S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat benchmark appears

Finally, a DirectX 11 benchmark based on an actual game. Shacknews writes that GSC Game World has released a freely downloadable benchmarking tool based on S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat, its upcoming post-apocalyptic survival shooter.

The benchmark takes you on several flights through a reconstruction of Pripyat, the abandoned Ukrainian city that lies near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. Each fly-through uses a different mix of day and weather conditions; one takes place on a sunny day, one during a nightly thunderstorm, another during a rainy afternoon, and another yet on a foggy morning.

You'll have to look hard to see the DirectX 11 effects, though, because the camera moves fairly quickly and doesn't dwell on eye candy all that much. Also, there are no character closeups. (Characters in the game are supposed to take advantage of DX11 tessellation features.) The fly-through does involve brief bouts of combat between different characters, though.

You can grab the 421MB benchmark over here at FileShack. The full game is already out in Russian and German, but as Shacknews points out, the U.S. version won't hit stores until the first quarter of next year.

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