Had a friend over the other day. I was walking up on an outpost with a shotgun and he said 'Probably want your bow for this'. My response was 'If that is how you want to play,' to which he replied 'Well it IS a stealth game'. And honestly... I had been playing it as a stealth game. It appears most others have as well. Since this I've completely changed my style, starting my raid with chaos weapons like grenades and flaming arrows then ending with a shotgun charge. Is anyone else using the full extent of 'Play your own way' system?
Did Everyone Just Play Stealth?
Now that I think about it I was largely playing it as a stealth game as well. Though that was mostly because the bonuses for stealth takeovers far outweighed the frontal assault rewards. The XP disparity between a 'Undetected' outpost takeover and a run in and gun everyone down is extreme.
I play stealth here and there, but my favorite thing to do is arc explosive or flammable arrows down on a camp of people and as all hell is breaking loose run in and blow guys away with shotguns and the grenade launcher.
Splosions are their own kind of stealth. If everything's blowing up, you're a bit harder to notice.
I usually started out each outpost stealthily, then pulled out my flamethrower when things went bad.
Honestly, once you clear 2 outposts undetected to unlock the one skill that requires that then I say play how you want. Stealth will usually net you more experience, but I didn't really have a problem getting everything in the end.
I've used stealth on every outpost. I just find it a bit more satisfying than simply running in and killing every pirate in 10 seconds. I would rather air drop on a pirate, quickly stab the one next to him, combo takedown another nearby pirate, pull the pin on his grenade and kick him into a group of other pirates. It's great.
Killing the alarm in an outpost and silently picking off enemies with my bow is awesome. Much more effective and fun than straight running and gunning. And if one of those pricks actually spots me? There's no backup coming to save you.
Not many games can pull off stealth combat actually being fun. That alone makes Far Cry 3 awesome (even though I suck with the sniper rifle).
Did I mention how much I love the bow? It's a stealth killing machine and a RPG in the same package!
I mixed it up, most of the outposts I stealthed were the ones with tigers in cages, so I would shoot the cage and then pick guys off with my sniper from a distance. A lot of them I went stealth, got caught, pulled out molotovs and C4 and blew shit the fuck up.
I only went in the outposts with stealth. So I always carried around the signature sniper and the last sniper with a silencer. It was real fun but I wish I actually went guns blazing most of the time. The weapon variety got old quick because i kept using stealthy weapons throughout the game.
For the first 3rd I did stealth, but then after getting the grenade pouch upgraded and a grenade launcher I just kinda went in chucking grenades and c4 everywhere. I think c4 is the best weapon in the game. It was way more fun than stealthing. I usually used my silenced sniper rifle to take out all the alarm boxes first.
@HolyHackZack: Well you get more XP for stealth, but you get more fun with explosions!
They give you shotguns for a reason. Don't feel bad about using them.
I usually use the stealth aspect of the game to set up mines and C4 traps. Then I usually went in with RPGs and grenade launcher until I was out, tossing cocktails early to help really get the fires going. Then switch to shotgun + thrown grenades or flame and wreck whatever was left.
Never used the bow. Very rarely used the sniper rifle. It's kind of a waste of a weapon slot for my playstyle.
For practically all of the North Island I went stealth to maximize my XP gain but I already have all the skills now and I finished the game so when I revisit the game later for funsies I'll probably play around with wrecking stuff loud in the South Island since I never touched any of those outposts yet.
The game is great in the sense that it caters to both play styles, when approaching an outpost or quest marker stealth comes in real handy for scoping the place out and taking down as many bad guys before getting caught and even if it all turns to shit the guns in this game are fun to shoot.
Use every advantage you can, at every point. If that means being just quiet enough to get the alarms disabled, then so be it.
Also, have fun any way you feel like it. So always do everything always.
Sometimes it's all about dropping two dozen grenades into a base from 350 metres up a mountainside.
Sometimes it's all about rolling into an outpost, deep and dirty with your LMG and C4.
@HolyHackZack ; Stealth for me, until the S**t hits the fan. I do love releasing the caged wild animals to clear the camps out.
Also trapping animals should be a skill, which then allows you to drive up to a camp, open the cage and then just let the animal rip through.
I use stealth to a point but it always breaks down into a fire fight. Calling Far Cry 3 a stealth game though is fucking lunacy.
Maybe not the whole game but I'd say that the base takeovers were definitely designed with stealth in mind. The way two guards often stand next to each other under a ledge providing the perfect double jump takedown opportunity, the lone guard on the edge of a pier which allows you to drag and kill him underwater and the one obvious rear entrance to every base all conspire to craft an immensely fun stealth puzzle that provided the best times I had with the game.
The whole game isn't a stealth game (especially the story missions) but I'd say those parts almost certainly were.
I stealth as much as I can, even in missions where enemy placement makes that near impossible. Took out my first outpost on the second island with a single silent .50cal bullet (dropped a sniper), my knife, and some guards' knife which I threw into the last guards' neck. Second outpost saw me get a triple headshot with one bullet, a double kill (headshot on a guard dog and somehow killed a guy via leg shot, with one bullet), and a third bullet on a bear cage, where the bear the just killed the rest for me.
The "Heavy Beatdown" skill, or whatever it's called, is so awesome.
But I do think that after I get the last few skills I don't have, I'll probably change it up a bit. The Flamethrower, LMG, Grenade Launcher and RPG combo seems great. Expensive as all hell, but great.
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