26 years after a fatal accident in Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant that covered half of the Europe in clouds of radioactive smoke, a large group of terrorists took over the area, trying to steal all the remaining radioactive waste - and use it.
User reviews: Mostly Negative (165 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 8, 2013
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About This Game

The terrorists want a war? Let them have it!

26 years after a fatal accident in Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant that covered half of the Europe in clouds of radioactive smoke, a large group of terrorists took over the area, trying to steal all the remaining radioactive waste - and use it.

Ukrainian and Russian forces hit them with all they could, but the enemy was well prepared and the small war raged on. Two of the best Spec Ops agents move in on their own, hitting the enemy hard before they can escape with the loot. This is a no-frills, old style, gun-blazing and explosion-roaring attack against multitude of enemies. While sometimes helped by the Army, you are mostly on your own. Hit them hard where it hurts and become a legend for generations to come!


  • Become one of the best soldiers today, facing multitude of opponents in the battlefield.
  • Explore carefully recreated Chernobyl area, and chase your targets to the Middle East - after some of them manage to escape.
  • Combat heavily armed enemies powered by sophisticated AI.
  • Play along an AI controlled partner,also helping and being helped by Russian army and US Marines.
  • Use 4 different scoped rifles altogether with close combat handguns against your enemies and selected targets.
  • Learn to use gravity and wind to your advantage, as the game simulates real-world bullet ballistics.
  • Adapt to many challenging tasks as you progress your missions.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7
    • Processor: Pentium Dual Code processor or similar
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Video Adapter compatible with DirectX 9.0c (Pixel Shader 3) with 512 MB RAM
Helpful customer reviews
79 of 90 people (88%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 2
Buy this as a gift to someone you hate.
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21 of 28 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2014
I would forget this game and get "Chernobyl Underground" when it comes to Steam, it's a far better game made by the same Dev.
I got this for under dollar in a bundle, what is most impressive are the wide open levels, but it looks better than it plays.

- Dumb A.I.
- Repetive missons always chasing to a marker.
- Bad hit detection
- Mandatory turrant sections

I like playing crappy low buget FPS games, but this is to painful to play for more than a half hour.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 18
To say it's horrible is unfair. This game is simply what happens when you try create a shooter that a Call of Duty type player might play, except on a non existing budget. The result is a game no one needs or have to ever play, because it's worst in every aspect to any AAA game that tries the same.

If you don't have the resources to make a decent shooter, then try come up with something unique on a much smaller scale, like many of the successful indie devs have done on Steam.
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16 of 26 people (62%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2014
Well lets start this shall we ?
First of all this game has one of the worst optimizations I have EVER seen, this game runs like sh*t and the graphics aren't all that preatty. My bf3 runs better?
Second of all the "map" dosen't even reminds of Chernobyl. They just made endless field with trees and buildings that don't even look like they been damaged by a nuclear explosion, so then I wend to so called "reactor" that was a small building that was about a size of a fairly small shack.....
Third of all why is there a bunch of farmers with guns running around trying to kill you? At least thats what they look like.
I mean what I bearly played of so far is just attack, defend, attack and defend. There is much throught put into the game, and really you carry like 50 guns with you?!
Overall you cannot improve this game in one area and make it good, you would have to re-make the whole game.
If you want bad optimization and bunch of farmers trying to kill you, then your welcome to buy this so called "game".
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2014
I have a halfway decent computer and (Like i can run FarCry 4) and this game when i open it the menu is animated and its cool but when i get in the game i cant even move its so laggy. I legit have reloaded the game multiple times and it just wont work and its getting annoying and buying this was a waste of money in my opinion. 2/10
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 16
I can't even play this - background sounds are terrible. Price is too high.
Graphics are good, but physics not. It looks like I am flying in space..
It is not possible to open Windows task manager, when playing.
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
It's a first person shooter, set in Chernobyl. And no, it's nothing like STALKER, so don't get your hopes up. It's better described as Call of Duty without money. And really nothing more. You go from waypoint to waypoint, using your guns to shoot people in the fashion we're all familiar with: iron sights, head shots, grenades, take cover to regenerate health, get insta-killed if you stray too far from the path. Rinse and repeat. Literally, there is nothing more to the game. It's the modern FPS formula laid bare. Unadorned by budget, technical proficiency, or resources.

It's got a few entertaining quirks, and it's not without charm, but any value you might derive from Chernobyl Commando can be easily derived from other, better sources.

