Paranoia - it is a our single-player modification for Half-life. You will play the role of a russian officer of the secret service. Your first impressions are that this mission will be just like any other, but you really have no idea what nightmares future events have in store for you...
The best looking thing I have played on goldsource engine, it has plenty of cool guns, an interesting setting. This is a very well made mod, but sadly it's VERY short. With all the effort that was put into this mod you would expect this mod to be at least around 6 hours long, but I completed it in around an hour! It crashes sometimes, but you should definately try this mod and if you don't like horror then don't worry - this game isn't scary.
Let's get the cons out first: there's poor direction at times so it takes some blundering to find your way forward, a couple intense scenes were (thankfully) downgraded by glitched enemies, and the Russian dialog sounds more monotone then it should at times. Now for the pros: it's very linear so you don't have to worry about getting lost, the music is to die for and masterfully integrated into the suspense or action, thurough voice acting covers most bases, the buildup is almost a shoutout to Amnesia (that's your que to download), foreshadowing and back story contribute amazingly to the atmosphere, and those noises... my god those noises... I played this in broad daylight and was jumpy at points.
This is the mod that for me is one that excels in everything on the graphics and audio side of things but fails on gameplay, it feels very unpolished and unrefined like they used the standard HL gameplay only made enemies tougher. I honestly think that headshot should have been deadlier, and I think the level design ranges from creepy to bland. I do like the fact the mod works its way up to the encounter with the zombies but I never found myself very entranced in the mods story. As it seems to set things up nicely but deliver so little to us that by the end I feel a little disappointed. Its one of those mods that does one thing well, and thats look great and sound good and so it attracts many people, but doesn't give us everything where expecting.
Paranoia has a lot of polish on a lot of things. And most of it it does well. This game feels like a part of the HL saga. The gameplay is great, the fear is good, and the graphics have more in common with Source than GoldSrc. The only bad parts are it's length and AI.
But don't pass this mod up. It is well worth your time.