Reviews and Problems with S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl
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A creepy, mature, first-person sci-fi shooter.
Common Sense Media
10 February 2014
Summary: Parents need to know that the extreme violence and gore in this game make it an adults-only affair. Anomalies tear bodies apart, characters and animals bleed profusely when shot, and chunks of flesh fly freely when hit by more powerful attacks. It is possible to shoot others in the head, which results in a reward during multiplayer gameplay. This game offers online play , which Common Sense Media does not recommend for anyone under 12.
Summary: S.T.A.L.K.E.R. is a glimpse at the future of the FPS genre, though it is littered with potholes. It is not the perfectly alive, “realistic” and open-ended playground promised seven years ago, and technical faults make it very difficult for some folk to just start playing. Once again, ATI owners seem to bear the largest share of technical issues, but there are plenty of complaints from Nvidia users whose S.T.A.L.K.E.R.
Conclusion: Stalker Shadow of Chernobyl is an ambitious title from GSC, one that succeeds and amazes in some areas but almost horridly trips and stumbles along in others. Still I find myself liking the game and am willing to overlook its potholes. Stalker is a game, that for the moment at least, you’ll either find you can forgive and move on with it (patches applied), or condemn its flaws and never grant it the light of your day.
Excerpt: S.T.A.L.K.E.R. is a survival sci-fi first-person shooter set in the near-future Chernobyl exclusion zone. According to the game story, there happens a second explosion in the heart of Chernobyl to generate the Zone - a 30 square kilometers area of the game - the place plentiful not only of radiation, but also of weird deadly anomalous energy, mutants, hostile NPCs and valuable artifacts.
Excerpt: S.T.A.L.K.E.R. which stands for Scavengers, Trespassers, Adventurers, Loners, Killers, Explorers and Robbers is something of a game that breaks the mold. It's a shooter that offers up a new experience different from the simple trigger happy offerings we have come to expect in this genre.
Summary: Ultimately, you’re getting a deeply involving single-player experience (the bland multiplayer is a wash) that really separates itself from the shooter pack. We’re thankful that the game finally came out but even more pleased that it exceeded our expectations. If you can bear the bugginess and difficulty, you should definitely try it out.
Pros: Single-player campaign combines the best of action and role-playing.
Cons: Unforgivable bugs are annoying; don’t bother if you’re running Vista.
Summary: S.T.A.L.K.E.R. provides players with dynamic gameplay of fast and tough combats, where you are to oppose smart & dangerous enemies, a large set of diverse weaponry, possibility to control machinery, detailed and interactive game world, story-driven single player with original team gameplay, and multiplayer with numerous modes.