S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky is set in 2011, one year prior to the events of the original S.T.A.L.K.E.R. game. A group of stalkers, for the first time, reaches the very heart of the Zone-the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant-and triggers a cataclysm on the brink of a catastrophe.
User reviews: Very Positive (1,412 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 15, 2008

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"Clear Sky is a prequel to Shadow of Chernobyl. FPS meets Survival Horror meets CRPG. Beware Stalker games are challenging - for FPS veterans only!"

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S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky is set in 2011, one year prior to the events of the original S.T.A.L.K.E.R. game.

A group of stalkers, for the first time, reaches the very heart of the Zone-the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant-and triggers a cataclysm on the brink of a catastrophe. An immense blast of anomalous energy transforms the Zone: the once reliable and relatively safe roads are no longer so, the landscape is wiped clean by outbursts of anomalies, and previously unknown areas appear on the Zone map. Stalkers and expeditions perish or end up isolated within the lost territories.

With the anomalous activity at its maximum, the unstable Zone continues to tremor with outbursts. The transformation of the Zone map destabilizes the fragile balance of forces in the Zone. Hostilities for the new territories, artifact fields and spheres of influence flare up among groups. There are no more old enemies or friends - now, everyone watches out only for themselves. The Factions War has begun.

The protagonist is a mercenary who appeared at the edge of the opposition between stalker factions, Strelok and even the Zone itself. The main character experiences the key role in the events that led to the creation of the Zone right up to the point from which the original S.T.A.L.K.E.R. game begins.

What new challenges await stalkers within the depths of the new zone? Why do anomalous outbursts continue to rattle the Zone, and what can be done to stop them? Which faction will take the upper hand in the Factions War? These and many other questions will be answered in the official prequel - S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky.

System Requirements

    • Supported OS: Microsoft® Windows® XP(Service Pack 2)/Microsoft® Windows® 2000 SP4
    • Processor: Intel Pentium 4 2.0 Ghz / AMD XP 2200+
    • Graphics: 128 MB DirectX® 8.0 compatible card / nVIDIA® GeForce™ 5700 / ATI Radeon® 9600
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Sound: DirectX® 9.0 compatible sound card
    • Hard Drive: 10 GB free hard disc space
    • Supported OS: Microsoft® Windows® XP/Vista (SP1)
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 / AMD 64 X2 4200+
    • Graphics: 256 MB DirectX® 9.0c compatible card* / nVIDIA® GeForce™ 8800 GT / ATI Radeon® HD 2900 XT
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Sound: DirectX® 9.0 compatible sound card
    • Hard Drive: 10 GB free hard disc space
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972 of 1,376 people (71%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
I don't own this game, but for some reason I can write a review.
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53 of 55 people (96%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
58.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2014
(**EDIT** I just finished the game, and lemme say, if you haven't played the first game, the ending will not make sense. Even if you have played the first game, the ending is not very satisfying. In my opinion, you should get your enjoyment out of the rest of the game, because there isn't much to be found at the end.)

Rough, somewhat broken, but with a little love is simply fantastic. It's atmosphere is unmatched, it draws you in like your character's body draws in radiation. Also, the voice acting is meh, but that's part of why we love STALKER.

Vanilla, the game has many glitches, ugly models and textures, super accurate and powerful enemies, innacurate and weak player weaponry, and questionable design decisions, but mods and a bit of technical know-how can turn this game into something beautiful. Well, maybe it's not visually beautiful how I run it, but I enjoyed it thoroughly nonetheless. I personally can recommend Clear Sky Complete mod, as well as The Road to Limansk. You can find both of those mods on the ModDB page for Clear Sky (Road to Limank says that it hasnt released yet; it has, just follow the links on the page).

Also, you should get STALKER: Lost Alpha, a free fan remake of Shadow of Chernobyl, with loads of lore-friendly added content. I never played SoC, so I can't compare the two, but hey, it's free. Also, be sure to get Boredgunner's Lost Alpha Mod Pack 2014, which updates all weapon models, animations and sounds, adds 50-ish new weapons, and tweaks the economy to be more fair in terms of pricing and item availability (among other things... check out his ModDB page at http://www.moddb.com/games/stalker/downloads/lost-alpha-mod-pack-2014) . I am having a blast playing Lost Alpha, and you should be playing it too!
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165 of 234 people (71%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
16.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
1. Buy Clear Sky
2. Notice that the sky is not clear
3. request moneys back

11/10
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39 of 45 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
38.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2014
Not as good as the others, not by a long shot but it's still a stalker game so still worth picking up.
Has a few buggs within it but a mod called Clear sky complete you can fix most of them and Improve the game in many other ways.

