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The long-awaited, The Callisto Protocol, is finally here, and we know you can't wait to get started. It's been dubbed the spiritual successor to Dead Space, so you should have no trouble feeling at home. But if you're like me, confidently jumping into the gameplay with previous Dead Space skills to back you up, you're probably starting to realize it's not as simple as you may think.

Dying a tad too many times is a common daily routine in Black Iron Prison, and getting your body parts ripped off isn’t anything new. But it doesn’t have to be that way. The Callisto Protocol, like any other game, has tips and tricks to polish up your play. So if you’re curious about what they are, read on to find out the five best tips for beginners looking to excel at playing the Callisto Protocol.

5. Stealth Wins

In a moon prison ridden with a mysterious alien virus and crawling with monsters randomly springing up out of nowhere, it’s no question what strategy you should use to get out of there: stealth, always. It’s incredibly easy to get overpowered by the monsters when it’s just one of you, so you naturally wouldn’t want to spook any of them off. Plus, you’re not exactly a pro fighter but a cargo pilot wrongfully imprisoned and trying to escape from this hellish environment. 

Of course, most of the time, at least one monster will spot you a mile away. But if ever you see the opportunity to slowly creep up behind the monsters, in areas where they can’t see you, you should take it. In the end, you’ll save up more ammo and health for moments when you need them the most. Once you creep up behind them, you can then take them down by surprise. The alternative is a surefire way to die when you go in guns blazing against a horde of creepy monsters.

4. Explore, Explore, Explore

The Callisto Protocol is not exactly an open-world entry, so you’re not particularly intrigued to go out exploring what’s out there. However, the game cleverly has a good number of extra doors, ladders, and rooms available. It’s not always these extra pathways will lead to something worthwhile. However, you might get lucky and find a new weapon or loot to amp up your defense. Some of the rooms even have labels above the gates or doors like supplies, lockers, or storage. 

So even though the entirety of the game is linear, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t stray from the beaten path every now and then. If you’d like to go a step further, you can use your telekinesis glove to reach for boxes that are seemingly out of reach. Once you grab them, stomp on them to see if they have valuable loot. An even step further is to break the glass of some cabinets on the floor or mounted on the wall, or rooms with glass walls, using your stun baton later in the game. These will sometimes have ammo, health gels, and other valuables that will come in handy. 

While scavenging for items in extra rooms, do watch out for the lethal parasites waiting in mimic loot to leap out on you and suck your blood.

3. Upgrades vs Supplies

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It’s easy to want to scoop up every other resource available. But your inventory will fill up quickly, and the game will ask that you discard the excess. If you must pick them up, perhaps clock where the items are, go into a fight, and then once your supplies run out, come back for them. Yes, you’ll still find the supplies where you left them. 

Alternatively, you could offload the excess in exchange for cash at nearby terminals. Or to wait till you’ve progressed through the main story. At first, you have six slots. When you reach the “Lost” chapter, you get 12 slots. And yes, that’s for everything, including health injectors, GRP batteries, ammo, and so on.

But the best way is to upgrade what you already have. Supplies are limited anyways. So any chance you get to spend your credits, opt for upgrades to your weapons, gear, and health injectors. Ideally, these can be two weapons, like the baton and GRP, to minimize spending. There’s no use having a high supply if it's ineffective in battle. A quick tip is to prioritize upgrading your baton over others.

2. Remember to Stomp Those Corpses

If you’ve already started playing The Callisto Protocol, or are a Dead Space fan, you’ll know that if you stomp on the enemies, there’s a high 90% chance you can loot ammo, credits, health, and more off of them. 

So, yes. It’s probably annoying or seems like a lot of work, but what you get out of it is worthwhile. And the added advantage is that if you stomp on them, you take away any chances of them springing back up. Of course, you’ll want to minimize hurling enemies off the ledge with your GRP since there’ll be no corpse left to stomp and loot from.

1. Off with the Legs

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Combat is most important, I’ll say. So to get by, you may want to steer away from the popular aiming for the head in most shooters. And, instead, blast off the legs. That way, the monsters will start to crawl toward you much slower, and you can stomp on their heads to finish them off.

You can shine your weapon’s flashlight at stronger enemies so they shield their eyes and slow down their movement. If it gets trickier, you can aim for the tentacles that are always springing back up, mutating the monsters into more vicious enemies. Then, it gets easier and much quicker to finish them off.

And there you have it, the five best tips for beginners of The Callisto Protocol. If you’d like to share more tips that worked out great for you, be sure to let us know down in the comments or over on our socials here.


Evans I. Karanja is a freelance writer who loves to write about anything technology. He is always on the lookout for interesting topics, and enjoys writing about video games, cryptocurrency and blockchain and more. When not writing, he can be found playing video games or watching F1.