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  01:23:54  26 July 2007
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interluder
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On forum: 07/26/2007
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Improvements

hi, im playing the game from the start again after the 10003 patch update. So here are my impressions for improvements;

1. Faster loadtimes.
2. No delay and waiting for a press this key to load the game anew.
3. No default arrow down to the lower right of the screen, or drop the Yes/no window all together.
4. Fix up the AI, they are still kind of "super"detecting your movements.
(bandits behave like swat-teams...too unafraid)
5. Enemy bullets are far more effective than mine (playing advanced level)
but still they should die of one shotgunshot to the head at close range.
6. Enemies should also get wounded and moving slower when hit, instead of rubbing their heads and be all fine again a second later.
7. The buttons for using different items in the itemslist are flawed. You have to find the right spot as it were...and to me that`s not realism.

Thnx!
  23:24:16  26 July 2007
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interluder
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hi, came up with one more:

Be able to switch difficulty from say; master to veteran.

regards

I
  01:54:35  27 July 2007
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DevochkaApokalipsisa
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On forum: 06/20/2007
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So what you're really saying is that you want a crappy game that is easy?

The reason for load times is due to the complexity of the game it self.


There is a mod for improved stealth. It's a little too good but it's still a lot better.

The enemies don't die as easy as you want? Play on a lower difficulty, period. Or get a better gun. Spas 12 (spsa14) is good, there is also the chaser (I don't know the RL name). Um let's see oh yea, their bullets are better then mine. Yep, working as intended. Play many FPS games? Doesn't seem that way.

"7. The buttons for using different items in the itemslist are flawed. You have to find the right spot as it were...and to me that`s not realism."

Eh? 1=knife 2=pistol 3=primary/rifle 4=grenades 5=binocs 6=bolts makes perfect sense to me.

"Be able to switch difficulty from say; master to veteran." psst, you can. In the main menu options game I believe is the tab you want. Good luck and good stalking.
  06:55:44  27 July 2007
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SiriusStarr
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What are you talking about load times? I have an only decent computer and STALKER loads quite rapidly; far faster than say HL2 or Doom 3.
  07:41:19  27 July 2007
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Nyth
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yeah buttons for items (like anti rads or switching main weapons off menu) would be nice
  08:55:57  27 July 2007
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interluder
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So what you're really saying is that you want a crappy game that is easy?

The reason for load times is due to the complexity of the game it self.


There is a mod for improved stealth. It's a little too good but it's still a lot better.

The enemies don't die as easy as you want? Play on a lower difficulty, period. Or get a better gun. Spas 12 (spsa14) is good, there is also the chaser (I don't know the RL name). Um let's see oh yea, their bullets are better then mine. Yep, working as intended. Play many FPS games? Doesn't seem that way.

"7. The buttons for using different items in the itemslist are flawed. You have to find the right spot as it were...and to me that`s not realism."

Eh? 1=knife 2=pistol 3=primary/rifle 4=grenades 5=binocs 6=bolts makes perfect sense to me.

"Be able to switch difficulty from say; master to veteran." psst, you can. In the main menu options game I believe is the tab you want. Good luck and good stalking.
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You clearly have no understanding of what i am talking about, and
your communicationskills probably have you locked up in your house after dark.

As for buttons: you have to press over the fonts, no other place.

As for enemy fire: at master level this is hardly realism..you hardly gain skills in firing a shotgun the same way as in a rifle. Enemies survives huge barrelblasts and grenades.

As for playing games: played the major ones, but you couldnt know that now could you.

As for Levels: NO you cant change levels, it automatically resets itself
no matter how much you switch.Try it out and get a clue before you speak, thnx.
  09:00:47  27 July 2007
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interluder
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What are you talking about load times? I have an only decent computer and STALKER loads quite rapidly; far faster than say HL2 or Doom 3.
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I guess i expect the loadtimes to improve with the increasing performance
of better Pc`s..i get bored of waiting the 10 seconds or so it takes..

I
  09:02:54  27 July 2007
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Stierlitz
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What are you talking about load times? I have an only decent computer and STALKER loads quite rapidly; far faster than say HL2 or Doom 3.

