Ships Ahoy - S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky

Today is the day S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky should be appearing in North American stores after a brief snag that caused a delay of a couple of weeks (story). Likewise, this press release announces that S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky is available for online purchase and download from Direct2Drive. Also, as promised (story), GSC Game World's first-person shooter prequel is also now available for purchase and download from Steam.
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Firstly, I'm loving Clear Sky. I'd read a lot of negative things in reviews and so I was a bit hesitant but it was definitely worth it. The weapons are vastly better, graphics are a HUGE improvement even on lower settings, atmosphere is amazing (rain, lightning, huge anomalies, etc), travelling is less tedious, you can carry more (even though the weight limit hasn't changed) and the battles are really fun (improved AI). The biggest annoyance is how hard it is to earn money and the lack of artifacts (they might as well not even be in the game, which is a huge shame). It has performance issues (runs perfectly, then will jerk about) but the bugs aren't too bad (only one I've had was spontaneously dying during a conversation). I'm very happy with the game - it has a different character to the original but that's not a bad thing; the only unfortunate thing is it's lost quite a lot of its fear factor. Multiplayer is also great fun, even if it's no Team Fortress 2.

Secondly, Steam games usually patch very quickly. I've had Civilization 4 update before the patch was even listed on Blues. The occasional game has issues (usually relating to the original publisher) but generally it's very good.

So I'm happy with my purchase. Hopefully we'll see a few more substantial patches and Clear Sky should become a very decent game.

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