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steelyglintPM
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S.T.A.L.K.E.R. (The Game)
Sep 25, 2011 12:01 AM
cbcpak CBC Veteran - Joined: Sep 23, 2011
Posts: 17
The 'other places' in the title would refer to other game forum sites that you may frequent.

For instance, do we have any 'Stalkers' amongst us?

A game I became addicted to is 'S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Shadow of Chernobyl'. This has now been joined by two further titles: a prequel, 'S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Clear Sky' and a sequel, 'S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Call of Pripyat'.

The amazing thing is that 'S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Shadow of Chernobyl' was basically like buying a car that had several essential components either fitted upside-down or missing entirely. The thing just didn't work.

But the part of the game I'd managed to get through before I met my first CTD was just so engrossing that I started looking for a way to fix it. And stumbled across the Stalker modding community.

An amazing collection of people with a stunning array of talents. Many of them have followed the development of the games since around 2001 (when I was sky-hooking out of the swimming pool in Q3DM12 and vaporizing campers on the ledge outside the BFG room teleporter).

Well, that's basically where I've been living since about the middle of 2008 - either in 'The Zone' (fighting off mutant hordes, discovering astonishing artifacts in incredible places and culling the factions of marauding bandits, mercs and religious nutcases) or I'm at the GSC forum looking for a CTD cure in order to continue doing all of those things previously mentioned.

http://www.gsc-game.com/index.php?t=community&s=forums&offset=-60

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cbcnerdPM
#2
Sep 26, 2011 5:03 AM
cbcnerd CBC Admin - Joined: Jul 05, 2011
Posts: 83


Hi Pak,

I can remember that we were discussing this game before it got launched. I was also interested in this game back then. Unfortunately work and prived life made me quit playing Q3 and I also lost track of this game and I never looked into it again.
After a few years of no online gaming I ran into DOD. Day Of Deafeat www.dayofdefeat.com which I played for 2 years in a clan called The Smokin Noobs.


I also joined VIE (Victorie in Europe) dod.ctagames.com as a DOD player which was a very big online event. It's to bad they stopped it. DOD was the last online game I played. Because of less time I started playing games on the game consoles like Wii and PlayStation 3. No online games though.

About S.T.A.L.K.E.R.,it's never to late to get an copy of this game and install it.

- S.T.A.L.K.E.R - Shadow Of Chernobyl
- S.T.A.L.K.E.R - Call of Pripyat

Greetz

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Last edited by: cbcnerd Sep 26, 2011 6:41 AM
cbcnerdPM
#3
Sep 28, 2011 5:55 AM
cbcnerd CBC Admin - Joined: Jul 05, 2011
Posts: 83
Yo PAK,

I got both S.T.A.L.K.E.R. versions.
First I need some little practice then I'll join you online somewhere. That Ok with you?

Cheers

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Last edited by: cbcnerd Sep 28, 2011 7:36 PM
steelyglintPM
#4
Sep 28, 2011 8:59 AM
cbcpak CBC Veteran - Joined: Sep 23, 2011
Posts: 17
Oh dear.

I'm afraid that isn't likely to happen. I have never ventured online with Stalker. The online version is a completely different thing.

The single player games are all about survival: you start with a very basic load-out of equipment (just barely enough to get you killed if you have to use any of it).

Then you work for a living. You do jobs for people and get rewards, pick up dropped weapons and loot corpses to sell off anything you don't need, and you wander around the Zone collecting 'artifacts'.

You have buy and upgrade your weapons and armour. And these games are a lesson in modern weaponry. Before I started a gun was a gun, be it a pistol or a longer item. But all of the weapons used in Stalker games are real-world weapons (except one), and the detail gone into is amazing.

You do all that stuff, and at the same time you are following a storyline. Every move gets you more of the story.

And the 'Zone' has real freeplay. In HL2 for example you go through an autosave (loading the next part) and you defeat enemies and move on. If you then come back through that autosave there are no enemies - you killed them all. In Stalker returning to an earlier map will find enemies and mutants galore, but not necessarily where they were last time you were there. The 'Alife' can be astonishing.

No matter how many times you go through a Stalker game you will never have the same experience.

At GSC forum the online game is looked upon as a bit of a poor sibling, and very few of the notables there have ever tried it.

Get into the single player versions. They're not 20 or 30 hour wonders like HL2 - these things can take weeks or months to complete. And then you just want to dive back in for another go - see if you can do better: I recently played a modded game of CoP to try to become a Zone billionaire. I made it to over 1.2 billion rubles which I think broke the game. It corrupted a lot of savegames and I had to abandon it.

And when you've gone through the vanilla versions enough times to satisfy yourself that you've seen everything (not possible - infinite variations), there is a wealth of great mods that either add to the gameplay or change it into a new game entirely.

If you haven't already, read 'Roadside Picnic' by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, a SF novel published in 1977 (in English). The games are based on ideas in that book. But not entirely.

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steelyglintPM
#5
Oct 13, 2011 6:16 PM
cbcpak CBC Veteran - Joined: Sep 23, 2011
Posts: 17
Did somebody change the title of this thread?

The first line of the OP doesn't seem to make sense now.

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The desire to be a politician should bar you, for life, from ever becoming one. Don't vote for them - it just encourages them.

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cbcnerdPM
#6
Oct 14, 2011 9:02 AM
cbcnerd CBC Admin - Joined: Jul 05, 2011
Posts: 83
Yes I did that right after your first post and my reply about S.T.A.L.K.E.R.
Sorry I have to keep this forum organized.

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