Friday, March 25, 2011

Stalkin' Saturday


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 gameplay is a really nice mix of genres. You get everything from shootan, survivalan, and horroran. The firefights are really intense since one good hit can possibly kill you. It doesn't help that the AI will actively try to flank you,suppress you, and throw grenades to get you out of cover. The starting mission really sets the tone for the game difficulty wise. The first real mission has you go clear a town of bandits in close quarters fighting. That doesn't sound bad right? All you have is a shitty starter pistol and a couple redshirt NPCs helping you against an angry bunch of fortified bandits with sawn off shotguns that can one-shot your ass.  The spooky segments also deserve an honorable mention.


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.

31 comments:

  1. During Christmas break sale this game was like 5 dollars on steam, I should have bought it. It's still it's original price :(

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  2. ive been meaning to obtain this game

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  3. great game
    i currently play clear sky :3
    i recommend to all the complete mod

    http:/stalkercomplete.com

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  4. http://stalkercomplete.com
    fixed

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  5. I should tell my brother about this game, I'm sure he'll love it!

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  6. I heard chernobyl is like this IRL...

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  7. I love your blog! I'll be super supportive and follow along!

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  8. Oh man, I really wanna play this. Looks like something I would definitely be interested in.

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  9. I'll make sure to check out that game, it looks pretty good.

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  10. this is one i never tried when i had a computer that could do it. wouldn't mind checking it out in the future tho.

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  11. It's on my list of games to play.

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  12. wow..sounds lot like survival training kit for Japanese nuclear accident. Ihank god I am not mouthpiece for Aflac duck!

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  13. stalker. its a nice game
    But imagine how exiting it have to be if you are really in the town of pripyat

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  14. playd it.. and didnt really like it.
    It anoyed me that all the missions have a time limit.. and i was forced to run from place to place, withought being able to enjoy the 'open world'.

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  15. good game!

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  16. great stuff!

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  17. great stuff, thanks for the post

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  18. this game actually seems terrifying. :S haha

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  19. I still play this game now, this and the second one.

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  20. Great game! Come check me out, alphabetalife.blogspot.com

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  21. Creepy games, but not bad.

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  22. Cool post, sounds like a fun game. Come check me out, alphabetalife.blogspot.com

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