Homepage GSC Forum Thread 1 - Download v1.3000 - Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3 - Part 4 2 - Download v1.3003 Patch 3 - LA Mod Pack by Boredgunner [optional] - [get Patch 1 also! install after/over] For those that might be unaware: The first thing I will say is that "Lost Alpha is a stand-alone FREE game!" GO GET IT RIGHT NOW! That's right, you do not need to own any other Stalker games to play Lost Alpha. I have been a massive fan of the entire Stalker series of games since their inception. Excellent atmosphere in each that makes my heart skip beats and end up pounding while fighting some of the irradiated denizens of the Zone. One of my favorite parts of this series is the inventory management, and it is better than ever. Very detailed information on everything you can pick up [you can edit these descriptions yourself with notepad], weapons are varied, detailed and fun to use. Enemies rag-doll on death, drop weapons and have interesting and varied loot. The firearms ballistics simulation is also top notch, armor-piercing means armor-piercing. If you aren't wearing solid armor - you're dead. Conversely, using hollow points against heavy armor is as useless as tits on a bull, you might as well call that bandit a douchebag and hope his feelings get hurt enough that he decides not to kill you then rob your corpse. There is lore galore in this game also, lots of reading into the past about the Zone and how it came to exist. Stories of stalkers' adventures in the Zone that come across your in-game PDA like text messages, sometimes with a joking punch-line, sometimes with the sad death of a friend. Anomalies make a return also, so does artifact transmutation, that is combining two artifacts with other specific ingredients all thrown into a combining box for a specified amount of time to make a new, more powerful artifact, get back too late and the new artifact is a useless hunk of irradiated flesh. NPCs will also navigate around any anomalies throwing bolts into them and also using their detectors to find them, because immersion is immersive. UNLIKE Failout 4, you CAN decide whether or not you actually want to be diplomatic in your dealings with other factions quests [faction relations are graded from -5000 to +5000, enemies and friends], or you can just shoot the shit out of them and make EVERYONE hate you, which is INSANELY difficult to live through. The game also has a hunger, thirst and sleep system which works quite well. Also implements a firearm and armor upgrading/enhancement system. You can also buy vehicles to zoom around the maps in. There are about twice as many maps/levels as there was in Shadow of Chernobyl. Some are completely new, some are GSC originals that have been enhanced. In the coming few months [hopefully] the development team will release the Developers Cut of Lost Alpha - here is a current change log for the DC. Current version is 1.3003 which is very stable and you can finish the game [if you're good enough ]. Keep in mind that this is not a AAA game with massive financial backing, this is just a few devoted Stalker fans that use their own time to create this [above and beyond modern AAA standards]. From FAQ: If you have not played this, you are absolutely missing out on a gem of a free game. Update 1: Tarkovsky's Stalker film [which this game series is loosely based on] [itself being based loosely on the novel Roadside Picnic] has been released in high definition Blu Ray. Update 2: I'm running the game on an old GTX660 2GB, everything maxed out except I turned off sun shadows and sun rays [FPS hogs], getting 50-60fps. The two images however are taken in DX9 render mode, which apparently gives better visuals [see comments in description]. Update 3: Boredgunner made an awesome mod pack for LA 1.3003 - links at top of page.