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S.T.A.L.K.E.R Clear Sky "What Awaits you... in the zone that changed?"


#1 darthbudge   The Real DB CAGiversary!   20048 Posts   Joined 12.4 Years Ago  

Posted 23 August 2008 - 04:36 PM

S.T.A.L.K.E.R Clear Sky is going to be coming out on September 5th for the worldwide release!

Supposedly this time around the graphics are improved as well as enemy AI and behavior. Also, a big focus is squads, where sometimes you are the leader and sometimes you are following orders. Also, whole areas will become controlled by certain factions and this will change over the course of the game. However, this can be offset by the use of guides that will lead you around the map, either the fast and dangerous way, or a slow and safe way.

Finally, two of the additions I am looking forward to surround the anomalies. In Clear Sky, they no longer just appear in plain site, instead you have to go to very special and dangerous areas and then use a detector to slowly find them. However, some of them can actually teleport around, making it slightly more challenging.

Secondly, there will be very large blowouts that happen and you have to get to certain marked "Safe Zones" before they happen, or else you will die instantly. Supposedly there will also be really cool effects to go with this.

Here is the first review in: http://stalker.deeps...sse.php?lang=us

I am certainly looking forward to this game alot, and I am actually gonna be trying to finally finish the first game.

Who else is looking forward to it?

#2 Razzuel   People are idiots. CAGiversary!   1863 Posts   Joined 11.4 Years Ago  

Posted 23 August 2008 - 04:51 PM

I can't wait for this game.

#3 AceFan84   KEAK HEEM IN DA BALLS!!!! CAGiversary!   1794 Posts   Joined 13.2 Years Ago  

Posted 25 August 2008 - 03:09 PM

Yeah this game looks awesome. I started playing the first STALKER about 2 months ago but I quit playing it about 1/4 of the way thru or so. I liked it quite a bit, will probably go back and play it some more soon. Even if I don't finish the first game I will still buy this one sometime this year or early next.

#4 ITDEFX   My foot itches..must be athlete's foot CAGiversary!   17256 Posts   Joined 14.3 Years Ago  

Posted 26 August 2008 - 03:43 AM

:bomb: Shit I can't even play the first game because it runs at 10 FPS on my rig. So forget playing the second game without upgrading first.

#5 darthbudge   The Real DB CAGiversary!   20048 Posts   Joined 12.4 Years Ago  

Posted 26 August 2008 - 01:14 PM

:bomb: Shit I can't even play the first game because it runs at 10 FPS on my rig. So forget playing the second game without upgrading first.


Yeah, fortunately I can run it on Medium settings just fine. However to get the original working without crashing whenever I try to save, I had to edit my registry, the game EXE and run some commands in command prompt all so that the game would recognize a swap file bigger then 2GB.

#6 eswat   Kill many bear CAGiversary!   2344 Posts   Joined 11.3 Years Ago  

Posted 26 August 2008 - 02:37 PM

I'm psyched for this.

I couldn't finish the first game because too many little problems kept ticking me off, but it sounds like they are addressing those with this game.

September is going to rock.

#7 darthbudge   The Real DB CAGiversary!   20048 Posts   Joined 12.4 Years Ago  

Posted 27 August 2008 - 01:52 AM

I'm psyched for this.

I couldn't finish the first game because too many little problems kept ticking me off, but it sounds like they are addressing those with this game.

September is going to rock.


Yeah, I have been frequenting GSC Game World's forums and the reports are varying out of russia where the game is already released.

Apparently alot of people are saying it is really bad and full of bugs, but it is getting pretty good critical reception. However, some people are speculating that they are almost using Russia as a beta test and most of the issues will be fixed in Day 1 patch. Others speculate it is just bitter people slandering the game. No one is really sure though.

#8 onikage   鬼の影 CAGiversary!   4405 Posts   Joined 13.9 Years Ago  

Posted 31 August 2008 - 02:01 AM

I loved the first game and I'm definitely going to try the follow-up, but probably not until it's cheap.

#9 Chacrana   You wa Cock CAGiversary!   22669 Posts   Joined 14.7 Years Ago  

Posted 31 August 2008 - 02:17 AM

The first game had a cool concept, but even after patches, felt really, really unpolished. And the design wasn't especially good, with the huge, vast expanses with nothing in them and some other issues.

but I'm pretty excited for this anyway. Because if this delivers on the original game's potential, then it could be amazing.

#10 MysterD   37 Year Old Birthday Toaster (Oct. 25th) CAGiversary!   23904 Posts   Joined 14.8 Years Ago  

Posted 31 August 2008 - 04:19 PM

STALKER: Clear Sky is not coming out on Sept 5th in the USA, due to NUMEROUS USA versions missing CD Keys. Delayed probably at least a week or two, I'd say.

STALKER: Clear Sky Euro version is still due for Sept. 5th, though.

Can't wait for this game, myself.

#11 David Hibiki   You must be tired... CAGiversary!   11475 Posts   Joined 15.4 Years Ago  

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Posted 04 September 2008 - 11:05 PM

It's already out on my Wal-Mart shelf.
Either someone broke the street date or It got released early.
Im guessing Street Date since amazon says another 10 days.

