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- By Shadow State A mod for S.T.A.L.K.E.R. - Shadow of Chernobyl v1.0005

Intro: This is a compilation mod that combines some of the best features from an array of Stalker Mini-Mods and several slightly larger mods aswell as numerous tweaks, improvements and customizations of my own.

Aim: The aim of this Mod is to provide enhanced and rebalanced game play for Stalker: Shadow of Chernobyl, with out straying to far from (my interpretation of) the developers original intent. This is not a realism mod, I have rebalanced many aspects including the weapons and ballistics to what I consider to be fair to gameplay, not necessarily realistic. This mod has only been tested for balance on the 'Master' skill setting, so I have disabled all other settings.

What does all this mean for you? This mod enhances the retail version of Stalker through improved; graphics, sound, performance, balance, AI/A-life, day/night weather, weapon ballistics & ragdolls, quests, trading, unique items, text/interaction, interactivity, artifacts, health & sleep system, options, hidden secrets, bug fixes and generally removes a lot of the things that just really annoy. Just take a look at these screenshots:

Screens: http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg14/shadow_state/Rel10/01RebLarge.jpg http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg14/shadow_state/Rel10/01aaRebLarge.jpg http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg14/shadow_state/Rel10/01brebLarge.jpg http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg14/shadow_state/Rel10/01drebLarge.jpg http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg14/shadow_state/Rel10/01erebLarge.jpg http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg14/shadow_state/Rel10/05rebLarge.jpg http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg14/shadow_state/Rel10/06RebLarge.jpg http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg14/shadow_state/Rel10/08rebLarge.jpg http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg14/shadow_state/Rel10/11rebLarge.jpg http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg14/shadow_state/Rel10/12rebLarge.jpg http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg14/shadow_state/Rel10/13rebLarge.jpg http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg14/shadow_state/Rel10/15rebLarge.jpg http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg14/shadow_state/Rel10/16rebLarge.jpg http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg14/shadow_state/Rel10/17arebLarge.jpg http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg14/shadow_state/Rel10/17brebLarge.jpg http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg14/shadow_state/Rel10/17drebLarge.jpg http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg14/shadow_state/Rel10/17erebLarge.jpg http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg14/shadow_state/Rel10/18brebLarge.jpg http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg14/shadow_state/Rel10/18crebLarge.jpg http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg14/shadow_state/Rel10/19rebLarge.jpg

Features - Credits The following are integrated, either in full or in part:

Mods: Alive 1.6 ------------------------------------- DC & Gannebamm S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Quest Overhaul v0.9b---------- Decane S.T.A.L.K.E.R.Weather Overhauled v2.0-------Trojanuch STALKER Sound Overhaul 1.06b--------------- Darius6 Health Overhaul--------------------------------- Russo Ecologist Faction v2.0--------------------------- Egg Chen annoying_audio_fix 1.3------------------------- Mtang Acoustic Minimod-------------------------------- Hectrol HUD & Blood MOD v1.3------------------------- Pseudoant UI Radiation HUD 0.3--------------------------- Sokol_jack Raw Onion Revamp v1.05---------------------- Therawdeal & Onionradish Show Reward v1.03----------------------------- Onionradish Stalker Real Gun Names v3-------------------- Kyodan Q's Show Armor Protection v0.3--------------- Quaraxkad Proper Wpn names & Indepth information------- Hairydavey ABC - Sleeping Bag Mod------------------------ RSpeed aka Russo Fallout Flashlight v1.1--------------------------- Cisco256 Sidorovich Unlocked----------------------------- DC Doom Fair Trade Mod----------------------------------- Far Cry Chris Prefetch Tweak v0.01---------------------------- Emo Addict 15 Crow Hunter------------------------------------- Eurohawk, xStream (& AMK) Float32 1.7112b--------------------------------- JJ Walker(Cameron Sneed) -=SkyGRAPHICS=- v1.6F---------------------- Sky4CE Big Hunt Toz34---------------------------------- Marco_M VOG-25 napalm and phosphorus grenades------ Parabellum 9x19 Airburst Grenade-------------------------------- EggChen New Wpn Possitions----------------------------- Angus McFistycuffs ChocoEgg MOD ver1.00------------------------ Nyagicha STALKER Keys MOD v0.1---------------------- HeEr0 Artifact Mod------------------------------------- Underwhelmed And possibly others too.