I guess i expect the loadtimes to improve with the increasing performance
of better Pc`s..i get bored of waiting the 10 seconds or so it takes..

I
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You're not serious, are you?
  09:08:27  27 July 2007
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interluder
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What are you talking about load times? I have an only decent computer and STALKER loads quite rapidly; far faster than say HL2 or Doom 3.

I guess i expect the loadtimes to improve with the increasing performance
of better Pc`s..i get bored of waiting the 10 seconds or so it takes..

I


You're not serious, are you?
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Why not?...struggling hard with health and ammo and superman bandits.
There are alot of repeats to get moving in the game.

Windows used to take alot longer to boot up in the old days, so yes why not?

I
  09:11:07  27 July 2007
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DevochkaApokalipsisa
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Based upon what I've read here I have only one other thing to say: Troll!
  09:15:11  27 July 2007
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interluder
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Based upon what I've read here I have only one other thing to say: Troll!
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So please then explain what it is in my post about improvements and suggestions thereof as a user that makes me a troll?

Is it that you feel some "right" to insult me, and not handling the situation of getting a reply suitable for your rude comments?

I
  09:40:01  27 July 2007
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DevochkaApokalipsisa
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Based upon what I've read here I have only one other thing to say: Troll!

So please then explain what it is in my post about improvements and suggestions thereof as a user that makes me a troll?

Is it that you feel some "right" to insult me, and not handling the situation of getting a reply suitable for your rude comments?

I
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It's quite simple you see: Nothing you say makes sense. Nothing. By the way, instead of trying to insult my communication skills you should work on yours, a lot. You're trolling, and whining. Now before I say something that'll just piss off the mods I'm going to go to sleep. Maybe when I wake up you'll be gone and this will be just a bad dream.
  11:12:37  27 July 2007
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interluder
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Uhum..too much logic i guess.
I would most welcome a moderator
in here now.

Sleep well then, trollie-baby.

I
  20:04:46  27 July 2007
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gl25nn
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Based upon what I've read here I have only one other thing to say: Troll!

So please then explain what it is in my post about improvements and suggestions thereof as a user that makes me a troll?

Is it that you feel some "right" to insult me, and not handling the situation of getting a reply suitable for your rude comments?

I
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Sorry, but Devochka's right. Your syntax is so bad we need an English-to-English language translator to extract what you are trying to say. Are you using a Random Word Generator or something? And your complaints about load times and difficulty seem to show your lack of experience with First-Person-Shooters and computer games in general.
10 second load times are too long for you? Get real.

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  23:15:31  27 July 2007
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interluder
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interluder
07/27/2007 23:19:26
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In general i look at improvements as a way forward
meaning better user experience etc.
Loading times may be further down the road but still worth
mentioning. If you dont like
it..stay in yesteryear forever if you like.
I am just bringing in my views on the matter, as a player
having played since the commodore days, release of the first
halflife and up until today.

I looked through a number of other threads and realize many
players have voiced much the same issues.
So again i welcome the moderators to regulate some of the
hostility and harrasment towards new members from other members.

The most likely scenario for my improvement is with some mod community making a ultra realistic mod for the game.
It is ofcourse up to the developers what course/direction they want to take the game to.

Now thats what any experienced player would have pointed out anyways..i guess they didnt bother to reply to this thread because they found it too obvious.


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  23:38:13  27 July 2007
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NatVac
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Oooh! I have an opinion, too!

I'm really tired of the ultra-realistic mod I'm currently playing, called Real Life (version 1.0, no patches). I want to escape to a different world.

For that reason, I freely put my head and neck on the banning block of this forum. Take your plus-8 sword of irrational thought and put me out of my misery...

Blast! It's deja morte all over again!

On topic: There really is a problem with the pop-up menu hit-boxes over the inventory items. I practically have to click the "e" in "eat". And I, too, would like a way to speed up mouse movement in the GUI portion of the game.
  23:41:29  27 July 2007
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interluder
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Ah.. finally a man who can interpret my syntax thnx mate!

