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.
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Release Date: Sep 15, 2008

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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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( 6.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
A worthy sucessor for the second part. Same dense atmosphere and the same depressing zone as usual. New feature are the weapon upgrades and armor upgrades. One of the best games i have ever played. Especially the faction wars that take place while you play and that you can influence.
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( 121.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Ever since a young age I have been playing the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series and to this day I play and love each of the three games. I've completed them all countless times and still enjoy the fantastic moody and eerie atmosphere. It's open-world and features and inventory with equippable weapons and protective suits all of which are upgradable and have conditions which must be repaired. The best way I could describe this game is like a Ukrainian twist on the Fallout games. The story isn't fantastic, voice acting is minimal and the game isn't a refined masterpiece but every gameplay element makes up for it from searching for rare artifacts to helping your faction in faction wars. The world is large and full of action and exploration in each part.
With the amount of hours I've spent in this game both on steam and the retail copy I owned, I feel that it's worth every penny I spent.
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( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Whoever likes this game has obviously never played SoC or CoP, Clear Sky is by far the worst game ever and out of the series.

Shooting mechanics are TERRIBLE
You have to throw a bolt EVERY FREAKING TIME YOU WALK
Walking for 30 seconds causes radiation poisoning which kills you
1 or 2 shots from enemy = instant death... but when you shoot 1 or 2 shots at the enemy, you're more likely to miss even though you're crouching or lying down and it takes more than 4 shots to kill the enemy
After death you need to reload the game and sometimes loading crashes
Need to save the game EVERY TIME you do something you think was important or else you'll lose the progress you've done
Just throwing the bolts everywhere just to walk is so ♥♥♥♥ing annoying and the radiation poisoning is ♥♥♥♥ing stupid, I need to have like infinite packs of medication just to stay alive.. Even on easy mode, what the ♥♥♥♥. This game is absolute trash.

Don't get me wrong, STALKER is a great series. This one is just garbage.
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Black Metal Dash
( 4.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Product received for free
>be me
>had a ♥♥♥♥♥♥ Medion Pentium D work desktop
>bought stalker:CS on disk back in 2008
>game ran choppy
>had a very immersive experience despite sh!t PC
>absolutely loved the bleak and irradiated enviroment
>always get sp00ked af when mutants around
>get triggered by any kind of sound around
>get even more sp00ked when night falls
>got new over the top game PC
>game was so smooth it ran like a lada
>felt becoming a true slav now
>disk so scratched and worn out of slavsquatting
>track stripes all over disk
>disk completely corrupted now and no longer playable.
>gaben to the rescue with summer sales
>buy Stalker:CS again
>run into clear sky soldiers
>soldiers literally stuck in a water well
>still tell me to get out of here stalker
>realize game got old
>game aged faster than your local babushka
>Xray engine crashed
>rip game

I am now whole with the Zone...
I have a Kalashnikov,
a whole bag of diet sausages and bread,
and a lifetime supply of Cossacks vodka.
I slavsquat to the anthem of my bandit comrades.

10/10 would die in irradiated swamps again.
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( 69.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Unpopular opinion, but Clear Sky is the best STALKER-game imo. I really love the settings, the weather variations, the fractions makes sense. The fractionwars is also a really cool feature. Just make sure to choose the right faction. For example, I really hated the Red Forest as it scared the sh*t out of me so I sided with Duty to get the guides for fast travelling to guide me to the safe spot in Red Forest. That, on the other hand made me an enemy to Freedom, which controls most of the Military Warehouses, making that area even harder than it already is with mutants, Zombiefied and Monoliths. But the point is, the option to join factions and wage war is totally awesome.

One bad thing is that there is no 'cheatcommands' in the console for this game. You dont like cheating? Well neither do I, but lets make something very clear, Clear Sky is full of bugs. For instance, after I conquered Freedoms base with Duty, Freedom launched an assault on their old base, I was inside, and Duty locked the doors. So basically no-one could get in or out.

On the plus side, its really easy to install mods that allow you to ghost/noclip through doors and resolve the issue. Also you can get stuck in holes and betwewen rocks and cant get out. These mods helps with that.

The storyline is also really cool, but so are the storylines in the other STALKER games. I wont say anything about it to avoid spoiling it.

So to summarize it, a really cool game in a postapocalyptic Chernobyl/Ukrainian rural area full with mutated animals, monsters, Stalkers(humans) and filled with anomalies and artifacts, extremely dangerous weather and some cool East and West-based weapon that you can customize and modify to suit your needs.

The story itself isnt that long, you could easily get this game done in a couple of hours. But the sidequests, and of course the fraction wars, litterally eats your time up. And if that wasnt enough, there are tons of mods that adds new content.

For the small prize it costs nowadays, there is nothing to think about. Buy it.
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( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Cheeky Breeky!
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( 25.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Product received for free
Pretty good game. You can feel the fear crawling below your skin while you try to survive in this inhospitable environment. Where you can make friends and foes depending on wich faction you support.
And dont forget this is a place where your curiosity will reward you.

