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coolduderyan07

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#1 10 years ago

This isn't a rant, just a request for some advice. I finished clear sky in 16 hours, and tried to do all the side quests I could. The problem is, I didn't have ANY significant items or weapons until the end of the game, and I didn't have any momentum for money until the end either. So my question is, what do I do now? I struggled throughout the whole game trying to get a decent income of money by stashing weapons and artifacts.. but this could only pick up speed once the end of the game "began". By the time I left the Duty Base (Faction team) I had an awful duty suit, an awful sidearm, 2 health-kits, a couple bandages, and a sig551 (or 550? not sure). I didn't have any upgrades or artifacts. At the end of the game, I have a g36, 2 PKMs, 10 Sigs, and 15 other guns worth 10,000 or more. I started using a modified carry load to 100 KG after I realized I couldn't afford leaving valuable weapons behind.

WTF is a man to do? I just finished the game and have no saves before the zone, or science lab. I have 6 artifacts and a plethora of decent weapons, THAT I CAN'T SELL. Is there anyway I can teleport back to a faction base and just fool around some more? Is there any way to get out of the zone once I'm there?

My questions may be a futile attempt to get around starting a new game, but is there ANY other way? I was thinking about getting shadows of chernobyl, but if I have this same problem near the end just let me know now before I waste my money.




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#2 10 years ago

coolduderyan07;4770633This isn't a rant, just a request for some advice. I finished clear sky in 16 hours, and tried to do all the side quests I could. The problem is, I didn't have ANY significant items or weapons until the end of the game, and I didn't have any momentum for money until the end either. So my question is, what do I do now? I struggled throughout the whole game trying to get a decent income of money by stashing weapons and artifacts.. but this could only pick up speed once the end of the game "began". By the time I left the Duty Base (Faction team) I had an awful duty suit, an awful sidearm, 2 health-kits, a couple bandages, and a sig551 (or 550? not sure). I didn't have any upgrades or artifacts. At the end of the game, I have a g36, 2 PKMs, 10 Sigs, and 15 other guns worth 10,000 or more. I started using a modified carry load to 100 KG after I realized I couldn't afford leaving valuable weapons behind.

WTF is a man to do? I just finished the game and have no saves before the zone, or science lab. I have 6 artifacts and a plethora of decent weapons, THAT I CAN'T SELL. Is there anyway I can teleport back to a faction base and just fool around some more? Is there any way to get out of the zone once I'm there?

My questions may be a futile attempt to get around starting a new game, but is there ANY other way? I was thinking about getting shadows of chernobyl, but if I have this same problem near the end just let me know now before I waste my money.

(Edited the beginning a little after reading your post a little more carefully) In the Zone, you need an assault rifle, a Viper submachine gun, a decent magazine shotgun, ammo, good health protecting artifacts and of course antirad and medstuff and that's it. Most of what yoou "must" have can be picked up as you progress. All weapons should be upgraded for accuracy. Upgrading and repairs can be done with the mechanics, with all factions. You do not need to be a faction member to take advantage of their services, in fact you will be well adviced not to enlist in any faction until you have played the game up to, but not over, the border of Limansk

The start of the game is actually very much a struggle to build up your arsenal and other resources. Many gamers think this is the best part, as the stalker games are definitely not some ordinary "shooter" that should be finished as fast as possible. Many spend more time in the Swamp area alone than you have spent in the entire game, exploring, finding stashes (that either can be bought or will be revealed when you check out the backpacks of dead stalkers), and finding artifacts and other items. I do not sell guns mysels, as I think this makes the game "too easy", but if you sell guns and ammo you do not need to the trader in Clear Sky base, it should not be necessary to leave the Swamps with less than 20.000 rubles, a sniped assault rifle, a Viper, a good shotgun and a quite decent protection suit. Then you can build yourself up more in each area you pass through. Your general direction will be destined by the main game mission seen in your PDA. In all areas there are a lot of possibilities to make money and find new equipment. Feel free to read the "coaching" text I have made for beginners. You will find a lot of general advice there, even if I have left out a lot of things to find out youself as I do not want to "spoil" too much.

In the text you will also find very important advices on saving in the game. The game only allows for one quicksave and one autosave that will be made (and constantly overwritten) each time you cross an area border. The rest of the saves you need, you have to take care of yourself. Even if you mey feel it as something of a disappointment, I will advice you to start from the beginning, spend a lot of more time in each area and do not at all care about finishing fast. And above all: do not cross over to the city of Limansk without making a manual, named save before this. There is no way back from Limansk. At any time you can go back to areas already visited from any other area in the game but Limansk. And for heaven's sake: install the latest patch, at the moment 1.5.08 (details in my "coaching")

Good luck, and I hope you will experience the same thing as a lot of us fans did in the beginning: that the first time through was only reconnaisance. Then the fun begins. And of course, I hope I have answered some of your questions, as I am not very sure what the problem is all the time.

Sun Zi Sun Zi says: "Know the enemy and know yourself; in a hundred battles you will never be in peril". sunzi coaches beginners in S.T.A.L.K.E.R. - Shadow of Chernobyl sunzi coaches beginners in S.T.A.L.K.E.R. - Clear Sky




coolduderyan07

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#3 10 years ago

*tear falls from eye*

Ive never received such a detailed answer to any of my posts at filefront. Thank you. I realize now my weakness. I strive to squeeze by at the bare minimum amount of time in a game JUST to reach the end. This strategy only works in linear gameplay that immerses you more and more as you pass through levels of jagged straightaways. The only time Ive ever been satisfied with this method, was with the half life series and a couple other top of the ranks FPS games. I feel bad for not milking stalker of it's excellence. I must admit that I completed fallout 3 in 9 hours, when there is 60 hours of complete gameplay. Completing all the side quests, that is. Thank you for your post. I'll play through it again and keep in mind limansk, the point of no return. I'll be sure to read you're guides. Thanks again :cya:.




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#4 10 years ago

STALKER SOC is the ONLY other game that you can get this game play experience. Though I felt SOC gave you more freedom to just play it like an open ended game. It is kind of easy but alot of fun to just acquire a ton of artifacts, ammo, money, great weapons, but no upgrading or repair. Plus the ending is way better if you do it right. Don't just go for the wishgranter.




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#5 10 years ago
coolduderyan07;4770796Thanks again :cya:.

You're welcome! And I kind'a agree with lopezni here. As many fans say: If you like Clear Sky, you'll love Shadow of Chernobyl.

Sun Zi




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#6 10 years ago

I would definitely buy soc. It is better than cs and would be money well spent. Soc has more elements to it, more emmersion (mystery, horror, etc...) and multiple endings. Soc is probably the best game I have ever played. I would suggest using it with the oblivion lost mod after your first play through.




coolduderyan07

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#7 10 years ago

Sounds good. I researched Soc a lot, and I plan on getting it in the future. But i'm replaying CS while trying to dig deeper and I already have 30,000 to spend on new weapons, and i'm still in the swamps. I'm glad i'm actually exploring now.




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#8 10 years ago

Both are fantastic games, imo. But SOC has been incredibly well modded during the past few years... I'd suggest you to get the amk mod, personally (with the proper patch, and, eventually the special edition of Arsenal mod meant to work with Amk). Also, someone has made a minimod that adds the possibility to "teleport" from the NPP to the hospital, if I remember correctly. So when you use this, you are technically able to continue playing the game even after the ending. Check it out on filefront, or elsewhere (I can't remember where did I get it)...