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Just came across this one - not a massive saving (Play doing it for £17.99) but 5% cashback from Quidco on Lovefilm Retail, may be worth a punt if you like the original game.

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The story of S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky brings the players one year prior to the events of the original S.T.A.L.K.E.R. game in 2011. A group of stalkers has for the first time reached the very heart of the Zone - Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, and brings about a cataclysm on the brink of a catastrophe. An immense blow-out of anomalous energy changes the Zone. There are no more reliable and relatively safe roads. The entire levels vanish in the outbursts of anomalies. Stalkers and even expeditions die or end up sealed on the lost territories. New areas, which remained unknown since the time of the Zone emergence, appear on the Zone map. The Zone continues to shake with blowouts. The Zone is unstable. The anomalous activity is at its maximum. Changes of the Zone map known to stalkers shake the fragile balance of forces in the Zone. Among the groupings, there flare up hostilities for the new territories, artefact fields and spheres of influence. There are no more old enemies or friends - now everyone is for himself. The Factions War has started between the groupings.
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#1
I'd recommend checking reviews for this first though, it sounds like they've ramped the difficulty up to an almost unfair level.
#2
Yeah this game seems to be a lot harder than the first one, although you can always put the difficulty on its lowest setting.
#3
Good price, but, I too would recommend reading reviews first for a different reason - the ones I've read haven't been too kind on it!
#4
I might add the first Stalker is excellent, well worth the cheap price it can be picked up for now.

And if you disable the dynamic lighting effects, it will run perfectly well on older 3D cards.
#5
Agreed, the difficulty level has been ramped up to 'realistic' but the game is a much improved, and overhauled version of the first (which can now be picked up for around £8!). It's one of those games where you will either love it, or hate it - much like the first one. STALKER die hard fans will tell you this was the game that Shadow Of Chernobyl should have been.

I'd be interested to see some of the reviews Tickedon mentioned. I always use PC Zone as the benchmark for reviewing, and they gave it a 'Recommended' rating (ie if you're a fan of the genre, you should buy it). For the price up there at the top, it's a good investment...most games you buy these days last 5-6 hours, but this should last you twice as long, if not even longer due to the depth of it.
#6
http://www.metacritic.com/games/platforms/pc/stalkerclearsky#critics - shows the reviews from multiple publications.

Like you said, love or hate. Just there seems to be more 'hate' coming from sources where I put some weight on the reviews.
#7
Painterz1
I might add the first Stalker is excellent, well worth the cheap price it can be picked up for now.

And if you disable the dynamic lighting effects, it will run perfectly well on older 3D cards.


what?! its awful it ran like a dog on my factory oc 8800 and it was dull and formulaic. FEAR is much better as is COD4 doom3 bf2 / 2142 basically every other major shooter ever. if this is worse i shudder at the thought.
#8
The first stalker (radiation pack) can be picked up in pc world for 4.98
#9
I absolutely hated STALKER. In fact its sitting on my desk right now having been tried to death but ultimately failed. I bought it when I first got an HD 2900 XT and it ran really well and looked the part but thats all it did.

I just dont understand why the makers of games think that by making a game unfairly difficult it presents some kind of 'challenge' when all it really does is cause frustration to the player. Every 2 minutes you have packs of wild dogs or animals attacking you so that when you actually DO get to some action with the bad guys you either have no health or no bullets and I wont even get started on the radiation nonsense.

I wouldnt buy the second game if you paid me.
#10
i bought it in asda says 16 pounds on asda site went in was 22 pounds not to impressed with it good eye candy but the multiplayer is pretty **** and it has a lot of bugs its an ok game but theres better out there.thinking off taking it back to asda to be honest do u think they would give me a refund lol got ripped off 22 quid :(
#11
These comments demonstrate exactly what I said earlier - you either love it, or you hate it. To say that STALKER is worse than FEAR/COD4/DOOM etc though is a cheap shot, you're talking about a completely different type of game.

STALKER is not an action FPS with spectacular set-pieces and it was never meant to be. It's an RPG that's played in first person, which is complex, offering multiple endings and branching storylines (granted, they're a bit buggy and in pre-patched copies broken) but that was always the beauty of it. What the developers set out to do was very ambitious, and they almost pulled it off - hence where Clear Sky comes in, it's more of the game that the original should have been.

It was always meant to be challenging, to just before the point of frustration - you can't play STALKER like you'd play COD4/HL2 or any other 'on rails' FPS, you have to approach it with a different mentality. If you take the stealthy, thought out approach as opposed to going in all guns vlazing, you'll very soon get sick of it as the AI will beat you hands down every time. It's one of those games you need to persevere with, but ultimately it's a rewarding gameplay experience. Well, I thought it was anyway :)
#12
czrsiNk
These comments demonstrate exactly what I said earlier - you either love it, or you hate it. To say that STALKER is worse than FEAR/COD4/DOOM etc though is a cheap shot, you're talking about a completely different type of game.

