Year 2012. Six years passed since the time of the Second catastrophe to have made the April events of 1986 fade.
The game is set in the Chernobyl exclusion zone which turned from a destiny-breaker place into a threat to all mankind. The Zone is reluctant to open up its mysteries and needs to be forced to do it. It is a rare hero who can reach the very heart of the Zone onto find out what danger awaits him there.
A danger which, compared to marauders and enemy groupings, all monsters and anomalies, will seem a mere preparation to the meeting with something more fatal and threatening.
But for now… get ready, hero. Collect artefacts and trade, grope your path and keep an eye on the rear, catch roentgens and fight – only make sure you survive! And then, perhaps, if you are persistent and truly lucky, you will find out why all this had fallen on you.
Age requirements: ESRB Rating: MATURE with Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language, Use of Alcohol. PEGI Rating: 16+ with Drugs, Violence.
Minimum system requirements: Microsoft Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8, Intel Pentium IV 2.0 GHz/AMD Athlon XP 2200+, 512 MB RAM (1 GB Recommended), nVidia GeForce 5700/ATI Radeon 9600/256MB DirectX 9.0c compatible video card, LAN/Internet connection with Cable/DSL speeds for multiplayer, 10GB free HDD space Patched to version 1.006
Posted on 2014-02-06 06:36:37 byEkonk:
The S.T.A.L.K.E.R. games are some of the best games PC has to offer. This is a true gem among the FPS genre with many generous splashes of open world RPG. Nothing is on rails. Here's the world, the developers say, it's a bleak one - explore!
It caused a bit of a dissapointment after its release due to being different from the alpha or something like that, and being quite buggy.read more I did not follow the development of this game and was introduced to it without any expectations. And it is great. It will scare you, depress you, and get the adrenaline pumping.
The world feels organic and real in a way that many games today cannot equal (I'm looking at Skyrim here). The atmosphere is amazing and big part of the appeal. The graphics hold up very well - especially the lighting engine, which conjures all these terrible things up.
Some say Shadow of Chernobyl is the best S.T.A.L.K.E.R. game. I think Call of Pripyat is better in many ways, but worse in some. You should probably play them all anyway, these are some of the best games PC has to offer.
See you in the Zone, Stalker. Don't forget to pick one of the unmissable mods such as Shadow of Chernobyl Complete, or any of the mods that attempt to recapture the alpha footage.
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Posted on 2014-02-06 09:26:56 byThreedots_dead:
STALKER has that special kind of atmosphere I can't get enough of. One that many games attempt to recreate but few succeed at. It's the ever present feeling of dread and that nothing is quite what it seems. Wherever you go there's always that suspicion that there's someone or something who wishes you harm. STALKER nails that feeling. It's a combination of characters who look strangeread more and say strange things, the unfamiliar setting with ever-present rust and decay, and the fact that the very fabric of nature in this place seems corrupted.
The base game is good, but basically everything from difficulty to carrying capacity can be tweaked to suit your play style. There are also a whole bunch of fantastic mods that takes the game to a whole new level. Try LURK, or if that seems to radical, give STALKER Complete a shot. They're both fantastic.
Much has been said about the scope of the game, which was scaled back during development, and the open world aspects do leave a lot to be desired. The areas can be rather small and there are quite a lot of level-transitions, but because the environments are so well crafted, the characters wonderfully creepy and the difficulty so high you still feel alone and cut-off when traversing the radioactive nightmare that is Pripyat.
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Posted on 2014-02-06 07:51:52 bysparkyhodgo:
One of the most atmospheric and memorable games I've played. Be sure to play with the Zone Reclamation Project mod, which enhances graphics and gameplay.
SoC has the best atmosphere of any game since Bioshock. It's a dark world with mutant wildlife. Every step can mean death. The experience is as user hostile as a nuclear wasteland should be, so prepare to die. But die as youread more appreciate shadows and lighting, *excellent* texture shaders, and heart-pounding ambushes. And it's a compelling world: every building and ruin is unique and believable. I feel like this is a real place.
Much like my favorite games, Half Life and Bioshock, the story finds you. Prepare for some great twists. Perhaps my only criticism here is that some of the other characters should have been more memorable, but this reinforces how much you're on your own.
My only criticisms involve the difficulty, inventory, and backtracking. This game is DAMN hard. Seemingly everything kills you in one hit and I had some sections where I was reloading from death every few seconds. Re inventory, you can't carry much, and many quests involve retrieving items, so you're constantly playing inventory management minigames. Re backtracking: one downside of a big hard world is you have lots of ground to cover and ambushes from bandits and wildlife along the way, can make it a chore just to make it back to base. Solution to all: use the mod.
I can't wait to try this with the Oculus Rift.
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