FROM VIRTUALITY TO REALITY
The Post-Apocalyptic topic is becoming more and more common in the world of movies and video games. Although this scenario is extremely attractive for many of us, not every game was able to get the most out of it, so that the players would enjoy not only the graphics, but also great gameplay. Fortunately, there are several iconic titles that have helped define this style.
One of the biggest legends, that is also well-known in the PC gaming community is the Ukrainian project S.T.A.L.K.E.R. TRILOGY. It is one of the most atmospheric games you can get your hands on. Even though it does not get enough credit worldwide, you should certainly try one out. If you want to get the right feeling of 'The Zone', which in this game represents some sort of no man's land with different enemies still surviving there, definitely give the series a shot. Start with Shadow of Chernobyl, then continue with Clear Sky and end with Call of Pripyat.
The Chernobyl theme also appeared in the famous Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. In Chernobyl you will play Captain Price (in a flashback as a lieutenant), who follows Captain MacMillan through Pripyat to assassinate Imran Zakhaev. For many players, it's the best mission in the game, and perhaps out of all the Call of Duty's, due to its great level design. Contrasting the running and gunning in most other levels, this one has you observing stealth and patience as you follow Capt. MacMillan through the ruins of Pripyat, avoiding patrols and staying as hidden as possible along the way.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R Shadow of Chernobyl
The level design takes a lot from the actual city of Pripyat, including the infamous Ferris wheel and all the empty buildings that used to house the power plant workers and their families.
Ok, once you've completed your training in the virtual world, it's time to visit the real Chernobyl and Pripyat. Fortunately, there is no need to carry any weapons on this ‘battlefield’. You can leave your keyboard, mouse and monitor at home. All you need is plenty of energy and a taste for seeing all of the well-known locations, in which you've done hundreds of runs in S.T.A.L.K.E.R. or Call of Duty. Oh, and also, you do not have to worry about any enemies wandering the streets of Chernobyl or Pripyat. There are no mutants, only a few friendly animals, such as dogs and cats. So going through the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone will be like a tutorial, where you will discover all the cool places with our guides, who will gladly show you all the locations from your favourite post-apocalyptic games.
So, are you ready to break out from virtuality to reality?