Link for mod below

http://www.moddb.com/mods/clear-sky-complete
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26 of 26 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 28
Head back into The Zone, taking on bandits and the military as you explore the environments from the first game. Sounds fun enough?

Well, the enjoyment you get from STALKER games is dependent on whether or not you're able to overlook and put up with all manner of errors, bugs and little idiosyncracies. I'm talking enemies with pistols turned into sniper rifles, a lack of healing items and grenades that land right at your feet from hundreds of feet away. These are amazingly atmospheric games and the worlds they have are so believable and well crafted it's just a shame that they quite often don't function the way they're supposed to.

Clear Sky is the black sheep of the series and by that I mean it's the game that most people agree is the weakest of the three. I still give this one a thumbs up because there really is nothing else like it and it is worth playing the entire trilogy if you're into them at all.

But this is still a deeply flawed game and you might want to check out some mods to get it running smoothly and make it a bit more forgiving.

Full video review:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDrXMQrclpY
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125 of 192 people (65%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
41.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2014
Spent 1 hour in a Belarus-tractor waiting for backup that never came.

11/10 would wait again.
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26 of 28 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
58.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
This is a very fun game. If you like open world games with a dark and spooky atmosphere and mutants to kill, then get this game. If you want to get spooked by invisible mutants eating you from the back, dogs that can create illusions to throw you off the real one, and vicious beasts that crawl in the night just to jump at you and eat you alive, this is the game for you!
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20 of 22 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
98.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 23, 2014
The second game in the series, but the first chronologically (being a prequel), this game is by far the most underrated of the series. 9/10, if you ask a S.T.A.L.K.E.R's least favorite game in the series... it's this one, it gets a lot of hate for the fact that on release it was very unoptimized and buggy and there really wasn't any workaround for it. But now, of course, like any other game in the series, a ton of mods are available for us to choose from and almost all of them include bug fixes and optimization features. Some of them stop there, upgrading the graphics a little, optimizing the game for you, and fixing common bugs and issues. Others, however, expand on the open faction system that this prequel provides. Unlike in Shadow of Chernobyl, this game allows you to interact openly and work with the factions outside of their main quest lines, going as far as joining them after reaching a certain status; and that's not just Duty and Freedom, that's almost any faction in the game.

The story, while not expanding too much on the events its predecessor, provide a little insight into what was going on in Shadow of Chernobyl and why it was happening, as well as revealing to you (Scar) information that Strelok did not know at the time. Don't get me wrong, Strelok is a cool guy, but Scar is probably my favorite character of the series. Either way, don't ignore this game because of earlier setbacks and whatnot, with the mods you have available now you can experience the game in almost a completely vanilla state (if you so wish) with all of the bugs and unoptimized mess fixed and cleaned up.

Again, an excellent series; the story, atmosphere, characters, and mod variety all make it worth its price. Tons of replayability to be had.
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47 of 72 people (65%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
123.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 20
Started the game.

Was told to get out of here.

Quit and uninstalled game.

12/10, would get out of here again.
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
13.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
Difficult to get into, but even more difficult to put down.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
14.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 11
The second part of the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series: "Clear Sky".
The prehistory of "Shadow of Chernobyl"...

You are playing the mercenary "Scar" (german: Narbe). Once you were outside when a big anomaly explosion happens, you survived in a mysterious way, you were found by the leader of the Clear Sky faction Lebedew. He declared you, why the anomalies have to stop (else you would also die, so you have no choice).
You find out that, a guy named Strelok made it behind the "brain smelter" - this is the reason, why those anomalies happen.


I have to stop now, I don't want to spoil you :-)

You are going through known areas like: the red forest, the dump and the Kordon. You also see other and new places like: the hospital, the swamp and the city Limansk.

++ it's still a S.T.A.L.K.E.R. game
++ you can drink also here vodka
++ map design is beautiful and huge
++ fast travel!! (but it costs)
++ not a bit less in atmosphere
+ the sounds are ok (better in the first part)
+ improved graphics
+ the night... is dark. Not like in the first part
+ more weapons (...don't say that they are better)
+ really challenging sometimes (also on normal)
+ you can fight for your faction and have to defend your facilities against your enemies and even mutants

but, I have to say...

