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 much more!
I like the additional content and the spirit of the new features, however the mod won't be enjoyable by the majority of Stalker fans due to the completely overboard difficulty at the start of the game.
I felt as if it was a massive accomplishment if I could travel 50m without having to quickload.
Just to be clear: I really, REALLY enjoy this mod. I like how it's been given a facelift so everything looks smoother and nicer. I like that the designer either borrowed or made the effort to add in cool bits and pieces like a WW2-era assault rifle and the Mosin-Nagant 91/30 rifle. I like that he made the sleeping bag and repair kit work the way they were supposed to and I thought that the amusing little touch of a porn magazine giving you psychic protection was funny. As I see it, though, the mod-maker made so much effort to make the experience grittier, more realistic, and harder that he tipped into the territory of the slightly absurd. A zombie stumbles towards you emptying clip after clip from an assault rifle... but has 1 bullet if you snipe him before he starts shooting. Dressed in a Kevlar-lined vest and steel helmet, a dog bite takes out a big chunk of health. You can empty 7 .45 caliber bullets into a dog and it just makes them limp. You have a situation where every vaguely human person in an area is running around with assault rifles and no one has more than 6 extra bullets on them. The above situation and a shady black marketeer type has enough bullets that you can fire one at a zombie and one into your own head. Merchants won't buy a weapon unless it's brand new in an isolated area roughly analogous to a frontier on the edges of civilization where the only weapons that exist are in less-than-perfect condition. These things read less like "making it harder and more lifelike" and more like "tormenting the poor player for giggles". For me, this sinks a really fun and well-made mod that I like to play (as in, like to play so much that I happily restart the entire game multiple times after it crashes to desktop for unknown reasons) from "awesome" to "average."
Hardcore elitism's wet dream surfaces in the form of MISERY. Don't get me wrong, the mod does many things right, but it does many things wrong. It does make some good changes, but most of it feels like artificial difficulty. It's like the SPARTAN Mod for Clear Sky, a mod where you were expected to take a Makarov and a hoodie and defeat groups of 8-9 exosuited Bandits on the very first level. It's artificial. The mod MISERY does so much to make the world horrendously challenging for the player (whilst doing diddly squat to make the AI have any trouble), to the point where it bypasses the rush of a challenging fight and instead ventures into territory where only sadomasochists will have fun or feel entertained. Perhaps that's who this mod was made for, not people who enjoy the game or want a challenge, but people who want to feel legitimately miserable in their game, for whatever reason.
This mod is a masterpiece. Smarter enemies, tougher mutants, better equipment and choices choices choices. You can no longer just blast away at every obstacle. To survive you have to make critical choices and adapt or be overcome. The mod is ever mutating into something greater with every tweak. This isn't for the faint of heart and those unable or unwilling to adjust their playing style will quickly become worm food. There is a foreboding radioactive cloud on the horizon promising even greater hardship; do you have the tools to rise to the challenge of 2.2?
Best mod for this game. Adds so much in the way of content. Like new guns and different variants, for example you can get a modern Beretta that is shiny new and shoots so very smoothly or you can find a old and dirty version that jams a lot. Also the food system has bin reworked so that monster meat must be cooked unless you want to get sick. In all this is by far the best mod for this game and i highly recommend it.
This is one of the BEST mods there is out there! Too bad not many people know about S.T.A.L.K.E.R but please note that this mod is NOT for the "green" S.T.A.L.K.E.R and I strongly recommend finishing the game before downloading this and then complaining about it being too hard. Great work MDT and good luck on The Seed!