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8 of 14 people (57%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 27, 2014
I played about half an hour of this game. It's not that great. Nothing is exactly HORRIBLE, but the audio loops are weird, the running stamina is not good, the jumping gravity is awkward, the hit detection isn't great. I just don't think it's worth your time.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 4
Story doesn't make sense
Story is boring
Horribly glitchy
Some guns are op while other guns shoot jelly beans
AI are total aimbots
AI are stupid
LMG never runs out of ammo
Audio cut off before and after combat
2005 graphics
Character can carry an unlimited amount of guns
I want my money back this aint worth $9.99!

IGN 9.5/10 Game of the year!
Game Spy 8/10
2013 best of E3!
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2014
I've never be able to get it to actually run. First game I've ever gotten from Steam that didn't work at all.
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2014
this game makes ♥♥♥♥ look apealing.
it has a crap frame rate bad graphics and the load time make you want to kill you self i would give thiss a 0/10
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115 of 135 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 29, 2014
After the iconic STALKER series from GSC Game World, not many shooters have gone to the Chernobyl area wholeheartedly.Chernobyl Commando dedicates its whole story to the infamous area in Ukraine and, like its name suggests, organizes a pretty intense encounter throughout the ruins of the location.The game tasks players with stopping a group of terrorists from making off with radioactive material from the irradiated plant.hile the game does surge forward with the plot, it's a paper-thin one as basically the player needs to follow the terrorist convoy with the stolen radioactive materials throughout that area of Ukraine and in other locations.In terms of actual gameplay, Chernobyl Commando wants to deliver an old-school shooter experience in which players run around mercilessly killing anyone who stands in their way. In practice, however, it's like an odd mix between actual old-school shooters, like the iconic Painkiller, and a realistic military experience, like Battlefield or Call of Duty.The result is a game with a wobbly first-person camera, realistic guns that have a hilariously bad accuracy, and enemies that are more or less bullet sponges.The actual shooting is also disappointing, as it seems that the only accurate weapon is the sniper one. Enemy AI is also erratic, as sometimes foes will just run in the middle of the battlefield, while other times they'll just shoot at you from huge distances.The actual levels are relatively well designed but, while they suggest the idea of an open environment, they're mostly filled with invisible walls.In terms of graphics, Chernobyl Commando is adequately bleak for the desolate environment, but its colors are a bit too washed out for its own sake. The soundtrack is utterly disappointing, not just because it's generic but because it consists of around 30-second clips that loop around in a disjointed manner. The voice acting is mediocre and relies a lot on military slang that doesn’t impress anyone.What's more, the game lacks any sort of multiplayer.Chernobyl Commando is an utter letdown. From the shooting to the movement, the actual content, or the visuals, the game disappoints in all sorts of ways. Overall 4/10.
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51 of 61 people (84%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 15, 2014
Hit detection is bad. Guns are all similar sounding and flat. Enemy AI is questionable at best. Enemies are all like the same guy in 4 different outfits. The AI buddy is a awful driver, goes like half a klick an hour, in circles around the area on one driving part. The aircraft are ugly, out of date, and the Yak-141 is being used as a low-alt level bomber, lol.
It's choppy and when it auto-saves the thing grinds to a halt. The music is all re-cycling 30 second clips, usually just when enemies are around, allowing you to never be ambushed, and always know when an area is clear

What isn't garbage is generic. All the missions are pretty much the same go to checkpoint, killing everyone in the area, where you either get a radio message, or 'interact' with the same 3 faces, who don't blink and who's mouths don't move when they talk. Then, kill your way to the next checkpoint. Had one sniper overwatch mission, which lasted 45 seconds before you had to move in. Vehicles aren't destructable. Nothing is destructable, bodies fall in one of 4 poses, no bullet holes in walls, glass, or other terrain.
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87 of 124 people (70%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 7, 2014
Buggy, slow, terrible graphics. I'll be blazing away at a terrorist with my sights centred and the game won't register a hit half the time. All in all not even worth five bucks
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28 of 35 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 20, 2014
Heh... Lets be honest then, There was only 3 good things in this game, no long cutscenes, animated menu with perfect looking (in game is much much uglier) and game idea / plan, and of course Chernobyl and Pripyat. Well... first thing i noticed, Lada Samaras and 1960s Dodge Chargers rusting on Red zone? Never seen or heard before (They said "perfectly and carefully remapped Red Zone" ?). Bad and stupid Al, lot of bugs and lag. Map barely looks like Chernobyl and Pripyat... and textures etc are low quality. Also killing enemy is even hard with turrets, but they can kill you with few shots. Also, you wear all weapons with you all the time. (4 heavy sniper rifles, AK47 and SMG, and 9mm silenced handgun). So... really... yeah... If you want 2004 looking game and like lag, then enjoy. Worth trying if free, just dont buy it.
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21 of 24 people (88%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 1, 2014
This game is horrible. Not just your regular "horrible", but HORRIBLE! with an exclamation mark. Or two. Aim is a mess, AI is a mess. You want to take a step left from your place designed by the game - you lost the mission. You want to do something that is not determined by script - you lose the game. Did ya start the game and found that long lasting load screen fun? Ok. There's an enemy truck driver riding through your position in 1st mission. The dude simply rides through a spot filled with soldiers. He's f-- invincible! That truck has bulletproof glass and gas tank! I've shot him like 20 times and nothing happened. Not even a scratch. F-- this game!
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39 of 58 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 21, 2014
Not very good at all.

