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Old 06-21-2007, 12:46 PM   #1
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I'm looking for a new FPS, and I was wondering from those of you who have played it is it worth my $40??? Is the story line any good and how is the multiplayer?

I've played F.E.A.R. and F.E.A.R. Extraction Point and Prey, and I enjoyed them very much although I have to say I enjoyed F.E.A.R. much more so.
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Old 06-21-2007, 01:02 PM   #2
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Well there are already tonnes of threads on this game, but it appears the consensus is that it is pretty great. An FPS with RPG elements; a decent story, multiple endings, and a lot to keep you interested.

I have not heard good things about the multiplayer though.

This is just what I have gathered from reading the other threads here, I will not actually have the game for a few more days.

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Old 06-21-2007, 01:06 PM   #3
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I found a few using the search function here, but not that many. From what I've read, its pretty good, but I just wanted to hear it from the horses mouth, so to speak, from people who've actually bought or borrowed the game and played it.
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Old 06-21-2007, 01:17 PM   #4
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I suggest you go through this thread: http://forums.anandtech.com/me...key=y&keyword1=stalker

and moreso, this thread: http://forums.anandtech.com/me...id=33&threadid=2014414

Should have a lot of what you are looking for.

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Old 06-21-2007, 01:19 PM   #5
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Thanks Keith for the linkage. I guess I should have dug further even after my search didn't turn up as much or tried harder. Feeling lazy today lol.
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Old 06-21-2007, 01:22 PM   #6
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Thanks Keith for the linkage. I guess I should have dug further even after my search didn't turn up as much or tried harder. Feeling lazy today lol.
No worries, it took me a while to find that second thread through search. I knew it existed though, so I just kept digging until I found it.

I think you should just get the game. I heard so many things about it, I just went ahead and bought it.

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Old 06-21-2007, 06:52 PM   #7
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I would say buy it as long as you have the hardware to play it in its full glory...I had enough for all but dynamic lighting and now I am playing it again with my new 8800gts.
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Old 06-21-2007, 06:54 PM   #8
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ps if you do get it install the current patch immidiately since save games dont transfer from 1.0 to 1.2 or 1.3 etc but those after 1.0 transfer to higher patches so far
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Old 06-21-2007, 08:33 PM   #9
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Well, since this is already on the first page, is STALKER anything like Deus Ex? If so, is it more like the first one or the second?
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Old 06-21-2007, 11:01 PM   #10
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It's a great game - I highly recommend it - cool level design and a neat engine. I had loads of fun playing.
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Old 06-21-2007, 11:16 PM   #11
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Well, since this is already on the first page, is STALKER anything like Deus Ex? If so, is it more like the first one or the second?
It's not too much like either. There are conversations but very few have any relevance to the storyline, you can customize your weapons in STALKER but not your character, and instead of taking multiple approaches to a single mission there is effectively just one giant mission with some non-linearish exploration allowed to do it. STALKER is still a FPS/RPG and a great one, but closer to Boling Point and Oblivion than it is to Deus Ex or System Shock 2.
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Old 06-22-2007, 01:33 AM   #12
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Never tried the Multiplayer, but the Single Player is worth the $40. You could spend as many hours in this game as you want and replay it many times trying different things.
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Old 06-22-2007, 05:52 AM   #13
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Stalker is an amazing game, maybe one of the best I have ever played, highly recommended
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Old 06-22-2007, 06:24 AM   #14
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I think STALKER is one of those games that you either love or hate. It's a very different kind of FPS than games such as FEAR, Prey, etc... and is really more like an RPG. Personally, I didn't really like the game much and didn't get very far in it. It seems most other people liked the game, however, so I would give it a chance.
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Old 06-22-2007, 08:13 AM   #15
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One of my favourite games. You should definitely pick it up, be warned though, there are some bugs and glitches, hopefully you won't run into too many of them. The next patch is supposed to be huge by the way, adding a new gameplay mode after you finish the main storyline and adding dual core optimizations and other bug fixes as well I believe.

Definitely get it. It's only 40$! Compared to some trash out there that is like 60$!
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Old 06-22-2007, 12:22 PM   #16
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I just istalled the game, i get pretty crappy performance as soon as I go outside with dynamic lighting on. Is this normal? It's practically unplayable on my rig: FX-60, 4 GB pc3200, 8800gts 640 (latest drivers), x-fi- though I am running vista ultimate.
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Old 06-22-2007, 12:42 PM   #17
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I just istalled the game, i get pretty crappy performance as soon as I go outside with dynamic lighting on. Is this normal? It's practically unplayable on my rig: FX-60, 4 GB pc3200, 8800gts 640 (latest drivers), x-fi- though I am running vista ultimate.
What resolution are you playing at?

With my E6600 w/ X1950xtx I can play 1280x1024 max detail w/ dynamic lighting on.
Now that I just got a 22" WS LCD, I want to play at 1680x1050. I bumped the lighting down to the middle option (object or something) and tweaked the gfx settings a bit.

Also get the FLOAT 32 mod.

Keep in mind this game is pretty demanding.
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Old 06-22-2007, 01:30 PM   #18
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I just istalled the game, i get pretty crappy performance as soon as I go outside with dynamic lighting on. Is this normal? It's practically unplayable on my rig: FX-60, 4 GB pc3200, 8800gts 640 (latest drivers), x-fi- though I am running vista ultimate.
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Many areas drop to 20fps and lower, while other areas 60fps+. Max settings @ 1680x1050

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Old 06-22-2007, 02:22 PM   #19
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I just istalled the game, i get pretty crappy performance as soon as I go outside with dynamic lighting on. Is this normal? It's practically unplayable on my rig: FX-60, 4 GB pc3200, 8800gts 640 (latest drivers), x-fi- though I am running vista ultimate.
Lighting absolutely kills the performance, adjust accordingly and try again.
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I didn't like the game at first. The first area can be a little frustrating because you're going up against npc's with better armor and weapons. But once you get past the first area, you start finding better weapons, artifacts, etc. (Once you find the endurance artifacts - it makes travelling [running] a lot less painful - you can pretty much run forever pending you're not overloaded.)

It's definitely worth $40.00.
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