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S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat  (Jewel Case) PC Game
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs The last chapter 05/19/2012

This review is from: S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat (Jewel Case) PC Game

Pros: It is the hands down best experience in the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. universe. The entire series lead itself to this point. Though the story is a little slower to get going, the overall scope and gameplay is much more refined than previous outings. Gone are the tutorial-like introductions that Clear Sky practically hemorrhaged from- this time you are dropped in like a newborn baby into a strange land full of mutants, odd caverns, anomalies, abandoned buildings, and the finale of the once beautiful city of Pripyat now in decay. The men that you will meet in this new place are full of secrets, some wish to help you and others will simply take advantage of you for their own gain. Around the corner their is always some new horror waiting for you- in Call of Pripyat.

Cons: The difficulty curve bothers people, I don't get it, I love this kind of experience in my game. If I'm not getting murdered over radioactive relics in a nuclear decaying nightmare zone, then something isn't right. The story takes awhile to get going and their are in fact some scenarios that are downright impossible unless you are prepared for them. Anomalies can occasionally kill you instantly, mutants are much deadlier than the first two games. Your equipment tends to fall apart a lot faster unless you've been upgrading it. Upgrading equipment is a little tedious, as is finding special tool sets for specific "fixer-uppers" quality of work and what you are allowed to upgrade. Initially money is hard to get a lot of very quickly considering the game is implying you'll need. Without the right kind of equipment you can get placed in "un-winnable" situations. With the last minute support of DirectX 11, you will likely see very little difference from Directx 10.

Other Thoughts: This is the last great Stalker game. The mistakes made in Clear sky are all hammered out here, glitches are much fewer and farther between one another too, also with the support of Direct X 11 you'll find that the games engine was simple never meant to support it. The games engine, though ambitious and charming, is not up to the task of running beyond DirectX 9 sadly. It is still missing some of what made Shadow Of Chernobyl an unmistakeably amazing first chapter.

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 ST1000DM005/HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Absolutely great- two of the SATA III HDD's teamed up for a small Raid 0 config were very fast. Good cache sizes too. First time with a Samsung hardware product and it seemed like good deal.

Cons: One of them failed for no reason after about 6 months. I downloaded Samsung's HDD utility to check to see if the other one was gonna be alright- its still working just fine, but I'll never be buying a Samsung HDD in the future.

FUJIFILM FinePix AX200 Black 12.2 MP 5X Optical Zoom Digital Camera
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Excellent Value, great build, great quality 09/25/2011

This review is from: FUJIFILM FinePix AX200 Black 12.2 MP 5X Optical Zoom Digital Camera

Pros: Beautiful array of features not found on many budget digital cameras, 720p video recording, a nice 5x optical wide lens, comfortable chassis design, compatible with both alkaline and rechargeable AA battery configurations. 12MP WOAH. So its good that I really only use 6MP. Its lighter than my 3 year old camera even with Nihm batteries inside it.

Cons: I could've spent more for a Sony equivalent, I could've bought a better camera for more money, I could've gone with Nikon, I will have to deal with the fact that 720p video recording with rechargeable batteries will likely eat through them very quickly. OH WELL.

Other Thoughts: I bought this for somewhere between 29.99 and 39.99 during a sale last week. Its an excellent camera for what it is and is fully capable for entry users as well as intermediate users of camera's. At first I was quite skeptical of what a fujifilm digital camera could do- but after taking several photos (especially in natural light settings) the results were much nicer than I thought. The only drawback is the battery life for HD video recording. Not a huge deal I take a lot of photos anyway.


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Date Joined: 11/08/10

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  • Last Review: 05/19/12
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