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Dear god,  STALKER 2 on epic store would be my worst nightmare. :(

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Civilization, in fact, grows more and more maudlin and hysterical; especially under democracy it tends to degenerate into a mere combat of crazes; the whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary. - H.L. Mencken

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Why? You've waited ten years. You can wait one more, which comes with the added bonuses of patches and a mature modding community.

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29 minutes ago, 213374U said:

Why? You've waited ten years. You can wait one more, which comes with the added bonuses of patches and a mature modding community.

It is because I've waited ten years for a real successor that I don't want to wait one more.

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Civilization, in fact, grows more and more maudlin and hysterical; especially under democracy it tends to degenerate into a mere combat of crazes; the whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary. - H.L. Mencken

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A game I can easily ignore. I'm still burned out from the horrible Clear Sky.


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Yeah, I kind of just assume it's all hack fraudulence until proven otherwise. There's been too much time in between this one and the last (and also I didn't think either Clear Sky or Call of Pripyat were nearly as good or interesting as Shadow of Chernobyl), plus the developer had been completely dissolved for a time, plus now there's an engine change, etc. Expecting nothing with a project like this simply makes the most sense.

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13 minutes ago, Bartimaeus said:

 There's been too much time in between this one and the last (and also I didn't think either Clear Sky or Call of Pripyat were nearly as good or interesting as Shadow of Chernobyl), 

What.


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On 1/4/2020 at 10:05 AM, Lexx said:

A game I can easily ignore. I'm still burned out from the horrible Clear Sky.

I'd recommend giving Call of Pripyat a shake. For a great deal many STALKER fans who were in a similar boat as you that title managed to win them back.


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I did. Played for a few hours then quit, because the flame was already out and it almost bored me to death. Certainly the least buggy Stalker game I've played, but it was too late.

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I can sympathize with that, even though I honestly did have alot of fun with Clear Sky. I kind of liked the thought behind the faction war systems and such even though the execution was frustrating. I ought to get some time in Misery mod before Cyberpunk arrives though. I've got high enough hopes for that game that I've applied for 50 days of vacation.


Civilization, in fact, grows more and more maudlin and hysterical; especially under democracy it tends to degenerate into a mere combat of crazes; the whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary. - H.L. Mencken

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3 hours ago, Azdeus said:

I've got high enough hopes for that game that I've applied for 50 days of vacation.

And here I am with my three weeks of PTO banked up for just that occasion 😛.

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10 hours ago, Agiel said:

And here I am with my three weeks of PTO banked up for just that occasion 😛.

Granted my boss still hasn't ok'd it, but the first year I worked I couldn't take any vacation time, second year I only managed to get two weeks off, then got put on sick-leave for 6 months, a few months after that I got injured again, and again, and again and on and off, and now I sit here with 25 saved vacation days, and 25 new coming in february.

And now I actually have a reason to take a vacation! 😃


Civilization, in fact, grows more and more maudlin and hysterical; especially under democracy it tends to degenerate into a mere combat of crazes; the whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary. - H.L. Mencken

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1 hour ago, Gfted1 said:

I wish I could bank days. All mine are "use them or lose them" and resets every 1 Jan.

That sucks,

Though normally you have to take atleast 20 days, if you haven't then you get sent on a few vacation days whenever they feel like it, if they don't  - they get fined. Alot.


Civilization, in fact, grows more and more maudlin and hysterical; especially under democracy it tends to degenerate into a mere combat of crazes; the whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary. - H.L. Mencken

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Or maybe, you guys could live like I do: you have all the time in the world but you have no money to buy games with!

 

Unemployment is not something I'd recommend to people though. 😜


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5 hours ago, Katphood said:

Or maybe, you guys could live like I do: you have all the time in the world but you have no money to buy games with!

 

Unemployment is not something I'd recommend to people though. 😜

Spent age 19 to 30 basically unemployed, I've had enough of that :p

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On 1/4/2020 at 11:38 AM, 213374U said:

Why? You've waited ten years. You can wait one more, which comes with the added bonuses of patches and a mature modding community.

Thinking that way means you can't be morally righteous and indignant, which is no fun. After all, you can't have fun if you actually play games.

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11 hours ago, Gfted1 said:

I wish I could bank days. All mine are "use them or lose them" and resets every 1 Jan.

That's rough. Our plan has the "rollover" of unused time off above an arbitrary annual limit reimbursed as back pay on the last paycheck of the year.


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-Philip Roth, The Plot Against America

 

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-James Fallows

 

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"This announcement has nothing to do with platforms or digital stores."
"We will talk about this later."

...just stop pretending, you'll make it Epic exclusive as soon as it's near finished and people have already gotten excited. 😛
...at any rate, I never did play these games. I bought them and got a couple hours into Pripyat. At the time I liked it/seemed decent, but (per usual) didn't end up committing/returning.  Still, I'll be curious what a # 2 will end up being like.

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On 1/5/2020 at 2:18 PM, Agiel said:

I'd recommend giving Call of Pripyat a shake. For a great deal many STALKER fans who were in a similar boat as you that title managed to win them back.

I suppose it's understandable for some.  The starting area in CoP does come off as kind of draggy at first it's once you hit Yanov where things really pick up.

You'd probably have to be a S.T.A.L.K.E.R. fanatic  like us to beat CoP.  And games like these take iron dedication to get through the rough beginning and hit the sweet spot (which was sorely lacking in Clear Sky I might add).

I rank CoP best in terms of sheer content and side quests, whilst SoC has the best plot/narrative.


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I'd suspect that the quests are one of the things that put a lot of people off CoP initially. The first couple you're likely to do can be punishingly difficult or finicky for the stealth one even if you played the first game on its hardest difficulty. The first SoC quest is certainly hard, but it's fair- the first CoP one (from memory) involves radiation, a constricted area and enemies spawning in once you get the object. You also have a pretty garbage gun to start off with despite being a major, not even a full fat AK. You start off worse equipped in CoP but that has an explanation and you can use a silenced Makarov/ sawn off for the 1st mission fine.

Personally CoP felt a bit too 'scripted' for my tastes and lacked the chaotic free form feeling of SoC. It also (mostly) lacked my favourite bits of SoC, the fantastically atmospheric X labs and underground sections. Still a good game and definitely worth playing, just not as good as SoC.

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SoC was way more scripted and directed than CoP.  You're guided through the game at a steady pace.  Doesn't make it bad but that's what it was.

And like I said CoP does start out a little rough but once you hit Yanov is when it really shines.  There are some decent side quests in Zaton,  just the main ones are a little rough around the edges at first with its over saturation of environmental hazards and that's probably what threw off a lot of players.  For dedicated STALKERS its on obstacle, for the average FPS gamer it's game breaking.


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Yeah, I'd admit that scripted isn't quite the right word and that's why I put it in quotes- especially since the X labs were my favourite part and they're fairly rigorously scripted.

It's more of a subjective feeling than anything objective. The thematic difference is perhaps best summed up by the protagonists; Degtaryev is a soldier whereas in SoC your mission is personal and a lot more mysterious (though of course amnesia is a cliché way to get mystery).

I also suspect it's partly because I found companions and significant NPCs had way better survivability in CoP compared to SoC, so tended to have a lot more talking and a lot more team feeling missions in CoP as a result.

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