Far Cry 3 Activities Guide – Poker, Racing and Knife Throwing Challenges

By   /   Dec 3, 2012

Tired of killing pirates and skinning animals in Far Cry 3? If you are, then you might as well take a break and indulge in some of the co-curricular activities, such as playing poker, or maybe even racing.

The open-world first-person shooter gives you that opportunity in its massive island setting, and activities are also a great way to earn some cash.

Let’s look at what kind of activities you can take part in. For more help on Far Cry 3, read our Crafting Recipes, Letters of the Lost and Hunting Guide.

What would you get if you put a set of mercs and pirates in a bar? Well, drunken mercs and pirates would seem to be the appropriate answer, but in context of this article, that isn’t quite the reply we’re looking for. How about backdoor poker?

Yes, Far Cry 3 has some poker for those who want to earn some cash the risky way. The type of poker being played is Texas Hold’em, and though I won’t be teaching how to play the game itself, I’ll give a bit of a tip on how to earn plenty of money in the game.

A nice little achievement associated with playing poker is the Poker Bully Achievement. You need to earn $1500 cumulative cash by playing poker.

You can earn a max of $750, so you’ll need to have multiple goes. But that involves the probability of losing some money as well, and you don’t want that happening.

So, here’s a little trick you can do to get things working your way:

  • Save your game before going for playing Poker
  • Start the Poker Game at Expert Mode
  • Use the All in Method – there’s no need to look at the cards
  • If you win the game, EXIT the Poker Game, save the game, and then repeat this process again
  • If you lose a game, go to menu WITHOUT exiting the Poker game, and reload the save game, and repeat the process till you win

Of course, whether you win or not really depends on luck, but the game is made in such a way that it’ll give you a 30% to 50% chance of winning, even at Expert Mode. Keep trying this, cross your fingers, and you will get the achievement in a jiffy.

Racing Challenge
So you think you are better than those pesky pirates and tribal men behind the wheel? Well, put your driving skills to the test by racing!

Racing is fairly simple in Far Cry 3, as you actually won’t be racing against opponents, but against a limited time.

Basically, you have to go through a specific amount of check points in a limited time. These checkpoints are indicated on your map with small yellow icons and also on the road with purple flares on both sides of the road.

Be very careful, as some of the races really make you stress your vehicle, and being fast isn’t always the answer on such occasions. I suggest keeping an eye on the map as well as the road (if that’s possible at all), since some checkpoint flares aren’t very well visible because of foliage.

Having said that, it’s not at all impossible (not even hard actually, accept expert mode which can be a bit challenging). I recommend going for Skilled difficulty for anyone who’s got the hang of driving around in the game.

Knife Throwing Challenge
So you think you have a badass aim, eh? Well, there are two places you can test that, of which one is the Knife Throwing Challenge.

The game is overall quite simple. Basically, you play against one opponent, and get points according to the distance the knife is from the center of the bulls-eye target – the closer, the more points you get.

What makes the game a challenge is that you have to control the knife. Jason seems to be a bit jittery while holding melee weapons than he is with guns, so you can expect the reticule to steadily sway around a bit. Try to keep in the center, and then hold the throw button.

While holding the button, you will come across a meter. This indicates the power of your throw. Throw it without much power, and your knife will fall short of the target.

Throw it with too much power, and it will go flying into a random place (which is almost never the center). The sweet spot comes at the whiter part of the gauge, which is just behind the line that separates the red part.

I suggest playing a practice round (for free) to get a hang of the power meter before betting some money.

Hit the center red circle and you get a whopping 100 points. Hit the second white circle you get 50, followed by 25, 10, and so on. Anything off the target is worth nothing.

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