The true method of knowledge is experiment. So, strapped to the underside of a stolen Combine helicopter, you're part of my latest scientific investigation. Objective: To infiltrate and observe this peculiar little island a few miles off shore, its heart burrowed out by our ever-loving benefactors...
Right off the bat the story grasped my interest. It's vague, and leaves questions, but interesting none the less. The level design is spectacular and the puzzles are simple yet a challenging. And they just seem to go on forever! It's a great thing, there are very few load screens. This is one of the few mods that I could truly say are Valve quality.
I was harsh on this mod the first time because I don't think I understood it. Then with the Steam release I tried it again with much better results.
This game is the very definition of action, laid out over several humongous citadel-like maps with amazing complexity and detail. Every step proves to be a challenge in combat and puzzle solving, but nevertheless extremely fun and immersive.
The story is actually pretty interesting and I paid close attention to it, hiding from the enemy sometimes just to read the text.
The work is amazing, especially considering there's practically no custom textures/models/sounds to awe the player and distract them from the original Half-Life 2 atmosphere.
Overall, MINERVA is a very good gaming experience.
I keep bouncing back from thinking that Minerva is brilliant to feeling that it is almost too limited in its variety and scope. In Minerva, a host launches you into an assault on a Combine island fortress. During the adventure, you will backtrack as new avenues open up amongst previously explored areas. It is really genious how the overlapping is developed and permits such a journey of length to be produced from an otherwise relatively small area. The host or commander will send messages via text to you from time to time. This contributes to creating a sense of uncertainty and greater purpose as you're never quite sure what she (or he?) is intending with your actions. It is a grand adventure but limited in its variety. The enemy selection feels consistent in its variety and grouping of enemies. It is logical but when it's all said and done, it leaves more to be desired. The architecture looks well done if repetitive. Minera is highly recommended.. just be aware that it achieves it greatness in part from its narrow focus.
Wow ! This mod is amazing ! really professionnal job !
great story, great scripting...
I only regret that speeches appears on screen when you are in fights, and you don't always have time to read it, especially when you're not english !
but the work done on this mod is just amazing !
I loved it !