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Before You Play: Quick Tips for the Best Experience


Ubisoft’s tropical action game Far Cry 3 comes out today. It’s massive, it’s open-world, and it’s a hell of a lot of fun. And while it ain’t exactly as deep as Skyrim (despite Ubisoft’s hilarious marketing slogan: “Like Skyrim with guns!”), it is big enough to warrant some tips.

The game does a good job of setting you loose pretty quickly—get a couple of basic missions under your belt and you’ll be off to see Dr. Earnhardt and begin your adventure. Once you’ve begun, there are a few things you can do (and keep in mind) to make your trip through the Rook Islands more fun and survivable. Over at Kotaku, a few tips and tricks were scraped up into this nice and short intro to Far Cry 3.

First Thing You Do, Go Hunting

After taking down your first outpost, you’ll be more or less free to do whatever you want. While one of your first priorities should be to climb some radio towers to unlock more free guns (more on that in a minute), you’ll need something in which to store those guns. So, you’ll need to get crafting.

Go and hunt deer, goats, and boars in order to expand your loot carrying capacity and ability to hold weapons. Hunt down the three animals you’ll need to upgrade your holsters as soon as possible. (Sharks aren’t actually that hard, just find a rock outcropping and shoot them when they draw near.) Craft hard at the start, and you’ll be much more prepared for the challenges the game throws your way.

Second Thing You Do, Don’t Stop Hunting

Even if you’re doing some other mission or sidequest, remember that you can always be hunting. You’ll need multiples of every type of hide to craft the various types of containers and holsters, so if you see an animal, take it down, especiallyin the early goings. This is one reason the bow or another silent weapon can be great—you can take down an errant goat, skin it, and go about your business without alerting every bad guy within earshot. Never stop hunting.

Save After Hunting/Crafting

One of the weirdest features in Far Cry 3 is its odd save system. You can’t quicksave, and only have one save slot in addition to your game’s auto-save. I actually played Far Cry 2 on 360 before I played it on PC, and got used to that game’s stringent save system, but still, the fact that you can’t save multiple times in Far Cry 3 is pretty annoying.

More annoying still is the fact that the game doesn’t autosave after everything you’ve done—it autosaves after you finish a mission or buy new gear, but not after you’ve crafted or gathered crafting materials. However, it’s possible to offset this annoyance by remembering to save. If you’re about to infiltrate an outpost and happen to take down a boar you’d needed, save afterwards and if you die, you should start up again at a checkpoint, but with the stuff you’ve collected intact.

In other words: When in doubt, save.

Before You Start: Tips For Playing Far Cry 3 The Best Way

Don’t Buy Guns

In Far Cry 3, you have two options for obtaining weapons: You can purchase them outright from weapons dealers, or you can unlock them by climbing radio towers. You have no reason to ever buy a gun in the game. Rather, you should make it an early priority to climb five or six towers, at least until you’ve unlocked the grenade launcher and top LMG.

Money is constantly in scarce supply on the Rook Islands, and is almost always better spent on weapon upgrades than on the weapons themselves. Get the guns for free, pay for the silencers and long-range scopes. And speaking of choosing what to pay for…

Don’t Waste All Your Money On Ammo & Armor

Ammo is right expensive in Far Cry 3, and if you’re not careful, ammo-refilling stops can become like a tax on your wallet. Remember that you don’t have to fill up your ammo all the way, every time—it can feel better to go into a fight with a full stock of ammo, but once you’ve upgraded your ammo and explosive capacity, you’ll have enough bullets and bombs to take on three or four of the story missions. Same goes for body armor—it gets shot off really quickly and doesn’t actually keep you alive for that much longer, but it’s a $200 tax if you buy it every time you stock up. Most missions that require lots of fighting leave some lying around, so you’re almost always better off stocking up on health injections than on armor.

Never stop scavenging and looting, and you can save your money for better things, like the custom weapons that open up as you collect runes.

Space Out The Story Missions

The best parts of Far Cry 3 are the parts where you’re taking enemy outposts, exploring nooks and crannies, and climbing radio towers. That said, the story missions are pretty fun, too, and wonderfully varied. The sweet spot the game hits is in the balance, but it’s a balance that you can upset if you plow through the story too fast.

At various points in the narrative, the (annoying, unavoidable) notification telling you about the next mission will helpfully suggest you explore the island first, if you want. Take that opportunity! Get into scrapes, try out different weapons, improve your skills.

Think of the story missions almost as super cool, interactive cutscenes to break up all the open-world adventuring you’ll be doing.

Circle, Circle, Circle

This one’s old hat for Far Cry 2 veterans, but the key for surviving Far Cry 3‘s often difficult shootouts is to keep moving. Staying put and behind cover as you would in Call of Duty or a similar game will lead to a quick death, particularly if you’re up against any molotov berserkers. Instead, stay low, and circle, circle, circle. Pulling back and around can allow you to flank even the most aggressive enemy, and with enough circling and quick thinking, you can take on almost anyone.

Before You Start: Tips For Playing Far Cry 3 The Best Way

Use A Bow

The best weapon in Far Cry 3 is the bow and arrow. This is not opinion, it’s just the best weapon. It’s silent, it’s deadly, it can one-shot most normal enemies, and it can eventually be fitted with fire and ruinously powerful explosive arrows. Get used to the bow early on, and use it religiously. And remember: Once you kill an enemy or animal with it, run over their body to snatch your arrow back. Bonus: You’ll save money on ammo later.

Watch Out For Crocodiles

Actually, ignore this one, because no matter how vigilant you are, they WILL GET YOU.

