I've had the game a few days *ahem* and am totally loving it. I think i'm about to fail my degree for this game. I'll start off by commenting on Ombrenuit's review, because theres a minor point i disagree with: I actually feel the opposite, for a physically conditioned male of the approx. age of the main character, you should be able to sprint a little bit further, and you should be able to maintain the standard fast walk for a long period of time. I agree that a 'normal' person, ie guys who sit in an office/behind thier PC all day, would perhaps struggle, but the main character is obviously not a normal person Now onto my own thoughts Specs: AMD X2 5200+ CPU. 2gb RAM 7950GT 512mb GFX card. The first thing that struck me almost immediately when i started playing STALKER, was that it felt like i was essentially playing a first person version of Fallout. It's fair to say, once i realised that, i knew i was onto a winner. The game world itself is the real jewel of the piece, the areas in the zone are well thought out and constructed, and with the ambience, the weather, day/night cycles, it looks gorgeous and it sounds gorgeous. What more could you want? The game itself is for the most part a survivor game, fighting human AI, helping out various groups, scavenging for weapons, ammo, food and supplies. But just occasionally, it turns the horror factor right up, and when it does, you won't forget it. It's not often i come across a game that makes me have to stop playing soley through use of fear! This works better than out and out scare fests such as Doom 3, because the relatively rare scary moments are contrasted with gameplay that, although slightly creepy at times, is mostly manageable with plently of 556 and a decent rate of fire. So when odd things do start to happen, it actually feels out of the ordinary. So far (and i'm guessing i'm quite far through), the storyline is good, if not a little vague - but the plot twist that is coming is obvious to me already, even though the main character hasnt spotted it The cutscenes are pretty damn good too. Hmm, bad things? AI is challenging and intellegent, so it's mostly good, but there are odd moments when it decides to try and fire through a concrete wall. It's hard to manage the ammount of wieght you can carry - although i agree its probably realistic to limit the weight to roughly what it is now - and still pack enough weapons/ammo to cover yourself - but thats more a challenge than anything else....errr...so is there anything actually bad about this game? Only that i ought to be writing an essay as we speak and instead i'm craving to play STALKER! Definately worth buying.