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  13:55:23  25 June 2011
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bandit112
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beginner

had this game some months now, but seemed to be confused on where to go or what to do. kept dying really quick so i left the game on the shelf.
So i'm now deciding to give another try, just wondering and any tips for a beginner on best to approach the game.
thanks.
  16:13:09  25 June 2011
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Steelyglint
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beginner

had this game some months now, but seemed to be confused on where to go or what to do. kept dying really quick so i left the game on the shelf.
So i'm now deciding to give another try, just wondering and any tips for a beginner on best to approach the game.
thanks.
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First of all, on starting the game, speak to the two stalkers you first meet. Get to Skadovsk.

Make lots of saves.

Don't wander too far from Skadovsk until you've made enough to get some decent kit. The caves under the burnt farm are one place to get a decent suit early on. The roof of one of the semi-burnt buildings of that farm will get you a decent weapon. The ammo for it is expensive, though, so make every shot count.

There are lots of weapons lying around waiting to be discovered. There are several suits hidden here and there, but not difficult to find.

Think in 3 dimensions - not all hidden stashes are on the ground.

Until you get your first anti-radiation artifact make sure you have anti-rad drugs on you at all times.

Chemical anomolies will eat your suit, sometimes apparently from a distance.

Be very careful who you shoot at - you may need them later.

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  17:41:20  25 June 2011
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009
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beginner

had this game some months now, but seemed to be confused on where to go or what to do. kept dying really quick so i left the game on the shelf.
So i'm now deciding to give another try, just wondering and any tips for a beginner on best to approach the game.
thanks.
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Use your head, when fighting enemies, try for the flank, use cover, stick with your buddies and retreat if necessary. Pick them off one by one, the AI is quite decent and will use tactics to take you down, that's why you must out wit them instead of out gun them. Make sure you can hit them and they can't hit you, use terrain advantages, firing from up hill is better than from down hill, from a building is better than out in the open. Your weaponry have high recoil and a bad trajectory, try to get close enough to them to take a good shot, however, don't expose your self in the process. Dogs will be you biggest concern at the start of the game, try to run away from them, and if you're forced to fight them, always keep a far distance from them and pick them off, never, EVER let them get close and circle you. If you can avoid combat, do it. Try to make peaceful decisions, unless you think you can take them on.
  17:58:30  25 June 2011
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angrydog
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go slow and look everywhere for stashes. there is a ton of weapons/ammo/gear just lying around.

you can find all of this in Zaton:

Inventory 1
http://i38.tinypic.com/2l9o6k9.jpg

Inventory 2
http://i35.tinypic.com/29zu0xj.jpg
  07:49:41  26 June 2011
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sunzi
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beginner

had this game some months now, but seemed to be confused on where to go or what to do. kept dying really quick so i left the game on the shelf.
So i'm now deciding to give another try, just wondering and any tips for a beginner on best to approach the game.
thanks.
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I can fully understand why you feel that dying is a fundamental experience in stalker games. You will die a lot of times So, make regular named saves and make quick saves every minute or so. That way you can try again and find out why you die and how to avoid it. stalker games are all about experience and being careful in everything you do.

CoP have the most detailed line of missions, odd jobs and whatever of the three stalker games. And almost all of them are well designed. There are very few technical difficulties and possibilities to crash the game. You will find those missions by just asking everyone about jobs, and the traders, hunters and a few other "important persons" will try to make you work for them. Actually, they try too hard Just wait with everything that has to do with helping one faction against another. That will involve you in some devious politics and have serious consequences for you.

