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S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky

3 months ago

Feature: Anomaleet

Best Stalker mods

On every PC gaming forum, there’s a question that pops up without fail: “Now that I’ve completed Stalker, how should I replay it?” There’s clearly more than one answer to that. I’ve never known a game to be quite as autopsied by its own fans as the Stalker series (or, technically S.T.A.L.K.E.R., but who has the time). The three games - Shadow Of Chernobyl, Clear…

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11 months ago

Feature: S.T.A.L.K.E.R. in the age of social media.

Modder Superior: S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Anomaly is the next best thing to a sequel

The past few years have been amazing for fans of the gritty survival shooter sandbox series S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Between a vague but permissive modding agreement and an engine-code leak, fans had all the tools they needed to make their own successor. The likes of Lost Alpha, Dead Air and the upcoming multiplayer Ray Of Hope are all impressive, but the recently re-released Anomaly is the closest we've seen to…

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6 years ago

Feature: Scanning For Anomalies

In the Zone: How Gamers Experience The Real Chernobyl

I am standing in the middle of Pripyat in what was intended to be the site of the 1986 May Day festivities. Now an expanse of cracked concrete, the iconic rusting ferris wheel stands behind me. No one else is in sight, as I've been left here alone to get on with some measurements. Looking down at the Geiger counter in my hand I slowly…

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9 years ago

Stalker 2: A Light In The Wasteland

The sudden apparent closure of GSC GameWorld and death of Stalker 2 is, for me, the saddest gaming news of this year, and a whole lot of other years to boot. Jim eloquently summed up why over the weekend. The waters of explanation remain deeply muddied however, so all we can do is hope that some glimmer of life emerges from the ruins. We got…

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Get Out Of Here: GSC Closure “Confirmed”

LATEST UPDATE: GSC's twitter this morning announced there will be an official statement on Monday.1c Ukraine's Sergey Galenkin has blogged about the closure of GSC. He states: "GSC is closed, a fact confirmed by all. The team is almost completely dissolved, the state has only a few people." Galenkin blames the cost of developing a PC only shooter for a European audience, and a failed…

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Mod News: Clever Girl

Quite a lot of mod news this week, apparently, even though there's very little for you to actually play. There's a long-awaited update from Jurrassic Life, as well as plenty of other gubbins related to Half-Life 2, Crysis, Stalker: Clear Sky, Portal 2 and Dirt 3. That's a lot of games! Read on to find out what's what.

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Oh, Completely: Clear Sky Complete

This is a random sort of update, but it's just a polite recommendation for all of you. Way back in the mists of 2009 I took a look at the state of mods for Clear Sky, and concluded that while a markedly improved experience was possible, none were a perfect fix to that flawed gem. I'd like to revise and update that, having spent the…

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10 years ago

Further New Dawns For Clear Sky

A few people have mailed us over the past few weeks suggesting that we take a look at the Total Faction War mod v1.8 by PhoenixHeart, Darkenneko and Smoq2. I finally got around to doing that this week, and I've written up some thoughts below. Long term readers will recall that I previously attempted to mod the errant son of the Stalker dysnasty into a…

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Redemption Song: Clear Sky Complete

There aren't many things that could possibly lure me back to STALKER: Clear Sky, knowing the series' troubled second game is bookended by far finer titles. One of them, however, is hearing that Artistpavel, the acclaimed modder who compiled the spectacular Complete 2009 tweak'n'fix'n'upgrade collection for the original STALKER, has just released the first iteration of Clear Sky Complete. You'll probably want to treat your…

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11 years ago

GamersGate: Redesigned, Crazy Sales

This is the kind of thing we'd normally leave for LewieP to herd into his weekly Bargain Bucket post, but if we wait to mention it till Sunday, most of the great offers will be gone. So, call this the RPS Bargain Jar or something. Quite a few of you have griped about digital store GamersGate's general design over the past few months, and it…

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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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12 years ago

Clear Sky: The First Patch

We'll be talking more about Clear Sky soon, once gamers have had a chance to actually play it rather than just shout conspiracy theories about the mixed-bag scores it's been receiving. On the pre-eve of the game's European release, however, there's already a patch out. Notably, it addresses a few of the things Jim's, Kieron's and my respective reviews complained about, such as easing the…

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Eurogamer: Stalker: Clear Sky Review

After Jim and Alec's reviews have found their way into the world, Eurogamer eject my take on Clear Sky onto the Internet. In it I say things like:"It's a graphically improved prequel that integrates a mass of things that were promised for Stalker with assorted game tweaks that - on paper - sound as if they'd improve the immersion of the game considerably. In practice,…

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Interview: GSC on STALKER: Clear Sky

Well, we've had more than a week of E3 coverage, and I'm sure you're sick of it by now. So I'm finishing up! I checked my huge pile of notes, recordings and press materials and found I have only one thing left to write about – Stalker: Clear Sky.This sequel/prequel/remake of the acclaimed, if divisive, FPS is an interesting one because it's the only game…

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Giganto-Spoiler: First 25 Minutes Of Clear Sky

Initially I couldn't actually bring myself to watch this. Those that had assured me that it was "okay, I suppose", "looking a bit better the first game," and - ominously - "Jim, it's a kill x rats mission." I hoped that's wasn't true. I had to take a look. Also: it's almost sarcastically karmic. There was me moaning about trailers that had no game footage,…

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Clear Sky Info Influx

The image above is from this gallery over at Strategy Informer, which is packed with similar lavish glimpses of the forthcoming Stalker prequel. It seems to be showing off some of the new areas, as well as suggesting a level of detail that will cause my graphics card to shudder and slowly die. Elsewhere, our Eurogamer chums have had a long chat with Oleg Yavorsky,…

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Clear Sky Tech Trailer

There's a Clear Sky DX10 tech trailer over on GamersHell. Normally I'd embed it here, but I can't get it to upload to GameTrailers, and our poor little server might not be happy about much heavier traffic than it's getting already. Anyway, the video shows off some pretty spectacular DX10 technologies (realistic watery surfaces, realistic gas and smoke, etc) and makes me suspect that I…

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