Dissolution is a science fiction, single-player mod for Half-Life 2 that mixes adventure and action game-play. Set in the year 2089, in a universe dominated by a mega corporate entity, Xterrier, the player awakes in a hidden lab to the voice of the mysterious Wilson. Guided by Wilson, the player must make their way through the ravaged Xterrier 581c colony, making use of any and all resources they can get their hands on in order to survive, all the while attempting to piece together the events leading to the colony's collapse and their own identity.
I really like this mod, had good time with it. The game has an interesting storyline, told in a System Shock way fashion (gamers saying that's like in Bioshock have got short memory, SS 2 was realesed 8 years before Bioshock and it's called Bioshock's spiritual predecessor I strongly recommend playing it if you haven't:)) good athmosphere with a few unsettling moments and great music which emphasise the mood. The graphics and mapping were also nice and i appreciate the amount of work, that have been put into them, especially for a one man project. Unfortunatelly the game has also a few flaws. I don't like the combat and I think it could have been done better. The amount of enemesis rushing at time is to big, I'd prefer enemies appearing more often but in smaller groups. Now there are moments that there isn't anything going on for few minutes and then, a swarm enemies attacks you. The enemies are also too hard to kill, I changed the difficulty from the default one to medium, because i thought that it would be too easy, but that was a mistike. The game can get really hard because of tough enemies and swarm attacks and unfortunatelly I had to use godmode for few fights (what a shame:P) And also the crows are small and hard to notice, when the first one showed up i was wondering for few minutes what's going on and what should I do before I finally saw him. But despite that - great mod, had good time with it and I'm really impressed that it is a one man project:) Congrats:)
If you need a picture to define word "Boredom" you could took screenshot from this mod.
Boring intro. I had strong wish to leave game even at this point.
Sterile environments with lack of objects. You can go mental by simply living in that place.
Total lack of ambient sounds. Always silent corridors - no electric buzzing, no pipe bubbling, nothing. Oh yeah, corridors. With 90 degree turns. All way long. Simply walking around here is boring too!
Gameplay cycle from hell: speech-locked door-firefight with pack of guys-keycard-speech-firefight with pack of guys-unlocked door. Boring train ride is optional.
In-your-face shootouts. As interesting, as digging in your own nose for treasure.
If you want something about rioting colony go replay Red Faction 1. Or System Shock 2. Just don't waste your time to play this.
4 out of 10 only for voice acting.