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  20:51:24  22 June 2012
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Androyed
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On forum: 06/22/2012
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Choosing mods for first playthrough

Hey there!

I know what most people say: "Play through the game once without mods!" Well, I have decided not to, so please don't tell me that it is better.

For every game in the series I have made a list of mods I want to install before I'm going to play. I was hoping you could give me some feedback. I am mainly looking at mods that make the gameplay harder and more realistic, and of course mods like AtmosFear and Absolute Nature that improve the graphics.

For Shadow of Chernobyl, I was thinking about using L.U.R.K. as a base. Another obvious decision would be Complete, and although the mod looks very professional, L.U.R.K. focusses more on making the gameplay more realistic. Complete did have an Realistic Weapon add-on, so it is still an option, but at the moment I like L.U.R.K. better.

I also found the gasmask HUD from AMK very interesting. I found a thread with the scripts. https://gsc-game.com/index.php?t=community&s=forums&s_game_type=xr&thm_page=13&thm_id=20908&sec_id=16&offset=-120. If anyone could confirm they work, that would be great.

Unfortunately AtmosFear isn't available for SoC, but I found the Weather Total Conversion mod that looks quite interesting, but at the moment the download section is empty: http://www.moddb.com/mods/stalker-weather-total-conversion-mod. L.U.R.K.'s sky textures are said to be not so great.

And I'm going to use these two mods:
Absolute Textures: http://absolute.crommcruac.com/shadow-of-chernobyl/
Dynamic Shaders: http://www.moddb.com/mods/dynamic-shaders/

So, what do you think? Are there better options? I also found Oblivion Lost but to me it seems like they just crammed too many mods in there.

Thanks in advance!
  20:59:32  22 June 2012
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Steelyglint
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You're making a mistake, but it is your mistake to make.

The only addition to vanilla that is recommended for a first run through is the ZRP.

If you settle on something else you'll almost certainly spend more time back here looking for cures and help than you spend in the game.

During the testing of the latest version of ZRP there were 4 testers killed and 7 wounded by bullets and grenade fragments flying out of the screen - just how much 'realism' do you want?

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  21:08:12  22 June 2012
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Androyed
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You're making a mistake, but it is your mistake to make.

The only addition to vanilla that is recommended for a first run through is the ZRP.

If you settle on something else you'll almost certainly spend more time back here looking for cures and help than you spend in the game.

During the testing of the latest version of ZRP there were 4 testers killed and 7 wounded by bullets and grenade fragments flying out of the screen - just how much 'realism' do you want?

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ZRP looks interesting. And don't think I haven't considered playing vanilla the first time. In fact, I'm still considering it.

I'm just afraid that when I play through the series without mods first, that most of the fun will be gone. Sure L.U.R.K. or other mods add some interesting things, but it is still the same game, and I already know the story if I play a second time. I can't even play through some games once, let alone twice.

In short, I want my first playthrough to be as awesome as possible. That of course means mods like AtmosFear, but it also means adding realism and difficulty through mods like L.U.R.K.
  21:11:53  22 June 2012
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Roadkilll
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Complete mod.

But just like steelyglint said try vanilla first so u can see original game.
  21:18:04  22 June 2012
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LoNer1
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06/22/2012 21:24:34
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Im sorry, but i wont help you with STALKER Weather Total Conversion just because you dont want to play it vanilla style first. (The developer is one of my members - My signature might clear things up.)

But let me tell you one thing from a modders perspective:

"There is no other mod than the game itself"

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And on a side note, merging big mods isn't possible eh? At least, it is, but complete and lurk? No no, it wont work man.

And starting with mods is not a smart move, trust me, you will spend 80% of the time fixing things bit by bit, the other 15% is loading time and the other 5% is actual game time.

And, dont make me say:"I told you so" When you've realized vanilla first is the way to go
  21:22:51  22 June 2012
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Androyed
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Androyed
06/22/2012 21:24:31
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Damn, I hate choices...

But you get where I'm coming from right (see my second post in this thread)? I'm just not sure if I can enjoy the game/series a second time, even if I play without mods the first time. Thinks like better A.I., harder difficulty and improved ballistics aren't reasons for me to play the game for a second time, but they seem to be too good to be left out at the first play-through...

By the way, I didn't want to merge Complete and L.U.R.K.


