Before beginning the campaign, here are a few tips and tricks that may help to adjust to the game and get through a few sticky situations with ease!
General Combat Hints & Tips
Like most shooters, soon after the start you will be given a shield that can be monitored by the golden status bar directly above the red health meter. It will recharge when you are not taking damage. Always wait for your shield to recharge before rushing into combat!
Use your iron sights - this will greatly increase your accuracy!
Sky-lines are a great addition to the game and can make taking one enemy combatants a much easier as they will have a tougher time shooting at you as a moving target.
If there is a group of enemies attacking you and no cover about, hop onto a sky-line to quickly exit the danger area to allow your shields time to regenerate.
When facing large numbers of enemies with both standard soldiers and more advanced enemy types (e.g Handymen, Motorized Patriots), try to focus your fire on the smaller, less shielded enemies first. The bigger, badder enemies are a lot less tough when you don’t have 3-4 other enemies shooting at you!
Experiment with weapons and vigors as they become available.Unfortunately you will never have enough money to upgrade everything, so be sure to try each one out and upgrade those you feel most comfortable with.
Use environmental damage to your advantage! There are plenty of oil slicks that can be ignited by the Devil’s Kiss vigor, puddles that can be electrofied with Shock Jockey and plenty of fireworks containers to shoot in other places.
General Vigor Hints & Tips
Its easy to get carried away with shooting, so a reminder - don’t forget to use your vigors!
Vigors are meant to be used together. Try different combinations for various new effects.
Different enemies are more susceptible to damage from different types of vigors. Try using Shock Jockey on automatons!
Vigor traps are extremely effective at dealing damage. Planting traps and luring enemies into them is a great way to thin out the crowd.
Using vigors such as Bucking Bronco, Murder of Crows and Shock Jockey can stun enemies as well as increase damage dealt by your weapons whilst they are under the influence of the vigor’s effects.
Possessing bigger enemies such as Patriots, Auto-turrets and Firemen can speed up many battles! Unfortunately, the more powerful enemy, the shorter the effective duration of possession.
General Elizabeth Hints & Tips
Keep relatively close to Elizabeth in combat. Whilst She will take care of herself during combat, she will also forage items from the environment including ammo, salts and health kits and throw them to you.
Ensure that once Elizabeth gets the ability, you use the tears in the environment to your advantage. Use cover, turrets and ammo/health/salt crates when and if required.
Note that you can only have one active tear at a time, so be sure to switch the active one up during fights as necessary.
Elizabeth will revive you if you fall during combat.
Always ensure that you keep an eye out for lock picks. Using these Elizabeth is able to open a good number of doors, most of which contain collectibles, equippable gear or other goodies.
General Miscellaneous Hints & Tips
Explore everywhere! There is tonnes to see and do in Columbia and the world is so finely crafted and detailed that everywhere you go is a treat. Heck! You might even find a secret stash of goodies or two.
Loot, loot , loot! There are plenty of trash cans, cash registers and all other manner of lootable items to be found. The more you loot, the more money you have. The more money you have, the more upgrades you can purchase. The more upgrades you can purchase, the more… Well you get the point.
Although equippable gear gives you passive bonuses that can give you a slight edge in gameplay, it is important to try and equip gear to suit your play style to garner maxiumum advantage from it.