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Even though this game is old, Stalker is one of those games which will be hardly forgotten. Unfortunately, the game is not anymore under development. Stalker started firstly with the idea of Chernobyl, an horrific accident that happened in a nuclear power central. I personally think that Stalker itself is made by genius people, because the story, optimization, gameplay and idea are very cool. I especially liked and was actually stunned when I learned about different endings of the game. It might seem amazing, but this is one of the rare games which really give you this kind of idea.
The graphics are not really good and it feels like an old game. Even the textures are bad, but since it is relatively old, you cannot expect more than that for these days. I am talking about the first Stalker, named as Shadow of Chernobyl, which was firstly released in 2007. That is six years ago and it means really a lot, since the technology used, was not like the one we have nowadays.
Optimization is very good, exactly as it should be. You might get bored from time to time though, if you want to get something which is somewhat far from the player and it looks like you can reach it. There are well-known crashes for save files, so always remember to save often. I had this kind of crash 5 years ago, when the save file was ruined, but at least I got other save files. I can tell you that, the time the game was made, a lot of other games experienced such stuff, so I won't blame the developers for this completely.
The story is one of the best. At first I completed the game destroying the computer and ending up in a safe place. It was actually the only right path possible in the game. The computer which needed 13 people to rule the world. That was one ending, where if you accept to be part of the computer, you end up dead. Whatever path you take, there are lots of them. I was talking with a friend of mine at that time and he said to complete the game buried by some metals. It is really a way to understand yourself and what you are up to, even in real life.
There are ways where you end up wishing for money, lifetime, rule the world, corrupt the kind, accepting to be part of the computer and the last one, where you don't dont where you are and what you did, but you did it, just like as the character says. You were searching all around for a person with the name Strelok and it turns out that the main character was Strelok all the time!
Overall, the game has a very good impact on the video game history and there are still people who play it. I highly recommend this game to be part of your gaming collection.
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