Full concept MODIFICATION of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Call of Pripyat that touches every game aspect including textures, sfx, music, weapons, AI, items, weather, mutants, difficulty and much more!
Let me tell a little story to express my opinion:
> Load the game. Takes for ******* ever, but eventually I'm in.
> Start off at the most godforsaken part of the swamps.
> Look around, and notice some zombies. "This must be the zombie farm."
> It's called a farm for a reason. I subsequently clear it out.
> Loot of the day: A nearly broken Sig Sauer with 4 rounds, 13 9x18 and 6 9x19 rounds, two breads, and a can of tuna.
> Feel good, seems like a notable achievement for Misery 2.2.
> Find some loners, kill said loners for loot.
> Loot of the last 10 minutes, of which 8 was spent in loading screens: A nearly broken Sig Sauer with no ammo, 2 AK74s, 22 9x18 rounds, 2 rounds of 5.45x39, and some rotten meat.
> Probably should make my way to Sadovorovisoisorovisk or whatever the hell it's called. I just call it "Good Boat".
> Meet beard. Browse. Feel shame for not being able to afford anything.
> Meet Owl. Browse. ****** at him for high prices. Notice AK going for 20,000 RU and Military outfit going for nearly 40,000.
> Notice that beard pays more for literally any item sold, and also accepts items with <98% durability.
> Dump what I can on Beard, accept "Obligitory 1st quest of CoP"™.
> I know the drill. Notice that radiation is off the charts.
> Better take a quick sippy. Stumble around drunk, fall off into numerous anomalies, instantly die, reload, and die again.
> Eventually pick up boat steering wheel. Climb out, meet the guy, give it to him, chase him, then stab him in the back far enough away from his partners.
> Get greedy and go back for his partner's loot.
> Attempt to snipe with my mosin nagant. Miss horribly, and find out they have perfect aim. Die repeatedly.
> Get frustrated, decide to deal with them after I get to Beard, if they're still around.
> Nearly at the boat, going along the hilly side. Stupid me, walks along the top of the hill.
> Pack of dogs sees me from burn farmstead. They run. Really fast. 12 of them.
> Get frustrated. Ragequit.
I loved Misery 1.0, clocked hundreds of hours in it just goofing around in freeplay and artifact/mutant hunting. I love Misery 1 AND 2.0 for the reason that the economy and environment are very harsh, meaning you have to stop and really think before you rush into something, or even fire a few shots. Misery 2.0 keeps this going strong, making the "hobo phase" last a bit longer, though as with 1.0 (and any other stalker games for that matter), once you get a scoped weapon and some okay armor you're pretty much good to go. This mod is only brought down by the lack of some features (not a big deal they can get released later), and many game breaking bugs and frustrating CTDs (a bigger deal).
-AI much improved. As a recon player, you can actually use stealth and trickery against enemies, adding a very interesting change to tactics
-High diversity of weapons/armor
-Much more dangerous zone
-CRASHES! Soooo many. Make sure to save veeerrrryyy often..
-Many bugs that can halt advancement of the storyline, break immersion, and some that are absolutely game-breaking as a CTD when loading an area/mission dialogue
-No cooking or drug-making (yet?)
-Enemy stalkers are all-star quarterbacks who throw heat-seeking grenades (I don't mind them having good aim with guns, but its kind of ridiculous when they can throw a grenade 70 yards right into your lap)
-Too much inventory. You get used to it after a while but there are so many new items (mostly junk) that you come across.
-More stalkers/mutants spawn and are tougher. Can add to the danger and fun of wasting all those guys, but sometimes they mess with quests, such as passing by Topol by the scientist bunker, and killing them all. Or people killing Noah :(
All in all, I think this mod has wonderful potential. But the version that is available right now is simply too buggy and unfinished. I would wait a while before giving this a go, unless you are very patient.
This mod is quite nice with all of the new things but like many people, I have my own little gripes with the mod.
A few examples:
-Constant crashing, I've followed a few instructions but for some reason the game crashes randomly
-Some of the weapons don't seem to work, an example being the rifle the U.S.S. Sniper starts with, I fire but the bullet doesn't seem to make any impact or signs of hurting my targets, so most of the time it seems like a waste of ammunition, and in turn a waste of money
-Enemies seem to be a bit too strong, where players have next to no ammo, enemies seem to have a limitless supply, afterwards when they finally drop dead, the ammo they use seems to vanish into some sort of void.
-The starting ammo supply, This may need a bit of reworking because with things like the recon class, you start with literally almost no ammo and your weapons are extremely weak compared to everything else around you.
-The Stamina, It's understandable if you are wearing heavy equipment or are carrying massive amounts of items that the bar drains a bit faster but having it drain while walking instead of it recovering slower or not recovering at all until you stand still needs a bit of rethinking, with the players being equal to being made of paper in this mod, we need some means aside for hiding behind a tree to get away. It's not as if our characters are extremely unhealthy for a U.S.S. soldier
Like most S.t.a.l.k.e.r mods there are a few bugs here and there but nothing too punishing apart from when the corrupt saves start spreading throughout the marix that is the engine of this game, then you realise that you have to start all over again in a game world thats supposed to make you feel miserable.. well they got the misery part right at least.
Ok i love the look of this mod good job with that but ive come across a lot of bugs and i mean alot more than all the mods ive ever played with cop. How could you release it with so many bugs, the black forest is unplayable( the zombies can somehow shoot you from a mile away with a shotgun), the torch was ****** up( i dont know how u let that pass testing, at least tell people it replaced the artifact detector ) and the iron sights on a lot of weapons are just plain bugged, please i had so much anticipation for this mod just fix it please. i fully thought this was going to be a good replacement of the closure of stalker 2 but i guess i was wrong.
A bit too much brown and rust everywhere, and a lot of choices with weapon damage, radiation, and ammunition costs don't make sense. For example, the Nagant rifle deals more damage after 3/4 of the barrel is cut off with a hacksaw, and is the wrong caliber. Anti-radiation drugs/vodka do next to nothing, and enemies feel very bullet-sponge like. Also there is quite a lot of stuttering occuring even on low settings on high end machines.
I do like some of the survival aspects and the weapon selection though.
Ive have just finished the game and must say it truly did feel like misery at times. In the beginning it was such with lack of food, ammo in general. The general difficulty was as stated which was hard even brutal at times, such as facing an army of nearly invulnerable zombies. Overall its a must play mod if your into hardcore playstyles.
New update: The misery 2.0 release was a let down really, certain features are absent and other things are buggy. The enemy A.I. hasnt really improved and has the same armor as exosuit character in a flak jacket. Even mutants insane spawn rates mess with it.