BioShock Infinite Tips - Getting the most out of Columbia

by Gaetano 'Xbot' Prestia Featured 7 Comments 16 Votes 5407 Views 26/03/2013 Back to Articles

You can play BioShock Infinite a number of ways. You can be a raging alcoholic high on salts and “vigors” -- the special scientific powers that give Booker all sorts of advantages during combat -- or you can be the hoarder focused on health and gun upgrades to blast through the next round of Handymen or Firemen.

Whatever way you play, you can bet your bottom Silver Eagle you’re going to need some sort of gameplay combination to keep Booker alive and kicking.

Here’s how we suggest you play BioShock Infinite, particularly on harder levels.

Loot, Loot, Loot!

You might find the looting tedious in the early stages of the game, but it’s important you stock up on Silver Eagles, health and salts.

A good way to loot Booker’s surroundings is to use the in-game guide and go in the opposite direction of the directional arrow. That way you’ll know you’re moving into territory not related to the objective, meaning you’ll probably come across a number of hiddens spots, Easter Eggs and big loots.

Limit your lockpick usage

Once you save Elizabeth and she joins Booker on your journey, you’ll be able to use her to unlock new areas and hidden spots.

Lockpicks are scattered throughout the game world and demonstrate the importance of looting. You’ll almost always find a lockpick needed to progress forward for an objective, but extra lockpicks to unlock safes and other areas need to be searched for vigorously.

Unlocking a safe will mostly give you between 200 and 250 Silver Eagles, which is great. However, if you’re not searching areas in full (and there’s a good chance you’ll miss stuff), then you’ll come to larger safes and intriguing areas that can’t be accessed because you don’t have enough lockpicks.

My general rule would be to unlock every second lock you find: there’s more than enough Silver Eagles scattered around the place to justify skipping over some safes and preserving your lockpicks for later in the game, which will be far more rewarding for you.

Don’t spend cash on health or salts

Preserve your cash! You might be tempted to spend Silver Eagles at the many vending machines you’ll come across, but vigor and weapon upgrades can be very expensive, sometimes in thousands. Considering how much food and drink there is scattered around the place, it’s downright irresponsible to compromise vigor and weapon upgrades because you need some health.

Also considering that Elizabeth provides health, salts and ammo during battle if you run out, albeit after a few minutes (she will pick items up from fallen enemies).

If you dare play 1999 mode, Silver Eagles are harder to come by than in easier difficulties, so you’ll need to preserve even more.

Mix up your vigors

Don’t be tempted into upgrading only two vigors. Enemies are varied and some are immune to certain powers. Use a variation of vigors with weapons during battle.

For example, you could use Bucking Bronco to get enemies in the air, and then shock them with Shock Jockey. Alternatively, you can blast them with your shotgun while they dangle in the air.

Or, you could use Possession to posses a large enemy, and while all the other enemies are trying to take them down, plant a Murder of Crow traps right in the middle. While they’re all cramming around away from the crows, shocking them with Shock Jockey or fire them up with Devil’s Kiss.

Alternate your gear

Gear is an increasingly important tool the further into the game you get. If you’re in an area with use of the Sky-Hook, for example, then activate either Newton's Law boots -- landing off a Sky-Line knocks back nearby enemies -- or Nor'easter -- killing an enemy from a Sky-Line gives a 50% chance of brief invulnerability.

Take note of the environment and use the menu to alternate to the suitable gear: it makes things alot easier when you’re struggling for health and every kill gives you a little bump in energy, or aiming down the sights with a weapon gives you 25 percent more power with your guns (while decreasing hipfire efficiency).

By Gaetano Prestia

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Yes! Best tip ever! Don't waste your money!
Tip #1:
Buy the game

Still haven't done this.. want to so bad :'@
Um, what about making sure that your PS3 or 360 doesn't have a faulty disc drive first, then buy the game, and then all the tips listed in the article above.

MrMoo said: Um, what about making sure that your PS3 or 360 doesn't have a faulty disc drive first, then buy the game, and then all the tips listed in the article above.



Yeah, this.
Great Tips Tano! Used some of these and now I got a good 4000 silver eagles, 9 lockpicka and I only just found shock jockey!
i would disagree with the lock picks cause i unlocked everything that required picks and yes mostly for silver eagles witch sucks and dose not, but i did end up at the half way point with max lock picks "30" and kept finding ones i couldn't pick up so i don't regret opening everything. now 1999 mode idk im in the beginning and still haven't hit the part when you start lock picking yet.
I'm pretty sure the resources in 1999 mode are the same.

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