Once your weapons are powered-up as described above it’s now time to continue playing the game. Although you should play on easy first to familiarize yourself with the enemies and their locations, what follows is for playing the game on the harder difficulties.
First lesson you need to learn about playing on Hard and eventually Chaos and Hell modes is that there is a time to fight and a time to just run. I love this game and don’t mind taking it slow and killing everything in sight but for the sake of your sanity sometimes you need to just run. Second lesson you need to learn is know your magic and weapons like the back of your hand. From playing the game over and over on the first stage you should know how to quickly press , , to use Raven’s Panic, , , , , to equip your Rifle and give it Sniper ability via the Element Shot. You will not have time to slowly press the buttons when hordes of enemies are around you.
As the stage two begins and you start to walk down the bridge you’ll see several giests on your left, fighting humans who are off to your right. Take out a couple of them to fill up your magic meter. Once your magic meter is filled enough to use the Element Shot back away and equip the Rifle, then give it the sniper ability by using the Element Shot. Then use the Sniper Rifle to take out the giests. As long as you are hitting your target your magic will refill giving you unlimited use of your element shot and Sniper Rifle. For the most part this is how you’ll want to start each level. Get enough magic to use the Element Shot and then depending on the enemies either use the Fire Element Shot of the Main Gun, Electricity of the Gatling, or your best friend the Sniper Rifle. After dispatching these enemies a Walnut Head will appear so be ready, quickly equip the Main Gun with the Fire Element Shot. On this game all enemies die quicker with fire. 7-10 direct hits will cause them to catch fire killing them. However the Walnut Heads will still throw cars while on fire so be sure not to stop shooting until they are dead.
Now once he is out of the way and following the cut scene equip the Sniper Rifle and zoom in to the lower left corner of the screen. There is a building across the street with two soldiers snipe them and proceed. Moving along the building to your left quickly move to the corner of this building, as you approach you’ll hear a Helicopter. Quickly use another helpful ability Willpower to toss the cab onto the three guards that are standing there. You want to be at this angle to take down the Helicopter before it can drop off the troops. Equip the Rifle and aim at the rear of the Helicopter just below the rear propellers. It will take 36 shots to bring it down. So you need to move quickly. If done correctly you’ll blow up the copter and kill the four guys that managed to start down the rope.
Now turn your attention to the building directly in front of you and behind the Helicopter. Along this building as you proceed down the street there are two giests here along the ledge of the building. Kill them and approach the corner of the next street, do this slowly and kill the giest on the second floor balcony. Do this without going completely around the corner. Once this guy is dead use your Raven’s Panic to distract the seven giests here. Then equip your Main Gun with fire and take them out. Do not walk down the road instead go to the far right and walk down the road hugging that building. There is a Walnut Head up the road that will start throwing oil tankers and cars if you are spotted so avoid him for now instead kill the giest that is at the end of the building hiding on your right then quickly reload the Main Gun with fire. Quickly run straight ahead at the two giests using Willpower to kill them with the car. This also makes one less thing for the Walnut Head to pick up. Quickly turn and unload on the Walnut Head. He should be dead in 32 shots, before he can even toss the oil tanker at you.
Now jump down into the area below and kill the three giests who are busy killing the innocents. Then take the stairs back up but before turning the corner and walking up the stairs make sure to have your Sniper Rifle ready. Use Raven’s Panic to distract the guy standing in front of you. Then move around the corner, kill him and proceed to the top of the stairs with your Sniper Rifle equipped. Now on a ledge on your left but across the street ahead, there is a sniper waiting to shoot you. So take him out first. If done quickly all the other giests will still be bothered by Raven’s so you’ll have a clean shot. Once he’s dead quickly move to the end of the block killing everything in your path. As you approach the corner of the building do so slowly as a Tank awaits. Luckily this is a checkpoint.
Now equip your rifle but without the sniper element. To destroy Tanks with your Rifle what you want to do is aim for the rear of the tank at what looks like a circle with a hole. On Chaos 32 shots here will destroy it. Once completed make your way around the corner, killing all giests in this area. As you prepare to move around the next corner again slowly approach it to see the enemies. Be sure to have the Main Gun with fire equipped and take them out. As you look down this street use your Sniper Rifle to take out the enemies along the left side in a barricade beneath a building. Also by now you should have spotted the Walnut Head at the end of the road. Approach slowly with the Main Gun fully loaded and equipped with fire, however this isn’t for him it’s for later. Instead approach him with the rifle NOT in sniper mode as there is a Helicopter you need to take out first. As you walk the Helicopter will approach. Using the same method as before aim for the rear and take it out. Using the fire equipped Main Gun to kill any enemies that make it down. Then switch back to the rifle and take out the Walnut Head from afar. He will give you access to the courtyard area off to your left.