STALKER is not an action FPS with spectacular set-pieces and it was never meant to be. It's an RPG that's played in first person, which is complex, offering multiple endings and branching storylines (granted, they're a bit buggy and in pre-patched copies broken) but that was always the beauty of it. What the developers set out to do was very ambitious, and they almost pulled it off - hence where Clear Sky comes in, it's more of the game that the original should have been.

It was always meant to be challenging, to just before the point of frustration - you can't play STALKER like you'd play COD4/HL2 or any other 'on rails' FPS, you have to approach it with a different mentality. If you take the stealthy, thought out approach as opposed to going in all guns vlazing, you'll very soon get sick of it as the AI will beat you hands down every time. It's one of those games you need to persevere with, but ultimately it's a rewarding gameplay experience. Well, I thought it was anyway :)


FPS Stealth games only work if they allow you to be stealthy. STALKER doesnt do that. There is death everywhere you go in the game. Which probably would mimic a real life situation but does not for a good game make.
#13
I'm one of those who thought it was a brilliant game and all this **** about there being death everywhere is bull. It is difficult but that’s what sets it apart. Unlike most games you have to actually use that thing called your brain. If you go in guns blazing your going to lose. And I absolutely agree you can't compare this to an FPS (Team Fortress 2 rules!) because they are totally different types of games. In my opinion its like comparing Civilisation to FEAR.

Action is dependant on your decisions. If you decide to attack everyone you meet then you’ll have a lot of it but at the start not everyone’s out to kill you because unlike most other games, they’re not part of some greater conspiracy to see you dead.

As for dogs and things chasing you if you stray off the beaten path then yes that’s true but the exact same thing can be said for other titles such as the extremely over rated Elder Scrolls: Oblivion where you bloody have the whole forest running after you. In fact it's much worse in that game.

The only thing that was bad about STALKER were the bugs and performance issues due to the huge world they created but the patches have fixed things up.

Here’s a link to reviews for the first game (and keep in mind this was despite all the bugs). As for the reviews for Clear Sky that someone linked to before I suggest you actually read the reviews as even the people who gave it 70 said it was a good game. And then there’s the point that only one reviewer gave it a score lower than 70. Overall 77 out of 100 isn’t bad.

http://www.metacritic.com/games/platforms/pc/stalkershadowofchernobyl?q=stalker#critics


I guess it is like Marmite! You either love it or hate it!
#14
reaper200

Here’s a link to reviews for the first game (and keep in mind this was despite all the bugs). As for the reviews for Clear Sky that someone linked to before I suggest you actually read the reviews as even the people who gave it 70 said it was a good game. And then there’s the point that only one reviewer gave it a score lower than 70. Overall 77 out of 100 isn’t bad.

http://www.metacritic.com/games/platforms/pc/stalkershadowofchernobyl?q=stalker#critics



I posted that, and I did actually read some of them. The IGN one was particularly bad, saying how buggy it was and annoying changes they've made.

And BTW, I actually own the original STALKER. I'm not just someone out to bash it but someone who bought and played the first one :whistling:
#15
Please dont compare Oblivion to this pile of trash. They are chalk and cheese. Oblivion difficulty levels up with the players and yes its difficult if you run into a bear or a mountain lion but unlike STALKER you can heal before you actually go into battle. STALKER is solid from the first compound you get to and just gets harder and harder.

Oblivion has its bad points yes but as for strayng off the beaten path? Thats what you are SUPPOSED to do in Oblivion. The Zone has no paths either, just a whole load of boringness.

Someone said earlier that its not an FPS, then why its it aimed squarely at the FPS market then?
#16
Ev0lution
STALKER is solid from the first compound you get to and just gets harder and harder.

I have to disagree.
The first game started off pretty hard but once you got into the game and picked up new weapons and armour it wasn't so bad. In fact towards the end I had stockpiled so much cash/weapons/health that I didn't know what to do with it.

The second is similar, it starts of really hard but you eventually get your hands on some decent weapons and armour etc and it becomes a bit easier.
I like the way that you have to search hard for some health packs/bandages and then use them wisely. ie do I use this health pack now, or do I take cover here for a while and heal.
Its a lot more realistic this way IMO.

However, one thing I really hate about Clear Sky is the grenades. The enemies can throw them twice as far as you so you can never really lob one back unless you are really close.
Also I was on the roof of a 3-4 storey building when I spotted an enemy on the ground, he then lobbed a grenade and it exploded mid air right in front of me! Bloody ridiculous if you ask me!

PS to whoever it was bitching about the radiation, what exactly do you think this game is about?:roll:
*edit* oh, that was you too.
#17
tickedon
I posted that, and I did actually read some of them. The IGN one was particularly bad, saying how buggy it was and annoying changes they've made.

