XpressTuning's Remaster (Ultimate Edition)


Credit goes to all the creators out there who made these mods


Better weapon textures/animations: Original Weapons Renewal 3 for SOC

HD textures for environments/creatures: Photo Realistic Zone 2.1

MUCH higher polygon models for humans: Shadow of Chernobyl HD Models Addon

Vastly more immersive and improved weather system: Stalker Weather Overhaul 3.1.1

Longer Grass Render by SeeZ0

SMAA Injector by Mr. Haandi

Bugfixes: Zone Reclamation Project


What i did was take all the mods listed above and merge them together into one tightly knit package that's flawless in its stability and easy to add (drag 'n drop).

Mr. Haandi's SMAA is a separate download due to some people experiencing issues with the Injector. It should work, but it's better as an optional addon rather than included in the package itself.

Purpose of this package

The purpose of this package is a desire to share with the community what i think is a fantastic way to experience the game - it's purely vanilla, but with vastly improved graphics. This is practically a complete remaster of the game's visuals.

This is now the recommended version of my package - the Ultimate Edition. Tested it out extensively in the GOG version of STALKER, works flawlessly. I did NOT add the ENB file which is the cause of many incompatibility issues on modern machines. You can always add it LATER via the download link.

[OPTIONAL] Custom ENB Settings (download here)

The purpose here is for the package to work with no hassle whatsoever and be as easy as possible to install and enjoy, and that is why i decided to not include the ENB.

Preparation before adding the mod

  • After installing Shadow of Chernobyl, run the game at least once. Make sure that the render is set to Full Dynamic Lightning. If you see it at "Static Lightning", change it to "Full Dynamic Lightning". Max everything related to graphics, while you're at it; Except the Anti-aliasing bar - it doesn't work, so disable it by moving the bar all the way to the left. Once you're done, save and exit the game.
  • There's a file called "fsgame.ltx" in the main game directory. Open it with notepad, make sure that the game_data line is set to 'true', for example:

$game_data$ = true| true| $fs_root$| gamedata\

Installation instructions:

  1. Follow the "Preparation before adding the mod" section in the Summary page!
  2. Extract the zip file.
  3. Add the "gamedata" folder in the game's root directory folder.
  4. Add the "xrRender_R2.dll" in the "Bin" folder located in the game's root directory. (should replace the original "xrRender_R2.dll") - this is the larger grass render.
  5. Done, enjoy.

[OPTIONAL] 6. Download "Mr. Haandi's SMAA" zip file located below and simply extract & add the contents of "Mr. Haandi's SMAA" folder to the main game directory folder. To uninstall, delete the following files:

  • "d3d9.dll" and "injector.ini" from the "bin" folder in the root directory (Stalker's main folder)
  • "SMAA.fx" and "SMAA.h" from the root directory.

General Guidance and Frequently Asked Questions


1. The excessive headbob is nauseating, how do I reduce/remove it?

  • Open up the Modifier application located in your 'gamedata' folder. In the list, there's the "Head Bobbing - Part 1" line. Go there, and check either "Reduced head bobbing" or "No head bobbing". Click "Apply" and exit.

2. I don't like "X", "Y" and "Z" ENB effects. How do i alter/remove them?

  • Press Shift + Enter to access the ENB Menu, or edit enbseries.ini located in the "Bin" folder. The settings i used are what i prefer, but that doesn't necessarily mean that i expect them to have universal appeal.

3. Why doesn't this play like a typical FPS/Why are enemies bullet-sponges/Why do my guns miss the target?

Because there are a number of underlying mechanics that influence the gunplay for which you need to adjust, keep in check and learn to take advantage:

  • Default Gun Accuracy
  • Ammo type
  • Stance
  • Gun Condition
  • Varied damage multipliers based on specific body parts
  • Aiming through iron sights raises accuracy
  • Reduction of accuracy on rapid fire - meant to simulate recoil.

Early guns and sawn-off shotguns are low-tier inaccurate garbage with a 50 meter limit to their range, it's a rough start that push players to question if something is wrong with how the gunplay was designed. The design is based on progression, you will eventually get good weapons (with no limit) and as you gain some experience under your belt accuracy will be a non-issue.

