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Beginner Tips And Tricks For Signalis

TheGamer 11/17/2022 Daniel Trock
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Signalis is a modern take on classic horror gameplay tropes and mechanics, meshing a dark and gritty aesthetic of military technology with the movement and combat controls of games like the original Resident Evil. It's both a great throwback to an older era of gaming and a fantastic horror experience in its own right.

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That said, if you weren't around for that era of gaming, some of the gameplay mechanics that Signalis uses may seem a bit unusual to you. It's nothing you can't get past; you just need to put yourself in the right state of mind. The mind of a cyborg trapped among mutant monsters in a derelict, pitch-black military facility. Easy!

No Checkpoints, No Retries

Given the prevalence of autosave and checkpoint systems in games nowadays, you'd probably expect a simple do-over whenever you get your face gnawed off by a monster. Well, bad news: you're not getting that. Signalis doesn't use any kind of checkpointing or autosaving system. If you end up dead, you're going all the way back to the last time you manually saved.

To prevent substantial progression loss, make sure to save your progress at every opportunity. If you enter a room and see a computer screen glowing with a bright red light, that's the sign that you're in a safe room, and that it's time to save.

Monsters Are Persistent

Even in the classic horror games, most beasties would stay down for good once you introduced them to enough bullets and pointy things. In Signalis, though, the mysterious monsters that stalk you through the facility are quite a bit heartier. If you shoot them enough, they'll collapse and cease being a threat for a little while, but not forever.

After a certain amount of time has passed, whether you're in the room with them or not, the monster will stand back up and will resume its hunt. There is no way to kill these creatures permanently, so don't stick around and wait for them to catch their breath.

Keep It Quiet

As a wise man once said, the best way to win a fight is simply not to be there. While there is a sizable population of monsters throughout the facility, you're not under any obligation to fight all of them. In fact, it would behove you to avoid conflict altogether whenever possible.

If there's a monster nearby, do your best to stay out of lit spots, so they can't spot you. Don't run either, as they can hear heavy footfalls. With any luck, you can make it out of the room to relative safety with your pursuer none the wiser.

Prepare For Emergencies

You may only have six slots in your inventory, but you should always be prepared for the worst. After all, you never know how long it'll be before you stumble onto a safe room with an item storage chest, so you need to have a bare minimum of supplies on your person at all times.

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This bare minimum includes a weapon, ammo for it, and a health recovery item. Ideally, you shouldn't have to use any of it if you can help it, but in the event that you do, do whatever you have to do to stay alive. Just remember to leave a few slots open for key items, lest you have to drag yourself all the way back to a safe room and put stuff away.

Fill Out The Map

Elster's map gradually fills out as she explores the facility and beyond. This map will be your best friend, as it not only keeps track of things like locked doors, but objectives and interactables. If you're ever not sure where you need to be or what you should be doing, consult the map.

The only catch with the map is that it only tracks things that you've directly interacted with. Interactables and locked doors won't show up if you don't give them a poke first. Even if you know you can't use them, try to interact with everything just to fill the map out.

Look Locally For Puzzle Solutions

Signalis is absolutely lousy with puzzles of all shapes and sizes. Some of these puzzles can be solved on the spot with the right information, while others require particular key items to activate. In either case, though, the solution is never far off from the puzzle itself.

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If you're having trouble with a puzzle, take a step back and poke around nearby rooms and areas. Odds are good you'll find a key item or a file with a piece of information you need. If you think you saw the right info before but can't remember it, you can check the files you've previously read in the Memory menu.

Resources Are Scarce

Signalis is not a run-and-gun style game. You don't even get your first pistol until around an hour in, and ammo for it isn't exactly plentiful. This also goes for things like health recovery items and defensive tools; if you find something, take good care of it, because there's a distinct chance you're not getting another for a little while.

For health recovery items, in particular, try to refrain from using them unless you're in dire straits. You can see Elster's health on the left side of the inventory screen; unless she's on the absolute verge of death, save your health recovery items.

Consider Decisions Carefully

While the game isn't exactly forthcoming about it, Signalis does, in fact, have multiple endings. There are both regular endings and one true ending, the former of which are determined by your playstyle. For instance, if your playtime ends up being very long and you don't get into many combat encounters, that'll influence the ending you get.

If that sounds frustrating to you, you'll need to carefully parse everything you're told and read throughout the game's story so you can pursue the true ending. If you want this story to end in the best way possible (relatively speaking), you need to put the work in for it.

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