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Here are nine crucial tips to survive the Rook Islands and get the best out of Jason Brody.
Fast travelling can save your life
Some may call it a cheap tactic, but fast travelling in Far Cry 3 can get you out of any situation. As there are no restrictions, you can fast travel out of any hair-raising predicament at any moment.
Being destroyed by a bear? Fast travel out of there. In mid-plunge to a gruesome death? Yep, you can fast travel away from that incident we needn’t speak of again.
Always tag enemies
Even if you’re an aggressive player, you should always tag every enemy with Jason’s trusty camera before attacking a well secured stronghold. Not only does this alert you to their locations, and their movements, it also allows you to keep an eye on all of them even when they’re out of direct sight.
It only takes a few seconds, and there’s a massive advantage to always tagging your enemies.
It can be quite useful when hunting, as well, especially when you’re still learning to ply the trade. If your shot isn’t clean, a pesky deer will be quick to flee and blend into the environment. If you’ve tagged that sucker, there’s no hiding in plain sight.
Wild animals can work for you
I lost count as to how many bears and snakes attacked me during my time with Far Cry 3, but wild animals are as much a help as they are a hindrance.
When you’re in the greatest of pickles and under heavy fire from all angles, a roaming tiger is just the thing you need to free the shackles and turn the tides on the once hopeless firefight.
The cocky pirates tend to have a tiger or bear locked away in an inhuman cage, just raring to seek revenge and enjoy a good feed.
But keep your distance
However, if you’re actively setting vicious animals loose, ensure you have an escape plan. Unless everything goes horribly wrong, they should attack their captors first, but they’ll soon turn on you and an enraged bear has a leg-up on you in close combat.
Keep your distance, and should the need arise, be prepared to take out the rampaging creature.
Activate the Radio Towers ASAP
You can activate all of the Radio Towers on the north island straight after the tutorial. It takes a few hours to drive all over the map, but it’s well worth your while for three reasons.
First, it unlocks the map so you can actually see what you’re doing. It’s also help you create more safe houses to fast travel.
Second, it’s the cheapest way to unlock new weapons. You could buy them all, but they become available for free at stores and safe house lockers as you unlock more Radio Towers.
Finally, the lively world is a treat to explore, and this is the perfect excuse to do so!
Use the skill tree to your advantage
Far Cry 3’s Skill Tree is really easy to use, but ensure you’re applying Skill Points to areas that are actually beneficial to your unique disposition. Points are earned regularly by completing missions, but there’s no point unlocking a skill you won’t use. You’re better off reassigning it to focus on a few key areas -- this is especially important for higher level skills that regular lower levels to be unlocked first.
Of particular note is the Zoology 101 ability which awards two skins for the price of one -- making hunting half the work.
Crafting makes life easier
Why do you even need to hunt? For crafting, of course!
I played far too much of the game holding just one weapon because I didn’t craft a larger holster until three or four hours had been played. Then it took forever to find a ruddy goat to harvest the skin I so desperately needed. Crafting progressively gets harder, the holster requires two deer and then shark skins to house three and four weapons.
Increasing the capacity of your holster, inventory, wallet and syringe pouch will make island life much easier.
If you must murder absolutely everything, at least sneak into an enemy stronghold and disable the alarms first to quell the threat of unexpected reinforcements raining on your parade.
Now, that doesn’t mean shooting it from afar. That will disable one single alarm. If you sneak up to it and fiddle with some buttons, you can shut them all down.
There’s no shame in hiding, or running away
If you’re being mauled by a god damn tiger there’s absolutely no shame in running away. It’s just common sense.
Likewise, enemy forces are cruising all over the island and will give chase, but if you’re in a car, they’re fairly easy to evade. You needn’t engage them all the time.
Meanwhile, bushes and water can be used to sneak right past patrolling guards. The ones who don’t have Chlamydia often mutter about returning home to families, so they mightn’t all deserve to be shot in the neck.
By Ben Salter