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Im sorry, but i wont help you with STALKER Weather Total Conversion just because you dont want to play it vanilla style first. (True zone© [PROJECTS] is my modding group and the developer is one of my members)
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Help? What do you mean, help?
  21:27:46  22 June 2012
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LoNer1
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06/22/2012 21:28:27
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Im sorry, but i wont help you with STALKER Weather Total Conversion just because you dont want to play it vanilla style first. (True zone© [PROJECTS] is my modding group and the developer is one of my members)

Help? What do you mean, help?
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BETA testing, providing a download for a small group of people to test it out The Status "Group Lead" has several privileges bound to it, ofcourse

And trust me, the game is worth playing for numerous times, I've played this game since the release date. i can dream each and every pixel of it. And it still amazes me. Especially mods like Dynamic Shaders and Lost Alpha. Plus, for the 3th time i would try out Priboi Story if i were you. New storyline / cars etc. Its a cool mod to play and is the only real total conversion that adds a separate storyline into the game
  21:34:11  22 June 2012
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Androyed
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Im sorry, but i wont help you with STALKER Weather Total Conversion just because you dont want to play it vanilla style first. (True zone© [PROJECTS] is my modding group and the developer is one of my members)

Help? What do you mean, help?

BETA testing, providing a download for a small group of people to test it out The Status "Group Lead" has several privileges bound to it, ofcourse

And trust me, the game is worth playing for numerous times, I've played this game since the release date. i can dream each and every pixel of it. And it still amazes me. Especially mods like Dynamic Shaders and Lost Alpha. Plus, for the 3th time i would try out Priboi Story if i were you. New storyline / cars etc. Its a cool mod to play and is the only real total conversion that adds a separate storyline into the game
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Hmm... I'm going to think about it again. Thank you for coming with some good points! You are making me reconsider.

IF I'm going to play the first time without mods, I'm really going to play WITHOUT mods. No sound mods, no graphic mods, nothing. I want te second time to be as special as possible.

As to the mods I've chosen in the first post, do you think they are good choices for a second play-through?
  21:49:05  22 June 2012
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LoNer1
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---QUOTATION---
Im sorry, but i wont help you with STALKER Weather Total Conversion just because you dont want to play it vanilla style first. (True zone© [PROJECTS] is my modding group and the developer is one of my members)

Help? What do you mean, help?

BETA testing, providing a download for a small group of people to test it out The Status "Group Lead" has several privileges bound to it, ofcourse

And trust me, the game is worth playing for numerous times, I've played this game since the release date. i can dream each and every pixel of it. And it still amazes me. Especially mods like Dynamic Shaders and Lost Alpha. Plus, for the 3th time i would try out Priboi Story if i were you. New storyline / cars etc. Its a cool mod to play and is the only real total conversion that adds a separate storyline into the game

Hmm... I'm going to think about it again. Thank you for coming with some good points! You are making me reconsider.

IF I'm going to play the first time without mods, I'm really going to play WITHOUT mods. No sound mods, no graphic mods, nothing. I want te second time to be as special as possible.

As to the mods I've chosen in the first post, do you think they are good choices for a second play-through?
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Hell yes. If i were you, id do the same i did:

Play the game at the full experience (Patch 10005)

Then, Get priboi story and play it carefully trough. It will 1, make you forget a bit about the vanilla plot, 2, its a superb mod to play with new level enhancements etc.

Then, id get a mockup of several little mods, like Meltacs mod, I can give you my particles stand alone without all the new stuff etc. and the SWTC beta key, maybe even absolute textures and you could also try out my K10 vision mod (in my signature) and ofcourse ZRP.

For the 3rd playtrough id pick LURK, if your pc can handle it

In this way you vary with gameplay, vanilla is an introduction to the game, priboi is an alternate to the game, leaving the vanilla impression but altering it slightly in such a manner that you wont forget it but you will still think like:"Damn, that was a good mod!" and then, get back to vanilla with beautiful graphics and stabilized gameplay
  21:55:13  22 June 2012
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Lord_Santa
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well, if you start out vanilla/zrp, then go for Priboi Story and then you can take on the Russian-made mods, such as Secret Trails 2, Narodnaya Soljanka/Stalkersoup for complete overhauls of the game in terms of new levels (in fact an insane amount of new levels), as well as weapons, AI and just about everything you can think of

also in-between those I strongly suggest OGSE-mod, to get the vanilla-flavor, whilst at the same time getting much greater content gameplay-wise

Clear Sky and Call of Pripyat are both excellent games in and by themselves (look no further than The Faction War, in order to recognize the love that CS has to offer), but ShoC is where the true game for your bucks is, if you ask me

ShoC is the one game of these three that has the greatest variety of mods, with emphasis on variety

you could always try out just plain old AMK if you want a real challenge

either way, it is very well worth playing it vanilla, if nothing else in order to get a feel for the game, since (in my opinion) the mods that are available once you've been through the game can lengthen the amount of time you can spend with ShoC for years

I've had a couple of breaks from ShoC, but it's been a month here and a month there, during the past 5 years, but it's always the one game of the series that I keep returning to, mainly due to the mods available

it is not uncommon wanting to play through a game, then move on to something else, but ShoC isn't your average FPS, nor even your average game - it takes a long time to truly appreciate what the game has to offer, but if you do get hooked, chances are it's for life.
 
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