The Bioshock Collection is slated to release in just a week or so, and to help celebrate this momentous occasion we’ve put together a list of the five best tips for Bioshock Infinite that will help you as you make your way through the dangerous streets of Columbia. Of course, these tips aren’t guaranteed to be the only thing you’ll need to take notice of during your time as Booker, but they’ll help you get started and right into the action without a whole lot of problems.

Use Melee Attacks

The melee attack may look and sound like just another reason to brutalize NPCs in an already brutal world, but it isn’t. This fatality is actually extremely important, and you’ll want to incorporate it into your combat very regularly in the early game sections. Later on in the game, when you’ve picked up some special gear, the use of melee attacks to take enemies out will become crucial to helping you stay alive. It also helps you conserve ammunition.

Scavenge

Playing a Bioshock game is like playing a survival sandbox game. Everywhere you go you’re going to want to keep your eyes open and constantly glancing across the ground and counters. Scavenging is an extremely important part of the Bioshock lifestyle, and it’s going to be one of the few ways to make sure you have enough money to keep Booker stocked up on ammunition and health. The good news is that Elizabeth will help you scavenge later on in the game, so you won’t have to rely solely upon your own attentiveness to the environment.

To Pick or Not to Pick

While we’ve strongly suggest picking locks in previous Bioshock games, things have changed a bit with Bioshock Infinite. Many times you’re going to need to actually decide whether picking a lock is worth it, as Lockpicks are extremely expensive in the game. This isn’t a game-breaking issue by any means, though, and you can usually pretty easily decide if things are worth opening up or not. To help you out: safes will only ever hold money, meaning they can be good to pick if you need to stock up on some additional cash. Rooms on the other hand might hold new items, money, and even more lockpicks, so we’d suggest keeping that in mind as you make your way through Columbia.

Gear Up or Die

If you’ve ever played an RPG styled game, then you know just how important gear can be. Unlike previous Bioshock games, which only pushed you towards new weapon, Bioshock Infinite actually includes a gear system, which you’ll need to take pretty seriously. Hidden throughout Columbia players can find new gear, like hats, boots, and other pieces that will change their defense, offense, and effectiveness. You’ll want to keep an eye out for new gear as you explore the alleyways of the city, so be sure to pick up any new gear you come across.

Side Quest Are the Next Big Thing

Side quests in Bioshock Infinite aren’t quite as complicated as you would imagine. Many of them, in fact, will only require you to do something silly like unlock a chest, find a key, or crack a cipher. Those these quests may seem silly and insignificant, we’d actually highly recommend completing them as they can often lead to new updates, infusions, gear, or even access to a completely new Vigor. As we said above, these quests don’t act as normal side quests, and their objectives are normally pretty obvious and easy to accomplish things, so don’t stress out about them too much. You’ll find plenty of them on the beaten path.

There are, obviously, a ton of other tips and tricks we’d like to tell you about, but we’re only going to cover those five today. The Bioshock Collection is slated to release on September 13, so be sure to pack your bags and get ready to head back to Columbia when the game releases on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. We’ll be offering up additional details about the game in the future, so be sure to stay tuned to Primagames.com for all your strategy needs.