The Zone”, dubbed “The Marked One”. Chernobyl Power Plant after a second fictitious meltdown, which further contaminated the surrounding area with radiation, and caused strange otherworldly changes in local fauna, flora, and the laws of physics. Stalker” in the context of the video game refers to the older meaning stalker shadow of chernobyl pdf the word as a tracker and hunter of game or guide.
The term “Stalkers” was later used for the scientists and engineers who explored the interior of Chernobyl’s “sarcophagus” after its hasty construction in 1986. О-Сознание” which corresponds with “осознание” – “realisation, awareness”, ukr. In keeping with the post-nuclear decay within The Zone, extreme radiation has caused mutations among animals and plants in the area. As such, creatures within The Zone are vastly different from their real-world counterparts: dogs, boars, crows, and many more.
Additionally, some areas of The Zone such as Yantar contain mutated humans known as zombified STALKERS, who have become affected by the so-called Brain Scorcher. Bloodsuckers are large monsters with sharp claws and tentacles for a mouth, which can turn invisible. They are agile and use kicking and clawing to kill their prey. The Poltergeists are a somewhat invisible mutant that is covered by a ball of electricity and, when killed, are revealed to be an extremely mutated human missing all of his body below his hips. Pseudogiants are the deadliest threats in The Zone: a giant mutated ball of several humans combined, which have a grotesquely stretched face, several smaller faces along its body, and has two strong legs to support its weight.
Controllers are a human-like figure with an overly large head, that use psi powers to attack the player, both directly through a throwing type gesture, when a line of sight can be made. Controllers also use a passive attack, which makes the player woozy and disoriented in short bursts, before flashing red as a warning when one gets too close. Prolonged exposure up close to a Controller will leave the player’s vision blurry, making it difficult to aim for a length of time. The duration varies in severity and recovery depending on how long the player was exposed to the psi powers of a Controller. Artificial Intelligence of wildlife is highly developed and presents many realistic behaviors, such as fights over food and pack mentality, which can be observed in non-scripted events.
The game engine was designed so that animal behavior is calculated even if the player is in a different part of the Zone. As a result of the second Chernobyl disaster, The Zone is littered with small areas of altered physics, known as anomalies. There are several different variations, each one having a unique impact upon those who cross its path. They can be potentially deadly to the player and other NPCs, delivering electric shocks, or pulling them into the air and crushing them.