Thursday, March 28, 2013

Featured Game: S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky

Plays on the same hardware as SoC
Year: 2008
Genre: First-Person Shooter, Survival Horror
Recommend: Depends
















If you can run S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl on your netbook, you'll be happy to know that its prequel, Clear Sky, will run on exactly the same hardware. The minimum system requirements for the game are unchanged, although it takes more juice to run the game with more eye candy, like volumetric light and fire, DirectX 10 support, and fancy weather effects. If you enjoyed the first game, it wouldn't hurt to give Clear Sky a try, and flex some GPU muscle in the process.

What you'll need

Reviews and Awards

Clear Sky earned some mixed reviews; on average, the game is the worst-rated in the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series. The best rating came from GamesTM, with a 90/100 for "transform[ing] grim fantasy into a startlingly real-world experience." On the other hand, X-Play wasn't so kind, awarding Clear Sky a 60% for its boring environments, numerous bugs, and antiquated gameplay. GameSpot nominated the game for Best Atmosphere in 2008, but it was shot down by Dead Space.

Tips

OK, I'll admit it. There's no netbook out there that meets Clear Sky's recommended requirements.  I suggest starting off at medium settings at your netbook's native resolution, then tweaking settings from there.
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e9/Stalker_Clear_Sky_screenshot_god_rays_01.jpg
Sunbeam effects; thanks, Wikipedia

2 comments:

  1. no way anything below the e350 can handle this game...I tried with my c-50

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    1. Hmmm, you should be able to run on that CPU. Barely. Clear Sky can run on a 1.8 GHz single-core AMD CPU, and yours is a 1 GHz dual-core. Can you give me some more details about your netbook, and what kinds of framerates you're getting?

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