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I just got the game and having a hard time getting into it. Beginners tip would be nice
I can give you plenty:
a) Use quick-save a lot, but dont rely only on them. Its advice you make normal save-games every 30 minutes, and specially when you enter a new area (saved-games get seldom screw-up).

b) Use cover, and use lean. In this game the enemies make more or less as much damage as you do (and probably more because they have usually better weapons than you), and have as much hp. So, how to deal with them when you have a lot of people around you? For once, instead of going rambo style, you don't make a lot of noise and you ALWAYS aim for the head (you don't want to shoot somebody with an exo-squeleteon on the chest...because you may waste a full clip).
I don't use grenades normally because it takes a lot of time to throw them and they tend to run away, but when fighting in closed quarters then it gets interesting.

c) Look at the small number you see below the mini-map. That number tells you how many NPC's (either allied, neutral or enemy) you have close-by. Its VERY important to check it because if you have some of them but you don't see them its likely they are hidden and will get you killed if they find you before you do. NPC's tend to crouch in corners and walk silently so you will die A LOT. Its better to make some noise and let them come to you...if there is only a direct way to get to you.

d) Look at the symbols in your hud. When you are bleeding you better use banadages and QUICK. If you are taking radiation you better leave the place you are into and, when into a non-radiation zone, start taking anti-ra: vodka or anti-rad drugs. You need to carry plenty (you won't carry vodka wyhen you have anti-rad, but at the beginning of the game vodka will do). Remember, don't drink too much vodka

c) Try to engage enemies from far away, aim for the head and ALWAYS have your weapon on semi-auto. You need to shoot bullet by bullet, stay on cover and control the situation: enemies will flank you (STALKER's IA is one of the best ones you will see in a video game), so you need to stay awake all the time or you will end up dead by a stupid bandit with a sawn-off shotty
At the beginning this is difficult because your weapons just don't hit where they should (or you wanted to), but as you keep going in-game you will find better and more accurate weapons, and then you will have a blast sniping people from wherever you want to
If you are playing SOC unmoded you can find a stalker suit on one of the roof's on the town you start playing (when you enter such town its the first house on your right, opposite to the bus). If will give you a nice edge if you find yourself killed a lot.

d) Because I've played it a lot, I tend to kill the strong guys first. I normally go to the big army post once I have slugs for my shotty, although succeding requires not less than 10 save games: you just kill the patrol and then they will raid the town: be careful, you don't want all the stalkers in town die

e) Have fun. Once you know how to deal with anomalies (I only use the bolt-throwers in the train tunnels), and how combat works (more or less) you will start thinking less about it and having a ton of fun. I don't want to tell you much but the game starts rocking once you enter your first underground lab. THEN you will feel the essence of Stalker, and the horror it is.

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I'm playing through Shadow of Chernobyl. Ok I can't even get pass this mission in the beginning. You have to go through a side passage/tunnel. But when I throw a bolt in it it blows up. The other entrance is covered by mercs! How do I get through?!

They aren't mercs, they are soldiers!
a) Kill them. Its easier if you go to the roof of the farm nearby, there is also good ammo on top of it (anti-armor), you won't get much damage, if at all.
b) Pay them. You walk slowly with your gun hidden and you can pay them to cross.
c) On the opposite side of the electric tunnel (so, on the right of the military post) you can actually cross. So, plenty of choices.

I always kill them, they have nice weapons



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I'm gonna share my quite good experience with SoC.

I decided I want to try the STALKER series and started with SoC, Complete Mod 2009. I have to admit I enjoyed the game from the very beginning; it did take me some time to realize what anomalies do, how to properly move/run around and fight, but it was a good experience from the start; still, it took couple of days to completely suck me in. First, I was playing an hour a day or so, now I play 2-3 hours without making a coffee break.

Honestly, the only real problem I have with the game is that it's not immersible enough. Finding food and weapons is not hard at all; wish it was like a hard-hard-hardcore version of New Vegas.

