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Thor Kaufman
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2007 8:55 am Reply with quoteBack to top

danke salute
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Mad Max RW
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2007 3:12 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

The only major problems I'm hearing from everybody is the system requirements are bullshit. You cannot run Stalker at anything higher than 20fps if you play with dynamic shadows. Without them it looks terrible. Graphically it doesn't look any better than Half Life 2 (worse in many places, especially textures, weapon and player models) but is pretty much identical to the resource hog that is Oblivion.

Technically you should be able to run at 1024x768 with everything set to high and get a stable framerate on the old Geforce 5x00's. The game was supposed to come out when the Geforce 3 was brand new, and it really looks like that era of game with a little more shine.

Other things I'm hearing it's actually a very chilling place to walk around in. Extremely atmospheric and hard. Fallout is being thrown around a lot. Nighttime is the coolest. But the story is practically nonexistent, and you get no incentive for exploring. Quests come randomly and you will fail them without noticing. Also the quests suck. Kill guy, stand here for 10 minutes, deliver thing to whoever, etc.. Russian is well done, but the translations are mostly gibberish.
You get encumbered way too easily. You can carry a pistol, a rifle, maybe some health things, armor, and when you retrieve an artifact you have to drop something. Stuff like armor and clothing shouldn't be part of your general inventory. However they fucked it up. This is also something I always hated about Deus Ex. You aren't carrying it, you're wearing it.
No vehicles make traveling take forever.
Multiplayer feels tacked on.
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VasikkA
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2007 3:57 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Vielen Dank for the heads up 'zander. I'm still trying to find a fast enough torrent. salute

edit: I just realized that Stalker is indeed released. It's been quite a trip. :dragons:
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2007 6:05 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Mad Max RW wrote:
The only major problems I'm hearing from everybody is the system requirements are bullshit. You cannot run Stalker at anything higher than 20fps if you play with dynamic shadows. Without them it looks terrible. Graphically it doesn't look any better than Half Life 2 (worse in many places, especially textures, weapon and player models) but is pretty much identical to the resource hog that is Oblivion.

Technically you should be able to run at 1024x768 with everything set to high and get a stable framerate on the old Geforce 5x00's. The game was supposed to come out when the Geforce 3 was brand new, and it really looks like that era of game with a little more shine.

Other things I'm hearing it's actually a very chilling place to walk around in. Extremely atmospheric and hard. Fallout is being thrown around a lot. Nighttime is the coolest. But the story is practically nonexistent, and you get no incentive for exploring. Quests come randomly and you will fail them without noticing. Also the quests suck. Kill guy, stand here for 10 minutes, deliver thing to whoever, etc.. Russian is well done, but the translations are mostly gibberish.
You get encumbered way too easily. You can carry a pistol, a rifle, maybe some health things, armor, and when you retrieve an artifact you have to drop something. Stuff like armor and clothing shouldn't be part of your general inventory. However they fucked it up. This is also something I always hated about Deus Ex. You aren't carrying it, you're wearing it.
No vehicles make traveling take forever.
Multiplayer feels tacked on.

That is pretty much exactly what they wrote on IGN, only you omitted that, according to reports, it seems to be utterly bug-ridden...

Wonder if I will be able to run it on my machine; I have a AMD 1800+, 512 mb RAM, radeon 9550 256 mb (overclocked). Well, well, we will see, I am currently in the process of acquiring the game via ***. Should be done in a couple of h.

VasikkA wrote:
Vielen Dank for the heads up 'zander. I'm still trying to find a fast enough torrent. salute

edit: I just realized that Stalker is indeed released. It's been quite a trip. :dragons:

No problem, 'sikka.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2007 6:42 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

What about the AI? They said it's gonna be ZE ORSOM!

What about the modability? I mean a bad game can still make a good platform for mods.

What about a boss? Is there one?
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2007 7:10 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Bosses are lame.


Lame!


I though the AI in stalker was pretty good. They
seemed to be more into having shootouts from a
safe distance than just running straight into you
guns blazing. Pluss they went into hiding/cover if
you fired your weapon in their direction. Pretty nice.

Im playing the game on max settings with dynamic
whatever and fancy gfx settings. No problems with
fps exept when entering a new are for the first time.
However, the best part of the game was walking
through stalker camps, seeing the roaches from
cigarettes, empty vodka and energy-drink bottles,
seeing the stalkers huddling around a burning
barrel-oven while one of them jams out a tune on
a slightly broken acoustic guitar.
Just gotta love that setting.

