the parallax effect

This page is a guide designed to discuss the in-game environment and how you should best go about surviving within it. It is constantly updated and added to so be sure to check back regularly for more interesting tips and tricks.

The Map

It's vast, unforgiving and roughly 5x5km squared. Covering the map on foot from corner to corner is certainly no easy task. In your travels you may encounter lush fields of grass, dirt trails leading to abandoned campsites and even some remaining small towns and military outposts if you venture far into the north. When you start a new singleplayer game you will wake up inside the research station HAB 01 which is at the southern most point of the map roughly in the middle from west to east. From here it is recommended you make your way to either Carrington Farm (left of HAB 01) or Darling Station (right of HAB 01) to get a few starting items along with whatever you get from the HAB module if anything at all. From there you should make your way to Princeton (above HAB 01) and setup a makeshift base with any storage units you have collected in one of the abandoned, empty buildings in the town. Princeton is considered by most as the best starting location as it is the only major civilian location situated on the southern-most island of Chimera and contains a variety of good starting gear for a novice survivor.

Remember, you can open your map/player screen at any time (so long as you have no other menus open) by pressing the 'M' key. Provided you have found and equipped a map, it will display in the top left of this screen. In order to get a more detailed view showing your position and direction facing on the map, you will need to find and equip a GPS. This will prove vital in your survival particularly whilst you are unfamiliar with your surroundings. Your GPS radar is limited to height and you cannot zoom in or out with it currently. When you start the game for the first time you will spawn in at 6:00 AM giving you an entire days worth of sunlight to get started with your survival. It is recommended that you find a suitable location to bunker down in for the night as travelling during night hours will be extremely difficult and dangerous due to the lack of light and higher number of potential threats being present including the rather menacing mutants that stalk the lands in the dark.

Once you have found a spot to rest at for the night, you should make a mental note of it based on your location on the map so you can return to it and avoid getting lost at sundown trying to find your way back in the dark (not ideal). However if you do plan on travelling at night you should set out to find yourself a flashlight first, preferably with spare batteries for extended night travel along with a weapon to defend yourself with. The more powerful the better.

That pretty much covers the basics of navigating around Chimera and survival at its most basic. Be sure to check back here regularly for updates to this guide as the game develops further.

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