Hello, I am brand new to SOC and am not sure yet what I think of the game. I bought it as I wanted something like Fallout, where I was free to wander around. With SOC it seems I am given missions to do right from the start and if I do not do them I will not be able to get the gear I need to safely explore the world. So far I have got to level 2 and am at present fighting bandits in a vehicle park the other side of Garbage. I am not really interested in doing this, but if I wander away I get warned about high radiation, which as yet I am not equipped to deal with. If the game requires me to follow a set course for much longer I shall lose interest, so thought I would ask here.
I just want to be able to grub about and explore and find my own way - is doing missions the only way to get decent gear please?