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BrerLappin

S.T.A.L.K.E.R Series (SoC/CS/CoP)

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So you want to start playing S.T.A.L.K.E.R, eh?

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[u]"[b]S[/b]cavenger, [b]T[/b]respasser, [b]A[/b]dventurer, [b]L[/b]oner, [b]K[/b]iller, [b]E[/b]xplorer, [b]R[/b]obber"[/u]

[b]S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl[/b] is a first-person shooter video game by the Ukrainian developer GSC Game World.
It features an alternate reality theme, where a second nuclear disaster occurs at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant Exclusion Zone in the near future and causes strange changes in the area around it. The game has a non-linear storyline and features gameplay elements such as trading and two-way communication with NPCs.
In S.T.A.L.K.E.R, the player assumes the identity of an amnesiac "Stalker", an illegal explorer/artifact scavenger in "The Zone", dubbed "The Marked One". "The Zone" is the location of an alternate reality version of the Zone of alienation surrounding the Chernobyl Power Plant after a second, fictitious meltdown, which further contaminated the surrounding area with radiation and caused strange otherworldly changes in local fauna, flora and the laws of physics.

[b]S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky,[/b] is the prequel to S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl, a first-person shooter video game by Ukrainian developer GSC Game World. The game consists of a roughly 50/50 mix of new areas and old, remodeled areas from the previous game.
The player assumes the role of veteran Stalker Scar, who is injured and rendered unconscious by an energy emission while guiding a group of scientists through the Zone. Scar, the only one to survive, is then rescued by Clear Sky, a secret independent Zone faction dedicated to researching and learning about the Zone in their attempt to better understand it and its related phenomena. It is not known how Scar has survived the emission, but it is noted he has suffered damage to his central nervous system and seems to exhibit other, subtle physiological changes.

[b]S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat[/b] is the sequel to S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl. The game takes place soon after the events of S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl. After Strelok disables the Brain Scorcher, many Stalkers rush to the center of the Zone, hoping to find artifacts and treasure. The military decides this is the perfect time to take control of the Zone, and launch "Operation Fairway," a large scale helicopter recon mission intended to scout the area by air. Unfortunately, the mission goes horribly wrong, and all five STINGRAY helicopters crash. The player, Alexander Degtyarev, is sent into the Zone to investigate the crash sites on behalf of the army.

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The best aspect of the Stalker games is the moddimg community, which is always releasing new and improved mods.

[b]Recommended for first time S.T.A.L.K.E.R's: The Complete mods[/b]
These mods can be considered essential for anyone playing Stalker, even first timers. They don't radically change gameplay, and mostly contain bug fixes, graphical and audio overhauls and slight gameplay tweaks.

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[b]DOWNLOAD:[/b] http://www.moddb.com/mods/stalker-complete-2009

[quote]If you haven’t played 2007’s most immersive and atmospheric shooter, or you’re back for replay, this mod is for you. This is the world of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. like you’ve never seen before, with updated graphics and added functionality that don’t change the original story or gameplay.

Contained within are new textures, sounds, music, sky, weather system and visual effects, along with bug fixes, AI improvements, upgraded shaders, ragdoll physics, a revamped user interface and so much more.[/quote]


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[b]DOWNLOAD:[/b] http://www.moddb.com/mods/clear-sky-complete

[quote]Clear Sky Complete is a part of the Complete mod collection, which is a series of modifications created by professional artists dedicated to enhancing the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. games. The Complete mods focus on improving the original game’s graphics, sound, and atmosphere, while preserving its core elements. Built upon the success of STALKER Complete 2009 (which was downloaded well over 100,000 times), this entry in the Complete collection continues the tradition of aesthetically updating the game without changing the original story or gameplay. Fans can expect a polished and pure Zone experience designed around the most graphically demanding title of the S.T.A.L.K.E.R series - S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Clear Sky.[/quote]

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[b]DOWNLOAD:[/b] http://www.moddb.com/mods/call-of-pripyat-complete
[quote]Call of Pripyat Complete is the third entry in the Complete mod series, which is a set of modifications created by professional artists dedicated to enhancing the production quality of the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. game series. The Complete mods emphasize on improving the original graphics, sound, and atmosphere of each game while preserving the core game elements.

Built upon the success of Stalker Complete 2009, which was downloaded by one in every five S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Shadow of Chernobyl players, this entry in the Complete mod series is the cumulative culmination of the series’ achievements in aesthetically updating the game without introducing unnecessary or gameplay-redefining features.

Designed to meet the desires of new players and veterans alike, Call of Pripyat Complete unleashes the full potential of the latest, most climactic chapter in the S.T.A.L.K.E.R and the Complete mod series.[/quote]

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[b]Recommended For Veteran S.T.A.L.K.E.R's:[/b]
Total gamepaly overhauls, changes to AI, ballistics, new locations, and crushing difficulty are the order of the day with these mods.

