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From: CHYRON (DSMITHHFX) 5 Dec 2018 11:13
To: Manthorp 36 of 199
Yeah I found my first one last night (the wild dog). Not posted on a bulletin board like FC3, but a map lying on a table. There was an elephant head icon on the outpost after I captured it. I read through a cheat sheet on how to kill each rare animal, they sound pretty tough.
From: CHYRON (DSMITHHFX) 6 Dec 2018 16:15
To: ALL37 of 199
I blowed up the DemonFish®, blowed him up good. Also got the magic whatever "dhole" [dog]. The cheat sheet I read about hunting exotic animals: when there's a whole pack of 'em, it's legal to kill all the others with any weapon of your choosing, you just have to kill the target animal(s) with the specified weapon. So that makes it a whole lot easier.

I ended up on the roof shooting the dhole full of arrows (IIRC, it took 4 or 5) from a safe distance after dispatching his pack brethren with the sawed-off sidearm shotgun up close (a truly spectacular weapon), and sniper rifle from a distance.
EDITED: 6 Dec 2018 16:16 by DSMITHHFX
From: Manthorp 6 Dec 2018 16:30
To: CHYRON (DSMITHHFX) 38 of 199
You fashion icon, you.
From: CHYRON (DSMITHHFX) 6 Dec 2018 17:48
To: Manthorp 39 of 199
I'm afraid I'll never compete with Min...
From: Manthorp 6 Dec 2018 18:13
To: CHYRON (DSMITHHFX) 40 of 199
He's glorious in pink. I'm quite interested in his portrayal. He's as camp as Christmas, but with no suggestion that he's gay, which is quite grown-up in game characterisation terms.
From: graphitone 6 Dec 2018 18:16
To: CHYRON (DSMITHHFX) 41 of 199
I did the demon fish hunt thing last night too. Using a grenade launcher to blast them out of the water is some real good fun. When I switched to a rifle to dispatch a boat full of bad guys that showed up half way through it failed the mission saying I'd not used the appropriate firearm. :C
From: graphitone 6 Dec 2018 18:18
To: CHYRON (DSMITHHFX) 42 of 199
Maybe once you've dispatched the target animal you can use whatever you want. You said you'd shot the target one with arrows first, then moved onto the heavier arms for the other dogs.
From: CHYRON (DSMITHHFX) 6 Dec 2018 21:36
To: graphitone 43 of 199
Really. Those guys came roaring up just as I arrived at ye fishing hole, I grenade launched them into flaming death, which attracted dude screaming "YOU'LL PAY FOR THAT!!!" from the far shore, and proceeded to hose me with a stationary machine gun. Luckily he was very far away, and I had body armor on so I was able to pick him off with my sniper rifle before taking too many hits. Then, while I busy skinning the demonfish underwater, others kept swimming up and biting me. Like, why wouldn't you just haul it up on shore to skin it?
EDITED: 6 Dec 2018 21:38 by DSMITHHFX
From: CHYRON (DSMITHHFX) 6 Dec 2018 21:37
To: graphitone 44 of 199
Nope, I shot the other dogs first. Else they kept swarming me. Game kept warning me about the wrong weapon, but didn't abort the mission unless I used it on the target animal.
EDITED: 6 Dec 2018 21:39 by DSMITHHFX
From: Manthorp 7 Dec 2018 08:09
To: ALL45 of 199
Have either of you started in on the Yogi & Reggie missions yet?
From: CHYRON (DSMITHHFX) 7 Dec 2018 11:04
To: Manthorp 46 of 199
I don't know what those are, so I guess not.
From: graphitone 7 Dec 2018 11:14
To: Manthorp 47 of 199
I've seen the icons pop up, but I'm hellbent on satisfying my OCD and getting all the available upgrades on holsters and ammo bags before tackling any more missions. To that end though, I've started on the fashion week ones and getting the rare animal skins.
EDITED: 7 Dec 2018 11:48 by GRAPHITONE
From: CHYRON (DSMITHHFX) 7 Dec 2018 17:43
To: graphitone 48 of 199
I finally figured out how to take down those convoys (three pickups with mounted MGs): the RPG, and run crosswise to the switchbacks (and stay the fuck away from the MG fire). So I got me the "stinger", a very nice little sidearm.
From: graphitone 7 Dec 2018 18:55
To: CHYRON (DSMITHHFX) 49 of 199
Haven't tried those missions yet, but I kept hold of the grenade launcher I got from the demon fish skin mission, that'll be suitable as well no doubt.
From: CHYRON (DSMITHHFX) 7 Dec 2018 19:10
To: graphitone 50 of 199
Don't think so, because you'll need to fire from a considerable distance to avoid getting gunned down (also the trucks are speeding away). Anyway, unless you want to unlock the stinger, they're optional.
EDITED: 7 Dec 2018 19:11 by DSMITHHFX
From: CHYRON (DSMITHHFX) 8 Dec 2018 15:02
To: ALL51 of 199
The exotic rhino and badger were surprisingly easy to kill, mainly because they were on their own.
From: CHYRON (DSMITHHFX)11 Dec 2018 21:42
To: ALL52 of 199
The white tiger was a pussycat. OK, he mauled me to death on the first take.
From: Manthorp12 Dec 2018 09:02
To: ALL53 of 199
How do you two think it stands up to FC3 so far?
From: graphitone12 Dec 2018 09:27
To: Manthorp 54 of 199
Like Smiffy mentioned, it feels like a reskin of FC3, at least it did initially. Granted the structure's nigh on identical, but the side missions are far more interesting, the sandbox encourages more exploring, something I found a tad tedious in 3. The story, inasmuch as I've completed, is better written with more fleshed out characters and doesn't take itself as seriously as in the previous. I liked the conversation you have with the radio host about bidets. :)

While some weapons pique the interest, a lot of them are a bit meh, but maybe that's a lack of creativity on my part, going for my default loadout of a sniper rifle, shotgun, automatic rifle and/or bow. I do like the grenade launcher and have used that in chasing down the 3 truck convoys, slinging it one handed as a side arm from a quad bike.

Is it me or do the vehicles handle a bit more wildly when only steering with one hand while wheelding a weapon with the other?
EDITED: 12 Dec 2018 11:43 by GRAPHITONE
From: Manthorp12 Dec 2018 13:16
To: graphitone 55 of 199
The geography of the world map was obviously lazy, though it's always going to have a waist if they want to prevent players from opening up the whole map too soon. I agree about the side missions, some of which are self-contained campaigns in themselves.  And yes, the characterisation is stronger (especially Pagan Min, who I regard as one of the great fictional media baddies of recent years).

I don't know Nepal, which I think Kyrat must loosely be based on, but I know Himalayan Pakistan well (I grew up there), and they've got the geography, architecture and atmosphere spot-on (at least in the rare moments when the shit isn't hitting the Punka).

My typical loadout's not a million miles from yours: silenced sniper rifle, LMG with expanded clip, grenade launcher & bow. Shotgun replacing the bow when I know there's going to be a shedload of close combat as in, for instance, a skirmish in a large building.

I hadn't noticed the vehicle handling thing, which would obviously make sense; but then, my in-game driving's lousy at the best of times.
EDITED: 12 Dec 2018 13:25 by MANTHORP