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A little warning to anyone that plans on buying Stalker. The mimimum stated requirements aren't enough to play it. Well, they are... But only if you don't mind literally having 2-3 frames a second as you walk around.

My computer meets the minimum requirements exactly, but the game has to do so much swaping off the hard drive, because I don't have an adequate amount of memory, that the game literally turns into a slideshow of Powerpoint speeds... Even with every detail setting turned down to the lowest setting.

So, if your computer meets the minimum requirements for Stalker, don't bother getting it until you upgrade to 1GB or 2GB of memory. I just bought 2GB of memory myself, I'll post the results within a week.

P.S. I had a funny bug even with the first game patch applied in the starting location. This guy with a machine gun was chasing me, shooting at me, and the polygons that made up the top of his head were literally missing. His head was half gone! No, it wasn't intentional. :rolleyes:

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  • Shall I add, you MUST have an ASUS mobo, it seems. My friend bought it on release day, and it invariably crashes not long after leaving the starting area. I was certain the HDR lighting was causing his card to overheat, but after tweaking the living hell out of it, it still kept crashing. Shame, because it looks absolutely stunning (sickly yellow radiation glow never looked so good), and the story reminds me of the great Shadowrun.

  • @ShaggE said: Shall I add, you MUST have an ASUS mobo, it seems. My friend bought it on release day, and it invariably crashes not long after leaving the starting area.

    That better not be true, that's Class Action Lawsuit material! :mad: Fortunately, I think I have an ASUS motherboard anyway. Their motherboards usually have good features. I should add, however, that I purchased 3 ASUS videocards several years ago and each one of them were defective.

    I hear lots of horror stories about ASUS videocards. If that thing with ASUS and Stalker is true, then I definately won't be buying any more of their things ever again. For those who don't know, ASUS paid for an advertisement video in the opening sequence.

    I should say that even though Stalker has extremely high system requirements (So high that there should be a red "Warning! Very high system requirements!" label on the box), and that even though it was released with apparently 68 already known bugs, and that there are still dozens and dozens more, that the game is excellent. They should've took another year to fix the bugs and finish the features, but hey Publishers are assholes.

  • I had my copy pre-ordered (the shiny 'Radioactive' Limited Edition no less). Works like a charm, all the details except lighting turned up to the max (admittedly the lighting is what makes most peoples' games run poorly. Turn it to low though and it'll be fine!) at 1680X1050 and only running on a relatively old GeForce 6600. 1Gb of RAM does me well (most computers ought to have at least that much these days anyway. RAM is pretty cheap if you're not looking for anything too fancy) and my AMD Athlon 64 3200+ runs it well and is even able to keep Folding@Home running in the background with minimal slowdown! As for mobo, I'm using a cheap Micro ATX board from MSI which has yet to give me any problems, excepting the onboard sound system making Deus Ex 2 run without sound (which is obviously quite annoying). I have had more problems running Just Cause and Roboblitz than this game.

  • @AdamG said: They should've took another year to fix the bugs and finish the features, but hey Publishers are assholes.

    Of course they are, because they can ;) they know that even if they release an incomplete game with great expectations attached to it, it will sell a bunch of copies before the incomplete areas of the game are noticed. If people had refused to buy games with bugs(like there's anyway to know about all the possible bugs in a game before one buys it... :rolleyes: ) they would have to spend more time on making a game perfect before releasing it. Unfortunately it's all a big salescurve to them. If the sales ain't dropping, don't come knocking ;)

    It's why I say it's a good time to start being a concerned buyer, and consider where the money ends up after we part with them.

  • I bought my copy on Ebay, 2nd hand, so they didn't make any profit from me. The publisher didn't deserve any anyway.

  • @Pvt._Public said: I had my copy pre-ordered (the shiny 'Radioactive' Limited Edition no less). Works like a charm, all the details except lighting turned up to the max (admittedly the lighting is what makes most peoples' games run poorly. Turn it to low though and it'll be fine!) at 1680X1050 and only running on a relatively old GeForce 6600. 1Gb of RAM does me well (most computers ought to have at least that much these days anyway. RAM is pretty cheap if you're not looking for anything too fancy) and my AMD Athlon 64 3200+ runs it well and is even able to keep Folding@Home running in the background with minimal slowdown! As for mobo, I'm using a cheap Micro ATX board from MSI which has yet to give me any problems, excepting the onboard sound system making Deus Ex 2 run without sound (which is obviously quite annoying). I have had more problems running Just Cause and Roboblitz than this game.

