WHAT IS ESCAPE FROM TARKOV?
Escape From Tarkov is a hardcore looter shooter at heart with RPG elements. The online game has two real factions – BEAR and USEC, which you’ll pick from when you first boot up the game – before going toe to toe with AI and human controlled players across a variety of maps in the war-torn city of Tarkov. As the name suggests, you have to escape from Tarkov,Eft radar but in reality, all this means is you have to survive a single raid – an outing into one of the city’s maps.
How to Play Guide for Escape from Tarkov
This page covers the basics of combat and survival in Escape from Tarkov.
1 Beta Disclaimer
2 Getting Started
6 Weaponry and Equipment
8 Health, Healing, and Hitpoints
10 How time works in Tarkov
10.1 IRL time vs EFT time
10.2 Day and night cycle
10.3 Raid time selection clocks
10.4 Time within a raid
12 Stash size, Organization and Containers
Escape from Tarkov is presently in beta state of development. Features will be added and removed, thus the current state of the game is not representative of the final product. Battlestate Games, the developer of Escape from Tarkov, periodically wipes all progress alongside major patches. Major patches tend to be 4–6 months apart, but can happen sooner. All items, weapons, gear, and skills are deleted when a wipe hits. This feature could be changed when the game is fully released.
Many of the systems in the game are not yet finished and are in a placeholder state. Mechanics may break or not function as intended.
Escape from Tarkov can be purchased on the official website as a "pre-order". Pre-orders are able to download and play immediately after purchase. The client can be downloaded from your profile page by clicking the large "Install" button.
Once the game has finished downloading and you've launched it for the first time you'll be asked some questions, starting with what language and name you want to use. You are able to change your name once every 14 days, so don't feel too locked into it! Next comes your first major choice, what faction to use? You have the options of BEAR and USEC. Your choice of faction will decide what weapons and gear you start with along with some other differences. The first is that BEAR only speak using Russian voice lines while USEC speak English. This can be important for communicating with (or taunting!) other players in-game. The second difference is your choice of cosmetic tactical clothing. There are a few other minor differences, such as dialogue and facial differences from characters.
Escape from Tarkov aims to emulate the modern combat experience in the vein of ARMA. It boasts an accurate ballistic model, an in-depth health system, and an outstanding weapon modification system with few parallels in modern gaming. Escape from Tarkov's full body awareness and movement systems similarly match that of ARMA's, with features such as leaning, adjustable posture and movement speed, and a far slower pace of combat tied to the shoot and scoot mindset.
The weapon modification system is a primary cornerstone of Escape From Tarkov, and allows for near complete customization of every firearm you're likely to come across. This depth of weapon customization enables the user to swap out everything from the barrel of the gun to the shoulder pad, enhancing your ability to choose your weapon.
The in-game economy is similarly unique, and relies heavily upon looting and scavenging from the surroundings. You must successfully extract from a raid to keep the gear you found. It requires a keen eye and a quick wit to know when to get out, or when to risk gambling what you've got for that extra bit of loot.
Situational awareness is key to being successful in all aspects of Escape From Tarkov. Be it in spotting a wayward bit of rare loot, or realizing that far-off bush is actually a player in disguise. As there are no HUD indicators of friends or foes, keeping a constant awareness of your surroundings is mandatory. Whilst your vision is a vital factor in identifying targets, sound will be both your greatest enemy and ally. Especially given the brutal nature of combat.
Movement in Escape From Tarkov is more than simply sprinting or walking. It is handled differently than most other first person shooters, with the movement model trying to mimic the actual performance of a soldier encumbered with gear and weapons. It allows you to move at varying speeds, from a snail's pace which generates the least amount of audible noise, to a sprint which may compromise your position.
While you’re on a raid, either as your chosen faction in PMC or as a Scav raider, channel your inner trash panda and hoover up as much loot as you possibly can. If you get out, you can choose to store this loot or sell it for a profit. Fail as a PMC and you’ll have the cost of healing yourself and replacing your gear.
ESCAPE FROM TARKOV BEGINNER’S GUIDE
If you want to avoid the constant fear of losing all your gear and your money, you’re going to want to stay alive. Here’s how you do just that, all while improving your EFT skills.
RUN SCAV RAIDS FIRST
When you run raids as a member of your chosen faction, everything you enter with goes on the line. If you choose to go in as a friendly Scav though, you essentially get an opportunity to escape with free gear. You see, in Escape From Tarkov, Scavs are essentially the AI that terrorize you when you play as PMCs, but in this mode, you have the chance to run with the Russians.
When you play as a Scav, you’ll be pushed into an ongoing raid at a random time with random gear, but you won’t be attacked by other Scavs – unless you engage them. You still have to watch out for players, but if you can escape, you’ll have made a cushy profit while buffing your arsenal.