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Also i get this strange green line around one side that flashes, and i get what people mean about there being no tutorial as such.
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The best way to play S.T.A.L.K.E.R. is to bind quicksave and quickload to M1 and M2, respectively.
j/k of course, but seriously, quicksave often.
Carry plenty of ammo, preferably 2 assault rifles using different calibre to make sure you don't run out in the middle of nowhere. You don't want to stumble into a village full of Bloodsuckers at night with only 6 bullets for your pistol. Trust me on that one.
Always have a bunch of bandages on you. I usually don't start selling these off until I have at least 20 (better be safe than sorry).
Always use single shot on your automatic weapons. One well aimed shot in the head can take down a guy who might absorb a full magazine in his chest and come back for seconds. Except there won't be seconds because as you're reloading he will kill you.
On that note, once you have a weapon that's reasonably accurate, keep as much distance between you and your enemy as possible.
Most of all: enjoy the atmosphere.thumb.gif

Edit: normally all you have to do is copy the mod files into the game folder, or a subfolder (data?). There should be a readme file included that tells you where everything should go. I haven't used the Complete mod myself so I don't know if it requires you to do something extra.
Edited by Vonnis - 1/30/12 at 2:43pm
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post #13 of 41
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Originally Posted by Aparition View Post

I like that one!

That basically sums up S.T.A.L.K.E.R.

Also, if it looks unsafe, pretend you never saw it.
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1. Download STALKER Complete mod. Its a visual mod (and bug fixes), and really, there is no reason to play WITHOUT it.
2. Conserve. Conserve. Conserve. You might see you have 300+ rounds for your gun, but still, conserve. If you EVER go full auto, you're doing it wrong.
3. Run-and-gun = death
4. Quick save as often as possible (every 5-10 min, imo)
5. Always have 5 med kits, 5 bandages and 5 anti-rad early in the game. After a bit, you wont need the anti-rad due to the artifacts you will have.
6. Ditch broken gear. You might have loved a certain gun for a while, but once it gets to about 50-70% 'health', its worthless.
7. Upgrade. Always upgrade. Until you have the GP-37, FT2000M or SGI5K, you need to upgrade. Those are the ONLY end-tier weapons.
8. You will ALWAYS need an assault rifle. SMGs are worthless (there's only 1, anyway), and snipers are useless at CQC.
9. Dont carry too much gear. More gear = less sprint distance = getting mauled by a pack of wild dogs
10. DO NOT use your gun in Duty base. Ever.
11. You will die. A lot.
12. You will die randomly. A lot.
13. If it looks safe, it will kill you.

14. Lab x-18 sucks. I'd personally rather chew broken glass than do that again.
15. Lab x-16 makes you wish you were in lab x-18
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Most importantly, like I told you in PM, DON'T PLAY CoP FIRST (which I know is the first one you're getting right?)

Seriously.

My PM gives you a lot of advice already though, but once SoC gets there, bump this thread, and we'll all give ya more advice.

Oh, and Labs X16 and X18 totally ROCK. Droogie is just playing. I hope, anyways.
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14. Lab x-18 sucks. I'd personally rather chew broken glass than do that again.
15. Lab x-16 makes you wish you were in lab x-18

Both are great. IDK what you're talking about.

In any event, the Complete mod you just use the installer. Use this: Link

In any event, IMO, play on the default difficulty if you're decent at FPS games, AND are getting good FPS. If you're new at the whole FPS thing / your KD is around 0.8 or so in most MP games, try easy.

DO NOT TRY MASTER ON FIRST PLAY THROUGH.
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A good game.

You are very weak at the start. Don't just run in and start shooting. NPC's can get headshots.

The best mod if you don't want to change the game too much is Oblivion Lost

If you want a complete graphics and AI, weapons overhaul. The Complete 2009 mod is great.



I think you should play the game vanilla at least once first though thumb.gif
Edited by General Crumples - 1/30/12 at 8:04pm
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There's something to be said for the 'balance' in Vanilla ... Complete Mod, while mostly graphical, lowers enemy 'awareness' pretty noticeably, allows you to carry more stuff (while still running), and most importantly allows weapon and armor repair ... w/o actually reducing the armor and weapons in the game world.

To a careful player, these last changes affect 'strategy', and makes the game easier in general.

However, it's a minor quibble and is 'worth it' for the better graphics. Plus the game is hard enough the first time through when you don't know where everything is. Is mostly re-plays where I think the Complete Mod kinda makes it 'too easy'.

I played it a bunch of times before Complete came out, and a part of the 'fun' in replaying it was choosing your strategy of what armor and guns to use where/when, so that you always had the right gear, in good condition, when you really needed it. Now that you can 'fix' gear + carry more stuff, that strategy element has been largely removed.

Oh, and Oblivion Lost mod changes the game quite a lot, actually. At least, it did years ago when I tried it. Maybe they've dialed back the changes and I never heard about it, but that's atypical of mods in general so I doubt it. I thought it's a good 3rd or 4th run-through mod, not a 1st or 2nd time. JMHO.

"Stalker" is the perfect difficulty for a first run I think. If that's too tough, use the easiest for a little while, then bump it up to Stalker once you get a scoped gun.

I'll also add ... if you read reviews about the original game, and they harp about how there's nothing to spend your money on ... that has changed in the later patches. There's stuff worth buying later in the game now ... Exo's, military SKAT suits, etc. But they cost a LOT so you have to like 'save up' the whole game to be able to buy one. Then you might end up finding one anyways, but it won't be for awhile after you buy it so it's kinda worthwhile.

Lastly, as far as I've ever been able to tell, in SoC, as long as you have <=50kg of gear, you can sprint the same distance regardless of the gear's weight. And as soon as you hit 50.01kg, that distance drops to basically nothing. If someone can prove differently, I'd be keen to hear about it.
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thanks for all the help, I'll let you all know how I get on! smile.gif
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To the Oblivion Lost comment, yes it still changes many aspects of the game. It adds a lot more and makes some things easier and some things harder, worth a playthrough once you finish a more vanilla play through.

OP if you are going the whole story board Stalker Clear Sky is also pretty good, it gets a lot of hate comments because it is different from the original but I like it for what it is, highly recommended to look at the mods for it though as many fix some game play elements that are off which hurt the game.

Call of Pripyat is a great game. This is the more open world version of Stalker. The story is OK with some cool story elements, but not quite Shadow of Chernobyl epic. All said and done this is the version I keep coming back to try out new mods.
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