S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Anomaly is a mod pack based on Last Day 1.3 with many addons and custom tweaks. It's quite demanding on the system, but it's running on a 64 bit engine so it should be able to utilize more RAM than the original 32 bit engine.
The pack is built for and uses the DX10 renderer. Other render engines may or may not work, they are completely untested. The recommended way to play this pack is to leave all options unchanged. Only change options that are depending on your hardware and setup, like screen resolution and audio volume.
If you really want to change any game play related options, I recommend to do that before starting a new game and then never touching them again.
64 BIT ENGINE
The 64 bit engine is also publicly available on BitBucket and might be able to run other mod packs based on Call of Chernobyl 1.4.22 but it has only been tested with this pack. During normal game play, it's normal for the game to use between 8 GB and 12 GB of memory.
Two versions of the 64 bit engine are included in this pack. If your CPU supports it, I recommend to use the normal executable (with AVX support), but if your CPU is older you may have to use the non-AVX version or the game will crash when you start it.
BUGS AND CRASHES
The 64 bit engine is still experimental, but it has proven to be quite stable during almost 100 hours of playing this pack. If you encounter any crashes, first try to load the latest save. If the crash happens again, post a bug report on the Bug Tracker and attach the save game and a short description how to trigger the crash. I'll look into it then and if I can reproduce the problem, there's a good chance I'll be able to fix it and update the engine with a bug fix.
To play, use either START-x64.bat to start the normal version or (if you have an older CPU) use START-x64-noavx.bat to start the non-AVX version. This mod pack requires a 64 bit version of Windows to run, it won't work on 32 bit versions of Windows.
If you are playing a Last Day based game for the first time, I recommend to select the faction 'Loner' and the starting point 'Rookie Village (Cordon)' in the character selection screen. Leave all 4 options turned off.
You may also want to change the player name in the top left corner of that dialog. It's preset with the name 'Last Day', but can be changed if you click on it.
The auto-save mod will save the game automatically every 5 minutes, but you can also use F5 for quick saving before you try anything potentially dangerous. It's also recommended to make a hard save from the pause menu every now and then, I usually do that every time after travelling to a new area.
The included mods and addons are mostly made by other people and most of them are available on MODDB. What I did is to assemble this mod pack and create a 64 bit version of the game engine to run it.
Apart from Last Day 1.3 with the latest patches and translations, this pack also includes parts of these addons:
- Absolute Nature
- Absolute Structures
- Artefact Overhaul
- Auto Save every x seconds (5 minutes interval)
- Autumnal Winds
- Better Prices from Traders
- Companion Fix
- Economy and Time Tweaks
- Expensive Artefacts
- Field Crafting Overhaul
- Fixes for corrupt THM Files for Textures
- Food Rebalance
- HD Models
- Improved Sound Effects
- Increased Respawn Time
- Weapon Jam Swearing
- Larger Inventory Icons
- Last Wishes
- Mechanis Buy Parts
- Megaphones STFU
- Multi Use Medkits
- New Menu Graphics
- News Revamp
- Quality of Life Addons
- SWTC Advanced Weather
- Stalker 2k HD Asphalt
- Stalker 2k HD Foliage
- Stalker 2k HD Textures
- Stalker Tweaks
- TRX Fixes
- TRX Global Weather
- Traders Buy Broken Stuff
- Undamaged Starting Equipment
- Walk Speed Tweaks
- TRX Sound Revamp (since update 2)
- Progressive Condition Based Sell Prices (since update 3)
- DRX Dynamic Faction Relation (since update 4)
- Open Scopes (since update 4)
- Disguise System (since update 5)
- Ironman Second Wind (since update 5)
Changes in the 64 bit engine:
- Feature: better handling of weapon reloading and changing ammo type
- Feature: Progressive trader prices based on item condition
- Fix for weapon reloading and switching of ammo type
- Fix for detecting THM file corruption
- Fix for sort order of messages on the PDA
- Fix for mouse wheel issues on multi-screen setups
- Fixes for several crashes