IMPORTANT : FOLLOW THE INSTALL INSTRUCTIONS COMPLETELY AND FULLY OR YOUR GAME WILL NOT WORK! In addition, please DO NOT use the build weather addon for now - it has a bug that has yet to be fixed.


Step 1: Download and install a fresh copy of STALKER: Shadow Of Chernobyl patched to version 1.0006. The Steam and GOG versions are perfectly fine.
Step 2: Open the "Base" folder, and drag everything inside into your install folder. This is usually something like "C://GOG Games/ STALKER Shadow of Chernobyl".
Step 3: Read through the optionals folder. There is a readme included for every addon so you can see what you might like. Read each readme for an addon before you install them.
Step 4: Open the bin_x64 folder and create a shortcut to XRengine.exe. Launching the game from steam or GoG Galaxy will not work.
Step 5: Add the -steam parameter to the end of the "Target" field in your game shortcut properties. If you don't do this, the game won't launch! (This applies to all copies, even DVD, as it tells the engine that you are playing the Worldwide/English version of the game.)

Common issues and solutions:

If you are getting a "openal32.dll is missing" error, then please download and install OpenAL:

Welcome to Memories of the Zone - a highly customizable vanilla plus modpack for STALKER Shadow of Chernobyl. This addon started as a personal passion project, as Shadow of Chernobyl is one of my favorite games of all time.
I wanted to pretty up the game a bit, as well as make sure I had all the latest bug fixes and stability tweaks available.
It took a long while to get these mods to play nice, so I hope you enjoy the fruits of this labour as much as I will. The zone calls, fellow stalkers!

This mod, in the base install, includes the following mods:

- OGSR x64 engine for enhanced gfx and performance
- Zone Reclamation Project for further bug fixes
- Absolute Nature texture pack
- Absolute Structures texture pack
- Photorealistic Zone 2 texture pack
- Original Weapons Renewal 3 for better weapon animations, textures and models
- STALKER Weather Overhauled v3 for enhanced atmosphere and climate

+ a number of tweaks, additions and personal fixes (for example, working EAX without the need for a sound card! Try it out, its great)

In addition, there are various Gameplay, Sound and Visual addons available in the Optional folder for you to customize the experience further to your taste.
Want to be as vanilla as possible? Going for your first playthrough? The base install will suit you just fine! The only optional I would suggest then is the Clear sky Sidorovich.
Otherwise, it's all up to you! Options have been provided to give returning players some extra challenge without going over the top.


- The amazing STALKER modding community (especially the authors of the mods used in this pack) who made all this possible. Without them, this pack couldn't exist. A special thank you to the following mod authors for their amazing work, parts of which are integrated into this project:

1. The OGSR engine by the awesome OGSR team. They are the reason you can play SoC in x64 bit with all these great features! Show them some love:

2. The incredible Zone Reclamation Project, the other core backend of this mod that was worked on tirelessly by the community for years and receives support to this day:

3. Cromm Cruac for his amazing work on the absolute texture pack:

4. The incredible TZP team for their work on Photorealistic Zone 2 texture pack

5. r_populik for the awesomely detailed OWR 3 mod:

6. Trojanunch for the epic STALKER Weather Overhaul:

7. The legendary AMK team for AMK ballistics and other optional AMK addons:

8. Autumnal Wanderers for Medicine Mod integration and optional textures:

9. STALKER Sound Overhaul by Darius6:

10. The Complete Team for various textures:

11. Frostbite for converting the Sidorovich model:

12. MrStalkerHacker for HD Models SoC

13. FWR Team for build textures, FWR:

I may have gotten it all working and done some fixes, but they are the real magicians! Show them some support!

- All the lovely people on the C-Con Discord. You guys are great. Join the Discord here (You can also access a repository of stalker mods and ask mod related questions here) :

- My testers. You know who you are ;)

- E'ruiq, who has been a great help in helping me fix a few UI related bugs that were affecting the mod, as well as providing feedback and suggestions. Check out his profile here, he's awesome!



- ZRP Alternate All Spawn (more loot in hidden places, tougher enemy spawns)

- AMK Ballistics (much higher weapon damage and overall more intense firefights)

- Medicine Mod (All consumables have sounds associated with them, and using one will cause you to holster your weapon until the sound is complete. Additionally, food and drink no longer heal and medkits heal over time.)


- Sound Overhaul (enhanced ambient sounds from a popular SoC sound mod of the same name)


- AA2 Style Eye Candy ("De-autumnized" Autumn Aurora environmental textures)

- Alternate HUD (with/without minimap) In the style of builds with complete style textures.

- AMK Marked One Character Portrait

- Alternative Arm Textures

- Clear Sky Sidorovich Model

- Disable Head Bob

- HD models for NPCs (screenshots included in download, based off the original HD models for ShoC mod.)

- Reshade Preset

That should be it. Please feel free to contact me if you have any issues! I'll be happy to try and help.

Good hunting, stalkers :)

- Use "Generic Sound Driver" + EAX for enhanced audio.

- Grass density, range and shadows are quite performance intensive. They would be the first option I would change if you get bad FPS.

- If you use AMK Ballistics + the Alt All Spawn, be sure to bring a lot of meds with you ;) you'll need it.

Download Link:

I have posted a google drive mirror as MODDB servers are too slow in my country:

Gameplay Videos:

Sneaking into Agroprom:

Fighting Mutants:

Car Park Assault:

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Hey, stalkers!