    F@H runs at priority 0, so pretty much anything outranks it for CPU time :)

    By the way, anyone know if there's any truth to the rumor about stalker using assets from other games?

  • @Pvt._Public said: I had my copy pre-ordered (the shiny 'Radioactive' Limited Edition no less). Works like a charm, all the details except lighting turned up to the max (admittedly the lighting is what makes most peoples' games run poorly. Turn it to low though and it'll be fine!) at 1680X1050 and only running on a relatively old GeForce 6600. 1Gb of RAM does me well (most computers ought to have at least that much these days anyway. RAM is pretty cheap if you're not looking for anything too fancy) and my AMD Athlon 64 3200+ runs it well and is even able to keep Folding@Home running in the background with minimal slowdown! As for mobo, I'm using a cheap Micro ATX board from MSI which has yet to give me any problems, excepting the onboard sound system making Deus Ex 2 run without sound (which is obviously quite annoying). I have had more problems running Just Cause and Roboblitz than this game.

    The RAM must make a big difference in Stalker then, because I was running it at 800x600 with every detail setting at the lowest and running with static lighting, and while it ran smooth (it better!!!) when the hard drive wasn't going (which is 99% of the time), it turns to molasses when I move. Thankfully my 2GB upgrade will be here on Wednesday. If quadrupling my RAM doesn't help with the disk access, I don't know what will. : /

  • @tabacco said: F@H runs at priority 0, so pretty much anything outranks it for CPU time :)

    By the way, anyone know if there's any truth to the rumor about stalker using assets from other games?

    The Cross-hair? :P

    It looks similar to a Cross-hair from one of the D3 Engine Games, but that was it, just similar, but seriously i can't really believe this rumor after that development time. ;) (have it played roughly 40 hours, and have nothing seen yet that i would know from other Games, but i play not every Game out there. :P )


    As far as Publishers are Ass....., mhh i think THQ gave more than regular time to develop the Game, but the Developers just underestimated their Project just as simple as that(feature wise). (and some Peoples just canceled in the development time)

    Yep it is not Perfect, far from Perfect, but none the less its a great Game.(imo better than HL2 but thats personal preference.)
    And sorry to say that THQ are not so assholes as other Publishers. ;)

    Btw, that MB thing with ASUS now that would i call a bad rumor, it's just not true, which idiot tells peoples so much crap?

    Btw i have to admit first it ran not good an my machine crashed ever 10-35 minutes to desktop(Vista x64 4Gb Ram) but a little hack(not CopyPro. hack but not legal too because the tool edited the File Header to adress more than 2gb Ram(even if its not using so much), since then i had not a single crash anymore, but i hope the next patch will fix that maybe.

  • [quote]Btw, that MB thing with ASUS now that would i call a bad rumor, it's just not true, which idiot tells peoples so much crap?[/quote]

    The idiot that was just throwing a theory out there because he could find no other reason for the crashing while testing the game for a friend? The idiot that foresees many smoking PC towers due to a bullshit system requirements label? The idiot that lost 2 perfectly good video cards due to mobo problems?

    I never said ASUS boards were required by STALKER... I said ASUS boards SEEM to be... the same way people say Nvidia SEEMS to be a requirement for Doom 3. Everyone knows you can run Doom 3 on an ATi, but it's optimized for Nvidia.

    It's obvious that STALKER is optimized for ASUS products.

    Anyway, I think this game will be a post-patch classic. Once more people can get it running, a GOTY award doesn't seem too far-fetched. At least until Crysis :D

  • @ShaggE said: The idiot that was just throwing a theory out there because he could find no other reason for the crashing while testing the game for a friend? The idiot that foresees many smoking PC towers due to a bullshit system requirements label? The idiot that lost 2 perfectly good video cards due to mobo problems?

    I never said ASUS boards were required by STALKER... I said ASUS boards SEEM to be... the same way people say Nvidia SEEMS to be a requirement for Doom 3. Everyone knows you can run Doom 3 on an ATi, but it's optimized for Nvidia.

    It's obvious that STALKER is optimized for ASUS products.

    Anyway, I think this game will be a post-patch classic. Once more people can get it running, a GOTY award doesn't seem too far-fetched. At least until Crysis :D

    Agreed. After the 1.3 patch it will be a great game. In the current state it's just another Gothic III desaster. :(

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