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

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[quote name='tyagi' post='6418374' date='Sep 16 2009, 10:36 PM']Perhaps I should re-install the original and some recommended mods?[/quote]
I'm considering doing that too. First time I played it was just after I got this PC in late 2007. I'm sure patches and mods make it a much better experience. Now if they can get rid of the anomolies....
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I just hope the game is more optimized than the previous ones. And that you can run it using 4 cores without having to alt tab and mess with affinity.
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[quote name='tyagi' post='6418374' date='Sep 16 2009, 10:36 PM']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?[/quote]

Recommended mods, you say?

I posted this on the last page but its a complete collection of gameplay tweaks and graphical upgrades

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

And a few more, if you dont fancy playing vanilla stalker and want a more hardcore experience, go for Oblivion Lost:

[url="http://stalker.filefront.com/file/;89584"]http://stalker.filefront.com/file/;89584[/url]

Theres roughly over 9000 changes in the latest version of OL, its pretty damn impressive:

FEATURES:

FREEPLAY
- Although you can follow the storyline, it is not necessary, you can explore all levels without completing them, but you must have the decoder to be able to get to Monolith Control and NPP Stancia2.
- Removed the scripted blowout from Stancia1 and the dead zone from Stancia2, so you can explorate the whole Power Plant.
- The last portal teleports the actor to the court, so the game is open-ended, you can make your way back to the previous levels.
- New level changers (NPP Stancia2 to Control Room, Control Room to Sarcophagus, Sarcophagus to NPP Stancia1, NPP Stancia1 to Pripyat, Cordon'to Dark Valley).

A-LIFE
- Now almost everything can happen, there's a chance to meet any NPC on any level.
- Sometimes the army raids, sometimes they don't, this is totally random, too.
- The mutants are making their way through the Zone in big hordes.
- The mutants are entering places where they could not enter before, so there's an increased chance to meet them in npc populated areas.
- Sometimes you may happen upon unique situations, it can be very hard or even funny.
- You will not have the same situations 2 times on the same level.
- The respawn can be very random, there's a chance to meet different types of mutants then before.
- The bugs of the older versions and the vanilla bugs have been corrected, now you won't see any failed quests and Quest NPC's who die before you can complete their quests, also the vanilla respawn is working properly and balanced.

FACTION WARS
- There's a chance to meet any faction in any level, also it's totally random.
- A message will give you notice about the random events.
- The Military attacks the bandits in the carpark.
- The Military attacks the loners and the bandits in the Hangar.
- You can meet Mercenaries in Agroprom.
- The Duty and the Military attacks Borov's base.
- The Freedom attacks the Duty base.
- The Military sometimes attacks Rostok Wild Territory.
- The Duty attacks the Freedom base.
- All factions try to reach the center of the Zone, and there's a chance to some of them become zombified by the Psy Emission.

REALISM
- All weapons are stronger and well-balanced.
- Almost to all weapons are able to attach addons.
- Added realistic sounds to the weapons, rounds, ammos, materials and environment.
- NPC's can bleed, if they are hurt they fall down to the ground and if they don't receive any medkits within a minute, then they die.
- Bandages and foods don't heal the actor.
- The average bleeding doesn't stop by itself, only the minor.
- Added realistic head-bobbing to the actor when he is heavily wounded.
- Well-balanced armor degradation.
- The crosshair is reduced to a dot.
- New sniper weapon scopes.
-There is a huge difference between day and night, you can sneak in the pitch black, but it's not very easy, I had to make a compromise between a good stealth and bugfree npc behaviour.
- If the actor turns on the flashlight at night, then his enemies spot him immediately.
- Reduced the sound volume of the Knife, now it's a dangerous and invisible weapon during night, presumably the NPC's won't notice the actor if he is smart enough.
- The quality of the weapons which are looted from corpses is generally very bad.

NEW WEAPONS
- BM16 Long Rifle
- M-134 Minigun
- AK-47

REWORKED AI
- The npc's can avoid anomalies.
- The npc's can throw grenades.
- The npc's can use medkits, heal themselves and each other.
- The npc's can upgrade and replace their armor and they will collect suits and weapons found laying about.
- There are no dead npc's around campfires, but if someone dies near one, the campers will drag the corpse away.

RE-ENABLED CONTROLLER AI
- The controller can take control on the npc's and lead them against his enemies.
- If an npc is inside the controller's aura, then he will immediately become zombified.
- When the controller dies, then "controlled" npc's will return to normal.

WEATHER
- There are 24 hour cycle weathers in all levels.
- The night is dark and scary.
- Restored the Sun and the Moon.
- Atmospheric sky textures.
- In NPP Stancia2 the weather is always rainy and cloudy, it fits in to the atmosphere of the Nuclear Plant.

