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S.T.A.L.K.E.R.

2 weeks ago

Feature: There's something behind you

The eeriest places in games are the ones where the environment is the monster

Whilst raw forms of horror work through shock and disgust, the eerie is felt more as a threat. Perhaps something seems to hover over or follow you -- there’s a rustling just behind you, or a shimmering in your peripheral vision. Usually eeriness pertains to places rather than people. Places that seem to move, shift or even act when they really should lie still. This…

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5 months ago

Dead Air is S.T.A.L.K.E.R’s best standalone megamod yet

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 is still years away so here's a banquet of irradiated exploration and scavenging to tide you over. Dead Air is a standalone mega-mod (no purchase necessary) for bleak FPS sandbox series S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Built on top of the fan-upgraded OpenXRay engine and using Call of Chernobyl's massive world map, it offers an uncompromising but accessible survival sandbox that looks good and runs better than any similarly huge S.T.A.L.K.E.R. mod out there.

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6 months ago

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 is in development, but not due until 2021

Good news for fans of uncompromisingly bleak and incomparably atmospheric Eastern European sandbox shooters: an official S.T.A.L.K.E.R. sequel is on the way, original devs GSC Game World have confirmed. The less-good news is that we’re all going to have to continue playing mods for the original games for a while yet. According to the announcement, the game isn’t due until 2021. And for those itching to pass the…

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7 months ago

The Farm 51 announces survival horror Chernobylite

Video games love to take us to Chernobyl. We've covered a weirdo terrorist attack game set there, the battle royale title disaster, and of course the granddaddy of em all. Last year, I finally got to take a spin with Chernobyl VR, which was a fascinating, mostly educational look at capturing a part of the Earth that we simply should not be messing around in.…

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1 year ago

Nemesis Bundle 3 live on Bundle Stars, featuring S.T.A.L.K.E.R., Tropico, and others from 89p / $1

Not to let itself be out-done by Humble's very many bundles packed with games, Bundle Stars has put together the 'Nemesis Bundle 3'. Unsurprisingly, this is the third iteration of the 'Nemesis' bundle, which collects a whole batch of games with a penchant for a little bit of the old ultra-violence. Similarly to Humble, this one is structured in a 'pay more, get more' format,…

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2 years ago

Scavenging A War-Torn City In Escape From Tarkov Video

Do you like guns? Do you like guns that realistically jam on you because you scavenged them in a war-torn Eastern European city and you had no other choice because people were trying to kill you and you had to defend yourself? Well that's kind of what Escape From Tarkov [official site] is all about. Last week, some of developers from Russian studio Battlestate Games…

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4 years ago

Own S.T.A.L.K.E.R.? Get It Free And DRM-Free From GOG

The one certainty with news items about S.T.A.L.K.E.R. [official site] is there's at least a 70 percent chance they've been planted by Jim. Thanks Jim! GOG.com continues to blow the horn in support of DRM-free everything with a new game reclaiming service, which you can check it out for yourself in this generously placed link. The idea is that if you bought a game legitimately but the game no longer…

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Don’t Just Stand There, Etc: The STALKER Bundle

Discounts on the STALKER trilogy (which seems like the wrong way to categorise the series somehow, but never mind) tend to wheel around pretty often, but this is particularly good deal for the whole set. There a certain games which are buried deep in RPS' DNA, and the semi-open world, post apocalyptic survival/horror/action STALKER is one of them. If you haven't played them, you are…

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Happy S.T.A.L.K.I.N.G.: Survarium Freeplay Mode Plans

Gosh-o! After several years of nodding politely and say "Yes that's nice but..." to news about the deathmatch-y side of Survarium [official site], developers Vostok Games are starting to share firm plans for the post-apocalyptic FPS's open-world Freeplay mode. As we've hoped from the studio founded by former S.T.A.L.K.E.R. developers, it's sounding pretty S.T.A.L.K.Y. as players roam across wasteland, scavenging for weapons and supplies, completing…

