But if it is a good system then why the hell have $260k+ weapons when you can't afford them.
I'm wondering if they had planned for more missions which would have boosted the amount of cash... removing the missions has meant that the cash got reduced.
This is obviously a game that doesn't hold your hand. Funds aren't unlimited, you have to be wise on what you spend, and sometimes you have to make decisions that are financially motivated, rather than acting out of morality or revenge.
... so the "Look for the bags" quote is missing the point. Actually most of the cash came from hacks, data disks and briefcases. The bags only had small amounts of cash in them... well relatively to the other sources. I even extorted cash from the sources and transferred weapons to my home base. Personally I preferred the ME1 and FO3 models of money. Also I never found any shortage in DA:O because there are so many missions to perform and bodies to loot and sell the items from. THAT is what is missing in AP... the damned looting.
In low-money games like this, taking the "moral" action actually has a financial consequence, unlike Mass Effect or Dragon Age, where you have so much money you can basically buy everything you want so there is no actual motivation to extort. Obviously AP isn't a game that let's you be the fabulously wealthy do-gooder like most RPGs out there.
Nevertheless, in my first play through I played mostly like a "good" guy, and I could buy the best armour and a third-tier weapon before the final levels. However it IS a tradeoff
Anyway, tip for making money:
- Are you SELLING your left-over gear? Sounds obvious, but selling the gold-plated SMG and Assault Rifle should net you 40K EACH. Plus the crap you find can bring in between 1K-10K per mission.
- Blackmailing Halbech should give you about 15K per email. There are about 5 in the game, so that is 75K right there.
- The sabotage skill increases the amount you receive from safes etc.
- Only upgrade weapons when there is a decent improvement. +1 just doesn't do it for me. You should be looking to upgrade once or twice at most I reckon. Good mods can often be better than a weapon purchase
- Buy intel for missions that give bonus objectives. This will often result in loot to sell or emails.
- Don't buy intel you don't need
- Don't piss of your arms connections or get dealers shut down. This will influence availability and price.
- Divert Grigori's shipment to yourself and you can sell the junk for more than he'll give you
- Spare people in exchange for cash.
Edited by Deng, 31 May 2010 - 05:40 PM.