5 ghotiMrGhoti | 11/01/2010 | See all MrGhoti's reviews (1)I am reviewing the Polish version of the game which essentially comes in the same package as the UK edition - 5 art postcards, map of the zone, game DVD & booklet. (still hoping that we'll have an opportunituy to see the US/German version with added collectible extras and case)With one word the games is EXCELLENT!The graphics engine has been revised, and looks better than ever with all modern effects included (no lagging peformance as with DX10.1 patch for Clear Sky).Character & monster models have been reviewd and improved - now even scarier and more detailed. Plus a few new ones to be encountered! New behaviours have been added as well.Revised game mechanics. New shooting system. Added stimulants/remedies for short term in game bonuses.All brand new locations, with marvelous details.And most importantly - game play. New behaviours and new artifacts bring a new gameplay level to the game. Quests come in a few varieties, from simple bring an item, to multitier ones. Main storyline is simply gripping, you just can't get away from the PC. World is with more 'gradient' - factions mix more - you can see stalkers, bandits and other enjoying a drink in the local heaven side by side.(Just to give away a few plot items - find who is stealing form the stalkers, sneak into bloodsuckers nest with a fellow stalker to complete your quest, investigate all helicopter crash sites in the main quest and find out what happened to the crews - but be careful new anomalies are even deadlier than before!)The only 'drawback' is the outdoors rendering - less folliage than Clear Sky and terrain seems to be a bit 'simplistic'. I guess this decission was to improve performance. SSAO effects seem a bit too strong at times, but this is not really a bother.Of course Stalker was always about the indoors and not the outdoors!I got the game just after new year and simply find it amazing. It is properly balanced, no annoyances esp. quest-related, such as 'capture depot' appearing over and over again. Simply best of both previous stalkers, with lots of new improvments!(I'm already waiting for the fourth installment of the series!)Before you buy the game, make sure you don't have any serious commitments, as you will surely forget about the world outside the zone!