Turns out the English version got quite a bit of contents cut off (references to races, hints of prostitution, etc are completely removed; the Aryan gets changed to Legion, and a whole encounter referencing Nazi experimenting on human gets cut completely).
After I'm done with this playthrough, if I manage to find the time and motivation, I MIGHT start another one on the Russian version with translated text dubbed over. So until then, let's get this one over with, shall we?
Okay, so who's this Sullen guy?(From the game's Russian manual. Translation errors are to be expected)
Small height, solid build, a darkly dejected look on his face, a hook knife scar on the back of his neck. Claims he's a powerful psychic, which nobody believes. Very fond of old war songs like "Saboteurs I'm born and I go as zhivorez(?)", "Nightingales, nightingales, don't disturb the soldiers," "The heroes of yore left sometimes names (?)", etc. However, considering Sullen's completely tone-deaf, very few people can endure his singing.
Loves to use the word "this" and "tum" (?), almost all the answers begin with the words, "Well, I don't know."
For instance, Sullen is at the field medic for an urgent blood transfusion, and is asked:
- Sullen, What Rh are you?
- Well, I don't know... Probably twenty centimeters will do!
Sullen's specialty: demolition. He's a master of various types of explosives and can conceal mines even on an asphalt highway. Defusing mines also comes naturally to him. Furthermore, Sullen is one of best in camouflaging and scouting. He can get close enough to an enemy sentry to compare time on their watches, and even pick his pocket for a cigarette pack before disappearing - just for kicks.
Note: Too bad we won't see his demolition specialty in action, as there are no mines or traps whatsoever in the whole game.
Strongly dislikes Vampire RST leader, Sergeant Hartman. His favorite question during the mission - "What do we do with this creep, when we find him?"
With the little biography out of the way, let's get back to getting him out of that cage.
Saving Cadet SullenBoar talks to Sullen, but our super spy doesn't respond.
Let's negotiate Sullen's release with Mirza, the slaver who owns him. The guy sports a black eye. Must be tough being a slaver!
At this moment, I can buy Sullen out immediately, but I'd rather not part with my money just yet. 10,000 coins is pocket change later in the game, but right now it's not.
So, Boar heads to Abu-Bakar, another slaver, to buy some cheaper slave to trade for Sullen.
Boar: Hmm, now I gotta find a guy named Rodriguez and buy his girl, Bounty. But I think I'd better... ooh Hellooooo!
After Boar takes the flashlight, all the beggars on this map will turn hostile and attack him as well as Sid. However, there is a few seconds delay before they turn hostile, so I can just open the map and teleport the hell out of Dodge.
Back to Rodriguez (Rodridges, whatever)...
Sullen's questsSo, let's have a chat with Sullen. Actually, he has a chat with Boar. It's not optional.
To be completely honest, I've only read the dialogue when I am writhing this very post. So, the game tells me quite early Demon was taken to Stoneguard, the Southern city. And Sullen also received a killing quest from Blackie (on Frying Pan, whose flashlight now belongs to Rodriguez). He had some fun with a prostitute, and got sold to a slaver. Not bad, Sullen!
Then, it's back to business. Actually it's more of a side business. Boar and Sullen need more money and equipment before they can continue on with finding the remaining team members. Sullen points out a few useful places to check out.
Abu-Bakar, from whom Boar bought Sid earlier, still keeps 700 coins on him. It can be stolen with no skill in Thieving. But I won't do that. Not that I have anything against stealing, but it's another 700xp I don't want yet. Stealing in this game gives xp. When you steal money, xp gain is equal to the amount of money stolen. For item, xp gain is equal to 2/3 the item's base value. So, let's leave him alone for now.
And I'd take a few moment to pump up Boar's stat. His trade skill is set at 132, so a brief training at a coach can increase it to 150, which means I can buy and sell items at their base price. The rest of his points will be put into Heavy Weapon.
Here's the world map. The new encounters unlocked by Sullen glows briefly for a few seconds.
Human Encounter: Landing ground(I forgot to take screenshot of the loading screen)
Boar sees a metal sphere.
Let's have a look at our checklist.
After selling off the loot at the Food vendor, the team heads back to warehouse district and pluck out the crap that Boar stashed outside Hunchback's house earlier. We're gonna need every bit of money to get Sullen a new gun.
Sullen gets a new weapon, the Big Brother, a powerful pump-action shotgun with a 5-shot magazine. The Best Friend sawed-off get pass down to Boar. I think I forgot to take the screenshot, or misplaced it somewhere.
Human Encounter: Village of the Rogues
Boar enjoys the nice, peaceful scenery and the fresh, gunpowder-free air. Both of these will not last.
After taking out the patrols, our heroes take some time to heal.
Sullen (on the left hand) is holding the Big Brother shotgun, while Boar gets handed the old Best Friend shotgun. They also wear the Studded Leather Vest that were looted earlier. Boar carries the Chinese Sword in the off chance that we run out of ammo. And those are Bolt Rifles, which we won't use because of their crappy rate of fire and damage, not to mention our heroes still have troubles shooting at anything further than spitting distance at the moment.
|Boar: Don't worry, bro, I've got this!|
Time to take out the Rogue leader! But we have to get rid of the bodyguards first.
Here he is !
A Surgeon kit, some Medikits and ammo. Not too shabby.
Back to the city, Boar sells off part of the loot and gathers 25000 coins, then head to Coach Grey at the market.
Boar's trade skill is now at 150, which opens up all kinds of opportunity. For starters, we no longer have to hoard healing items. Just sell off the excess and buy them back when needed. Also, it's great for "borrowing" equipment (buy 'em, use 'em and sell 'em back at full price when you have access to better stuff).
To part 7: Boar and Sullen completes the remaining encounters, and search for Kruger.