Re-Skins: Hand texture replacements v.1.0--------------Nehfarius Fix Shader Skin------------------------------- Seven Days Numerous Wpns Skins------------------------ Siro, natasha8384, Marco_M & others Numerous Item, Actor & Other skins---------- Siro, Dezowave, Saint Stan & others Re-activated Merc Skins---------------------- Siro Less Generic Stalkers, Rookies & Bandits----- KnifeInFace & WhatPayne Rookie Skin Pack----------------------------- EggChen Hectrol Stalker minimod 0.5------------------- Hectrol

Special Thanks go out to: Koroush Ghazi - TweakGuides.com - STALKER: Shadow of Chernobyl Tweak Guide Natvac for all his advice and information Siro & all the skinners at FPS Bananna DC EggChen GSC Gameworld

Also thanks to: Fatrap Kanyhalos & Saint Stan Nocturnal

If I have included something that you believe is yours, then please, contact me so I can give appropriate credit or we can come to some arrangement.

Important info: - This mod is only balanced for Master difficulty, if you wish to re-activate the lower skill settings, then details are provided in the readme, however I cannot guarantee that they will be balanced. - This mod will only work with Eng Language, due to custom text entries and custom text strings. - You must also take note of the included Float32 license. - To change the keybinding for the anti rad hotkey, see the included readme for HeEr0`s STALKER Keys MOD v0.1 - Only tested on Full Dynamic Lighting, details in the readme if you use static lighting. - Only the texture/details folder from S.H.A.R.P.E.R Textures 0.95 has already been included. Readme has more info on this

V1.01 Change Log: - Included previous hotfix 1.0.1 - Fixed crash at Agroprom start - Fixed NPC dropping wpn when sold a new one exploit - Include new sounds from Sound Overhaul 1.07 - Bullet whine and impact sounds - Silenced wpn sounds - Balanced the toughness of some mutants and NPCs

Rel Download Location: GSC Game World - Community

To do list for future releases: Wait on aliVe 1.7 Integrate ZRP 1.05 Consider a PLR's Realistic Weapons compatability pack Consider other re-skins Utilize an installer and improve the menu Random blowouts freeplay




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#2 10 years ago

StalkerFiles.com - Upload Your Files!

Looks nice. Don't forget to upload to STALKER Files.


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#3 10 years ago

Cheers, I'm about too. Could you do me a favor and change the name of this thread to:

[Rel]STALKER Rebalanced v1.0[Discussion]

Edit: Cheers, thanks heaps for that. It will be up on stalker files momentarily




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#4 10 years ago

Shadow-State,

I am new to this game & after playing it for a shot time vanilla style, I wasn't all that impressed. So I download pretty much every mod I could & while each was great in it's own way, each was still lacking in some way. Not that it was lacking in a bad way, only that I wished a feature from another mod, was in the mod I was currently playing. Since I have less modding skill than the average 5 year old, I thought I was doomed. Then I joined these forums & came across your post.

Perhaps all is not lost after all. Downloading now.

Oh, & I'd like to thank everyone here that has ever submitted a mod for stalker. I greatly appreciate your work.

-MRG




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#5 10 years ago

Sorry for the double post, but I can't edit my previous post to update it.

I installed your mod & the Sharper Textures mod & headed in-game. Simply put, the games visuals were amazing. Much better than I have ever seen them. However, (and I know my hardware is 3rd Gen old now) I had Full Dynamic on & all settings set to High & as soon as the game started & I left the Traders place for the first time, I could hear my old 6800 Ultra screaming out in pain as it tried in vain to run the game @ more than 5fps. Sadly it couldn't & so I lowered the game settings to medium. I got on average 22fps. So I dropped it to Static lighting & of course I got a massive boost to a little over 50fps on average. I checked via Fraps. Of course with Static, the visuals are more or less Ho-hum, since the lighting effects, which adds an incredible amount to the debth of the game, is now missing.

After talking to Wolf & getting my first mission, I engaged the bandits. I noticed that next to my ammo counter there was an error. It said 9x18mm, but I think it was supposed to say .177. :p It took an insane amount of ammo to take down an enemy. It's like I was shooting pellets at them. Even head shots seemed to do little more than low damage. I really hope this is not what to expect from all the weapons. I know the beginning weapon is gonna be uber weak, but come on, 2 clips per bandit? Of course, this is just from my own observations. Perhaps at some point I did not install your otherwise awesome mod correctly & therefor the fault lies entirely on my end.

Some help would be muchly appreciated.

I have since reinstalled the game & have it patched to 1.0005. I'm going to just install your mod & then see how everything goes. Looking over the mods info, I see nothing about changing the weapon damage itself. Did I miss where it said the changes or does your mod in fact not change the damage from the weapons & if not, which mod(s) improves the damage that are compatible with your mod?

Anyways, from what I have seen thus far, your mod is amazing.

Thanks!

-MRG




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#6 10 years ago

Hi MRGR and welcome to the forums and to Stalker Modding, thank you for your feedback, this is exactly what is needed for further improvements. I will answer your questions.

