You wake up in a dark alley, not knowing anything. What has happened anyway? You struggle after the truth and answers. Answers you want to know in the darkness and fear, which makes your heartbeat race like violent blows against your head. Where do "they" come from? What has happened? Are you just turning insane? The time is up; you can't stay there reading your smses forever. It's time to head out and find the answers. Cry of Fear is a singleplayer modification of Half-Life 1 which brings you the horror you've always been afraid of. It's a total conversion of Half-Life 1, which means it uses NO Half-Life 1 content or other peoples' files. It's all made exclusively by the developers. It also uses new gaming styles that you will rarely find in Half-Life mods, such as advanced cutscenes and other stuff that will be revealed at a later date.
Amazing accomplishment on technology many consider out of date, with Beautiful environments, imaginative original setpieces, a haunting score and menacing creatures- this is the best Half-Life mod ever made. I want to vote 9.5 but I can't and 10 is perfect (there is no such thing imho).
Full review to come at a later date...
Ever since I discovered this mod in 08 I been a patience tracker and that patience has seriously payed off!
Cry of Fear has got to be the scariest mod on Goldsrc I played in a while. It has all horror mod fans would love. Dark atmosphere, wonderful detailed monsters, and a story that will keep guessing while watching your back for any monsters that will attack you from behind.
The main character Simon is to me very interesting since as you play as him you can tell hes been having a crappy life with the slit wrists and him getting run over by an unknown person. This is when the questions started in my head "Who was that man asking for help? Who was in the car and tried to run Simon over nearly killed him and made him a cripple?, Was that Simon slamming that guy's head into a wall?" These questions kept me thinking during the entire game. Sadly only a few questions were answered although I only gotten one ending "4".
The inventory is what some say it's like the old Resident evil game(which I never played) but it was because of that system which inspired Rumpel and I must say it's a great system. It makes it so the playing doesn't feel like Rambo in a horror game (Fear 3). Mostly in the game the player has 6 slots 1 is for your phone until a certain level where you lose your bag and it's reduce to 3 making the game tougher. Gameplay is a mix between melee and shooting since ammo is scarce you have to use a knife or a police baton.
This mod was worth waiting for and I can't wait to see the other endings and co-op. But they're were a few questions unanswered in the game. Like who tried to kill Simon, Who was that man in the intro, and who was sending Simon those messages during the blood-room parts such as "I hate you" or "I just want you to die" etc. I honestly can't wait for the next mod Team Psykskallar will make next but they deserve a break for this masterpiece of a horror mod :).
The graphics are outstanding and make you forget it's GoldSrc. The animations are very smooth and carefully made. The story was intriguing yet sometimes a little confusing. Much more content than one would expect - a wonderful co-op mode, several hoodies to unlock, doctor mode, 4 different difficulties (including nightmare mode), multiple endings, several supported languages. All of this taken into account results in incredible replay value. Great music, although sometimes goes on too long or is not fitting. There were also several clipping errors.
Cry of Fear is arguably the best mod I´ve ever enjoyed. For me it is much more than just that, I consider it one of the best things that happened to genre of survial-horror when it was dying (sadly already dead by now..). The plot, soundtrack and atmosphere takes it to the level of the best Silent Hill games, again just my opinion.
More than all the mentioned Cry of Fear opened my eyes, once again, at the time I played it. That year (2014) I realized how the essence of the real horror genre didn´t exist anymore, being Sient Hill: Shattered Memories (2009) what I considered to be the last authentic experience. With such a disappointing outlook I was losing hope to ever find anything close to that essence, until Steam showed me Cry of Fear. After all this and finishing the game I came to a conclusion: the modding community had the power to do big things, to revive a dead genre killed by the industry.
The people who did Cry of Fear deserve a lot, yet they did everything just because they shared the love for this genre. They had the power to create a full experience and put hell a lot of effort on it. It is amazing how a small group could make such a big work and get thousands of us to the good old days.
This mod is very well done! No idea how this came up as a mod, this should be it's own game!
What I liked:
-The gameplay reminds me of the old Resident Evil games (Which is good).
-The survival elements make it more harder and smarter.
-Extreme exploration, which in turn adds to replayability. That is ******* nice.
-Interactivity, like logging on computers (Using passwords you have find), opening doors etc.
-Cinematics are well executed.
-Level design is very good IMO.
-Music is amazing.
What I disliked:
-The beginning of the game just fails to scare me, and it's unbelievably boring. It looks very out of place with the rest of the game.
-Voice acting is somewhat lacking. At times it sounds way too fake.
-The dark atmosphere can get a bit old after some time.
The overall game design is outdated but I don't really care about that one, I play a lot of old-school games even today.
So in general this a great, solid game. Thumbs up!
Dark, Lonley, Bloody, and Scary. When i first played this back in 2014 when i was 14, it scared the ******* **** out of me throughout the game. the jumpscares are scary, the monsters look amazing, and the music tho. i am a horror fan and this horror piece of art is gold