STALKER Trilogy guide: 7 beginner tips for Xbox players from someone who’s been a fan on PC for years

What is STALKER?

STALKER: Legends of the Zone Trilogy

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STALKER is an open world first-person shooter series developed by GSC Game World. The games are set in a fictional version of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone in which a mysterious second disaster at the nuclear power plant occurred in 2006, resulting in the creation of mutants, the formation of nature-defying anomalies, and artifacts with magic-like powers. Multiple factions and hundreds of explorers called Stalkers have settled in The Zone’s non-linear levels, and interact with the player and each other dynamically thanks to the series’ ambitious A-Life AI system.

It’s been assumed for years that the first three games in GSC Game World’s cult classic open world FPS franchise STALKER would never come to consoles, so seeing the studio shadow drop the trilogy on Xbox and PlayStation during Microsoft’s recent Xbox Partner Preview event was quite the shock. 2007’s Shadow of Chernobyl, 2008’s Clear Sky, and 2010’s Call of Pripyat are all available to play on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PS5, and PS4 now, complete with a Series X|S “high-fidelity mode,” user interface refinements, and reworked gamepad-friendly controls.

These are some of my favorite shooter games of all time, and I’ve been playing and enjoying them for years on PC (along with STALKER Anomaly mods). So, as you’d expect, I was ecstatic when I saw that console users can experience them now, too — and with all these rookies jumping in for the first time, I wanted to offer some helpful guidance as a veteran player.

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