S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl

Game review by Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 18+

A creepy, mature, first-person sci-fi shooter.

Windows 2007

Parents say

age 17+

Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 10 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 16+
Really good game.Dark atmosphere and a really good fps.It's easy to learn hard to master type of game.

This title has:

Too much violence
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age 16+

Violent Shooter with Dark Atmosphere

This game is genuinely enjoyable but contains graphic deaths and disturbing creatures, only older teens should try it out. It has excellent game design, forcing players to decide which engagements are worth fighting and when it is better just to run. The player is thrown into a cruel uncaring world where you are not the hero but just another body. It is grim but lends itself to a unique experience where one's wits and skills are constantly tested against uncaring foes.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Game Details

  • Platform: Windows
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: THQ
  • Release date: March 19, 2007
  • Genre: First-Person Shooter
  • ESRB rating: M for Blood and gore, intense violence, strong language, use of alcohol
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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