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  • Summary: The events of S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat unfold shortly after the end of S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl. Having discovered about the open path to the Zone center, the government decides to hold a large-scale military "Fairway" operation aimed to take the CNPP under control.The events of S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat unfold shortly after the end of S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl. Having discovered about the open path to the Zone center, the government decides to hold a large-scale military "Fairway" operation aimed to take the CNPP under control. According to the operation's plan, the first military group is to conduct an air scouting of the territory to map out the detailed layouts of anomalous fields location. Thereafter, making use of the maps, the main military forces are to be dispatched. Despite thorough preparations, the operation fails. Most of the avant-garde helicopters crash. In order to collect information on reasons behind the operation failure, Ukraine's Security Service send their agent into the Zone center. From now on everything depends on the player. [GSC GameWorld] Expand
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  1. Positive: 36 out of 44
  2. Negative: 0 out of 44
  1. Third time's a charm for this quintessential PC franchise. [Feb 2010, p.58]
  2. If you’re willing to look past the look and feel of a shooter that’s past its heyday, what you’ll find in Pripyat is GSC’s magnum opus – an undeniable masterpiece built from years of trial and error, building and adapting new elements and ideas into the original STALKER template.
  3. Call of Pripyat is not only a return to form for the series, but a breath of fresh air for an increasingly stale genre. Recommended for fans of the previous games and newcomers alike, this is how a real PC FPS should work.
  4. Call of Pripyat is a return to the best S.T.A.L.K.E.R, the one which impressed us the first time with its fascinating setting. The Zone is again that scenario that chill us with its mystery and GSC shows they can listen to the fans and that they understand well what made great the series in first place. The only problem is a dangerous feeling of familiarity that goes badly with this kind of game, so we hope to see a deep evolution for the next project of the Ukrainian team, but meanwhile we'll enjoy the most polished entry of the series.
  5. Call of Pripyat is definitely the best STALKER game yet. It's a much tighter package, but for a budget title there is still a hell of a lot to do and The Zone still seems intent on killing you or scaring you senseless.
  6. One of the reasons why this game received a lower score is because it left too many things untold and, while I appreciate the effort to create an immersive authentic world laid to waste by a nuclear disaster, I simply can't escape the recurring feeling that something is missing in this game.
  7. GSC’s third attempt at creating a post-apocalyptic world reinforced my belief that PR is the only thing this company does best.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 63 out of 74
  2. Negative: 3 out of 74
  1. Oct 12, 2011
    10
    What could be more interesting real life place to make a video game about? Area of Tsernobyl of course! It's such a shame, that there barelyWhat could be more interesting real life place to make a video game about? Area of Tsernobyl of course! It's such a shame, that there barely even is games about it, but at least it's still more than fresh place to make a game about. Call of Pripyat is the third Stalker game in the series, which I had never played before. The story isin't really anything amazing. You are have to find out why helicopters have crashed to Tsernobyl, which is now filled with people hoping to become rich by finding rare artifacts. You don't need to have played previous games. You can roam around freely the exciting areas of the game, though you are limited to go only few places during the start of the game. The atmosphere of the game is outstanding. It looks like you're in a abandonded area filled with radiation, and feels like it. Unfortunely stalkers talk with '' Yo bro wuzz up?! '' style, which breaks the atmosphere a little. NPC don't also some times attack mutants, which are trying to attack you. The game has simulation feel too. You need to eat food or you will starve to death. You need to heal yourself from wounds, though it only needs use button and nothing else to fix the wounds. If not counting the easiest difficulty, you will die really easily, forcing you to think when you should fight or not. The graphics of the game isin't that good now days, but even my crappy computer was able to run it fine with some settings set to maximum. The gameplay is great, the sound design is almost as good, the game takes increadible amount of time to complete (33 hours, I had spent time doing some side quests too) and I found myself playing it a lot of time even after it, what I usually don't do. I recommend it from the bottom of my heart, if you don't want to play arcade shooters. Expand
  2. Dec 5, 2014
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. One of the first DX11 games, Realistic unseen survival game with free world horror environments. Graphics ahead of its time, one of the first games to utilize tessellation.
    Game so fun you have to beat it more than once.
    Massive fan base that makes countless fun mods that include: Improved Graphics, Textures, animations, sound effects, new maps, monsters, items, weapons and the implement of online play.
    Story: you are an undercover military officer investigating the disappearance of multiple helicopters you are disguised as a stalker with just two weeks supply.
    The game drops you in a very difficult environment supply, trade and combat skills are key to survival, it may be very important sometimes to scout your area and must be careful when traveling at night so you don’t stumble upon mutated beast or radiated anomalies. High risk high reward is always a fun aspect for a game, this one shares that aspect when collecting artifacts in anomaly areas or when collecting loot during faction battles, before someone else does, while trying to not to become another by standard as bullets fly over your head.
    This game is one of my favorites it’s a must buy for any Survival game fan that enjoys challenges in beautiful landscapes of horror
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  3. Nov 15, 2011
    10
    Compared to Shadow of Chernobyl, this actually feels like a real breathing world, with intelligent A.I. This game makes SoC look like anCompared to Shadow of Chernobyl, this actually feels like a real breathing world, with intelligent A.I. This game makes SoC look like an uninspired mess, with uninspired quests.

    The ambience is way better, the quests are way better, the AI is way better. No more annoying loading zones and fences that limit your movement in the area. I definitively recommend this for anyone who is willing to be completely imerged into the game, unlike Shadow of Chernobyl, which I didn't like at all.
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  4. Jun 16, 2013
    9
    A very interesting story line, with a very creative setting. Game play is good fun. There are many weapons you can choose from, with in detailA very interesting story line, with a very creative setting. Game play is good fun. There are many weapons you can choose from, with in detail customization for them. I didn't go too deep into the side missions, so the game was on the short side for an RPG (about 18 hours). The reason i didn't give it a 10 is due to the bad animations, and especially poor voice acting, which is a real immersion killer. Other than that, a great game. Expand
  5. ChrisB
    Dec 17, 2009
    9
    This game is extremely realistic feeling and atmospheric just like all the other stalker games. STALKER Call of Pripyat surprised me, i This game is extremely realistic feeling and atmospheric just like all the other stalker games. STALKER Call of Pripyat surprised me, i expected another bug filled constantly crashing game but what i got instead is a highly polished and exciting game Expand
  6. Jun 16, 2013
    8
    I thought the game was fun, if a bit too short for my taste. The music is well done but similar to the other Stalker games. The setting isI thought the game was fun, if a bit too short for my taste. The music is well done but similar to the other Stalker games. The setting is dark and interesting but most of the characters are boring. The monsters are unique and while there are zombies they are also unique in that they can still use their guns with deadly accuracy. You realistically need food and water and you need to limit radiation and stem bleeding wounds to survive and you can only carry up to 60 lbs of weight so you actually have to micromanage your inventory and make sure you do not pick up too many bullets. Sometimes small skirmishes break out between the local inhabitants and I cannot tell whether the developers did it intentionally or if it just randomly occurred (which is cool). Unfortunately you do not spend enough time in the very creepy, and also amazingly wondrous city of Pripyat which is a real shame. Other than that it is a decent game and a really gone one for people who like to play realistic and complex survivor games. Expand
  7. Oct 2, 2013
    0
    Got this from the STEAM store and have been unable to make it do anything. This is not my first time at the rodeo and yes, my machine is upGot this from the STEAM store and have been unable to make it do anything. This is not my first time at the rodeo and yes, my machine is up to par. The STEAM forum is covered with complaints of the same problem. I bought this based on its metacritic score, and I am very much regretting it. Expand

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