- Publisher: Deep Silver
- Developer: GSC Game World
- ESRB Rating: M for Mature
- Genre: Action/Role Playing
- Theme: Survival Horror
- Game Modes: Single player, Multiplayer
- Pros: Massive and beautifully detailed world; War of Faction; Enhanced graphics; AI controlled world
- Cons: Too many bugs/glitches; Unbalanced game play
Game play and Graphics in the Exclusion ZoneWith the introduction of warring factions S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Clear Sky offers a slightly new look into the vast wasteland of the Exclusion Zone surrounding Chernobyl. Territory and control of the Zone hangs in the balance as alliances between factions are made and broken. Set one year prior to the events of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Shadow of Chernobyl, players assume the role of Scar, a mercenary rescued from near death by one of the Zone's factions known as Clear Sky. It becomes Scar's mission to discover what is causing the new and frequent radioactive emissions coming from the power plant. Rumor is that someone or something has gained access into the power play and is causing these emissions that are disrupting the Zone.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Clear Sky is a survival horror, first person shooter with some role playing elements, players will purchase and find various weapons, gear and artifacts that will help them survive in the hostile world of the Zone. Having been rescued by Clear Sky players are aligned with that faction for the entire game but as the storyline progresses opportunities arise to align with most of the half dozen or so other factions. The current state of the Zone is in a bit of a flux as strange emissions from the plant have been occurring on a regular basis, reshaping the Zone and sending factions into deeper conflict. As in Shadow of Chernobyl, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Clear Sky uses a sandbox or non-linear game play style in which players have the freedome to accomplish tasks as they see fit. You'll have the ability to explore most parts fo the game world without having to complete specific tasks before hand. Of course there are tasks that will eventually need to be completed in order to move the story forward.
The graphics for Clear Sky has been upgraded over what we saw in Shadow of Chernobyl. Specifically character models have been improved, becoming more detailed with higher polygon counts, likewise textures used in detailing landscapes and buildings have been updated and enhanced. In addition to the graphics and animation, the HUD and PDA of the game's interface has been updated to a cleaner look. The updated graphics is the star attraction, coupled with the sound effects and score the atmosphere created in Clear Sky is excellent.