Mephiston Jul 12 @ 3:35pm
Because making a guide doesn't work.
Aight, so you just bought a 6+ year old game. Get ready for some new mechanics from an old ♥♥♥♥ing game. Pro tip, keep your hand away from WASD, it will only cause you trouble.

renditions
  • 12/6/14-created
  • 13/6/14-added Heath section, added feedback, added video
  • 14/6/14-comments added. video added.
    [8]18/6/14-comment added.

Camera controls
  • Holding RMB-Rotates the camera around its position.
  • Holding MMB-Rotates the camera around its target position.
  • Scroll wheel-Zoom control.

That was the simple ♥♥♥♥.
  • You can move the camera to your characters position by clicking on their portrait.
  • When in combat, if you haven’t seen some ♥♥♥♥er for a while it will pause the game and a picture of an ear will appear in the upper right hand corner, click this and it will show you the source of the noise.
  • W-Toggles roofs when inside a building. Stay away from WASD
Camera decent, except for its total lack of zoom out capability. Also the game has some trouble with the minimap when your resolution is above 720P. I wouldn't recommend going above that resolution.

movement and actions
  • LMB-moves selected character
  • Shift+LMB-rotates the character
  • Ctrl+LMB-makes the character interact with objects in the world. Not needed for boxes, but needed to pick up guns and loot dead bodies before combat is over.
  • Alt+LMB-makes the character strafe/roll. Pretend this is ♥♥♥♥ing Rainbow Six until you realize the power of aggressive AI and narrow halls.
  • Space bar-pauses the game. Use this ALL. THE. ♥♥♥♥ING. TIME. The game will do this for you a lot in combat(action complete, new enemy spotted, ♥♥♥♥ING GRENADE, etc)
  • I-opens inventory.
  • G-opens inventory and shows all items on the ground. This is good after a battle, so you dont need to waste time finding all the dead bodies to loot them.
  • Backspace-cancels orders, good for when you are running and some ♥♥♥♥er pops up right in front of you and you just have to introduce him to some buckshot.
  • R-Reload
  • K-cycle weapon

The next few shortcuts have buttons on the screen, but if you want to be pro...

  • Z-Prone
  • X-Crouch
  • C-Fast crouch
  • V-Stand/Walk
  • B-Run
  • N-Sprint

  • Num1-Aim single
  • Num2-Aim Burst
  • Num3-Aim Full
  • Num4-Snapshot single
  • Num5-Snapshot Burst
  • Num6-Snapshot Full
  • Num7-Hipshot single
  • Num8-Hipshot Burst
  • Num9-Hipshot Full

  • P-Ready weapon (more on this in gunplay)

A few more controls without much of a section
  • F5-Quick save
  • F9-Quick load
  • Num+-Accelerate time
  • Num--Decelerate time

Gunplay
Aight, so you've played CoD and know the basics of shooting, using cover(sometimes), reloading on the move, and switching weapons in less than a second.

That doesn't happen in this game.

Lets start at the very beginning of the game. You are some ♥♥♥♥er with a pistol in your pocket. Moving that pistol from your pocket to your hands(click and drag it to the box in the top left) happens instantly. To ♥♥♥♥ing bad pistols have an accuracy of ~15 out of 100(at least I assume that is the top number) You will struggle to hit ♥♥♥♥ with pistols at the start of the game. Most of your battles wont be in close urban environments, its going to be in the ♥♥♥♥ing jungle. So when you find a nice SMG or shotty, you'll see that switching to and from it takes about a second of game time. Painful, standing in gunfire, game time. You'll want your weapon of choice selected at all times with an ample ammo supply. 2-3 reloads is enough to last an early game fight or two.

Use your dosh at the bar in the first city to buy a tactical vest, a belt, and a backpack if possible. They offer valuable inventory space to be a damned loot goblin. You can also hold pistols in belts and some vests. They are slower to draw however, with the vest being the slowest. I believe this also applies to Magazines and ammo boxes when reloading. Your long guns don't fit in these though, so you have to sling them over your body. You can have one on each shoulder and one on your torso, not including the gun in your hands. So yes, you can have 3 M60's hanging off you, one in your hands, and 3 in your backpack.

“Ammo boxes? Man I like ammo pools. I stick an empty mag up my ♥♥♥ and it refills”
♥♥♥♥ son, I feel sorry for you. You have to carry boxes of ammo if you don't have enough mags. Luckily you get one from the start, and in the vanilla game you won't need more than that for an hour or so(assuming you have a real gun somewhere on you.) Once the a fight is over it is wise to redistribute ammo. Open the inventory and right click on a near empty mag to remove the bullets, then pop them in a different and hopefully, fuller mag. If you have boxes of ammo, use them on mags or guns with mags inside already(you can't jam bullets in a 1911 that doesn't have a mag in it). Revolvers and some shotguns don't have removable...♥♥♥♥ just click your spare ammo on everything.

