After the overwhelming popularity of my Life is Crime Beginners' Tutorial, and having played the game for almost two months, I figured I would list some helpful tips and pointers that have helped me take over the city of Baltimore. First thing's first, you want to take over as many places as possible...
Location Domination Tips
So you've fired up the game and are ready to start taking over your town, but it looks like someone already beat you to it. With a little perseverance it's not hard to start taking over your favorite spots and quickly move on to the surrounding areas.
First, target your favorite places available in Life is Crime. The quickest way to earn building points is to drop product there. The larger the product, the more building points you will earn. For example, at level 12 as of writing this article, dropping a 150kg package of dope (worth 75 energy) will get you 38 building points. I couldn't drop a package at the time of this writing, but the last I remember a package worth the same amount of energy earned close to 45 building points. If you were to earn 45 building points only running missions, at 20 energy units per mission, it would cost you 450 energy units instead of just 75. Therefore, when picking out a venue to become the kingpin of, you should only make your drops at places that have a significant point gap from you.
When you are out of energy points, you can also quickly dominate a location by fighting someone who is of an equal or higher level than you. When fighting someone of an equal level, you earn 10 points for any time you land a fully successful attack (avoiding damage to yourself entirely). For fighting levels above and below that, you earn plus or minus the difference in your levels. For example, if you are level 12 and are fighting someone who is level 15, every time you land a successful attack, you will earn 13 building points -- 10 if you were fighting someone that was level 12, plus 3 for fighting someone 3 levels higher than you.
Lastly, whenever you're out of your regular stompin' grounds, be sure to at least put your name on as many leader boards as possible. This way, if someone decides to fight you over that location, you at least have the chance of seeing that battle on your R2 feed which then gives you the option to fight them back over that location, earning you more building points.
Leveling Up Tips
Leveling is a little different than attempting to dominate buildings. Running missions will garner you more XP than fighting or dropping packages. If leveling up fast is your goal, the best thing you can do is run as many missions as possible and pay attention to your current missions. Certain missions will earn you XP as their reward, others will earn you cash, and still others (though few) will earn you R2 credits. If you're trying to level up fast, aim for the missions that will gain you XP as their reward; namely bars and hospitals. Return frequently throughout the day and burn your energy points as often as possible. If you have energy drinks gifted to you, use them! There will be more -- I promise.
Earn R2 Credits Without Paying for Them
Thus far, the only ways I have found to earn R2 credits without paying for them is to return to play Life is Crime every day, earning credit towards the All Day, Every Day mission or to find an Easter Egg by searching buildings as often as possible. In the nearly two months I've been playing Life is Crime, I've only found one Easter Egg, which (if memory serves me) is only worth somewhere between 2 and 5 R2 credits. The All Day, Every Day achievement, on the other hand, earns increments of 5, 10, and 20 R2 credits for playing every day consecutively for 7, 14, and 30 days, respectively.
Obviously, the developers have made it so it is highly beneficial to pay for R2 credits if you wish to dominate your competition as quickly as possible. But, by simply signing into your safe house and collecting your money each day, you can earn a decent amount of R2 credits and start buying "elite" equipment.
Fighting TipsFighting is an integral part of Life is Crime, and doing it right is a simple matter of strategy. If your only goal is to kill your opponents, then you need to keep a few things in mind. Of course, the best thing you can do is buy equipment for R2 credits to get an immediate edge on the competition that is the same level as you. When doing this, you want to be sure to look at the stats before purchasing.
The other day, I really wanted to buy a cool weapon that I liked just because of the way it looked. However, I realized that in two levels (which might only take an avid player a week or so) I would be able to purchase a better weapon for in-game cash. I held off and, sure enough, within a week there was a better "elite" weapon available for R2 points that fit my new level and was a superior weapon to all regular, "game-cash" purchasable weapons for at least 3 levels ahead of me. In essence (not recalling exact numbers), I found an "elite" weapon that did 80 damage at level 8 when regular weapons did 85 damage at level 10. After waiting, I found an "elite" weapon that did 120 damage at level 10 when regular weapons didn't cause 120 damage until level 13.
Just make sure when you're spending your R2 points that they'll last you a while.
If you're not big on analyzing R2 credits, ensure that each time you level up you buy the best weapon and armor you can carry to guarantee the strongest competitive edge possible.
If someone friends you, accept the request. The more members of your mob you have, the more gifts you will recieve, and the more likely you are to do "mob damage" during a fight, which can be a significant amount, depending on how many mob members you have.