1. as the readme states: - - If you find that this mod slows your system down, then make sure to optimize it by following the advice from the "Stalker - Tweak Guide": TweakGuides.com - STALKER: Shadow of Chernobyl Tweak Guide

(also, did you use the included user.ltx file? if so, remember that it is optimized for max eye candy on full dynamic lightning!)

2. If you play on the r1 Static Lighting DX8 Renderer, then you will also want to install Trojanuch's "S.W.O.v2.0 STATIC LIGHTING DEDICATED" from: S.W.O.v2.0_LITE.rar - FileFront.com

3. Pistols are weak weapons, 9x18mm is a weak calibre (it is a warsaw pact round, not the 9x19mm that is used in the west, and later on in the game), if you hit them it shouldn't take more than one mag to kill a simple bandit (remember to pick up the weapons from dead bodys too).

Make sure you get the extra ammo from the breakable pelican cases in the trailer next to Tolik (the wounded guy) and on the jeep bonnet in the underpass on your way to the 1st mission. Also notice that you get 1 grenade from wolf and the pistol (fort12) is the top in it's caliber, not the crap PM that you get in vanilla.

Remember to use tactics and to work as a team with the other guys, try to flank the bandits from the side or rear and not just rush straight in head first.

All the weapons in this mod have been rebalanced and have had their damage increased from vanilla, which also means that the enemys do more damage aswell. The 1st weapon is supposed to be a crapper, so they will only get more awesome from there.

At current, there is no options to change the settings of the weapons (unless you know how to do that yourself), but in the future I may look at a "PLR's Realistic Weapons Mod" compatibility pack as an optional addon.

Look at this thread for detail, let me know what you think? GSC Game World - Community




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#7 10 years ago

Edit:This mod is now Hosted on Stalker Files: STALKER Rebalanced, Stalker Downloads, Stalker Singleplayer




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Thank you for your fast reply.

Like I stated above, I reinstalled the game & patched to 1.0005. I then installed your mod & upon reading the entire readme this time, other than just skimming. Yes, yes i'm guilty I know. Anyways, I saw that you talk about Weather Overhaul Lite for those using Static. Awhile back I tried out the 2 part weather upgrade & it made the game look amazing & with only a minor fps drop to boot!

So I installed the Lite version & with only it & your mod installed, everything has been running just fine for the past couple hours. During that time, I had 2 CTD's, which was because I had pressed the "Last Save" button @ the main menu & another one was a random one when I was killed by that little #@$% up by where I get the jacket for nimble near the start of the game. Not what I was expecting, let me tell you. It's dark here in my office with my headphones on & then I meet.. him. Both times I simply restarted & have had no further problems. I have not looked at that particular tweak guide. I have looked at others & they more or less had me jumping through hoops, making changes that did little to nothing for my performance. The other half of the time, they all told me that it's my 6800 Ultra's fault. Well I don't have a rich little daddy that will buy me anything I want, so i'm stuck with the card for now. I'll take a look at that guide here shortly.

Are there NPC's scattered around with God mod on? I met some Loner in some building after helping another guy repel some mutant dogs. Well this other guy had a sweet weapon & like the punk I'm not in real life, I pulled my weapon out, a long barreled shotgun, pointed it at the guys head & pulled the trigger. Twice. The guy then gets up & fully refuses to die, by running away. So I chase him around a corner & with my shotgun now reloaded, I open up point blank. By this time he has his own weapon out, that selfsame cool gun I wanted, & proceeded to fill my scantily-armored-clad self full of holes. 2 seconds later i'm food for the worms. To add insult to injury, thats the time the game crashed after pressing the "Last Save" option. So to recap, not only did I not get the gun, I got owned AND then the game crashed. Justice I guess.

Wait a second, thats twice now that I have gotten a CTD after a death. Hmm... Well I have died quite a lot since then & all has been well. I just LOAD a game instead. No problems. There was something else I was going to add, but I can't remember it now.

Once again, great job.

-MRG




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#9 10 years ago

Hi again MRGR, you feedback is valued, cheers.

1. The link I gave you should've been for the Stalker Weather Overhaul for Static Lighting LITE (the only diff between lite and full, is that full contains the complete sharper textures 0.95 mod. lite only includes the "details" directory from sharper textures) if you need more info then look at this thread: GSC Game World - Community

2. The tweak guide is very informative indeed, it is what I based all of my performance and visual tweaks from. My old rig had an x800 pro, about the same performance as your 6800ultra, and I got 50 - 100 frames in static lighting (or 5 - 10 frames FDL!), so you should be able to get it pretty sweet with your hardware, and the main diff between FDL ans SL is that SL dosn't have bump mapping.