Now I have mention fighting quite a bit, without actually going over it. That's because it is painfully unforgiving. In urban environments its a little better, your ability to hear behind walls lets you camp door ways and corners. Remember to utilize Alt+RMB to move out of cover while facing a direction and use the crouch and stand actions to raise the firing level when behind chest high walls. Or even go prone when next to a car/truck to shoot under it.

“But I thought you said once I find a gun that can hit something I'll be good.”
Well its not the lack of accuracy that will kill you in the urban environments, its the ready times.

“But I ain't moving guns around, Just pointing them.”
Well, it takes a few tenths of a second to raise your gun. Then it takes a few more to shoot from the hip. But unless they are within 20 meters you wont hit ♥♥♥♥. Then ya got to snapshot. Unless they are even further or you want to shoot their arm to drop their gun, Avoid shooting their head due to a ballistic helmet, or peg their head for a reliable OHK up close. Each of these are slower to happen than the last. The Benelli M3 I have takes .5 seconds to ready, .6 seconds to hip shot, 1.4 to snapshot, and 2.5 to aim. This will kill you when some Bandito with a pistol walks around the corner and puts a shot into you in .4 seconds.

“I can tank that shot, I have body armor.”
Shieet son, you just got shot. You are in SHOCK. This is basically a stun. It interrupts and pauses your action. This will kill you. You will be stunlocked until you die if they are close and have a weapon with a fast ready time.

“What if I go prone, ya know, reduce the size of the target available to them. And get more accurate in the process.”
That is a smart idea...Unless they do hit you...And they will. What is the biggest target when prone and facing the enemy? Your ♥♥♥♥ing noggin. You will be shocked into unconsciousness, then death. Crouching is the best option in my opinion, when at range.

When in the Jungle, accuracy is your best friend. The long sight lines allow for really good usage of battle/assault rifles. The fact that there are only 3-4 random encounter maps with maybe 2 variations in spawning allows you find the best spots for your build. The only issue may be that the Bandits won't move from their spawn unless they hear/see you. These Jungle encounters are very nice for the amount of useless loot to drag off and pawn off the moment you get back to town.

While on the subject of loot. If you are toting a 2 primary/1pistol build you wont have much of a weight threshold for loot. You can go over your limit, but this will incur a movement speed penalty and a stamina loss. If you are trucking back to town heavy with the useless loot that is sawed-off mosin nagants only to have another random encounter you have two actions to choose from.
  1. Run to the yellow circles at the edges of the map and sit in them for 10 seconds. This will allow you to enter the world map and continue out of harms way. ♥♥♥♥♥.
  2. Immediately drop your backpack and whatever slung weapons you wont be using. This should reduce your total weight allowing you to maneuver around the map to kill everything that dares breath your oxygen. After everyone has ceased consuming your precious O2, press G and reacquire your gear and trade up some loot if you see fit. This is the manly thing to do.

Health and you
It was only a mater of time. You took a bullet to your left nipple because you didn't have your gun ready. Well you killed the guy and you are safe for the time being. It is time to treat your wound. Your health bar(yes the red one) has two colors, "healthy red" and "could be better maroon". Also known as hard and soft health. Your soft health is your potential maximum after you have been shot, while hard is your effective health.

To fix your bleeding nipple you need bandages and a first aid kit(FAK). Move the bandages to your hand and treat your body. This should remove the soft health in place of the hard. After that equip a FAK and rub that ♥♥♥♥ all over your body. Using a FAK takes time, but does increase your hard health. FAKs also have the added bonus to lower your heart rate, so there are cases where you would use a FAK even when you are not wounded.

The heart rate monitor in the HUD isn't just there for show. It has an actual purpose. The higher your heart rate is the faster you complete actions. You can raise your gun and pop off a round much faster than if your heart rate was below normal. You can attribute this to adrenaline. This has it's draw back however. While you will be faster in completing actions, you will also be less accurate in whatever you are doing.

Also depending on what character you picked, you may be a little jumpy. There is one mission in the game where you need to attack a convoy with some rebels and once you enter the combat zone at least 15 people pop up on screen and ♥♥♥♥ your heart rate up. This will ruin you ability to shoot. If you find yourself in a situation like this, run for cover, calm down, and try to only encounter one baddie at a time.

Videos for you plebs

Utilizing kill boxes
http://youtu.be/bg37XhwYlUI
Annotations on youtube.

Weapons and numbers
http://youtu.be/W2QHRxkDfC0

Future
If this gets attention and the comments ask for more information I will try to supply it, I don't have hundreds of hours in the game, but I have enough to understand some of the concepts. This should be enough to get you on your way. You should be able to experiment and learn new things as you spend time in game.

