sZone Online is open world MMORPG and a post-apocalyptic shooter. Be a scientist, a soldier, a hunter or an engineer. Explore anomalous territories, search for artifacts, fight mutants and other players. Participate in mass PvP and PvE battles. The Zone is waiting!
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Release Date: Dec 29, 2015

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August 22

New patch №1.2.67 is coming!



We'll upload new patch №1.2.67 tomorrow at 5 А.M. (Moscow time)

Current updates

1. New unique events are ready. Keep up with the news.

2. One of the events now includes the following scientists quests: Zinoviev, Simonov, Schleimovich and Sherstnov. The award is artifact that allows you to call up a new pet.

3. Added new backpack "Turtle".

4. Backpack "Turtle" can be changed for a new item left by rare mutant-killers.

5. Added and changed weather in all locations. Now stalkers can see its own sky on each map.

6. New music added to each location.

7. Added background sounds, new surround sounds. Currently in test mode.

8. You can get a profession and buy starter kit "Stalker" from Blacksmith.

9. Starter kit "Stalker" is also added to the webstore.

10. Gaining experience upper than 30 level gives a player new rank icon, which pops up above the character's head and in Skill Window.

11. Added new areas for searching items using metal detector in following locations: Road to Lubetch, Terra Nova and Basilisk's Swamp.

12. Added new types of clan armor and clan weapon.


Improvements

1. Now all the activated objects are divided into separated items (by number of uses) and can be stacked to one slot according to player's desire. Thus there will be more free slots and the management of such items will become easier.

2. Increased damage and precision of "Elephant Gun M2".

3. Grenades don't fall of the character anymore.

4. Optimized average graphics-related settings.


Fixes and Changes

1. Fixed Prophets spawn in "Forestland".

2. Fixed a bug causing a character to be thrown out of the game, when a player would open another game window.

3. Fixed a bug that allowed a pet to attack other players in PvE and safe zones and also when the owner is dead.

4. Fixed double vocalization of Drachuk and Pavel.

5. Fixed item information window, now the lines with item lost conditions are always seen.

6. Multiple location corrections.

7. Fixed other errors and bugs.:

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July 27

"Sales day" by our guides



Stalkers!

Our guides have the "Sales day" today.

You can reduce the amount of petrol for all your trips and travel with lowest prices.

All you need is to find guide near the Gurman, Tunguska, Vesuvius or near the Brotherhood's village and start the "День скидок" dialogue (in russian. sorry. working on it)

Have a nice game.

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About This Game

This is a story of human pride. Time is at hand when, in their utter desire to study the world, people will start destroying it. Tests of high-energy heavy particles accelerators will result in billions of microscopic black hole rupturing the structure of time and space. This will become the point of no return. The Earth as we know it will cease to exist.

This is a story of human strength. Three generations after the apocalypse, not only did humankind survive in the man-made hell – it continued to develop. Gradually, the infrastructure restored, wars stopped, people were returning to normal life. However, the crippled nature was barely starting to fight back...

So-called anomalous activity zones started appearing all over the planet, like terrifying scars left by the man-made catastrophes. The vast territories live their own life, which looks like nothing you have seen before. Bloodthirsty mutated monsters, inexplicable phenomena, mysterious anomalies are but the tip of the iceberg.

One of the Zones was formed in the vicinity of Ukraine, in an area combining the unmistakable atmosphere of Soviet times and the fast pace of modern life. In order to contain the dangers of the Zone, the government decided to fence the perimeter, and introduce quarantine in the area. Local residents found themselves trapped and left to their own devices. However, forbidden fruit is always the most enticing. And this was when the "stalkers" came in. Mystical artifact hunters, former military men, explorers, adventurers, armed gangsters and just those who love getting away with shooting live targets – they swarmed in like locusts in Egypt.

This is a story about YOU.

Who will you become?

  • Over 40 square kilometers of lands to explore, from closed science villages and abandoned military facilities, to the forests of Tunguska and snowy deserts of Terra Nova.

  • Deadly mutants, anomalies and hundreds of main story quests.

  • Huge choice of artifacts, gear and weapons.

  • Repair broken things or assemble new gear from scratch.

  • Improve dozens of skills and abilities.

  • Be a doctor, a scientist, a hunter, a soldier or an engineer. Take part in mass PvP, bring death or salvation to those around you.