Worth each second of game play.
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( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
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( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Clear Sky chiefly succeeds because it transforms grim fantasy into a startlingly real-world experience.
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( 29.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
"Live and let live" But It doesn't seem like they would let me live.
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93 of 105 people (89%) found this review helpful
72 people found this review funny
19.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 18
When you buy this game, make sure to...

* Slav squat on your chair
*Get some vodka, sausage and bread
*Make sure to have your trusty AK nearby
*Put on your gasmask
*Stay cheeki breeki
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35 of 37 people (95%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
56.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 9

-Absolutely amazing atmosphere and sceneries.
-Very immersive game.
-Great gameplay, lots of guns, armors, artefacts.
-Interesting story and deep lore.
-Very hard missions but satisfying when you finally complete them.
-Huge replayability with Faction Wars and side quests.
-Cheeki Breeki.
-Good music, proof: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBhh23-paLU


-Lots of bugs (not to the point where it's unplayable, you just have to save really often and optimally make multiple save files).
-Unsatisfying ending.
-Enemies will always throw their grenades perfectly at you, it's unreal.

Definitely recommend it.
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44 of 57 people (77%) found this review helpful
34 people found this review funny
16.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
Product received for free
[muffled cheeki breeki in the distance]
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37 of 47 people (79%) found this review helpful
39 people found this review funny
18 of 19 people (95%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
39.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
This is one of the best games I have played, It brings out what most games these days are trying to do but does it in a manner of greatness, this is clearly the better game comparred to SoC.
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20 of 29 people (69%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
Note: This review is for the vanilla Stalker Clear Sky.

Stalker Clear Sky is the prequel entry to the series, the game has you play as a Merc named Scar, who survives a large emission storm and is trying to find Strelok before he reaches the center of the zone. Stalker Clear Sky is a hit and miss for many fans of the series as it introduces some great ideas and makes some questionable decisions. While many consider the intro segment an example of the games flaws, I did not find myself dying that much but I can see why players dislike Clear Sky. The intro segment in the swamps is unlike any Stalker game as it has the player in a specific area, running errands, and doing very little exploring. Getting into gunfights more frequently and constantly finding myself against large enemy groups with a double barrel was kinda ridiculous. There are also a lot of questionable decisions which would leave new players to the series baffled as the first entry route to Cordon will have a player against an army base and the player was suppose to know to take a different path in. Minor decisions like that are what makes Clear Sky a fustrating experience. Another horrible decision was to make bandages rare as heck and needing mutiple amounts of them to plug up one injury. Clear Sky does however bring the faction system and uses it fairly well. Players are encouraged to join factions to gain access to better gear and is a core aspect of the game. The PDA is better in Clear Sky compared to SoC. Clear Sky however performs the worst of all Stalker games as I had constant crashes and error messages in my playthrough. Interesting to note is that Clear Sky looks the best of all vanilla Stalker games as it has some impressive dynamic lighting, great amount of vegetation on screen with an impressive draw distance.

- The new faction system is a good idea and used well.
- Weapons can be upgraded and modified.
- Large amount of Hub worlds compared to the other Stalkers.
- Many factions exist to make the faction system useful.
- The FoV effect/motion blur when reloading and moving looks amazing.
- Visually impressive for a near decade old game.
- Great to revisit areas before the events of the first game.
- Gunplay is tight and requires players to play slow.

- No hunger system, this makes food an alternative to medical kits which makes no sense whatsoever.
- Bandages and Anti rad became rare which can create very fustrating moments of dying slowly.
- The worst intro segment in any Stalker game and maybe difficult enough to make players quit out right.
- Auto save is poor so spam that F5 key.
- The akward natural difficulty curve of the game may throw off players.
- Crash city and error messages galore.
- Bugs.
- While the gunplay is tight, pistols cannot have aim down sights...
- Ai has the habit in the starting sequence of turning shotguns into sniper rifles while you cannot do the same (get some slugs).
- No tutorial so please new comers do not get this game first.

Clear Sky isn't the worst game I have played and is enjoyable at times. However, the many questionable decisions that Clear Sky made in its game can make it a test of patience and sometime push it a little too far. Clear Sky does get easier as the player progresses and while Clear sky does not differ to much from SoC, SoC executed its concepts/mechanics correctly. SoC may have a difficult beginning segment also, but the way SoC handled healing items and made the difficulty scale naturally was great. Certain areas in SoC were loaded with harder enemies so you came back when you had the gear to go toe to toe with them. Clear Sky throws military units armed with AKs or Akabans whIle you just managed to leave the beg inning hub world. Clear Sky has some idea of what SoC was trying to do but is recommended for the veteran Stalker player. If your new to the series, start with SoC or heck even CoP, but save Clear Sky for last cause it will smack you around.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
18.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 8
The zone needs me, with hardbass :D
The bandit radio is the best. :D
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
All was good till i got to Limansk. Clearsky.exe has stopped working. Clearsky.exe has stopped working.
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8 of 13 people (62%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 15
A nu, Chiki-Briki i v damki!
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