Just fair warning - don't explore an area until you've done all the main quests in it......
It started out small, and grew, and apparently it makes the game totally unplayable...
Do not talk to Freedom LEADER before talking to Commandant.
I explored the building and found my way into his office, and spoke to him.
Then I did other stuff, and then spoke to commandant and did his quests.
After that - stalker's requests went weird (stalkers wouldn't do anything, just stand there and shout stuff - then walk into anomalies and die...)
Very Important NPC's - Guides, Traders, Faction leaders - Everyone except the basic stalkers - DISSAPEARED - and would only re-appear after quicksaving/reloading near them.
Game would randomly CTD with or without bug report - or would simply FREEZE... and stay that way til I CNTRL_ALT_DELETE
Then when I got to a mugging scenario after Dark Valley - the game came to an end right then and there - it would permanently stay affixed to a "camera" angle, and I couldn't press escape to load, there was nothing to move or do (it was a cutscene?) there were no people, no talking, no text dialogs or radio messages - the game just ended. Staring at a wall... (a very blank wall) until I ALT+F4...) So 5 days of scavenging playing and searching/learning comes to an end... and a re-start... joy.... I'm going to use Fair Trade mod on the Stalker Files ~ should speed things up... oh JOYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY
so doing things out of order = very bad... Must've messed up the game's scripts or something..... Just fair warning - don't explore an area until you've done all the main quests in it......
until some sort of patches come out to fix these issues - maybe sticky this? As a forewarning ~ It makes the game unplayable - glitches block your every move, bugs eat away at the NPC's and game features - until - you meet The End. (From MGS3:Snake Eater) he pops you from behind and makes you stare at blank walls for eternity, so You can not save, load, move, click or exit the game without Alt F4 or Ctrl Alt Delete.
that is just plain balls!
Bullocks. I talked to the freedom faction member before the commandant and I made almost no progress with the main quest and I'm still fine. STALKERS doing their thing and I still get quests from NPC's from time to time. And I am running a nonpatched game too. Rofl I think in order to have something stickied it has to be true.
Although if I do encounter this bug I will praise you.
different circumstances... I killed the mercenaries before ever talking to the commondant - I never joined any factions (aka stalker faction)
All my problems started happening after I spoke to freedom leader. (Checkov) in back offices... while they were still in "Quarantine" and his door was locked both before AND after I spoke to him... same with bay doors.
Been having similar problems in the Dark Valley. However I have done all major quest and am now attempting to do all minor quest and just explore the area. The game has taken to just crashing at odd moments without showing anything. It just happens.
If the game is scripted that certain things have to happen before you can get in to talk to the commander.....and you cheat jump inside and talk to him, it seems to me that maybe somewhere in your save game file there is a line of script added and a box checked.....but nothing else knows to check that line or box yet.....then later the games tries to adjust those values at the appropriate time and presto, you have corrupted your save game.
second would be that you seem to be having a large amount of difficulty with the game, are you sure it is not something in your computer? I have noted before that I have had zero trouble with the game, no crashes or freezes at all. I have a pretty decent name brand with an upgraded video card, only an 8500gt....but everything is stable.
Cant imagine why you are having so much trouble. But If you try hard enough to circumvent the plot I am sure you can confuse the game and break something.
I too had zero trouble with the game, and had only 2 crashed until then, 1 was walking into an electric anomaly crashed the game, and I don't remember what caused the other.
But after the point where I spoke the the freedom leader, things went horribly, horribly wrong. (So this time around, I've learned to do things in order, and not explore til it seems i've cleaned up the missions.)
I have come to the conclusion that the bugs I have seen, (Suicidal NPC's, missing NPC's, NPC's doing nothing) is brought about by talking to the freedom leader checkov before talking to commandant.
I have learned my Game Breaking Crash (scene gets permanently stuck looking at a wall, and stops you from continuing play) has been caused by english translation of AMK's sleeping bag mod... <-- Be aware :( Only fix is to remove and start NEW game... again... unless a patch/fix for AMK mod comes out. ...
CS is failed.
Mods = At Your Own Risk :D