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 helped you out on the second release with picking up double boxes and zombie model. So I've been around since the start and this is all fantastic!
The change to faster zombies was a HUGE surprise to me.
However, after the chair the game starts to have moments where you wonder through vast detail just passing it up. No action. No puzzles. Just walking through abandonment. Then I feel almost rushed back into action & then a sudden end.
1. I crash to find an apocalypse.
2. I get into a horror zombie shooter.
3. I play jurassic park trespasser for a bit.
3. I fight 8 zombies with a hammer.
4. I get rushed into a sudden human shooter.
5. Sudden end.
These are only my personal thoughts of the mod and some people but disagree with them. For a being only in beta, this mod is great quality! It is very well paced, has logical map design, which is somewhat of a rarity in mods. The combat is for the most part tense, but not overly frustrating. The zombies are well balanced, exchanging faster movement speed for less health. The mod is very well paced, slowly building up combat and introducing the player into different elements of game-play, giving them time to familiarize themselves with the element before adding something else, and the story never feels rushed or cut short, leaving a satisfying ending that doesn't make the player feel cheated or cut out of their fun. The dialogue is rather high quality for a mod and the voice actors are clear in what they say and show the emotion and personality their characters should imbue. The music is for the most part spot on, fitting quite well with the location and events taking place. Nothing is perfect though and as such I do have some minor complaints. My first would be the new custom textures within the omnicorp complex. Most feel a bit too vibrant and colorful, not fitting with the moody and suspicious tone of the rest of the game. My second would be the zombie models. They could use a little variety in their faces as most I ran into seemed to be elderly people with a full beard. Though not as large an issue, their clothes could be changed to fit with their locations, zombies in omnicorp wearing some sort of suit or lab coat to show they work in the complex, zombies in the sewers and underground areas wearing construction gear, etc. The omnicorp thugs also could do with a change in face models as most had the bald Caucasian citizen model. These are all marginally minor complaints though and don't detract from the mod too horribly. These are more just issues to fix if you have extra time or wish to polish the mod to its maximum potential.
Sometimes you come across a game that makes you smile; not, perhaps, for its dry wit and humour or in a flush of pride standing atop a pile of foes, all defeated by yours truely. No, instead, Estranged is a good game because of the way it draws an impressively detailed world with some pleasent tweaks of its own, alongside some refreshing mechanics, which I do hope there are more of as it nears full completion. Oh, and there's a bit of funny on the side, too.
Estranged is, graphically, impressive. Drawing on the not too shabby and robust Source engine for its primary visual and gameplay styles, the game also features some new material as well, from textures to new models and some appealing shaders (like objects slicked in a film of water) to add definition and immersiveness to the world. Ambiance is brilliant, and the story is executed quite well, as well as the music.
Gameplay is your standard Source pew-pew with various guns. Your weaponry is limited so far, though, and I feel that it does not detract from the experience of playing the game; indeed, for you should enjoy the story and puzzle-solving aspects (although puzzles are a bit simple) instead of running around blazing bullets at anything that moves. Enemies are, however, a little on the dumb side (and not because they're missing half of their brains) and get a bit repetetive to fight.
But don't let that stop you, for indeed, Estranged is one of those mods that I would highly recommend anyone to play. I eagerly await more updates to continue the adventure in days to come.
I would rate this nine or ten out of ten for score, but I cannot vote higher than an '8' at the moment, sadly.
Going into Estranged, I was expecting quite a bit because of all the positive reviews and impressive looking media. Overall, I was not impressed, but i was not necessarily disappointed.
Mapping started strong in the beginning. The outside environments were lush and realistic looking, and the inside areas were filled with appropriate furniture, but later on the outside areas seemed too open and empty, and the inside areas looked like bare rooms with a few scattered props. Maps were also lacking ambiance at times which threw out the atmosphere. There also seemed to be a lack of zombies which got rid of the entire "Infested Island" feel.
Sound and music were very well done. Sounds seemed fitting, and the music sounded superb. Like I said earlier, it would have been nice to hear some more ambient sounds. Voice Acting needs some improvement. Everyone sounds similar and talk almost like robots.
Story wise, it seems like everything that happens is really rushed. The guy in the beginning was acting like he really wanted company, but he sends you off alone almost immediately. At one point your on a train and not three minutes later you're on foot again.
Overall, I'll rate it a 6/10.
(I realize this is in alpha, and I hope to see it improve in future updates!)