4. How do i git gud?

  • Use weapons that are in great condition, and aim for the head/torso while (if the opportunity arises) crouching or low-crouching (ctrl+shift). Advance slowly, stay hidden from enemy fire (keep your distance once you've acquired a rifle with a mountable scope and position yourself accordingly).
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ReShade Tutorial & Custom Preset Download


Note: If you use ReShade then you do not need to use the optional SMAA Injector!

ReShade is a configurable tool to inject effects into video games that they otherwise wouldn't support, essentially making the game look much better, provided the configuration is good enough. I spent some time tweaking a preset for Shadow of Chernobyl that i am satisfied with, available for download.

What my preset is aimed at is non-intrusive ways to significantly improve imagine quality. Textures are sharper, anti-aliasing is better, lighting behaves in more eye pleasing ways aimed to approximate realistic environments. I'm sure most of you are already familiar with ReShade, but i will list the simple steps required for installation.

Installation instructions:

  • Download ReShade(this is the main site), and open it.
  • Press "Select game to install or uninstall from"
  • Find the "XR_3DA.exe" in the "Bin" folder from your STALKER:SoC directory, and select it.
  • Select the rendering API - select Direct3D 9
  • Next you'll have a choice to download a collection of shaders, have them all checked and download them all.
  • Done, now exit.

Start the game so we have confirmation that everything is alright. To open the Reshade menu in-game, press the "Home" button on your keyboard, there you'll be guided by a short tutorial. Do the tutorial, it only takes a few seconds and it will make things easier down the line.

If the "Home" button doesn't work, simply alt-tab the game. It'll work after that.

Add my Preset:

  • Download and unzip my preset into the "Bin" folder where you installed Reshade (the same folder containing the "XR_3DA.exe").
  • Now, you can choose that preset in the Reshade menu in-game (the menu is self-explanatory).

This is how the in-game menu should look like after you've completed the short tutorial

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Now, this is how it should look like after you've added my preset, and enabled it. To enable it, press the arrow highlighted below in the screenshot. After you press it, it should say "XpressTuning Reshade"

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[Update 2] XpressTuning's Remaster (Ultimate Edition)

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Re-packed version in which i tweaked the ZRP modifier (so you don't have to), deleted unnecessary junk files, added Weather Overhaul 3.1.1 and a longer...

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The described Reshade Preset, read the "Reshade Tutorial & Custom Preset Download" article for information.

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The described SMAA Injector, but added separately as a download.

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david115
david115

So i just drag and drop your Ultimate Edition mod to override the data folder?
And you mentioned ZRP in an update.
Does this mean that i don't need ZRP installed beforehand? Just a clean GOG 1.0006, and then install your mod?

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xpresstuning Creator
xpresstuning

Check the installation instructions and the preparations you would need to do to ensure that nothing goes wrong.

Unless the game is already modded (which it shouldn't be, the installation should be done on a vanilla copy), the "gamedata" folder won't replace anything. Yes, drag and drop the "gamedata" folder in game's root directory folder.

Besides the "gamedata" folder there's the "xrRender_R2.dll". Add that in the "Bin" folder located in the game's root directory (should replace the original "xrRender_R2.dll").

Yes, it includes ZRP, no need to install it at all.

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Farmerbarlymo
Farmerbarlymo

Hi guys,

Very nice looking mod. Just installed and ready for a play through. One question, does this mod have a repair option for weapons and armor ingame?

Cheers

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xpresstuning Creator
xpresstuning

Yes, the package comes pre-activated with the repair function via the ZRP modifier. You can repair at the following NPCs:

Ivantsov in the Bar
Screw in Army Warehouses

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xerosinyin
xerosinyin

Oi, I been trying to get the reshade working, it's the first time I use it and when I press the home key it doesn't work, any idea on what to do?

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Guest
Guest

Yeah, alt tab the game, it'll work.

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xerosinyin
xerosinyin

I did that and it wont pop up, idk why

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swipe
swipe

Looks great! Is it easy to pull the HD character models/hands out of it though? Never been a fan of them.

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xpresstuning Creator
xpresstuning

Yes, they don't replace anything. Download the standalone pack of the models off moddb and check what to delete from my package.

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RoRo123
RoRo123

really a great mod! thank you so much! is there a mod that adds weapons that would be compatible with your mod ?

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