This is the Zone. Come to hell and make it your home.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7/8/10
    • Processor: 3,2 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 6800 / ATI X1800 (256 MB)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Directx 9.0c compatible
    • Additional Notes: Internet speed 512 Kbps
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7/8/10 (64-bit)
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-3330
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GTX660 / Radeon HD 7850 (2GB)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 9 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Directx 9.0c compatible
    • Additional Notes: Internet speed 1024 Kbps (for voice chat)
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PlzJustDie[SPEC]
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
The game itself is pretty good,but it need a lot of work to fix all bugs,gliches ect. Its really hard in begining cause they give you like 100 missions and to get loot you have to buys things and money is not common in that place.Bugs are really anoying,they just mess up all your gameplay(my experience with bugs),and you have to go from place to other place all the time,and its long road.I cant really understand,like devs are lazy or they are soo poor that they cant even afford mouse? Like instead of making somekinda events and adding female character in game,they sould FIX AND REPAIR ALL GAME! I gave tumbs up cause this game remainds me of s.t.a.l.k.e.r series,cause i love that game,and its my childhood game that i was playing all the time and it got really big place in my soul,and it will be there forever,even if you would give me billions of dollars i wont forget that game!
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SeverinaCro
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
Dont buy
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Mertj
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
I played 5 seconds and I Found the quick uninstall button... And then i made this reviw -10/10
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Ivan
2.4 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: August 21
Even as an f2p game it's bad. Don't waste your time.
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Lektrix
0.7 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: August 20
gay
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SpenYerGild
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
This game is just game that is like all the other worse f2p games. I ADVICE YOU DO NOT GET THIS GAME. I don't know how to get ammo right away and once you lose all you're ammo, you are rekt by a pack of wolves.
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Red_fat_parrot
0.1 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: August 20
My friend get vac ban for do not use hacks
My friend was vac ban for killing four dudes by pain dust 2 ( csgo ) Luckily , and someone reported him after he went to overwatch and was banned without using hacks ... If you are a friend of a member of the valve by please say to get you the vac ban because he did not use hacks . I appreciate your presence .
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Noozon
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
It sucks.
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Rokon
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
I tried to like this game. I really did. It having all bad reviews made me want to try it more. Sometimes things have bad reviews for a reason.
The game is very hard to get into because it just presents you huge blocks of text to read for the story. If I wanted to read a book, I'd read a book.
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12 of 21 people (57%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: July 25
Yea, so uhm, I really don't know how and what I've gotten myself into this time. The game wasn't bad compared to the compound fracture i suffered last year after getting my foot squashed by a hydraulic truck ramp, but compared to anything else it's basicly pretty ♥♥♥♥ing bad. Like seriously bad, but hey, at least they tried.

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Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
I tried to like this game. I really did. It having all bad reviews made me want to try it more. Sometimes things have bad reviews for a reason.
The game is very hard to get into because it just presents you huge blocks of text to read for the story. If I wanted to read a book, I'd read a book.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: August 21
Even as an f2p game it's bad. Don't waste your time.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
I played 5 seconds and I Found the quick uninstall button... And then i made this reviw -10/10
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Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
if you like guns that don't reload and russians who can read what everything says then even then don't get this game
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Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
The game itself is pretty good,but it need a lot of work to fix all bugs,gliches ect. Its really hard in begining cause they give you like 100 missions and to get loot you have to buys things and money is not common in that place.Bugs are really anoying,they just mess up all your gameplay(my experience with bugs),and you have to go from place to other place all the time,and its long road.I cant really understand,like devs are lazy or they are soo poor that they cant even afford mouse? Like instead of making somekinda events and adding female character in game,they sould FIX AND REPAIR ALL GAME! I gave tumbs up cause this game remainds me of s.t.a.l.k.e.r series,cause i love that game,and its my childhood game that i was playing all the time and it got really big place in my soul,and it will be there forever,even if you would give me billions of dollars i wont forget that game!
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966 of 1,039 people (93%) found this review helpful
71 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
752.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 26, 2015
They don't give a crap about the English only speaking players, they only use us as cannon fodder to the Veteran Russian players that transfered over from the UE server that they shutdown because of all the cheating they let go on. All the Russian players that transfered over to the steam server where all above level 25 and most of them were already maxed put at level 30. They got to bring 2 level 5 weapons that will kill the lower level stalkers with 1 or 2 shots and they were allowed to bring 1 set of level 5 armor which level 4 weapons and below hardly do any damage to them at all. Also its almost impossible for new players ever to get level 5 weapons as they know where the artifacts spawn that are needed to make them and they camp those area's amd KOS all english players.