Whoops.

#12 darthbudge   The Real DB CAGiversary!   20048 Posts   Joined 12.4 Years Ago  

Posted 05 September 2008 - 02:05 PM

It's already out on my Wal-Mart shelf.
Either someone broke the street date or It got released early.
Im guessing Street Date since amazon says another 10 days.

Whoops.


Holy Shit, please tell me you are telling the truth? I am gonna have to look around at my Walmart. I figured they all got recalled.

#13 Boseafus   CAG Veteran CAG Veteran   27 Posts   Joined 12.9 Years Ago  

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Posted 07 September 2008 - 03:21 AM

Read this thread, dropped by my local WM and sure enough...they had them on the shelf. Took it to the front and they check out guy began to ring me up but it rang up "no sale". He then said he would just ring me up the $40.00 using another sku but a manager came by and noticed. She then took them to the back and came out a few minutes later with a recall notice. No dice!!!
I mentioned that the code might be missing which is why they had a recall and asked if I could buy it anyway and simply check if the code was there. No dice again. Oh well.
Later, dropped by another WM when I was out and same thing...they couldn't sell them to me. Just have to wait a 10 days or so.

#14 Razzuel   People are idiots. CAGiversary!   1863 Posts   Joined 11.4 Years Ago  

Posted 16 September 2008 - 03:56 AM

I have played it for about an hour or two today and so far I am liking it. The swamp area is huge!

Oh and this game is fucking pretty.

#15 speedshutters   CAG Veteran CAG Veteran   38 Posts   Joined 13.4 Years Ago  

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Posted 16 September 2008 - 04:44 PM

How stable is it? I read some reviews that it has lots of bugs. I played the original, it sucked beans having to wait for them to patch it in order to play it.

#16 eswat   Kill many bear CAGiversary!   2344 Posts   Joined 11.3 Years Ago  

Posted 16 September 2008 - 05:36 PM

I only got a chance to play it for about 2 hours yesterday. But the Steam version wasn't that buggy. No show-stoppers, and the only problems I ran into were clipping and the PDA map not updating during a faction war.

I need more time to give a better impression on the gameplay, but I was kind of put off in the beginning.
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#17 darthbudge   The Real DB CAGiversary!   20048 Posts   Joined 12.4 Years Ago  

Posted 17 September 2008 - 01:33 AM

I only got a chance to play it for about 2 hours yesterday. But the Steam version wasn't that buggy. No show-stoppers, and the only problems I ran into were clipping and the PDA map not updating during a faction war.

I need more time to give a better impression on the gameplay, but I was kind of put off in the beginning.

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I should be getting the retail version tomorrow or thursday. So we will see then. Hopefully everything will go smoothly.

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#18 Sporadic   done with this site CAGiversary!   9499 Posts   Joined 14.9 Years Ago  

Posted 17 September 2008 - 02:36 AM

So, would I be better off buying the original or Clear Sky from Steam?

I've been hearing alot of talk about how people should wait a few months before buying Clear Sky until most of the bugs get worked out.

This is my current setup.

Intel Core 2 Duo CPU E8400 @ 3.00GHz
NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT 512MBs
3GB of RAM

#19 darthbudge   The Real DB CAGiversary!   20048 Posts   Joined 12.4 Years Ago  

Posted 17 September 2008 - 02:40 AM

So, would I be better off buying the original or Clear Sky from Steam?

I've been hearing alot of talk about how people should wait a few months before buying Clear Sky until most of the bugs get worked out.

This is my current setup.

Intel Core 2 Duo CPU E8400 @ 3.00GHz
NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT 512MBs
3GB of RAM


You should be fine with Clear Sky... mostly all the reports of bugs were coming from the Russian release which was very buggy and also had Starforce, the US release is supposed to be much better after patches that are already out. However it really varies from rig to rig.

However, the original game is excellent, and you should definately play it.

#20 Filbert   tough nut to crack CAGiversary!   943 Posts   Joined 13.5 Years Ago  

Posted 17 September 2008 - 03:31 AM

I was curious about the first STALKER and gave it a good try. I just couldn't get into it. A few months later I read some more reviews, got excited about it, went out and bought it, didn't open it, and returned it a few weeks later. I really don't know about this one.

#21 eswat   Kill many bear CAGiversary!   2344 Posts   Joined 11.3 Years Ago  

Posted 17 September 2008 - 03:46 AM

Wow. This really pissed me off...

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#22 darthbudge   The Real DB CAGiversary!   20048 Posts   Joined 12.4 Years Ago  

Posted 17 September 2008 - 03:52 PM

Wow. This really pissed me off...

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#23 eswat   Kill many bear CAGiversary!   2344 Posts   Joined 11.3 Years Ago  

Posted 17 September 2008 - 04:02 PM

Spoiler

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EDIT: Really starting to loose my patience with this game. I got through the last problem by loading an older save. But now I can't get out of The Swamp because the guide that takes me to Cordon doesn't fucking do anything...

