STALKER: Conquered once

You knew that I had been buying STALKER (officially S.T.A.L.K.E.R. – Shadow of Chernobyl – Did you ever see a worst-to-type PC game title?) Today, I finished the game playing at Stalker level (not the easiest rookie style, but neither veteran nor master).

I can tell you it’s real fun all along. I had a real difficult time to enter the Chernobyl plant: It’s quite well defended, there is a simultaneous attack by the military (these guys decidedly don’t want to make a difference between the defenders and me; Worse, they use helicopters against me!) and you need to manage your equipment nicely if you want to run and shoot simultaneously on a very large open ground…

Highly recommended. I’m going to redo it differently (higher difficulty level and different approach to the overall cooperation). It’s worth it because the end is depending a lot on what you did during the game. Obviously, I appeared as a greedy person when I arrived at the final stage (I believe that there are at least seven different endings). We’ll see next time.

Performance note: I used 800×600 resolution with minimal quality during most of the game. However, my AMD Athlon XP 2600+ with 1GB of DRAM and old ATI 9800 Pro also allowed to use a good anti-aliasing (not full, but some makes it nicer).