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This post-apocalyptic game that spawned the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. franchise is inspired by (but not really based on) the 'Roadside Picnic' novel by brothers Strugatsky and Tarkovsky's movie 'Stalker', borrowing some of the terms and aesthetics from both. S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl is set in Ukraine, in the infamous Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. Several parts of the open-world setting were modeled after the real Chernobyl surroundings, including the power plant and the city of Pripyat, although designers took some liberties. The bleak environment and dark ambient music help to create an unsettling atmosphere of this place.
According to the backstory, in 2006, the second Chernobyl disaster occurred, turning the surrounding area into post-apocalyptic ruins, full of grotesque mutants and time-space anomalies. The "stalkers" in this world are the explorers who wander The Zone in search of valuable loot. You play as the Marked One, a stalker who lost his memory. All that remains of his past is a memo that says “Kill Strelok”. The Marked One will have to learn more about himself, Strelok, The Zone, and its mysteries. The plot is non-linear, and there are multiple endings that depend on the quests you completed earlier.

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Minimum: Microsoft® Windows® XP (Service Pack 2)/Microsoft® Windows® 2000 SP4, Intel Pentium 4 2 Ghz/AMD XP 2200+, 512 MB RAM, 10 GB available hard drive space, 128 MB DirectX® 9c compatible card/ nVIDIA® GeForce™ 5700/ATI Radeon® 9600, DirectX® 9 compatible sound card, LAN/ Internet connection with Cable/DSL speeds for multiplayer, Keyboard, Mouse

Recommended: Intel Core 2 Duo E6400/AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+, 1 GB RAM or better, 256 MB DirectX® 9c compatible card/ nVIDIA® GeForce™ 7900/ ATI Radeon® X1850
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          TOP A Game from a Country not known for its Game Studios and developed by a Game Studio that has been disbanded for a number of years at this Time and thus de facto no longer exists. Well, too bad ... S.T.A.L.K.E.R Shadow of Chernobyl is a post-apocalyptic First-person shooter with Role-playing Elements. The Action takes place in the 30km exclusion zone around the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant destroyed by the Super-GAU in Ukraine, which contains various Mutants as well as dangerous physical Anomalies due to the Effects of radioactive Radiation. Although this Exclusion Zone has been militarily cordoned off by the Government, around 200 People live within the so-called Zone. They are called S.T.A.L.K.E.R. and have entered the Zone to find great Riches, escape the Law or explore the Phenomena of the Zone. At the Beginning of the Action, you wake up in a small S.T.A.L.K.E.R. camp on the Edge of the Zone, not being able to remember who you are or what happened to you. The only Clue is a Note on your PDA saying to kill an S.T.A.L.K.E.R. named Strelok. So you embark on an Odyssey to find out your Identity. S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Shadow of Chernobyl is very similar to the fallout titles in Terms of its Game mechanics. You have the Opportunity to Dialogue with NPCs, trade with them, or join different Factions to help them fight other Factions. First, however, you are on your own and must try to survive in the dangerous and inhospitable Environment. To this End, there is an Offer to accept Quests of NPCs and complete them for Money, Execution or Weapons. If your Liquidity Is secured, Traders offer you Armor, protective suits, better Weapons, Ammunition, Provisions and Medicines to use. As mentioned above, it is up to you to decide which Corners of the Zone (don't worry, I have not missed the fact that the Earth is a Sphere) wishes to explore it. The open Game world is divided into 11 Regions, which are unfortunately connected by Charging Sequences. One should not be surprised, however, that the Death Rate of your Protagonist is high especially at the Beginning of the Game Plot, since it actually takes some Time to get used to the Circumstances in the Zone. Finally, of course, every rationally thinking person is faced with the Question of whether this Game is still visually appealing after many Years. While it's true that the Textures are not Competition compared to modern Game titles, luckily a relatively large mod community has emerged on the Internet after all these Years. You'll have a Choice between improved Audio files, sharper Textures, and even Modifications that can change additional Dialogue Options, and even the entire Game Plot if you're ready for an alternative Story. Finally, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Shadow of Chernobyl is a Player's legacy from already forgotten Times. Despite the past Few years, it can still be a pleasure to fight your way through the dangerous Zone that wishes your Death at every Turn. The greatest Strength of this Title is the post-apocalyptic and menacing Atmosphere that is ubiquitous. There is a Buy Recommendation from me.
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