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More on S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat

It turns out that S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat, touted as the second add-on for S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl, might actually not be “just” an expansion after all.

Bluesnews has settled for “third stand-alone game”, because it might not be a sequel either (please, not another identity crisis!). In any case, they say it will be here sometime in Q3 2009. The game is using the X-Ray v 1.6 engine, and looking at the scans and screenshots I’ve seen, it looks a bit better than Clear Sky- not to say that Clear Sky looked bad. At least the character detail is up a bit.

One wonders then if S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat possibly IS S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 after all? In an interview with one of the guys from GSC Game World, Sergey, it was mentioned that there would be S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat and probably a sequel as well: “This (Call of Pripyat) is the name of the second add-on for Stalker and will release this year, in Autumn. I can say that Stalker 2 we will develop unambiguously.”

Note: A post similar to this has appeared on my other blog, Anomalous Artefact


Ghost Recon 4 and Splinter Cell: Conviction Coming Sometime

In the latest Ubisoft sales report for the last fiscal year, two Tom Clancy flagship games were revealed and are now generating a buzz. The one is Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Conviction, a game that was advertised a lot ages ago, and then went underground. That title is, according to Ubisoft, going to be out by December 2009, and like Borderlands, will take a new visual art direction. The other game is Ghost Recon 4. The report doesn’t say Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 4, although it would actually be 3, but that doesn’t mean that it won’t change later. It’s due for a 2010 release.

I hope they make a game similar to the first Ghost Recon- it was the best one, I don’t know why.


My New Blog: Anomalous Artefact

I've just started a new blog as of today, and it's coming along quite nicely. The blog is mostly about S.T.A.L.K.E.R., and it's called Anomalous Artefact. Have a look if you've got time.


PC Games At Their All-Time Low Prices

Call of Duty: War Chest (Includes Call of Duty, Call of Duty: United Offensive Expansion Pack, & Call of Duty 2) - $29.99

Fallout 3 - $39.99

Far Cry 2 - $27.99

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Double Agent - $19.49

X-Men Origins: Wolverine - $39.99


Left 4 Dead 4 Free

Speaking of Left 4 Dead, if you haven’t read it all ready, then you’ll be pleased to know that Left 4 Dead is free to download from Steam today! The deal started at 00:01 GMT on this Freaky Friday, and will last 24 hours from that time. If you’re only reading this now, it means you’ve only got so many hours left, though.


Another Call of Duty: World at War Map Pack

This time it’s been imaginatively titled Call of Duty: World at War Map Pack 2, and from the video I’ve seen it actually looks quite thrilling. But has anyone noticed that people are obsessed with this Zombie thing? Sometimes I think CoD has turned into Doom or something.

Maybe they should just develop an entire game, and call it Nacht Der Untoten or All Nachtmare Long, and just have a story about survivors of World War 2 battling zombies- undead soldiers come back from the grave to consume the living so that nobody wins the war. Left 4 Dead was just like that, in a way- released as a multiplayer game right from the start. I think if they ever did, Nacht Der Untoten or All Nachtmare Long should definitely have a singleplayer too, and not just multipayer.


Discount on Rise of the Triad at

There’s an Apogee promotion at the moment at GOG, where Blake Stone: Aliens of Gold, Blake Stone: Planet Strike and Rise of the Triad are now 25% cheaper, and that means you’ll only pay $4.49 for each. The deal only lasts until Monday, May 4 at 11:59 p.m.

Apocalypse Then- The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind

Worker's Day (holiday)

On this day in gaming, in 2002, Morrowind was released. It is the third major game in the Elder Scrolls series by Bethesda, and used the Gamebryo engine which is still used by games today, like Oblivion and Fallout 3, among many others.

There were two expansions for it, Bloodmoon and Tribunal, one of which introduced the player to the Dark Brotherhood, the opposition to the Morag Tong, which was further enlarged upon in Oblivion, the game’s sequel.



New All-Time Low Prices for PC Games

Velvet Assassin - $46.99 - Save $3.00
Fallout Triology - 3 Pack Compilation - $19.49 - Save $0.50


S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky up to 1.5.09 now

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky now has a 1.5.09 patch available for download.

I'm still running 1.5.07 with few problems, so I think I'll likely skip it. 15.08 was mainly for multiplayer, and this one is no different, with just more fixed for multiplayer.


Doom: Fall of Mars

I discovered this on the latest NAG Cover DVD, and promptly visited the website for it.

