Grey’s life has been nothing but a struggle. A constant downward spiral, and it seems even reality has turned against him. Grey awakens to find that the world has gone quiet, the streets empty. You must find help. Explore the grim world Grey lives in a completely new and unique world, and find clues to his shattered past. Grey is a total conversion Half-Life 2 horror modification where the player must solve puzzles, fight to survive, and find out what is happening to the world around you. We have made a lot changes to the base Source engine and have added countless new mechanics in the mod such as the objective indicator, portable medkit, donator based extras, pickup animations, failed reloads, new picture based GUI elements and much, much more!
And that's all I can say about this mod. I'm not joking, this mod is so ****** up in 3 different ways: Environment, Plot, and difficulty of the game. Now, the game isn't really bad, but... it's just messed up. The gameplay is like most single player source mods, you get 1 melee weapon, and some firearms. The programming is also very nice. The enemies seem... weird at first, but progressively get more and more disturbing. The setting... oh my god.
That's how I describe it. It's psychotic, it's disturbing, and it will leave you breathless. The plot is no different, but executed not as well. I found very little of it to be explained in the game itself, but just about all of it was explained at the end of the good ending. Speaking of which, you have to beat the game twice. Once on easy, another on hard, and I like that.
Overall, it's worth a playthrough, but that's about it. Not a whole lotta replayablity value, but it's still entertaining, and also memorable. Very, very memorable.
Like many other reviewers have stated, this game starts off very strong. The opening leads you to believe that things are going to get super deep. If you're paying any attention at all you can quickly tell that the whole thing is in the characters head. It's quickly obvious for sure. The problem though is that they never really build on that at ALL unless you finish the hard mode playthrough (it unlocks after you finish normal mode). This meens to get the "true ending" you must play through twice. Personally this game would have been more like an 8 or so if the true ending was just the ending no matter what difficulty you play on. Even then the issue is still that there's just a strong opening, and then absolutely nothing really until the big info dump of an ending. Like others have said it really sucks to rag on others hard work but that's what reviews are for. Personally I'd say if you do play this, when the game is over just immediately youtube the "true ending" and count that as what you got lol.
Okay, I don't want to offend the creators of this game in any way but this mod was very dissapointing. Grey is not a very good mod at all. For a mod that's been anticipated for three years and has been in development for that tiime, you would expect a great story, great characters, beautiful atmosphere, and a balanced enemy system.
Sadly, this mod falls in almost every aspect. For one the story (what little there is) has been done a million times. A guy slowly goes insane, he wakes up and the entire town is empty. Anyone hear Cry of Fear in this? Anyway, the story is pretty lackluster and not much originality was put into it. The character Grey himself isn't someone we'd relate with much. We don't even know alot about, however the voice acting is pretty ok except it could've been better in a few parts but the voice actor nails it when it comes to emotions.
The atmosphere is also pretty scary and nails the tone of this game...for a whole ten minutes! As the game progresses, the game gets less and less scary! And that's NOT a good thing when you're supposed to be playing a survival horror game. The enemies are RIDICULOUSLY difficult to kill and your melee weapons don't do jack to them unless you have patience for hitting the easiest enemy in the game over a million times.
The guns don't do much either as you'd probably waste your enitre pistol on one enemy and enemies can kill you pretty quickly. Health is scarce as hell and when you do find it, it doesn't replenish either as a reward for going on a scavenger hunt just to replenish it after fighting a basic enemy earlier. Bottom line, the weapons for the most part are useless.
Overall Score: 2/10
Had this game been given more thought and effort, Grey could've been much better but I can't recommend this mod to anyone unless you're willing to sit through the issues. If you want to, give a playthrough, if the same things that annoy you bug me as well, I say give a pass.
A much anticipated mod, I was beyond excited when this finally came out.
The story was very interesting, though I wish there was a bit more to it. It hardly subtracted from the fun I had playing this though. And the atmosphere was deliciously creepy. The only thing that really disappointed me about this was how short it was. Then again, most mods are, right?
Altogether, a fantastic mod. I definitely recommend it.
This mod is really good in a few ways, the most obvious is the visual and audio design. Its so creepy and grimy that it really pulls you in from the get go. Hallucination/Nightmare based games are ones I've played a few of and this one here does the horror well, being based around abstract nightmarish world where you don't get to feel safe and fight creatures that could come out of anywhere. Theres a bit of space in between enemy encounters, this I quite like. Alot of horror games creators don't realize that scares are just as in important as building upto one. It's got something new for each level, so its always keeping you on your toes.
The point I think is to provide surreal like scenes and whatever happens is supposed to be symbol or representation of your characters repressed feelings and real life situations. Being able to get that kind information out of what happens is the key to making a good story, it can be a journey of self discovery... but if you don't see any of the real world you don't have the context to make sense of whats happening and thus you won't care about your character as much.
It falls into this pitfall, you are in the real world in the beginning (or so it seems) but you don't see any people, and it goes on like this till the end. Theres about 2 times where you do go back into the real world but it once again has no people beside yourself and only gives vague hints as to what happened.
You can break boxes although some boxes don't break which is a bit jarring for a hl2 mod. The games also relentlessly difficult (eventhough you fight a small number enemies) they have quite a bit of health (even guns aren't effective) and the amount of health you find is very very scarce. Even the hospital level only has 1 medkit cabinet yet you can find ammo for all the weapons *facepalm.
Its also not very long although its not necessarily short though, I would say maybe just over a hour for me.
Higher difficulty adds new enemies & different encounters