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I may install the game in the future, but maybe after a while. until I forget the nightmares this game gave to me. and thanks _02 for illustration about some things actually I didn't know about before.
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So back at SOC after about a month off. I'm in Bar and decided to do the gun fights in their. Well after that I went into my inventory and now only have a knife, sleeping bag and repair kit. What the F? Luckily I did a save a little earlier.
Bought Clear Sky and COP from the steam sale so time to try to finish this.
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So back at SOC after about a month off. I'm in Bar and decided to do the gun fights in their. Well after that I went into my inventory and now only have a knife, sleeping bag and repair kit. What the F? Luckily I did a save a little earlier.
Bought Clear Sky and COP from the steam sale so time to try to finish this.
ya all your stuff should be in a box next to the door where the guy is standing

A rather small box as i remember
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Can't say anything with 100% certainty, but I'd say there are more monsters later in the game. There's a mission where you're supposed to kill a bunch of bloodsuckers. Needless to say I didn't take the mission.
I'm taking this was the mission in that abandoned village near the Freedom camp. Go back & play it! One of the most awesome missions in the game.
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Bummer. I really wanted fairies and ponies

I'm several hours into SoC with the Complete mod already. I'm not expecting everything to be green like Oblivion, but this game is absolutely beautiful. I picked up some military documents for the main quest and have most of the side quests done except for a couple of "find X item" missions. My only problems with this game so far is the funky map controls, having to run allllll the way back to the beginning to finish some questions, and dying way too quickly sometimes. Even though I only played a little CoP, I really miss the gun customizations.

Are there a lot more monsters later in the game or is it just bandits? Aside from the dogs/boars, I've only seen one monster so far.
Nice. The 'main game' is about to really start for you, I consider the parts leading up to Dark Valley to be like the Tutorial section of the game (even though ... you pretty much have to figure out almost everything yourself )

One tip, as _02 said above ... bind bandages and first aid kits to handy keys (I like x = bandage and c=1st Aid), and get in the habit of using them as close to automatically as possible. In fact I rebind a few keys: shift=crouch, ctrl=low crouch, alt=run, tab=pda, caps lock = inventory, for example.

BTW, you grabbed the Rapid-Fire AK from Strelok's hideout, yes? If you follow the main quest-line you are soon be heading to Dark Valley, at which point you'll receive a scope for that gun after a mission at the entrance to the level. And once you get the scope and start the missions in the Dark Valley ... that's when it really gets FUN.

You're soon to be exploring your first Underground Lab ... the infamous x-18. Remember: play it at night, with headphones, preferably alone at the house. And ... prepare to crap yourself

You say you wanted more monsters? You may soon change your mind about that BTW, at the point you're at, you've seen two ... Bloodsuckers and the Controller. Remember now?

There is a quite a bit of back-tracking in the Stalker games, that is true, esp. if you do a lot of side quests. But being in The Zone is so (oddly) fun to me it never really bugged me that much ... partly cause the AI makes it so that you just never really know what's going to happen on your journey. Which keeps it interesting to me.

It's a lot less annoying though in subsequent playthroughs, too, cause you'll know where to find yourself some + Endurance artifacts pretty early on

For example, you know that really loud electro anomaly right at the start of the Agroprom Underground level? That thing almost always has a Flash artifact sitting in it, which is the 2nd level + endurance. Sometimes even a Moonlight (the best + endurance artifact). You just have to make way to the backside of it via the tunnels, and be REAL careful in your timing when you run into it (make a save point!) to grab the artifact.

Once you can run around w/o getting winded so fast, the backtracking becomes less tedious.

I know I always say this, but ... I'm totally jelly of anyone playing SoC for the first time. I have such fond memories of my first time ... and even my 2nd and 3rd and 4th and ...

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I'm taking this was the mission in that abandoned village near the Freedom camp. Go back & play it! One of the most awesome missions in the game.
I've found nothing beats a good shotty, with regular shot in it, for bloodsuckers and most other beasties. Make sure you retreat though while you reload cause most of 'em will make quick work of you if you stand around to reload.
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Edited by Infrabasse - 7/14/11 at 12:05am
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My main gripe about shotguns in the stalker games is that their animations are incredibly sloppy (without mods). Vaguely shaking a pump action shotgun to load it seems so funny.
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BTW, you grabbed the Rapid-Fire AK from Strelok's hideout, yes? If you follow the main quest-line you are soon be heading to Dark Valley, at which point you'll receive a scope for that gun after a mission at the entrance to the level. And once you get the scope and start the missions in the Dark Valley ... that's when it really gets FUN.
Yup I got that AK. I also bought the green scoped gun from the second bartender just to see what it was like and I'm assuming you're talking about this gun. I figured I'd find this gun somewhere later in the game anyway. I had saved up 30k for a piece of armor and when I went to the bartender to buy it, I found out someone had already given it to me as a quest reward

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You're soon to be exploring your first Underground Lab ... the infamous x-18. Remember: play it at night, with headphones, preferably alone at the house. And ... prepare to crap yourself
I have that mission right now, but haven't tried going there yet. I tend to do side quests first and then the main questions. And I chickened out already and decided to sleep through my first night And 5.1 speakers are more immersive IMO.