“DOOM: FoM is an RPG set in the classic world of Doom. You will fight many demons through the UAC facilities on the moons of Mars to the depths of Hell.”

The game clearly tries to emulate Diablo or similar games. It's still got a long way to go, seeing as it's only the Beta 0.1.0a version.

It’s actually kind of a cool idea seeing as I wanted to play Doom RPG, but it’s for cellphones only. I had plans to develop a similar game at one point. I was going to call it Doom: Necrology or something. Necrology means a list of deaths or an obituary notice. It was a play on words, seeing as some games have a trilogy, like Mortal Kombat Trilogy, and the classic Doom games have Ultimate Doom, Doom II: Hell on Earth, and Final Doom, and so, three games- you get the idea.


Apocalypse Then: The Ultimate Doom

On this day in gaming, in 1995, The Ultimate Doom was released. It was the full version of Doom, plus a fourth episode, "Thy Flesh Consumed", even though Doom had initially been released on December 10, 1993-but that was the shareware version.

The Ultimate Doom was the second major game in the Doom series to be commercially released, after Doom II: Hell on Earth, in 1994.


New May edition of NAG magazine out

I waited right up until now, the 30th of April, the end of the month, to get the latest edition of this once great magazine.

Besides the feature on Assassin's Creed 2, there was nothing really astounding in it. The reviews consisted of average or below average games, and not to mention it's about 50 to 100 pages too short- not the near 200 page beast it once was. As far as the cover DVD goes, it's just filled with trailers, and this is how it has been for a while.

I can see that the recession we're going through has something to do with this, but we just filled out a whole reader survey not that long ago where we gave our opinions on what we wanted more of and less of. Somehow I always want more out of NAG. Maybe as the year progresses- the July E3 issue should be worth a look, especially since E3 has come back for real and not the embarrassment it was for the past couple of years.

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Latest on Computers and PC Hardware Deals

Amazon has got a lot of deals on Computers and Hardware as well product launches, exclusive promotions, bestseller lists, and even gold box savings. 

There are good deals on laptops, computer components, and office supplies, all at this page.


New All-Time Low Prices for PC Games

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Peter Jackson's King Kong: the Official Game of the Movie - $40.99 - Save $9.00
Painkiller Black Edition - $12.99
Battlestations Pacific - $46.99 - Save $3.00
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Dungeon Siege 2: Broken World Expansion Pack - $9.38
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futureU - $19.99


Bethesda gets Busy…Ruining other People’s Plans

Bethesda is going to be pi$$ing two camps off now- Elder Scrolls fans, and Aliens and/or Predator fans.

The next Elder Scrolls installment will be a novel and then another after it.

Fans of the Elder Scrolls will have to be content with Morrowind and Oblivion for the foreseeable future as Bethesda has turned over the work of writing two novels to continue the series to Greg Keyes, to be released this year. The first book is called The Infernal City.

Bethesda’s also busy with their game, WET, and in addition to this, they’ve given Fallout: New Vegas to Obsidian, who was supposed to be developing an Aliens RPG at one point, and they’ve given Rogue Warrior to Rebellion, supposed to be developing Aliens vs. Predator.


Assassin's Creed Original Soundtrack at

Jesper Kyd's original soundtrack for Assassin's Creed is now available for online purchase via Amazon, at this page,and it's for only $7.99.

If you don’t know of Jesper Kyd, read this. If you can’t be bothered, he’s an award winning video game and movie music composer famous for his work on the Hitman series of games. The Assassin’s Creed soundtrack is no different- it is very good.



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If you're looking for a good way to get a decent amount of traffic and link to your blogs or sites from hubs that you create, as well as create ongoing royalties by signing up with Google Adsense, Amazon, Ebay, and Kontera, then check HubPages out!

This week's HubMob topics is all about Shaving and Hair removal, so if you think you know something that would be extremely useful, then get over there to the forum and sign up!

I have two profiles over on which I write on, so if you don't really have a clue on what to write about, then head over there and have a look to get an idea.


New All-Time Low Prices for PC games

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MotoGP 08 - $14.49
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Gothic Universe - $19.99
CSI Hard Evidence - $9.99


Games Available for Preorder

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Sid Meier's Civilization IV: The Complete Edition




Real names of guns in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.

Have you ever wondered what the real names of the guns in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl or Clear Sky are?

I came across this mod for the game at FileFront that lists them!

