Global mod for STALKER SHoC, intended to recreate a highly atmospheric Zone with highest possible quality, stability of the game, rich gameplay and loyalty to the canons of the Sci-Fi genre.
9/10 - Looks beautiful and creates something never done before
I have played up until Rostok, more info will be applied later.
Configurable options and advanced gfx
Fantastic new graphics
Wide range of weapons, items and armour
New quests, and quest bug fixes
Balanced artifacts and medicine
New ammo types
New icons make the game a real masterpiece
No CTDs (atleast not yet)
Bloodsuckers can be killed while in cloak (yes!)
Iron sights for all weapons have been perfected unlike many mods around
Rad tablets etc need fluid to use, otherwise you die, this makes no sense at all, you don't need fluid its just easier to swallow that way. A game that focuses on survival cannot use up all his water;)
Shotguns used to be the prime of killing mutants, but due to their high health, you need to offload 10 shots into a single fleshy just to kill it...
Medkits are scarce and don't restore as much health as the vanilla game.
The mutants that spawned in Agroprom underground was kind of overkill, 3 bloodsuckers and 2 controllers.
The screen blood around the edges is really annoying, but I guess you need it due to no health bar.
The auto-turrets in military occupied areas are just stupid and annoying, it defys the lore of the game. The military were meant to be unorganised and not up to date.
This is one of the best SoC mods I have played, and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to experience a truly scary and challenging Zone. The amount of atmosphere added by the harder hitting mutants and psy emissions is almost unreal. You can't run far without running out of breath. Ammo is hard to find and very expensive, and since the mutants are now tougher, you are forced to avoid them or be prepared to run out of money while buying more ammo.
And if the mod is too hard, or you prefer not having to change your underwear constantly, don't worry, a nice configurator is included to add/remove features from the mod and tweaking stuff to your liking.
The reason I didn't give it a perfect score is due to some bugs, design choices and oversights which are too major to brush off.
1) Repetitive spawns. There seems to be a controller in the Bloodsucker Village every single time you enter Army Warehouses. Same goes the chimera spawn outside the south entrance to the Bar.
2) The mod cannot be considered stable, but it isn't as bad as STALKERSOUP last time i played it. I've had 4-5 CTD's during my playthrough so far.
3) The turrets. I honestly can't understand why on Earth they were added to the game. This is not the way to ramp up the difficulty even further. Having aimbot-MG's fire at you as soon as you enter their killzone is IMO stupid and makes fetching the military documents a real pain.
4) I personally think the Agroprom Underground section was made pointlessly hard. You'll have to face 3 bloodsuckers and 2 controllers in total. The bloodsuckers are pretty easy to take care of (after all, you can camp on boxes and take them out safely), but the two controllers spawning in at the beginning and the end of the last stretch of tunnel is not just scary as hell (which is a good thing), but also damn frustrating for the player. It is really, really hard to take them out without grenades, since they make you drop your gun, which usually leads to your death.
This is the best stalker mod i've had the plesure of playing,it feels like your playing stalker for the first time.The combat Ai of this mod is deadly, way above any thing else i have come across in any other mod,it has a dynamic Ai life that actualy works,it's remarkably stable,belive it or not my first play session was over 34 hours with only one ctd!.But for me the combat Ai seals the deal for me on this mod,you will be playing this for a long time!.An excellent mod.10/10
one of the best mods i played to the best game of the series STALKER.
Best mod so far, very professionnal integration , you don't feel like it's kinda several mods awkwardly piled up like you can see in Stalkersoup for example . Astonishing revamp of graphic engine , great handcrafted stories and location modifications... And contrary to some people, game in master is doable, just need to get some military tactics (like using environment , and especially, move, shoot, move shoot to avoid greande spamming)
Everything's great, except to me , some extra locations that seem a little bit botched compared to the rest: I've been playing up to Darkscape , which i didn't enjoy that much , same thing for Marshes , just a "cameo".
And the RPG adventure side, which requires a LOT of time , times that i don't have no more as a father and a busy worker :-/ . I've been playing stalker since 2007 as it is the only game that immersed me for good and OGSE made it reach its pinnacle.
Time to quit video game world but you guys made a great final to one of the best VG of the last ten years , better than CS and CoP imho, and far better that the whole unch of crap we've been given by major studios.
Very nice mod, if you liked Oblivion Lost than you should also try this, like OL it brings some cut-out content but also adds new stuff
Best damn mod I've played for stalker yet.
This mod is truly amazing. Haven't played too much yet, but so far, I'm totally blown away!
After playing some time (Kordon, Garbage, Agroprom), I'm still amazed by this mod. The amount of features added to the game is truly massive. And everything seems to work very smooth on the technical side (this is not standard with STALKER ShOC mods).
The mod is definitely much harder as the original. And it can lead to very frustrating situations like being killed by enemy grenades very often.
All the new quests are awesome, although they feel a bit raw around the edges... lots of "don't know where to go or what to do"-moments.
All in all, still 10/10 !!
After playing even more, I feel like I'm really "getting into" the mod now. In the beginning, I was just blown away by all the new, exciting stuff. Now, I come to understand how some things work.
The mod is really, really good and very well done.
However, some aspects aren't as good as others. Here are the cons:
1) The translation is not of superior quality. There are quite some errors here and there. Most of them don't do any harm, but sometimes, it can lead to a situation, where you have to guesstimate if you want to solve a quest. (Example: looking for a "pipe" in the village, when it should have been "chimney")
2) The new quests are truly amazing and very creative. However, there are LOTS of situations, where you have to search for a specific item and, for the love of god, can't find it. It such cases, the item is usually there, but super-well hidden. TOO well, if you ask me. The developers got a bit carried away here.
3) There are lots of design choices, which werde made in order to make the game harder for the player. A good challenge is never a bad thing, but all these changes lead to an atmosphere, where save/reload will occur frequently among most players. I would say, the game was un-balanced in disadvantage for the player. (Examples here are the economy, missing zoom when using iron sights and detection of enemies with radar and PDA)
All in all, these three negative aspects combined make me change my rating to 9/10. (Btw, I don't list pros, since almost everything else about this mod is great so far ;)
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