my thing with CoC was just trying to get a bandit alive from the cordon to the wish-granter. it took a lot of attempts. in this time I grew to hate the zone. there's a bit of plot-armor to strelok. if you're just another shitter, who can run into a pack of bloodsuckers at any moment, who's friends can be sucked up and spat out at any moment... well I found it different.