I got the Shredder and it kills the shit out of bears in about four seconds. That thing is fucking lethal at medium range. And it's customised with a suppressor so you can go around killing fuckers like a shadow. Lately I've taken to sticking an untouchable syringe in me, walking right into the middle of an outpost, disabling the alarm, and then letting loose with the shredder and a rocket launcher while bullets bounce off me. The syringe effect only lasts twenty seconds, but I liberated the last two outposts I had left on the North Island earlier and I cleared those bastards in about fifteen seconds flat. I'm still more inclined to use stealth in the game - picking people off with a sniper rifle or using the various takedowns - but I love that there's the option to go and cause complete carnage for a short amount of time with the right syringe and artillery.
I like all the different ways you can tackle each scenario and coming in here and reading how everyone's experiences are so different is really interesting. I upgraded my sniper rifle with a silencer and a better scope and I'm bringing justice wherever I go with it. Upgrading your crouching move speed is a god send but it could't save me from the bear that randomly attacked me when I was perched in the trees waiting for a shot to line up. That scared the shit out of me. Was just silence until I hear a bear growl and turned around to find one pimp slapping me in the face.
To all the people complaining about not being able to spot your kills, I had that same problem but when I used the camera earlier, I noticed those squares in the middle turned yellow when you look at a dead body. That was on a pirate but I assume it works on animals too
Done 19 of the main missions now, so basically halfway through the main story. The three missions where you go looking in caverns and shit to find that knife for Buck are badass. The 'Saving Oliver' mission reminded me of the mission in GTA 3 where you have to snipe folks while 8 Ball runs onto the tanker to plant explosives.
Done all of the Wanted Dead side quests on the north island. My new favourite hobby is doing those missions by picking off everybody around the main target with the Shadow and a sniper rifle. That Shadow handgun is fucking aaawesome for stealth kills. Hide in bushes, wait for someone to walk past, drop them. Then when everybody else is dead the main target will get good and hysterical so sneak up and stab him in the throat. Sometimes I'll pull the clip in his grenade and toss him down a hill afterwards just to see him explode post-mortem.
Done all of the rare Path of the Hunter missions minus the Maneater shark that you need to skin to upgrade the final arrow quiver. I never realised that when you'd read the sign and it'd tell you that you have to hunt three bears with an SMG, you could use your own SMG and not the shitty one they provide. Same goes for shotguns, sniper rifles, etc. Those untouchable syringes are going to come in handy when I have to knife a bear to death.