Modification for S.T.A.L.K.E.R.- Shadow of Chernobyl which brings pure, desolate autumn to the Zone. Complete graphic/audio/gameplay overhaul.
So, I've been playing this for several hours now and here comes my review!
First off, amazing introduction. Well done on the PR department as well, because those screenshots really hyped me and the rest of the community up! I've got to say, you've done amazingly well!
Now for the mod ...
Stunningly beautiful, breathtaking almost. The custom Absolute Nature and Atmosfear really compliment SHoC. The tree placement is sublime so you have enough cover in a skirmish, yet not overdone to cause any stability issues! Add this with unique shaders, you get this MISERY like feel, yet (Yes, it's blasphemy I'm saying this as a MDT member) improved. I'm a real sucker for SHoC though!
Gunplay = Superb! It feels strikingly brutal to blast someone's head off with a sidearm! They finally got the attention they deserve. It was always a pain I'd have to shoot a bandit in his head for 7 times! Now with 1 well placed shot, it's over. Same goes for the player, I actually feel frightened to die now! Again, well executed here. The economy isn't really MISERY hard, but it's suited for the experienced stalker. I as veteran did disable the money looting though ;)
UI textures, 10/10.
Inventory, 9/10 (I like my transparent inventory though, but nothing I can't fix myself with a bit of editing. I never account for stuff like this because I can tweak it to my likings)
Gun Textures, 10/10 (similar style, I like it!)
Sounds, 10/10 (well done on sorting them out! again, fit eachother well)
Music, 9/10 (I sometimes mistaken the thunder for a blowout because it shares the same sounds, so on clear day I'd seek for cover while there would be nothing there haha)
Score Added up: 77/80
Average Score: 9,63
Moddb Score (rounded up): 10!
Well done. I'm proud
Easily one of the best S.T.A.L.K.E.R. overhaul mods I have ever played. Packed with nothing but improvements and not bloated with unnecessary features and textures that are oh so common in Shadow of Chernobyl overhauls.
Textures are gritty and detailed, weather and lighting is dank and dark and weapons boast some of the best animations I've ever witnessed. But best of all is the sound design, which adds an extra layer of creepiness and fright to the atmosphere of all environments.
This is certainly an incredibly immersive experience comparable only to the MISERY mod of Call of Pripyat, the Shadow of Chernobyl platform does however make better use of such morbidity.
Autumn Aurora 2 earns my vote for 2013 Mod of the Year.
I was surprised to see this mod come out so soon as I was expecting to wait a while. A lot of effort and detail was put into this mod and it really shows. As the name implies, it looks a lot like Autumn. The authors really nailed the look and the overgrown grass is a nice touch.
It uses a lot of Misery 2 elements but it works well here. I don't particularly like Misery but I do like this mod a great deal.
My only complaint is I wish there was an option to turn off the dynamic hud system as I'm not that into the feature though it's implementation is great.
Fantastic environment thanks to Absolute Nature, Atmosfear(we get fog!) and new ambient sounds. Great choice of weapon models, animations, recoil and sounds which make even the weak pistols seem powerful. Heal over time medical items and foods which require your hands so you have to be careful when to use them. CoP-like interface, inventory, dynamic hud, sound and screen effects for different stages of the actor's condition and several more updates. The best looking ShoC mod so far.