I
  00:09:57  28 July 2007
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gl25nn
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---QUOTATION---
In general i look at improvements as a way forward
meaning better user experience etc.
Loading times may be further down the road but still worth
mentioning. If you dont like
it..stay in yesteryear forever if you like.
I am just bringing in my views on the matter, as a player
having played since the commodore days, release of the first
halflife and up until today.

I looked through a number of other threads and realize many
players have voiced much the same issues.
So again i welcome the moderators to regulate some of the
hostility and harrasment towards new members from other members.

The most likely scenario for my improvement is with some mod community making a ultra realistic mod for the game.
It is ofcourse up to the developers what course/direction they want to take the game to.

Now thats what any experienced player would have pointed out anyways..i guess they didnt bother to reply to this thread because they found it too obvious.


I
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Most of my criticising was meant to bring about an improvement in your communication. I see your latest reply to the last volley is more lucid, so it seems to have had some effect. Thanks for that. It's a start.

There are so many other technical issues (crashes, freezes, stutters, mission bugs, etc...) that asking for 10 second load times is asking to get verbally stomped on. I can't think of any game with this much detail and effects that can do a first load in under a minute. Having to wait a minute or even two for what's to come, does not seem like much to complain about.

Criticize away, but if you are going to criticise, be prepared to take some yourself.
  00:54:23  28 July 2007
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interluder
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The name of the thread is improvements.
It is posted under "single player improvements".
Selfexplainatory really.
  02:26:21  28 July 2007
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gl25nn
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The name of the thread is improvements.
It is posted under "single player improvements".
Selfexplainatory really.
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Thanks for the heads up.
  02:23:21  29 July 2007
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slowside
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Only wanted to comment on the load time complaint ...

Do you happen to know how much data has to be loaded off your hard drive ? Or or how many objects in the world have to be created & the amount of processing power it takes ?

On my computer the memory usage jumps about 200MBs up about 1200Mbs after I load a level, and it looks like just under 400Mbs of texture data on top of that.... So about 1400 MBs has to be either loaded from the hard drive or is allocated by the game for actually running.

Lets say it only has to load 1000MBs.
On an extremely fast computer that would take about 10-15 seconds.
On an most computers it would take around 20 seconds.

That is just to load the game data & textures into memory, thow in processing the information, system overhead, and the time it takes sky rockets.

NO game engine can load the amount of data required for the kind of world detail of modern games that fast. Even if it were 100% efficient the computer itself limits the engine.


Bottom line is if you want faster load times get a faster computer, or wait 3 years then buy a new computer to play the game.
  05:24:35  29 July 2007
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SiriusStarr
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I guess i expect the loadtimes to improve with the increasing performance
of better Pc`s..i get bored of waiting the 10 seconds or so it takes..

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Now this is a sad commentary on modern society...
  06:40:41  29 July 2007
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gl25nn
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I guess i expect the loadtimes to improve with the increasing performance
of better Pc`s..i get bored of waiting the 10 seconds or so it takes..


Now this is a sad commentary on modern society...
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Sure is. This guy (the OP) sounds like kronotaur's little bro.
  07:13:39  30 July 2007
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Musky Melon
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His complaints aren't really that unreasonable.

Most of his complaints are about having a better user interface. The one that seems confusing is his complaint about the surface area for clicking. Currently you have to put the cursor directly on the text or picture to perform any mouse functions on it. It would be much better to have the click-able text and pictures be contained in a box much like a button. This would help speed up your actions in the menu as you wouldn't have to be so precise with your mouse. Many of you were confused on this aspect and thought he was referring to the keyboard buttons you press to switch weapons or use medkits.

His argument on the AI is not far off. His goal isn't to make the game easier but to the AI behave more like a person. Specifically he mentions that the bandits behave like a SWAT team which is somewhat true. The AI employs the same tactics for humans whether or not they are part of a group that would use those tactics. The Army should fight like the Army (coordinated and team-oriented tactics), bandits should fight like bandits (less teamwork, more "mistakes", different fighting styles), loners should fight like loners (focused on self-preservation and thus more likely to retreat), et cetera.