Hoard Green Plants

Green plants are your friends. Some of the other plant types give you syringes that increase your awareness or flame resistance, but they never last that long and I’ve never gotten much use out of them. But health syringes are worth their weight in gold. As cool as the gnarly healing animations look, they’re slow as hell, and if you’re under fire from a bunch of dudes, the syringe will save your life when the regular animation would get you killed. Which reminds me…

Never Go In Without Some Health Syringes

It’s easy to forget this one, but never go into battle without at least a couple health syringes in your pouch. Health gets chomped down pretty quickly in Far Cry 3, and there’s no worse feeling than stumbling behind cover, bleeding out, only to realize that you’re a long healing animation away from not being dead.

Loot, Loot, Loot

Since scarcity is such an issue in the game, you’ll want to loot every container you find. Develop an eye for those glowing boxes, and everywhere you go, just run by and press “loot” really quick. You’ll get a piece of random loot (if you’re lucky, a Shark Fetish item!), and some money or ammo. Sometimes, loot boxes will have a few hundred dollars in ’em, so it’s always worth checking.

Don’t Forget The Easy Ways To Earn Cash

Sure, you can earn money going on assassination and hunting missions, but those take time and can be dangerous. There are also some really easy ways to earn money in Far Cry 3. For starters, each time you activate a radio tower, you’ll get a medical supply-run mission—these take under a minute, and are generally very easy. They’re also fun—a quick, wild ride down a mountain or over a beach, and you’re $200 richer. The sharpshooting competitions and trials of the Rakyat are also an easy way to earn dough—these are also fun, don’t take very long, and get you good amounts of cash. Just be sure you’ve crafted a big enough wallet!


And that’s it! Keep that stuff in mind, and you’ll be marauding your way from mountain to lagoon in no time.

Source: Kotaku


Before you start: Dishonored gameplay tips!

This article caught my eye since I will be picking up Dishonored in about an hour and thought it was a great read. Check it out thanks to Kotaku.

Revenge ain’t easy. While playingDishonored, an excellent new stealth-action game that’s out today for consoles and PC, you might find yourself face-to-face with a pack of pistol-brandishing guards or surrounded by a swarm of hungry, plague-infested rats. Or maybe you just don’t know where to go next.

Whether you’re stuck in a tight spot or just wondering how to get the most out of yourDishonored experience, allow us to help. Here are some tips for playing Dishonored the best way:

Decide Your Approach In Advance

I won’t tell you whether to turn your Corvo into a lethal assassin or a sneaky pacifist. That’s totally up to you. But I do recommend that you pick one way from the outset and stick with it for as long as you can. Why? Because the game tracks your performance with a statistic it calls Chaos. When you murder lots of people, the stat raises. When you sneak around or use nonlethal methods to take out your opponents, it stays low.

The entire last mission plays out much differently based on whether you’re in High Chaos or Low Chaos mode, so if you switch approaches halfway through the game, you might not get the ending you want.

Play Around With All The Options

You might be the type of person who loads up a new game and ignores all of the options. Don’t do that. Dishonored has tons of sliders and switches you’ll want to spend time looking at. In addition to the difficulty level, which you’ll decide as you start a new game, there are all sorts of options to toggle and tweak. You might want to turn off mission markers and try to plot your own way to each new target, or you might want to play without any health bars or other interface obstructions. Your call.


Wander around. Find hidden passageways. Break into peoples’ apartments. This is a game you can play by barreling from target to target, trying to kill everyone as quickly as possible, but to do so would be missing the point. There are all sorts of creepy characters to meet and interesting things to see. Go find them.

Upgrade Blink ASAP

The blink spell will be your best friend and your staunchest ally as you use it to teleport through the dim alleys and dusty streets of Dishonored. As soon as you pick up a couple of runes—hidden treasures that you can use to select skills—I recommend you use them to upgrade blink, which extends your teleport distance and lets you travel even further. This is eternally helpful no matter how you want to play.

Don’t Be Afraid To Use Potions

RPG fans might be conditioned to hoard their resources, saving them only for difficult encounters. This is unnecessary in Dishonored. There are potions just about everywhere, so don’t be afraid to use them. (Plus, there are no boss battles to wait for.)

Look, Read, Listen

You’re exploring, right? While you’re scouring the hotels and brothels and government offices ofDishonored‘s main city, Dunwall, take the time to experience the art. Check out the posters on peoples’ walls. Read the book excerpts you’ll find in cabinets and desk drawers. By far the most impressive thing about Dishonored is the intricacy of its world design, so let yourself get wrapped up in everything it has to offer.

And if you’re not listening in on conversations everywhere you go, you’re missing out on some of the game’s best writing.

Think Vertically

If you’re ever stuck on a particularly tough area, know that there are always many ways to get past a problem. Often these are vertical solutions. Blink up to the rooftops and take down enemies from above, or climb down to the sewers and sneak into an enemy-infested building without making a sound. If you’re ever not sure where to go next, get high or get low.

Get Creative

Sneaking up behind an enemy guard and stabbing him in the neck is always satisfying, but there are so many ways to kill people, you’d be remiss not to try them all. Experiment with your spells and gadgets. There are a lot of combinations to discover. (For example: stop time as an enemy is firing his gun at you, then possess another enemy and move him in front of the frozen bullet. Unfreeze time. Bam, friendly fire.)

Be Prepared To Play Again

During an interview last week, Dishonored designer Harvey Smith told me that he thinks the second playthrough is even more satisfying than the first. Having spent a fair amount of time replaying the game’s missions, I think he’s spot on. Going back through the game again allows you to try new approaches to every challenge, find connections that you didn’t know were there before, and uncover cool little secrets and easter eggs that are hidden just about everywhere inDishonored. This is a game worth experiencing multiple times.