Bioshock Infinite has finally arrived and Irrational Games have given us a wonderful new world to explore filled with stunning scenery and really pissed-off locals. Here is a series of hints and tips to help you get the most out of your Bioshock Infinite experience.
Upgrade your shields early on
If you’re a Bioshock veteran, you should definitely be playing on the Hard difficulty which will provide enough of a challenge to suit your trained Bioshock skillset. However you will find yourself in a few situations where you wish you take a bit more of a beating before keeling over and bleeding out.
I’d highly recommend maxing out your shield with the infusion bottles to be found around Columbia before boosting your health and salt gauges. The shield gauge is the smallest of the three and with the right gear equipped, keeping it and your health topped up will never be a problem once it’s fully boosted.
Upgrade your pistol and machine gun
Whilst Bioshock Infinite holds a wide arsenal of weapons for you to pick up and use, you’ll more often than not find yourself with access to the pistol and machine gun. They aren’t the best or sexiest weapons Columbia has to offer, but they’re incredibly easy to find ammo for and if upgraded properly, can still pack a mean punch.
For you achievement hunters out there, it’s a good idea to keep either the pistol or machine gun in one of your slots and the other free for whatever weapon you are trying to unlock the achievement for. This means you won’t find yourself left short when a Handyman shows up and you’ve got 1 RPG rocket and a 3 carbine rounds.
Don’t forget you can backtrack
There are plenty of hidden secrets and bonuses to be found around Columbia, but when you’ve got a squad of Founders laying down heavy fire on you, you aren’t necessarily thinking about rummaging around in the nearest desk for goodies. This is why backtracking is incredibly important not only to scoring useful items but to getting a better story experience.
Each section of the game has optional missions, telescopes, easter eggs, voxophones and vital infusions stashed around. The game will usually give you a cue when you attempt to leave an area so before you solider on, make sure that you’ve explored every area for valuable assets. Later in the game, be sure to double check kinetoscopes. You’ll thank us later.
Use the right gear for the job
Provided that you’re following our last tip and are making good use of Elizabeth’s lockpicking skills, you’re more than likely going to have an inventory chock full of great gear. Each piece of gear has a different effect on Booker, from additional gun and melee damage to health boosts and more.
Take heed of your playstyle and experiment with different gear loadouts to compliment it. It’s no good having gear equipped to boost your critical melee hits if you’re rarely in punch ups. Don’t get too comfortable with one loadout either as different situations can call for different perks and you may find that even changing one piece works much better for you.
When she’s not trying to cave your head in with a physics book, Elizabeth is one of the most valuable and useful companions in any video game ever made. When exploring, Elizabeth will clue you into locations of hidden goods and toss you some cash here and there. But it’s during combat where Elizabeth’s talents really shine.
In addition to tossing you health and ammo and being perfectly capable of handling herself in a scrap, you can utilise Elizabeth’s tearing talents to your advantage in combat. Pull in auto-turrets, weapons and allies when on the offensive and tear open some cover when you need to go on the defensive. Used properly, Elizabeth is much, much more than an escort.
Mix and match your Vigors
Gone are the Plasmids of Rapture which have now been replaced with Vigors. These are a powerful tool on their own, but when combined they can cause a whole lot more damage and carnage. For example, blasting the Murder of Crows and following up with a Devil’s Kiss creates a swarm of flaming crows of death.
Experiment with what vigors and combinations work best against different types of enemies. Much like gear, there isn’t one set of vigors that will work best for every occasion. Don’t want to experiment? Here’s a handy list of the 8 combinations available:
- Possession + Shock Jockey = Possessed lightning conduit that zaps nearby enemies
- Possession + Devil’s Kiss = Possessed fire conduit that burns nearby enemies
- Devil’s Kiss + Charge = Target spawns multiple blazing fire bombs
- Murder of Crows + Devil’s Kiss = Sets crows on fire and burns nearby enemies
- Murder of Crows + Shock Jockey = Electrifies crows and zaps nearby enemies
- Bucking Bronco + Devil’s Kiss = Launches a cluster of bombs from floating target
- Bucking Bronco + Charge = Send a floating target careening forward
- Undertow + Shock Jockey = Intensifies Shock Jockey’s power
Unlock 1999 Mode For Retro Fun
If the Hard difficulty just isn’t enough of a challenge for you, you might get a kick out of Bioshock Infinite’s 1999 Mode. More akin to System Shock 2, the 1999 Mode offers an ultra-hard level of difficulty where resource management and strategy are much more integral to surviving Columbia.
The 1999 Mode is unlocked once you complete the game, however you can unlock it from the very beginning by entering the famous Konami Code on the main menu. Activating the mode this way will also not disable achievements:
- Xbox 360: Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A
- PS3: Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, O, X
- PC: Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, Cancel Key, Confirm Key
Armed with these hints and tips, your excursion to Columbia should be a much more enjoyable and memorable experience! But if you ever find yourself in doubt, just pick up a shotgun and spam the hell out of Bucking Bronco.
For more Bioshock Infinite goodness, check out Let’s Play Bioshock Infinite video and our video unboxing of the Bioshock Infinite Ultimate Songbird Edition.