DUST 514 guide and beginner's tips
DUST 514 is bracing itself for an influx of new players today as the MMO FPS receives its official launch.
To help ease you into the world of New Eden gently and give you a boost, PSU has put together a short beginner’s guide and a few tips that should help you out.
Get to know the NeoCom
Aside from your team-mates, the NeoCom is your biggest friend in DUST 514. The menu system boasts many options and it’s a place where you’ll spend a lot of time searching for the best weapons and equipment, spending your ISK and SP and honing your skills ready for the battle. ISK is the money you receive for completing war contracts in DUST 514. SP are the skill points that you acquire during battle for killing enemies, healing team-mates and completing objectives.
There are text-based tutorials for each section and you should read them thoroughly. And then read them again. Go through each section on the NeoCom and familiarise yourself with all of the options. If you get to know and understand the weapons, dropsuits and vehicle and the differences between them early on, it will save you a lot of ISK and SP in the long run.
Check out the Marketplace
Head for the Marketplace and check out the Militia Gear. The marketplace is full of great gear but it will be while before you’ll have the cash and skills to get the best stuff. Militia Gear is standard issue gear that requires no skills to wear and is cheap to buy. Use Militia Gear from the outset to experiment with dropsuits, equipment, vehicles and weapons to get a feel for what type of role you might like to play long-term on the battlefield.
Check out some of the deals on offer for Mercenary Packs which give you in-game currency and items to help you on your way. Yeah, DUST is totally free to play, but we can’t resist buying the Active Boosters which are relatively cheap to buy at 7000 AUR (Approx £3). Equip these boosters and every time you earn SP you’ll get a bonus. In short, you’ll be able to get your hands on the good stuff more quickly.
Take your time skilling up
The progression system in DUST is very deep and it has a great degree of flexibility. You can mould your character to suit your play-style. Whether it be a logistics mercenary who runs around the battlefield healing team-mates, repairing vehicles and throwing down Nanohives (ammo drops) or a cool-headed sniper who strives for perfection with one-kill headshots, there’s something here for everyone.
That’s why it’s important not to rush into any decisions until you’ve tried out lots of basic equipment and weapons. Skilling up costs SP and once you’ve spent it on a skill there’s no going back. Play the game, test out as many variations as possible with Militia Gear and then think about the role you wish to play. Use your SP to level up in those areas. Perhaps you’re a master with the assault rifle, for example, so would benefit from buying more ammo capacity for your bullets or access to high level assault rifles.
In the early days, we think it's wise to hoard ISK and SP until a time when you’re ready to decide on your specialisation. Until then, the Militia Gear is good enough.
Be prepared for battle
We found that the default sensitivity of the X and Y axis which controls your aiming reticule was a little too slow. You can adjust this setting from the NeoCom and you may find that by making aiming move a little quicker you’ll be able to react more sharply to enemies around you.
There are two bars that you can see on the HUD which represent your shield and your health. If your shield is depleted then find cover until it recharges. Keep an eye on your health bar and get ready to run to cover if you know you’re going down. If you’re near a group of allies, they’ll often be one or plays a Logistics role and is equipped with a repair tool which will heal your mercenary. Use cover wisely and always back ... (continued on next page)
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