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The reviews from around the world have been pouring in for S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Clear Sky (NOTE: Reviews from North American sites/magazine are mostly being delayed until the official Sept 15th release date).
As of today (September 13th, 2008) the Metacritic score for Clear Sky stands at 76/100 (General Favorable Reviews) Metascore. This is based on 15 reviews ranging from 68 (at the lowest) to 90 (at the highest).
You can check out the review page for Clear Sky on Metacritc here.
I have chosen 5 reviews out of the current 15 to showcase here, including the highest and lowest reviews.
games(TM) Score: 90 Clear Sky chiefly succeeds because it transforms grim fantasy into a startlingly real-world experience.
Games Master UK Score: 88 Clear Sky delivers a more AI-driven, frightening and altogether more dangerous world than its predecessor ever could.
IGN Score: 73 So if you liked the first game because it was big and dense and scary, then you'll like Clear Sky for the same reasons. And if you like the original but wish that it offered more GRAW-style action, then Clear Sky is even better.
EuroGamer Score: 70 Between the improved weapon modification and the more living Zone, a certain strand of Stalker fan will find much here to applaud, and those who've never actually played the earlier game at all will still be enchanted by the unique atmosphere of the place... but would be recommended going there first, perhaps with the Oblivion Lost mod attached.
PC Gamer UK Score: 68 Stalker: Clear Sky remains a remarkable misstep by the Ukrainian developers, and one that does not reflect well on their original game, or their independence from original publishers, THQ. We can only hope that their next effort will be more controlled.
With the North American release next week (even though some place are already selling it... I've had my copy for four days now) we will constantly be updating you with the latest reviews and thoughts on the game. I also plan to do my own personal review once I complete the game (I'm dying alot... :p ) so look forward to that as well.
Happy hunting STALKERs and see you in the Zone.
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