I'd like to start off by saying that this game will be one of the most memorable experiences I've ever had. The words "unique" and "brilliant" do not do this game justice.
After several years of attempting to access and enjoy this game, I managed to beat it in two weeks (21 hours total), which ended last night.
And I really felt the need to discuss this game. It's a confusing title that I seriously do not know the purpose of. I mean, You start off as the amnesiac guy who's only purpose is to kill Strelok, you work for these STALKERS whose boss is the trader, you do some side quests that show you the beauty of the world of Stalker and the amazing, amazing award-worthy atmosphere and environment. Then shit gets real and you work with these STALKER people towards breaching the zone to the north by going into a series of FUCKED UP underground factories and labs, encountering the most shiver invoking mutated creatures ever seen and acquiring the different samples and documents to help the trader and the barkeep to breach the zone.
And then, all of a sudden,
The only thing the ending made me think about was, whether dodging all the "I wanna join this faction!" dialogue options made me miss out on some great guild-ish action, and I was also left wondering why my ending was the way it was, and what exactly lead to it. Because apparently the game has like 10 endings, and mine was the "be rich" one, and I have no idea what led to it.
And so, this game is finally over, a chapter of my gaming life has ended, simply because I always considered this game to be some sort of endless mindfucking maze that, well, never ends. I can't believe I will uninstall it now and never look back.
It's time to fire up Call of Pripyat, but until I do, I'm really interested in your relationship with the game, how much you played it, whether you beat it or not, what do you think of it, etc..?
Edit: Since some of us will post about beating it while others will post about playing it, please put all your spoilers in a spoiler tag