canal Road will tell JC that he discovered the body of the former head of the Red Arrow Triad (assassinated just before the events of the game), whose neck wound was cauterized. The fisherman chalks it up to technology that can't currently be understood... which sounds just like every other crackpot conspiracy theory the player has heard in the game so far. Except, it's not untrue — the Dragon's Tooth Sword was used to kill the Triad head, and self-cauterized the wound due to having nanotechnology.
  • Tempting Fate: Louis goads JC in the Wan Chai Market, by insinuating that he could tattle on him to the Triads and have him killed if the latter doesn't give him money.
  • Video Game Caring Potential: You can give some money to a squatter living in an unfinished apartment floor underneath Chow's apartment. JC can even praise the woman for being honest with him when she tells him she wanted the money for drugs.
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential: There's nothing stopping the player from going on a mass murder spree in the Wan Chai Market and Lucky Money, and nobody remarks on it after the fact.
  • Villain Ball: Maggie holds it for the duration of the Hong Kong section. Realizing that Paul Denton's brother (and fellow augmented agent) has arrived in town and may be looking for her to get information, she decides that she will stay and enact a seat-of-her-pants plan to kill JC instead of getting the hell out of dodge. This results in JC finding out her duplicity, stealing the Dragon's Tooth Sword back and discrediting her to the Triads.
  • We Have Ways of Making You Talk: A datapad in Chow's MJ12 base shows that she interrogated a Triad leader by cutting off one of his fingers and threatening to cut another one.
  • You Shouldn't Know This Already: Most keypad codes are preset and thus can be accessed by a player who knows the code even if they have not found it in-game. The Luminous Path compound's gate is an exception: the code for it will only work after JC is given it in-game by earning the Triad's trust. Even if the player tries Sequence Breaking by hopping over the gate they will end up stymied later by another keypad-locked door; normally that keypad uses the same four-digit code as the outside gate but going to it early has it inexplicably require a six-digit code.

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