♥♥♥♥ people be sayin
Originally posted by mg979:
You forgot the very useful 'Drop' key (D), even in combat is instant; keep a pistol in your belt or in the 2x2 boxes that have the fastest wielding time, if you face an enemy from behind a corner and have an unsuitable weapon in your hands, drop it, grab the pistol and shoot from the hip and you're safe. Also good to get grenades or medikits if you're badly wounded and don't have time to waste.

When facing a lot of enemies I also like to carry a SMG on the shoulder, I unload it in one single burst, then I drop it with D and take my main weapon. Most opponents will crouch to avoid the bullets if you do this with all your mercs, and be even shocked for a while.

Damn, this chuckle♥♥♥♥ is right. If you find yourself as the one who chooses when to shoot on unsespecting folk, you can pop off a few quick shotgun shells, hit D, pull a grenade from your pocket, and flush a room. Props to you.

Originally posted by Milchknilch:
I use "hard pause" a lot, which in comparison to the space bar toggle means the game pauses in any case and isn't automatically continuing after you gave an idle merc new orders etc. It's inevitable for me, since I usually remove a lot of the "smart pause" events, which leads to a more fluent[sic] game play.
Ctrl is also useful in combat to highlight thrown/armed grenades (colour turning to red) and of course to pick them up and throw them back. Of course, only, if they're very close, in any other case there's hardly enough time.

Now that you have flushed the room, you find yourself still in combat and without your gun. Asuming you feel safer with your Saiga12 rather than your pistol, Hold Ctrl to highlight weapons on the ground. If you are able to reacquire your gun drag it to your hands and move on. If you feel you are unable to get your gun safely scan the ground for an enemy weapon to borrow.


Originally posted by Silver1_br:
quick reload of weapons with internal magazines = remove the shells/bullets of the box and put them in your pocket area (the rectangle at the center), and just drag them into your gun, this will make you reload in a second or less, much faster than dragging the ammo box to the gun

quick use of grenades = put the grenade in your pocket, then right click and select Arm, then just drag into where you want to throw it, there is no need to equip it in your hand this way which would make you lose more time

aim at point = at the left of the prepare weapon button is the aim at point, use this to aim at an area, and you will shoot almost instantly (about 0.05 seconds!) when its finished, even faster than a simple prepare, its so fast that it can even hit people that use the fast turn in covers (hold shift to adjust height)

multiple shots in an area = first select full auto and many bullets to use, then when you click on the enemy, hold the button and drag it around to select an area you want to shoot, you can also where there is no enemy by right clicking first, then just clicking and holding (hold shift to adjust height)

fast turn (use wall cover) = to use wall cover, hold left ALT and click in an edge where you want to use cover against, to return to cover, just hold left alt again and click in the cover area of the wall, this will make you hide and show up very fast, and it also automatically prepars the weapon, making you fire really fast. enemies also use these as well, and usually they will shot you first most of the time, and in other times they will keep peeking in and out of cover, the best way against this is using aim at point

sprint while crouched = while in quick sneak, double click an area that you want to move, this will make you sprint while standing to that area, and the merc will crouch back again after he finishes moving or cancels his movement

Well ♥♥♥♥, now we are just abusing game mechanics. Great tips, teachin me and ♥♥♥♥.


Originally posted by mg979:
here is something about balance stat
http://forum.1cpublishing.eu/showpost.php?p=169531&postcount=14

Thanks for the link. It goes over balance and what skills affect what in the aiming department.
Last edited by Mephiston; Jul 18 @ 5:51pm
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CzigBot Jul 12 @ 3:54pm 
+1
mg979 Jul 12 @ 5:55pm 
You forgot the very useful 'Drop' key (D), even in combat is instant; keep a pistol in your belt or in the 2x2 boxes that have the fastest wielding time, if you face an enemy from behind a corner and have an unsuitable weapon in your hands, drop it, grab the pistol and shoot from the hip and you're safe. Also good to get grenades or medikits if you're badly wounded and don't have time to waste.

