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Thread: S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Oblivion Lost




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    Storyline

    April 12, 2006, 02:33 p.m.
    Chernobyl zone was lit by an intolerably bright light. The clouds were evaporating in the silver bright sky with a thunder and earthquake to follow. People fell on the ground facedown closing their bleeding eyes and ears. The glow spread over an immense territory which was subsequently called the Zone. People ran away saving their lives. It looked like a radioactive explosion at the nuclear plant occurred. The army sealed off the Zone...

    The explosion epicenter was a kilometre away from the nuclear plant. Obviously, some tests had been held there and they caused the disaster. Presumably, the entire personnel died within seconds, but still there was a probability of survivals among the staff. It appeared impossible to arrange a rescue operation, as the Zone was characterized by strange energy disturbances posing mortal danger to the explorers. Attempts to use robots were unavailing. Several months after the accident the crisis situation peaked when the Zone abruptly grew five kilometres bigger. People from nearby towns and villages were urgently evacuated, and the peril of a difficult-to-imagine scope loomed over the world.

    Year 2008
    The Zone exploded, radioactive clouds covered vast territories. A dreadful amount of people, animals and forests perished. Thirty kilometres of the area got cordoned off by the army, scientists failed to explain what had happened. The Zone grew, various death-bearing anomalies were spotted inside. Some invisible force tore living beings apart, inflicted awful blood-sputtering wounds. Expeditions faced mutant animals, unlikely to have appeared in the Zone through natural course of evolution. The catastrophe, mutants, anomalies, contamination… Everything appeared to be a consequence of some eerie phenomenon…

    Year 2010
    First expeditions can enter the Zone several kilometers deep without mortal danger . Amateur researchers, marauders and poachers, called stalkers, show up. They move around the Zone searching for various anomalous formations, i.e. artifacts, they would sell to various organizations.

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    NPC

    Do you think dangerous travels and fighting mutants in the Zone is all you will face? Far from it! You will encounter characters similar to yourself and the outcome of these meetings depends hugely on you.

    <img src="http://images.tweaktown.com/weta/stalker/stalker_faction.jpg"> Stalker faction "Duty"
    Stalkers from this faction believe they are supposed to protect the world from the mutant infestation eliminating the nidi and hives of the mutants...

    <img src="http://images.tweaktown.com/weta/stalker/stalker_soldier.jpg"> Military stalkers
    The military are interested in studying the causes and consequences of the calamity and map-making of the Zone and its anomalies. They use military stalkers recruited from elite troops...

    <img src="http://images.tweaktown.com/weta/stalker/stalker.jpg"> Stalkers
    Stalkers team up into groupings, guilds and clans with their own rules and conditions. A stalker will always get encouragement from any member of his grouping, guild or clan...

    <img src="http://images.tweaktown.com/weta/stalker/soldier.jpg"> Soldiers (army post)
    Soldiers are regular military units guarding the approaches to the Zone. They patrol the perimeter shooting off mutants and catching poachers...

    <img src="http://images.tweaktown.com/weta/stalker/army.jpg"> Special forces
    Special forces are elite army detachments. They are sent into the Zone to conduct rescue operations and carry out special tasks when the army posts and patrols are attacked very often...

    <img src="http://images.tweaktown.com/weta/stalker/traders.jpg"> Dealer
    This masterful and fat man with protruding eyes lives in a cellar of an abandoned house. He is a nasty and mean person. Normally you would find him clad in a vest and trousers...

    <img src="http://images.tweaktown.com/weta/stalker/scientist.jpg"> Scientists
    Scientists study anomalous effects and activity of the Zone. There are two working camps from where the expeditions are regularly sent out into the Zone...

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    Zone Creatures

    You won't find the Zone uninhabited, for apart from anomalous zones, it is abundant in a variety of creatures.

    <img src="http://images.tweaktown.com/weta/stalker/dogs.jpg"> Blind dogs
    Children of wastelands and dumps. Blind dogs are encountered in packs of 10-20 individuals. Numerous dog mutations resulted in change of skeleton and muscles, atrophied sight and strong radiation immunity...

    <img src="http://images.tweaktown.com/weta/stalker/wolfrats.jpg"> Rat wolves
    Large and aggressive rat individuals. When hungry, rat wolves devour their kin. Normally a pack will have one rat wolf per ten rats...

    <img src="http://images.tweaktown.com/weta/stalker/controller.jpg"> Controller
    Dark muddled hair, semi-human face with protruding eyes, pale skin and long neck. Very careful. Able to pick up and use guns, possesses minor communication skills...

    <img src="http://images.tweaktown.com/weta/stalker/zombie.jpg"> Zombies
    Zombies are humans, taken under control by telepathic creatures. They have lowered life activity and totally destroyed personality, human body with weak co-ordination, doing semi-insane actions...

    <img src="http://images.tweaktown.com/weta/stalker/dwarf.jpg"> Dwarfs
    Ugly yellow-white dwarfs dwell in dungeons, their light-sensible eyes go blind under bright illumination. Dwarfs arrange traps for stalkers, scientists and the military in dungeons...

    <img src="http://images.tweaktown.com/weta/stalker/rats.jpg"> Rats
    After the catastrophe many animals died and left the Zone, many, but not the rats. They bred extensively to become the top numerous Zone animals. Rats are found in groups, and rarely individually...

