Full concept MODIFICATION of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Call of Pripyat that touches every game aspect including textures, sfx, music, weapons, A.I., items, weather, mutants, difficulty and much more!
Even if this mod has a lot of nice ideas and features to improve CoP on a big way, the work they have done here is simply a mess.
And the most of the appearing bugs are not CoP-defaults, they are added by them, as a result of unclean work.
Easy to see if even the simpliest things are not working without quickfixes because of "forgotten" details.
In the end all this is by far more irritation then enjoying a game.
I know modding is a service, but in my opinion, if you do something.. do it right or let it be.
Waiting for Redux2.0 and Lost Alpha for SoC now, maybe thats gonna be a bit more professional.
Alright, I decided to post a review after testing this mod as thoroughly as I can... And the conclusion I came to is a 4... This is based on patch 1 & 2.
Summary: On the surface, this would seem like a great mod. The things that make this mod great are what makes it stand out from others, but the things that hurt the mod are what kills it for most people. In my opinion, it's those same things that make the mod flop on its face.
The sound is awesome. Bloodsuckers, flesh, and tushkanos really stand out in this department. My only complaint is that I wish they had kept the original sounds in addition to the new ones, simply because I thought highly of them as well... but that is merely personal preference.
Visuals are wicked, albeit lacking in color. If you're willing to look past the fact that everything is brown, the high-res, frightening textures really come through. Again, I wish they had kept vanilla textures as well, for variance and nostalgia's sake. I find it odd to see a 100 copies of the same flesh: so variance in the textures would definitely improve my already high opinion of the skin-work.
There is a huuuuge selection of guns in the game. I am very pleased with this.
The guns are nowhere near as realistic as people say. Sorry, but that's the truth. This is usually my #1 complaint for games and mods, but let's face it: this is STALKER, not Call of Duty. On this note, however, I may work out a patch of my own to fix damages and ballistics.
Artificial scarcity of ammo and medical supplies is possibly the most frustrating aspect of this mod. This takes place in Ukraine, where 7.62x54Rs, 7.62x39s, and 5.45x39s are a nickel a piece. In the mod, you're lucky if you can find 54Rs at all.
Damages are seriously bass-ackwards. A few other folks claim to not have this problem, but I am having a problem where I can point blank a STALKER or zombie in the head, and it won't die. Even with a .22, a shot to the head is it. Center-mass shots also dont
Probably the best mod of Stalker COP, yet has quite a few bugs and some ridiculous balancing issues. One of the biggest issues, is the burn damage, it appears to be more than four times more damaging, making thermal anomalies not worth checking out.
As I played the mod further, I encountered LOADS of imbalances, bugs and just general immersion breakers/absurdities. Far from what was promised/expected. Sadly,so far, Misery 1.0 is much better.
after 2.02 patch+qf+v4 save corruption, its still a unplayable mess, theres still alot of crashes, usually scripts going wrong, the amount of new and mostly useless items bloats the engine making it super unstable, broken vanila quests where its always a gamble if they will bug or not.
Late game pryapat is so bugged out that you will go insane with npc ai scripts going bonkers on late missions and more and more crashes.
im pretty sure its not my computer, i have misery installed on my gaming desktop , and on my laptop and both have the same issues. and 1 of my friends that plays the mod has the same problems.
Gameplaywise, its full of good ideas but with awful implementation and needs alot of refining, like the broken squad and mutant spawning system that is contantly respawning them when you kill merc/bandits/mutants, so its like you clean the gas station, 1-2 minutes later its full again of bandits.
Sometimes the zone is so full of mutants that you cant walk 20 meters without finding alot of mutants.its like a zoo and way to overcrowded and removes the feel of tension/atmospheric vibe that vanila cop/soc had.
Dificulty wise,IMHO it was actually easy, the only thing i dont like is some of the mutants take way to many bullets to kill, bulletsponges is always a bad idea. Almost forgot to mention, seriously whats the deal with npcs spamming throwing grenades with pinpoint acuracy from 50 meters+ ?
I cant recommend atm this mod to anyone,unless you really like to be miserable.
Maybe i will review misery again later on its development cycle.
I am aware of all the excellent features this mod provides but its just impossible for me to enjoy it.
Loading times are extrem long so be prepared to take some time to receive the extra content!
Even pressing F5 or ESC to simply quicksave or go back to the menu laggs the game out/not responds which results in waiting 2 minutes for the action to happen.
I am not occuring any serious errors or crashes except these unbelievable long "loading" times.
I dont have a NASA computer but its pretty good so I dont expect my specs to be the problem.
If this is fixed, or you can enjoy the content even with these problems this mod is just great! Spend some time with it because its not making it easy for you. Realism = Difficulty ^.^
Unplayable due to CTD right before the intro video while vanilla CoP and other mods for it work. For this alone I would not give a 1 but if the devers do not even respond in the first place and then not caring at all since "we don't care about CTDs caused at startup by our mod" then this deserves a 1 for bad handling. And a mod that crashes and is not playable doesn't warannt anything more than a 1. Having bugs (even way too many according to various posts all over the Internet) is not a problem for me as long as you intend to fix it sooner or later. With "we don't care" though I've got a serious huge beef. Should this startup CTD caused solely by this mod is tackled I'll re-evaluate the score. Up to then it's 1 especially for bad community/bug handling.
"Only 1/10? A review must be entered to justify such a low rating."
^As if blind fanboyism is going to save this mod. Let me break it down..
1. Balance is utterly ****** to hell.
(Read more if your not convinced here.)
2. NPC's are equal to T-X Terminators that actually kill.
3. Economy is none existent and your always breaking even.
4. No originality, just a compilation of mods.
5. Ugly textures to make you feel depressed.
6. Needs a high end system, can't pay for a powerful PC?
7. Game stability is questionable at best with this mod.
8. Anomalies are just another name for "One hit wonders."
9. You have the mortality of an ant regardless of class chosen and armor worn.
10. Extreme gun care required. (Russian guns are crap right?)
11. Gun variety is artificially inflated with a plethora of **** conditioned weapons.
12. Design decisions where based on a community of masochistic gamers who thought Dark Soul's wasn't making them cry enough.
13. Developers are egotistical maniacs. They screw mod and you.
14. Quick Save and god mode where obviously the only ideal testing conditions. (Not ******** you about the god mode part.)
15. False advertisement. This mod claim's it's supposed to be "unforgiving" not "stupid".
16. Destroys every bit of what made Stalker games enjoyable.
(This will kill it for purist and new players alike.)
17. This mod was meant to challenge you? It will actually make you socially retarded on family game night.
18. Mowing your lawn and scooping the **** out of cat litter to throw in the trash is more rewarding than this.
19. Those who like it, likely have married the quick save key till death or a bad save do they apart. (Or god mode.)
20. Those who thought this mod is realistic should get a psychiatric examination to see if they are still messed up from their parents beating them. Common guys, go outside, that is as realistic as it gets!
20 good reasons not to play this mod.
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I have to agree with some other person that posted the review. This is more of a compilation with easy editing of certain scripts. Other than that, the only logical reason for it's popularity must be the changed interface ingame and the stylized mod page.
This mod doesn't feel like STALKER at all.