Yep, I wouldn’t worry about the level requirements for the missions - I’d say they are optimistic if you’re up for the challenge. It reminds me of how I fare in combat - when I do exceptionally well, I barely take damage - I dodge/roll, slow time and utilise tools like a mad thing, but when I panic, I almost if not hilariously die with my face in the dust, so I’m beginning to believe that the game is consciously designed to easily have you scale above the quests’ suggested level as an assist, also in part because it’s just so easy yet enjoyable to do (as in, the things you need to do to level up aren’t arduous, they’re quite fun, and levelling happens as a reward for your engagement, not your labour/grind).
I’ll repeat a short tale of fighting the Longlegs for the first time that I told on Twitter yesterday - full of confidence, I shot a Tear arrow at one which dutifully stripped a bunch of its armor, then as I was redrawing the bow, unconsciously clicked R3 to pull into slow-mo. Hilariously, the Longleg leapt into a frantic kick-attack and it was this fantastic scene of “it was at this moment he realised… he… had fucked up.” XD Christ almighty those things have range! Everything has range!
For some reason though, I don’t ever for one moment think any of the attacks are unfair, and I cackle with delight at seeing each new attack pattern and strike - the combat is fantastic and the enemies feel truly capable rather than just fodder to be mown down. Their animations are superb and just when you think you’ve mastered a certain machine, they throw others into the mix and you have to deal with their mixed behaviours. For some reason I just keep delighting in this experience more and more, even when it results in getting tremendously stomped on and reloading.
Probably what I’m enjoying is every time I encounter a new area, I just like to explore and take it all in kind-of from a distance - what I mean by that is, particularly the larger machines, I just look at them an think I’ve absolutely no idea how I’m going to bring them down. Part of this again, I believe is intentional - the developers never force you to fight anything before you’re ready, but when they do spring combat on you, so far I’ve felt it’s scaled just right - if you know where I am (just heading west into the desert where the next batch of Trials are - I’ve not done any of the Trials yet, mind - I’ll go back to them at some point).
The Trials are an interesting one, actually - I did attempt one very early on and of-course there was no hope of stripping enough parts before I had Tear arrows and the game again, won’t telecast that this is a thing that’s coming, just that you get a sense that you’re not ready yet. Now I guess whether I go back and do them or not will be a matter of whether I want the XP bump and materials - probably will just for the sake of it.
@Scubafinch - I actually didn’t notice the lack of minimum level requirements for anything until you mentioned it, and yet again I like that the developers invite or challenge you to things rather than require you to do things and it’s a fantastic aspect of design. I feel as though if you just follow the main quest-line, you’ll have just enough materials to get you by and maybe some left-over to purchase a weapon and extra suit or so, but your reward for doing side-quests or achieving more in the world is more currency and materials with which to purchase more tools to make you more capable of exploring and surviving, it’s a wonderful feedback loop! You look at the suits available and think, yep - another 800 shards clear for a specific suit plus remainder for materials in the field is my new goal, and you go out hunting for it.
I must say tho, I’m currently loving the Nora Stealth Heavy or whatever it is, with two stealth mods in it and combined with the early skill that suppresses detection when kneeling/crouch-moving, being stealthy is super easy. Once you’re in combat tho… not so much XD hence remembering to switch out is essential - I forgot for the first ten hours or so of the game!