The loading times argument is really just a matter of patience and design. Loading times should be reduced if possible.

Bullet effectiveness. His point is that the amount of damage you can deal with your weapon should be the same as the amount of damage they can do back. If I have to shoot twenty-rounds into their chest to kill them then it should take them the same amount of rounds to kill me if we are using the same weapon and armor. Making their shots more effective is a cheap way of increasing difficulty. Difficulty should come from the AI's aggressiveness, advancements in tactics, gear, and numbers; not from pseudo-godlike states. Although I do admit that it is not a huge problem in the game right now I have noticed it.
  20:24:07  30 July 2007
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interluder
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On forum: 07/26/2007
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Only wanted to comment on the load time complaint ...

NO game engine can load the amount of data required for the kind of world detail of modern games that fast. Even if it were 100% efficient the computer itself limits the engine.
Bottom line is if you want faster load times get a faster computer, or wait 3 years then buy a new computer to play the game.
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Probably the only way for now i agree but with modest programming experience i am thinking;
If you load a spesific "save" scene you will load that scene repeatedly
until you save another place while you are progressing in the game/level.
Would it not be possible somehow to not be flushing the basic startpoint
structure or save point and that way making it quicker to load?
If the devs would have done it if they could have, then who knows if what was not possible yesterday is possible today given that technologies improves as fast as they do.
However if noone asks for an improvement i imagine there are plenty other fixes, patches and games to be made for any devs to give it any priority.

Right now at masterlevel with low medkit, radiation, limited ammo
i am likely to use the whole evening on just getting through one spot.
That becomes alot of seconds and minutes as the hours go by.

I
  20:27:51  30 July 2007
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interluder
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His complaints aren't really that unreasonable.


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Thank you .

I
  08:41:25  4 August 2007
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drakolov
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if you want t load up your game after dieing without waiting for the button just press es and do it in the menu idiot
and the enemies respond to daage similarly to you since they are basicly desined as if they where players contolled by AI
  11:16:26  4 August 2007
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interluder
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if you want t load up your game after dieing without waiting for the button just press es and do it in the menu idiot
and the enemies respond to daage similarly to you since they are basicly desined as if they where players contolled by AI
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Yeah i keep noticing the hostility in this forum.
So you are helping me out of pure charity or what?
Your first tip valid, your second claim is not what occurs in the game.
  12:46:31  4 August 2007
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gl25nn
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if you want t load up your game after dieing without waiting for the button just press es and do it in the menu idiot
and the enemies respond to daage similarly to you since they are basicly desined as if they where players contolled by AI

Yeah i keep noticing the hostility in this forum.
So you are helping me out of pure charity or what?
Your first tip valid, your second claim is not what occurs in the game.
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You mean you're catching on? Try listing something useful that isn't fixed by a game setting or existing mod. Yeah, I know, you can't be bothered reading other people's dull threads when you have something important to say.
  23:37:29  4 August 2007
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interluder
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You mean you're catching on? Try listing something useful that isn't fixed by a game setting or existing mod. Yeah, I know, you can't be bothered reading other people's dull threads when you have something important to say.
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I didn`t know that GSC had hired you as a Comissare Loco, secret policing this forum. Maybe you can point us all to a thread started by you, that have all the approved ingredients you require, since you believe you are the dictator of good posts..
  02:59:57  5 August 2007
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spectre112358
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Improvements

Just a few things i've noticed about the game that could be better.
stop me if my suggestions are already in game (Ive only started playing yesterday) but wouldn't a "quick travel" button on the map be great? i get so bored running forward and back through bandit camps, etc. wouldn't it be better to quick travel to previously discovered areas of the zone?
and i have no clue if weapons and armor can be repaired or not but if it can, could someone tell me where?
thanks
  03:51:27  5 August 2007
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thewraith
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There is only one thing i agree with in the first post, load times need to be improved, specifically the in game loads, not the load screen loads, the reason is i constantly have areas where while im in the middle of a friggin firefight my game freezes and i literally yell "WHAT THE F$%^!!!" and then it continues and i get shot because it was loading because the game didnt already load the f%#%ing stuff in in the load screen.
 
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