The S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Series Enhancement Project 1.76
by Tore Andersen

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. - The legendary Ukrainian first person shooter series from 2007, 2008 and 2009, brought back to life with updated graphics and added functionality. The project offers both game-play and visual enhancements, while keeping true to the original unique game. Shadow of Chernobyl, the first and most outstanding game of the series, has been improved the most, with unique visual settings for a new render, bringing highly improved graphics and effects.

1: Brief Info about the STALKER Enhancement Project
2: Select which game to enhance
3: Screenshots
4: Game information and "reality vs. game" screenshots


1: Brief Project Info

The STALKER Enhancement Project (SEP), is a small guide on how to greatly improve the visuals & effects of the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series, together with some game-play tweaks and improvements. The main focus is on S.T.A.L.K.E.R. - Shadow of Chernobyl, the first and most interesting game of the series. Paul Dolgov has put together 3 very comprehensive mod packages called Complete-Mods, which feature both his own work, and community based content. They are kind of "the core" of this project. Each mod include several enhancements and changes, which are listed under each game. The graphical work of these mods speak for itself, and everything in them works in perfect harmony. However, their age has caught up with them regarding effects & shaders. They don't support AA and full dynamic lighting at the same time, and they have some really out-of-date motion blur and depth of field effects. The STALKER Enhancement Project offers unique graphical ENB settings, for vibrant and greatly improved visuals & effects. The S.E.P. ENB render has both AA (With Full Dynamic Lighting) and new Depth of Field, together with better lights/shadows and ambience. ENB is only necessary for Shadow of Chernobyl. Clear Sky & Call of Pripyat already have pretty good effects with AA and full dynamic lighting at the same time. I have however put together some settings for a newer and better shader. "Immersive Reshade" from Hippobot at ModDb.
See ENB before/after screenshots (LINK)


2: Select Game

Shadow of Chernobyl                                            Clear Sky                                                 Call of Pripyat        .


       Lost Alpha (Stand-Alone Mod)            Call of Chernobyl (Stand-Alone Mod)



3: S.E.P. Screenshots











4: S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Game Info:

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. is a first person shooter game series from the Ukrainian developer team GSC Game World, published by THQ. The game takes place in a "near future" version of the famous Ukrainian exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. Another nuclear disaster has happened, which has caused strange changes in the area. The player assumes the identity of a "Stalker" with amnesia. An illegal explorer and artifact scavenger of "The Zone", who was found by a black market trader near a car crash. The Stalker has a strange mark, and a memory of the name Strelok. The game is non-linear, and features a semi open world with lots of different directions and plots. What makes the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series exceptionally interesting, is that the world is a 3D photo realistic version of the real landscapes and buildings surrounding Chernobyl. The real-world exclusion zone has been completely abandoned since the 80's after the reactor meltdown, and many stories of mutated animals and strange things have surfaced. The games take you to these real high risk areas, with a capturing atmosphere of exploring something dangerous. The real life myths and stories makes you wander what to expect, and adds a hint of mystic to the mix. The series is very well made and definitely still worth playing despite age, especially with the Complete-Mods updates and additions.






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