This is woopersnaper & jjzargo

And today we wanna talk about the project's future. Specifically - Version 1.3 and a new, non-Vanilla+ version of the project Memories of the Zone. Anyways, let's get started.

Version 1.3

Many of you may have thought that 1.2 would be the Final update and release, as we also originally thought so. But as new OGSR Engine updates come, as well as our own ideas to improve Memories of the Zone, we've decided to start working on version 1.3 which will will include such thing such as;

- A new and improved Weapon pack

- Many fixes for non-game-breaking, but noticeable bugs

- Possibly new UI icons and many more small QOL fixes

It's also worth mentioning that Version 1.3 and above will still keep up with the theme of Vanilla+, while improving many aspects of the game.

Extended Version

We've also been thinking of an "Extended" version of Memories of the Zone; an independent non-Vanilla+ version, which will not only feature the fixes and updates of 1.3, but will also have its own improved storyline and custom quests (Like OGSE/OGSR, but way different). The writing and direction of this version will be inspired by many mods such as Goldsphere and NLC 7. :)

Unfortunately, we've come across some technical problems during the start of the development of version 1.3; woopersnaper's motherboard got fried during a power outage, caused by a storm. This means that the development has been significantly slowed down. What doesn't help is the Coronavirus situation over there too. But despite all of this, we're still well on track and have good stuff planned for this project.

Anyways, it's time for us to go, Stalker. Be safe and have a good hunting out there!

- woopersnaper & jjzargo, Memories of the Zone Team

Update 1.2

Update 1.2


Various graphical enhancements, plus one minor fix. No new game needed! IMPORTANT: 1.2 is incompatible with the "AA 2.1 Style Eye Candy" addon. Please...

MOTZ has been released!

MOTZ has been released!

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MOTZ is now ready to play! Please read the article fully to see installation instructions, mod details, videos and download links.

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HOTFIX - needed for both versions

HOTFIX - needed for both versions


VERY IMPORTANT - final hotfix for now, fixes ui bugs and a texture issue.

Version 1.2 update

Version 1.2 update


Various graphical enhancements, plus one minor fix. No new game needed! IMPORTANT: 1.2 is incompatible with the "AA 2.1 Style Eye Candy" addon. Please...

mouse wheel fix

mouse wheel fix


This optional patch re-enables mouse wheel weapon scrolling.

Memories of The Zone v1 1 repack

Memories of The Zone v1 1 repack

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A highly customizable Vanilla+ modpack based on the OGSR x64 bit engine and ZRP, as well as various other graphics mods, enhanced sound (working EAX without...

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Hey, i don't know if it's something about the mod but i can't seem to help seriy on the train hangar on the garbage because there's a lot of lag in the area, it seem to happen when i enter the hangar, the game drops from 40fps-ish to 1 to 5, i don't know if there's any way to fix this or avoid this problem.

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Got it to work thanks, cant wait to see this game now

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stoopid noobie question. Everytime i try to add -steam to target parameter in the shortcut. It tells me that it isnt valid.

here is the default path in the target parameter

"C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\STALKER Shadow of Chernobyl\Memories of The Zone\Base\bin_x64\xrEngine.exe"

where does the "-steam" go?

Addendum, Figured out how to add the -steam , ut i am still getting the same error. I checked further in the thread and i see the shortcut should read thusly

C:\Games\GOG Galaxy\S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Shadow of Chernobyl\bin_x64\xrEngine.exe" -steam

However when i check the folder that i have (base game stalkers of chernobyl folder), there is no "XREngine.exe" in this folder. The rxengine.exe file is only in the mod folder.

So new questions is did i put the mod into the wrong folder (memories of the zone folder that was created after the rar extracted)? or something else???

error reads cant find file defines.ltx. I get a second error but i think it is because of the above error.

Thanks for any help in advance

signed a Noob

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jjzargo Creator


To answer your new question - yes, you didn't put the folder(s) in the right place. What you have to do is:

Go into the folder "Memories of The Zone" and then into "base", and copy + paste everything into SoC's root folder (Gamedata, bin_x64, Fsgame.ltx)

After that, go into the pasted bin_x64 and create a shortcut for the XrEngine.exe there.

And then enter this into the shortcut's target parameter:
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\STALKER Shadow of Chernobyl\bin_x64\xrEngine.exe" -steam

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the mouse feels a little bit floaty while playing on this mod. i tried playing with vanilla SoC and its ok there. any ideas ?

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woopersnaper Creator

Tried adjusting your sensitivity?

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yeah did that. still a tiny little bit floaty . you are not feeling it ?

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jjzargo Creator

Floaty in the inventory or just in general? If just in general - try entering cam_inert 0 in the console.

If in the inventory - I dunno how we can help you. I'm still trying to find the correct script/config that controls it.

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no, the inventory is fine, its when playing in general, a little bit.

well i guess if its ok on your end, then it must be some problem with my mouse or system idk. anyway thanks, great mod btw.

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Hi Woopersnaper,

Just come back to the zone after finishing Wind of Time ... and found that MOTZ is available for download.
I did the install the way you explain but at launch time I got an : Out of Memory Error.

I'm playing the CD version of the Game, so -steam don't help

Any hints ?


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jjzargo Creator

Hey. Not Woopersnaper, but another dev. Just to make sure, you did try -steam, right? Because it doesn't matter whether your copy is CD, GoG, or whatever. You'll still need to have it in the shortcut.

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