Time for another bizarre foreign game. This time it's a shooter by GSC Game World called STALKER:Shadow of Chernobyl.
The game's plot revolves around an alternate history where the Chernobyl reactor had a second nuclear disaster that creates a hazard area around it known as "the zone". Nothing ever goes right here ever. Across the zone are anomalies where physics goes out the window. Step into one by accident and you could ripped apart in a sudden bast of energy/melted in a pool of acid/ or many other very, very unpleasant things! One very nice thing though is you can find "artifacts" inside of these anomalies that pass on some of the crazy effects to you. These can serve as little buffs or you can sell them for loads o money. Another thing to watch out for are the spots of intense radiation that can kill you in a couple seconds unless you drink delicious...
|The drink of irradiated champions!|
Then we have all the joyful inhabitants of the zone to deal with such as hordes of mutated wildlife like dogs or the seven foot tall bigass invisible bloodsucker mutants.
|No sparkling here!|
The graphics were good for their time, and mods packs over the years have improved them to the point where they can rival modern games. The soundtrack is nice and atmosphericy and adds to the mood. Ingame controls feel nice. The vast majority of the bugs have been removed with the official patches and unofficial mods.
To wrap this big post up. Try STALKER:Shadow of Chernobyl out if liked anything that you liked reading about it above. It's available for really cheap now, and buying it on steam will give you a discount on the third game if you want it too.