3. Lol, I laughed about your experiance with the Chimera, that's aliVe for ya!

You shouldn't be getting a CTD (crash to desktop) just from clicking on the "last save" button, if you click on it before the game engine has started, it will drop you to the console (I don't know why this is, but it is something to do with the buttons I disabled in the menu) all you need to do is enter the command main_menu to return. Once the game engine is running, the "last save" button still works fine. When I die, I normally just press F9 to quick load (or whatever key you have it bound to).

When you do get a "Crash To Desktop" simply open up a new text document and press Ctrl-V, this will show you the error log, then please post that in this thread so I can diagnose it.

The "guy with the sweet weapon" is a quest npc called "guide" he is needed for later on in the story-line, but because aliVe is so randomised, quest npcs are somtimes killed by bandits or mutants or the like. So, to make them a bit more survivable I have beefed them up so they can take more damage and kitted them out with better weapons. Guide has a Groza_m1, trader has a 10% chance of selling you this weapon right from the start (this is a vanilla setting) so I don't think it's unbalanced for a veteran stalker npc to be able to have this weapon, even so early on. The groza_m1 fires 5.45x39 ammo, instead of 9x39 (much more powerfull) so the _m1 version is about the same power as an AKs-74u. You can still kill him with about 4 - 6 shotgun blasts point blank in the head.

It sounds like you havn't got very good armour on tho, make sure you get the PSZ-7 suit from the attic of the last house on the left as you leave the rookie village, you can get on the roof by jumping from the rood of the house behind Wolf.




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Excellent info there Shadow. Thank you for taking the time to type it out.

Guide, yes that was his name. Thats not an action I normally take, killing an NPC to get their weapon or items, I just liked the look of it & wanted to see what it was. Instead I get a face full of dirt for my troubles. Yes, that Chimera was not the enemy I was expecting to meet & I have faced him once before in another mod, but he did not look nearly as scary as he did tonight. In fact, your mod made his skin look much sharper & thus more "Realistic" tho I would not want to ever actually meet him in "Real" life. Since those earlier crashes, I have had no further problems. I may be restarting as there is some very interesting stuff to try in the tweak guide. I tried your mod with FDL & damn, I want it back. Like I said, I have the Lite Weather version installed & it makes the game a whole hell of alot better looking on Static than vanilla static ever looked. So, chances are high I'll be reinstalling Stalker here shortly to try out the fruits of my tweaks. On vanilla & on Medium w/FDL, I get around 35 fps.

If in the event I get another CTD or other error, i'll be sure to follow the steps you list in getting a bug report to you. Not to sound like too much of a kiss-arse, but you have no idea how happy I am to have finally found a mod for Stalker that adds the stuff you add & that runs as stable as it runs. I really want to beat this game, at least once, but vanilla stalker is just no fun for me. Quick question: Have you yourself beaten the game yet with your mod installed? :naughty:

I managed to finally get a better weapon, an AK-74. Whoa. Kills much faster now than my old BB gun. I also think the recoil on the early shotguns are spot on. Stop, Aim, Shoot, minor recoil, but if I run & gun, I can't hit the broad-side of a barn, much less the ass-end of the receding enemy in front of me. Also a great touch how if you trade with NPC's, they equip the weapons you sell them if they are better than what they currently have. Too bad you couldn't "Give" weapons away. I'll trade, but they will not have enough $ & so are stuck with their pistols. There is quite a bit more I have noticed thats new & i'm only at the very start, but at the risk of spoiling it for others, i'll not mention anything, except in the case of a gameplay bug.

I had Fraps running as I played earlier & I totally forgot to use it. There was this Loner that wandered over toward the army outpost. 5 army guys come out shooting & the one loner stands his ground in the middle of the street with an M1911, popping off shots. Shall we call that a "Stalker Standoff"? lol.. Anyways, I feel like an ass now, that I realized Fraps was running & I just stood there watching the battle. The loner guy ended up taking around 20 direct hits with blood blowing out behind him as the army blokes walked up the street firing before he dropped. All in all, the fight lasted like a minute, but seemed much longer. As more & more army guys came to shoot at him, them with their machine guns spitting lead, seeing the puffs on the ground around him as he fires back with a small pistol. Neither of them can shoot for shit. I don't think he hit one of them. I laughed when I saw him run behind a tree, lean out, fire once - only for a small puff of smoke to come from the end of his gun & then his head jerks back in a spray of blood. This was just before he ran back out into the street.

I'm gonna call it a night, but first i'm gonna read a little of the tweak guide. Thanks again for the support for your mod. I'll play & post more as I get home from work tomorrow. I have several quesions, but i'm going to wait until after I read & test some of these tweaks.

-MRG