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.
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.
$game_data$ = true| true| $fs_root$| gamedata\
[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:
1. The excessive headbob is nauseating, how do I reduce/remove it?
2. I don't like "X", "Y" and "Z" ENB effects. How do i alter/remove them?
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:
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?
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.
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.
This is how the in-game menu should look like after you've completed the short tutorial
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"
Added Longer Grass Render by SeeZ0. Developed for the RadioPhobia mod, after testing it extensively it works flawlessly for Shadow of Chernobyl. Included...
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 simple...
And my most nerve-racking video to date. I accepted a mission to take care of a Bloodsucker gathering spot. It was not easy, but i eventually succeeded.
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Basically the same package, but WITHOUT ENB. Added this version for the sake of choice (the ENB effects may not appeal to everyone) and because ENB may...
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