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  07:26:57  1 September 2010
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Tejas Stalker
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On forum: 05/12/2007
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Clear Sky PATCH 1.5.10 Review

I have some serious complaints about the Clear Sky Patch 1.5.10.

The Game has been horribly gimped and the AI rendered stupid.

Before this Patch the Faction Wars had it's difficulties but you could
prod it along. You could take a Task to get another Faction to take
the position of another Faction and they would attack and fight it out.
Sometimes they would win and sometimes they would lose but the
best thing is you had the choice to participate or not. This was very
useful if you didn't want to take sides but wanted credit to win Faction
favor with the attacking Faction and you could stay neutral in the War.

Now the Game refuses to let you do this. I took the Task of Freedom
to attack a Bandit position that I did not want to take sides. The 5
Freedom advanced and got 20 feet away from a lone Bandit. They
kept screaming at me to give them the signal. What signal? The
Freedom Troopers were shooting crazy. Every which direction BUT
the Bandit. They were INCAPABLE of hitting the Bandit right in front
of them. I even had to stand BEHIND the Bandit because they kept
shooting me. Give us the signal...give us the signal! they screamed
as they shot trees, bushes and the ground. I guess the 1.5.10 patch
has made it where no Task can be done unless you alone can do it.
Talk about dumbed down AI. I couldn't believe this was a Stalker
Game. Finally I moved about 40 feet out of range and suddenly
a miracle happened and they hit the Bandit. I thought great...maybe
I'll finally earn some points with the Freedom Faction...but NO!!!!
TASK CANCELLED. The whole Faction Wars are gimped. Instead
of seeing improvements everything is dumbed down and the AI
rendered STUPID. Thank You Patch 1.5.10 for ruining my Game.
And where is the goddamn 3rd Cordon Flash Drive. Patch after Patch
after Patch and this has still never been FIXED. My advice DO NOT
USE PATCH 1.5.10!!! Use Patch 1.5.08 or earlier. Jesus Christ.

TS
  09:22:12  1 September 2010
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Genocider
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On forum: 03/20/2010
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Lol, I don't blame you for the rage with the faction wars, they aren't to good in vanilla however I do enjoy sitting in the cordon just taking bandit and loner weapons. I also enjoy mutant hunting in the cordon as usually the loners lose it from mutants most of the time. Anyway I wish I could use an older patch but eh sadly I can't thanks to steam. Although thankfully Tejas, there are alot of mods for patch 1.5.10 that well make this game alot better. Although vanilla isn't to bad as long as you don't join a faction. Oh and by the way, I freaking hate controllers now.
  13:46:52  1 September 2010
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Kane4
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Just hit the K key and they'll roger that. That feature should've worked in earlier patches, but apparently didn't.
  14:07:44  1 September 2010
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Vikingstalker
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Just hit the K key and they'll roger that. That feature should've worked in earlier patches, but apparently didn't.
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Never knew about this before
  22:27:16  1 September 2010
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Tejas Stalker
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On forum: 05/12/2007
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Clear Sky PATCH 1.5.10 Review

I was unaware about that Key. It's not listed in the Game Guide but
sure enough it is there in my Game Options Menu. Unfortunately I had
changed my "K" key to do Screenshots using my Wolf Claw Gaming
Keyboard so my Command for that was not designated. When I now
have assigned a Key for it suddenly Freedom doesn't ask for my input
and they attack on their own. And of course I was there but the Task
then got cancelled I guess because I did not kill anyone in the attack.

I was at the Flea Market and got the Call-to-Help for the Bandits in the
Valley going to the Red Forest. Knowing the Game is poorly scripted
when dealing with the Bandits at the Exit Points I went anyway since
I was desperate to earn Faction points. I get there and waited. Soon
some Pseudodogs and Dogs arrived and the 3 Bandits and I killed
them all. I awaited Task Completed. Instead it gave me a 2nd attack.
I fought the 2nd attack and had 1 Bandit survivor. No Task Completed.
We just stood there staring at each other. I had made several Manual
Saves at the various stages so I reloaded the one before the 2nd attack.
The Game started and then the Task Cancelled immediately and the 3
Bandits instantly started shooting at me like expected at the Exit Points
and then suddenly they vanished and I was alone. I reloaded another
Save when I first got there and again the Task self-cancelled and the
Bandits shot at me until they vanished again like the Game is trying to
correct itself. Bad move to load any Save when I had arrived already.
I loaded my Manual Save right after when I first got the Call-to-Help
and my Game started and I got Task Cancelled. While my Game has
not CTD yet, it still remains pretty buggy and hard to do things to win
favor with the various Factions in their attacks, Call-to-Help or whatever.

TS
  22:31:53  1 September 2010
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Danlo
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On forum: 10/21/2008
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the game cancelling missions if you are half way through when you save is an old problem - similar to the one where talking to the loner in garbage gimps if you reload while or just before the dogs attack (he wont talk to you even if you save his life). Both of these problems have been in earlier versions of the game.
  22:55:43  1 September 2010
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Teh Soul Eater
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@Tejas It's just luck of the draw sometimes the faction wars will **** you over without joining them, sometimes they'll work just as planned.
  23:19:04  1 September 2010
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Tejas Stalker
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On forum: 05/12/2007
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Clear Sky PATCH 1.5.10 Review

I guess I've done all I can in the Garbage Level for now.
Time to go on to the Dark Valley with what stuff I upgraded
thanks to Limpid. Can't wait to get my 1st Endurance Artifact:
http://img191.imageshack.us/img191/7711/53992193.jpg

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  23:21:36  1 September 2010
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Three Mile Island
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When NPCs say they're waiting on my signal I've always assumed that they mean the attack button. I seem to recall it working at some time, if so that would have been long time ago in an earlier patch.

BTW I've been wondering why squad leaders say "attack on my [=the squad leader's] signal", when the NPCs never listen to him. Maybe it's a joke about the poor discipline within the factions. Can't remember if the squad leaders only say this when they attack without my help.


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When I now have assigned a Key for it suddenly Freedom doesn't ask for my input and they attack on their own.
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So the attack button still doesn't work? This warrants investigation! Sounds strange that assigning a key makes any difference, are you sure about that?
  23:31:22  1 September 2010
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Tejas Stalker
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On forum: 05/12/2007
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Clear Sky PATCH 1.5.10 Review

It's really hard to get Attack-this-Position Jobs from the Factions.
It only works if there are two Squad Leaders at one location since
single Squads are in position and won't leave it. Call-to-Help are
even more difficult since you don't initiate them. They seem more
likely to hit you when you're weighted down and can't move fast.

My Faction relations prior to the Dark Valley:
http://img844.imageshack.us/img844/4305/30065092.jpg

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