So has the English version been fully cracked? Not really. But is there a playable English release? Yes.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. : Clear Sky (Russian Language) was released in Russia on the 22nd of August. The EU (English Language) version was released on the 5th of September. The Russian version had StarForce copy protection system embedded and the EU version had TAGES + SolidShield protection. Both these anti piracy measure are considered hard to crack. Most StarForce games are not fully cracked but there are many workarounds that simply allow users to bypass the protection. TAGES is also a tough nut to crack and even Clone DVD versions usually require the pro version of Daemon Tools to properly emulate TAGES protection.Latest DT Pro does not seem to have the ability to emulate TAGES version that comes with Clear Sky. It has not been cracked by the scene so far. However it seems that the StarForce protection that comes with Russian release can be bypassed.
There is a Clear Sky release floating around in P2P networks which seems to be a playable English version. A closer look suggests that it is actually the Russian version with the English Language files being imported from the EU version of the game. There is no 3rd party translating involved as the original language files are used. There seem to be no major differences between P2P release and the genuine English version other than the anti piracy measures used (original uses TAGES and P2P release uses Starforce which is bypassed). The P2P release even comes packed with patches to update the game to v188.8.131.52 which is the most recent patch available at this time.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R : Clear Sky fans who are itching to play the game can download the P2P version and play it. Others may wait a few more days to see if a proper crack (with protection fully removed) surfaces or not. Whichever version you use, whether it's cracked, emulated, pirated or legitimate, just make sure you have the latest patch installed; this game has many bugs and glitches.
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