I’m in the low 20s for level and have just gotten my fourth stalker. I play on Very Hard with Iron Mutant turned off.
What I’m wondering is, what are people spending all their scrap on, anyway? I’ve read complaints from people wanting to be able to sell items you don’t need for scrap. While i don’t disagree with that, I’ve never found being low on scrap to be an issue.
I’m thinking maybe people didn’t pay for the store discount and aren’t exploring the different locations as much as I do. I tediously scour the whole thing, often avoiding the actual mission content and just wandering around in the trees. And I go to all the high level zones, skirting around the enemies and snapping up all the loot I can. There’s a LOT of chests out there you can get by either finding them totally unguarded, or only guarded by a patrolling unit so you can sneak in and grab it.
I really only use my loot to buy medkits (due to no auto-healing in VH). Have probably bought maybe two frag grenades and two emp grenades. Also bought the pipe gun at the very start of the game. But that’s pretty much it.