Am I the only person who could not get into S.T.A.L.K.E.R. ?
I even downloaded the super mod pack thingy that gave it better graphics and fixed some bugs and yet I still can't get into the game (I think it was the map or something killed it for me)
I struggled with STALKER, too. It appears to be a rewarding game if you stick with it, and I generally like mission-based RPGs. but I just wasn't feeling it. Extremely long load times killed it for me; the texture pack made it prettier but even longer load times!
I think I need a gentler learning curve. As it's not the usual generic fantasy-themed RPG, there is a lot to learn as you're going. Took me a couple of hours to figure out what the batteries were for, for example. These are not bad things necessarily, but it is a barrier to entry.
I will try it again some day. I already have SoC in my Steam account, too. I have a new computer since then, which should help with the load times. I really want to like this game; I like to support smaller developers who shake things up a bit.