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S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call Of Pripyat

8 years ago

Mod News: Excuses, Excuses

Where were you all last week? I turned up and no one was here, honest! What's that? No, I'm not crossing my fingers behind my back, and you definitely didn't see him heading off on holiday. What nonsense. Anyway, to make up for it, here's an extra-long edition of Mod News to cover the past two weeks. This time: Crash Bandicoot, a Warcraft III art…

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Call Of Pripyat Complete Is Complete

Popular Stalker mod series Complete has arrived at its third iteration, with the completion of Call Of Pripyat Complete. Complete hooray! The mod overhauls the visuals, the audio, the AI, the UI, as well as adding a bunch of other features such as the sleeping bag (for sleeping anywhere), and the fate of stalkers caught out in the emissions. There's a trailer below. It's rather…

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9 years ago

GSC Explain The STALKER TV Show

The Stalker TV show was pretty much the most unexpected news item of the week, and I just had to drop a line to GSC to find out more. Below you can read my quick chat with GSC's Oleg Yavorsky, in which he stresses that the TV show's production is intended to be as faithful as possible the source game, and reveals that it will…

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Your Quest In STALKER 2?

That's what GSC are suggesting with their Quest Contest. There are bunch of rules and stuff over on the competition page, but what it comes down to is this: "The best ideas from the contest may be implemented in the new S.T.A.L.K.E.R. game. This said, the developers retain the right to change the quest looks or implementation, while preserving the key author's idea." Quest authors…

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The S.T.A.L.K.E.R. TV Series

The next GSC S.T.A.L.K.E.R. project will be... a TV show? Yes, it seems to be real. You can check out the trailer below, and the teaser site here. I've contacted GSC for comment. I wish I had something profound to add, but really I am just pleased that it looks like it's trying to be faithful to the game. Weird. Possibly awesome.

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Talker: Call Of PripChat

Having grabbed some mods and restarted Call Of Pripyat, it turned out that both Jim and Alec were playing through this most recent Stalker title at the same time. It seemed logical, therefore, to have a bit of a chat about the game. Earlier this year Jim had called it “one of the most interesting shooters we're going to see in 2010”, but does that…

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A Quick Call Out For Pripyat

I've just started a second playthrough of Call Of Pripyat, which impressed me a great deal earlier in the year. Since a few people had been asking me about mods for the game I thought I'd link to the mods I am using this time around. I've merged the installs for Atmosphere 2, TGS EZ (pictured) and RCOM. The resulting mixture seems to retain the…

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Stalker, The Zone, And Borrowed Architecture

I've been doing some guest blogging for splendid architecture site BLDGBLOG. You can see my previous offerings here and here, as well as an interview here. The latest piece - here! - delves deeper into my obsession with GSC Gameworld's Stalker games, and the wider fiction - and reality - surrounding them. Go have a read of the rest of BLDGBLOG, too. It will surprise…

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10 years ago

The Year Ahead, Part One

Below is the first part of our intricate guide for PC gaming in 2010. There's a horde of muscular-looking titles on the horizon, many of them likely to stop you and demand your money, like ludological bandits. Meanwhile, others that we expected to land, such The Old Republic, have already fled to 2011. Read on as the clouds in our crystal ball roll back...

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Pripyat Precipitates Feb 5th

Koch Media have confirmed February 5 as the release date for S.T.A.L.K.E.R : Call of Pripyat in the UK, Italy, and "Nordic", although which countries that stands for isn't quite clear. Russia, Germany and the rest of Europe have had their versions of the game for a while now, and all feedback points to good. I've spent quite a lot of time with the early…

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Call Of Pripyat: Pripyat Itself

Looks like we're all going to need some cheering up after that last item, so how about some bleak Ukrainian apocalypse to give your day a bit of buoyancy? This new trailer for Call Of Pripyat flies through Pripyat itself - so I suppose it's a kind of spoiler - but it gives you some idea of how large the new maps in this game…

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Hands On With Call Of Pripyat

This week I've been playing the English-language version of Stalker: Call of Pripyat. While the game is already out in Russia and Germany, the English version isn't coming out until January. The version I am playing is therefore a preview build, and incomplete in a number of ways, mostly in UI English and some bits and pieces of presentation. What does seem to be complete,…

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Don’t Just Stand There: Stalkerfest

Sergey Galyonkin sends word that he's posted pictures from the heavily-attended Stalkerfest 2009 over on Flickr. You can check out the mass of cosplayers (reportedly around 500) and also see GSC's developer band getting up on stage top strut their stuff. For those of you down with the local language, there's also a blog account of the event here.

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When Lighting Attacks: Call Of Pripyat Trailer

So it seems that DirectX 11 will be supported by Call Of Pripyat, although it's not clear what difference that will make to the visual fidelity of the game. This new video (below) shows off lots of lovely real-time shadows and stuff, but I was under the impression that Stalker did that in DirectX 9 anyway... (There's a slightly bizarre comparison of DX9 and DX10…

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Murky, Moody Footage Of Call Of Pripyat

Many things worry the tiny minds of the RPS team, but one of the most oft-concerning thoughts is whether Stalker: Call Of Pripyat, the third (possibly final?) instance of the games of the zone, will ultimately be the best . Can GSC make up for the misstep of Clear Sky and land a game that has the atmosphere and precision of the original, while still…

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Interview: GSC On Call Of Pripyat

The announcement of a new Stalker game, Call Of Pripyat, offers an intriguing prospect. It's a trilogy-completing work - with Clear Sky acting as prequel - and it proports to show what took place in the zone after the events of Shadow Of Chernobyl. The initial announcement seemed to promise a great deal: enhanced A-Life, more freedom, and more survival conditions to consider. But what…

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Official: Call Of Pripyat

We've known about this for a while, but the official announcement has only just turned up. The third Stalker game is due for release this Autumn, and covers the events immediately following the end of Shadow Of Chernobyl. "Having discovered about the open path to the Zone center, the government decides to hold a large-scale military "Fairway" operation aimed to take the CNPP under control."…

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Stalker: The Mods, Return To Clear Sky

The past week of my gaming time has been dominated by Stalker mods: downloading, testing, crashing, deleting, reinstalling, and even a few hours of playing. For Shadow Of Chernobyl there's pretty much a one-stop shop for changes, which is the extraordinary Oblivion Lost mod. It's a comprehensive, colossal piece of compilation modding, much of it done by the author, and the rest factored in from…

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11 years ago

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Ramble On Rambling: Exploration Games

Certain game experiences seem to suggest other, older games, and leave me longing for them. Age Of Conan, which I've been playing a great deal for the PC Gamer review, somehow left me longing for Oblivion. There was something about the way that Age Of Conan tantalises you with elements of single player gaming that left me quite hungry for a proper RPG romp, and…

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Why I Still Play Stalker

A couple of months back I went to a dinner party. It was a modest, grown up affair, albeit it with a bout of arm-flailing Wii play dominating the evening. I didn't know the host all that well and, as we found common ground, we got to discussing his game collection. We sat and picked out titles, as I imagine menfolk might have discussed a…

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