Submitted by: David K.
Writen by Shoe-Zen
List of questionably useful advices for people unfamiliar with survival
horror genre, or videogames in general.
-=Rebind the “Use” key
While default control scheme on mouse+keyboard (or, just keyboard in this case,
since mouse isn’t involved in any way) can seem a bit outlandish, it works pretty
fine for the majority of the game. However, putting “use” key on CTRL is a crime
against fingers. E or F, whichever you prefer, will work just fine, and won’t
inflict pain on your pinkie finger.
-=Back + double tap Run for a quick 180 degree turn
If only this guide existed before i beat the game twice without knowing that.
-=Sabre is the first thing you want to buy.
This blade never dulls, it stunlocks a good chunk of basic enemies, and allows
you to clear rooms of those enemies without wasting ammo. And while you can
dispatch a lot of basic enemies with it, don’t try to melee more serious foes.
Doing a “reload” with sabre will make Alise do a blocking animation, which can
deflect certain attacks, and attacking right after the block will perform a swift
counter-attack. Do note that not every attack can be blocked that way.
-=Not every enemy worth the effort.
It pays off to clear a hallway you will walk through a lot, or kill everything
on the way to a boss, but certain enemies, especially those located in isolated
room you only gonna visit once could be safely left alone.Your main priority to
kill is any enemy you can’t get past without losing HP in the process, and your
main priority to shoot is any enemy you can’t safely melee.
-=Don’t try to fisticuff the dolls.
Seriously, don’t. Use the sabre instead.
-=The pistol is not without its use.
While the damage may seems lacking, it has decent fire rate, and there is alot
of ammo for it laying around. But most importantly, it has relatevely fast reload
animation, so in a way its safer than other options.
-=The cogs dropped by enemies disappear if you exit the room.
Just in case you were wondering. Consider that when evaluating whether you should
run into another room from mosnters.
-=Enemies position also resets when you exit the room.
This is what allows you to evade a lot of enemies. No matter if the monster was
right behind you, entering another room will send them back to their into their
place, and you won’t get bitten immidiately upon re-entering that room.
-=Check everything. Twice.
Every cupboard, cabinet, locker, etc. Sometimes Alise will make a remark that
the contents could be useful, in which case you need to interact with it again
to get a free medkit or toothwheels.
-=If you under half HP – always heal.
Medkits restore exactly 50% of your HP, so you will never waste a healing item
if you below that. There is also no reason to hold on to them, as there are no
other way to get HP back, currently. What, did you expect a regenerating health
in a PS1 survival horror game? ??
Also – while they do have lengthy healing animation, the game pauses when you do
it, so don’t be afraid to health in the middle of combat too!
-=Buying medkits is the safest investment.
Your resources might be a bit tight before the first boss, but after that buying
out medkits is never a bad idea. You WILL take damage, no matter how you think
-=Enemies also struggle with their movement.
While tank controls can be very clunky, the game is balanced around them, meaning
most enemies are not super-agile either. Simple backdealling or sprinting away
would be enough to avoid all attacks in the game, which makes sense, since its
your only way of avoiding the damage. Sorry, no dodge-rolling in the manor!
-=Saving is not free, but its very cheap.
So in case you encounter something like that may look like a boss arena, for
example, don’t be stingy to backtrack to saferoom, gear up, and save again.
-=In case you get stuck on the infamous “safe puzzle”.
Reload the save. Maybe a few times. Its known to be a bit buggy. Its also randomly
generated, so don’t try to skip any steps with it.
Also, since this puzzle is a pet peeve of mine, here’s the only hint for the puzzle
in this whole guide, in case we got same brain model: the sheeps have NOTHING to
do with the safe code
-=If you ever die because the game is glitched, or bugged, or your weapon suddenly
Shake your fist and scream “DAAAAAAMN YOU CASPER!!!!” as loud as you can. I find
it very relaxing, personally. Then restart the whole game before loading back.