You will find out that you are given some zone rewards called "achievements". Your first will most possibly be "Detective", if you ask the Skadovsk people for jobs. After that all kind of possibilities exist, but mainly there are three ways to go: to ally yourselv with the Bandits, with the Loners (stalkers) or with none of them. It's my opinion that stalker games should be played as "role games", and as you are a military investigator in CoP, you should also behave like one and "think like one". Anyway, your choices will decide what achevements you will win, "Man of Our's" (stalker friend) "Dominator" (Bandit friend) or - the most difficult of them all: "Man of Balance", which is actually about being neutral in the infighting between Duty and Freedom in Jupiter area. Beside of choices in fighting missions, choices in what persons you sell information (documents and whatnot) to, will determine what achievements you will win. BUT - in your first game - just experiment. If you make a line of named saves, you can go back to an earlier save and make other choices to see how it develops. You can NOT "beat" a stalker game in a few evenings like other "shooters". Be prepared for weeks or even months of gaming - the more time you use in the game, the more you will discover and the more fun to be found (And - if you find "Call of Pripyat" a little too well regulated, the two earlier games, "Shadow of Chernobyl" and "Clear Sky" are both still available, and cheap too )

Only a couple of advices on fighting, to keep you alive as much of the time as possible:

- Weapons. Russian assault rifle AKM 74/2 (when you find one) is a very decent choice for upgrading (scope mount, and then it's all about accuracy!) A pump action shotgun for mutants and a "Viper" will complete your everyday weaponry. A shotgun have a formidable stopping power at close range, but are slow to reload if the magazine is empty. With the Viper (MP5) there takes a lot more rounds to kill a mutant, but they reload much more rapidly. It's never easy

- Protection. You can either upgrade the suit you are given in the beginning of the game, or wait until you find a partly upgraded suit of the same type quite early in the game. You will find a trader at Skadovsk who will sell you all kind of advanced equipment, but that will totally drain your economy, and it is not really necessary anyway. It's not the suit itself, but the artifacts you find and place in the suit's artifact pockets that will give you the most protection! So don't sell the artifacts in the beginning of the game. Find ways to use them.

- Hunting and combat. Other players have told you about how to engage other stalkers in fighting, using the terrain and so forth. (Only zombies can be shot with no repercussions for yourself). But it's the mutants who are the most difficult to fight. General advices: - Run away if you are ill prepared and in open terrain! - When in the caves or in buildings: Do not be trapped in a corner and shoot many short and aimed bursts until the creep is totally dead. Snorks - with their jumping abilities - can be weakened from some distance but are lethal as long as they are alive at all. You will come upon mutants that attacks your mind (hide, peek out and shoot, hide again), mutant that will grab the weapon out of your hand (go in close with the only weapon you will never lose ). And there are the pack mutants, the dogs. They will run around within quite fixed areas. Run away until they back off. Then go in and shoot them one by one when at the same time backing off yourself. Never run in attacking a pack of dogs. They will surround and kill you in a second. The same goes for the little annoying critters - mutated hamsters or something - found here and there. (they are possibly the fastest killers of them all)
Generally: go for headshots!

At last, economy. Missions are paid, in this way or another. As you will not have to use money for weapons and ammo - all you need can be found on corpses or in stashes - you still need a lot of money to upgrade protection suit and your favorite guns. In addition to payment for missions, you can sell surplus ammo and the the weapons you find that are only worn down a little (not very many ). Perfect condition weapons can be found in stashes. As you find more artifacts, you will have more than you need for practical purposes, and surplus ones can be sold. But don't sell if you don't need the money! Later in the game there are some heavy investments you just have to make, so it's not so bad to have some 30.000 rubles in your pocket bank. (If you have 100G RU there is actually a special "achievement" for that).

And be a good stalker and keep your gear in good condition. Have suit and weapons repaired regularly. It's such a good investment

Well, this was a lot. But Sunday mornings are good for writing Even if CoP is in many ways "easier" than the earlier stalker games, it's a special pleasure for us oldtimers to guide newbies as much as we can and in that way recruit as many dedicated stalker gamers as possible. We are an active community and some will always be there to help. So just ask if there are special difficulties.

Good hunting, stalker. Respect the power of the Zone

sunzi
  16:10:47  26 June 2011
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bandit112
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thanks for all the responses, well informative information enjoyed reading. thanks guys will take heed on what you have written.

thanks again.
  18:02:58  26 June 2011
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009
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Also, bandit112, achievements actually changes the game quite alot, like some achievements would lower the price of some traders but risen the price of others, while others would allows more artifacts to spawn but hostile bandits will spawn after you. It is quite interesting to unlock different achievements for different playthroughs (you cannot earn all achievements, some will block another), and see the results of those changes been made.
 
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