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Mod Review on Jun 29th, 2012
This mod is short, but manages to make those few hours a challange for your heart.
Game Review on Aug 26th, 2009
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Mod Review on May 30th, 2008
This mod is one of the few for Half-life that I, as with They Hunger, come back to replay every few years. It is a fun mod and just as challenging as the first time I played it in 2005.
The maps are all different from each other and plucked from the works of Lovecraft. That makes it interesting for any first-time player to make progress, and a delight for some long-time Lovecraft fans to see what´s comming up next. On the other hand, the story is a thick Mythos spanning several novels and short stories all crammed into a Saving The World scenario, with noone but Cthulhu himself as the villain. Works decently for anyone unfamiliar with Lovecraft, but might leave fans with stirred opinions.
During the course of the mod you have to rely on several different tactics as your arsenal expands - it starts with a sword and a revolver, and the Run & Gunning doesn´t truly begin until the later half of the mod. Additional difficulty is gained if the player ignores the spellbooks. At least try them once! The mod was created with them in mind.
What´s really negative however, is the ugliness. The White robed wizards, Nightgaunts and Ghouls spring to mind immediately - they resemble retarded flying G-men and Gollum. Many of the weapon models interfere with the player models arms in strange ways. The mod also suffer from repeated textures and models from original Half-life, which make the underground maps very dull and the worst parts of the mod. You might recognise many enemies as being obvious HL1-zombies when they aren´t supposed to be, you know, Hl1-zombies.
The mod is difficult at times which is okey, but some maps remain purely frustrating. For example; The underground maze in The Ghouls Lair is still a chore to navigate, even after several replays. Whenever I get to this part I take it like a (smart) man and noclip through all of it instead of draining the fun.
Needless to say, it is flawed, yet I still like it. Play on easy, noclip if necessary, use the spellbook