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Post by Cheese on Fri Apr 03, 2009 2:58 pm

Has anybody played these games, or even heard of them? Clear Sky got a review from Yahtzee, which I'm pretty sure was favourable (it's hard to tell with him Razz).

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/zero-punctuation/271-S-T-A-L-K-E-R-Clear-Sky

I've only played Shadow of Chernobyl, and I'll admit it took me a while to get into. Not only is it gob-smackingly hard, but it doesn't play like any other fps I've been on. After a while, it quickly became one of my top three games, bumping Halo of the list.

It's pretty old too, so I got the first on for £7. Give it a try!

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Post by Ukurse on Fri Apr 03, 2009 3:31 pm

I haven't played the game but I have seen a stalker in HL2 EP1
Here is a link if you want it.
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Post by Angatar on Fri Apr 03, 2009 3:41 pm

Who called me? Razz
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Post by Ukurse on Fri Apr 03, 2009 3:43 pm

Angatar wrote:Who called me? Razz
scratch Wha-
Ooh, Lol lol!
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Post by Gauz on Fri Apr 03, 2009 3:55 pm

lol
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Post by Cheese on Fri Apr 03, 2009 4:05 pm

Different kind in both examples, lol

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Post by Cheese on Mon May 18, 2009 3:12 pm


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Post by RX on Mon May 18, 2009 4:49 pm

Is it for the PC?
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Post by CivBase on Mon May 18, 2009 5:50 pm

Every time someone posts a Zero Punctuation vid I end up watching 5 more... it's just too funny!

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Post by Cheese on Tue May 19, 2009 4:30 am

Yeah it's for the PC

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Post by KristallNacht on Tue May 19, 2009 8:44 am

STALKER is a lot like fallout
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Post by Cheese on Tue May 19, 2009 9:22 am

Depends what you mean. In terms of setting you have radiation and that's about it, although radiation is a lot more fearsome in STALKER.

In terms of gameplay, atmosphere, plot, characters, enemies, everything else ever - the two are complete and utter strangers.

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Post by KristallNacht on Tue May 19, 2009 8:51 pm

cheese...not really

both are FPSRPGs.

they are very similar past the fact that Fallout tossed in way more monsters than Stalker did.
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Post by Cheese on Wed May 20, 2009 3:26 am

They are similar in the way that they are both radioactive open world fps-rpgs, but that's about it - and even if they were made into books then that would change. STALKER would be horror, Fallout would be Sci-Fi Apocalypse.

In terms of FPS, STALKER is way more like CoD than Fallout - and Fallout looks more similar to FFXIII if you don't include the clumsy shooter bits when you're out of AP, which play more like Pariah for instance.

In terms of open world - STALKER isn't. It's made up of about 15 different maps that you cannot access before your time. Radiation and enemies aside, there are barriers that you cannot pass until you get permission from whoever or get a brain unscrambler.

RPGs could be the same about any old western RPG (though STALKER, being Russian is pushing that boundry). And yeah, I guess that whole role play thing can't be very different without several hours of cutscenes like those from the Land of the Rising Sun enjoy.

In terms of Radiation, as I said before, Radiation in Fallout is harmless. In STALKER is actually kills your ass. There are mutants in both, but STALKER mutants weren't created by Radiation, they were created by the zone, which was also not created by the Chernobyl event.

Levelling up - STALKER has none. You get more powerful through weapons and armour and artefacts, making it more akin to Freelancer.

Atmosphere in STALKER is supposed to be dark and unsettling. I still don't feel safe in the zone (with my shiny deadly mods that is). In Fallout I don't mind strolling around with my radio on full blast all the time. Danger is basically invisible in STALKER.

If you're gonna call these two the same - you might as well call every FPS, RTS, TBS the same - because most are just as, if not more similar than these two.

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Post by KristallNacht on Wed May 20, 2009 8:49 am

you are aware i said "a lot like" lol

i think you forget the fact that drawing such a comparison helps people that don't know the IP relate it to something they do know.

chances are, if you hated fallout3, then you're still not gonna like STALKER.
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Post by Cheese on Wed May 20, 2009 8:50 am

I dont like Fallout 3. STALKER is one of my favourite games.

I see your point though.

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Post by KristallNacht on Wed May 20, 2009 8:52 am

well, did you play STALKER and THEN play Fallout 3? or the other way around?
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Post by Cheese on Wed May 20, 2009 8:56 am

Played STALKER at a mates, thought meh. Then bought Fallout 3. Then bought STALKER. I had never really thought to compare them though. Especially since I played them about a year apart. Still playing STALKER though.

Hang on, have you played STALKER? Just wondering.

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Post by KristallNacht on Wed May 20, 2009 9:25 am

I played a bit of it. Had problems on my comp though so i like didn't even get out of the intro area.
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Post by Cheese on Wed May 20, 2009 9:40 am

Ohhhhh... I can see why you'd say it the same then. Yeah it is a terrible terrible game in terms of crashing, glitching and bugs. Same with Fallout 3 though I guess Razz

If it likes your computer though (as it did on my third, and least good computer) it runs fine.

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Post by KristallNacht on Wed May 20, 2009 6:11 pm

i never said its the same, i've seen it running full and its quite similar.
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Post by Toaster on Wed May 20, 2009 6:15 pm

KristallNacht wrote:i never said its the same, i've seen it running full and its quite similar.

Aesthetically then?
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Post by Cheese on Wed May 20, 2009 6:17 pm

Either way. I disagree.

Imo, STALKER and Fallout 3 are as different as any other twin-genre games you'd care to list. But as always, the glorious imo makes this pointless. We should probably spend our time doing something productive like shooting zombies with plants.

After all, you don't want zombies on the lawn.

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Post by KristallNacht on Wed May 20, 2009 10:42 pm

lol that game looked fun
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