Abomination of desolation!
I like this mod, the biggest thing it has for it is that it's big and pretty! And to me having more of ground to cover was exciting.
But the game is also buggy and unfair. And I know it's STALKER what do you expect. But here's something. I'm at a point where I'm almost done with Agroprom, place you can breeze through in normal SoC. I can't!
The game has a huge ammo distribution problem. Enemies can shoot for hours and when you finally kill them and loot them you get very little and not to mention traders and their lack of supply for anything. They don't restock like in SoC!
Then the game is glitchy as well. I had soldiers falling through geometry near entrance points to Agroprom Underground, it was crazy!
Not to mention the nasty spawn of soldiers at the entrance to Garbage from Cordon! That was just unfair! I'm going back to that fat bastard Sidrovich to sell my stuff in hopes of selling all the stuff I have with a 50kg limit only to have two soldiers in the open right there at the entrance as soon as the loading screen finishes (keep in mind that I have ammo only for the sawed off shotgun and that all ammo for my obokan has been wasted in agroprom undergound, mostly on soldiers who just keep coming and coming and there's still more in the section with documents, only area that is now in my playthrough impossible to cover without cheating) mow me down with their Obokans in seconds not giving me time to react effectively destroying any chance of me going to Cordon from Garbage. And I can't go to Bar till I finish the Agroprom because the fine Duty asks for to let you in has been removed! I have all this early game money I made and nothing to spend it on! And you can go to Bar early! I've found a bug to get to the exit from the Garbage side! But then the Duty on the other side will shoot you once you get into the city!
That's my first impression and I'm not pleased at all.
You know I hate when studios think that Old School means cramming as much enemies as possible in one square room and then after finishing they let you go to a next corridor to do the exact same thing again.
This is fine for old games like Smash TV but once you get to FPS games like Doom you start seeing something else. Enemies are placed in a specific and deliberate way. The levels weren't corridors but were instead free to explore for keys, secrets and other things like that. You had many things to do instead of just going to the exit.
Hexen took this to a new level for FPS games by connecting open levels into one giant hub.
For a PC exclusive this game has one of the worst loading times I have ever seen in my life. Painkiller Overdose doesn't load as slow as this and that game was criticized for slow loading.
What also irritates me in this game is that you lack an ability to side-step quickly. Something that makes fast paced old school shooters is missing here and is instead replaced with slow walking and a sprint ability that lasts for short time and works only in one direction which is forward. Hell a game that came afer this: Shadow Warrior 2013 handled this much better, and that one still wasn't old school.
Now you're probably wondering, after such harsh criticism do I think this game is good? Well yes. I do actually. It is a breath of fresh air, for start the story is absolute rubbish but you can't skip any of it because the load times are so terrible. Trust me you won't understand any of it.
The weapon upgrade system is really fun, you have just two weapons but you can upgrade them to do many things. Like rocket launchers, shotguns, etc.
Also this game is a real looker, sure the textures are low res since the game is old but the style is just jaw dropping. It's packed with detail, but the sacrifice comes in linearity. This game is stupidly linear, plus it's really short.
The bosses are as stupid as in Shadow Warrior 2013. I'm not really fond of these kind of boss fights where their weak spots are glowing so hard you could get blind.
So is it a good game? Yeah! You should give it a shot, but it's not old school. It's just a breath of fresh air in sea of blunt AAA titles.
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