Mastering the Essentials — Strategies and Priorities
- Big towns under the flight path are dangerous places to start, but normally have better loot. For the best chance of success, find small clusters of buildings right at the edge of parachuting range, or use one of the other more detailed, situational strategies to get even better loot.
- The key things you want to find as soon as possible are the good-in-most-situations assault rifles (ARs), a backpack, a bulletproof vest, healing items, and a helmet – the higher level for these items, the better.
- All doors in the game start closed. If a door is open, someone’s been there. If you leave a door open, you’re telling the world you’ve been there too.
- There is fall damage, which occurs from jumping around two stories, with more damage the higher the fall.
- If you take fire from range and don’t know where it’s from, don’t go prone – you just make yourself a sitting duck right in the enemy’s line of sight. Instead, zig-zag and sprint until you get to cover and break line of sight. Getting over the brow of a hill is great for this, as is the classic “cheese it!” strategy in a vehicle (just drive away really fast).
- Always clear buildings (unless you’re very rushed) before looting. It’s very easy to bait people into feeling secure by leaving loot on the ground, then shoot them in the back.
- When fighting multiple enemies, ignore any that you down. They can’t get up unless rescued, so prioritise the ones who can still attack you.
- Vehicles are great at covering large distances at speed, but draw huge amounts of attention with their noise. Use them wisely.
- Vehicles will roll down hills, and explode when they hit things at speed. Park sideways on sloped terrain to stop them rolling away, and if you crash get away from the vehicle ASAP.
In the next article, we’ll look at more strategies, priorities, other useful controls and hotkeys.
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