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You are installing them one at a time right, not simultaneously ? I just picked up COP myself, the last of the SOC series that I didn't have. Tonight will be a great night to play it, will be cold wet and some snow..just like Mother Russia..ViVa la Rusky.
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Yeah I think you have to install the DX pack. So you'll have to go: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\stalker shadow of chernobyl , and root around in there for the proper file. I'm pretty sure that what you need isn't among the three folders.
Since I'm not entirely certain the exact address of the file you need I would also suggest to go to Steam Forums and do a little digging around in there as to this issue. I had it awhile back, but that's how I got it fixed was by going to the forum and doing a little homework on it. There is also a Patch file in there so maybe that's what I did, but it's been quite awhile as I got it during the Summer Sale.
My apologies that I'm not of more help. redface.gif
~Ceadder gas_mask.gif

Thanks for the suggestions Ceadder! I appreciate it.
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I've just purchased Call of Pripyat and Shadow of Chernobyl. I'm now wondering if its worth grabbing Clear Skies as well, it seems this is the weakest of the series, what do you guys reckon?

They are all unique in their own way. For the price I would pick all of them up but I already own them. I wouldn't pass up playing CS, it is still worth buying. Especially with the CS complete mod on moddb.
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I've just purchased Call of Pripyat and Shadow of Chernobyl. I'm now wondering if its worth grabbing Clear Skies as well, it seems this is the weakest of the series, what do you guys reckon?

Totally worth it. CS is my favorite of the 3 (/flame shield).
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Meh, everyone is entitled to a favorite. I rather like CoP since you have the ability to sleep. Emissions in CS can occur w/o warning as you transition from one area to another and the problem is that you can't even hide in the tunnel til it blows over. I tried and I died. tongue.gif

But I do like CS, it's still a fun game just never be in a hurry when encountering people you don't know. cool.gif

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Hey guys, any ideas which catalyst drivers run this game best? Does it matter?

I'm currently on catalyst 12.1 with 8.93display drivers, but I was considering rolling back to 11.11c since it seems to be best for battlefield.
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I don't think STALKER really has much of a preference.
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Not sure if this is the right place for it since it says 'fan club', but I d/led Pripayat off of Steam the other day due to it being on sale and having good reviews. When I fired it up today my jaw dropped... at how low the production values are. 90's textures and rendering techniques, horrible polygonal models including grass, it looks like a mod of Quake 2; crouching causes the character to instantly warp a foot lower into the ground rather than actually animate the camera movement, your feet stick to the ground after slowing down from a running pace, and the temptation is to hop across the landscape like a hare instead; you can walk up to enemies who don't seem to see you, there are inconsistencies in the introduction between the narrator and the subtitles (I think at one point the narrator even says year '2011' but the subtitles say '2010' *facepalm*).

I know these things aren't what make a game, but they sure as hell are what make a first impression, and you can guess what mine has been. I suppose I just assumed it was made by a decent studio with decent pockets, but I've seen unpaid modders produce more polish than this. I'm here to ask if I've missed the point or why I should give it more of a chance, as I don't believe all the reviewers could have been wrong...
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So I ended up grabbing all of these on Steam. I'm 7 hours into SoC at the moment using the complete mod and I'm loving it so far but one thing that's really bugging me is the games default FOV is there anyway to change it? I've googled for it and tried a couple of solutions but none have worked. So if anyway has a way to do this I would be very grateful.
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Not sure if this is the right place for it since it says 'fan club', but I d/led Pripayat off of Steam the other day due to it being on sale and having good reviews. When I fired it up today my jaw dropped... at how low the production values are. 90's textures and rendering techniques, horrible polygonal models including grass, it looks like a mod of Quake 2; crouching causes the character to instantly warp a foot lower into the ground rather than actually animate the camera movement, your feet stick to the ground after slowing down from a running pace, and the temptation is to hop across the landscape like a hare instead; you can walk up to enemies who don't seem to see you, there are inconsistencies in the introduction between the narrator and the subtitles (I think at one point the narrator even says year '2011' but the subtitles say '2010' *facepalm*).
I know these things aren't what make a game, but they sure as hell are what make a first impression, and you can guess what mine has been.

Welcome to the STALKER series.

One hump you need to get over before enjoying the game is the production values. All the games are built on essentially the same X-Ray engine from 2003. Pripyat getting the most up to date changes, high resolution textures and weather effects like wet surfaces. If you get past the hands, the models aren't that bad, and one of the biggest appeals to the STALKER series are the available mods addressing issues with the game. Shadow of Chernobyl probably gets the best treatment from Complete Mod, making the game look hundreds of times better, along with fixing bugs.

The textures in CoP are not that bad, nowhere near as bad as SoC (keep in mind SoC began development like 8-9 years ago). Also, the deferred lighting in all the games is just phenomenal, I love it and it is used to great effect.

The real magic of STALKER is in its A-Life system and the experience that playing the game through offers. You get used to the quirks, you patch some textures with easy to install mods, and before you know it you are sweating white-knuckled in a bunker with 3 shotgun shells left, loaded with loot and praying you make it to daylight. You will see random packs of dogs attacking mutants, or maybe just sleeping, but either way they are persistent, not just spawned. The A-Life system tracks the habits of all NPC and mutants, including their eat/hunt/sleep cycle. There is a real weather cycle, day/night cycle. You need to eat, moderate your carrying weight, manage upgrades/artifacts and radiation. Plus the game is NOT EASY.

If there is any advice I can give you, it would be to set the AAA standards aside and play the game past 30% before forming an opinion. I've played my share of games in the past 30 years, and whether by personal inclination or raw content, STALKER Shadow of Chernobyl was probably the best game, and one of the few I've played more than twice, and the only game I've played more than 3 times.

ClearSky bored me, and Pripyat was an improvement on everything they've done before, but the story arc was significantly less interesting than the first game.
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I suppose I just assumed it was made by a decent studio with decent pockets, but I've seen unpaid modders produce more polish than this. I'm here to ask if I've missed the point or why I should give it more of a chance, as I don't believe all the reviewers could have been wrong...

They are a small studio, and regarding polish: all that glitters is not gold. STALKER has serious first player potential, you just need to give it a chance. It won't give you that polished chrome experience, but there is something richer and more visceral underneath the surface of the game waiting to be discovered. Just like Brett always says, I'm jealous of anyone that gets to play the games for the first time correctly.
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