Quickly use the Raven’s Panic and equip the Gatling Gun. Jump over the barricade and use the Gatling Gun to take out the four giests grouped together behind the barricade. Then ready the Sniper Rifle and walk out into the court yard area. Look over to your right where you’ll see a few other buildings and a path that leads back into the streets. Do not approach this area yet. There is a sniper on a ledge over in this area that you need to take out. If you are having trouble spotting him don’t worry you’ll see the red light of his rifle soon enough. Once he is dead head over to your left don’t worry about the others over by the sniper just yet. You want to get to a save point and not have to deal with the sniper again.
So blow up the tanker off to your left being sure to kill all the giests. Then as you walk down the walkway beyond the destroyed oil tanker you’ll see a car and two really fast giests near the end. Use the Sniper Rifle and kill them from here. The first alcove on your left has a Walnut Head and two giests. Use Raven’s Panic before moving near the alcove and then quickly move in with a fire loaded Main Gun. Quickly kill the Walnut and then the two guys busy with the Ravens. As you move down to the end of this alley there is another Walnut Head and three giests so be prepared. Use Raven’s Panic and a full Main Gun with fire. Quickly kill the Walnut then the three guys. Once they are all dead equip your Gatling Gun with Element Shot.
Now you need to go back the way you came but once you turn the corner there will be three giests grouped together waiting to kill you. You do not want to die here as you are moments from a checkpoint and you’d have to start all over from the courtyard entrance. So turn the corner shooting, the electricity will stun them giving you time to aim and kill them. Once dead make your way back to the courtyard and your checkpoint. Now it’s time to deal with those guys located by the sniper. As you approach that area equip your Sniper Rifle and take out the two giests walking back and forth. You’ll notice an opening below in what looks like an outside café here you’ll see a Walnut Head and two giests, don’t worry about them now. Move as far right as you can along the building and you’ll see a landing that you can jump to in order to make your way over into the area with the sniper. Once there use Raven’s Panic and your Main Gun with fire to kill the four patrolling giests. Now re-equip the Main Gun with fire and turn the corner to your left slowly to kill the purple Walnut Head.
Now make your way back to that landing with a Sniper Rifle, and fire equipped Main Gun. Now take out the two giests with the Sniper Rifle and the Walnut Head with the fire equipped Main Gun.
Once he is dead your way out will be opened. You’ll see four giests behind a barricade, again Raven’s Panic to distract them and the Main Gun with fire to kill them. You can also snipe them from afar as you turn the corner. As you make your way around the streets continue to use Raven’s Panic to distract the enemies, using Willpower to throw cars at them, and the Sniper Rifle from afar when possible. This is your bread and butter on this game never forget them.
At the end of the next street you’ll face a huge giest. Here you can use Raven’s Panic to distract the roaming giests and just run, or you can stay and kill him. To kill these beasts all you need to do is aim for their exposed heart on the upper right side of their chests. Later in the game you’ll face ones with armor covering their heart and you’ll have to destroy the armor before attacking them. Always use your Main Gun with fire. The fire will burn these huge beasts and although it does no damage the fire keeps them from attacking you. So use the Main Gun with fire to burn them, then quickly switch to the Gatling and aim for the heart. Once dead you’ll run into an alley with three giests on the ground and two up above on balconies. This is a good time to learn to run. Always use your Raven’s Panic before running (expect when indoors and it’s not an option).
Although this is an easy enough fight to just use Raven’s Panic and kill them it’s good to learn to run now. So once you’ve used your Raven’s Panic hold the LT to jump flip and use the directional stick to move in the desired direction. DO NOT stay on the ground longer then needed, so keep jumping. There is a checkpoint as you make your way around the corner. Be sure to come out jumping to your left as there are three giests waiting for you here. If your Raven’s Panic has worn off use it again. This is why it’s important to know how to quickly activate Raven’s Panic. You are invincible for a short time will activating it and your health will recharge a bit. Continue flipping past the next big giest until you finally come to the games final boss (which you won’t fight now).
Once the cut scene ends just start shooting him with the Gatling. The voice that talks to you will tell you that you can’t defeat him now and you should run. If you aren’t attacking him this will take a minute or two to happen. But if you unload an entire Gatling Clip into him it’ll happen immediately. Once you hear this quickly run to the far left of where you entered. You’ll see an open manhole around a corner and your exit off this level.