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I cannot fathom how Red Mesa managed to inspire a sequel, but here it is. Sitting neatly alongside the original in their own special layer of mod hell, Red Mesa 2 manages to increase the difficulty curve while becoming one of the most annoying experiences of my life.
First off, the sound effects. Right from the off the 2 enemies filling the first few levels, zombies and headcrabs, have had their sounds replaced by some pretty annoying vocals, and while I didn't understand what they were saying it was rather pleasant to shut them up... or not as it seems. On Hard mode there simply is not enough ammunition to take them all on and you have to run by most threads, their hideous garbling never out of earshot. Urgh.
The maps are no better than before, with horrendous architecture, no real design work put into them at all. You go from what I believe to be city streets, to caves, to a gman factory, all of them just huge open hallways with bad lighting. Well, at least it HAS lighting this time.
I think I finished it. 2 killboxes full of grunts and grenadiers with 35HP remaining throughout, before getting kicked to the menu. Also, a lack of autosaves meant I had to play through from the start after dying. That was unforgivable.
A whole new layer of crap has been discovered beneath what I used to think was the worst of it. This mod contains a few custom models which are simply the standard models that have had their textures butchered in MSPaint.
The maps are literally just boxes with enemies in. There is no plot, no theme, no consistency, no sense of place, no fun, not even a proper compile with lighting. I can quite honestly say that this map set is worse than my first ever attempt at mapping.
As a map, it's pretty poor. As a mod, it's inexcusable!
Well, I downloaded this expecting it to be bad and was unpleasantly surprised at just how bad it can get.
I don't quite understand, from a goldsource mapper's point of view, how some people manage to make maps with this many errors in them. A whole ruck of missing faces on simple brushwork, as well as some curious carving issues and jutting out brushes that look about 1 unit thick. Were these maps made using the smallest grid size? It's the only explanation I can come up with. Very poor practice all round.
Also, the stupidity of the AI in some sections is pretty incredible. The grunts are pretty smart enemies in terms of the GoldSource engine, yet here, the final engagement before the god awful ending was with 8 grunts, all of whom were trapped behind their desks by their own chairs. *Slowest clap ever*
The first engagement is impossible on hard mode with the machine gun (which looks like an M26... which is a shotgun but whatever). I simply ran through it. There is no way that you can take on the choppers, and judging by the number of scripted deaths that feature in this mod, I dare say it's intentional.
No fun whatsoever, especially during the slow cutscenes spliced in throughout.
I had no trouble with this running on Steam. I blasted through it Hard mode which actually seemed fairly easy in some sections. I don't know if you coded the enemies to be less accurate but they certainly had trouble hitting me.
There are just a few things that bother me about this mod that kept me from enjoying it fully. While the old school find key to open door, rinse and repeat method was fun to return to, it managed to be less intuitive in this mod. Maybe with some custom voice acting or some kind of colour coding would have made things more obvious. Also, the models included aren't great and the left handed weapons genuinely broke my concentration at first. Mapping isn't great and a lot of it blends into one long dull corridor after another.
Could have been better, but could have been much much worse. 5/10 for you. :D
First things first. Don't read into the plot of this mod at all because there isn't one. It's simply a series of killboxes and jumping sections and frankly shouldn't have been released as a "mod" at all. For a mod released in 2006, the mapping is abysmal and there are several sections where you NEED to use noclip to progress.
The only real use of this mod is as an endurance test if you play through on Hard difficulty, but don't expect to enjoy it.
Love this mod. A classic in my eyes. Got a playthrough highlights reel here if you want to take a look. :D
Some really nice ideas and a really ambitious project. In fact, too ambitious. The level design was on a par with shooters prior to HL1, like Doom or Blood, and it just doesn't look nice.
Also, despite some nice voice acting, there was nowhere near enough direction given to the player. I got stuck at Summit with the crane and at that point I just lost my temper and gave in.
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