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Mod Review on Jun 15th, 2013 - 5 people don't

Maybe I'm being harsh giving this a six, being that this is your first custom story and all, but that really doesn't change the fact that I didn't have much fun playing this. I admit, I didn't play this all the way through (not because I didn't want to, but because I got stuck in the storage area) so I can only talk about what I saw up to that point, but I get the feeling it doesn't change much past that. None of the scares are worth noting, and while there aren't any teleporting/flying/dry-humping naked guys, they're all little more than cheap jump-scares. They scared the complete and utter s*** out of me, but they were cheap nonetheless. The level design... isn't terrible, but it's definitely lacking a certain level of creativity. I didn't feel like I was desperately searching for a way out of a castle while being hunted down, I felt like I was walking around inside a cluster-f*** of walls and locked doors, drifting from one scripted event to another. I'd pick up an item not because I needed it but because it was there, and then happened to be useful later. Take note: You should always present the problem before offering the solution. And where detailing is concerned, you're on the right track. There's a lot of missed potential here, and quite a few obvious mistakes. For one, most (if not ALL) planes are tiled far too much. This is a common mistake, and one that I used to struggle with. I can't really describe it, but you have to really look at the textures and decide the correct amount (0.3-0.5 is usually just enough). And I can't even fathom the amount of doors that were place on the edge of their frame rather than in the center. Of course, this custom story does have it's redeeming qualities. The story is decent, and I didn't feel compelled not to read the notes and diaries. Some details were surprisingly well thought out, like the reason the key to your room is in your friend's room is because you left it in the door. In short, there are worse custom stories.

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