S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl | 3.49 GB
Developer(s): GSC Game World | Publisher(s): THQ GSC World Publishing (CIS)
Distributor(s): THQ | Platform(s): Microsoft Windows
First-person shooter, survival horror
Rating(s): ESRB: M
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. is primarily an FPS, but also features many RPG elements. The player does not gain additional abilities or statistics like most RPGs, but is instead allowed to use various types of equipment that are either purchased or found throughout the game world. There are a large number of items in the game, so the player has customization choices which are constrained primarily by how much exploring they do.
The game also attempts to blend the story and character interaction which are commonly associated with RPGs. However, unlike RPGs, conversation branches are extremely limited and do not significantly influence the course of the game, aside from accepting or declining missions.