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L.U.R.K 1.1 for [b]SHADOW OF CHERNOBYL[/b]
[b]DOWNLOAD[/b] http://www.moddb.com/mods/lurk/downloads

[quote]The purpose of L.U.R.K. is to create features, and take pre-existing features from other mods deemed positive, and merge them as well as completely overhaul every aspect of them in order to create a balanced and rewarding experience. Much effort was put into preserving and improving the original atmosphere and balance of Vanilla Stalker, while adding more gameplay elements to the formula. Although we're nearing our first release, we've been consistently adding and changing features based on community input at our discretion. We're working hard to create the definitive Stalker experience.
LURK is a complete overhaul changing many aspects of gameplay. Aside from gameplay changes, LURK provides a dark, grim graphics overhaul that sets itself apart from Complete 2009. LURK also features what is probably the best weapons add-on in any STALKER mod. The look of all the gun models are very attractive with unique sounds and animations. Many new ammunition types added to the game add surprising new depth to combat. LURK is also much more difficult than a standard game of STALKER which becomes quickly apparent after experiencing the increased recoil from your guns. Pick this mod if Master difficulty is starting to feel easy, or just want to play with guns.
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Full description of the mod
http://getoutofherelurker.blogspot.com/2009/05/established-full-lurk-description.html


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[b]AMK (retranslated for english)- For SHADOW OF CHERNOBYL[/b]
[b]DOWNLOAD:[/b]http://www.moddb.com/mods/stalker-amk-retranslated

[quote]AMK is the granddaddy of all STALKER mods. This mod probably adds more bugs than it removes and provides no graphical improvements, so why all the fuss? I would say its because of the near perfect tweaks done on the A.I. and ballistics resulting in combat that is both visceral and satisfying. Your bullets feel like they have actual killing-power behind them and every shot feels like it had an explosive impact. The same will be true for your enemies’ bullets, of course, which is one element that makes this mod so cripplingly difficult in addition to making anomalies nearly invisible.[/quote]


[b]OBLIVION LOST 2.2 FOR SHADOW OF CHERNOBYL[/b]
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[b]DOWNLOAD:[/b] http://stalker.filefront.com/file/Oblivion_Lost_22_for_1005;93039
[quote]What is the purpose of this mod?

The purpose of this mod is to get closer to the old Oblivion Lost, and give the best performance possible, while implementing the best mod features:

Total freeplay, modified A-Life, reality enhancement, better AI, faction wars with cooperative gameplay.[/quote]

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[b]MISERY - FOR CALL OF PRIPYAT[/b]
[b]DOWNLOAD:[/b]http://www.moddb.com/mods/stalker-misery/downloads
[quote]"S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat MISERY is a mod that promises to overhaul GSC’s first-person shooter. This mod comes with custom textures, a weather system, new sound effects, new difficulty settings, improved AI, reskinned weapons, new items and interface, as well as new menus and loading screens. In other words, this mod is touching and tweaking almost every aspect of the game."[/quote]
Full Mod description and changelog here: http://www.moddb.com/mods/stalker-misery/features/features48

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[b]Lost Alpha - for SHADOW OF CHERNOBYL[/b]
http://www.moddb.com/mods/lost-alpha
[quote]We were amazed by GSC's work when they released the first S.T.A.L.K.E.R. screenshots in 2002. The old design, and atmosphere was stunning and we couldn't believe in our eyes. Later in 2005 things has changed. They redesigned almost all old levels. Some of them became smaller, simpler (still nice, but different), and some levels were removed. After the release in 2007 we played the game a lot, and quickly noticed that some areas are missing. We opened forums, and talked countless nights about those for almost a year. Nowdays we could say, we have a full vision about GSC's old levels, due to the collected materials, videos and forgotten screenshots. We decided to remake those stunning areas, maybe they won't be the same, but we will try everything to make them look really nice, as we always wanted to see them. In early 2009, GSC released a build from 2004, which contained many old materials. We used some of the sdk objects for the level remakes, but adjusted (and bugfixed) them for our liking, also we didn't throw out our own levels. So expect to see our own Darkscape, Dead City, Rostok Factory and some more in Lost Alpha :)


Also need to say, Lost Alpha addon is not just about levels and levels. We will try to make a somewhat, but not fully restricted alife, and deliver a lot of new, never seen features, among with some old ones, which many people wanted to see for long. [/quote]

[b]S.M.R.T.E.R Pripyat - for CALL OF PRIPYAT[/b]
http://www.moddb.com/mods/smrter-pripyat
[quote]The aim of this mod is to add in the old locations from ShoC and Clear Sky, and to provide an enhanced and extended gameplay experience while (mostly) sticking to the vanilla storyline. At this point, the mod (v0.45 alpha)contains 37 locations total, approx. 200 weapons, lots of new armors, items, artifacts and anomalies.[/quote]
You can download an APLHA version of this mod here: http://www.moddb.com/mods/smrter-pripyat/forum/thread/smrter-pripyat-v041-faq
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I love stalker SoC so much that it is perma installed on my pc now and is played on a very regular basis.