STALKER Real Gun Names mod v.3 by Kyodan

Black kite -> IMI Desert Eagle
UDP Compact -> H&K USP Compact
Obokan -> AN-94 Abakan
Sniper Obokan -> AN-94 Abakan (Sniper)
Storming Obokan -> AN-94 Abakan (Tactical)
GP-25 Kostyer -> GP-25 Kastyor Launcher
M203 -> M203 Launcher
Akm 74/2 -> AK-74
Fast-shooting Akm 74/2 -> AK-74 (Rapid)
Akm 74/2U -> AK-74SU
Akm 74/2U special -> AK-74SU (Special)
Martha -> Beretta 92FS
Sawn-off dbl-barrel -> Sawn-off Shotgun
Noiseless kora -> Colt M1911 (Silenced)
Kora-919 -> Colt M1911
Big Ben -> Big Boy
FT 200M -> FN F2000
Fort-12Mk2 -> Fort 12
GP 37 -> H&K G36
Gauss gun -> Flash Rifle
Tunder S14 -> Groza OC-14
"Tunder" 5.45 -> Groza OC-14 (5.45mm)
IL 86 -> Enfield L85A2
Balance IL 86 -> Enfield L85A2 (Balanced)
Lightened IL 86 -> Enfield L85A2 (Tactical)
TRs 301 -> ZM LR-300ML
Sniper TRs 301 -> ZM LR-300ML (Sniper)
Viper 5 -> H&K MP5A5
Viper 5 9x18 -> H&K MP5A5 (9x18mm)
Noiseless Viper -> H&K MP5A5 (Silenced)
Noiseless pistol (PB1s) -> PB 6P9 (Silenced)
PMm -> Makarov PM
Bulldog-6 -> RG-6
Bulldog-6 m209 -> RG-6 (M209)
RPG-7u -> RPG-7
Storming SIP -> SIG SG-550 (Tactical)
Sniper SGI -> SIG SG-550 (Sniper)
SIP-t M200 -> SIG Sauer P220
SGI 5k -> SIG SG-550
SPSA14 -> SPAS-12
Threaded SPSA-14 -> SPAS-12 (Threaded)
Sniper rifle (SVDm 2) -> Dragunov SVD
"Farshooter" SVDm 2 -> Dragunov SVD Mk2
SVUmk2 -> Dragunov SVU
TOS 34 -> TOZ-34
VLA special assault rifle -> AS Val
Sniper VLA -> AS Val Sniper
Vintar BC -> VSS Vintorez
Walker P9m -> Walther P99
Chaser 13 -> Winchester M1300;77804


Megadeth for Rock Band 2

I’m not really a fan of these music games, like Guitar Hero, Rock Band, or Singstar. In fact, I’ve never played any of them. Why? Because I’m a PC gamer and not a consoler.

This may be so, but I couldn’t help but be interested when it was announced that Rock Band 2 owners will be able to buy DLC songs including those of Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying? by the brilliant masters, Megadeth. You can tell that I’m a fan of theirs. There’s even a song off of United Abominations, titled “Sleepwalker”. All in all, in addition to other songs from Jane’s Addiction, Police and Oasis, there are these songs:

"Wake Up Dead" by Megadeth
"The Conjuring" by Megadeth
"Devil's Island" by Megadeth
"Good Mourning/Black Friday" by Megadeth
"Bad Omen" by Megadeth
"I Ain't Superstitious" by Megadeth
"My Last Words" by Megadeth
"Sleepwalker" by Megadeth



S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat Preview- Translated

Exclusive preview from Gameplay magazine (5.2009) – translated on the GSC Forums, featured on TTLG Forums, and finally translated by Apocalypso (me).

"The plot starts a few days after the final events in SoC - Strelok has turned the psy-antennas off, but has been knocked out for few days. In the meantime, all the stalkers realize the possibilities of the pass opening, and rush there. Of course, the way is too thin for all, so factional conflicts arise again and the whole place begins to fill with corpses.

Unexpectedly, the military forces become more active too. News about the psy-emission source liquidation reaches military headquarters, and so, the development of Operation "Fairway" starts. The whole point of Fairway is to search for a safe way deep into the Zone for sending heavily-armed troops there and to establish full control over the place. But something goes terribly wrong, and all the helicopters sent for reconnaissance vanish.

As it was once said, probably the one scout can make it where the big group failed. So the HQ sends one operative to the place to inquire about facts of the case, while undercover as a stalker. But, well - why "undercover"? He's actually a stalker, just having an eye on Ministry of Defense pays, so - on the military side. His name is Alexander Degtyarev, and he will be the protagonist.

