Reviews and Problems with S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky
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S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky Review
2 June 2009
Excerpt: It would be easy to feel cheated. You play a game called "Stalker", and there's not a single celebrity in sight... Then you remember that the game is actually called "S.T.A.L.K.E.R." and that it isn't about violating a restraining order and tailing A-list movie stars down Hollywood Boulevard in the Californian sun, but instead there's some nonsense about a reverse-engineered acronym and you're spending your time hunting alien artefacts and trying not to be eaten by...
Conclusion: The PC version of Grand Theft Auto IV should have been the best version of the game. The keyboard and mouse combo is simply a better control scheme for this game and the PC version can offer a better-looking game than its console counterparts. Instead, it is still plagued by a myriad of technical issues and a lack of an active multi-player community. I suppose it is impressive that the game is still a lot of fun even with everything that pulls it down.
Conclusion: Overall, Clear Sky is a game with its fair share of problems. Bugs and technical issues are all too common and shouldn't be present in this capacity. The multiplayer, while fun at times, is difficult to get into and seems a little tacked on for a game in the FPS genre, where multiplayer is generally a primary focus. On the other hand, it is nearly unrivaled in creating a truly immersive and creepy setting.
Conclusion: Despite its shortcomings, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky offers a compelling gameplay experience that will keep players entertained for a long time. The zone is a big place and there is a lot to see and do. There's no denying the game is hard, but there is also a genuine sense of accomplishment after successfully tracking down a valuable artifact and barely surviving the hostile anomaly where it was located, or dealing with a particularly nasty group of bandits or rival...
Pros: Open-ended gameplay;tense firefights;plenty to see and do;outstanding visuals;creepy environments make for interesting locations to visit.
Cons: Some erratic AI behavior;difficult missions can be frustrating;voice acting is hit and miss.