I didn't make it!
Personally, I always end up using two mama's beads, a moonlight, a night star, and a crystal. What are some other good combos to use when entering Pripyat, or at least until you get to the sarcophagus?
You should look into Transmutation, you get better artifacts instead of waiting for them to spawn after a blowout.
Oh yeah and only suckers play this game unmodded.
i'm using the ultra-health ones and the bullet-proof cap ones,i am essentually god! i don't normally use them on infeltration mitssions like the agroprom cos i use a big ass sniper. the night is my kingdom and i am its ruler. there is reason behind my signature and yes only noobs play the game unmodded,try one of the major TC's,like ol2.2+arsenal,or if you like wearing nappies(diapers) then get ABC inferno and make sure you don't have any existing heart problems.
modds dont work on my stalker :( but i have a lot of of fun changing the scripts to got the exo-skeleton at the very begging of the game with an ft200 m... so i guess i do mod the game... but its nothing serious like the akm mod... :( i like to use the tho flashes since i cant find moonlight and two fireballs with a crystal or some other radiation sucking artifacts... but thats when i completed the game originally with a seva... i use the exo now... it gives me great confidence... i even killed a bloodsucker in the underground with a knife! i used to shit my pants when it came to that underground ! xD