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This mod is incredible. I Got 4 endings so far, and the ones where the narrator breaks the 4th wall (I don't think that's really a spoiler since i'm not telling you HOW he does it) are my favorite endings and they will make you laugh and panic.
This mod is incredible, and you should download it.
Its an experience that is almost never seen, in fact the only other game with a narrative i can name is Dear Esther.
This mod is definitely worth your time and hard drive space, and even with how short it is, i would have still paid for it.
Just do yourself a favor, do not watch any Walkthroughs, those will ruin the experience.
Very Reminiscent of Resident Evil 4's "Mercenaries" Mode with a dash of Gears of War. This is a mod that you shouldn't miss.
tl;dr: What the hell are you reading this for? Go play the mod and buy the soundtrack.
This mod is the mod to raise your standards for any and all source mods.
Underhell is whatever it wants to be:
If it wants to be a drama, it can be a drama.
If it wants to be a horror game, it will be a good horror game.
If it wants to be a shooter, it's going to be a shooter.
If it wants to be an adventure game, it'll be an adventure game.
If it wants to be a stealth game, it becomes a stealth game.
The best part about this all is that it excels in everything it sets out to do all with coherency. Every genre blend felt like it seamlessly fit into the story and worked just the way it need to.
The mod was incredibly lengthy too; in a good way. I clocked in at about 23 hours since I stayed and listened to the extra banter that was always interesting to listen to. It even showed me a couple of cutscenes I would have otherwise missed had I just rushed through the game and I heard optional dialogue that had major implications behind it. Also there is replayablity to be had, when I livestreamed the game my friend said "Wow this happened completely different than when I played." so I will be going back through the game again.
There were multiple occasions where I thought, "Okay, this is going to be the part where it fades to black and says 'to be continued'." Nope, it throws hours more content at you. The very talented dev team behind underhell are not content to leave you with a half assed ending that makes you go "Well ****, that was unsatisfying." Instead Chapter 1 leaves you with a satisfactory ending that leaves many questions that you know will eventually be answered as the chapters go on.
And last but not least, the soundtrack. Tom Stoffel's soundtrack hits all of the right notes at the right times; I will eventually purchase some tracks.
The main shortcomings this has are all source engine related problems, like sometimes odd camera tracks and the occasional crash.
This is FREAKING AMAZING all the maps look familiar yet updated and new, and it has remakes of the original music heard in the first DOOM. There is even an opening cinematic that explains how the main character gets there in the first place. Awesome. Just freaking AWESOME.
This mod will turn Half-Life² into a realistic game with soft aiming that plausibly reminds you that you need to use Ironsights for precise aiming, and added screen effects like water and blood and a motion blur that some call terrible looking but others call awesome, but either way it masks a bad frame rate and you only see it if you are getting FPS under 40.
This game is really fun and addicting. There is a in-gameplay setup map that lets you adjust enemy skill very precisely, as well as how mild or over the top you want the blood effects to look before letting you choose the maps IN that settings level.
Enemies actually pose a challenge, because while it only takes a few shots to take THEM down in this mod, the trade off is that the same goes for you.
This mod includes a couple of maps like a zombie map and a few extra css maps that make this well worth the download on their own, But it doesnt stop there. Not only does it have that, It has the entire Half-Life² story remastered with new weapons, enemies, and models, With both a remastered version and an "enhanced" version which is very, VERY hard. The "Enhanced" version is like the Master Quest version of Ocarina of Time, Except with SMOD Half-Life².
Also, For the players that like to use cheats, there is something in store for you too. Typing "exec neo" in console gives you bullet time and a lot of weapons with unlimited ammo, and "exec bt_*(Bullet time setting here)* allows many different ways you can make that bullet time look, to the way the bullets fly to how fast the characters move.
SMOD: Tactical is a fantastic mod that provides the entertainment value of a full priced game, And huge thanks should be given to whoever restored its glory through project life after the valve engine update broke the original version.. 10/10 review, I am hooked on this game.
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