Broken Hit Detection, no real recoil on the guns, music is repetitive... and these are some of the MINOR bugs we demonstrate a huge one in our video review (at the end)

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22 of 29 people (76%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 30, 2014
We, the gaming community, give Call of Duty a lot of ♥♥♥♥ for being the same game every year. But what Call of Duty has never done before is giving us the same game in less than a year. And that is what the developers of 'Chernobyl Commando' have done.


Above is my review of Manhunter, and practically everything I said in that review applies here. Weapons (except for one), sounds, music, Enemies/NPC's, animations, and length are all exactly the same. This is one of the most blatant examples of reusing assets in any game I've ever seen!

All the negatives aside, if I were to pick which one is better, 'Chernobyl Commando' is my choice between the two. It has an actual story and an ending to that story. Easily the best part of the game is the setting of Chernobyl and they actually did a good job of how it looks. Run ' n gun segments are broken up with sniping or turret sections. It's still repetitious and practically every level has a turret section where you mow down 100 enemies within a few minutes.

Is this a good game? Not even the slightest. But Chernobyl Commando does have some charm to it, and in a few places you can tell someone gave a damn when they made this thing. I still wouldn't recommend it to anyone though, the flaws far outweigh the few positives.
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24 of 34 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 9, 2014
Bad game, full of bugs, slow pacing (your character can't run) even the jump look like you're flying in space.
By default you have 3 sniper rilfe and 1 handgun. All guns doesn't make any different.
Your mission is repetitive.
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18 of 25 people (72%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 16, 2014
I am not recommending this game, and here’s why:
(For those who don’t like to read, skip to the end for the summary.)

After 5 minutes of adjusting the video settings, I've figured out that 1024x768 (on my screen at least) doesn't show the TEXT on the main menu buttons. I had to switch to the highest resolution possible to see them. That's about it when it comes to resolution, but what about the graphics? Well, they are not terrible. On max settings it looks like a decent game in 2005/2004. Well it doesn't have the ‘UnrealCryChromeEngine 8’ graphics like in ‘Return to Dead Island: Boat Flipping Zombies’. I actually kind of appreciate that they’re not ‘ChromeUnrealCryEngine 9’ graphics, because right now this game’s graphics remind of the good old gaming days back in 2005. Right in my nostalgia…

The audio... is just ok. I tried to make the dialogs louder, but I can't. I have to come up to the guy that's talking to me and grab his genitals to hear what he's saying. Thank you gaming god for the subtitles. The gun sound are 'Meh' which means: Ok. Not great, not bad, just OK. The good thing about the audio is that you can clearly hear when your Commando is tired from bobbing his head around while sprinting for 7 seconds. More or less 7, I didn't count. The voice acting however is not bad. It’s good. Wish I could hear it a bit louder though. The music is not bad either, although you can hear the where it loops, because it pauses for a brief second or so. My only problem with the music is that it never stops or changes for almost an entire level.

The gameplay is boring. Shooting enemies is boring. Firing your gun is boring. Right after you start the game you get a driving cinematic. You are not the driver though, you are holding the gun at the back of the truck, standing there patiently, unable to do anything besides looking around, until you get off of it. It would be fine, a good way to introduce you to the setting/story/characters or whatever, if it wasn’t soooo ssslllooooowwwww. I think I saw a cat walk by us and he was moving faster than us. That slow driving though had one positive thing in it though: I was able to get my tea and toasts, pour ketchup next to my toast and take a quick leak in the bathroom, without hitting my ESC key to pause the game. An achievement nonetheless!