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You say you wanted more monsters? You may soon change your mind about that BTW, at the point you're at, you've seen two ... Bloodsuckers and the Controller. Remember now?
Now that you mention it, I do remember. Bloodsuckers were more of a surprise than a scare. I'm guessing the Controller is the monster that sticks its hand out and the game's camera zooms in on its face? I met that in the sewers underneath the military base and it freaked the hell out of me the first time lol

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There is a quite a bit of back-tracking in the Stalker games, that is true, esp. if you do a lot of side quests. But being in The Zone is so (oddly) fun to me it never really bugged me that much ... partly cause the AI makes it so that you just never really know what's going to happen on your journey. Which keeps it interesting to me.

It's a lot less annoying though in subsequent playthroughs, too, cause you'll know where to find yourself some + Endurance artifacts pretty early on
I discovered the fast travel feature in Complete yesterday. However don't worry, I'm not abusing it I'm only using it to go back to places I've already been to for sidequests and am NOT using it for the main quests. Walking around is a lot of fun.
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Yup I got that AK. I also bought the green scoped gun from the second bartender just to see what it was like and I'm assuming you're talking about this gun. I figured I'd find this gun somewhere later in the game anyway. I had saved up 30k for a piece of armor and when I went to the bartender to buy it, I found out someone had already given it to me as a quest reward



I have that mission right now, but haven't tried going there yet. I tend to do side quests first and then the main questions. And I chickened out already and decided to sleep through my first night And 5.1 speakers are more immersive IMO.



Now that you mention it, I do remember. Bloodsuckers were more of a surprise than a scare. I'm guessing the Controller is the monster that sticks its hand out and the game's camera zooms in on its face? I met that in the sewers underneath the military base and it freaked the hell out of me the first time lol



I discovered the fast travel feature in Complete yesterday. However don't worry, I'm not abusing it I'm only using it to go back to places I've already been to for sidequests and am NOT using it for the main quests. Walking around is a lot of fun.
No, I meant you get a scope you can slap on the rapid-fire AK (or any AK) once you hit up the Dark Valley But the Enfield clone (forget what it's called in the game) isn't a bad rifle at this stage, at least for a little while, and depending on where you go next.

If you're inclined to do the side quests from the Bar area first, a pretty good one to do at this stage is the 'Family Rifle' recovery quest from the dude in the Bar. It'll take you into the Wild Territories, where you'll stumble upon a mission to save some Scientist dudes and escort one of them to Yantar.

It's meant to come later in the game, but I always grab the family rifle quest and head to WT before I hit up the Dark Valley. Which means I do that scientist-saving mission cause it's on the way to the Rifle.

Protip: Escort him (Kruglov is his name) all the way to Yantar (actually go into the Yantar map), then turn around and head back. You'll find that doing so triggers the bandits at the Construction Site in the Wild Territories to have scopes on their TRS-301 rifles, which you can loot (gun and rifle). That's one of the best rifles to carry through the mid-section of the game, and with a scope it's pretty deadly. It also can have a silencer and a grenade launcher added to it (it's not that easy to acquire that grenade launcher though).

This gun is VERY nice to have for the run to the Dark Valley. And scavenge as much ammo for it as you can off bodies there in WT.

Another Protip: make sure you search all the bodies below the underpass (the one with the 'Burner' anomalies, it's right before you get to Yantar).

There's a particular corpse under there that triggers one of the very best (if not THE best) stash markers in the game ... the stash is in the Train Station there in the WT. Note that it's tricky to figure out how to get into the station and back out again. Another place to SAVE is right before you enter the station, cause it's very radiated, and like I say, you'll struggle to figure out how to get out of it.

Anyways, after you escort the Scientist (make a bunch of manual saves during this mission, cause he dies easy and it can happen sudden-like), and check the corpses for stashes under the overpass, go back and find the Family Rifle (hint: it's underground ). Make sure you search the body nearby where you find the rifle. It's the corpse of ... an interesting character from the gaming world

I hope you don't mind me sharing these tips/tricks with you ... trying not to give any real spoilers, but if you don't want me to, I won't do it anymore
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All this talk makes me want to start the game again.
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