When facing a lot of enemies I also like to carry a SMG on the shoulder, I unload it in one single burst, then I drop it with D and take my main weapon. Most opponents will crouch to avoid the bullets if you do this with all your mercs, and be even shocked for a while.
Mephiston Jul 12 @ 11:05pm 
Very good point mg979, added.
CzigBot Jul 13 @ 3:13am 
Anyone able to translate this into Russian? We've got tons of Russian players, so this would be useful for them.
Milchknilch Jul 13 @ 6:09am 
I use "hard pause" a lot, which in comparison to the space bar toggle means the game pauses in any case and isn't automatically continuing after you gave an idle merc new orders etc. It's inevitable for me, since I usually remove a lot of the "smart pause" events, which leads to a more fluent game play.
Ctrl is also useful in combat to highlight thrown/armed grenades (colour turning to red) and of course to pick them up and throw them back. Of course, only, if they're very close, in any other case there's hardly enough time.
Mephiston Jul 13 @ 8:23am 
Milchknilch, your information has been added. Once I am able to actually post a guide this will be moved.
Silver1_br Jul 13 @ 11:53am 
all controls, including camera controls can be easily changed in the options screen
Silver1_br Jul 13 @ 4:05pm 
quick reload of weapons with internal magazines = remove the shells/bullets of the box and put them in your pocket area (the rectangle at the center), and just drag them into your gun, this will make you reload in a second or less, much faster than dragging the ammo box to the gun

quick use of grenades = put the grenade in your pocket, then right click and select Arm, then just drag into where you want to throw it, there is no need to equip it in your hand this way which would make you lose more time

aim at point = at the left of the prepare weapon button is the aim at point, use this to aim at an area, and you will shoot almost instantly (about 0.05 seconds!) when its finished, even faster than a simple prepare, its so fast that it can even hit people that use the fast turn in covers (hold shift to adjust height)

multiple shots in an area = first select full auto and many bullets to use, then when you click on the enemy, hold the button and drag it around to select an area you want to shoot, you can also where there is no enemy by right clicking first, then just clicking and holding (hold shift to adjust height)

fast turn (use wall cover) = to use wall cover, hold left ALT and click in an edge where you want to use cover against, to return to cover, just hold left alt again and click in the cover area of the wall, this will make you hide and show up very fast, and it also automatically prepars the weapon, making you fire really fast. enemies also use these as well, and usually they will shot you first most of the time, and in other times they will keep peeking in and out of cover, the best way against this is using aim at point

sprint while crouched = while in quick sneak, double click an area that you want to move, this will make you sprint while standing to that area, and the merc will crouch back again after he finishes moving or cancels his movement
Last edited by Silver1_br; Jul 13 @ 4:10pm
ssander75 Jul 14 @ 9:14pm 
Great little guide for new players. In regards to Silver's comment above, holy ****, I've put 100's of hours in this game, and I didn't know the sprint while crouched one. I'm still learning about this game, I don't know if that's funny or sad. Though normally in quick sneak I have a weapon readied.

I had taken a bunch of screenshots while on the base mission as above but I had not pieced it into a guide as of yet. I still have my saves from that mission, does anyone know where steam keeps screenshots? Is it not in the save game folder? I'd like to do that and add to this guide here. It would be a pdf file. I did not do that mission solo like the video, I used 4 mercs instead (BSM mod).

Maybe at the end of this thread we would have a community game guide of sorts, compiled from comments here.
Mephiston Jul 15 @ 10:56am 
Steam screenshots are saved in this directory, if you'd like to visit them directly:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\userdata\<your user id>\760\remote\42170\screenshots

A community guide sounds fun, dont think there is tons of demand for a guide(including mine), but fun none the less.
ssander75 Jul 15 @ 9:38pm 
Thanks, I knew I saw the screenshots somewhere. I'll put the base walkthrough together on the weekend.
R@S Jul 15 @ 11:24pm 
I really appreciate this, this game is somewhat unintuitive and these hints really helps those who are new to this game.

A big thanks from a lazy bum:)
Mephiston Jul 15 @ 11:59pm 
Originally posted by R@S:
I really appreciate this, this game is somewhat unintuitive and these hints really helps those who are new to this game.

A big thanks from a lazy bum:)

Some what? Over the past 10 years we have been bombarded by promps that say "press X to jump". Ya know...This game needs promts like that. Badly.
Clicking around the screen only does so much. But if all 8 people who browse the forums contribute maybe, just maybe, archaeologists will be able to piece together the intricacies of this game.
Milchknilch Jul 16 @ 2:01pm 
Some other things that might not be well known:
Shift+LMB
-it's possible to put things from the ground into inventory or sell stuff. Double click works as well when picking things up from the ground.
-sometimes it's possible to switch places with NPCs that stand in your way.
Ctrl+LMB puts stuff on the ground directly into trunk. (Edit: forgot that one)
TAB-Key switches between shoulders/head when merc inventory is shown.

Exploit: Open a container, box or whatever with a merc in combat to rearrange your stuff, reload your weapon etc. in no time.
Last edited by Milchknilch; Jul 18 @ 8:31am
swiggity swagrid Jul 18 @ 8:34am 
When i use a FAK it does not recover hard health, it is working just like bandage. Am i doing it wrong? now im stuck waiting a billion years each time i get shot or paying out the ♥♥♥ for a doctor.
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