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WTF STALKER still around [ Game -> Preview ]
Posted by Mr. Teatime Thu 23 Nov 2006, 8:05 PM
More info on Game: S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Shadows of Chernobyl

Apparently so. Gamespot have done some hands-on impressions of STALKER, which I thought was established to be vaporware 8 years ago.

As we played through the level for the first time, we found ourselves dying quite frequently, with the opposition cutting through us when we were out in open positions. However, once we began to push the military forces back, the stalker allies moved forward and became more aggressive. Moving away from the area, we could see the A-Life technology in action as a military helicopter flew in to replenish the armed forces in the area. Shortly afterward, a THQ representative demonstrated to us that with a little exploration, you can avoid the fire fight altogether and find the underground opening that would have been revealed if you had extracted the allied leader.

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While S.T.A.L.K.E.R. is big on ideas, it currently looks a little dated when compared to its next-generation contemporaries. The protracted development period has clearly been used to polish the A-Life system and branching storyline, and you have to scratch beneath the surface to see these advancements. Thankfully, the game finally looks close to completion, and THQ seems relatively certain that it will see the light of day next year. While S.T.A.L.K.E.R. has more bad endings waiting for its players than it does good, hopefully the game itself will have a happy conclusion after all those years of work.

If it gets released, I am predicting a horrible buggy mess with ambitions far higher than the implentation. I'm also happy to be proved wrong in this case.

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