After numerous non scene buggy workarounds, a scene group has finally stepped in to crack the English version of S.T.A.L.K.E.R : Clear Sky. It is none other than RELOADED, who are one of the oldest groups in the warez scene. Usually RELOADED releases games on or before their street but this is a rare exception (It's only 3 days after the NA release so it's no big deal). The hard to crack DRM used in Clear Sky may have been one of the reasons for the delay. RELOADED claims to have cracked the game's TAGES + Solidshield protection in build 126.96.36.199 of the game exe. Cracked release is now appearing on scene pre channels and will soon leak to Usenet, Private trackers, public trackers and so on.
Update: RELOADED have just released a patch that updates the cracked release to version 188.8.131.52
Speaking of the game, Clear Sky is the prequel to last year's S.T.A.L.K.E.R - Shadow of Chernobyl. Besides having a decent rating on GameRankings, I've seen this game being bashed on several gaming forums for being full of bugs and glitches. It's always advisable to patch the game to the latest version available before playing.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky is a survival FPS game for PC based on a 'what-if' scenario of the second Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant accident. The game is set in 2011 and brings forth the events to have preceded the third campaign of Strelok to the Zone center. S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky introduces an alternative look onto the events of the original game and offers the player to try himself out as a mercenary s.t.a.l.k.e.r. in search of his own path in the world of S.T.A.L.K.E.R.
- Microsoft® Windows® XP(Service Pack 2) Microsoft® Windows® 2000 SP4;
- Intel Pentium 4 2.0 Ghz / AMD XP 2200+,
- 512 MB RAM;
- 10 GB free hard disc space;
- 128 MB DirectX® 8.0 compatible card / nVIDIA® GeForce™ 5700 / ATI Radeon® 9600;
- DirectX® 9.0 compatible sound card;
- LAN/Internet/Cable/DSL for Internet games;
- Keyboard and mouse