Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Gazing into the Abyss: S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl

 
So, so you think you can tell Heaven from Hell, blue skies from pain.
Can you tell a green field from a cold steel rail?
A smile from a veil?
Do you think you can tell?


- Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd



Unemployment at a staggering 12.6%.
A lawless American government.
American domestic spying approaching the same level as the old USSR.
Foreign enemies with nukes on the move.

And more.  Lots more.

Can you see why I might be in such a pessimistic mood?

My mood, of course, feeds my gaming. And being in such a cynical state of mind, I just haven't had the disposition to pick up Titanfall, the game whose beta so made me gush just a few weeks ago. The idea of playing a game that takes place in a clean, high tech type of future - if war torn - just isn't doing it for me.  I desire something more reflective of my dispirited temper.

So, what does one play when he is downright dour?  Well, I suppose that depends on the player.  For me, though, it always comes down to two games: S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl, or Fallout 3.  I am going to discuss the former today.