In 1986 the world's most horrific nuclear disaster took place
in Chernobyl. After subsequent unexplained explosions in 2006,
a military zone is set up preventing access to this area.
Stories of huge anomalous energy disturbances and strange
sightings within the Zone are rife. Only the foolhardy or
insane venture in. You are a S.T.A.L.K.E.R., a mercenary paid
by scientists and other undisclosed groups, searching for
strange artefacts, information and technologies. However,
you're not alone. Rival S.T.A.L.K.E.R.S., Military guards,
mutants and deadly anomalous zones stand in your way as you
begin to unravel the mystery of the Zone...
S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Shadow of Chernobyl, you play a stalker
- a guy who earns money from shovelling embers out of the
Chernobyl Zone. Returning from the radioactivity-blazing zone,
you can sell anomalous formations to underground dealers and
scientists. This allows you to purchase equipment, weapons
and protective suits allowing you to reach previously inaccessible
areas. As such, this is a FPS/RPG that will see you returning
time and time again to unlock additional content.
years in the making you can be forgiven for being a little
apprehensive about this release. When games are continually
delayed the end result is usually a product that was originally
designed years before with the lumps knocked out of it. This,
unfortunately results, more often than not, in a game that
is already badly out of date being pushed out with a ton of
gloss poured over it - in the hope that no one will notice
how old it really is.
this is not the case with S.T.A.L.K.E.R. The developers
have neatly pulled it off, on the whole.
the actually plot is rather dull, this doesn't really matter.
You'll get drawn into this so completely that you'll easily
swallow everything the developers throw at you. Apparently
the developers had originally planned to make some of the
numerous discarded vehicles drivealble. Sadly they aren't.
I say sadly, because traipsing around the landscape can, at
times be a little dull - you know where you have to go, but
walking takes up so much valuable gaming time.
is a huge, sprawling, monster of a game with more atmosphere
than you need. The result is a creepy game that you won't
want to play alone with the lights off. Certainly worth a
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