Progguitarist wrote:Everything Rusty said, also:
Bought this in the steam sale... It's good but bloody hell, it's hard. I'm a few missions in and am constantly getting my arse handed to me. Any vets care to share some tips?
Never carry too much stuff - you'll be able to run far less distance and sometimes you need to haul ass to escape.
Be as quiet as possible. Watch the sound & vision meters in the top left; if you hear something unpleasant, stay down and sneak as if your life depends on it (it does).
Loot all corpses for stuff to sell. Sell all but the best artifacts early on for starter cash so you can keep your equipment in good nick. Do not sell radiation reducing artifacts unless you have better radiation-reducing ones stored.
Talk to everyone. On the normal difficulty, you're led fairly easily towards Skadovsk, which has plenty of side-quests. Stitching up the criminal guy is an easy way to get some starter equip with minimal effort, likewise most of the other quests there early on are geared towards giving you a companion to help for the duration of the quest and other aids. Don't tackle the big stuff (e.g the downed helis) until you're kitted out, and don't travel too far if you can avoid it. If you must, stock up on antirads and health boosting stuff before leaving.
At the very start, or the first time you approach it, there are two Stalkers by the boiler anomaly. One gets burned, the other asks you to help him with a medkit. Do this for an instant upgrade to the artifact detector - a directional one that helps tons.
Artifacts only become visible when you are very close. Use the bolts (9 key iirc) to plot a path through the anomaly.
Are you playing modded?
Edited by orpheus at 04:19:12 06-01-2013