In 1986, the world's worst nuclear disaster occurred at the Chernobyl power station. Soviet authorities established a 30km 'Exclusion Zone' around this nuclear wasteland, but in 2006 a second explosion rocked the stricken reactor, obliterating all living things and causing the Zone's boundaries to ripple outwards. From this epicenter came waves of mutated creatures, deadly radiation, and a strange, anomalous energy. The Zone was cordoned off by the military, who would shoot on sight anyone foolish enough to brave the horrors within.

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There's something about the atmosphere in this game series which is unique, and although each of the episodes have something or the other that makes them stand out, this one is still the complete package that captures that feeling best.

The game can be very gritty and somber, but also charming and funny, and even though it is more science fiction than fantasy, there's a pervading sense of the possibility of something magic happening just around the corner.

I keep going back to it.

One of the best SoC-Mods I´ve played so far. I´m still impressed by the absence of major bugs and CTD´s.

Thank you very much for the effort (づ。◕‿‿◕。)づ


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This game is one of the all time favorites in my collection.
Loved this game without mods, loved this game with mods, will love it <3

This is the postapocalyptic experience as expected

Stalker is a truly unique game.It is a fps game with such an atmosphere which no other game comes close to. It is completely open world, but has a(amazing) storyline.

Best atmosphere and graphics that represent the zone and story about Strelok.And it has great modding community.
Best game ever.


Changed my life forever, even though I am a old school gamer.
Unbelievably intense atmosphere with a "living" and dynamic world.
It's more than a game.

best game still even today

Someone is definitely obsessed with the illuminati.

One of the best games ever made.

Thus game is dripping it atmosphere, it oozes it. Furthermore, its one of very few games which can make me genuinely scared, it feels like you're constantly on an knife edge.

The game is open world and in a literal sense, it gives you the freedom to wander into the later zones if you want and, provided you're good enough, you wont just die. It doesn't suffer from terrible level scaling, though, it is harder when you reach later zones, much harder, but it also rewards skill.

Since I'm on moddb I probably ought to mention mods, there are a lot, and the community is still active. Mods can change this game into an even more atmospheric and tense game, they can make it into a full survival game where you find yourself scavenging for food, or, they can make it into a more action packed and story driven game. Lost Alpha is probably the best example of this; Lost Alpha changes stalker a lot, it changes it from an open world and atmospheric shooter into a story driven, and really quite linear, shooter in which you can backtrack.

Play vanilla first, before any mods, otherwise you will miss out because, however good they are, mods change a game and vanilla stalker has, for me, a special something which just cannot be beaten.

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