The main task will be to find and investigate what happened to those five helicopters. You'll find some info while searching for each of them, and of course in result, reveal the inconceivable mystery. But, of course, the developers won't say anything about it before release.

Alex arrives at the place a bit late - stalkers have already settled there, opened the small Bar in the old rusty ship, occupied the houses, discovered the nearest anomalies etc.

Only two small groups of Duty and Freedom reached the Backwater, so they accomplished a temporary truce and organized a base in the old suiting building. It is divided in two parts – one for each faction. Everyone agreed that this will be neutral territory where no one will open fire.

Of course, bandits appeared there too, searching for easy money. One of them, Sultan, a smart bastard, started a mess trying to gain control over the place. But he's not going to kill everyone in sight, so it's possible to work for him.

So, we have 3 factions available for interaction, working, etc. It won't be possible to join one of them (because it'll ruin the possibility of visiting lots of places and bring way too much conflict against the aggressive faction stalkers in the game. But you can change the force balance, do various tasks, and help the faction you sympathize with to dominate.

Of course, there won't be infinite wars for control points! Everything is a lot more interesting. For example the scientific camp in Yantar guarded by stalkers. You can give them advice like "I know some guys from Freedom, they'll help you- no problem". For factions it'll be the new earning source, and you will receive respect from faction members, good equipment, etc. 

Duty members usually prefer heavy armour, assault rifles and machineguns, Freedom - sniper rifles and light armour, but protected against the Zone’s dangers with equipment suited for those who like to explore the Zone. Developers didn't reveal anything about bandits’ propensity, but we think it'll be shotguns. And, of course, all the dark side adepts will choose that faction.

Weapon assortment will grow a bit. By the way, developers decided to give more attention on smooth-bore weapons, so, for example, you can find and use automatic barreled-magazine shotguns (model prototype is DOA-12). The whole weapon balance will be reworked for higher damage and longer distances.

For players unable to choose between sniper rifles and machineguns, the devs made two weapon slots – so now you can put anything you want into them. Of course, if you want to be armed while using the detector, you'll need a one-handed weapon like a pistol, but their role in the late stages of the game will probably decrease - everyone will prefer more powerful weapons.

Suits will be divided into torso parts and helmet parts, both with separate stats. There will be 4 quick-use slots for items like bandages, medkits, antirads, etc. Also, the new medical item class will appear - boosters. These are the preparations allowing the user to temporary raise some organism functions - for example, some of them will allow you to sprint longer, some will speed up the blood coagulation, and so on.

Blowouts can happen at any time, so you'd better keep in mind the ways to the closest hideouts. You'll have about a minute to hide, and, which is most interesting, the hideout can be already taken by aggressive stalkers. For example, you could see the members of Duty and Freedom in a gunfight for the hideout. It's possible to help one of the sides, or just wait and collect their loot later.

Stalkers will act with the correct day/night behavior cycle - at night they're mostly sleeping, in the morning they wake up, prepare their equipment and leave the camp to search for artifacts – individually, or in groups. As evening comes, they'll start to return to the camp with loot (or without it). Developers are going to rework the behavior and trade system, so you won't see the 5000 rubles and vodka in the backpacks of stalkers - they'll carry what they actually bought or collected. It allows some interesting schemes for dark side adepts - for example, you can wait for a stalker to collect the artifacts and kill him returning to the camp, and get your hands on the loot.

Monsters will increase in activity at night. By the way, yes - there will be Burer and Chimera. Those models were already in the SoC resources, but weren’t used in game due to various reasons. The developers said that they wanted unique enemies, so another dog-like close combat mutant is not needed. So, in the sequel, they gave the Burer and Chimera unique abilities and behaviors. Chimera will use swift and deadly leaps from the dark while staying unnoticed and hidden, and try to avoid the player before attacking. The Burer will widely use his telekinetic abilities - for example, for disarming characters, or at least to make a concrete block fall on your head.

The stats balance for other monsters will be reworked. For example, a Bloodsucker will be a bit weaker, but more dangerous, his invisibility won't make him immortal, and he will act slightly different.

The attention to detail in Call of Pripyat is really surprising. For example, after the blowouts, anomalies will change their position and the artifacts will appear in completely different places, making it almost impossible to memorize safe routes and run without a detector like in Shadow of Chernobyl. By the way, it'll be possible to sleep! You won't be able to sleep in the woods, but on every base you'll find suitable places to sleep at night; much better than waiting for the morning in SoC while having time for tea, ten cups of tea, or even more.