- these defending tasks get really irritating and boring
- the KI has sometimes the IQ of a toast... a wet toast
- loads of bugs, so make more than 2 save games
- the story is a little bit... incomprehensible
- "only" one end. First part had 7 endings.
- the end...I don't know...I don't like it, I'm honest, but I can't say if it is parallel to the story of "Shadow of Chernobyl" or is it the prehistory? Because the end sequence (of Clear Sky) could be the beginning of the start sequence of SoC... nevermind


"Clear Sky" is a worthy successor of "Shadow of Chernobyl" - but, the negatives aspects like the end, the bugs or the comparison to the first part...
makes me to give "Clear Sky" only 7/10. But it is still a good and nice game! :-)
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12 of 18 people (67%) found this review helpful
21.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 4, 2014
Though this is the weakest game in the series, I still recommend it just for the story.
You WILL need some mods to make the game not buggy.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
62.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 14
Stalker Shadow of Chernobyl (SoC) is one of my all-time favourite games I have played thus far – even made it as one of my top ten of all times. Blends with FPS, survival and a touch of role playing elements, it was brutal, yet enjoyable experience. So when I hear that the next Stalker game was on the horizon (instead of waiting for seven years), I couldn’t wait to see what GSC Game World have in store. Well, just a year later, along arrives Stalker, Clear Sky (CS) – a prequel to SoC and sadly, also a lessor game in most areas as the new features like Faction Wars just didn’t pan out effectively.

Like most open world games, it’s hard to say how long to beat it. For me, as I like to do literally everything and explore every nook and cranny, took me about 65 hours to complete, so I can safely assume average will be around 20 or so. Pretty decent with a good array of missions / side quests and diversions, CS is unfortunately a step down from SoC. The new features like Faction Wars and able to customise your weapons did not pan out well enough as actually, they are more of a hindrance or simply, not worth investing your time. However the emission blowout was pretty awesome due to its sudden nature. So if you are coming from SoC, expect to be disappointed however if this is your first Stalker game, it’s an enjoyable ride but expect spoilers. I guess you can view CS as a rock and a hard place.

Full review here: http://www.gamespot.com/s-t-a-l-k-e-r-clear-sky/user-reviews/2200-12643375/

7.5 / 10
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
30.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 6
Lots of good reviews on this game already so no need for me to spill much ink on the vanilla game.

Shortly i consider this the weakest game in the series - yet it's still head over shoulders better than many other more known FPS games. It's gritty world is unique and i have always had fond memories of this game series (minus the endings for Clear Sky and Pripyat)... But no more on that.

So why do i play this? I play this because of TFW mod (The Faction Wars) - Few know about this awesome mod that gives you a ton of gameplay by removing the story and remaking the world to support factions. It's a free world now yet the area is so familar.

In this mod you start out as a loner without any equipment and it's up to you to try to survive. You'll need to eat, sleep and get paid. but that can be hard as there are no freebies in this game contrary to vanilla game. stashes are looted. corpses get looted right after the fighting stops and if you try to grab stuff that someone thinks belong to them they will confront you. Needless to say early game is hard but VERY rewarding. Later you will start doing faction missions - or continue to be a loner. It doesn't matter much what you choose. Point is the options are endless and there are so many routes to choose and before you know it the most limiting factor is your actual free time to play the game. I am looking forward to 50 hours+ of quality game time from this mod alone that executes just right the way faction wars should be.

Here is a good place to start looking at mods that might tickle you the right way: http://cheeki.violates.me/
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23 of 41 people (56%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
21.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2014
A NUUUUU CHEEEEKI BREEEEEKI
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
45.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 14
Freedom of action , thrilling battles , sitting around the campfire ... This is the Stalker , the Best game . 11/10
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
176.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 24, 2014
This game is my favourite in the series, few would agree with me but the Swamps especially make me love the scenery. I constantly start new games just so I can struggle with limited resources and change my tactics each time. The Seva suit, oh the SEVA SUIT!!!

"A Nu cheeki breeki, iv damke!"

Those with the knowledge can load in texture packs and other mods for an even more interesting experience.

I great game to buy, a exceptional game to buy if its on offer.

This game is so good I obsess over wanting to buy it again when its on sale.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2014
(With CS: Complete)

The game even with Clear Sky: Complete is very crashy. During the beginning of the game, crashed on me more than DOZEN times. Yet I was able to make it to the second area. Everything else is good gameplay and very hard. Though word of advice, quick-save often.

7.4/10
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
13.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 10, 2014
What's up stalker ?
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 31
there is a mass amount of cheeki breeki-ing in this game





please buy the ♥♥♥♥ out of this game.
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