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I Said Come In! Survarium Open Beta Expands

GSC Game World announcing a comeback was a nice treat for the end of 2014, but even if they were working on another S.T.A.L.K.E.R. (they haven't said they are, and I suspect they're not) it'd be ages before we got to play it. Perhaps the closest we'll get any time soon is Survarium, a free-to-play FPS made by a studio formed by folks who banded…

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Get Into Here: S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Studio GSC Reopened

Y'know GSC Game World? Oh, you do! The Ukrainian studio behind spookyhard FPS series S.T.A.L.K.E.R.? Oh, you must! You remember - they seemed to close in 2011 but held on a bit longer, still working on S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 for a few months then cancelling it, and since only resurfaced to weigh in on confusing brand rights issues. See, I knew you knew them. Well, they're…

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Um: Areal Devs Are At It Again, With STALKER Apocalypse

See this here? This is a bargepole. It is, I would say, approximately ten feet long. What I'm doing with this bargepole is very deliberately not touching something with it. Even if said bargepole were a hundred feet long, I would still be very deliberately not touching something with it. That something is a crowdfunding attempt for a game called 'STALKER Apocalypse.' The people making…

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Feature: Get to da choppagh

MISERY Diary: Playing Stalker’s Hardest Mod

There are lots of survival games, but there are also lots of games which could be survival games with the right mods installed. Over the course of Survival Week we'll highlight a few of those games and i) write a diary of our experience playing with it ii) explain how to do it yourself. Honour is for better folk than I. Honour is for the…

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Feature: You Will Survive

How To Make STALKER: Call of Pripyat A Survival Game

There are lots of survival games, but there are also lots of games which could be survival games with the right mods installed. Over the course of Survival Week we'll highlight a few of those games and i) write a diary of our experience playing with it ii) explain how to do it yourself. Evil is nothing if not thorough. Usually I prefer to hone…

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Don’t just stand there, Come Watch …Familiar Areal Footage

I don't want to get into any speculation of my own about what's genuine and who has the right to do what in terms of STALKER's heritage right now. Let's just look at the brief in-game footage devs West-Games have finally pumped out to support their slow-moving Kickstarter, and see how we feel then.

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Survarium Beta Keys: Try The Stalker-ish Multiplayer Shooter

Update: And they're all gone. Back in March, Jim reckoned that the beta of Survarium was a strong start for the free-to-play multiplayer shooter. But what does he know? You want to try the game for yourself, to see how far its Stalker influences go and whether its a rusting wasteland worth dying within. Now 1000 of you can, using the first-come, first-served beta keys…

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Areal Kickstarting S.T.A.L.K.E.R. “Spiritual Successor”

If you took a S.T.A.L.K.E.R. design document and replaced the words "Chernobyl disaster" with "weird meteorite," you wouldn't be far off from Areal. Think post-apocalyptic open world survival FPS with non-linear missions, populated by simulated life and mutants, and fizzing with dangerous anomalies. That sounds pretty enticing in itself, but developers West Games also have a few former S.T.A.L.K.E.R. folks working on the game, including…

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All STALKER Games Saved From GameSpy Server Meltdown

GameSpy has officially exploded, and games are still fleeing from ground zero while green smoke and shrapnel billows every which way. It's been a messy process, to say the least, with some games finding happy new homes while others collapsed on the street side, never to rise again. STALKER, thankfully, has made it out at the last second, with whatever remains of GSC releasing a…

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5 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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Feature: Stalk this way

Impressions: Stalker: Lost Alpha

Stalker: Lost Alpha is out, but it's not finished. Typical Stalker, really. The game, a fan-fronted effort to reconnect all the elements that were cut from Shadow of Chernobyl, was leaked during development. The developers have chosen to release it earlier than planned, and I decided to try it out. It's still Stalker, still based on the first game, but at the same time it's…

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