Estranged, the story of a lone fisherman, stranded on a mysterious island during a violent storm. Explore rich environments and meet the curious inhabitants of the island as you find a way back to the mainland.
I played the fifth beta and watched a video of the original "splooshe" before play'n act one and i got to say that this version was all about visuals, i mean, wow, fantastic art work, environments have evolved in a surreal scale, that boring forest that preceded the train was replaced by an amazing serie of wood cabins, water courses, lakes, camping spots and treehouses; the sewers and the fisherman's yard have been drastically improved and so did the shoting range, if this was only about environments i'd rate it 11 since 10 is just not enough; unfortunately i got some complaints, first of all the damn zombies, boy are they annoyng, and it's not because they are hard, they are just a pain in the *** and not to mention that i killed the first one with the bucket before the guy even shot him, i congratulate you for the effort with the custom models and animations, however, there should be a larger variation of citizens to be found, i'm sure in a big place like that we'd be able to find more than 5 kinds of clothing. Also there are too few zombies for a place that was supposed to be infested, i suggest you to replace the few fast zombies with a large quantity of slow zombies, also i'm not very sure about the item interaction system, yeah it's cool in games like L4D2 or NMRIH but this only happens cause in these games we're not able to grab anything that can't be used, here otherwise happened to me that i grabbed 5 times a layover before grabbing a health item, i like the new HUD and menu as much as i like the new props but why those things make the game so laggy? i'm able to run BF3 in my computer without any lag, why is your source based mod giving me such trouble? And let's be honest, the flooded basement on the first floor was just irritating, it would be better if it was a regular dark basement with blinking lights and maybe some zombies lurking in there. Extra points for the creative storyline and the fight scene with a strong resemblance of HL1
FINAL SCORE: 8,5
Estranged is an enjoyable mod. Good music, textures, voice acting, puzzles, level design. Overall a very fun mod to play. Its storyline is kind of generic (zombies who aren't too scary), but I'm glad you didn't overuse them as enemies. It's nice to focus on things other than shooting. The length is short but I know it's just the first part. My only serious complaint would be lag, especially in areas with many physics props (or at least I think that's what is causing the problem). Some things like a dozen books stacked up in a random place just aren't necessary. Sometimes it's fun to throw things around, but maybe not quite that number. If I had to choose what was the best thing in this mod, I would probably say you did an excellent job with using dynamic shadows. Things like fans and that hula doll looked great with them.