Call of Pripyat takes you once again into the vicinity of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor that exploded in 1986. This so-called "Zone" is a highly contaminated area cordoned off by the military and now is combed through by the so-called stalkers, modern fortune hunters, in search of unique artifacts. In the role of Agent Alexander Degtyarev, who is dressed up as stalker, you have to investigate the mysterious disappearance of five military helicopters and thereby stand one’s ground against the various stalker groups.

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This 2017, a new Reshade preset... And something more. For S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Call of Chernobyl.

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Hello everybody! It has been sometime, I guess.

tl;dr starts here

While perhaps people who know me would likely want this to be an article about HESK: Hyugaren (my mod for ZDoom), this isn't the case. Even though that mod has a lot of progress (no, I'm not talking about more meaningless code this time... I'm talking about some new fully implemented weapons, enemies and a very enhanced gameplay -final version for most of the coding part-), I intend to keep the work on said mod in low light, in silence. I don't want to play with people's enthusiasm further.

This time, I'll present to you with a new concept I'm working on for my favourite game for the past 5 years: S.T.A.L.K.E.R.

After some months of highs and lows in life, I've come to crave for some projection. While S.T.A.L.K.E.R. (along with Silent Hill) was always my inspiration backbone for atmosphere in videogames, I wanted to do the opposite thing this time: Be me who influenced the game.

tl;dr ends here


So, after a very much needed GPU upgrade (I could play games with the onboard card, but at low resolution, and I still wanted to experiment with Reshade, ENB and other things), and after a full upgrade of my Call of Chernobyl version with new mods, I decided to not install Hexagonsphere and make a full new Reshade preset instead.

However, I've come to the idea that if I would play with the atmosphere of the game, I could do it not only with new graphics, but also with new sounds and music. So that's essentially what I'm doing right now: Making new music and adding (new and modified) sounds to S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Call of Chernobyl, to cater with the new game's appareance.

The main idea is that, while this based series has a very impressive and deep atmosphere by default (vanilla), it is thought to be enjoyed. Perhaps you'll think that it is obvious, because a game is meant to be enjoyed. Well, what I want is to give the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Zone a more realistic approach: That you won't feel entertained by the landscape, excited by the battles, or amused by the monsters. I want the player to feel despaired, hopeless, even worn out by the dead surroundings; resigned to and hurt by the battle; feel a pitiful and even empathic sentiment for the monsters, the zombies.

And I think that is possible to achieve such goal, exposing the right influence through graphics, musics and sounds.

So, as this new preset is in a very good path (I won't say it is finished, but it's in a very advanced stage), and as I don't think I'll mess with native shaders at all (I can't promise anything), I wanted to share some screenshots with you.

With nothing more to add, I hope you enjoy the gloomy captures, and if you would like to say something, you're very welcome to leave some comments.

All the best!

- Alex

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Maester_Hamfi
Maester_Hamfi

Good luck comrade, keep the good work !

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Charon1970 Author
Charon1970

Thanks for your constant support, sir! I appreciate it!

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d4v33edz

This looks really good, following.

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Guest
Guest

This should be awesome for the Loner's history series.

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d4v33edz

Yes it would ;)

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Charon1970 Author
Charon1970

Thanks d4v33edz! I hope not to dissapoint.

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dady977
dady977

Wow, this looks very promising, good luck on your work!

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Charon1970 Author
Charon1970

Thank you! All the best.

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M0S1N
M0S1N

It looks cool, but how do you people can play with it? It is destroying my eyes..

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xtul
xtul

That's ENB for you. Okay-ish for pictures (lel look no photoshop!11) and really ****** for actual gameplay. Unless you make one yourself so it doesn't contain truckloads of DOF, sharpening or contrast modifying effects. Personally I use ReShade for Anti-Aliasing and Ambient Occlusion only (AO is in base game but it looks weird and often causes crashes)

I am yet to see an ENB that doesn't make it painful to play after an hour or so

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Charon1970 Author
Charon1970

xtul: Reshade is quite messy for Depth-related effect, unless you have somewhat coding skills to handle variable masks (as it is needed for transparent HUD, like the one I intend the mod to be use with).

I would certainly make a more exhaustive and native-based modification to the graphics, if only I could make actual shader coding, and not only change values in an injector.

Sadly, my current knowledges limites me to play with contrast, custom color palettes and some other fancy superficial effects. And in that regard, I'll go as far as I can.

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Charon1970 Author
Charon1970

hahaha I guess it's a matter of taste. I am more comfortable playing with more definition, less constrast and a more limited palette.

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stalker100
stalker100

very nice , Thank you for this :)

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Charon1970 Author
Charon1970

You're welcome! It's my pleasure.

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rocketeer1962
rocketeer1962

What a shithole!!!!! Love it! God luck!

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Charon1970 Author
Charon1970

Thank you, rocketeer!

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Hippobot
Hippobot

What's the estimated release date on this sir?

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Charon1970 Author
Charon1970

Hello Hippobot!

I don't know for sure, because editing sounds is a very exhaustive task (well, at least if one is perfectionist and wants to test them in-game as they should), and I want to release everything at once.

But well, I guess in the meantime we can have some nice wallpapers hahaha

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metriyama
metriyama

damn it looks awesome !

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Charon1970 Author
Charon1970

Thanks metriyama!

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Heffernan
Heffernan

in Soviet Russia, Mod releases YOU!

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EightyVI86
EightyVI86

OMG. D:

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woktto
woktto

Awesome

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woktto
woktto

Dumb question would this work with no sun shadows? My PC can't handle sun shadows

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Charon1970 Author
Charon1970

It should work as long as you use DirectX 11 (It should look the same with DirectX 10, but I haven't tested on it, yet).

If you are talking about static lighting, it would be DirectX 8, which won't be even compatible with the addon (DirectX 9 will be, but it won't look the same - You'll have to tweak bright levels).

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