Creatures came out of what seemed to be thin air. Animated and alive. They came without a warning and swept the world ...
An interesting mod with both impressive visuals and voiceacting, that ultimately falls flat on its face due to confusing levels, irregular difficulty, awkward dialogue, wobbly camera, no subtitles, and most of all, scripted sequences that not even the player knows of.
What this mod has in plenty, is visuals. The animations are good, textures smooth, and the models are all very well made. The sound effects from the guns might not be the best around, but they serve their purpose well. It is, in every way and form, a pleasure for the eye.
Unfortunately the gameplay itself is incredibly frustrating. The player has no clear idea of what to do next in the start of the game, and while it is fun to have a bit of freedom of exploration, it becomes quickly frustrating as enemies start piling up with no means to defend oneself.
The difficulty is increadibly irregular. One moment it's a breeze, just shooting a headcrab here, shooting a zombie over there, and all of a sudden, the mod pulls a dickmove and forces you to fight over 25+ enemies at once. Many of these enemies can take quite a beating as well, one example being the houndeyes, who can not only deal a impressive amount of damage compared to its original, it can take an very high amount of damage as well, making it easily one of the mod's most diffuclt enemy.
And this is at the start of the game.
One of the truly most annoying thing though is not knowing what to do and where to go. One scene, in the sewers, have the companion saying "go on ahead". And I did. I continued through the level, fought some new enemies, and went to a loading screen to the next section. All of a sudden, my companion arrives right next to me, indicating that I should have gone back and picked him up. I also had a moment when the AI broke entirely forcing me to fight hordes until I arrived at a scripted scene forcing him back.
Overall, the mod has potential, but there are plenty of frustrating moments chipping away at this rough diamond.
Caught between an 8 and a 9.
Very well constructed game, really good characters and a very intriguing story, I absolutely loved the start and am yet to finish it. The models, environments and weapons are all really well done.
I think it's brilliant! 8/10
the demo was interesting, and for a while i didn't notice that the first large release of 1187 had come out, and it seems i was missing out, for sure. most of what's been done here, i wasn't aware source was capable of. if you thought COD, battlefield, or anything is immersive, 1187 is so much more. the firearms are done very well, everything but the enemies you're fighting is pretty realistic (since they're aliens!).
it would be very difficult to make a better single player source mod than this. there are many other good single player source mods, but this just tops the pyramid.
doing the crash course map alone shows how immersive and well done this mod is. the work to get to this point, is obviously to a good end and was worth it.