Digital Battle writes: "The STALKER franchise has been somewhat a two edged sword. On one hand, it's an amazingly atmospheric game and one of the creepiest out there. On the other hand, it's always been lacking on the technical side, from bugs and glitches, to gameplay issues. Developer GSC GameWorld tries to rectify much of what was wrong with the previous games, and while it does that to some extent, it doesn't leave room for many new features. In most aspects, it's still STALKER, it's still tough and relentless, and the margin for error is very small - but that's what always made STALKER stand out."