So turning all HUD off, except for SSI, was an easy transition.
I stopped using the map in the game too and started using the companion iPad app instead. I use it for treasure maps, setting markers on the map and all info. It's awesome. :)
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Difference being that on games like RPGS, most do not have a map showing you where all the chests and items are.
What AC does is hand holding to the extreme if you choose to let them.
I can't work out the whole treasure map part of this game, it tells me to equip a treasure map tool but I have no idea whether I have this tool or I need to go somewhere to get it :confused:
Farcry 3 did but this is Ubisoft again. I know what you mean though about having it but then the discovery and exploration element is negated turning it into a very linear and mechanical experience.
By the time I was done visiting every place I had something like 6 or 7 maps for which I hadn't found the treasure. At that time you can fast travel to any of those locations to find it. Maybe one or two of them was even close to difficult to find. Note that you the very first map you find in the game, you're in the location for the treasure, it's a good money boost for early in the game. You should also find the one for Havana very early on as well.
I never let the game dictate what I wanted to do (except for when I couldn't do something because I hadn't gotten far enough into the story to unlock something.)
I would spend some time in ship battles, some time clearing (a bit of my own personal OCD fixation) and finding areas, some time taking out forts, some time harpooning, some time diving, some time in story, some time doing contracts, ....
Basically I'd do stuff until I was a bit tired of it, then I'd switch to doing something else. AC3 had a bit of this, but it seemed forced and you always seemed to take forever to get where you wanted to be to do what you wanted to do. Not the case in AC4.
That sounds like an excellent use for the app, I'l try it later. I wish regular psn games on ps3 used apps too so we could have one for Liberation HD when it comes out, but being that it will be on psn for ps3 I don't think they make apps for that platform, do they? I THINK apps are just for the ps4 but I'm kind of new to using apps for games (kind of new...GUFFAWWW! Understatement...the one for this game is the first I've EVER used) so I am unsure.