Honestly, the best decision you could have made at this point.
I stopped playing shortly after the pre-beta update came out because it not only felt repetitive and pointless, but also like there wasn't much progress being made on the content and features side of things, and it saddens me to see they've barely added anything to this new update, and yet they had the balls to call it a Beta.
This game is nowhere near feature complete and ready for bug fixing prior to going Gold (that's what Beta is supposed to be), so I'm beginning to wonder if they're preparing to pull a fast one on the community...
Anyway, all that to say that you're not wrong to go back to STALKER. If you haven't, check out Call of Chernobyl (on modDB).