First, don’t expect to finish the level quickly with this guide. It’s probably going to take some attempts and even if you get it right, it is still a rather lengthy process, but I prefer to be slow and safe. You should have played this level on easy/normal difficulty before to know about the synopsis and trigger zones.
Part 1: The River
You start off at the scaffolding bridge with a single zombie standing on the lower level of the bridge. They often face their back to you, making it easy to get close to them and shooting them in the head. The spot you are standing on right now will be very important later in the process.
Shoot the zombies which are at the floor and try to be as precise as possible, turn then the radio on and wait for it to start smoking. Do not ascend the hill leading to the highway, collect each and every object that is around you and toss them up on the lowest level of the scaffolding bridge. When you are done, go near the mesh door and let the zombie run it down. Try to shoot them, or let them follow you to the scaffolding and hit their head with an object three times. Zombies can not climb ladders, making the scaffolding a safe space for you. Watch out for other zombies following you, and try shooting them or wait until they reach the scaffolding and kill them with your collected objects. Since objects do not break down, you can reuse them several times.
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Part 2: The Highway
The beginning of the highway should be clear by now, loot the two cars and collect all objects. You can either toss them in front of the cars, or bring them to the scaffolding again to be safer. Now slowly move across the highway and be aware of your surroundings. You should trigger a handful of zombies, which you can take out with your newly collected objects, or if you want to take the risk, try to shoot them. If you have cleared an area, always search the cars for objects and ammo and collect the objects at a place that you consider would be the best. I would recommend the beginning of the highway; It has a flat terrain and you see zombies early enough to prepare for throwing objects at them. If you feel unsafe, then bring all objects to the scaffolding again. Keep in mind however, that this will be very time-consuming, as you can only carry two objects at once and need to wait for all zombies to arrive there. Trigger the herds and quickly move towards your safe space. When they start arriving, immediately start killing them one by one. When being on top of the scaffolding, you have a great view on the little hill leading to the highway and a good portion of the highway itself, making it easier to see arriving zombies. You also may occasionally need to recollect your thrown objects, so try to use moments where the next wave of zombies is far away. This process can take around 30 minutes, depending on how safe you want to play.
Part 3: Ol’ Dutchman Mine Underground Tours
Now this part is getting tricky. You need to be quick and careful here. Before stepping off the highway onto the plot of the Ol’ Dutchman Mine, try to kill one of the zombies there, which should trigger the other ones too. Again, you can make them follow you to the scaffolding, but the amount of enemies right now is not too big of a threat and you can easily shoot or kill them with objects. The zombies behind the barriers on the highway won’t harm you, so don’t waste your ammo. Don’t forget about the red oil barrels on the plot, shooting them will make them explode and kill any nearby zombies. When the area is cleared, loot the cars. Enter the building at the floor level and take any ammo. For this part, I recommend you to collect EVERY object on the entire map and bring them to the scaffolding, as the last horde will be very big and contains lots of runners. I came across a glitch where objects disappear when you carry them from the building’s parking lot to the highway, so be aware of that. Have as many objects as possible on top of the scaffolding. This is a very time-consuming process, but makes sure that you will be as safe as possible. When done, enter the building from the top floor, shoot the zombies on the balcony and inside. Grab the keys, go to the van, get the crank and VERY quickly, move back to the beginning of the level and climb on top of the scaffolding. Be careful not to let zombies cut off your way back.
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Part 4: Back at the scaffolding
Depending on your graphic settings, you should be able to see the first running zombies charging towards you on the highway. When they appear in front of you, kill as many as possible by throwing objects at them. This will also take quite some time, but the longer you wait, the safer it will be. When the highway seems to be empty, walk back to the building, killing any leftover zombies on the way. The most difficult part is now done, and you should have some spare ammo left. Lower the bridge with the crank and quickly move towards the exit. A couple of zombies will appear, which you can ignore by quickly moving forward. Right in front of the last mesh door, one last zombie comes out, which you need to kill. Quickly open the door and enter the next level.
You have finished the first level “The Bridge” on hardcore mode 🙂 I haven’t had the time to play beyond this level yet, but it seems that the amount of ammo on the map is increasing later. I hope this guide helped you. Let me know if you have any additional questions, ideas or suggestions.
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