In my experience, just being able to get somewhere to use Demo_Record
is often a disappointing experience in underground levels since it is too
dark for you to see anything properly and if you get out of on-line range
of the Player, any NPCs, mutants or objects you want to see are not there.
That's a question that I don't think has ever come up before. Can I
see the weather above while in an underground level? Since there is
generally no need to have weather patterns while underground, this
might only apply to levels that share both an underground section and
an above ground section so there is no loading screen between them.
Much like we saw leaving the X-16 Underground in SoC where we jump
through a hole in the ground after meeting the Controller, we have a
new section of the underground load that is connected to the larger
above ground section meaning there is changing weather awaiting us.
Specifically to the Pripyat Underground, will we see rain fall through the
cracked and broken Dome? I seem to remember some rain. However
it involved my character being in the same section. Generally speaking
objects to find on the ground, people and mutants only appear when the
Player gets in on-line range. Be too far away in off-line range, you will
not always see all of those things. Using Demo_record to fly around to
observe things you can see dead bodies left behind or objects others have
dropped like weapons but seeing things that have never come on-line yet
is different. Once you get to the Dome you can fly out to see what is above
but keep in mind it is only an illusion to be seen from one angle, being
at the bottom of the Dome and not something like seeing a hidden city.
Changing the switch distance from the vanilla 150 to 800 or more allows you to move around a map in demo record with your characters presence not affecting how the mutants and npc's act, letting you see how they spend there time, Alun did something similar in a few videos to show his AI working in the zone. I enjoy using it to move across land maps, Like TS said there's no good way to demo record through underground maps due to it being too dark, Maybe Atmosfears brighter nights setting or SGM's cat eye drug would improve it enough, I'll have to give that a go sometime.
Everything you want to know about Degtarev's zone is in the: COP Survival guidehttp://cop.zsg.dk/