Kudos to the stalker people, you did good!
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2007 2:57 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Superhaze wrote:
Bosses are lame.


O rly? Why because the fanbay magazines say so?


Superhaze wrote:
Kudos to the stalker people, you did good!


You're a spotted dick.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2007 9:27 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Superhaze wrote:
I though the AI in stalker was pretty good. They
seemed to be more into having shootouts from a
safe distance than just running straight into you
guns blazing. Pluss they went into hiding/cover if
you fired your weapon in their direction. Pretty nice.

Im playing the game on max settings with dynamic
whatever and fancy gfx settings. No problems with
fps exept when entering a new are for the first time.
However, the best part of the game was walking
through stalker camps, seeing the roaches from
cigarettes, empty vodka and energy-drink bottles,
seeing the stalkers huddling around a burning
barrel-oven while one of them jams out a tune on
a slightly broken acoustic guitar.
Just gotta love that setting.

Kudos to the stalker people, you did good!


You sound like a IGN reporter, are you one? Did you get paid to write that post?

ALERT! ALERT! AN IMPOSTER IS AMOGST US! ENTER YOUR HOMES!

On a side note, it seems my machine met all the requirements to play stalker save for one - 1200mb page file... and the whopping 10 GB of free space. Ok, I need get down to clearing some of the accumulated rubbish from my HDD.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2007 9:36 am Reply with quoteBack to top

I feel like having some Teriyaki chicken.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2007 10:09 am Reply with quoteBack to top

I bought it a few hours ago. The lipsynching makes everyone look like a cow chewing cud.

I've heard it takes a bit to get into, but after shooting a bandit 20 times in the face to no effect I'm feeling a bit lost.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2007 10:24 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Splatterpope wrote:
after shooting a bandit 20 times in the face to no effect I'm feeling a bit lost.


How :gothic 3:
PiP
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2007 1:04 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Splatterpope wrote:
I bought it a few hours ago. The lipsynching makes everyone look like a cow chewing cud.

I've heard it takes a bit to get into, but after shooting a bandit 20 times in the face to no effect I'm feeling a bit lost.
there you have it, tight there: RPG elements. Clearly, your character has poor shooting skills, and your player skills can do nothing about it.

(seriously tho, were you close to enemy and had a steady position?)
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2007 3:50 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Actually, after playing a bit more I realized that I was standing about 100 metres away from the fellow, firing a relatively useless pistol.

Turns out I probably missed him 19 times.

In other news, I'm still reserved about the game but all signs point to it being great.

Oh and as far as I know, my character has no skills.
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Thor Kaufman
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2007 4:26 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

only 42hours left salute
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2007 6:46 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Splatterpope wrote:
I was standing about 100 metres away from the fellow, firing a relatively useless pistol.
hm that would explain it rolleyes
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Superhaze
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2007 12:52 am Reply with quoteBack to top

I accept your compliments with pleasure.

On the other hand, what is the difference between an IGN reporter, and saaaaaay... someone else?

curious.
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Kukident
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2007 6:12 am Reply with quoteBack to top

i preordered that special edition, i dont know why, i just did it...
hope it's good, i don't want to have more money being wasted, like when i bought Homm 4 + addon, believing it would be as great as Homm3 or when i bought Doom3 + addon, and played it like 20 minutes in the coop mod, and then stopped, or like when i bought armed assault, which i didnt even put out of the package as well as the FEAR addon, i bought and never played


I'm like one of those shopping woman, who buy 1000 shoes, and never wear them (or only 2-3 pairs of them)... hope i'm not becoming one of them
To be sure i will look under my sweatshirt and OH MY GOD, THERE IS A NIPPLE... wait a moment, men have nipples too...
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2007 6:57 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Video games makes Idi Amin cry.

I tried it, set it all on "maximum". The graphics are outdated, the animations are poor and after some time it froze and gave me a bsod. :Kartoffle:
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2007 12:25 am Reply with quoteBack to top

I'm surprised it did come out afterall.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2007 12:58 am Reply with quoteBack to top

:sauerkraut:

i bought it via amazon, then i decided not to order it and wanted to delete the order and found out they already sent it out

i hope it's not another 65 euros thrown out of the window

i hope it for you!
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