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Vintar BC is by far my fave weapon in all the Stalker games. It's challenging to use at first due to the bullet drop, but oh-so-satisfyingly fun once you get used to it and start landing headshots on running enemies and dropping them in one shot.
+1 !!!!!

Approaching the NPP and getting that timing down was awesome.

It was more about positioning and cover, because anyone in site was soon to have a hole in their head. Avoid their shots and they were pretty much guaranteed short work.
    
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My fave early-game SoC tricks/tips (very minor spoilers alert!!!):

1) The above-mentioned merc suit ... rookie camp, attic in building at northwest corner of camp, can't be reached so you have to knife/shoot the crate it's in, accessible from roof-top exterior, have to jump over from building next to it.
2) You can avoid the military under the bridge by going way east of them and over the embankment. There's a hole in the fence over there.
3) Right near where you meet Fox in the vehicle graveyard (in Garbage area), there's something like a lookout tower next to the little shack structure. If you look up at the top of the pole, you'll see some crates on a platform up there. Shoot them til they break ... You'll be glad you did.
4) As soon as you have something for Rad reduction (a kit or even just vodka), once you get into the Garbage, you can also access the Dark Valley over at it's north-east corner.

So ... as soon as I enter the garbage and take care of the thugs at it's entrance, I head straight up the road (I'll help the people on the radio once my present task is done), and hang a right at little Duty encampment and go over to Dark Valley.

Once you enter DV, you'll meet a Duty member named Bullet. Do exactly what he asks, help him free his captured comrade (saving as you approach the ambush point is a good idea ). The reward for helping him is an AK and most importantly, a scope!

The regular game route won't send you to the Dark Valley (and hence get you your first scope) until quite a while later, and trust me ... having a scoped AK at this early stage will make the whole Agroprom experience go a LOT smoother ... as well as be a lot more fun. Wait'll you see the gun you get at Strelok's lair underground at the Agroprom ... throw the scope on that bad-dog, and you got some serious firepower going.

Happy Stalking, and ... I'm JEALOUS of anyone getting to play SoC for the first time !!!
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Is there any way to improve the multithreading capabilities of CoP? It feels like my cpu is really bottlenecking the game.
    
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Is there any way to improve the multithreading capabilities of CoP? It feels like my cpu is really bottlenecking the game.
Wait for Stalker II.

AFAIK the X Ray engine is not built to handle multithreading.
    
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Yeah ... if you're talking about the little hitches, they are pretty much unavoidable. I've been playing Stalker games since 2006, when I had an AMD X2 4400 and 1GB of ram. The hitching in that game has gotten MUCH better as I've improved my rig over the years from 939 to a 775 Wolfie to my current i7. But it's never gone all the way away.

Like 02 said, x-ray is single-threaded. There's nothing you can really do about this.

This being said, there's some spots in CoP that for some reason appear to be bottlenecked by CPU (like inside the Skadovsk or Yanov station lobby) where you get FPS drops along with GPU Usage drops ... but from what I've been able to determine through testing, these are not actually CPU BN's. More like game or driver bugs. If memory serves, turning off SSAO fixes this issue.

Also, having only 768MB of vram could cause issues in CoP, depending on settings. I'd fire up afterburner while you play and monitor vram usage via the OSD. Make sure you're not going over around 800MB or so. I'm playing with it maxed at 1920x1200, and I see my vram usage topping out around 1.1GB, so ... that's something to look at.
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Even the VRAM usage in Shadow of Chernobyl was pretty high in some areas, especially with the high res textures rolled into Complete Mod. That was the main reason my 512mb 8800gt was holding me back in some areas when I started playing (while still generally performing like a champ).

Hopefully the new engine will perform better and offer support for heavy multithreading.

I'm rather excited to see what they come up with, X Ray is essentially 7+ years old.
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Like 02 said, x-ray is single-threaded. There's nothing you can really do about this.
Well you can actually do what Valve did with the Source Engine and sort-of make it Multi-core capable.

Though as we noticed early on with MCR in the Source Engine is that it made things very buggy. And with the 7 year old X-Ray Engine... I couldn't for-see good results.
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Event he VRAM usage in Shadow of Chernobyl was pretty high in some areas, especially with the high res textures rolled into Complete Mod. That was the main reason my 512mb 8800gt was holding me back in some areas when I started playing (while still generally performing like a champ).

Hopefully the new engine will perform better and offer support for heavy multithreading.

I'm rather excited to see what they come up with, X Ray is essentially 7+ years old.
Oh, yeah. I remember SoC was the first game that made me go ... 'ya know, maybe this 8800GTS 320MB wasn't a good choice of video cards after all' ... even stock, w/o AA and at only 1680 res, I was remember seeing vram usage up around 450MB ... and having to lower texture quality to get it smooth on that card.

It worked fine on my 8800GTS512 card, but ... that was long before the days of Complete 2009. Where I now also see vram usage pushing up into the 900MB range in some parts.

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Well you can actually do what Valve did with the Source Engine and sort-of make it Multi-core capable.
Um ... well, that's Valve. Not an end-user/gamer
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Even the VRAM usage in Shadow of Chernobyl was pretty high in some areas, especially with the high res textures rolled into Complete Mod. That was the main reason my 512mb 8800gt was holding me back in some areas when I started playing (while still generally performing like a champ).

Hopefully the new engine will perform better and offer support for heavy multithreading.

I'm rather excited to see what they come up with, X Ray is essentially 7+ years old.
Hmm, a new Stalker game. While it may be awesome with a better engine and visuals and etc etc. it is still fairly limited to the same map isn't it? They already have 3 games sharing the same area, with some differences. Seems like they would need to expand the map quite a bit for ultimate replayability.

It would also be cool if they used the same game mechanics, but in another genre or setting. The open ended, spontaneous world, with fps and rpg elements is a really great combination.
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Hmm, a new Stalker game. While it may be awesome with a better engine and visuals and etc etc. it is still fairly limited to the same map isn't it? They already have 3 games sharing the same area, with some differences. Seems like they would need to expand the map quite a bit for ultimate replayability.

It would also be cool if they used the same game mechanics, but in another genre or setting. The open ended, spontaneous world, with fps and rpg elements is a really great combination.
That's a good point actually. The exclusion zone and CNPP were a large part of the mystique. I haven't played Pripyat yet, so I'm not sure how the story plays out, but I don't think the game HAS to be limited to the exclusion zone.

They could have the zone expand to other areas and set the game in the future. Or even an alternate reality entirely.
    
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