After a gestation period that could only be rivaled by the collective efforts of 15 pregnant elephants, GSC Game World’s STALKER eventually became the most atmospheric and original shooter in recent years. A lovable rogue of a game with a fair few rough edges in presentation that belied some razor-sharp gunplay and genuinely unsettling wanders through the wilderness. And now, the Zone wants us back.
Clear Sky kicks off a year before Shadow of Chernobyl’s amnesiac lead character, one Strelok, began chasing his own tail through the wastes. Indeed, the game builds up to explaining where he comes from and why exactly it is that the many and various fates of the Exclusion Zone rest on his gruff Ukrainian shoulders. In fact, now, playing as a stalker mercenary of a rival faction, you’re out to kill him.