Call of Pripyat Complete is the third entry in the Complete mod series, which is a set of modifications created by professional artists dedicated to enhancing the production quality of the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. game series. The Complete mod series emphasize on improving the original graphics, sound, and atmosphere of each game while preserving the core game elements. Built upon the success of Stalker Complete 2009, which was downloaded by one in every five S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Shadow of Chernobyl players, this entry in the Complete mod series is the cumulative culmination of the series’ achievements in aesthetically updating the game without changing the original story or gameplay. Designed to meet the desires of new players and veterans alike, Call of Pripyat Complete unleashes the full potential of the latest, climactic chapter in the S.T.A.L.K.E.R and the Complete mod series.
A real let down to the reputation of the Complete franchise. The SHOC 2009 version admittedly did an excellent job of improving the game while changing as little gameplay as possible. This attempted to do the same but leaves us with a mod that unless you have a lucky run is virtually unCOMPLETEable. And the fact that after a brief half hearted attempt to put things right when the users found problems after release they just dumped it and ran makes me look for a 0 mark rather than the 1 I've reluctantly given, What a let down.
Has nothing on SHOC:Complete, a shame. And, while the months pass there hasn't been any update on any of the pages of the complete dev. This mod is outdated, bugged and doesn't improve on anything another mod atm already does or does better. So as time passes my rating will lower, too.
I wasn't really disappointed by this Mod when I first played this Mod. A very stable and reliable Mod, but just nothing special. It is not specially hauting, not challenging at all and to top this, the Wish Granter was totally ridiculous. It is a nice idea for those who I call CoD Kiddies, but in Stalker, cheating is absolutely nonsense if you want to catch the pure survival feeling the zone should have. The Graphics are quite nice and AtmosFear 2.1 looks nice, but it isn't special, plus we are unable to install AF3 without further merging. So conclusion is, it isn't very good, from a team I expect way more. Look at Misery 1.0, this is One-Man work and it tops Complete in every aspect.
This mod is promising but ultimately detrimental to the overall experience of the game. I am of course talking about crashes and a long standing lack of support.
Edit: The previous consistent crash I had attributed to CoP is apparently a common issue, I had previously only found people bringing it to light with some relation to Complete, when I found this was in fact, not the case after further research.
The operative line in the crash log is "[error]Description : ...r call of pripyat\gamedata\scripts\xr_effects.script:1470: attempt to index local 'squad' (a nil value)"
I stand by my rating as there are still issues due to a lack of support.
Any kind of animation or cinematic is preceding and ended with a long pause in which my character stands there staring into space, unable to move or draw a weapon. This goes for departure and arrival with fast travel(Not the coordinate teleport feature). Glitches causing NPCs to walk through walls tend to occur more frequently, and this has even led to a snork dropping through a ceiling and killing me. I found out it was coming from the floor above me after reloading and coming back to that area.
Very disappointing. Continual crashes and glitches "xr 1.6 engine has stopped working" constantly appears on my screen after installing this mod. Travelling between locations is a particularly annoying crash or after a small piece of video when all just freezes. Pointless sending any more reports as support is non existent. I have spent days trying small tweaks with setting on my PC which is well within recommended specs, in fact without the mod it played COP maxed out with only the occasional glitch (location moving again)from which it would recover from after a restart.
But here's the crunch; I love the gameplay, graphic and sound changes that this mod brings. The weapons feel,sound and texture is pleasing, in fact the whole game is is brilliantly overhauled which makes the unplayability of COP with this mod VERY frustrating.
Personally, I feel that it is the xrEngine at the heart of this masterpiece that is to blame. It's just not up to the job of handling the extra load.
SOMEONE please find a solution!
Complete mods have always rode on the reputation of being "just bug-fixers" or "just visual overhauls", even if the truth is completely (not a pun) opposite. The various tweaks, or should I say nerfs, only tend to make the games far easier than the vanilla games. Meanwhile the various visual changes were total hit or miss, sometimes ruining parts of the game's atmosphere or great original style completely.
At this point all Complete -mods are unforgivably obsolete, being based on ancient alpha- or beta-versions of OTHER mods. CoP Complete is not an exception, and to be honest it's so far the weakest show of the trilogy as well. The problem with CoP's Complete-mod might've been the game itself: it was "too perfect", there wasn't much anything to "fix" anymore! GSC did their homework and play-testing this time around, and it shows. Only the visual quality appeared to be "downgraded" a notch from the first 2 games, maybe to improve performance when using the notably larger and more open maps.
So what does CoP Complete offer? Not much: textures from very old versions of the Absolute Nature & AtmosFear mods, a bunch of trademark difficulty-lowering elements (money looting, cheat menu, damage reductions...), that's it. The mod appears to add some ALL NEW BUGS and significant performance drop (which was to be expected). The mod lacks optimization and balancing, especially when already in vanilla-game your character was seriously overpowered and swimming in cash all the time.
So is Complete the "messiah mod" people make it to be? No, it's not.
Is it the worst thing ever spawned on the face of earth? Not that either. It simply lacks point, a reason to exist.
For veteran players it offers nothing new or challenging to justify a second playthrough. There's far better looking & optimized graphical mods out there available for STALKERs, and the few serious left-over annoyances you still need to patch up with other mods.
I'd recommend the "Starter Pack" over the Co