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  03:43:04  30 September 2014
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Shrustalker
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thanks for the suggestions


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vanilla or modded?

Hi Stalkers,

Upgraded my PC recently and I realized that I can play CS. Just finished my first play through of LA and i am looking fora fresh challenge.
My question is should I play Vanilla CS or a modded one? If modded which mod would you stalkers recommend. I also read somewhere that CS is not as good as SoC or CoP. Is this true? Thanks.
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Ok. Going to try vanilla with SRP. Thanks for your suggestions, Setakat and Roadkill. Three Mile Island i totally agree with your short review on all three games.
  20:23:42  29 September 2014
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RK Roadkill
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As Seta suggested, try SRP 1.3a, it won't change anything to the game in terms of looks and how it plays. It will fix bugs left after the latest patch.

Have fun, I always come back to it. It is unique like all 3, but something about Clear Sky is.....dunno...It's just great. Mix of levels from Soc and new ones
Only thing that might kill the immersion is overpopulated areas...

But i recommend it with latest SRP bugfixer/mod.
  15:48:34  29 September 2014
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Three Mile Island
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should I play Vanilla CS or a modded one?
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I've always played CS without any mods. There are bugs, but not worse than SoC, and I don't know if mods make things better or worse. I suggest you start with vanilla, so you know what it's like before modding.


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I also read somewhere that CS is not as good as SoC or CoP. Is this true?
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Not true at all. I think some people tried CS when it was new and unpatched, compared it with the patched SoC, and then spread desinformation about CS instead of patching it properly and try again. If these same people had played the unpatched SoC they probably wouldn't be playing Stalker games at all. It could also be that you become imprinted by the first Stalker game you play.

Soc:

+ Excellent music.
+ Decent story.
+ Endlessly varied A-Life (but a casual player won't notice this).
+ Many levels.
- Long freezes in certain locations.
- Many minor bugs.

CS:

+ Excellent graphics (better than CoP?).
+ Excellent music (same as SoC).
+ More dangerous than the other games.
+ New gameplay features (artifact detectors, equipment upgrades).
+ Lots of funny NPC chatter.
+ Endlessly varied faction war combinations (a casual player won't notice this).
- Only one small underground level.
- Faction wars may break.
- A-Life is a bit limited by the faction war mechanic.
- Many minor bugs.
- The final part is pretty bad in every way. I usually skip that.

CoP:

+ All new levels.
+ Large levels, if you like that.
+ More polished, for good and for worse.
- Awful English voice acting.
- Too easy, "theme park" feeling. Not even anomalies are dangerous.
- Lots of long freezes, with NPCs then suddenly appearing all over you.
- Music doesn't fit.
- Too much of everything (mutants, artifacts) which ruins the feeling of uniqueness or accomplishment.
- No A-life. No NPC or mutant migration across levels.
- No faction wars.
- Very limited variation. After three playthoughs I can't find anything new.
  08:42:06  29 September 2014
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SetaKat
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Vanilla is recommended, but grab the SRP mod, as it fixes a lot of the bugs and glitches left ingame, but keeps the vanilla gameplay.

As for how good the game is, it depends. Some people love it, others like it, others are indifferent, and others hate it. You don't know until you try it.
  07:45:33  29 September 2014
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Shrustalker
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vanilla or modded?

Hi Stalkers,

Upgraded my PC recently and I realized that I can play CS. Just finished my first play through of LA and i am looking fora fresh challenge.
My question is should I play Vanilla CS or a modded one? If modded which mod would you stalkers recommend. I also read somewhere that CS is not as good as SoC or CoP. Is this true? Thanks.
 
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