S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky Preview for PC

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Clear Sky offers a large graphical upgrade
Clear Sky offers a large graphical upgrade

Clear Sky offers a large graphical upgrade

"Flawed masterpiece". That's how Tom described S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl in his review last year. Seems like Ukrainian developer GSC Game World took notice, because it's not doing a proper sequel right now. Instead it's doing a prequel, called Clear Sky, and, according to the company's PR director Oleg Yavorsky, it's all about making things right.

"There were a few things that were new about S.T.A.L.K.E.R.," he says. "The first was this concept of artefacts, stalkers, anomalies, we had the Chernobyl zone. We felt that we needed another explanation to the players of these things, how they work, before we do something big next like a sequel story.

"Secondly there was this Strelok guy who was the main character from the original game and his story was also strange and not very well explained. Through the course of the game you find out that he made several trips to the zone centre and as you play it's his third campaign, but what happened during his first two visits? You don't know. So this is something we wanted to explain with a prequel and at the same time give an alternative look into Strelok and his doings there so players get an understanding of the place and what's going on."

Strelok's an interesting one, because this time instead of playing as him you'll be going up against him as a mercenary. The game is set once again in the Zone, the site of the fictitious second Chernobyl explosion S.T.A.L.K.E.R.'s story centres on. There are 12 locations in total. Half of those will be totally new, the rest will be locations from the first game given a sprinkle of magic graphics dust and redesigned to fit the new story.

Clear Sky still focuses heavily on open world MMO style FPS action. From what we saw of Oleg's live demo of the game, speaking to NPCs, gathering quests and venturing out into the wild will form much of what you'll be doing in the game. The difference this time however is that instead of following a somewhat linear plot you'll be able to interact with up to five factions, one of which is called Clear Sky. (Oleg reckons Clear Sky packs in about 20 hours of gameplay if you concentrate on the main story only, and plenty more if you explore the open world).

Character models have been improved

Character models have been improved

The factions are much more developed this time around. Each faction will have a fully fledged base with a leader, trader, barman, mechanic, guides and a tactician. These bases will be the main hub from which you pick up quests. Oleg shows us the Clear Sky base, a simple, run down set of structures. Around camp fires people sit and sing, play musical instruments and share anecdotes. And yes, vodka drinking is in the game.

Clear Sky are scientists that were part of the experiments that led to the creation of the Zone. They believe that scientific study will help find a solution to the chaos. They reckon the Zone has reacted to something that has entered its core and the prime suspect is Strelok himself. Clear Sky want him stopped before the Zone blows out uncontrollably. This is your primary mission throughout the game.

In the last game, says Oleg, money was easy to earn but there wasn't much to spend it on. Clear Sky will have a much greater incentive to spend cash on upgrading your weapons from a redesigned inventory screen. You'll be able to create up to 16 upgrades per item. Oleg shows us the Clear Sky mechanic, an NPC modelled after an actual mechanic from the real Chernobyl Power Plant. "A friend of ours" he says.

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UnknownPlace

ghostdog25,I don't even know half of the games you mentioned.I mean,what is MGS4,or i didn't even heard that there would be stawars.The only good games that will come out in september and so on will be-Stalker:Clear sky,Starcraft 2,GTA 4(for PC).The others aren't something special.I mean how many Call of duties are gonna be there.And I bet that Stalker has better graphics than FarCry 2(I mean maybe it doesnt even use the DX10)
Posted 00:32 on 10 July 2008
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UroSoldier

i think stalker clearsky is gonna be the best stalker game of all
Posted 20:07 on 22 June 2008
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RecoN@ 81xoN

This better be better than the 1st S.T.A.L.K.E.R, Oblivion was out around that time and i was quite disgusted with the quality!
Posted 13:46 on 07 June 2008
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81xoN

All of these highly overestimated games will be forgotten after a short while...
Not this game.

STALKER is gonna kick some serious ass no matter what game comes out.

I agree Clear Sky will be remebered... forever!!!!
Posted 19:26 on 06 June 2008
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ghostdog25

pshhh.... with games like MGS4, Gears 2, Starwars, FarCry 2, COD 5.... no one is even going to be paying attention to this game....
Posted 23:13 on 05 June 2008
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Bloodstorm

Dont you mean the under-rated best of 08
Posted 18:54 on 05 June 2008
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Dion

Gonna be one of the best of 08 easily.
Posted 14:00 on 05 June 2008

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Release Date: 04/09/2008
Developer: GSC Game World
Publisher: Koch Media
Genre: First Person Shooter
No. Players: 1 + Online
Rating: PEGI 16+
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