Getting started in The Evil Within 2 is one of the hardest parts. Sebastian has no health pick-ups, no upgrades, and has barely any ammo for his only weapon - a pistol. Fortunately with our help you can navigate the town of Union and easily and quickly find all the best Starting Weapons in the opening Residential Area section of The Evil Within 2! That's the Shotgun, Warden Crossbow, and Sniper Rifle!
How To Find The Pistol
Thought we'd better start with the Pistol anyway, since you get it surprisingly late. Don't worry folks just starting the game, you'll have to go through a few nasty areas which require stealth, but you'll get the Pistol as part of a cutscene so you can't miss it. Unfortunately it's straight after a horrible chainsaw corpse monster...
How To Find The Warden Crossbow
This is the easiest weapon to get after the Pistol, but it's also the easiest to miss. Head out of the first Safe House after meeting O'Neal, go forward to the road, and immediately turn left. Follow the road down until the very end and there'll be an Army Truck and a small barrier. Oh, and monsters, so avoid them. Head around the barrier to find the Crossbow and some Harpoons and Shock Bolts for it. You'll immediately get a chance to test it too... if you want more details, funnily enough our performance test video highlights the moment you get the Warden Crossbow so you can get the location from that.
How To Find The Shotgun
Arguably the most difficult weapon to get in the starting area, partially because you have to go to a challenge in a completely new area to get it. It's also the most difficult to find as it's in an easily overlooked basement door in a random house. You can see the house above, but here's it on the map:
Pretty close to the Safe House fortunately, but still easy to overlook. There's some spectres in there you can tune into their conversation, and then in the back storeroom of the house there's a metal door in the floor you can open:
Down the ladder is a computer. Use that to take you to The Marrow - Armory. The Marrow, as you'll find out later, are pathways leading to other areas in Union. This one, obviously, leads to the Armory. It's a linear path, but there are a few zombies and beware - there's a knife-wielding one I call the Witch (because she sounds like the Witch from Left 4 Dead) that climbs out of the elevator shaft and it's a little tougher than the others. She'll take two stealth attacks to take out, for example. The Shotgun will be in a crate at the end of the Armory.
How To Find The Sniper Rifle
Directly opposite the Safe Room, to the left of the Visitor's Center, is a large, tall building with a ladder in an alleyway between it and the Center. Climb the ladder to the roof, avoid or kill the zombies, and against the wall is a dead Mobius Operative with a Sniper Rifle. It's broken, before you get too excited. Now, you can go back to the Safe Room, go to the Workbench and craft some replacement parts, but that's a waste when you can easily go get the correct parts yourself.
Fortunately they're not far, and they get marked on your map - you can find the replacement Sniper Rifle parts in the North-West corner of the map. Right at the back there's a small garage building which you can go in. There is a small problem however...
Yes, that's a poisonous zombie. It's powerful too. Fortunately it's also slow. You can sneak around it and approach the shed/garage from the other side, just be aware of a zombie hiding in it. Handily there's a workbench in the garage so you can instantly put the rifle together! Less handily the area immediately becomes swarmed with zombies... oh well, that's the cost of an awesome weapon.
Stay tuned for more Evil Within 2 guides!