There are too many turret and driving sections. It looks like this: go around, shoot 50 guys (your ammo doesn't end by the way, feels like infinite ammo) then you have to get on a turret, becuase your companion has to do something, or as he says it: "Time to get serious". Sometimes though, you have to sit on A MOVING turret! YAY! The only downside to that is: the driver decides to take a leisure drive through a warzone. Last time I checked, you don't drive like that through a warzone.

When you fire your gun it looks more like a Nerf gun for kids, rather than a real gun (I was at the shooting range and fired some guns with my dad, including the AK47 and the USP). The accuracy of ALL your weapons is terrible even if you aim with your sights, which seems to make it even worse (except for the sniper rifles). I had my sights on the guy that was ~25 meters away and missed. 5 times. With the handgun. Then 2 times with the scoped AK47. I finally killed him with the MP7.
The health indicator is there, it’s just very subtle. When you’re low on health the saturation goes down and makes your screen more black and white with more glare than the recent Star Trek movie. It’s basically blinding you, which doesn’t help considering how cheap the AI is. Oh yeah, we’re coming to it, but first: the head bobbing. It’s distracting especially when you’re moving while crouching or while you’re sprinting. It’s over exaggerated. Just a little too much.

The AI, at least for your friendlies is bad. Very. Bad. I stand in the open, ducking (thinking it would increase my accuracy, which it didn’t by the way), because my excuse for a companion took my cover. So I am crouched there, firing at a guy who is also standing in the open who is also firing at me and hits me a couple of times, whilst I my guy decides that the crosshair is a “restricted zone” and fires around him. Then my ‘companion’ gets out of his cover, ducks behind me and fires at a guy that I can barely see hiding behind a pipe. It would be ok if the ‘pipe-hiding guy’ was not behind the guy that I was firing, so of course, my ‘COMPANION’ had to fire through me. What. The. F.
Seriously, I saw my ‘teammates’ fire THROUGH EACH OTHER, because some they saw some bloke which they can’t even hit. Oh, by the way, did I mention that the accuracy of your teammates is compared to yours? If not worse? Well now you know.

But what about the enemy AI? When coming to tactics, it’s just as dumb as your teammates, firing through each other to get you. The only difference is that their accuracy is DEAD PERFECT. They miss about 15% of their shots. Even if you are behind a bush, the enemy is 100 meters away also behind a bush, you can barely see his arm, HE STILL HITS YOU. How does he even see you? HOW? And that’s on Easy. On hard, it’s even worse, because you take less hits before you die. The good thing about Easy is that you feel like a ‘bullet sponge’. I only die, because I can’t see the enemy, but they can see me no matter where I go. You think you can stealth this? Well hold on to your pantaloons, because you can’t. Most of the time. You take one step, the enemy is not even facing you, and they don’t know you’re there, you take another step an- ohmahgawdthey’reallfiringatme!


So that’s my experience with the Chernobyl Commando. I had somewhat fun with it, but it was mostly boring. It looks more like a mod for Half-life 2 rather than a game from 2013 and it looks like it was made by one guy. The price is relatively cheap: 12$ or 9,99 Euros or 7,9 pounds and until October 20th 2014, this game is on sale for 75% off. The game itself is not THAT bad. It’s just boring. You only have what… 6 maybe 7 guns? I’m like past 4 mission (I think) as of writing this review and I’ve managed to fire a USP looking handgun, SMG, Ak47 both scoped and not, a sniper rifle and a Dragunov, so there’s not that much variety in the guns + they all feel alike. You also have grenades which are pretty decent. The game is not terrible, sure the enemy AI is a little bit unfair, but I had fun watching my teammates shoot each other. There are a few bugs and glitches here and there, but you can get easily unstuck and some of them are pretty funny looking.
So that’s it. The game is just making me sleepy and tired and not wanting to play anymore and if you feel like it’s a game for you, then buy it, especially since it’s on sale.
It is painful to play throguh this game and I had to edit this review TWICE. I really wanted to defend this game, but after playing it for 2hrs... I dried my tear canals, ate my toast, drank my tea, filled myself with biscuits and it didn't help me to feel anybetter. There are WORSE game than this, but this... this was just painful to play. How did it get 6/10 on desura? Maybe that version is better? It's also cheaper without the sale, only 3,99 euros.
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