My first encounter with the local wildlife went pretty good I think, bumbling around in the dark and I just happened across them.
The game doesn’t hold your hand with the quests either, and sometimes the quest items can be rather obscure. Keys don’t float in mid air and glow with an arrow pointing at them in other games. It’s just hiffed on the ground. I spent a decent little while collecting all the bits and pieces I needed from an abandoned army convoy on this bridge. I make it sound annoying and obtuse, but it’s actually quite fun.
Every now and again there are “Emissions” which turn the outside world into an apocalypse. During these things you need to rush to find cover of a building or cave and weather the storm. The building pictured above is one I had to rush to. Just prior to running to it I was in a bandit camp that had pushed me over the line when they tried bullying me for more money for a hostage than I was willing to pay. So I wiped them all out (The hostage just gapped it out of there and didn’t even help me out). Then the emission started to rumble in. Unfortunatly I had a short amount of time to get to the shelter and I had just saved. So there was no going back. I had to try a couple times but when I got into the shelter it was crawling with Skeletal rat things and old dead Stalkers wandering around.
Zombies in this game still use their weapons. Their just shambly dumb versions of regular people I guess rather than “zombies” which are out to eat you.
I fought my way in, hiding in a cellar, listing to all the mutants wandering around in there with me. That was the moment I decided to do this post. It’s an awesome game.
Also it has all these wide areas and bits of architecture to muck around inside. The game can go for a decent stretch of time with no shooting so you can have a breather and just poke around. I wonder how many bits I’ll never actually see inside these buildings because I’m to chicken to go into any dark rooms in there.
I picked the game up for like 2 dollars on a Steam Special. Put it on your wishlist and wait for it to roll back round. It’s worth it, even at full price.
Apparently “Clear Sky” (the third installment) sucks out loud. I’ll have to get back to you on that one.