Super answer Frag, and super stuff—thanks a bunch
So man, your driving is like mine IRL! Gotta love those shortcuts
How do you navigate without HUD & direction indicator? I find it tough enough with full info. Do you have the map memorized, or…?
I noticed in my bit of play that I could get up pretty steep inclines on foot, and take some good drops without taking damage—your vehicles displayed the same characteristics on the terrain.
I gather there's no bonus for headshots, you took mostly body shots.
In first vid, Outpost, you conked a few guys & dragged 'em outside to hide. Any reason not to shoot 'em first & then hide 'em? Blood spatter maybe, visible to next guy…
Also in Outpost—I think
—your shots sounded loud, were you not suppressed?
A lot of the time you just ran in and around the compounds without any worry, or so it looked. I'd be looking around every corner, and sneaking slowly to the next, scanning the surroundings. Apart from the drone info, did you have some other intel re safe routes from somewhere?
Again, thanks a bunch
No problem, glad they were useful.
The way I trained myself to navigate without HUD is before capturing each mission I'd do a few practice runs. Since I was copying and setting aside saves I could easily restart the mission after putting the save file back. The first thing I'd do was get to the closest safehouse, however where helis were used, that meant the closest safehouse to a heli I could steal. In practice runs I would take a couple just to drive to the place, first looking at the map, then getting in my head the sequence of turns involved (left, right, right, etc). Of course it complicates matters if it's not the next left or right, but the simplicity of the road system was doable in that regard ( I have a bad cerebral memory, but a pretty good visual memory). The practice runs are also helpful for getting to know foot patrols, hence the quick in and out.
Yeah the shortcuts were fun, and the missions above don't begin to show some of the most hardcore ones I used, like driving along sketchy, narrow game trails with a steep drop-off in the Bolivian Minibus, as well as up very steep slopes with it, and a rather sketchy drive through thick jungle vegetation in the Nakahawa just to skip the switchbacks down the road. That minibus is probably best at going up steep inclines because it's light and geared low. The shortcuts using the minibus on a narrow game trail are all the ones in Libertad, starting with Chemical Trail. It was the best way to get to a chopper to steal quickly. There's actually one of those big choppers that's closer, but I got tired of them wanting to blow up no matter how carefully I landed them.
I don't go for headshots a lot if I have a weapon that can kill quickly with torso shots, and when raiding El Chido's concert via stealth, I even got one in the crotch. LOL The weapon used in The Outpost I'm pretty sure is the M7, which is actually one of the quieter ones, and yes, it was suppressed. It just sounds a bit louder in some areas, like near hard surfaces vs out in the open more. ANY suppressed weapon in the game if you shoot too close to patrolling guards will get your whereabouts investigated though.
As far as why I knocked out and dragged those guards to a more obscure location, it's because if a guard sees a dead body, they will investigate. However this game has a cheesy feature where if you look the opposite direction of the still live guards by turning around, it will make the corpses disappear, making them invisible to those guards. Since you never know if you're going to have to backtrack for unexpected guards coming, it's best to thoroughly hide some of them, vs leave them where another guard might find them.
The mission where I discovered corpses were disappearing when I turned around was Carzita's Assistant, but by the time I found out, I wasn't going to waste a perfectly good stealth run doing it over again.
There's another one called El Pulpo's Right Hand Man where I had some corpses disappearing merely because the best spot I found to infiltrate from involved checking behind me for snipers up high, and on the ground for a patrolling guard in between shots ahead at the building/chopper I was headed to.
These are the only two missions I found it hard to avoid that cheese though, which I preferred not using.
This is one of the narrow game trail shortcut missions, which ended with an unexpected but exciting gunship pursuit.