This Guide system is shit. If they get killed, you're fucked. If they bug, you're fucked. Why can't I just walk to places? :\

Edited by eswat, 18 September 2008 - 01:15 AM.


#24 Razzuel   People are idiots. CAGiversary!   1863 Posts   Joined 11.4 Years Ago  

Posted 18 September 2008 - 04:00 AM

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EDIT: Really starting to loose my patience with this game. I got through the last problem by loading an older save. But now I can't get out of The Swamp because the guide that takes me to Cordon doesn't fucking do anything...

This Guide system is shit. If they get killed, you're fucked. If they bug, you're fucked. Why can't I just walk to places? :\


Wow that sucks. So far I haven't had any problems with the guides, so I think they are awesome since I can get to places quick if I need to.

I have had my own troubles with the game though. Sometimes my game fucks up and goes to a black screen until my monitor says the signal is out of range and the computer restarts, albeit this has only happened once when I alt tabbed out of the game—other than that one instance, alt tabbing works perfect like it should—and then when I restarted my computer to continue playing it did the same crash when I loaded up the game. However this case was similar to the alt tabbing crash because it started the game in a small window and when I clicked on it to maximize it, it did that crash.

So far this game is fucking tough, and I even lowered the difficulty down from Stalker to Novice. Those Snorks—jumping gas mask wearing freaks—seem crazier compared to the first STALKER.

Oh does anyone else hate some of the localized English. When I hear some of the things they say in English, I can only extrapolate that to mean this is what they think Americans—or whoever this English version is for—want in a game. The first game didn't have some of these shitty lines of dialogue so I can only guess that they added this stuff so that Clear Sky will sell more copies than the first STALKER because it has more of the stuff we like—at least that's what I think they think.

Here are some examples, albeit not exact representations of the dialogue in the game, but still really close:

"Let's go kill these turds."

"I am going to kill you cock sucker."

"What is this a dick measuring contest?"

"We are expecting a high class herb soon that is supposed to make you higher than high."

"Come back soon STALKER, too bad we didn't roll a joint together."

Those last two were said by a character named Ganja—:-|. Those bits of dialog really break the atmosphere.


Now don't think that I dislike the game or anything. I am still enjoying the game despite these flaws. I want to get further though before I start making any definite judgments on the quality as a whole, but so far it is good. If you need a sense of how far I am, I am going into the underground near the Agroprom Institute.

#25 darthbudge   The Real DB CAGiversary!   20048 Posts   Joined 12.4 Years Ago  

Posted 18 September 2008 - 04:32 PM

Well I just played through up until you enter the Cordon area.

The game is freakin' awesome though, this is definately what the first STALKER should have been like. The atmosphere is just awesome, and there have already been cool moments like
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Also, while it doesn't run that great on my rig because of outdated hardware, I played for almost 2 hours and didn't experience any bugs at all.

Also @ Razzuel

I nearly died because I was laughing so hard when in the middle of a fight one of my guys yelled out "LET'S PLAY CATCH A GRENADE!".

#26 Razzuel   People are idiots. CAGiversary!   1863 Posts   Joined 11.4 Years Ago  

Posted 18 September 2008 - 11:07 PM

I nearly died because I was laughing so hard when in the middle of a fight one of my guys yelled out "LET'S PLAY CATCH A GRENADE!".


Yeah I tend to hear that every so often.

What's worse is when an enemy throws a grenade at you because they have impeccable accuracy. When I hear that clunk at my feet and the grenade indicator pops up I run faster than ever. Damn it, I couldn't think of a funny analogy.

#27 crystalklear64   Ded CAGiversary!   13617 Posts   Joined 14.5 Years Ago  

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Posted 18 September 2008 - 11:54 PM

My friend dled this and had that same guide problem as you eswat. Couldn't go any farther so he had to start over. Funny thing was, the second time, just as he was about to reach the guide he died.

Too buggy for me to even consider buying at this point, but it looks like when it works, it looks fun.

#28 Dick Tracy   The Man in the Yellow Hat CAGiversary!   38659 Posts   Joined 14.3 Years Ago  

Posted 19 September 2008 - 12:18 AM

Dusted off S.T.A.L.K.E.R., to refresh my memory... and remembered that it's fairly broken on Vista.

#29 Razzuel   People are idiots. CAGiversary!   1863 Posts   Joined 11.4 Years Ago  

Posted 19 September 2008 - 01:28 AM

Dusted off S.T.A.L.K.E.R., to refresh my memory... and remembered that it's fairly broken on Vista.


How so? I played the first STALKER on Vista Ultimate without problems.

#30 eswat   Kill many bear CAGiversary!   2344 Posts   Joined 11.3 Years Ago  

Posted 19 September 2008 - 01:41 AM

I'll try to suck up the hours lost and start over again on Friday. But I'll complete the bare minimum to get to Cordon, then come back to The Swamp and complete everything properly, without needing the guide to get back.

But apparently the guide problem can also happen getting from Cordon to The Garbage. It better not happen again like that...