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 have never stared at a lens flare that long, the shader work going on here is amazing. Biggest annoyances are every physics-based jumping bit, the stupidly large amount of zombies just after the treehouse, the objective marker, the ****-weak sounding gun (it sounds like air!), and the lack of clear indication if you're supposed to stand still or run when meeting mr shooty.
Apart from that, I love pretty much all the shaders going on, however the sound quality is a bit low, when people talk it sounds like an audio clip is just being played instead of someone talking.
The mod evokes memories from Get a Life in terms of the lighting and the premise of the story.
Gameplay was pretty solid, scarcity of bullets in the beginning made fights more tense for me. Puzzles may have been overly simplistic.
Voiceacting is amazing in this mod, quite a rarity these days.
Mapping displays variation in effort, some areas are simple rectangular hallways whereas others are highly detailed cliff-faces.
Overall, a nice short adventure on the source engine with a lack-luster ending.
Here is a review that I wrote about this mod: Thepragmaticgamer.wordpress.com
The basic idea is that my experience was marred with a multitude of glitches and atrocious gameplay, until I hit the facility, and this mod did a complete 180 for me. Read the entire review for more details, and I'm excited for the next one.
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.