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    <center>Official screenshots</center>
    <div align="center"><table border="0" cellspacing="1" width="600" height="160"><tr><td width="25%"><div align="center"><div align="center"><a target="_blank" href="http://www.tweaktown.com/weta/stalker/ssl001.jpg?img=weta_stalker_ssl001.jpg"><img src="http://www.tweaktown.com/weta/stalker/sss001.jpg" border="0"></a></div></td><td width="33%"><div align="center"><a target="_blank" href="http://www.tweaktown.com/weta/stalker/ssl002.jpg?img=weta_stalker_ssl002.jpg"><img src="http://www.tweaktown.com/weta/stalker/sss002.jpg" border="0"></a></div></td><td width="34%"><div align="center"><a target="_blank" href="http://www.tweaktown.com/weta/stalker/ssl003.jpg?img=weta_stalker_ssl003.jpg"><img src="http://www.tweaktown.com/weta/stalker/sss003.jpg" border="0"></a></div></td></tr></table></div>
    <div align="center"><table border="0" cellspacing="1" width="600" height="160"><tr><td width="25%"><div align="center"><div align="center"><a target="_blank" href="http://www.tweaktown.com/weta/stalker/ssl004.jpg?img=weta_stalker_ssl004.jpg"><img src="http://www.tweaktown.com/weta/stalker/sss004.jpg" border="0"></a></div></td><td width="33%"><div align="center"><a target="_blank" href="http://www.tweaktown.com/weta/stalker/ssl005.jpg?img=weta_stalker_ssl005.jpg"><img src="http://www.tweaktown.com/weta/stalker/sss005.jpg" border="0"></a></div></td><td width="34%"><div align="center"><a target="_blank" href="http://www.tweaktown.com/weta/stalker/ssl006.jpg?img=weta_stalker_ssl006.jpg"><img src="http://www.tweaktown.com/weta/stalker/sss006.jpg" border="0"></a></div></td></tr></table></div>
    <div align="center"><table border="0" cellspacing="1" width="600" height="160"><tr><td width="25%"><div align="center"><div align="center"><a target="_blank" href="http://www.tweaktown.com/weta/stalker/ssl007.jpg?img=weta_stalker_ssl007.jpg"><img src="http://www.tweaktown.com/weta/stalker/sss007.jpg" border="0"></a></div></td><td width="33%"><div align="center"><a target="_blank" href="http://www.tweaktown.com/weta/stalker/ssl008.jpg?img=weta_stalker_ssl008.jpg"><img src="http://www.tweaktown.com/weta/stalker/sss008.jpg" border="0"></a></div></td><td width="34%"><div align="center"><a target="_blank" href="http://www.tweaktown.com/weta/stalker/ssl009.jpg?img=weta_stalker_ssl009.jpg"><img src="http://www.tweaktown.com/weta/stalker/sss009.jpg" border="0"></a></div></td></tr></table></div>

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    Vehicles

    There is a wide range of vehicles introduced in the game, from a car to helicopter. Most of the machinery can be used to move around the Zone and transport things faster. You may purchase, find or snatch it away. All vehicles require fuel.

    <img src="http://images.tweaktown.com/weta/stalker/moskvich.jpg"> Moskvich
    An ancient vehicle, the remnant of the last century, rambles through thickets of mutated vegetation and dilapidated fences...

    <img src="http://images.tweaktown.com/weta/stalker/mi24.jpg"> Mi-24
    Helicopters have been used to patrol the Zone, back up the army and military stalkers in their actions, conduct rescue operations and eliminate major mutant troops...

    <img src="http://images.tweaktown.com/weta/stalker/btr.jpg"> APC BTR-70
    The military try to not using modern and expensive machinery for their operations in the Zone because all vehicles must be destroyed after utilization...

    <img src="http://images.tweaktown.com/weta/stalker/kamaz.jpg"> KAMAZ truck
    Despite all inconveniences in using, trucks are fast and good to transport heavy things en masse...

    <img src="http://images.tweaktown.com/weta/stalker/niva.jpg"> Niva 4x4
    Stalkers can't get vehicles by army posts. Thus, they try to obtain them in the Zone, i.e. on the auto junkyards and irradiated machinery disposal places...


    <img src="http://images.tweaktown.com/weta/misc/under construction.jpg"> More information coming soon......

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    Weta, those other posts...whatever you were trying to do, it doesn't work.

    Regardless, this game is shaping up to be very nice. Graphics are better than Half-Life 2 in some respects, the free-roaming gameplay is pretty original, the world is huge, and the storyline looks like it's going to be top-notch. This could show some serious competition for Half-Life 2 and DOOM III when it gets released later this year.

    Oh, and ragdolls blended with animations are nice as well. :D
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    Originally posted by SearanoX
    ...the free-roaming gameplay is pretty original, the world is huge, and the storyline looks like it's going to be top-notch...
    What ? Do you mean we will be able to go anywhere, like in multiplayer maps ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SearanoX
    Weta, those other posts...whatever you were trying to do, it doesn't work.
    I believe his post saying Coming Soon meant that he'll have them up soon

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    Wow, those screenshots look amazing!!! I think I finally found a game that I am going to be anticipating more than HL2!! Looks like a very scary game, and seems like it will be very cool with the free roaming environment.

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    yes, this looks like it will be quite a good game to try out. Hopefully the gameplay will hold up to the graphics and wont be another over-hyped fps. But from the looks of it so far, it's going to be another nice addition to my fps collection.

    Weta, any word if there will be a demo and the proposed release date?
    I've gone too far and need to move on!

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