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S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl (Gamer's Choice)

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"Brilliant!"
5 stars"

After breaking loose the chains of boredom that grip you in the first hour or so, I found the game transformed into a fantastically gripping and dark game.

The storyline is great! The main story gives you the ability to branch off to loads of different missions and climaxes while still providing a driving force behind the non linear nature of the maps and locales.

Graphics were great for the age of the game and the local Stalker community offers some new engine additions which will bump the awesome factor for those of with more powerful machines.

Gameplay begins a bit slow but quickly becomes fast paced and gripping as the story unfolds. This is, of course, interspersed with safe areas in which you an buy items and guns and such to further the plot. The underground and indoor sections are some of the creepiest of any modern game. You are forced to endure a soundtrack so atmospheric you'll end up walking with your back to the wall while you hide in the light and squint through the dark to spot your assailants.

Despite this it has its fair share of irritations:

  • Its very very buggy in places and patches are mandatory
  • Some issues with physics can ruin enjoyment in some areas (gates falling when they aren't supposed to and corpses clipping into the void)
  • It is hard to get started, it took me an hour or so before I really got drawn into the game.

I was able to overlook these defects however for the sheer enjoyment I got out of this game.

All up this is one game that'll be in my top ten for all time!

4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.
"Average game, runs well though"
3 stars"

Game runs fine on my computer built for less that $500. However game play gets boring and weapons degradation was the worst idea ever conceived for a video game.

re:Hungry as Its not the games fault that your computer only is able to play games built on a 4 year on engine (HL2). Rating a game bad just because of its requirements is a very poor way of judging it.

1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.
"Complex"
4 stars"

Dont expect to rush all guns blazing. It requires thought and cost/benefit anayalzing of almost all encounters.

accurate and carefull meating out of resources and ammo is rewarded.

use the modds such as texture and sound packs if you have a goood/ great pc.

the articfacts to use are the stamina type and the anti radiation types.

Description

On the afternoon of April 12 in 2006, a massive explosion shattered the Chernobyl area. The Zone, as the area got to be known, was characterized by anomalous energy disturbances, rendering even the most advanced form of protective suits worthless to would be rescue teams. Months passed and nothing could be done. The military quarantined the area to prevent unauthorized entry and perhaps even reassure the local populace that the area was under control and confinement. Almost 4 years after the initial event, expeditions can now safely traverse several kilometers deep into the Zone. Among these are the Stalkers, poachers that enter the zone searching for artifacts and anomalous formations that are highly sought after by certain organizations and groups.

The player controls a Stalker, venturing into the Zone in order to acquire information, technology and artifacts to sell and possibly put a mysterious puzzle together. Avoiding the dangers within and the military because as a Stalker you are effectively a thief, and the army that has quarantined the area, don't take kindly to trespassers. Within the Zone you will have to detect and avoid the bizarre phenomenon's (anomalies) that plague the area, avoid or eliminate various kinds of mutants and you can even expect competition from other Stalkers

  • Gigantic game world of the Zone of 30 square kilometers
  • Free non-linear exploration with vast outdoor and indoor areas
  • Constantly changing world of the Zone and unique life simulation system
  • Unique types of weapons and enemy impact: gravitational weapons, psychotropic weapons, telekinesis, telepathy, taking under control
  • About 30 types of weapons with weapon upgrades - optics or barrel-attached grenade launcher for your rifle to make it a super gun
  • Strong non-linear story line with over 8 completely different endings
  • Original creatures and their abilities: group intellect, telepathy, telekinesis with realistic communication with any sapient character
  • Realistic AI and life simulation of game creatures and characters
  • Trade of weapons, artifacts, equipment and control of vehicles
  • Mind blowing graphics and weather effects powered by X-Ray engine
  • Endless replay-ability owing to unique life simulation system

System Requirements:

Minimum System Requirements:
OS: Windows XP/Vista
Processor: Pentium 4 @ 2.0 GHz
Memory: 1 GB
Hard Drive: 5.5 GB Free
Video Memory: 256 MB (Radeon 9600/GeForce 5700+)
Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
DirectX: 9.0c
Keyboard & Mouse
DVD Rom Drive

Recommended System Requirements
OS: Windows XP/Vista
Processor: Intel Core 2 DUO Processor
Memory: 2 GB
Hard Drive: 5.5 GB Free
Video Memory: 256 MB (Radeon 1950/GeForce 7900)
Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
DirectX: 9.0c
Keyboard & Mouse
DVD Rom Drive
Re-released on
November 28th, 2008
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Developer
GSC
Publisher
THQ
UPC
4005209058148
All-time sales rank
Top 500
Product ID
1536533

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