S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Call of Pripyat PC Games and Downloads
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Released on 05/02/2010
Special Edition contents include:
- Art Cards x 4
- Zone Map
- Soundtrack CD
The events of S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat unfold shortly after the end of S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl. Having discovered about the open path to the Zone center, the government decides to hold a large-scale military "Fairway" operation aimed to take the CNPP under control.
According to the operation's plan, the first military group is to conduct an air scouting of the territory to map out the detailed layouts of anomalous fields location. Thereafter, making use of the maps, the main military forces are to be dispatched.
Despite thorough preparations, the operation fails. Most of the avant-garde helicopters crash. In order to collect information on reasons behind the operation failure, Ukraine's Security Service send their agent into the Zone center. From now on everything depends on the player.
- Photorealistic exclusion Zone – Pripyat town, Yanov railway station, Jupiter factory, Kopachi village and more, recreated by their true-to-life prototypes.
- New story, a number of unique characters.
- Extended system of side quests.
- New monsters: Chimera and Burer. New behaviour and abilities for all monsters.
- New A-Life system, created using the players' best-liked elements of the first two games in series.
- Emissions considerably influence the world of the Zone.
- Sleep function added into the game.
- New player's interface.
- Possibility to continue the game after completion in a freeplay mode.
- The game is developed on X-Ray engine v.1.6
Back in the Zone
Welcome to the Zone: the area around Chernobyl NPP, where Call of Pripyat and the other S.T.A.L.K.E.R. games are set. It's a grim wasteland, populated by desperate men and hideously twisted beasts. Every cautious footfall is accompanied by the eerie howls of mad dogs and the ominous crackle of the Geiger counter. Scattered everywhere are invisible anomalies, the freakish by-products of the terrible forces which the wasteland has been witness to, whirlwinds of fire and crushing force which spell death for the unwary and unwise.
Since the disaster at the power plant the area around Pripyat, the abandoned city which you might have visited in CoD: Modern Warfare, has been an interesting place. High levels of background radiation and the periodical 'emissions' which sweep the area have taken their toll on man and beast alike, turning even the lowly rats into rabid killers who attack in squealing swarms.
Groups of S.T.A.L.K.E.R.S - men and mercenaries who populate the Zone - struggle to survive in whatever way they can. Searching for the valuable artefacts which are formed by the Zone's anomalies might be a good way to make money, but why take all that risk when you could let somebody else do it and rob them on the way home?
Even more terrifying than the desolate surface are the gloomy underground complexes and abandoned laboratories ? homes to some of the nastiest mutants and the darkest corners.
Two legs bad, four legs worse
Not, on balance, the sort of place you'd think you'd want to hang around in, but all this being lightly microwaved and savaged by mutants is actually surprisingly enjoyable.
For this instalment of the series, players take the role of Major Degtyarov, a member of the Ukranian special forces who's sent to discover the fate of a number of military helicopters which crashed whilst attempting to navigate to the Zone's tumultuous centre. There aren't any fancy gadgets or glamorous flunkies for this Secret Service agent, though ? the Major is dumped into the Zone with nothing more than a rudimentary jacket and a good old fashioned Kalashnikov.
If you've played either of the previous titles, you'll have an idea of what to expect next; if you haven't then you're in for a treat. Stalker is an open world game, huge expanses of the Zone lay open to exploration right from the off and many of the game's 70+ quests can only be found through a bit of off-road poking about. There's always a plot point or two for you to follow up should you feel the need for some direction but Stalker is really about getting out in the zone and exploring. It's full of exciting ways to die, as well as some very beautiful sunsets.
50,000 people used to live here...
The AI has been vastly improved over the other Stalker offerings, with the A-life system making sure the ecology of the Zone ticks over no matter what you're up to. What that means is that no area stays static ? clearing out a den of nasties doesn't mean an area will be safe for good, vacant property soon attracts lodgers!
Stalkers and mutants are no friends, either, and the two groups can often be seen fighting each other when you're out and about. Again, jumping to the aid of a group of hard-pressed fellow humans is always an option, but what about letting those dogs finish them off so you can loot the bodies? It's all about the pragmatic angle.
The only bugs are mutants
Once you've stolen the weapon and suit of a richer, unluckier Stalker you can take them back to one of the civilised hub areas to be repaired and upgraded by friendly technicians. This RPG-like system means that you can develop weapons along specific paths, perhaps increasing accuracy or reliabilty, and fine tune your ultimate load-out to your playstyle. Make sure you carry a back-up, though, equipment degrades with use and there's nothing worse than lining up an enemy just to hear the tell-take click of a weapon jam when you pull the trigger.
Fans of the previous Stalker games are probably expecting there to be all sorts of bug issues with this, as the both Clear Sky and Shadow of Chernobyl had pretty serious issues with errors and broken features. Call of Pripyat has neither of these, it's smooth and works perfectly straight out of the box.
This is the ultimate Stalker title so far, a great balance of all that was good from the first game and its prequel, with a few new added extras too. Just make sure you leave the lights on.
+ Superbly atmospheric
+ Huge play area.
+ Multiple paths mean no two games are alike.
- Graphically a little dated.
- Weak storyline.
- Climax is disappointing.
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