FPS survival game STAHLKER has been popular for over a decade, but unfortunately it has been discontinued. Now for our selection of the top games that are like Stasis Field: The End of the World (also known as The Last of Us).
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With two sequels and a plethora of mods, the cult of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. : Shadow of Chernobyl has only grown stronger since its initial release in 2007.
To the relief of many die-hard fans, confirmation of a S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 release date has been made official and is set for 2021 at the earliest.
With no new information on the highly anticipated sequel yet, and with the release date at least a year away, we’ve put together a list of games that are similar to the 2007 hit.
1. The Metro Series
The original Metro 2033 came out in 2010 and attracted a lot of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. fans because of its similarities to the series, but it also contains a lot of unique features of its own.
Considering Metro 2033 takes place in a Russian wasteland in the aftermath of a nuclear war, the two films have a lot in common aesthetically. In contrast, Metro’s surroundings are mainly found in either underground tunnels or devastated Moscow neighborhoods, unlike S.T.A.L.K.E.R’s.
In addition, the layout of the stages is considerably more linear than in the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. games, which favored wide open spaces.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. fans will be right at home in Metro 2033, which has a terrific atmosphere and an excellent survival horror flavor. Besides the original, there are also Metro Last Light and Exodus which have a slightly different approach than the first one.
Last Light, despite being a good game in its own right, is a lot more action-packed and fast-paced than its predecessor. Exodus has a similar feel to S.T.A.L.K.E.R., but it also offers levels that are larger, more open, and more varied.
In any event, when we talk about S.T.A.L.K.E.R.-like games, Metro is sure to be one of the first franchises that comes to mind. However, Metro 2033, with its superb atmosphere and leisurely pacing, stands out as the game most like its predecessors in terms of both aesthetics and theme.
2. Fallout: New Vegas
Even if you’re not interested in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.-style post-apocalyptic games, Fallout: New Vegas might be a good fit for those looking for something comparable.
Many people consider New Vegas to be the best Fallout game to date, in large part because of the story and characters, who were so well developed and written. It’s a fantastic story, and the gameplay is more nuanced than S.T.A.L.K.E.R.-level in complexity.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. is an FPS with some RPG components, while New Vegas is clearly a full-fledged action RPG. The NPC conversations are voiced, the characters are more memorable, and there are crucial choices to make, all the while gameplay mechanics incorporate both melee and ranged weaponry, along with numerous perks that alter your playstyle.
Moreover, it contains character customization, a crafting system, and a superior reputation system compared to those seen in S.T.A.L.K.E.R. games.
All things considered, New Vegas is an easy choice for a S.T.A.L.K.E.R. fan to play. Although Fallout isn’t as gloomy as STAHLKER, and it’s an RPG, you may rest assured that if the mood and exploring features are what you enjoy most about STAHLKER, you’ll enjoy New Vegas.
Survarium, a free-to-play online shooter greatly influenced by S.T.A.L.K.E.R., was developed by certain GSC workers following the cancellation of S.T.A.L k e 2
Survarium joined Early Access on Steam in 2015, thus it’s still a work in progress as you might imagine. It’s an online shooter, which means it has both PvP and PvE modes, the latter of which wasn’t available when the game was first released.
Survarium, with its emphasis on survival and its S.T.A.L.K.E.R.-like design, is bound to appeal to lovers of the series. On the other hand, the game has received a lot of negative feedback from gamers on the Steam platform.
As a result, Survarium won’t be for everyone at this point of development, at least not in the near future. However, it’s a free game, so go ahead and give it a shot!
4. Escape From Tarkov
Escape From Tarkov is a relatively new online shooter, similar to Survarium, which is still under development. S.T.A.L.K.E.R.-like RPG elements and a dismal mood characterize the game. There are no supernatural components, and the game is currently solely playable online.
Escape From Tarkov is rough around the edges because it is still under development, but there will be a ton more material, including a story mode, provided in the future.
Even if it’s not as overtly supernatural as its predecessor, there’s no disputing that the game’s vibe is still there, and it’s already building out to be a fun PvP experience.
Chernobylite, yet another Early Access title, clearly draws inspiration from S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Despite this, the focus is more on the narrative, atmosphere, exploration, and survival horror aspects of the game.
In spite of this, the major difficulty with Chernobylite appears to be that it’s trying to do too much. The devs have yet to find a good balance between the game’s survival horror, crafting, narrative, and action aspects, thus the game now feels like a jumble of several genres.
Considering that Chernobylite has a lot of potential to become one of the best S.T.A.L.K.E.R.-like games ever developed, we recommend that you proceed with caution if you’re contemplating of purchasing it.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. fans may not recognize Darkwood as a survival horror game at first glance because it’s a top-down game instead of a side-scrolling one, but those who have played it can attest to the fact that it has many elements of the series.
It’s safe to say that everything about Darkwood is top-notch, from the plot to the visuals to the setting design. Although it’s ambiguous and evocative, its impact is lasting.
There is less gunplay in Darkwood than in STALES, but you can be confident that you’ll be kept on your toes, no matter if you’re exploring new locales or protecting your hideout from undesirable intruders at night.
As you can see, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. is an incredibly rare breed of video game.
However, you’ll have to wait until next year for a sequel to the three previous STALER games and its numerous mods if you want to play as S.T.A.L.K.E, at least if you don’t mind playing the three existing STALER games and their numerous mods (hopefully).
Make sure to check back from time to time to see if there are any new additions to this list.