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I agree w/Prava, esp. about starting w/2009 Complete Mod.

However, it does change the game ... you can carry more, and traders can repair armor and weapons which they can't in vanilla. It also reduces enemy 'awareness'. Complete makes the game easier really. But that's okay because it's quite tough esp. on the first playthrough.

You should also make lots of manual saves in this game, not just pound the quicksave. The Zone is very treacherous, and the game makes very few autosaves so the game can get frustrating quick in the beginning if you don't save often cause you'll end up repeating a lot of stuff. Manual saves are good because you can have some 'bad outcomes' and you'll wanna re-try from further back.

And be patient, cause the game (and the guns) don't REALLY get cool until you get a ways into it ... at first you'll feel WAY clueless and vulnerable, and it takes awhile to figure out how everything works.

Edit: If I had to compare it Stalker w/other games I'd say it's a bit of a cross between Fallout 3 and Metro2033. But with WAY more satisfying gunplay than either of those two games.
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Yup this.

Haven't downloaded any of the mods yet though. I find the game is fun just as it was coded. I'll probably download a couple of the mods after I've completed it on Max intensity settings. Right now I don't even like going out at night cause the Blood Suckers are stalking me.

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Yup this.

Haven't downloaded any of the mods yet though. I find the game is fun just as it was coded. I'll probably download a couple of the mods after I've completed it on Max intensity settings. Right now I don't even like going out at night cause the Blood Suckers are stalking me.

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Bloodsuckers FTL. I hate those ******s. Not a big fan of Snorks either.

I mean they're cool as enemies and everything, but ... they can get your pulse pounding for sure. The saving grace is that typically have their 'range' that they won't leave, so lots of times if you can just get away they can be sniped. But you can't always get away ...
    
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Bloodsuckers FTL. I hate those ******s. Not a big fan of Snorks either.

I mean they're cool as enemies and everything, but ... they can get your pulse pounding for sure. The saving grace is that typically have their 'range' that they won't leave, so lots of times if you can just get away they can be sniped. But you can't always get away ...
Suckers are no problem in any of the versions (in COP, when you have to kill them as per a side mission, I love to get into the water. Why? You see their foot-steps into the water, so they are easy to track Also, they are not that hard to kill (2 shoty rounds...and you need a shoty in COP, so no problem). Well, except in LURK (they are not funny, I swear. Some of them were camping into a building I HAD to get into and they killed me like a dozen times. I had to go back and bring a shoty with me ). (note: LURK is a hardcore mod. As hard as it gets).

In COP even dogs in close range are horrible to deal with...and if you happen to get spawned by a large group (one day it was two suckers + chimera + 4 psycho-dogs...Do I have to say how did I ended? )....well, you know. In SOC its luckily not that way. Yeah, Poltergeists will drive you crazy because you have no idea whats going on but, otherwise, nothing like COP.

But yeah, I agree with the "save often" ****. You die so many times you need to keep some saves whenever you change from a map to another just in case. And I mean that, because it happens kinda often that you just go and quick-save when you are onto an anomaly and it also happens that you were in the same zone for like 2 hours and found a ton of nice stuff

Now...I hope Pavel releases COP Complete soon. He said february, I hope he can do it in time...and, if it doesn't, I'm sure its because he needs to improve something.
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always wanted to try stalker, but im really not into game with no demos. unfortunately that seems to be ALL games now.
If this thread wasn't enough, there is always the free build of SoC.

STALKER, to me, is really amazing for the world it creates, and the way that it makes you play by those rules. You can download and play a free build of Shadow of Chernobyl with fully explorable maps (even more than were included in SoC) and fully functioning A-Life system. Here is a link to the .rar files on GSC's site. There is probably a faster mirror, but I can't find any at work due to the network filters. Keep in mind that this is more buggy than the patched retail game, which I have played through with very very minor glitches (with complete mod and patch).

http://files.gsc-game.com:3128/oldbuild/

1,368,739,784 bytes in 15 files

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At the end of February 2009, due to popular demand GSC Game World released "xrCore" build 1935, dated October 18, 2004.[26] It uses a completely different physics engine with many cut monsters, levels, and vehicles. It was also significantly larger than the retail release. It is however somewhat unstable, but features the full game along with a "fully functional ALife system". It is currently available for free download from the GSC servers and mirrors.[27]

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If this thread wasn't enough, there is always the free build of SoC.

STALKER, to me, is really amazing for the world it creates, and the way that it makes you play by those rules. You can download and play a free build of Shadow of Chernobyl with fully explorable maps (even more than were included in SoC) and fully functioning A-Life system. Here is a link to the .rar files on GSC's site. There is probably a faster mirror, but I can't find any at work due to the network filters. Keep in mind that this is more buggy than the patched retail game, which I have played through with very very minor glitches (with complete mod and patch).

http://files.gsc-game.com:3128/oldbuild/

1,368,739,784 bytes in 15 files
Holy LLLLLLLLL that's gonna take forever for me to download and I have DSL. It's just creepin along.

But I'm gonna do it.

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Quick question and I have googled this in the past. In SoC, There were points in the game where my character would quite literally teater over to one side, like he was falling to his knees.

It seems like it could have been a controller, but nothing was around. It happened most notably later in the game, near the Lab with all of the psychic interference and zombies, and again at the little army outpost by the farm, southwest of the Freedom base....

Did this ever happen to anyone else? There was an ominous sound when it happened too.
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They are scripted events I think.

I don't recall having one near the Freedom base though, but I may be forgetting.
    
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Well I've been on my second download for SoC and just over halfway finished. 3 hours...

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