They continued to scam "devs" the EU server English only players by giving the "updates" in Russian only, weeks before the update comes out so the Russian players knew what was changing and made there adjustments before the patch was released and Only would give the patch notes in English after it went live and most of the time it was only half translated just to cause more problems for English only players. So what happened all the English only players started quiting then they Started the 'STEAM" server and shut down the EU server. A lot of English only players lost A lot of $ when they did that. It was the DEV'S fault 100%. The Russian players knew the game was shutting down months ahead of the English only players but we were quiting by then anyway's.

So will this happen to the STEAM server only time will tell but did they ever announce anywhere on the STEAM forums about the transfers they gave for a price of 500Gr and must be at least level 25 to transfer to steam server? NO! they did not why? Also they got 2 bring 2 level 5 weapons and 1 level 5 armor. NO! why? They wanted to keep there Russian players happy while they screwed over all the STEAM new stalkers that will be nothing but easy 1 or 2 shot kills for them.

Don't waste your time or your $ like I did and many many others did on the EU server.

BTW they perma banned me from the forums when I posted about the transfers from the UE server and what they were allowed to bring with them to the STEAM server. They can't ban my review.
You can read about the pro's and con's from many many other review's, this review is about the "DEV"S" and how they treat there other than Russian player base. So if you think this review is not helpful about the game then your're a ♥♥♥♥♥ or Russian.

UPDATE May 31st 2016.

Almost a year later and I wanted to see how the game is coming along. I created a stalker on both the PVP USA server and the PVE EU server.

The PVP USA server is almost completly empty of English players. Russian clans control the entire game and maps most powerfull is "Volga". Volga was the Clan that camped noob gates and spawns that ruined the old EU server before steams release. This server has the lowest player base I have ever seen, even less that the old EU server when they shut that down. Seems Volga has never learned anything from destroying Old EU server with the same tactics there using again on the Steam server. Avoid USA PVP server at all cost, until if ever the Dev's get involved somehow if not they will surely shut this one down too.

The PVE UE server is better populated than the PVP server BUT, they "The DEV'S" made all the PVE mobs 3x Tougher so 3x the hit points then they have on the PVP server. Thus making it impossible to get anywhere on that server unless you are grouped up or have level 5 weapons and armor and are High level with max hit points. They "the DEV'S" say well you get 3x exp points now for a kill BUT it also now takes 3x as many bullets to kill them now. AND only bases have CHEAPER ammo and all bases are controlled by Russian clans so once again the English players are screwed over and have to pay top rubies for ammo. The Russian Clans control entire map and all but one base the "Outsiders" control but its on the farthest map away and a pain in the ♥♥♥ to get there and 75% of the players in the clan cannot get there at all without the help of Veterans from the clan holding your hand to get you there.. Most of the Russian player base transfered here from the old EU server they were all level 25+ and that was almost a year ago.

Overall the game is a FAIL on steam and the western playerbase ie "America" has left this game alone, good move as they the "DEV"S" don't give a s h i t about US anyway. USA PVP server is having major problems of a very small player base and even a SMALLER playerbase of English only players as I have played 12 days now and NEVER seen but 1 on the PVP server and a few more on the PVE server.
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Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: January 8
Русская версия внизу

Started playing after 50 minutes while trying to figure out the sh**y menu.
Joined a server, and got a soupy text.... oh its a insturction that says - to throw a rock press (Q).
I threw a rock... Mom is proud.
Then i got another instruction that said - Get NeAR AN NPC AND THEY WILL TELL YOUZ WHERE TU GOU.
They gave me a pistol and ammo. 30 minutes i tried to reload it.
I reloaded the pistol. Mom is super proud.
As a normal human being, i started shooting the friendly NPC's and other players.
Smoke came out, got a message - green zone. Mom is shocked. No one got hurt.
Found clothes, tried to wear... but got a message - you cant wear clothes, you need a skill for it.
I tought to myself - Well f**k this piece of s**t i don't care. After 40 minutes of gameplay....
i looked around... and saw 20 fps, and low res textures... The nature really feels real. So cool.
I saw a player that yelled something about friendship, then he stalked me evrywhere i go.

