"In a futuristic world, a strict regime has eliminated war by suppressing emotions: books, art and music are strictly forbidden and feeling is a crime punishable by death. Cleric John Preston is a top ranking government agent responsible for destroying those who resist the rules. When he misses a dose of Prozium, a mind-altering drug that hinders emotion, Preston, who has been trained to enforce the strict laws of the new regime, suddenly becomes the only person capable of overthrowing it" The modification is loosely based on the movie "Equilibrium" with the main focus of the work being based upon implementing a new combat system similar to the "gun kata" seen in some of the action scenes of the movie. The "Gun Kata" allows the player to take on several adversaries at the same time with dual weapons and gun them down in unison, much like what we see in the action movies of today where the hero wields dual handguns and shoots at different targets...
A look of the upcoming Max Payne 2 action mod, Hall of Mirrors. This mod allows players to take the fictional martial arts "Gun Kata" to a second step.
Posted by MasterChopChop on Sep 5th, 2005
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Through time, men receive the urge of control. To yield power... But what power? What the hell am i talking about? i don't mean to get all philosophical here but... We're living in dark days. There is no balance apparently, and in fact there is no feeling. For those of you who are just simply non-existent to the past or are unaware, I did an interview with mod leader Rico of Hall of Mirrors a little over a month ago. But yes yes, I know an interview doesn't quite melt into something tasty, so here I am again breaking the ice.
The simplicity of the gameplay is the main capture point and is what keeps this mod immersive. The game shows off the amazing and complex fictional martial arts called Gun Kata. Gun Kata originated from the Equilbrium film itself and is something we don't really see every day; it basically combines all kinds of martial arts with the use of guns. While playing this mod, it is clear to see the development team has had a very close watch with the stunts performed in the film. All the Gun Kata fighting is done fairly easily, and of course does not leave you room for frustration. The cleric is equipped with his two pistols of his own just like what was seen in the movie. The mod also includes a few of the Max Payne weapons like the shotgun, but what's the fun of that? As for the combos, he will perform different types of moves as you press certain buttons while moving or aiming in different directions, allowing your minds to rest at ease. The cleric stunts are all very diverse, and allow a great insight into the Gun Kata style. There are a great variety of stunts he can perform; from flips, to gunning down enemies from various directions, there is a great sense of style in everything he does. The simplicity of the gameplay is brilliant and incredibly addictive. As a gamer myself, I’ve been able to really sit down and experience this addiction for myself. I think I’ve spent about an hour or so mowing down guards in one single time attack level.
In the end, there is a lot more to expect in the future by the team behind Hall of Mirrors, but I believe we’re getting closer and closer. They’ve showed incredible and flawless work in this build, and I myself can’t wait to see what else they have put in. Max Payne 2 is an extraordinaire game and has been out for almost two years now. It’s good to see there is finally a real total conversion with variety being made. The technology suits perfectly for the Equilibrium style of action, and the environments resemble the film very well. I hope you the reader will forget your dose of Prozium and open your eyes with the cleric himself (and of course the HoM team) and “feel” this great quality.