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UncleLou
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From the French Gamersyde guys. Looks pretty good, and together with the almost overwhelmingly enthusiastic recent previews on EG, IGN and jolt, I am really looking forward to it again now.
#1 at 12:22:11 - 19/02/2007
peej
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Me too - still the highest priority when it comes to FPS games this year. Even if I end up treating it as just a chance to mooch about in a virtual Chernobyl, I'll be happy.

Does look sexeh though.

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#2 at 12:23:52 - 19/02/2007
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I hope it's moddable.

I'd love to see some sort of multiplayer Stalker vs mutant invasion siege type game modes. Balancing gameplay between defending your base of operations and sorties to wipe out their nests/resources.
#3 at 12:31:33 - 19/02/2007
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Available as a pre-order at PC World for less than 20 notes too.
#4 at 13:35:02 - 19/02/2007
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Footage looks excellent, hopefully my 3 year old £17.99 Play pre-order will turn up on launch day as it's my birthday so I'm not working!
#5 at 13:43:39 - 19/02/2007
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Whizzo said:Footage looks excellent, hopefully my 3 year old £17.99 Play pre-order will turn up on launch day as it's my birthday so I'm not working!


I was wondering whether they'd honour that. I might wait and see and then force them to give me the game for the same price :)

(unlikely but you never know)

Any word on a demo yet?

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#6 at 13:45:04 - 19/02/2007
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A demo is said to be released very soon, possibly this week - only multiplayer though, as I understand it.
#7 at 13:57:28 - 19/02/2007
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UncleLou said:A demo is said to be released very soon, possibly this week - only multiplayer though, as I understand it.


Bah! Oh well we'll have to try and get an AATG game going at some stage then. And see if my rig can handle it.

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#8 at 14:04:55 - 19/02/2007
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I was under the impression you needed to be on the beta key waiting list to get a go too.
#9 at 14:07:14 - 19/02/2007
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Hm, could be - though I thought the mp demo is not the same as the beta. Not sure if that makes any sense, however. :)
#10 at 14:23:07 - 19/02/2007
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Sorry, I didn't mean beta I meant MP Demo. Stupid brain.

#11 at 14:24:06 - 19/02/2007
Rhythm
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Looks promising but I want to see:

- system requirements (is it just me or does it look less hefty in that regard than we'd been led to believe?)
- reviews. Such a large and promising premise could be great, but it could easily be cocked up too.

Edit: just found the system requirements. Ouch. Don't fancy buying a dual-core CPU just for this and freeing 10GB of HDD space will be tight too...
#12 at 20:59:02 - 19/02/2007
UncleLou
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Rhythm said:
Edit: just found the system requirements. Ouch. Don't fancy buying a dual-core CPU just for this and freeing 10GB of HDD space will be tight too...


Pretty much all articles I've read so far said that the specs are surprisingly moderate, and that the game scales very, very good, so I am reasonably optimistic.

As for the hdd space, that's not unusual these days. The day has yet to come where I'll let hdd space keep me from buying a game. ;)
#13 at 21:16:58 - 19/02/2007
Whizzo
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S.T.A.L.K.E.R. is gold!

After playing the MP beta I'm really looking forward to this, it's not the prettiest of games but I think this is going to be very entertaining. PC Zone gave it a good review (them reviewing a non-gold game isn't new) at 85% and I should be playing it by PS3 launch day. :-)
#14 at 12:00:42 - 02/03/2007
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So what kind of minimum spec are we talking about here?

Actually, forget it, I only have a laptop at the moment which still has a P mobile 1.6 in it. It did HL2 EP One ok still though, but then that might be an exception.
#15 at 14:56:35 - 02/03/2007
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If it can run HL2:Ep1 okay it probably won't have too much trouble with Stalker.
#16 at 15:17:52 - 02/03/2007
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Good news, now i have to figure out a way of getting 10gb of space on my 60gb hdd.

I have a 400gb seagate external I use for backup, how much of a performance hit would I take if I were to install the game on the external?
#17 at 16:06:00 - 02/03/2007
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Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay good news!
#18 at 21:59:23 - 02/03/2007
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Nice review on EG. I am now officially very excited.
#19 at 10:50:30 - 19/03/2007
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Any point in getting the limited edition version? Does it come with any added gameplay features or is it all just material worth?
#20 at 12:13:58 - 19/03/2007
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As far as I can tell the only change to the game itself is some exclusive multiplayer downloads, which is a pretty silly idea if you ask me.

There's a bonus disc, a map and some other guff, plus it comes in a nice box, all of which is just about enough to make me want it, but considering it's the same price as the standard edition there's no reason not to get it anyway.
#21 at 12:49:20 - 19/03/2007
Tomo
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Same price? Where? PowerplayDirect had it at £17.99 but it isn't now. Besides, I couldn't get it sent to my non-billing address :/

Daft idea on the multiplayer map front but now I'll have to buy the LTD Ed.
#22 at 13:10:54 - 19/03/2007
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hmmm... intriguing review on EG. I was expecting the game to be utterly borked given the delays, the eastern european devs and the overly-ambitious (IMHO) aims of the design... but it seems to have pulled through okay.
It does sound quite broken in the level design, mission structure etc. that I thought would be tricky for them, but I'm glad they managed to get so much atmosphere into the game. However, I can imagine the brokenness of missions and that will be a sticking point for a fair few reviewers, so I'm expecting it to get lower review scores elsewhere.

Still, fair play to them for finally getting it out there ;-)
#23 at 13:17:34 - 19/03/2007
Dr.Haggard
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Tomo said:Same price? Where? PowerplayDirect had it at £17.99 but it isn't now. Besides, I couldn't get it sent to my non-billing address :/

Ah yes, I didn't really look around, I see Play have the standard edition for 17.99. I've pre-ordered from Gameplay where both versions are 24.99.

I don't often use Gameplay but they're pretty good at getting stuff to you on release day, and for some reason in this case that mattered to me :)

If you do spot it for less anywhere let me know. I'm going to have a hunt around now.
#24 at 13:20:01 - 19/03/2007
Tomo
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http://www.find-games.co.uk/pc/B000MQ7LHW.htm

DVD.co.uk is the cheapest. I think I'm going with Gameplay then, I've got a £5 voucher too.
#25 at 13:26:54 - 19/03/2007
Tomo
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Gash! Only on orders over £25 for god's sake. £24.99 isn't it! JESUS.
#26 at 13:29:15 - 19/03/2007
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Tomo said:Gash! Only on orders over £25 for god's sake. £24.99 isn't it! JESUS.

Do they sell anything that's a quid or 50p you can add?
#27 at 13:52:39 - 19/03/2007
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#28 at 15:21:28 - 19/03/2007
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Play sent me an email this morning to say it's shipped.
I hope it get there early (tomorrow) as I'm leaving for a weekend in Belgium on Friday and will be away for work Mon + Tuesday. :-(
#29 at 11:43:15 - 21/03/2007
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'Being Picked' at Gameplay. I notice they put the price up yesterday - now £35 and £25! Glad I ordered when I did.

Really looking forward to this. New graphics card arrived this morning o/
#30 at 12:16:21 - 21/03/2007

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