Heads Up Display
In a fast paced shooter like Firefall, you can't afford to spend critical time searching for information that you need to keep on fighting. Firefall's Heads Up Display (HUD) is designed to present all of the information the player needs to play the game in an instantly accessible and easily recognizable manner. Check out the labeled image below for a breakdown of the major pieces of the HUD.
- Squad or Platoon members: If you are in a squad or platoon, the name, level, battleframe, and health of everyone in your group will be displayed in the upper left, just below your character info.
- Loot Options: If you are in a squad, a "loot" button will appear in the upper left above the names of the players in your squad. Clicking this button will open a small window where the squad leader can adjust the squad's loot options such as rarity threshold and loot distribution system.
- Voice-over Text: Whenever there is a voice-over, an image of whoever is speaking will appear in the top right of the screen, along with the text version of whatever they are saying.
- Secondary Health and Energy indicators: If your health or energy are not full, their level will be indicated by two curved bars that appear on either side of your crosshair.
Firefall's HUD is also extremely customizable, meaning you can rearrange the location of the majority of the elements to better suit your own personal preferences. Doing this is as easy as opening up your Options menu (hit ESC, click the "Options" button) and going to the "Interface" tab. While that tab is open you can move or re-size the various UI pieces by simply dragging them where you want them to go.
The inventory window is where you can keep track of the various gear, currencies, and reusable items that you acquire while playing the game. You can have up to a maximum of 155 items in your inventory (though you can purchase up to 100 more slots with Red Beans, for a maximum possible 255). Currencies and reusable items do not count towards your inventory total, and any stack of items (such as resources or duplicate items) only take up 1 slot, regardless of how many there are in the stack. If you go over the inventory limit, you become burdened, which hampers your movement and makes you unable to pick up any additional items off of the ground.
If you're getting close to your inventory cap, you'll want to get rid of any extra equipment that you've picked up but don't need to use anymore. The easiest ways to do this are by salvaging anything you don't want, or by selling anything potentially valuable that you aren't going to use on the marketplace. The inventory has a built in bulk salvaging option so that you can quickly and easily salvage multiple items at once to aid with inventory management. To salvage multiple items, all you need to do is click the "Salvage" button at the bottom of your inventory, and then click on all of the items you wish to salvage. Once you have everything selected, just hit the green checkmark at the bottom of the screen to salvage. If you accidentally click on something that you don't want to salvage, you can find it in the salvaging window that pops up at the bottom of the inventory screen and click the small "X" to remove it from the salvaging queue.
The inventory window also features an array of customization options. In the upper right, you can switch from the traditional grid view to a list view which displays each item's name and level in a format that is easy to quickly read. In the upper left is a drop-down menu that that you can use to select what gear to display and how it is sorted.
Currency Exchange [.]
The Currency Exchange is not only where players can convert their Crystite into Credits, but also where players can buy or sell Red Beans for Credits. In the "Convert Currency" tab, turning your Crystite into Credits is as easy as sliding the bar to select the amount you wish to convert, and hitting convert. Remember that you need Crystite to repair your gear and research crafting blueprints, so you may not want to convert it all!
The "Red Bean Exchange" tab is where you buy and sell Red Beans. If you have an excess of Credits and are looking to buy some Red Beans, simply click the "Buy" button, enter the quantity of Red Beans you would like to buy, and the amount of Credits you are willing to pay per Red Bean. If there are Red Beans up for sale at your desired price or cheaper, you will immediately buy them. If not, a buy order will automatically be placed, and as soon as Red Beans show up on the market at the price you entered, you will automatically buy them. If you have Red Beans you would like to sell in order to get some extra Credits, the process is essentially the same: just click the "Sell" button, enter how many Red Beans you are selling, and how many Credits you would like to get for each one. There are no fees taken from transactions on the Red Bean Exchange.
The marketplace allows you to buy equipment, unlocks, and resources from other players using Credits. In the "Buy" tab, there is a list of item categories down the left side of the window. To find an item, simply select the category it falls under and find it in the list. At the top of the window there is a search bar, as well as a selection of filters to help you narrow down the list and more easily find the items you need. The list will display the amount of each item that is available, as well as the price of the cheapest listing. If there are no listings available, you will be given the option of placing a buy order for the item.
When you enter the "Sell" tab of the marketplace, your inventory will be displayed on the left. To sell an item, simply drag it from your inventory onto the right side of the window. If there are any buy orders for that item, they will be listed at the bottom of the screen, and you can fill one by simply clicking it and hitting "Fill." This will automatically sell the item to the person who placed the buy order at the price they listed. If you wish to sell the item for more than any of the existing buy orders, or if there are no buy orders at all, you can enter your desired price in the dialogue box, and hit "Sell" to list the item for sale.
When a sale is completed, both the buyer and the seller will receive an in-game mail with their items or Credits attached.