BLOWOUT
- The blowout is totally random, you never know when it will happen.
- So there are many hideouts in each level, but carrying antirad is very important.
- The npc's are running to hideouts, while being attacked - they fire back, at the end of blowout - they return to usual places. They protect the hideouts from enemies.
- The strength of the blowout is always stronger and stronger if you are closer to the NPP. In the NPP blowouts are deadly, you must runn down to the Sarcophagus as soon as you can.
- The mutants lie on the ground during the high radiation sequence of blowouts, they feel pain from that.
- More mutants will appear after blowout and give madness to the environment.
- Artifacts will birth from anomalies after blowout.
- The blowout will continue if you save and load the game or move to an other level, you can't bypass it.

DYNAMIC ANOMALIES
- The anomalies change their positions after blowouts.
- Stronger anomalies can appear and they will be very deadly.
- Be careful of them if you are driving cars, now the routine which you learn in the vanilla game is useless.

DYNAMIC HUD
- Player's field of view lowers when you wear suits with masks, condensation effect (glass becomes covered with moisture)

ARTIFACT TRANSMUTATION
- It's a kind of alchemy, as you can see in other rpg games. You can modify artifacts by placing them in the proper anomaly, but be careful, you can ruin them too. There are "recipts" hidden in the zone, and you need to find them, or get them with completing quests. These papers contain the solution for creating unique items, so you should carefully read them. There are different levels for artifacts, each with new features. If you are lucky, you will be able to create a new artifact with unique properties.

SLEEPING
- Now Marked One gets tired after 30 hours of action: it begins to double your vision, etc. If you continue to play and will not sleep, Marked One will fall asleep approximately after 6 hours.
- You can't sleep for a while if you had an energy drink.
- You can't sleep during blowout.
- To sleep, use the sleeping bag in your inventory..

MUTANTS
- Added all cutout mutants (Dwarf, Chimera, Cat, Zombie, Izlom)
- Theyhave many different types of skins.
- Added the Psy Dog as a new mutant (with attack effector).
- Two boss enemy characters (Burer and Koshei) - they are tougher and have stronger attacks then the usual mutants.

VEHICLES
- Added all drivable vehicles (Niva, Zaz, Kamaz, Tractor, UAZ, BTR, Moskvich).
- The vehicles don't float.
- Well-balanced driving properties.
- Added realistic engine and gear sounds to the UAZ.

MISCELLANEOUS
- Replaced main menu music.
- Main menu from the 2215 beta.
- Added the "Turn on the engine" to the options/controls.
- Added the AMK Options menu, you can disable the Suit HUD visors.
- NPC's can buy anything from the actor but in very low prices.
- All traders can repair.
- New stalker and weapon textures.
- Additional skins for stalkers and bandits.
- Traders sell their supplies at very high prices, but they pay very low prices for everything, now they are well-balanced.
- Finding a medkit is not so easy, also it's very expensive to purchase them.
- Shootable crows.
- You can place markers on the pda map with GPS.
- Reworked the helicopter AI. Now they use rockets and will sometimes use evasive maneuvers. If the pilot loses the player from it's FOV (Field of Vision), then it will halt it's attack and fly away.
- Antigas armors enabled.
- The npc's can play the harmonica.
- Alcolholism, don't drink too much vodka.
- Replaced some dialog sounds to russian.
- Added some songs to the camping stalkers.
- Sidequests and autoquests have no time limit.
- You can obtain the quests again after 1 day.
- In standard task of the "Kill stalker" type, now, there are several ways to end task - victim can pay for its life.
- A lot of vanilla bugfixes.

Then you have stuff like Gnomus' scopes for SOC which are a thing of beauty:

[url="http://stalker.filefront.com/file/Gnomuss_Wide_Screen_Scopes;88539"]http://stalker.filefront.com/file/Gnomuss_...en_Scopes;88539[/url]

[img]http://screenshots.filesnetwork.com/52/files2/93973_1.jpg[/img]

[img]http://screenshots.filesnetwork.com/52/files2/88539_4.jpg[/img]
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New(?) Trailer



[url="http://uk.pc.ign.com/dor/objects/14340292/stalker-project-2/videos/stalker_trl_video_91809.html"]http://uk.pc.ign.com/dor/objects/14340292/...ideo_91809.html[/url]
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[quote name='Miscreant' post='6413599' date='Sep 15 2009, 01:18 PM'][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.[/quote]

Having recently played the original for the first time, hopefully the above is what I actually thought I was going to be playing.
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[quote name='The Sarge' post='6431500' date='Sep 22 2009, 04:33 AM']New(?) Trailer



[url="http://uk.pc.ign.com/dor/objects/14340292/stalker-project-2/videos/stalker_trl_video_91809.html"]http://uk.pc.ign.com/dor/objects/14340292/...ideo_91809.html[/url][/quote]


