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S.T.A.L.K.E.R. gets a massive update

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. gets a massive update

S.T.A.L.K.E.R is planned to undergo a massive update which will add a new freeplay mode to the game.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. was an opinion dividing game to say the least. Everyone waited for the game with baited breath and, when it finally did hit the stores, it both destroyed and fulfilled expectations in equal measures.

While some of us at bit-tech loved the semi-realistic feel and the level design, others hated respawning foes and poor translation - and we don't know anybody who liked the so-called ending.

Still, no matter how much the finale let us down, it was still a beefy game with enough gameplay to last through a real-life apocalypse and still hold some freshness. It also gathered quite a large fanbase.

Thanks to the success of the game and the continued support of the fans, GSC has announced they will be releasing a "big update" soon that will provide a new competitive game mode;

"We're preparing a big update with a new game mode - Freeplay, with no story tasks, including only the A-life driven ones, where the goal is to gain ranks, climb up in rankings, so as to become the best S.T.A.L.K.E.R. in the Zone."

There's still no word on the rumoured (and much wanted) co-op gameplay mode for the game, but a more sandbox style game mode won't go amiss while we wait for the sequels.

Hopefully the patch will also address some of the balancing issues that occured later in the game, though we'll take it one step at a time for now.

Still enjoy S.T.A.L.K.E.R, or are you more interested in Fallout 3? Have your own opinion on the game ending, or maybe you just want to moan about modern FPS/RPGs in general? Whatever the case, the forums are the place to do it.

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yakyb 13th June 2007, 11:33 Quote
interesting sounds like a non online MMorpg which is a very good thing i might break out the box again after i got bored first time around
Paradigm Shifter 13th June 2007, 11:44 Quote
If the update isn't released, 'gets' is wrong - 'will be getting' would be more accurate. 'Gets' implies that the update is already available. :(

I read the title and thought that they had actually released it - and then read the article itself with growing disappointment...
Omnituens 13th June 2007, 13:01 Quote
have they fixed the issues with the 8800's yet?
quack 13th June 2007, 13:28 Quote
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we don't know anybody who liked the so-called ending
Which one? There were like 6 of them!
CardJoe 13th June 2007, 13:53 Quote
And every single one was ****.
csplayer089 13th June 2007, 15:39 Quote
wow, i love how they release this new amazing updates AFTER i beat the game AND uninstall it. :(
cjmUK 13th June 2007, 16:34 Quote
I wonder if it means the game will finally work on my PC...?? It lasts 5mins at most before a CTD. Usually immediately prior to saving...

:(
Vash-HT 13th June 2007, 16:40 Quote
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Originally Posted by CardJoe
And every single one was ****.

Actually I've heard from quite a few people that liked at least one of the endings, so maybe you guys are hard to impress.
CardJoe 13th June 2007, 17:06 Quote
this is how the game ending works:

If you get more than 10,000 quid at any point in the game then you automatically get a 'Rich' ending which involves making a wish for money, as the game assumes all you care about is cash. Unfortunately it is practically impossible NOT to get this amount of money as the game is littered with artifacts to grab and sell, and which you are encouraged and forced to do.

There are other endings depending on your allegiances and so on, or the ending which actually ties into a single, larger, coherent storyline. Unfortunately, to get that ending you need to find not one but two semi-secret areas in two parts of the game set in a dark, underground base and which the player is not told or warned about.

Yeah, I'm hard to impress.
Kipman725 13th June 2007, 17:48 Quote
I got a choice of endings depending on what I said.. one which resulted in me joining there weird project and another where I was just dumped outside the power plant... where there was alot of rad and monolith. resulting in death :P
Vash-HT 13th June 2007, 22:04 Quote
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Originally Posted by CardJoe
this is how the game ending works:

If you get more than 10,000 quid at any point in the game then you automatically get a 'Rich' ending which involves making a wish for money, as the game assumes all you care about is cash. Unfortunately it is practically impossible NOT to get this amount of money as the game is littered with artifacts to grab and sell, and which you are encouraged and forced to do.

There are other endings depending on your allegiances and so on, or the ending which actually ties into a single, larger, coherent storyline. Unfortunately, to get that ending you need to find not one but two semi-secret areas in two parts of the game set in a dark, underground base and which the player is not told or warned about.

Yeah, I'm hard to impress.

Well I haven't seen any endings yet so I can't say, but I don't really feel the need to make posts just to bash games, and I could do it quite often if I really wanted to. The main reason is because arguing opinions is pointless, especially on the internet.
CardJoe 13th June 2007, 22:15 Quote
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Originally Posted by Vash-HT
Well I haven't seen any endings yet so I can't say, but I don't really feel the need to make posts just to bash games, and I could do it quite often if I really wanted to. The main reason is because arguing opinions is pointless, especially on the internet.

Point taken. :o
cjmUK 13th June 2007, 23:11 Quote
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Originally Posted by CardJoe
Point taken.

Nonsense! We come here to argue... or perhaps discuss... anything and everything.

The sign of a mature community is not that they don't disagree, but that they feel free to disagree without any worry that there will be any real conflict.

So as far as I am concerned, I want to hear a range of conflicting opinions about the STALKER endings... especially since the game won't last long enough for me to get anywhere near the middle, let alone the ending.
Krikkit 13th June 2007, 23:28 Quote
Thanks Joe, I hadn't finished it yet, but I was like a rabbit staring at headlights reading that spoiler. :p
OtakuHawk 13th June 2007, 23:41 Quote
the endings in stalker make no sense because there is no plot to support them. there is no involvement whatsoever other than the obvious staying alive.
no mystery other than the "WTF IS GOING ON I DON"T GET IT"
Krikkit 13th June 2007, 23:50 Quote
So far I've not got that far, and it seems a bit repetitive atm, which is a shame, because it had such potential. Usually I have a tolerance for repetitive things, but this just gets me. In fact it's so bad, I got stuck at one bit, and just stopped playing (which is very unusual for me, I always finish my games...)
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