So I have finally started to post some of the backlog of posts. I have been mainly doing this as a form of procrastination from other projects that I am currently involved in. I will do more recent updates once stability happens though I wont have an excuse to procrastinate then. The blogs are mainly supplementary to the posted images. Images maybe worth a thousand words but without overall context they lose meaning. I also welcome feedback and constructive criticism.
Mod Review on Jan 6th, 2011
This is easily one of the most solid mods that I have played in quite some time. This game breathes new life back into the Survival/Horror Genre that has been lacking in the general game industry for some time.
Having played the original Nightmare House this sequel has delivered in terms of gameplay, depth and overall production value.
NH2 picks up where the original left off and players get the whole cake instead of just a slice; while allowing new players the original experience. Utilizing the technology the team have included an updated version of the original NH1 as a prologue, bringing elements I knew in a revamped form, reworked visuals with enough changes to gameplay that the player is brought into the unfamiliar territory. Inspiring.
This game pits itself as a Horror and thankfully not the one based on the modern style like Resi-5(im a huge series fan though the genre has turned from Horror to Action, wider audience = more money). This game distils the essence of what's needed to keep the player wondering what's going on, what's round the next corner, what's will try and jump out at me. The varying pace helps avoid the gameplay becoming predicable.
The surreal sections project the player straight into a horror film. There were a myriad of segments that I had the classic look-over-the-shoulder noticing something changing yet having no control over the situation, the dread adding to the claustrophobic feeling. Excellent work there by the programmers. I can only imagine the hours necessary to get things working.
The elements of the storyline are reminiscent of F.E.A.R but for the right reasons; driving the compelling narrative, bringing the player on a journey that constantly changes direction. The team have improved on what they are given, adding non-generic models that make other mods feel like HL-2 clones.
Bar one or two times where lack of illumination and direction slowed play down this is a must play mod, one the team are surely proud of.