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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"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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209 of 292 people (72%) found this review helpful
9 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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30 of 32 people (94%) 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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20 of 23 people (87%) 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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57 of 89 people (64%) found this review helpful
1 person 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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9 of 9 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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11 of 14 people (79%) 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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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
8 people 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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26 of 46 people (57%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
21.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2014
A NUUUUU CHEEEEKI BREEEEEKI
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
30.5 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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5 of 6 people (83%) 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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8 of 13 people (62%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
99.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
You are only Cheeki Breeki enough if you have more Vodka than Boolets
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
22.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 24
If you are considering to buy Clear Sky, you probably already played either Shadow of Chernobyl or Call of Pripyat and are wondering if arguably the "worst" Stalker game is still worth your time. It is still a pretty great game as long as you have enough patience to get out of the swamps and to the Cordon.

You see, the developers were trying to implement this whole "faction war" game mechanic. It is not too bad, but it's just not Stalker. It is pretty much never touched upon in the the rest of the game. But in the beginning of the game it is pretty much nothing but that. It'll take you about 30 minutes maybe to clear out all the bandits in the swamp. After that, it is pretty much a standard Stalker game. Interesting prequel to Shadow of Chernobyl.

Oh, and Freedom is just a bunch of stoners in this Stalker game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 6
Cool!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
26.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 4
S.T.A.L.K.E.R : Clear Sky

Très bon OpenWorld pour un prix de 10€ !!!
Beaucoup de choix et de diversité !
Très grande map et un design post-apo presque parfait !
Certain détails génants sur le jeu.
Si je devais noter :

Graphisme (7/10) // C'est pas le plus important
Gameplay (8.5/10) // Très bon gameplay pour un post-apo
Histoire (8.5/10) // Simple , mais sympa
I.A (6/10) // J'ai vue mieu , mais c'est plutôt bien
MAP (7.5/10) // Très grande map , et magnifique mais remplis de bug.

Good Points :
-Il est possible de choisir sa faction ou de se faire un status envers certaine factions (Allié , neutre , enemis)
-Les combats continues , même quand vous n'êtes plus à coter ou même dans la zone
-Bonne ambience
-Bon système de trade
-Hardcore (pour les hardcore gamer)

Bad Points :
-Les alliés te pousse quand tu es sur leur position (limite il te mette dans le viseur enemis)
-"Votre arme est enrailler , rechargez" // Votre pire enemis
-On meurt souvent sans savoir pourquoi (car on fait pas gaffe)
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
18.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 4
Drank 25 bottles of Vodka, wandered into the bandit faction's base and started shooting a grenade launcher.
I died.

10/10 Immersive as fug
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 9
The most immersive game I have ever played.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
73.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 16
I recommend this game to any fan of STALKER. Yeah it is a little glitchy, however it is an amazing game series and it deserves to be played.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 15
First off, this game is amazing. Factions, war zones, balls to the wall, ect. If you played the "first" S.T.A.L.K.E.R. You will greatly appreciate this game. It takes place before the first game, and you definitely should play this game first to better apprecidate Shadow of Chernobyl. The gameplay is greatly improved upon, you can join the different factions, and then take out the enemy factions by capturing locations. Some new areas are opened up, but you also see areas that you have visited, if you played S.O.C, before they were damaged further and taken over by other factions. End of story, GET THIS GAME!

5/5. Balls to the wall. Buy it. Now. Do not wait for a sale. Totally worth it.

P.S. Get the S.T.A.L.K.E.R Clear Sky complete mod as well. IT'S FREE.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 2
Post apocalyptic Chernobyl? Heck yeah please. This game has so many elements that adds up to it making it a worthy game to play. Highly recommend playing it during dark with headphones on and high volume. Even mod-able somewhat. (Mods can be found at mod db and such.) It's a free open world (You don't have to do the main missions, there's a tons of side quests that you can do for money/gear and more.

Highly recommended by a huge fan of the S.TA.L.K.E.R. series.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
17.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2014
Very realistic as far gameplay with the weapon jams and eventual need of food makes this a great game just watch your back you never know what may be following.
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