BioShock Infinite is North America’s best-selling title of 2013 to date, and now that the gates to the flying city of Columbia have opened to Mac players everywhere, we want to make sure you get the most out of your visit! Below we’ve put together a collection of tips and tricks for beginners that may prove useful as you explore Columbia and try to reveal the mysteries of the city and of the woman you’ve been tasked with recovering!
1. Start on Easy or Normal difficulty.
Some might disagree with this tactic (and if you’re hardcore enough, by all means play to your skill level), but the easier difficulties are obviously much more accessible which we feel is important on an initial playthrough. Combat will be much more forgiving which is crucial for new players trying to get a better grasp of the flow of combat and the various means of defeating your enemies.
2. Explore off the beaten path.
This tip has several benefits. One, Columbia is a massive, breathing, and believable world. It’s incredibly rewarding to explore the city and get a sense of the history of what’s going on. On a more practical level, you’re bound to find all sorts of extra goodies that will help you on your journey, ranging from ammo and money to stat-boosting gear.
3. Search EVERYTHING.
Seriously, just search everything you can—trashcans, mailboxes, containers, desks, dead bodies (enemies or other), etc. It only takes a fraction of a second, and you’ll find money, ammo, and health- and salt-boosting items, all crucial to your journey’s success.
4. Gear is randomly generated.
Players have four gear slots: head, torso, legs, and feet. As you progress through the game, you’ll come across boxes containing pieces of gear that you can equip in each slot that will in turn boost some stat or skill while you wear it. Some gear is more useful than others, and much of its usability depends on your playstyle. As you find the gear, though, keep in mind that, with the exception of a couple of instances, it’s randomly generated each time you open a gear-containing box. If you find a piece of gear you don’t like or need, especially near a checkpoint, then it’s easy to reload the game and try for another piece of gear that you like better.
5. Do side quests as they become available.
BioShock Infinite is a more linear experience than its predecessors, and the ability to travel around and backtrack is more limited. That’s why it’s best to do side quests as soon as they show up in your quest log—if you wait to do them later, you may miss your chance to do them at all!
6. Experiment with different Vigors and weapons to find what fits your playstyle.
There are a total of 8 Vigors and 12 weapons to choose from during your travels, all which perform in different ways. The best way to figure out which ones you like the best is to simply experiment with them!
7. Use Vigor combos.
Certain Vigors can be combined by using one after the other to create devastating combo effects that will be very useful for dealing with a wide range of enemies. Below are the various combos you can use:
- Possession + Devil’s Kiss
- Possession + Shock Jockey
- Murder of Crows + Devil’s Kiss
- Murder of Crows + Shock Jockey
- Devil’s Kiss + Charge
- Bucking Bronco + Devil’s Kiss
- Bucking Bronco + Charge
- Undertow + Shock Jockey
8. You can’t upgrade everything.
You’ll be able to upgrade various aspects of your character throughout the game, like health, shield, and salt capacity, as well as individual Vigors and weapons. No matter what playthrough or difficulty level you’re on, though, you won’t be able to upgrade it all. Health/shield/salt capacity is upgraded through finding Infusions scattered about the world, of which there are a limited amount. Focusing on upgrading the shield may be best for players new to shooters, while salt upgrades are probably better for more experienced players. Similarly, weapons and Vigors are upgraded using money, of which there is also a limited amount. After you’ve experimented with the various weapons and Vigors, pick a select few that you like the most and focus on upgrading those.
9. Once you get the ability to open Tears, use it!
Opening tears in the environment can be incredibly beneficial in the midst of combat. You’ll find health and ammo stockpiles, powerful weapons, cover, and even friendly bots and turrets! Of particular note is that, if one of your “summoned” bots or turrets gets destroyed, simply open another tear elsewhere on the battlefield, and your allies will respawn, allowing you to re-open the tear and re-enlist their aid!
10. Don’t be stingy with lockpicks.
With the possible exception of the early parts of the game, you shouldn’t ever be lacking for lockpicks, especially if you follow our earlier tip of searching everything. Locked doors and chests will reward players with large cash deposits, health/shield/salt Infusions, gear, and even more lockpicks. Players that have the Columbia’s Finest DLC pack will start the game with bonus lockpicks which can be very helpful in the aforementioned early parts of the game where players have had limited opportunity to gather lockpicks on their own.
These tips should be more than enough to get you started, though if you’re looking for additional help, you can find plenty of other tips and insights on the official 2K BioShock Infinite forums. In the meantime, if you have questions or tips of your own, leave’em below in the comments!