So, to answer your question, I never found it a problem to go Rambo style and kill everything that moves. Throwing grenades at people has never been such fun.
Want hardcore? Try the latest Lurk version, and good luck. The game gets darker, you don't get npc-detector and artifacts don't do anything besides getting you gold.

Ah! But beware, mutants ARE dangerous here, you don't want to face more than 1 bloodsucker at once or else....well, suffice to say they gave me a hard time even with an AR with grenade launcher, so hard that I had to load an older save to get my trusty good shotgun and still I wasn't easy.

Also, try the game as intended. Weight limits ARE limiting to a point its frustrating. After you've played some come and tell me wether its hardcore enough for you or not. It was for me, specially because you get killed by camping people you never heard nor saw, but still: as dark and as scary as a Stalker game could get.

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To be quite honest, I have no problems going in guns blazing from the very beginning(head shots FTW! ) of any game, but I find that sometimes a well placed grenade is a great equalizer. Like last night I was hailed down by a group of Stalkers at the Bus Stop who were under attack by the military who were dug in. Threw a grenade between two of them who didn't see it, an *B00M!* AMF.
Only 5? Careful, when you kill the patrol the whole post will raid the noob-town. So, if you didn't kill all of them (normally one stays at the post, but not many more) they will come and wipe those nooby-butts.
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So

İn Stalker Shadow of Chernobyl I take it that you should try to avoid fighting rather than go guns in blazing?
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just like most games with RPG elements, you'll want to build yourself up for a while, and eventually become very powerful.
lol, i go blasting in as my first mode of attack most of the time. If i can't break in then i retreat gather my strength and try sneaking
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Want hardcore? Try the latest Lurk version, and good luck. The game gets darker, you don't get npc-detector and artifacts don't do anything besides getting you gold.

Ah! But beware, mutants ARE dangerous here, you don't want to face more than 1 bloodsucker at once or else....well, suffice to say they gave me a hard time even with an AR with grenade launcher, so hard that I had to load an older save to get my trusty good shotgun and still I wasn't easy.

Also, try the game as intended. Weight limits ARE limiting to a point its frustrating. After you've played some come and tell me wether its hardcore enough for you or not. It was for me, specially because you get killed by camping people you never heard nor saw, but still: as dark and as scary as a Stalker game could get.
Thanks, nice reply.

I don't feel like playing a darker version of STALKER, it good as is regarding that part; fighting mutants is the least enjoyable part of the game for me. All I wish is, since it has nice real-time simulation effect, to have more emphasis on food, water, sleep and radiation. Eat bread, take injection, that's all at the moment. Not a biggie, just thinking aloud.

I am playing as intended, I believe? 60kg wight limit makes me go out of Bar with 50kg on my back already, so I do believe it's as limiting as it can be.
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With LURK I believe your weight limits are about 30KG so....
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I should have mentioned I'm playing CS I think. Nobody goes to kill anyone in the town in CS. I love raiding the Military base because of the AK94s'. 800 Rubles apiece is a pretty nice haul especially if you take everything to the Camp that's about 150m away and stash them in the trunk there. I generally haul it all out to the corner of the wall drop it, go get more, rinse repeat til I have it all. Then I haul it all off to the camp store it and carry what I can back to the Stalker Base to sell it. It's my way of contributing to the Stalker cause.

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With LURK I believe your weight limits are about 30KG so....
Ah, I believe I am going to check that out once I am done with SoC.
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Oh and this should go w/o saying but here goes anyway...

ALWAYS unload dropped weapons that you pick up. Never sell a loaded weapon. Yeah you can get ammo anywhere, but you never know when(or where) you will run out of ammo for your favorite weapon. Even then you still may run out of ammo but at least it won't be your fault that you did.

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Where is my stalker CoP Saves stored?
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Where is my stalker CoP Saves stored?
In Steam or otherwise?

If Steam look in "common/ stalker call of pripyat/ in "_appdata_"

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I was on my way to tear up some Monolith fighters, and decided to take some random pics along the way. This is the complete mod. Wanted to share. Anyone who knocks the x-ray engine needs to open their eyes.






















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