I’ll tell you right now that two vodkas and the blender from the bar in the middle of the Americana Casino will full heal you and give you a damage reduction buff. It’s not necessary, but if you are a bad player then you may want to consider hitting the bottle from the start. Just something to think about.
Alive on Location
You just saved, but save again if you’re OCD like that.
Upon trying to use the vent to return to the mall, talk with Sullivan next to the vent and he will give you the key, then go out.
You’ll also get 3 new messages to key events. When you open the door ahead you’ll be introduced to the maintenance room. It’s simple, just grab the nails and bat, then drop both on the table (remember you can scroll through weapons). The spiked bat is your first weapon, and it’s very effective. Take note of the alternative attack.
Use it to clear the hall and go out to find LaShawndra on a bar. Talk to her twice and she will join. Just clear a quick path and take her to the vent.
You’ll notice that the maintenance room will have another bat to make, and there is a nearby room with nails and an additional bat in the hall, but you probably just need two bats at the moment.
You’ll also get a message about a lady in distress.
*NOTE: When approaching doors with a mob of zombies in front of it, be sure to fly in from the flank. It’s the shortest point to the door.*
Head through the casino, and we all love gambling but don’t go too crazy picking up the loose change on the ground, just head out to the strip. You’ll run into Chad, and you either avoid him or approach very carefully. Don’t talk to him 3 times or he joins your party, and we don’t want that just yet.
You can feel free to visit the nearby pawnshop, just talk to the thug behind the chain-linked gate and you can browse, but nothing worth getting at this time.
*NOTE: By this point, the security guard zombies will have pistols, and a few shotguns.*
Go around the corner to hit the hotel. It’s pretty simple, just follow her through a few zones and you’ll approach the security room. Try to open the door for a scene. There are snacks in the hall, so heal up and head out the big doors nearby, that lead to the Platinum Strip – use the map.
With Chad and Doris, make your way down the strip and to the mall entrance at the park. Through the doors you just need to go up the stairs and hang a left to find the lady in the toy store. Takes a lot of talking to get her to join, and you are rewarded with having to carry her. But Esther in hand you can bulldoze through the zombies, so don’t worry about stopping. Plow a path to the escalators, take the one on the right, and it’s home free. Remember, we have Esther, Chad, and Doris heading home with us.
You should have 3 new quests in your log, 2 at the Americana Casino and one on the strip. The casino is right as you exit the maintenance area, and feel free to load up on bats and other weapons. Two spiked bats is par for the course.
You have to clear through the strip, park, and Atlantica Casino to reach the other mall. The marker may take you up and then back down, but however you get to the knife store you just fight your way in, talk them them twice, and fight your way back out – hitting the soda if needed and picking up knives.
You have options. The Americana quests are ticking down now, and it should be fast approaching 7:30. One option is to take these two guys with you to Americana, but the best is to return them to base first, then sweep through the casino.
So either cut through Yucatan Casino or the Silver Strip (use your map), and take them back to base.
If you choose to go through Yucatan, you will run into your first psycho. After the scene you just need to whack away at Ted. Avoiding the cat is not hard, and staying around the tables seems to keep it obstructed. Killing Ted will cause a scene, but the cat will remain. Best to saddle up and head straight out, the path leading to the Silver Strip.
However, you can tame Snowflake and make her a survivor. It’s pretty easy, either use three steaks from her cage or from the steak house at the food court. She eats them and joins you. Doing this with survivors in toe may be a little hard, but it can be done.
*NOTE: There is also another survivor in here, but I’ll have to clean this up later.*
Enter Americana and head to the other end where the two looters are. Stuart will try to fight you when you approach, but try not to hurt him as he will join you, so just go around in circles. But you have to also talk to Brittany to get her to join.
With those two, come back to the doors you came from, but hang a left and find the door on the wall, then through another to a backroom with a girl that has partied too hard and is still at it. Talk to her a bunch as you distribute items or restock and then carry Kristin out of the casino.
Return to base with 3 more lucky people. ALso, it should be at or after 7:30, but you’re fine so long as the case 2 hasn’t passed.