Archive for Shadow of Chernobyl

STALKER Clear Sky – More Like a Rainy Day

Posted in PC Games with tags , , , , on October 9, 2008 by insignificantgamer

I have been anticipating this game for months now, and finally got my chance to put my sweaty little palms on it. Great! I load up the game for the first time and start playing. The first thing you’ll notice is how fantastic the graphics are on high settings, the bushes look so real, so much texture to everything its great. The sounds are stunning in 5.1 surround sound thanks to proper EAX support.

You’ll start off in a Clear Sky camp (Clear Sky is one of the factions that you can work for) and quickly make your way to the swamp area where you slowly take over objectives. And thats when the cloud comes in to rain on your day and damn does it pour. My game crashed 2 hours in and did so constitantly. Thats when I  frantically rushed to the internet to get the latest patch. Great! I thought, game is patched and ready to go. Nope, your saved game will be incompatible and you will be forced to start over again. Long story short, even after patching the game up it is still so buggy that you’ll want to write it off as a loss.

So that being said, I’ll make a humble recommendation to you: Give this game a few months for the developer to fix the bugs with more patches. In the meantime, go play Shadow of Chernobyl if you haven’t already then come back to this one if you like what you see in the first game.

This is one franchise that does deserve a second chance… just not now.

Under the Radar – Two Games Well Worth Playing

Posted in PC Games with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 17, 2008 by insignificantgamer

Every so often there is a game that comes out that slips in under the radar. Often these games look and feel every bit like their big budget brother games but just don’t have the marketing department like EA. These two games are very worthy individuals and should be played as such.

The Witcher is a fantastic RPG made by CD Projekt Red, set in a fantasy world reminiscent of the middle ages. You are a Witcher: a outcast of society and known for their legendary monster hunting skills. The game earns a mature ESRB rating, and it is very well deserved. From drinking yourself stone drunk to nudity and fornication to language your mother would slap you for, this game has it all. Medieval Mass Effect anyone?

This is a full on RPG and will have you brewing potions just to survive, as potions is the main focus in the game, as opposed to weapons and armor in the majority of games in this genre. Each potion you brew is made from hard alcohol and herbs that you have collected from plants in the game and will affect you so. Battles become a game of selecting the right potions for the job, without drinking so many that your toxicity become detrimental.

All dialog throughout the game is spoken, creating a living breathing world for you to play in. You need to be careful about what you say in this world as your choices could come back to haunt you. I know my choices did – I never got laid by the lady I worked so hard to get to know! The storyline is amazing and is surrounded by many amazing dynamic characters.

If you like mature RPGs do yourself a favor and pick this one up it was well worth the 50 bucks I paid for it.

The Witcher doing what he does best

The second game that you should treat yourself too if you haven’t played it yet, is S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Shadow of Chernobyl. Nobody is really sure what it stands for and if it is even a acronym for anything at all. The game is written by a Russian company called GSC Game World and published by THQ. Like the title suggests you are somehow involved with Chernobyl after the nuclear meltdown that made it famous. The beginning of the game shows a short video of the events leading up to the game although they don’t quite tell you who you are and why you are here. All you know is that you have arrived in the zone and are to learn the mysteries of it and of the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. tattoo on your arm.

The game is a well rounded shooter with lots of weapons at your disposal, but it plays like an RPG variant of an FPS. You will spend a lot of your time exploring the zone and meeting the people in it, ones not affected by the radiation and the ones who are. Many places and situations in the game are very creepy in nature and will have you closer to the edge of your seat with each new adrenaline rush. The RPG portion of the game will have you collecting money, guns, ammunition, armor and radiation suits. Radiation suit you ask? Well parts of the zone still have pockets of radiation in them, and found within theses pockets are artifacts that boost certain aspects of you. Collecting and trading these artifacts is a important part of the game.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R Shadow of Chernobyl can be had at EbGames and GameStop for $30 dollars right now and is well worth it. The story line is original and the ending is a great one. Also note that a prequel to S.T.A.L.K.E.R. is in the works and is known as Clear Sky. The current release date for the prequel is Q2 (Quarter 2) of 2008.

 A creature who has been affected by the Zone