HOW TO... LOSE THE COPS MORE QUICKLY
Once the police are chasing you, you need to escape from the red circle that appears on the minimap in order to lose them. However you will often find the vehicle you are using is too slow to outrun them, leading to long and frustrating drives up and down alleyways trying to shake them off your tail.
An alternative approach that is much more effective is to slow down and allow the pursuing forces to draw alongside, before pressing Square/X and a direction to sideswipe them. This does significant damage and after two or three hits they will be out of commission; once all the cops have been disabled you will automatically escape.
HOW TO... WIN EVERY FIGHT
The key to succeeding in melee combat is to know the different enemy types, how they behave and how to defeat them. There are four in total:
Brawlers: Your standard thugs. Combine heavy attacks, grabs and counters to defeat them.
Grapplers: Can't be grappled but can't defend. Use heavy strikes and counters to finish them off.
Strikers: Will block many of your attacks. Hit them with everything you have and make sure you follow up with multiple attacks once you break through their defences.
Armed Thugs: Use weapon attacks for massive damage. Do not attempt to grapple them and ensure you counter every attack or you'll be quickly defeated.
To practice these techniques on the different enemy types you can head to the Martial Arts School in North Point at any time.
During combat if any melee weapons are dropped then grab them immediately as they can make light work of most opponents. Also remember that environmental attacks are always one-hit kills, so grapple enemies and drag them into the glowing red markers wherever possible.
HOW TO... GIVE YOUR STATS A BOOST
There are various items you can locate and use to give your stats a boost for a certain amount of time. These are:
Food from catering stands - Increase health regeneration.
Dragon Kick from convenience stores and vending machines - Increase melee damage.
Herbal Tea from apothecary stores - Reduce damage taken.
Massage from parlours - Increase Face Meter fill speed.
Increasing the speed your Face Meter rises at will unlock Face Advantages quicker, awarding various bonuses to your character. The other items provide stat boosts that are very useful during combat, and should be collected up before initiating big missions to give yourself a better chance of success.