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7 Review

Mod Review on Aug 17th, 2014 - 2 people agree 4 people don't

Watching this mod grow since 2005 has been quite an adventure, with many ups and downs and a near cancellation thanks to the ego of a certain French modder. However, The Gate 2 has finally been released.

And I think I will get the negatives aside right now.

The story for this mod is beyond silly and convoluted and the game seems to skip from action to horror to sci-fi to fantasy and adventure like the whole 15 gigabyte file was thrown into a genre blender.

The locales are equally varied and misplaced, with prehistoric earth, Area 51, Korea, ancient Egypt and world war 2.

And I think that's why I like it so much.

Each level is very detailed and articulate right down to the papers on the desks, the wreckage in the corners, the crowded kitchens, the blood-stained hallways and even the detailed car dealership that you zoom past in two seconds during the best chase sequence in a half-life 2 mod.

With all this being said, TG2 is quite long at almost 60 levels and unfortunately, has quite a lot of bugs with questionable voice-acting and prolonged cutscenes that either explain little or nothing at all.

Regardless, CJB has spent years working on TG2 and should be complimented for his one-man-show in terms of design and mapping. It's buggy, hard and sometimes quite obnoxious (Seeing jabs at George Bush in 2014 is super awkward and VERY dated), but, The Gate 2 is one hell of a ride.

It's not for everyone and the size alone is quite a turn-off, but those who enjoy detailed levels, varied themes and aren't afraid to avoid bugs, then The Gate 2 is right up your alley :)

Sky Mesa
4 Review

Mod Review on Aug 15th, 2014

While it's not going to win awards for the most eye-catching mod available on HL, I have to admit, I have seen far worse ventures by more experienced modders and worse first attempts by amateurs.

The gameplay was straightforward for the most part but the enemy placement felt random, making most firefights chaotic.

I hope the modder has learned some valuable lessons while creating sky mesa, and as a HL mod, it's far from terrible, but unless you are desperate for a HL mod, you might be disappointed.

ExtinctCity
2 Review

Mod Review on Jul 8th, 2014

It's hard to judge this mod fairly, as all we got in the end of a turbulent development was a buggy alpha build, but I can say for certain that ExtinctCity was hard for me to finish.

The levels are poorly built in terms of level design and gameplay, which just wasn't fun.

Some corridors were too low to walk through and dozens of zombie simply spawned in front of me! Navigation was also hell, with the brushwork and props pulling at my sides like vines and halting my pace at every turn.

Extinct City never had much of a chance to see a beta release, who knows, we may have gotten a more enjoyable experience. But as it stands, this mod simply isn't fun to play :(

PARANOIA
10 Review

Mod Review on Jul 7th, 2014

The first release of this long-awaited HL1 mod in 2007 blew me away. The level detail is still stunning even seven long years later!

The models are very articulate, the sound is engaging, the atmosphere is foreboding, the action is stellar, everything about this mod speaks volumes in terms of quality for such an old engine!

Play the game release, it's one hell of a ride! :)

Penetration
8 Review

Mod Review on Jul 7th, 2014

While it ends rather abruptly with little payoff, Penetration is an excellent Half-life 2 mod from the early days, with splendid pacing, design and gameplay.

Give this a gander, you won't be sorry :)

Men of Valor: Vietnam
8 Review

Game Review on Jun 10th, 2014

Playing this back in 2004 on the original XBOX was certainly a painful experience. I never finished it on that console due to the difficulty, but me and my brother did enjoy the online play.

However, blasting my way through the game on the PC recently reminded me how much I missed.

The game was an interesting take on the Vietnam setting, focusing on tactical combat rather then going in guns blazing against a vicious enemy. The graphics also looked top-notch for the time, on par with HL2 IMO.

While it may not have aged well, it's tough-as-nails gameplay, articulate level design and voice-acting made it stand out from generic shooters at the time.

Today, you should nab a copy. Just be prepared to get your butt kicked :)

Claustrophobia
7 Review

Mod Review on Jun 9th, 2014

I remember playing this in 2011 with mixed feelings.

I can say that I have better feelings for it now after playing it again.

The design in the first few maps was decent enough, with some levels including level-made furniture which reminded me of some of the better maps in the WC-mappack. Not to mention the gameplay itself was fun enough.

However, it got worse as the game went on, and the puzzles didn't exactly work for me in some cases.

However, I enjoyed many of the levels except the ending ones where it looked like the mapper got lazy, and the I felt more fatigued as I kept playing what seemed like increasingly boring maps.

However, It ended on a high-note with the secret arena level that gave me some more of a rewarding ending, even if I couldn't use the secret HEV suit for long.

Not bad, but it certainly could have been better.

LAST ZOMBIE
3 Review

Mod Review on Jun 5th, 2014

I can say that a lot of effort was put into this, just so I can come clean that there is something redeemable about this mod as whole... but, I just don't understand what I went through.

I can relate LZ to an obscure arthouse movie, with some people coming to a conclusion of their own regarding the meaning of what they had just endured. I came to the conclusion that I wasted my time installing this mod and slowly shuffling around a boring environment.

While I admit It was interesting playing as a zombie, there was little gameplay and the story never really amounted to anything.

I can't recommend this to anyone, really :(

Ladder
8 Review

Mod Review on Jun 5th, 2014

While a little choppy, Ladder is a great gauntlet shoot-em-up with 30 waves to fight through with a highly destructible environment that keeps you on your toes as you fight heavier and more challenging (not to mention destructive) foes.

Not ground-breaking, but just apply an EP2 fix and you'll be sure to have a blast :)

Mission Improbable
10 Review

Mod Review on May 31st, 2014

I can't really say anymore then what has already been said.

Just play this now, after applying a nice gameinfo fix of course :)