Arizona Sunshine 2: A Beginner’s Guide

Vertigo Games released Arizona Sunshine 2 in 2023 for most VR headsets, a sequel to the phenomenally successful Arizona Sunshine. The sequel brought with it more carnage, more gore and a four-legged friend. If you’re new to this apocalyptic world, here’s a beginner’s guide to Arizona Sunshine 2.

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Resources & Crafting

It should be common practice in any survival game that you pick everything up. Resources are highly valuable so if you can store them you should never miss an opportunity to grab whatever you can. And Arizona Sunshine 2 is no different. You’ll find burgers on grills to eat and restore health as well as ammo hidden everywhere.

What you’ll also come across are crafting-specific items like glue and water. You don’t need to worry about storage with this stuff, so pick it all up. You’ll get to use it at the Crafting Lunchboxes dotted around each area. The lunchbox will show you how many of each item you have and what you can craft with it. Each station will allow you to craft four items, which can change from lunchbox to lunchbox. These include Molotov Cocktails, grenades, mines and more. So it’s always worth crafting something if you can.

Weapons & Reloading

Like any zombie game, Arizona Sunshine 2 is built around guns. You’ll be blasting the heads off of zombies for hours, so getting acquainted with each gun’s reload mechanics and your ammo belt is important. Pistols are kept on either side of your hip for quick and easy access, whilst heavier weapons like the assault rifle are stored over your shoulder.

Any ammo you find can be quickly brought to your belt for easy storage, there’s no faffing around putting it into specific slots. The same goes the other way around. Eject a magazine from your pistol, for example, and when you go to your ammo belt you’ll automatically grab the correct ammo.

Don’t forget your Buddy

One of the most interesting and playful editions to Arizona Sunshine 2 is that of Buddy, your pet dog. You encounter Buddy early on and instantly become best friends. But there’s more to your faithful pooch than simply being a companion to talk to.

Like all dogs, Buddy loves to play fetch. Find a tennis ball and you can spend a few minutes having some fun in between all the bloody violence. However, Buddy will also respond to commands, fetching useful items and resources that you just can’t reach. Furthermore, Buddy will protect you by attacking the zombies you select. This can be great to thin out the hordes or if you need a breather to reload your weapons. Plus you can store two guns on Buddy – thanks to some fancy armour – just in case you need them!

Don’t underestimate the power of Buddy.

Wrist Pockets

Besides your traditional ammo belt, you also have two easily overlooked resource holders, your wrist pockets. Originally seen in games like Half-Life: Alyx, look directly into your floating hands and you’ll see the option to store one item on each wrist.

These storage solutions are great for items you need quick access to, namely ordinance. As mentioned Arizona Sunshine 2 features crafting stations primarily designed to build lots of nice exploding devices. Where do you store them? Well, now you know. Whether it’s a grenade or a mine, those wrist pockets will store them all. But remember, you only have space for two items, and there are occasional keys and health you need to hold onto. So working out a strategy is key to success.

So there you have it, our beginner’s guide on your road to surviving Arizona Sunshine 2. Drop any more suggestions in the comments below.