Are you having troubles with your inventory?
Is frustration a bad thing?
Before you read the rest of this guide, or demand changes to the game, consider playing through on your own, hitting those obstacles and surmounting those challenges without tips, etc. These games are all about surviving the impossible, and I can guarantee with almost 100% certainty that trying and learning will make the game a more memorable experience for you, especially as you start to improve your play and attempt new runs after you’ve beaten it.
I want to say this again … frustration, challenge, and struggle aren’t necessarily negative, and in fact can create positive experiences. Like any game, each player’s journey is different, and one player’s journey is not wrong or right, we’re here to experience the game and create our own memories. Try and fail, rethink whether something is actually a weakness or an opportunity for change, and get immersed in the survival experience!
With that being said, if you’re frustrated or need advice, consider the tips I’ve left below …
As a scout, you won’t want to bring everything and the kitchen sink with you! Take only what you need, and then go. You can always return, stock up, and complete an encounter when you have fully prepped yourself.
Furthermore, you don’t want to try and rush! Besides souring the experience, you may find yourself in unsafe territory with reduced option due to a lack of planning. There’s no harm in retreating and prepping to take on a room or a puzzle.
Enemies as Puzzles
In this games these are the basic resources, with save slots being a semi-important sixth that I won’t mention for the rest of the guide:
- Health Pick-ups
When you choose to kill an enemy, you are taking a loss on three of the five categories listed above in the hopes of maintaining at least one category, health. Time and ammo are wasted when killing an enemy, and as a weapon is required for this action, then your inventory is clogged up by a weapon (or weapons) and potentially ammo!
Conversely, if we find other ways to solve the enemy puzzles, killing only when necessary, we suffer as little loss as possible, allowing us to save our resources for when they are truly needed. If our goal is to survive, then wasting resources is an active attempt on the player side to thwart the end goal which can lead to frustration and failure.
Weapons and Ammo
I see a lot of new player bringing up to two weapons with them, which can take up precious space in your inventory. Bringing two weapons is a bad idea for the following reasons …
A) You have filled two slots that cannot be emptied until the next box
B) You’ve chosen violence
As I’ve said before, in survival-horror games the enemy should be thought of as a puzzle and not as an enemy in the traditional sense. Killing the enemy is one way to solve the puzzle, but it will end in a loss.
A common enemy blocks the way. You wait for your cursor to shrink, then shoot it with your handgun, dropping it in four shots before you kick it dead.
In the above example you defeated the puzzle, but at the cost of A) Time and B) Ammo, both of which are finite resources. By evading the enemy you waste less time, waste no ammo, and the weapons in your inventory become unnecessary, freeing up space for pick-ups.
Some might wonder, then, if weapons should be used at all. Bringing one weapon is fine, but in an optimal setting a weapon can be left behind and should be thought of as a removal piece (AFTER you’ve scouted the situation) for situations where …
A) A vital item/path needs to be reached
B) Evading would result in a loss (time, health, etc)
With this in mind, I might use a weapon if I am in the following situation:
Two enemies are in a tight hall that I will need to frequently go through. If I attempt to evade I’m likely to take damage or retreat, wait, and try again. The risk of health, time, and wasted ammo if I get into a bad spot for messing up the evade is too great. With this in mind, I’ll choose the enemy one one side of the path to kill, freeing up that side for evasion.
In the above example, I only needed a weapon in the situation where A) The enemy was unavoidable, B) The risk was significantly higher for attempting an evade (or failing an evade), C) The area where the enemies were present was a high-traffic area that could not be circumvented. If those three requirements are not met, then why a weapon is not vital.
I recommend to carry ONE if you’d like or to keep it in the box and grab it once you’ve scouted a situation and are ready to proceed.
For ammo, don’t carry it with you. There’s no reason, as you can get pick-ups from the map and you have plenty in your weapon to deal with up to two enemies at a time before reloading. If you are killing more than that many enemies between returning to the save room you are wasting tremendous resources.
A) You are committing yourself to making a mistake.
B) Playing well reduces the need of health pick-ups.
C) It enables a lazy, reckless play style.
D) You can heal at the box.
E) You can heal, if you MUST, from pick-ups around the map.
F) It wastes inventory space.
G) It wastes your health pick-up.
H) It raises the likelihood or getting frustrated due to inventory space and destroying an item.
I) Being injured is not a game-over.
For our first three reasons, health is a bad choice because of what you are committing to when you add health to your inventory. You are setting yourself up to fail, which opens you up even greater to, you guessed it, failing. Having health on-hand means you can always take a stupid risk, which is not a good choice with limited resources that you may need later.
For the next two reasons consider planning and map knowledge. While the latter is on a LAST RESORT basis, keeping your healing at the box or around the map keeps your inventory free and gets you in the habit of scouting, planning, and then equipping what is needed for a certain encounter, etc.
For the penultimate reasons, remember that health pick-ups and your health pool are resources. Bringing pick-ups reduces your inventory space and if you get frustrated you may DESTROY an item, removing it from the game permanently. Also, if a health item is used at an inopportune time, means it cannot be used later when you might need it.
Lastly, being injured does not mean you need to heal and waste an item. Remember that you only fail if you have no health, not close to no health.
Doors are different. Grab that key card and go, as ELSTER eats them once she unlocks a door. Denying her this important source of nutrient would be both criminal and rude.
The Unmentionable Strategy
One thing that took me a moment to click for me was that I don’t need every item. Despite picking up ever spray available, I could only bring in a select few to the final fight. When to take or leave an item and when to risk ammo to get something that’s guarded by a foe is a recurring choice each player has to make.
- SIGNALIS: Endings Requirements Guide
- SIGNALIS: All Maps (Equipment, Enemies & Key Item Locations)
- SIGNALIS: Survival Guide (Step-by-step Walkthrough)
- SIGNALIS: How to Get All Achievements
- SIGNALIS: How to Access Debug Menu