Fifty Thousand People Used to Live Here: How Accurate is CoD4′s Chernobyl Level?


The Chernobyl level from Call of Duty 4 is already being called one of the greatest video game levels of all time; at the very least, it’s certainly the most memorable from the game. But it does raise one question: just how accurate is it to the area surrounding the real-life Chernobyl power plant? Apparently, quite a bit. The Above Domain has put together a photo tour of the town of Pripyat, Ukraine, where you guide the infamous Cpt. Price through an incredible sniping mission. If you’ve played through this particular level, then the photos they have will look eerily familiar. From the empty pool, to the abandoned bumper cars, to the towering ferris wheel; all were recreated in great detail for the game. It’s actually a little unsettling knowing that one of the creepier levels in the game is that closely tied to reality.

Via The Above Domain

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7 Comments on Fifty Thousand People Used to Live Here: How Accurate is CoD4′s Chernobyl Level?


On November 29, 2007 at 1:33 pm

Wow thats amazing. They even had the little swimming pool that the dogs were in.


On November 29, 2007 at 2:16 pm

The plant was too close, but other than that it was my favorite level. I even did a poll about it a week or so ago on STALKER Files [/shameless plug];36177


On November 29, 2007 at 2:36 pm

i still think stalker did it better.


On December 14, 2007 at 11:55 am

I have compared COD4 and Stalker to the real pictures published in Elena Filatova’s report and other sources as for example Google Earth satellite view or Panoramio pictures as well and I have to say that the both reproductions have slight differences to the original. In real world when looking to the Ferris Wheel there is a small roller-coaster on the left and then motor-racing circuit next to this roller-coaster. In Stalker game version the motor-racing circuit is completely missing as the small rollercoaster does in COD’s. The Swimming Pool called Azur is absolutely left out in Stalker game, but nicely represented in COD. Stalker disappointed me with completely missing upper etage so characteristic for Hotel Polissya (congrats to COD’s model with the name of the hotel on it just like in original!). Stalker’s DK Energetik was done better (including the typical russian painting over the entire wall). However, am I missing something when looking at the fallen V.I.Lenin’s statue in the middle of the Pripyat’s main square and the metallic sculpture representing atom/molecule right in front of the DK Energetik? I didn’t find any photos of it in real life… Also the building in Stalker with the years 1917-1986 wasn’t recognized by me in the game. Strange, huh… I think that the COD’s model is much more closer to reality as the Stalker’s one, despite the fact that the Stalker was made by the Ukraine’s developers and that’s why it should have been better copied…


On December 14, 2007 at 12:05 pm

Well, I have forgotten few things yet…
The Chernobyl power plant is 4 kilometers to the south-east by air from the Hotel Polissya’s window. The victim in COD4 is just one kilometer far for the sniper, so the power plant should be three kilometer’s behind the terrorist’s back. However, it seems like just few meters behind him… There is a slight mismatch with the cardinal points as well. Maybe approx. 30 degrees…
However, the positioning of power plant in Stalker is absolutely incorrect. The player is running farther to the north from the Pripyat’s main square despite the plant’s location is on the south-east…


On March 20, 2008 at 11:33 pm

wow, i did notice 1thing look at the baskets on the whelle yellow not brown like in the game

Captain Price

On October 13, 2012 at 9:09 pm

is there any motor racing circuit in pripyat of cod4?