I am The Evina. I do a little bit of everything from making maps for Cry of Fear and Source games to writing fiction novels to programming and web design and many other things. I like to review Source mods. A perfect 10 is reserved for mods that blow my mind. This is a list of mods I have contributed to: G String (voice acting [announcer]), Aperture Beginnings (voice acting [announcer]), Cry of Fear (creator of the custom campaign "The Hole").

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10 Review

Game Review on Sep 4th, 2012 - 1 person agrees 1 person doesn't

This was absolutely stunning. The voice acting, choreography, mapping, textures, and everything else was Valve quality. The story and cutscenes were pretty good as well. So far this is the best mod I have played based on the design of the real episode 2. You get my full approval.

The only things I am not entirely satisfied with are the length (which was kind of short but still very high quality), and that ship that was impossible to shoot down without cheating, for me at least.

The Shadow Over Innsmouth
7 Review

Mod Review on Sep 4th, 2012

Not bad. This is obviously an art mod. And all the textures and models are new, but nothing else. Weapons, GUI, and sounds are essentially the same. There really is no story or anything like that but it's kind of interesting to look at for a while. Very large mod package and laggy because all of it is crammed into 3 large and detailed maps.

Portal Pro
9 Review

Mod Review on Sep 1st, 2012

This is a good mappack. It was very hard as promised but fun along the way. I admit there were some parts where I cheated or looked at spoilers (something I never do unless I have to), but I still managed to figure out a lot more than I thought I could. The dialogue was well written and reminded me of stuff GLaDOS would say.

Penumbra: Requiem
8 Review

Game Review on Aug 29th, 2012

Keys, keys, and more keys.

This game has no monsters, no horror, and a very linear puzzle-based gameplay. It's very unlike the others. Its main purpose is to finish up the story of the series and it does that fairly well, although it may still be up to your interpretation. The new things include a bunch of dialogue and some new places and puzzles to try.

Grey
9 Review

Mod Review on Aug 28th, 2012

Good

- Unique and very highly detailed style, although the dirty/rusty isn't my favorite look. I think the quality of the textures and the mapping is the biggest plus of this mod.
- The text and background during level transitions was epic like the ones made by Frictional Games.
- Somewhat suspenseful. I felt like I was being watched or about to be attacked at any moment.

Bad

- The music wasn't always appropriate. It was not nearly as dark as the terror-inducing soundtrack found in Cry of Fear.
- Although everyone has a different difinition of "scary", this mod was not all that scary. It didn't connect with me emotionally enough to make the things truly frighten me. The jump scares work but that's all.
- Stig didn't fit Grey's part all that well imho.
- The voice of Grey wasn't unneeded most of the time he spoke. Sometimes like when a monster flies by and scares the player, he doesn't need to calmly say "What the f was that?" It's best if he's silent and the player can just assume what he's thinking or saying.
- Hard difficulty; It doesn't have to be hard, it just needs to make the player think that it could be hard. Amnesia did this well.
- Not a true total conversion. Many models are clearly just reskinned and many of the sounds are original HL2 assets which constantly remind me of it.
- Interacting with stuff was strange using the use key. Also that hand animation didn't seem to belong.
- Objectives were not obvious; this was the most frustrating thing in the mod. Sure, some things to look for are small, but I still found it too hard. The memos and hints were rarely all that useful.
- Short length, or shorter than the player is made to believe. The ending in normal mode is unexpected and unsatisfying.

This is an ok mod, but not without some serious flaws. There are so many horror mods out there that they all eventually start mirroring each other. Was this all worth what it was hyped up to be? I'm not sure, but it was still enjoyable.

Mad World
4 Review

Mod Review on Aug 23rd, 2012 - 1 person agrees

I'll start by saying that my rating is not based on any religious prejudice. The music was nice, the design although simple, was interesting (for a little while at least). I sadly had an extremely hard time understanding any of it. I wish the player would be told ahead of time that they would need bible and math knowledge. Also, I think some more work and time could have been put into it so it wouldn't just be a bunch of white hallways with decals.

Penumbra: Black Plague
10 Review

Game Review on Aug 23rd, 2012

This game was long, dark, elegant, and deeply disturbing. There were several times I was genuinely startled. The monsters were frightening. Truly a great horror game.

The use of more secondary characters aided the story. The puzzles were complex but not extremely difficult, leading the player around large areas in a non-linear way. It was fascinating but sometimes it bombarded the player with too many details. I ended up with probably over a hundred pages of notes.

The dialogue was amazing, but I won't spoil anything about it. There were several places where the player is taken out of reality to solve puzzles somewhere else, again I won't say where. This was very fun.

I can't say the Amnesia is better than this. They are on par for being some of the best horror games I've played.

Baryonic Predicament by Miigga
9 Review

Mod Review on Aug 22nd, 2012

This was an extremely creative and fun mod. Its mapping was excellent and in many ways unique from other mods. It was somewhat challenging and the battles were well paced with lots of amazing puzzles in between, ones that I have rarely seen in mods before. The only downside I can think of is that there is a lack of story.

Isle
7 Review

Mod Review on Aug 20th, 2012

Nice custom story! For some reason I don't play them very often because becuase I don't find them as fun as like Source mods. But this one looked different so I decided to continue with it.

Anyway, it was very creepy, in a good amnesia-ish way.

Very short and kind of not explained well even though the writing was good and accurate for the time period.

Penumbra: Overture
9 Review

Game Review on Aug 20th, 2012
This review may contain spoilers

This was a great game. A lot of it can relate to Amnesia: The Dark Descent inlcuding the dark, oppresive atmosphere, always leading the player downward. And it was impressive that I still got somewhat frightened at times when I didn't expect it, even though most of the game wasn't all that dark.

There were, however, several flaws. Getting used to the game mechanics took quite a bit of work, especially with the melee weapons. Also some things were overused such as the endless labryinth-like halls and the terribly annoying dogs. Seriously, why did there have to be so many killer dogs?

But by the end, the game was more rewarding than I thought. I am excited to start with the next one.

Thanks Frictional Games!

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