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on 28 December 2010
Two games in one package and several weeks of play - good value for money. The Stalker series is just great - but download the patches before playing. In general I've found these games to be a bit buggy - too many crashes back to the desktop however this can be forgiven when set against the overall enjoyment to be had here.
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on 29 June 2014
Note: this rating only applies to CoP, as I haven't experimented much with CS yet.

In a time when most first person shooters are multiplayer-oriented with a weak backstory, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat (along with its predecessors) makes for a refreshing and very welcome change from the norm.

The plot, while not being Nobel Prize material, is interesting enough to keep you going (the series is after all based on a novel/movie), as are the side quests, and the gameplay is simple without being boring: many different and customizable guns, secondary fire mode, grenades and armor types which offer for a wide range of approaches to combat, but none of that fancy "call in an airstrike" or "use a helicopter" candy, and thus closer to the old school gamer's heart. The radioactive wasteland has much to offer to keep you interested and alert as you hike your way to your next objective, including anomalies, several factions that may or may not like you depending on what you do, deadly emissions which force you to run for cover, and of course the mutants. Those who like a little extra realism in their gaming will also appreciate the necessity to stay well fed and the effect of medkits being spread over several seconds (no insta-heal). Also worthy of mention is the contribution of the modding community, which adds great replay value to an already solid game.

There are unfortunately a few things that keep CoP from reaching masterpiece status, such as the excessive head bobbing. I realize they were trying to make the experience more life-like, but in real life you don't see the whole world going up and down like that with every step you take. Regrettably, there is no way to get rid of it (unless you are comfortable tinkering with the config files): why they didn't just put an "enable bobbing" tick box in the Options menu is beyond me. Another rather unpleasant thing is the... "barriers". You know, those unsurmountable "can't climb upon it", "can't walk around it" limits so often seen in games that usually take the form of mountain ranges, tall fences or barricades, which are designed to either keep you from going somewhere or to force you to take a certain path. To me, that is just poor game design: they may as well just put a big sign there saying "Sorry, you can't go there by conventional means because you need to finish a certain mission first. Sincerely, the Dev Team". Don't get me wrong, I understand that sometimes those limits are necessary, especially in larger games like this, but just like writers are taught to "show, don't tell", game developers should learn to "hide, don't block" (Skyrim's Skuldafn would be a good example) when the plot requires that the player avoids a certain area. As a personal note, I will add that this game would have also greatly benefited from NPCs with more developed personalities and background stories, but I realize that this was not intended to be a full blown role-playing game, so that probably goes down as "personal preference" rather than "flaw".

All in all, it's a very enjoyable game, with only a few minor setbacks keeping it from being a classic. I would recommend it to all first person shooter fans even at full price. RPGamers will also find value for their money in it, provided they don't jump into the game expecting any fireworks.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 28 September 2014
The Stalker series is a must have for any FPS fan. They are that bit different in that you have more free range to just roam. You can save wherever and whenever you choose. There are options of side missions and freedom to just wander off in search of artifacts or loot if you prefer.

As one reviewer has already advised, make sure you patch before playing as saved games often cannot be accessed after patching. The games should also crash a lot less.

I'm running Windows 7, 64 bit and had no problems with Shadow of Chernobyl fully patched (not included wit this set). I ran a copy of Clear Sky patched and it played no bother. The first real problems were with this Call of Pripyat. It is patched already to 6.02 out of the box so no need to go searching for patches. It would play on default settings but crashed instantly I went to the options menu. This was fixed by deleting Internet Explorer 11 then 10 and also deleting a Windows update file KB2670838. (I got this info from some post from a couple of years ago on a forum so was not sure it would still be valid.)

There are various mods that can be found and applied to these games but they can be played and enjoyed as they are.

Clear Sky did disappoint a bit when it comes to entering Limansk and no longer being able to wander back through he various zones. The game became more linear from Limansk too.

At last, in CoP, you can "sleep" and enjoy the majority of the game in daylight hours if preferred.

These are older games but definitely ones you can go back to and enjoy the occasional wander in if you leave them permanently on your machine.
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on 17 June 2016
I bought this for my boyfriend he thinks it is best game ever and spends hours on the pc playing it. I don't even get a look in anymore so it must be a wicked game considering my boyfriend is 43 years old. He also can't wait to play the other discounts that's in there God help me!
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on 10 May 2011
the sequel and prequel to stalker in one pack

check their "complete mods" for extra looks and fun

one of them brings gang wars
the second brings party fight.

rpg / shooter mix
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on 28 March 2011
All in all a good game with some good action. The game looks good and plays well, apart from the occasionally tedious going backwards and forwards. A very good value package and service/delivery was excellent.
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on 18 April 2011
Really loved the original Stalker game and they have not strayed too far from this winning combination. Recommended for all Stalker fans.
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on 14 November 2014
I've got through all STALKERS long tine ago. It's my favourite. Finally decided to have licensed CDs for collection.
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on 21 March 2013
Bought this game for my mum who loved the original, so was chuffed to find a double pack - bonus! Thank you :)
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