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S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky is a stand-alone prequel to the original game of 2007. This game takes player back to the anomalies ridden territory surrounding the dormant Chernobyl nuclear powerplant called the Zone. The story of Clear Sky is set one year prior to the events unfold in the original game. Assuming control of the stalker named Skar the player finds himself subjected to lethal dosage of nuclear emission and surviving. The game begins its narrative by challenging player to uncover the truth behind his condition and find the true source of those emissions. The player will the return to the already familiar locations, even though they aren't exactly what player may remember of them from the original game, as well as explore new areas and meet new characters.

Gameplay-wise the game has benefited from a modified quest system which now closely follows his relations with the faction. At one point or another the player may choose to become involved in one of the faction wars (by joining one of the factions). These are the full-scale events which challenge player to capture a number of points in order to weaken the enemy faction presence in the region. Thanks to the modified AI of the game, the stalkers of your faction won't wait for you to do their jobs. In fact, they may complete all of the objectives without you. However, since your reward will reflect your involvement in the battles, it is not advisable to loiter.

Another distinct change is artifact hunting. Before, artifacts were frequent and visible to the naked eye. Now, artifacts are rare and need to be 'detected' using a scanner which will locate nearby artifacts and will appear when the player is close enough, often in situated dangerously close to surrounding anomalies. Artifacts now also have slightly different abilities and different armor has limited artifact slots that may be equipped.

A lot of changes were made to S.T.A.L.K.E.R.'s appearance as well. The game's in-house developed X-Ray engine has learned to support full dynamic lightning with every single object casting soft stencil shadows on the normal mapped environments. The game now supports DirectX 10 enabled features like softer shadows, volumetric fog and light and wet surfaces. The in-game models were also reworked to include both an increased polygon count and a normal map.

Screenshots

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky - Prologue Windows On the roof at one of the outposts. Note boar and explosive barrels below -- you know what's going to happen
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky - Prologue Windows Multiple choice dialogues with very very long texts
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky - Prologue Windows I never figured out how to reach that fire anomaly
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky - Prologue Windows Weapons and armors can be upgraded by a faction engineer.

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S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky - Prologue Screenshot
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S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky - Prologue Screenshot
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky - Prologue Screenshot

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Alternate Titles

  • "S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Чистое небо - Пролог" -- Russian spelling
  • "S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Czyste Niebo - Prolog" -- Polish title
  • "STALKER: Clear Sky - Prologue" -- non-punctuated title
  • "S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky" -- Online re-release title
  • " ストーカー ~クリアスカイ~" -- Japanese spelling

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Games Finder Aug 23, 2014 8.5 out of 10 85
Game Over Online Oct 27, 2008 80 out of 100 80
JeuxVideoPC.com Sep 03, 2008 16 out of 20 80
Game Informer Magazine Nov, 2008 7.75 out of 10 78
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Sep 29, 2008 77 out of 100 77
Fragland.net Sep 30, 2008 77 out of 100 77
PC Games (Germany) Sep 24, 2008 74 out of 100 74
ActionTrip Sep 30, 2008 7.1 out of 10 71
Legendra Jan 17, 2010 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Computer Bild Spiele Oct 01, 2008 3.54 out of 6 49

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

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St. Martyne (3649) added S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky - Prologue (Windows) on Aug 30, 2008
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