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!
EDIT: After going back and replaying ShoC with AMK, I've revised my score of this mod upward from 8 to 9 and altered some of my pros/cons. This really is a fantastic mod and though I'd like to see the problems I listed fixed it is still an amazing mod.
+ Many of the new textures and weather effects are incredible. I particularly like the heavy fog weather effect.
+ The damage system makes firefights frantic and rewarding.
+ Most of the new weapons are exceptional, and I like the fact that some of the more exotic weapons (for example the M14) are one-of-a-kind (the way it probably would be in the Zone).
+ Ukrainian dialogue with English subs is the way this game was meant to be played.
+ The stamina system, contrary to popular opinion, is well balanced and accurate. Anybody who is criticizing it for being unrealistic needs to go take a jog with 35kg (75 lbs) on their back.
- Mutants and ambient effects in anomalies (radiation, poison, etc.) have been buffed and are (IMO) too powerful. A dog charging into you knocks out a solid third of your health.
- A lot of the vanilla meshes were not fixed. For example, the AK's ejection port is still on the wrong side. This is a major no-go for me with a realism mod.
- The Sniper class is very underpowered. 7.62 7N1 ammunition is so rare you will almost never have enough of it, so you end up using assault rifles and shotguns anyway until you can get a VSS.
My main problem with this game is really just a host of small design flaws that seem to screw up the overall game experience. There is no trader in Pripyat, but repairs now cost money - meaning that eventually you're going to run out of money in Pripyat and have to head back. Moving between zones - especially to Pripyat - is prohibitively expensive. Additionally artifacts don't seem to spawn properly for me (e.g. not at all) so I am left with few options for making money. Overall this is a great mod but a few of the decisions left me scratching my head.
Looking at a lot of the reviews, I'm really really surprised how much negativity there is here. However, I think that mostly stems from the fact that people are more likely to go out of their way to complain about something than to praise it. You can see that from the fact that, although most reviews are negative, most of the votes are positive.
I have to give Misery a 9/10. The only reason it doesn't score 10 for me is because of a couple of issues (e.g. a couple of crashes, and some animation problems that haven't been fixed) but even those can be sorted with time. I could go on for hours about what makes Misery good for me, but due to the character limit - and the patience of the majority of viewers - I'm gonna just put it in quick, simple bullet points. Sadly I can't explain them much:
1. Much better visuals and audio design, certainly a big improvement over vanilla S.T.A.L.K.E.R. CoP.
2. MUCH bigger selection of items/weapons/weapon mods, gives the mod more depth and makes it feel more realistic and enjoyable
3. More refined mechanics that feel more realistic, e.g. the way emissions work, artifacts emitting constant radiation if not shielded properly, enemies surrendering, etc.
4. Much more of a challenge in terms of the game's economy and also the game mechanics. Health packs health slowly over time rather than instantly (and they're less effective anyway); weapons do more damage both to enemies and to you; mutants are more dangerous and therefore scarier. This game is not for the faint-hearted.
The bottom line is that Misery does a much better job than the vanilla game in one very important aspect: it makes you feel tense all the time and actually makes you feel like you're trying to survive. The vanilla game provided a great foundation with the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. universe, and Misery has taken it to new, exciting and gritty extents.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. + Misery = one of, if not my favourite game of all time. Great job guys, keep it up :)
Ok... MISERY is not perfect but all these people complaining about the difficulty of the mod need to realize this was made for a specific part of the STALKER community, if you want it easy play CoD or complete.
-Many new weapons and variations of each weapon.
-Great atmosphere and graphics.
-Items are no longer just "good", a military vest is great for gunfights but completely useless for hunting artifacts, each item has it's own use to the player's necessity, bringing unecessary gear from your stash will just get you killed.
-THE BEST modded effects ever, helmets, scopes, eating and even a handheld flashlight that looks like it was alredy there all along before this mod.
-Hunting in this mod is dynamic, rewarding and fun, if you always wanted to make a living out of selling mutant parts, you will probably enjoy buying your first shotgun.
-NPC looting is dynamic, you never know what sort of random trinkets you'll find in a bandit's inventory.
-Artifact hunting is more challenging, anomalies are dangerous as they should be, however, artifacts are heavy and not really that compensating, odds are you'll break even by selling artifacts due to insane armor repair costs (that is, if you don't get hit by an anomaly, in that case prepare your wallet).
-The addition of character classes makes the game interesting, however, some people who enjoy having a large variety of tools and weapons at his disposal might be a bit disappointed with class limitations.
-No optional minimap might make things a bit frustrating during gunfigths, since everything is brown you'll have a hard time telling friend from foe, on the other hand it makes being ambushed in the zone much more intense.
-As beautiful as the textures are, they overdid it with the depressive atmosphere, good luck finding a single green plant, this "sad brown" filter seems to be present in every single inventory icon as well, which makes it hard to find items in your inventory... NoMoarSpace
This mod is incredible, it adds so much to the base game that I don't even know where to begin. Except I do, the crashes are pretty intense in this mod and it can be a pain but there are fixes out there for most of them and a few of the others just mean your PC is having trouble keeping up.
Rating broken up into sections:
Immersion - 9.5
AI - 7.5
Weapons - 9
Upgrades - 8.5
Traders - 9.5
Prices - 8.5
Artifacts - 9.5
Stability - 6 (7 with common fixes/decent PC, 8 with both)
Mutants - 8
Anomalies - 10
The positives outweigh the negatives, hence my 9 rating.
I give 9/10 for M.I.S.E.R.Y. 2.1.1.
Misery is my first ever experience with the Stalker series and an outstandig one. My all-time favourites were X-COM Terror From The Deep and System Shock 2.
Well... Now Misery is my all time favorite, because>
2. Graphics and sound is appealing to me, compared to 2013 blockbuster games
3. Immersion - browsing backpack/map leaves me vulnerable, same for eating, using medikits, cooking, mutant body part looting all lets me dive deeper in the game's world
4. The difficulty should be an issue only for someone not very experienced in FPS and Stalker. I enjoy it. It is as unforgiving as real life :). Love it to make rapid reactions, decisions, where the state of highest emergency combined with spooky surroundings feels so real.
5. The story line is well thought. In my initial walkthrough (as sniper) I played too long and some opportunities and quests got lost with time but now on my second go as assaulter it is a breeze.
One point taken away for freezes and crashes, particularly at the jump to plateau and kindergarten. Needed to lower ai live to 5 for this two occasions.
Keep up the great work MDT, you created my favourite game. Thank you.
Lot more items and weapons
3 classes, all unique and change gameplay and add replayability
More realistic bullet physics and damage
More lore to the game
Makes C.O.P way more fun
Some stuttering when moving from one side of the map to the next
All in all I love this mod, can't play this game without it anymore. Not only does it feel like a completely different game but it makes it a billion time more fun. Nothing makes your blood pump fast them finding your way in the dark with no ammo while running from a bloodsucker. Saying that this mod makes the game intense is an understatement.
It is just a great mod that improves latest Stalker installment. Expierience of playing is much greater with this mod, because it helps you to immerse into the game beter - unlike the original game, this mod makes the world really dangerous place and doesn't give you second chances
Misery is undoubtedly the only mod/game that provides the player with a true immersive survival gaming experience. I have found this mod to be very challenging and rewarding, despite some minor technical problems. I hope other developers take Misery as an example and start making games that are actually a challenge to play.