by Tore Andersen

Step-by-step modification guides
Improved visuals and lore-friendly content




The STALKER Enhancement Project (SEP), is a small guide on how to improve the visuals & effects of the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series, together with some game-play tweaks and improvements. Paul Dolgov has put together 3 very comprehensive mod packages called "Complete-Mods", which feature both his own work, and some community based content. This project builds upon his work. Each complete-mod include several enhancements and changes, which are listed under each game. The STALKER Enhancement Project adds a custom ENB render with greatly improved lighting for Shadows of Chernobyl. This will enable AA and full dynamic lighting at the same time, plus introduce a much better DoF effect. Clear Sky & Call of Pripyat already have AA and full dynamic lighting at the same time. For those I made custom ReShades for better colors/lighting and to improve image clarity. Besides improving the original 3 STALKER games, the project also has new HD textures and custom ReShades for 3 new stand-along mods.



Shadow of Chernobyl                                            Clear Sky                                                 Call of Pripyat           


The following games are stand-alone mods. Meaning, they work as independent games, and are to be installed in separate folders. They won't interfere with the original games, but they do rely on the original S.T.A.L.K.E.R. games to be installed, or they won't launch.

     Lost Alpha                         Call of Chernobyl                              Last Day                                  Anomaly                 



















S.T.A.L.K.E.R. - Legendary Ukrainian first person shooter series from 2007, 2008 and 2009, brought back to life with updated visuals and effects. The S.E.P. project focus on graphical improvements, while keeping true to the original style of the game. This includes new HD textures for all games, custom ReShades for Clear Sky & Call of Pripyat, and a custom ENB render for Shadow of Chernobyl, the first and most interesting game.

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.







S.T.A.L.K.E.R. (short for Scavenger, Trespasser, Adventurer, Loner, Killer, Explorer, Robber) is a series of first-person survival horror games developed by Ukrainian studio GSC Game World. The series includes three games: S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky, and S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat.

The S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series is set in an alternate reality where a second nuclear disaster occurred at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in 2006, creating a vast exclusion zone known as "The Zone." The player takes on the role of a S.T.A.L.K.E.R., a member of a group of scavengers and mercenaries who venture into the Zone in search of valuable artifacts and information.

Gameplay in the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series is a combination of first-person shooter and survival horror elements. The player must navigate the dangerous, irradiated environment of the Zone while avoiding deadly mutants, anomalies, and other hazards. The player also must manage their character's health, hunger, and radiation levels.

The story of the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series is complex and open-ended, with multiple factions vying for control of the Zone and its resources. The player's choices and actions affect the outcome of the story, leading to multiple possible endings.

The characters in the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series are a diverse group of survivors, each with their own motivations and backstory. The player can interact with these characters, forming alliances or enemies, and can even recruit them to join their squad.

The graphics in the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series are highly realistic and atmospheric, immersing the player in the desolate, post-apocalyptic setting of the Zone. The development of the games also includes attention to the game physics and the artificial intelligence of the non-player characters.

The development of the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series was plagued by delays and financial issues, but despite these setbacks, the games were well-received by critics and players alike for their unique setting, intense gameplay, and open-ended story. The series has a dedicated fanbase, and while there hasn't been any official confirmation on the development of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 3, fans are still eagerly awaiting the next installment of the series.

Overall, the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series offers a unique and intense gaming experience for fans of survival horror and first-person shooters. With its open-ended story, detailed characters, and atmospheric graphics, the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. games are a must-play for any fan of the genre.