That was very funny. As the telekinesis guy died, I immediately thought about the snorkel guy. And there he was. Attacking.
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I'm assuming this'll take ten years to come out and be completely broken (but occasionally brilliant) when it finally hits.
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[quote name='Morrius' post='6532836' date='Oct 29 2009, 02:06 PM']I'm assuming this'll take ten years to come out and be completely broken (but occasionally brilliant) when it finally hits.[/quote]
Word on the street is this is far more polished and refined than previous iterations. I'll believe it when I see it.
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Well its already out in russia, and is up for download in certain places. I havent downloaded it myself, but its tempting to seeing as how it wont be out here til next year and the ruskies already have their mitts on it
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The yarr'd Russian version has a rubbish English translation fix. It is meant to be complete jibberish and unintelligble, like all the text was just run through Babelfish or something. There's an updated fix that's meant to improve it in places, but from what I hear it's still fairly awful and amateurish, so I'd much rather wait for the real thing. ;)
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Benchmark tool released.

[quote]A 421MB benchmark tool for S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat (PC) is now available on [url="http://www.fileshack.com/file.x/15773/S.T.A.L.K.E.R.:+Call+of+Pripyat+Benchmark"]FileShack[/url], offering insight into how your system will cope with the post-apocalyptic trappings of GSC Game World's DirectX 11-enabled shooter-RPG.

The benchmark cycles through four stages--day, night, rain, and bright sun--with an online leaderboard allowing users to upload and compare their performance scores.[/quote]

[url="http://www.shacknews.com/onearticle.x/61306"]http://www.shacknews.com/onearticle.x/61306[/url]
[url="http://www.fileshack.com/file.x/15773/S.T.A.L.K.E.R.:+Call+of+Pripyat+Benchmark"]http://www.fileshack.com/file.x/15773/S.T....ipyat+Benchmark[/url]
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And again only released on PC! Why don't they release it on the 360 or PS3? They are losing out on so much money it's unreal with all the piracy that goes on in the PC scene..
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QUOTE (lem @ Dec 11 2009, 03:18 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
And again only released on PC! Why don't they release it on the 360 or PS3? They are losing out on so much money it's unreal with all the piracy that goes on in the PC scene..

I don't think so. The game is far too hardcore and unpolished to work well on consoles, I honestly don't think it would sell too hot either, given US xenophobia and so on. Different crowd. Anyway, once this one's done (this is the final one to reuse the original assets and codebase, right?) I'm pretty sure they will adapt the next proper STALKER games to console, as they'll have been built and designed with them in mind from the ground up etc.
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UK release date has been confirmed as Feb 5.

[url="http://www.vg247.com/2010/01/05/s-t-a-l-k-e-r-call-of-pripyat-gets-february-5-uk-release/"]http://www.vg247.com/2010/01/05/s-t-a-l-k-...y-5-uk-release/[/url]
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Eurogamer Review

8

[quote]If you're a fan, this is basically what you've been waiting for - a fully functioning STALKER which combines the best aspects of Shadow of Chernobyl and Clear Sky and polishes them to a slightly creaky charm.

Only the slight sensation of datedness prevents this from scoring higher, and no doubt once the mods start flowing the value for money will get even better. But there's plenty here to keep the faithful feeling extremely optimistic about the prospect of a proper sequel. And there's still nothing out there quite like STALKER.[/quote]

[url="http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/stalker-call-of-pripyat-review"]http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/stalker-...-pripyat-review[/url]
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Oh god, another game to buy in Feb?!

I should finish the first one. I believe I'm stuck with no ammo cowering in a disused army base crawling with nasties at the moment.
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[quote name='Morrius' post='6773778' date='Feb 2 2010, 09:21 AM']I should finish the first one. I believe I'm stuck with no ammo cowering in a disused army base crawling with nasties at the moment.[/quote]

So, like every other section of S.T.A.L.K.E.R then? :(

[url="http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2010/02/02/wot-i-think-call-of-pripyat/"]RPS also like it[/url] - sounds like a return to form :wub:
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I had a little peek of this to check out the game world and so on, it certainly seems to be a hell of a lot more open than SoC/Clear Sky with a distinct lack of fences or huge overly steep hills.

Also from some of the feedback I have been reading on the GSC forum, they have completely overhauled the AI and quest system so it should have a lot more to do to boot.

Personally I deleted it after 20 minutes, I can't read Russian and the dodgy English translation is complete pants, I don't want to ruin what looks to be a fantastic game.

I have recently been playing through SoC with the L.U.R.K mod and it is great, I probably wouldn't recommend it to new players due to the amount of spawns it adds but its well worth checking out if you've played before.
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