Games weirdness: STALKER: Shadow of Chernobyl

Ok. So there I was. Bored on the weekend. Bored with other games. Just not excited about any new games enough to spend money. So I reloaded STALKER: Shadow of Chernobyl.

Then I started playing.

It was a totally different game. How did this happen? When?

The new game:
1. Does away with all the mechanics who repair gear (for a price).
2. Does away with most of the camp communities where you can buy and sell stuff. The buildings are still there because the map is there. But the inside stuff is all different. EVERYWHERE.
3. major factions are moved so that you don’t run into them at awkward times. There used to be a major FREEDOM base in the east and now it’s just bandits.
4. Significant plot changes. Still hunting Stralock, but differently.
5. Because there are no mechanics, you can’t upgrade your armor or weapons other than by finding or buying weapons that have the upgrades.
6. Many of the artifacts have altered abilities. I can’t find any that have the “carry more stuff” ability. And there are no more anomaly detectors. The artifacts are laying out in the open, easy to see. Even some of your killed people have artifacts on them to pick up.

In effect, it seems like a very different game and indicates a substantial amount of work by some people. I don’t understand the economics of doing this for a game that was released in 2008 and the company that developed it closed three years ago. it seems like all that development capital could have been better spent creating a new title that could be sold for fresh money instead of giving it away for free to customers who may or may not even want it. I like the new game, but I would have been perfectly happy playing the old game again.

I feel like I am being gas lighted.

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7 Responses to Games weirdness: STALKER: Shadow of Chernobyl

  1. JN says:

    I loved that whole series. Saw it on Steam the other day and thought about getting it again. Did you get the new version on Steam?

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  2. Og says:

    I have never had the interest- or maybe the skill and reflexes- to play video games. My daughter has the reflexes of a bat, and can play anything. I have often wished I could, though, because especially some of the flight simulator ones look a good deal of fun.

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  3. Og says:

    But did you also play flight simulator?

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  4. Old NFO says:

    I haven’t touched a video game in 20 years… sigh… I doubt that I could even play a ‘simple’ one today.

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