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S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow Of Chernobyl

Released on 23 March 2007

Rating: 16+ (PEGI)

4.0 out of 5 (74 customer reviews) | Write a review

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On April 26, 1986, the world's worst nuclear accident occurred: Reactor 4 of the Chernobyl power station exploded, releasing clouds of radioactive matter. Soviet authorities established a 30km 'Exclusion Zone' around this nuclear wasteland, but in 2006 a second explosion rocked the stricken reactor, obliterating all living things and causing the Zone's boundaries to ripple outwards. From this epicentre came waves of mutated creatures, deadly radiation and strange, anomalous energy. The Zone was cordoned off by the military who would shoot on sight anyone foolish enough to brave the horrors within.

It is now 2012 - man has ventured further and further into the heart of the Zone driven by reports of strange 'artifacts' imbued with anomalous energy. Mercenaries and bounty hunters compete to recover these artifacts, which command extortionate prices on the black market. Others seek to find the truth behind the Zone, whilst some merely revel in the desolate lawlessness of the place. Whatever their motivation, over time these individuals - Scavengers, Trespassers, Adventurers, Loners, Killer, Explorers and Robbers - have become known as S.T.A.L.K.E.R.s.
  • An immersive storyline seamlessly blended with a living, breathing, non-linear open-world environment governed by the revolutionary 'A-Life' system
  • Accurately modelled real-word buildings and locations from deep inside the Chernobyl exclusion Zone
  • Combines action, stealth, survival and RPG elements to create an incomparable experience in the Zone
  • NPC characters react dynamically to environments and situations
  • Brutally realistic combat mechanics - weapons display accurate ballistic properties and can be modified with silencers and telescopic scopes
  • Dynamic day/night and weather system directly impacts gameplay
  • Advanced physics and dynamic lighting effects powered by the proprietary 'X-Ray Engine'
  • Intense multiplayer action, supporting up to 32 players

customer Reviews

 Average rating (74 reviews)

 My favourite game, possibly of all time.

| | See all Xiaran's reviews (4)

Years before STALKER was released i have looked forward to it from an early trailer and interview i saw explaining the game and all of its content.

At the time the game had cutting edge graphics, the gameplay looked amazing and non linear (which is what i like in games) it looked original and it looked overall fun.

I got the game upon its release and had a good enough PC to run it on full spec (apart from full dynamic lighting, which just wouldnt work)

On full spec the game didnt look quite as good as games that had been released at that time as this game had been in production for a long time, but you could tell from its depth that it was worth it.

You start off as a STALKER who has lost his memory, a little unimaginative, but thats only the initial plot. Almost instantly you get introduced by your main sauce of mission, a guy who runs "the shop" he will set you on your first mission which will drop you into some pretty intense combat.

You start the game with nothing but a suit and an empty inventory screen. Pretty much right off the bat you gain ownership to a pistol and some ammo and get put on your first mission.

This introduction to the game really sets you up to know what to expect from the following long well thought out experience.

First you will notice the graphics, not overly impressive but with the amazingly well thought out level design its easy to see that any more graphics strain might cause the game to have slow down. Things such as leaves will blow infront of your face, wind and rain affects, the day and night will change according to the time of day, its an impressive engine.

STALKER has an FPS with RPG elements, similar games such as Deus Ex and System Shock 2 and as such has a lot of NPC interaction. Every character around the "zone" is free to talk to and get information from, some will trade and others will give you side quests.

About 10 or so minutes into the start of STALKER you will have gotten used to the controls and will be on your first mission. This will introduce you to the combat system. At first impression it seems very hard to actualy hit anything, and that you may die rarther easily, but after sticking it out you will find that as you collect better weapons and adding scopes and so on you become a better shot and more powerfull, its almost an alternative way to gaining levels.

The game itself is set in a post nuclear environment caused by Chernobyl which gives you literally miles and miles of freeroaming terrain for you to explore where numerous clans roam and fight against each other whilst trying to battle off whordes of well thought out mutants.

Your main role in STALKER is to infaultrate differnt locations, such as large areas of land, underground bunkers, science labs or old decaying buildings etc... to retrieve information which allows the story to unfold.

Along your travels you will encounter various differnt types of mutants in different well designed environments, the most impressive of which are these kind of telekenetic mutants who actualy mess with your vision and hearing, which you as the player experiences, the screen can go to a kind of black and white and sound can go muffled leaving a steady beating which in some cases can be quite spookey.

STALKER is the kind of game that maybe slow to start off with but after a couple of hours of game play, you just cant put it down. Encaptivating story, combat that gets better and better as the game goes on, more interesting characters, mutants and weapons, larger more brilliantly crafted environments to explore.

One of the best games, if not the best, i have ever played.

 Fantastic Game Best Purchase in AGES!

| | See all DooManiC's reviews (1)

Really atmospheric, pretty scary, just great! well worth the wait.
I havnt been into a game this much since Oblivion... this is fantastic with loads of cool atmospheric bits and the cut scenes are... well ... ring like... you know when the little girl climbs out of the well... you will see what i mean.... this is a brilliant game and I havnt stopped playing it.

 Fantastic!

| | See all BuckoUK's reviews (7)

O.K, some things really need clearing up here. STALKER is an awesome game, I do not understand why people rate this game to be bad, I brought it because £10 you can't go wrong, so I thought what the heck. I really wasnt expecting much but dam was I wrong! This game is out this world......

Alot of "People" said about the game having loads of bugs, well I downloaded patch 1.004 before playing and everything so far is perfect (about 10 hours in), and I heard stories from "People" about them having 8800 and still having lag issues, well I tell you they are wrong, I have x2 6800 ultras AMD fx-55 2.4ghz processor and 2gbs of OCZ ram and I have 80% of the game max'd, full AA/AF and static lighting (It seems the people who complained prob had HDR lighting on, really does cripple the game).

Also I think people complain as they think its just a casual FPS game, well no. This is an RPG / FPS game, there is loads of quests, loads of weapons, suits, reputation, everything you would see in a RPG but its an FPS... amazing!

So to all those who don't want to buy it through bugs and all the bad stuff people say, well there is NONE!

Best £10 I've spent in a very long time, buy it!

 Great game

| | See all Heinrich's reviews (11)

Really good game, nice graphics, and good gameplay. It boasts a wide range of weapons which are fun to use, the British SA80 is on here only named different.

This is one of those good games, that emerges from the ranks of other shooters, and for this price its well worth it.

 gotta be the most realistic fps ever

| | See all LaGgyY's reviews (2)

I got this game when it first came out i thought it was great killing people and freaky mutated monters. this game is amazing its bloody hard the ai is really real. it is also based on an event that shock the world. also the graphics are great the game play is good the recoil is real and the game is a challange.

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Rating16+ (PEGI)
Players1/Network
Minimum RequirementsOS: Windows XP (Service Pack 2) / 2000 SP4
CPU: Intel Pentium 4 2.0GHz, AMD XP 2200+ or better
RAM: 512 MB or better
Hard Drive Space: 10 GB
Graphics Card: nVIDIA GeForce 5700, ATI Radeon 9600 or a 128 MB DirectX 9.0c compatible graphics card
Sound: DirectX 9 compatible sound card
Multiplayer: LAN/Internet Connection with Cable/DSL speeds
Keyboard and Mouse

Recommended System Requirements:
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6400, AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ or better
RAM: 1 GB RAM or better
Graphics Card: nVIDIA GeForce 7900, ATI Radeon X1850 or better