Despite its flaws, however, it is difficult to not give some praise to S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky. With some patches, the game could be polished up a bit, but as it stands, if the player is willing to live with the occasional imbalance or AI oddity, there is much fun to be had. The faction wars are an interesting concept, but the game is mostly about the player making his way through the zone and uncovering some of its secrets. It's a bit more about gunfights and a lot less scary than its predecessor, but overall, Clear Sky improves upon the original in many ways while using the same strengths that made it so compelling in the first place.