posted 2013-03-03, 16:26:13
updated 2013-03-03, 16:26:13
Get out of here, Stalker
Lately I've been wasting my time doing another replay of S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Shadow of Chernobyl, which is probably my favourite game. This time with the L.U.R.K mod, which I believe was a project led by /v/ of all things. Naturally the team fell apart, but not before getting a v1.1 out which aside from being absolutely gorgeous, rebalances a whole bunch of things and really brings out the best in the game (though some may disagree).
There's a controller just outside that door.
What the fuck have amusingly bad Russian accents, artefacts and downright horrifying experimental laboratories got to do with music you might ask?
Not a whole lot.
But, S.T.A.L.K.E.R was heavily based off a novel called Roadside Picnic. And loosely based off that book was a film called Stalker (it's not too bad). The '79 film inspired a dark ambience album, aptly titled 'Stalker' by Robert Rich & B. Lustmord. At 68 minutes length, the 7-song album is very slow and atmospheric, as one would expect from the genre. Not being an expert on ambient music myself, I can't really say how it stacks up on its own merits. But I can say that having it on repeat in lieu of the BGM while playing S.T.A.L.K.E.R all day today made for a really good experience. The album would also probably go well with most other survival-horror games, or just as something to make a late-night walk that little bit more interesting.