I am Russian myself, and I have, obviously, played S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series in Russian language (the original one). However, I want to share this game with some of my friends who don't speak Russian at all, and I have found out that this game is awfully translated.

  1. It is dubbed in English, not subtitled. IMO, this English dub is of very bad quality, I like the original much more.
  2. At the same time, some lines are not dubbed (and hence not translated at all!), so an English-speaking player wouldn't understand what goes on.
  3. I did a quick Google search, it did not yield anything.

I liked that Source games where you could easily turn subtitles on, reading stuff in any language you want, but listening to it as it was originally done.

Any option to do the same with S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series, particularly "Call of Pripyat", so I can reliably advise the game for my non-Russian friends?

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    Apparently, I have to return to primary school and learn to read again. Found a guide. kurivaim1.blogspot.ru/2015/11/… As I cannot give a link-only anwer, I will write my own guide here a bit later if noone else does it for me and my non-Russian friends. Nov 11, 2017 at 11:08
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    There's nothing wrong with self-answering - go for it
    – JonK
    Nov 11, 2017 at 11:10
  • @JonK I know that there is nothing wrong -- but I have no time right now. I will do it later. But someone can hijack that opportunity and get a bit of (almost) free rep. Nov 11, 2017 at 12:25
  • After watching the video again, I have found out that this doesn't add subtitles for everything like the Source games can have, it only returns Russian voice. Very sad. Nov 12, 2017 at 7:16
  • Perhaps I'm misunderstanding your question, but I play the english version of the game and find the translation to be totally fine. Can't your non-russian-speaking friends just get the english version of the game?
    – Selvek
    Feb 8, 2018 at 20:50

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This well-received English translation of the mod 'Winter of Death: Ultimatum', has English subtitles. Since I do not own the game I cannot test them myself, but in the folder gamedata/configs/text/eng/, I found English dialogue files (such as st_dialog_jupiter.xml).

I presume you can install the Russian version of S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat via Steam, and copy the contents of the aforementioned folder of this mod to the /text/ folder of the game.

Note however, since they come in a folder specifically named after the language ('eng'), that the Russian version might have its text in gamedata/configs/text/rus, so you might need to replace the files in there (make sure to back them up first, since Steam's Verify Integrity of Game Files might not be able to differentiate between all of them).
An alternative could be editing the localization.ltx file in gamedata/configs/:

language = eng

The last line in all probability reads language = rus and needs to be switched with this.

Please let me know if this helps.

  • I will take a look at that thing. Is the translation only available for the mod, or also for the vanilla game? Dec 6, 2018 at 22:47
  • I presume it's for the entire game, but cannot vouch for it.
    – Joachim
    Dec 6, 2018 at 23:32
  • @Baskakov_Dmitriy Have you tried this yet?
    – Joachim
    Apr 25, 2019 at 11:36

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