Top positive review
4 people found this helpful
on July 8, 2013
First off, NO DRM. No CD-check or any of that garbage. Install the game, put the CD away for safe-keeping, and enjoy.
Graphics are incredible. The rising sun filters through the brush, it's that accurate. The shadows and lighting are suburb. The flashlight (which never runs out of battery, thankfully) is true to life, even down to the slight delay it has following your movements. The brush are sprites, and kinda look like it, but it's not that noticeable. The human characters move well. Many bend points instead of the one or two a lot of games have. The zombie Stalkers are expertly crafted.
The entire game mostly reeks of quality and forethought. The weapons are varied and unique to each other, the backpack system is very well thought out. All the icons and indicators are perfectly set up, and immediately intuitive.
This is a very complex game. It's like GTA IV as far as an open world, but the missions are multi-faceted and obscure. You really need a walkthrough guide or A LOT of time on your hands to figure out how to complete some missions. When I first started, I was real confused because I am not from a role-playing background, and interacting with all the characters in a game was kind of new. Some missions need to be done in order, or you fail one or the other, but there's no indication of it until too late.
It doesn't take much to kill you. Save often. One well placed shot is game-over. It seems like the characters in the game can handle the machine guns way better than you can (there's a lot of muzzle rise even after customizations)
The controls are great. You can set all your movements like Unreal Tournament. The only flaw is you cannot run+strafe. It slows you to walking speed when you strafe. I understand they wanted to realistic it up a bit, but argh, that was a bad call.
When the animals are attacking, they move very erratically. Annoyingly so. 180's on a dime makes it difficult to track them. Also, there are not enough of them. When I first started this game, I was really freaked out by the possibility of being attacked at any second. I creeped around every corner, was at the ready all the time. Turns out, after you kill a majority of them, you just don't see them anymore. Every now and then you'll come across some dogs. Now I just charge across the landscape without regard to the animals in the game.
Some of the scripted stuff is weak. When giving vodka to the technician, it's the same old line over and over and over again. The same exact animation. It gets old fast. Fortunately, I only needed to use the vodka trick once or twice when I figured out how to work the game (Meaning I just use the other techs that don't need vodka, really)
The voicing is limited. You can interact with everyone, but everyone not part of a mission says the same thing. The trader stalkers have the dumbest phrases, and say one of (only) three...Every. Single. Time. There should be at least another dozen greetings and wordings of the same phrases.