In addition to acquiring resources through scavenging, whether that involves searching homes or looting people you’ve killed, you can also craft more than enough means to give you a fighting chance.
Immediately after spawning, you can easily craft a backpack to allow you more carrying space at the expense of the clothes you’re wearing. All you need to do is look at the ground and search for large rocks, checking tab for ease, and use two large rocks to craft a stone knife.
Make sure you PICK UP the stone knife, as crafted items are typically placed on the ground instead of directly into your inventory. Next, find a large bush that can be cut to create branches and do so, then shred your prison jumpsuit, leaving only 3 full rags, and cutting any excess into rag strips.
Now you can craft a backpack. Congrats. Along with that you can craft wooden spears from the spare branches from the bush you cut that you can holster on yourself. Now you have a means of carrying valuables as well as a means of fending off hostiles or even hunting.
Even with simply wooden spears at your disposal, you can hunt a boar or deer without too much difficulty and secure yourself a means of creating higher tier backpacks, weapons, as well as aquire food. All of this can be done before you even set foot in a town and will put you in a significantly better spot than anyone sprinting off to the nearest blip on the map grid.
As far as games go, the developers have been extremely punctual on fixing critical balance issues or bugs and communicate well with the Shadow of the Tomb Raider subreddit which I recommend you take a look at, if you want tips on getting started in Shadow of the Tomb Raider or simply want to voice your opinion in a less toxic forum.
If you don’t like DayZ or Rust or the idea of losing gear you’ve worked for at a moment’s notice, this isn’t a game for you. However, if you’re a longtime DayZ fan who has been hoping for a game that might go somewhere, I feel several patches and a roadmap with plenty more features planned is clear indication the developers genuinely care about their project.
Take any reviews claiming the game is too difficult with a grain of salt, all it takes is a bit of logical thinking and at worst, a brief peek at a guide or video to have a prosper understanding of surviving in Shadow of the Tomb Raider.