NOW YOU MAY ASK HOW CLOUD I BE THERE FOR 50 MINUTES, AND THERE FOR 40 MINUTES, IF I ONLY PLAYED THE GAME FOR ONE HOUR!

Well the answer is simple..............................................................

The game exudes new radiation thing that fu**s with time & does something "scientific".

#Lifeiswierd

The person that kept stalking me, decided to come out... with a gun!
He started shooting me, but zero fu**s ware given by me, i guess green zone.
i asked him - Whats your name?
He said - VADIMKA
Then he asks - AN WAHT YIOUR NAME?
I said - Lelud.

A friend request was sent to me by VADIMKA. I tried to suicide but.. no luck.
Then i just closed the game, and ignored him.

Then i just had a little action with the mutant dogs that killed me five times.
Got a message - you died, respawn in 15 sec.

I respawned
No loot.
No clothes.
No hope.
I threw a rock in the wall.... it bounced back and killed me.

THE GOOD THINGS THIS GAME HOLDS

1. It deleate's itself very fast.
2. Very easy to find a friend.

THE BAD SIDES OF THE GAME

Its just another fluff fu**ng copy of the great game S.T.A.L.K.E.R.


Начал играть спустя 20 минут пока копался в настройках.
Зашёл на сервер, получил мыльное сообщение... А нет, инструкцию в которой сказано, кинуть камень на Q.
Я кинул камень... Мама довольна.
Далее инструкция мне нашампунила ''ПОДОЙТИТЬЕ К NPC И ОНИ ВАМ ПОДСКАЖУТ ШТО ДЕЛАТЬ И КУДА ХОДИТЬ''
Мне дали пистолет Макаров и патроны. Пол часа пытался достать и зарядить оружие.
Достал и зарядил оружие. Мама гордится.
Как нормальный человек, начал стрелять в Npc, и других игроков которые кидали камни.
От пуль появился дым, мама в ах*е. Никто не пострадал.
Нашёл одежду, пол часа копался что бы потом получить мыло - У ВАСВ НЕТУ НАВЫКА ЧТО БЫ АДЕТСЯ.
Подумал - Ну и в рот еб*ть х*й на неё.
Начал наслаждаться атмосферой где было одно мыло, и 15 фпс.
Вижу игрока... Он начал что то орать о дружбе, и после этого он следовал за мной до самой смерти.

Вы наверно спросите - КАК ЭТО Я МОГ ПОЛ ЧАСА ТАМ, И ПОЛ ЧАСА ТАМ, И 20 МИНУТ ТАМ? ХОТЯ НАПИСАНО ЧТО Я ИГРАЛ ВСЕГО ОДИН ЧАС!

Ответ прост, игра излучает достаточное количество нового вида радиации которая делает что то ''научное'' от чего время в игре идёт медленнее НА ЦЕЛЫЙ ЧАС, чем в реальной жизни.

#LifeISWeird

История о дружбе

Иду изучаю местность. Вижу дом, решаюсь зайти (вдруг лут будет) Вижу за♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ую мочей кровать, слышу шаги, думаю живая душа. И после звука шагов, КРАСНЫЙ ЭКРАН и рычание.
Ору - ЁБТВОЮМАТЬШТОГДЕОТКУДА.
Смотрю под ноги, и вижу двух жрущих мою ногу ГРЕМЛИНОВ, достаю пистолет, и гремлины замертво кувыркаются.
Начинаю лутать их трупы, всё что можно, было взять это их шкура, и волосы. И вдруг! слышу шаги.
Достаю пистолет, в комнату вбегает какой то лысый мужик... Всадил в него 5 пуль, и получил сообщение - green zone.
А сзади заспавнились ГРЕМЛИНЫ! и я их снова убиваю, потом даю ''лысому'' забрать их ''сокровище''.
Потом я решаюсь уходить прочь от этого дома, как вдруг меня догоняет этот мужик... Он начал стрелять мне в живот...
Я улыбнулся и сказав - далбаебито, начал идти на зеленую аномалию.
Он начал шпионить за мной, а через минуты две подошёл. Я вступил в диалог первым.

Я задал вопрос - Как тебя звать?
??? отвечает мне - ВАДИМКА.
Вадимка задаёт вопрос - А ТИБЯ КАК
Я отвечаю - Лелюд.

Спустя долгой паузы он предлагает следующее...