But maybe you won't want to sleep at night. There are a lot tactical possibilities and also many quests are available only at night.

There will be about 70 new unique quests. Small corridor-like locations are in the past - prepare to explore three gigantic territories:

Darkwater - marshy territory, heavy populated with anomalies and various agricultural structures.

"Jupiter" - industrial territory around and in the huge abandoned factory (by the way, the "Jupiter” exists in the real Zone of Alienation).

Pripyat – a 100% precise recreation of east Pripyat, with the central post office, school and other famous places. By the way, the city will be properly placed on the global map - north-west from the Chernobyl NPP, not south, as in the previous games. The most important thing is that this level won't be corridor-like, like Limansk in CS or Pripyat in SoC - no, it'll be a huge territory with lots of various quests and non-linear exploration possibilities.

To sum up, Call of Pripyat looks like a wise, massive overhaul of mistakes done in previous games. There won't be helicopter bosses, infinite faction wars and other elements that are theoretically interesting, but don't fit in S.T.A.L.K.E.R at all. Well liked features like new detection system or weapon upgrading will be there too, but the overall look of Call of Pripyat is closer to the original S.T.A.L.K.E.R concept with a dangerous, desolated and silent Zone where stalkers are rare and gloomy loners, where there’s no place for huge groups and tons of gunfights. We really hope that the developers will follow this line, because this time they've chosen a really proper direction. 

We're looking forward to meeting the dark and cloudy world of eternal autumn where it's not possible to live, but where you still want to return- again and again." 


More S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat news- This time in English…sort of

Freedom Day (S.A.)

After visiting the same forums at TTLG where the news was initially discovered by Bluesnews, I am happy to see that the conversation is still going on, and the guys there have put some scans of a featured article of S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat, or S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 3, as it might have once been known as (incorrectly). Someone’s also gone to great lengths to translate from Ukrainian into English, it seems, and gives the lowdown on what we can expect from the next stand-alone expansion in the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series, as reported in an exclusive preview by Gameplay magazine recently.

The Scans:

The forum discussion and translation:

Games Coming out This Week

Stalin vs Martians

Velvet Assassin 

Velvet Assassin- Xbox 360

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

X-Men Origins: Wolverine -- Uncaged Edition 

X-Men Origins: Wolverine Uncaged Edition- Xbox 360

X-Men Origins: Wolverine Uncaged Edition- PS3

Pahelika: Secret Legends 



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Crysis Maxium Edition

Product Features

- Engage in many explosive multiplayer game modes in battles with as many as 32 players, on 21 total maps in "Crysis Wars."
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- Includes "Crysis," "Crysis Warhead," and "Crysis Wars."
- Confront an ancient alien terror to save mankind from extinction in "Crysis."
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PC Games Now Available for Preorder

Agatha Christie: Peril at the House
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Painkiller Expansion
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Aliens vs. Predator vs. Aliens: Colonial Marines vs. Alien RPG

Okay, so we've known about Aliens: Colonial Marines and the Alien RPG for about the last two or three years.

Aliens: Colonial Marines is under development by Gearbox Software, and was set for a 2009 release but has now been pushed back. The Alien RPG still hasn't got a bloody name yet, and is gathering dust in Obsidian's studios somewhere while they are trying to balance other projects.

Now we have the
latest Aliens vs Predator game from Rebellion. which is making a few headlines lately. If you don't remember, Rebellion developed the first AvP game which was released in 1999. This game is set for release next year. SEGA is the publisher. And yes, this is the game that pushed Aliens: Colonial Marines back to next year. That means that there will be no Alien games for this year. :( 

I think this rocks seeing as we haven't had an Aliens, Predator, or AvP game for years now, and I recently saw both Aliens and Alien 3 on the TV- the last good Alien films.


The Orange Box going for Less than $10.00

It's going for $9.99 actually. 

The Orange Box consists of Half-Life, Half-Life: Episode One, Episode Two, Team Fortress 2, and Portal. As far as I'm concerned, it's worth it just for the first three HL games.


It’s Not What You Know, But Who You Know

Recently I checked my e-mail only to find that I’d been sent an invitation to answer an interview over at this site called I went over there, and discovered that it’s full of writers, artists and such who basically have a profile page where they can talk about themselves and answer the set questions, as well as tell others about their various projects and works online.

My page is over here if you’re interested to see what is all about.


What does AAA stand for?

It's not an abbreviation of anything. It just means the best of the best... 

"Well, now you know the truth: Apocalypso's Atomic Arcade!"

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