Bit late to the party on this one, but I got STALKER: Shadow of Chernobyl for Christmas! Undoubtedly, @bowlisimo has already wandered about The Zone, but since the game’s announcement, I’d waited patiently for the day to come where I could soak up the Strugatsky legacy in this Ukranian gem. Applied the 2009 Complete Mod and off I waddled into the forlorn, despairing and rainswept locales. Skirting packs of wild beasts, looting corpses and scrounging for goods to trade, there is an experience utterly unique to be found. Without a doubt, and even with the few hours I’ve put into the game thus far, it has far and away the most beguiling atmosphere I’ve experienced in a long, long time.

So far, the 2009 Mod has kept my stalking pretty much bug-free. Awesome stuff.