Near the end, Stalker's wife addresses the camera, explaining that, despite all the suffering she must endure as the wife of a Stalker, she is happy because she is with the man she loves, and would rather keep this life of passion and pain than live a "gray, dull life."
Bonus points if you kept everyone alive at the rookie village. You haven't forgotten how you started out, now have you? Barely anything to your name, saved by a more experienced Loner. Sounds familiar.
For this player. It's the settlements. The loners just getting together, sitting down, chatting, I hear them laughing. Life in the zone can be tough. But friendships can survive it.