I just can't wait till this is released as I need another hit, I just wish the rumour that they were going to use cryengine 2 for it was true but sadly no.
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[quote name='Beychae' post='6359646' date='Aug 27 2009, 12:23 PM']I love stalker SoC so much that it is perma installed on my pc now and is played on a very regular basis.

I just can't wait till this is released as I need another hit, I just wish the rumour that they were going to use cryengine 2 for it was true but sadly no.[/quote]

Same here, SoC is the first thing i install if i ever wipe my hdd or buy a new one or anything. Its something i always come back to play, theres always a new mod or something to try out. Hopefully CoP will be better than CS which was a bit disappointing
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Ah, I knew there was a reason I upgraded my P.C.

Hopefully GSC should be getting the hang of this by now and not release such a broken game. I know, I'm a dreamer.
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Honestly, SoC is one of the msot stable games i own. I actually dont think its ever crashed by itself without my intervention (installing mods etc). Since the last patch its perfectly stable. BUY IT!!
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I never tried out Clear Sky due to mixed reviews and waiting a good while for it to be patched up, is it worth investing now?
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If youre a stalker fan, definitely worth checking out, as its probably fairly cheap by now and has some good mods released now too. It is a good game, its just not as good as soc. And if you have the hardware to run CS full whack, it looks absolutely [i]goyjush[/i] :ph34r:
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CS wasn't that bad but they did get rid of half the staff after soc and brought in new peeps so we can blame that as part of the problem (I know I am living a lie)
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[quote name='BrerLappin' post='6360634' date='Aug 27 2009, 03:52 PM']Honestly, SoC is one of the msot stable games i own. I actually dont think its ever crashed by itself without my intervention (installing mods etc). Since the last patch its perfectly stable. BUY IT!![/quote]

your one of the lucky few then, my first time with the game I almost gave up due to crashes/slowdown/graphic bugs/gameplay and mission bugs.

Edit: this is with the newest patch, plus I even gave it a bash with the fan patches.
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Great video, tho i never really liked the design of the burer. They just dont look scary compared to the snorks or bloodsuckers. Its shit that im literally going to have about one hour a week window in which to play this game on release so limited is my PC gaming time :wub:
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Man, i'm going to have to wait for an upgrade for this. My current PC will play it, but I want it to look like the trailer does so maybe next year for me.
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[quote name='Miscreant' post='6411446' date='Sep 14 2009, 07:02 PM']

Burer = Goat Keeper/Carrie offspring.[/quote]


You cheeky bastard!
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Better late than never, this week is the first time I get to play the original game. Any recommended mods?
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Let me guess........this still doesn't have the single, huge game world that we were all expecting with the original?
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If it does I'd be amazed, I'm pretty sure that'll be for the actual sequel. I'm really hoping it does, the blatant funneling and loading was a real immersion killer.
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Isn't the proper sequel supposed to be using the CryEngine? I'm guessing this is some sort of filler until then. More of an expansion pack than a new game?
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Yeah, it could be considered more of an expansion pack, but you'd hope that it wouldn't stop them from setting it up and designing it so there's less of the MAGIC BLOCKING FENCES and omg MAGIC FUNNEL TUNNEL etc. and far more natural :P
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[quote name='Vezna' post='6412662' date='Sep 15 2009, 07:32 AM']Better late than never, this week is the first time I get to play the original game. Any recommended mods?[/quote]

[url="http://artistpavel.blogspot.com/2009/04/stalker-complete-2009.html"]http://artistpavel.blogspot.com/2009/04/st...plete-2009.html[/url]

This one looks to be the best compilation of graphical updates and game tweaks available.

Then get Oblivion Lost 2.2 for your second playthrough :P
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[quote name='Mogget' post='6412977' date='Sep 15 2009, 10:18 AM']Let me guess........this still doesn't have the single, huge game world that we were all expecting with the original?[/quote]

[url="http://www.moddb.com/mods/lost-alpha/images"]http://www.moddb.com/mods/lost-alpha/images[/url]

That's the fucker you're after. dez0dors team are making the game the original devs couldn't.




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[url="http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2009/05/25/interview-gsc-on-call-of-pripyat/"]http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2009/05/25...all-of-pripyat/[/url]
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I got SoC when it was released, but it ran like a dog on my PC. At the time I upgraded my PC, Clear Skies was released, so I picked that up in some sale, but it never really grabbed me. I keep going back to it, but it never makes me want to go back for more.

Perhaps I should re-install the original and some recommended mods?
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