And BTW, I actually own the original STALKER. I'm not just someone out to bash it but someone who bought and played the first one :whistling:


i bought it too and tried numerous times to get into it, applied the patches etc etc. it still stank the place out. My problem isnt that its a fp-rpg its that it tries to be a fps-rpg and doesn't pull it off even this wouldnt be so bad if the thing actually ran ok. but it didnt even after the patches which were large, hard to get and seemed to do very little to help the performance. I tried it with nvidia and ati card btw. It went down in price pretty rapidly - thats usually an indication of tosh....
there are much better games to spend your time on, it may EVENTUALLY be rewarding, but who hasa the time to stick it out till then? The really good games are the ones that have you hooked about 30 secs into the game. (slight exaggeration ok)
#18
tickedon
And BTW, I actually own the original STALKER. I'm not just someone out to bash it but someone who bought and played the first one :whistling:


I didn't mean it like that, mate. I just meant that the game was great (from what they wrote) but it seems the reviewers rated it down because of the bugs and balance issues which will be fixed. I mean lets just take the closing statement from the IGN review you mentioned.

Though all games have their fans, unique games like S.T.A.L.K.E.R. seem to generate particularly enthusiastic followers, and deservedly so. The first game presented a very unique experience and, by and large, Clear Sky sticks close to that model. So if you liked the first game because it was big and dense and scary, then you'll like Clear Sky for the same reasons. And if you like the original but wish that it offered more GRAW-style action, then Clear Sky is even better.

Not everything works, of course. The faction fights seem too easy, which is balanced out, we suppose, by the ridiculously accurate grenade throws. The story doesn't offer much of a foundation for the action, either. The real shame of it all is that the game was let out the door with so many bugs, some that merely slowed our progress and dampened our enjoyment, and one that actually stopped us cold. Many of these issues are bound to be addressed in upcoming patches but we'd wait until the game has at least a few under its belt before trying to tackle it again.


Reading that you don't get the impression that he hated the game, in fact you get the opposite. It just seems that the bugs\grenade flaw hindered his enjoyment and those will be fixed.

Ev0lution
Please don’t compare Oblivion to this pile of trash. They are chalk and cheese. Oblivion difficulty levels up with the players and yes its difficult if you run into a bear or a mountain lion but unlike STALKER you can heal before you actually go into battle. STALKER is solid from the first compound you get to and just gets harder and harder.



Lol! From just reading that ’heal before you go in to battle’ comment I know that this game clearly isn't for people like you. Like I said before STALKER isn’t the type of game you can rush through as it actually requires the use of your brain. But even so it’s nowhere near as difficult as it could be. In fact the IGN review (which gave it a low score) talked about it being rather easy!

And I didn't say Oblivion was difficult. In fact the second worst thing I hate Oblivion (first being that it has no atmosphere) is that it is too easy! The only reason I mentioned it was because you were complaining about dogs chasing you and so I pointed out (since I realised you were an Oblivionite) that in that game too you have creatures (such as crabs!) chasing you if you decide to explore. In both games if you stay on the path then you don’t encounter that problem as much and Clear sky does have roads. They are broken and worn to represent the fact that a nuclear explosion has gone off (duh!) but their there.

Side note that I own Oblivion and all expansion\add ons for the PC. But I still haven’t completed it (even though I bought it at release) as it isn’t the type of game I can get sucked in to. I play a day or two then get bored and don’t touch it for a month. Its been going on like that for ages and at the moment I don’t even have it installed. In fact, I think the only reason I do get it out every now and again is to admire the graphics.

EDIT: And the game did have me (and from the sounds of it) the reviewers hooked from the word go but that was disrupted by the bugs. It may surprise you but some people are willing to wait it out and that’s the kind of people this game appeals to. The patient type who like i said don't go rushing in and then get frustrated because they keep dieing.
#19
nadnerb
PS to whoever it was bitching about the radiation, what exactly do you think this game is about?:roll *edit* oh, that was you too.


He he! You are such a funny guy! Of course you are right. I bought a game called Shadow of Chernobyl and didnt realise that there would be radiation. I also didnt realise it would be a pile of steaming cr[SIZE="1"]a[/SIZE]p either but them's the breaks I guess.
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I had to ramp down a few of the settings to run smoothly. There are only three games I can remember playing all the way through three times.
Deus Ex, The Fall of Max Payne and Stalker SOC.
I found it totally immersive. I played as if the *******s where out to kill me. The firefights could be deadly if you tried to be a Quake style uber soldier and jump a gang at close range. To me that wasn`t this game. It was a survival RPG and it delivered that in buckets. The sound effects, the sense of decay. Okay the Ai could be a bit dodgy, which ones aren`t? Maybe I was lucky I had very few problems with the bugs other than some of the mission bugs but most of those had been fixed in the last patches.

Got carried away with the above I meant to mention that if you have a lovefilm account then any purchase over a tenner gets you a free film rental added to your account.
#21
So far and besides the very start, I'm finding this game fairly easy.
Its harder than the last one, but not stupidly difficult or bordering on impossible like some are suggesting.

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