I just purchased S.T.A.L.K.E.R., Shadow of Chernobyl, came home loaded the game onto my PC, downloaded the latest patch and downloaded the trainer which, by the way works great. Chalk up another milestone to Wiz. This one will no doubt go down in the books as one of the great first person shooters along, with its' past predecessors such as Wolfenstein, Titan Quest, (guess you could consider this one a shooter, even though you use swords and spears, it has the same meaning,) and many others, most of which I have owned and played at one time or another but, can no longer remember their names. I'm just getting started and so far this one is turning into a real fun game. It has the potential and will no doubt be very addicting to those whom try it. I'm already becoming an addict after playing for less than two hours. Great games such as this one, make me glad there are games such as this out there in cyberland and available for out enjoyment. I hope the manufacturers of these games continue in their present vein and there will be many more in the years to come. At the same time, while I think of how good this game is, and how happy I am with it and others, I am also somewhat saddened by the fact that such games as Warfront Turning Point to name but one had the potential and all of the necessities to become really great strategy, rp games, etc., but for lack of interest on the part of the buying public, and maybe some quirks by the makers, just didn't make it and wound up on the scrap heap of PC history instead of taking their rigtful place as the number one games they could have been and, to a certain extent, actually are.
This game is definitely one of the best FPS that was ever produced. Very enjoyable and what now has become a trademark. So many other game's copied this nuclear concept. It's the first time I actually witnessed a generating clock time for day & night. That will be always original with Stalker. Awesome game and demanding on the hardware components. Will try to load this up again on my SLI (GTX295).