S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat is the third entry in the acclaimed S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series. Using the real-life Chernobyl disaster as the game's backstory, Call of Pripyat takes players into a world where treasure hunters, mutants, bandits, and mercenaries roam the lanscape, often in bloody conflict with one another. The game offers single-player mode and multi-player mode, and combines the qualities of a first-person shooter (FPS) and a role-playing game (RPG).
Where most first person shooters rely on relentless action to engage their players, Call of Pripyat goes in an entirely different direction: allowing for long moments of silence amidst a desolate landscape and an ever changing vista. It's the stuff grade-A horror movies are made of. The haunting atmosphere tries the nerves of even the most seasoned gamer. The environment is dynamic: day and night alternate and are filled with thunderstorms and sunshine. Deadly radioactive emissions occur periodically but unpredictably, killing anyone and anything who cannot find shelter.
Players will live the life of undercover agent Major Degtyarev, an experienced stalker, as he eats, drinks, and sleeps in the Zone. S.T.A.L.K.E.R. CoP is non-linear gameplay at its best, as the player seeks allies and makes enemies in the treacherous and fragile balance between rival factions, bandits, and mercenaries. Friendships are only temporary in the Zone, where a bullet that was supposed to protect can become the instrument of death in a matter of split seconds.
Multiplayer modes provide endless enjoyment as players compete against each other individually and in teams to increase their rank and money. Climbing up the ladder is the way to get access to the most devastating weapons. A player's success depends on his proficiency in warfare and his ability to help his team.
Play on the Internet or over LAN includes: Death Match--every man for himself, the goal is survival; Team Death Match--Stalkers and Mercenaries go head-to-head in a battle of Soviet vs. NATO weaponry; Artifact Hunt--a small amount of artifacts and a large amount of greed clash Stalkers and Mercenaries compete to collect valuables; Capture the Artifact--capture the enemy's artifact and bring it home.