I was just about to finish last camp in swamps, did a couple side missions like pmm and camp defenses. 2 enemies left in camp, I'm getting shot at so I back up a little and i end up going into swamp and get rad poisoning, but not even noticing that I got it and my health wasn't very high either, so I die and im confused till I realized the radiation, so the game loads up, guess what part of game I'm at.... The part directly after intro cutscene.... so the game designers think it's fair to load me an hour or an hour and a half back in the game cause they dont have a fucking autosave feature and automatically assume everyone should know to quicksave every 5 mins??? srsly what the fuck..
Hmm YES. What is wrong with that? Most games don't even autosave at all. This isn't Call of Duty my friend. The Stalker auto-save feature is set to only save every hour and 5 mins (1:05:00) in real time. Plus I wouldn't rely on the autosave too much unless you screw up a quicksave and have to revert back, cause even GSC has said there are times when an autosave will not save ALL the needed data and therfore it can cause problems sometimes when using it. Aside from using the quicksave offen, be sure to ESC out to the Main Menu every once in a while and save your game manually to your own save that you personally name. I like to keep a couple in each map, just in case I need to revert back. Sometimes the quicksave can get corrupt as well when or if the game has a bad crash. This is again the needed reason for manual saves, as the quicksave and autosave just aren't reliable enough. Perhaps this will change after 1 more patch (hopefully) but don't hold your breath. Also when using the LOAD menu from Main Menu, please look carefully if you have multiple saves and not sure which is which. Where it shows the name of your save, to the far right of that you will notice the "real world" date and time you saved that game. When clicking on a saved game, you will also notice a small screenshot above in the main screen to help you remember it, to the right of that picture is the date and time in the game itself; i.e. 09/10/2011 And don't go by the picture that gets saved for the autosave, as it's usually wrong.
95% of the corrupt save games are from people who quicksave and use autosave only.
I always manually saved in every single game I've ever played and I never got a corrupt savegame in my gaming life. Not even in CS.
Well now that I have a fresh XP (SP2) setup on another drive. I have my Russian v1.5.04 and I havn't had a single corrupt quicksave or autosave yet. But again since all the issues I've seen with v1.0 I still manually save as I don't want to rely on one single quicksave and then go to load and realize I have to start way the hell back in time, or start a new game. That just sucks as I went through maybe 4 new games in v1.0 because of the corrupted quick save. When I first installed my russian CS game, it was on my main XP drive which has SP3. I'm not 100% that SP3 caused issues. But it's funny that it runs crash-free in SP2. Not to mention I already had all updated DX and drivers before in SP3 and I'm using all those same updates on my SP2 install.
I'm using SP3 and I haven't encountered any problems.....yet.
I'm now chasing strelok through the red forest and kicked the ass of his "elite guard" and took one of them hostage. Now I'm dangerously close to the point of no return so I'm just going to restart from an earlier save and do my business in the zone.
Here is a solution, map Quicksave to mouse button 3 and Quicksave every 10 minutes. Finnaly when you are needed else were and have to abandon your computer, manually save.
Pretty much what I do. I twitch to F5 before any major fight, just to be safe than sorry. In a way, quicksave does seem a little like cheating for PC players, but it's too hard to resist.
Oh, and if you're still in the swamps, you haven't got very far. I usually clear swamps in about 30 minutes unless I'm making a point of looting everything in the area, and claiming all the stashes - which isn't often.
harley914;4590175automatically assume everyone should know to quicksave every 5 mins??? srsly what the fuck..
Umm....well yeah....duh. The rule of thumb for any adventure game where immenent death is a possibility is "save & save often." That's pretty much been standard operating procedure since about 1980 when these were made: Just be thankful all you have to do is hit a single button & the game instantaneously saves to your hard drive. Back in the old days, it took about 2-5 minutes to save your game to a 5-1/4" floppy drive.