S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl, previously known as S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Oblivion Lost is due for release 23/03/2007, I’ve been waiting for and watching the development of this game for 3 to 4 years.
If you haven’t hear of this game, you can take a look here http://www.stalker-game.com and here http://www.stalker-videogame.com
It uses a Game Engine called X-Ray that has been developed just for this game and has been the main reason for the delay, no matter how much THQ pushed for a release the developers wanted it to be everything they set out to do and more and hopefully bug free.
To give you a quick idea of the game here’s the blurb :
“In S.T.A.L.K.E.R., the player assumes the identity of a “Stalker”, or illegal explorer/artifact gatherer, in “The Zone”. “The Zone” is the location of an alternate reality version of the Chernobyl Power Plant after its 1986 explosion which contaminated the surrounding area with radiation, and caused strange otherworldly changes in localized fauna, flora and even the laws of physics.”
So from March 23rd onwards that is were I shall be
The lastest installment of the Command & Conquer RTS games is due for release on the 26th of March. I decided to take a peek at the new game and if I should buy it soon.
After a hefty 1.2GB download, i installed the demo (all 2.7GB of it) and started up the game.
The tutorial and fire training level are very good and give nice introduction on how things are managed. the one key element that you will notice is that the mouse button are reversing roles again (compared to those in Generals). It took me a good while to get into the flow of the battle but i have to admit, it was difficult to stop once started.
In addtional to the normal DVD version there appears to be a Kane edition, witha few extras that will cost another £3 on the cost of the game.
Here are the minimum Specs:
OS: Windows XP, Windows Vista (32-bit; 64-bit versions of Vista are not supported)
CPU: 2.0GHz or high, or AMD equivalent
RAM: 512 MB or more
Disk Drive: 8x or faster DVD drive for retail SKUs, not required for digitally downloaded version
Hard Drive: 8.0 GB or more of free space
Video: GeForce4, ATI Radeon 8500 or greater (ATI Radeon 9200 and 9250 PCI, NVIDIA Geforce 4 MX cards not supported.)
Sound: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
Network, Internet Multiplayer: 2 players (no voice support) – 56 Kbps Internet connection; 2-8 players (with voice transmission) – Broadband-class connection
As you may or may not know Dok and myself play a MMOFPS/RPG called Planetside, it has been running for nearly 3 years now (launched May 19th 2003). Until now has always been a subscription game with the odd 14-30 free day trails floating about the place. Set to launch today (23rd) is a Planetside Demo named Planetside reserves (FAQ).
If you want to see what planetside is like before downloading the client then check out this video (8mb/16mb – MS Media Player 10) created by player MarcoPolo as part of the UK fans guerilla marketing campaign.
If you are going to play then drop me a line chaoticdecimation[at]chaosnc.com or pay my outfit (ChaosNC) a visit at our website, we will be glad to show you the ropes, answer any questions you have and run a teamspeak server for use in game.