Я быстро ищу в настройках клавиатуры кнопку суицида... Но безуспешно.
Вадимка говорит - ЛЕЛЮД ДАВВАИ ДРУЖИЬТ... (В стиме приходить просьба о добавлении в друзья.
Я нажимаю - Игнор, Блокировать.
Выхожу с сервера.

Спустя 10 минут

Успешно убиваю гремлинов, и перехожу на другую локацию.
Это уже город.
Нахожу АК47, радуюсь полные штаны.
Приходить мыло - СЛОМАНА.
Кулаком стукаю об стол.
Мама орёт - ЭТО ЧТО БЫЛО?!
Я отвечаю - Ногой стукнулся об стол, игра страшна.
Потом тихо спокойно хожу по городу, и вдруг кто то начинает в меня стрелять.
Вижу мыло - ВЫ УМИРИЛИ РЕСПАВН ЧЕРИЕЗ 15 СИСКУНД.
После этого захожу на какую то свалку... ТАМ СОБАК МУТАНТОВ ОКОЛО 44-ЕХ НЕ МЕНЬШЕ!
Мыло - ВА УМИРЛИ РИСПАВН ЧИРЕИЗ 15 ПИСКУНД.
Снова появляюсь... Вещей нет, надежды нет. Кидаю камень в стену... Он убивает меня.

Плюсы данной игры...

+ Быстрое удаление.
+ Легко найти друга.

Минусы

- Жалкая пародия на ахрененую игру - S.T.A.L.K.E.R.
- Минусов на столько много что мне лень их пересчитывать.

Итог: Два гремлина из Двух Вадимов.
С удовольствием удалил бы снова.
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Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: November 17, 2015
So I have declined the EULA for this game (as I took the liberty to read the actual game rules which the majority of are strangely ommitted from the Eula after installation.) and find them to be unacceptable.

[UPDATE!] *- I have been to their website and STILL cannot find a Privacy Statement anywhere upon it... if it does actually exist it has been well hidden especially so from any basic user (I happily consider myself at least average or slightly above average when it comes to computer use)*

Here are several game rules that are extremely questionable: NOTE: The EULA also states that it's subject to change at any time like normal, but the EULA also states that your private information's use and distribution will be in accordance with the Privacy Statement at "the Site." ... Then it fails to provide a link to the "Site" anywhere in the EULA to even know where they say they can give your information to, since that privacy statement could say it's subject to them sending your private information wherever they please.
1.4. Developers of the server are not responsible for any damage suffered as a result of playing on this server.
- Terrible rule but common so I give you that
1.6. The developers of the right at any time, without giving any reason, terminate your access to the server to a specific user or subnet as a whole.
- This is simply unacceptable if you delete someone's account (especially if the game has any kind of microtransaction system) you BETTER give a reason for deleting an account or terminating access.
1.7. Developers do not have to restore items, accounts, characters or their characteristics, their lost due to any cause. Exclusion of loss due to the fault of developers (rollback server, failure in work server) things purchased for g.r, with the condition that the loss occurred exactly in the account through which the purchase was made.
-Does this mean you refund microtransactions in-game to people if the server goes down? if not a full refund for money spent when you force a termination of access such as closing a server without allowing transfers (everybody below the lvl 25 limit) this is unacceptable.
2.11. It is forbidden to discuss the penalty imposed GM.
Punishment: block one day.
-If you are stating that people can't discuss a penalty they receive that is ridiculous.
3.4. It is forbidden to send in chat messages violate the laws of the Russian Federation.
Punishment: Account deletion in the game.
-I am not (and now that the game is on steam several players are not I'm sure) citizens of the Russian Federation, don't know the laws of the Russian Federation, and ARE NOT bound by the laws of the Russian Federation.
3.11. Gaming user accounts that did not go more than 90 consecutive days are automatically deleted.
-So just screw over all military personnel that deploy?

Edit: Just fixed some of my typos.
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Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 9
Instal the game.
Start the game.
Create your character.
Ultra lag.
0 info on what you're supposed to do, and where to go.
Frame rate reminds of reading a comicbook.
Equip the gun.
Fire 7 rounds in a rat from the distance of 2 m.
Rat hits you.
You die.
Graphic 2/10
Gameplay -100/10
Spend 2 minutes to write a review that will hopefuly save another random persons 10 minutes of life.
Uninstal the game.
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