The story of Rebellion starts where the Vengeance one ended. You have won the battle over Gargantua but this last one had leave you in such a shape that even your mother would not recognize you. You have lost all of your weapons during the battle and you're are severely wounded. Nevertheless, some scientists who kept themselves away during your last fight are coming to give you first aid... They don't have the time to help you. A marines platoon arriving begins to shoot them down and one of the grunts puts a highly explosive satchel charge a few meters from you that cause the ground to collapse when exploding.
This is an improvement over the previous installment, the mapping is actually quite good but really doesn't come into its own until we reach the city, oh boy does that really feel like a city, at night with civilians its clear that it's not safe and a great staging ground for fire fights.
The first half of the mod was a bit like many other mods that I've played, it keeps the enemies many and has larger areas that require you to do quite a bit of fighting especially for the apache fight.
It knows to stay difficult which I appreciate.
The city area requires a bit of "lap dog" routine but thankfully taking in the sites makes it worth it, and we get a few surprises that grunts do fill the area when you don't expect it. We even get to rob a bank :)
+Fairly good level design to begin with, but the city stands out as unique and some beautiful views
+Some hard fights with grunts
+One really tough encounter with a tank that has to be wrecked once to smash its front part than once more for its top half
+2 set pieces in the first half of the mod, the bombs being dropped meant running for the bomb shelter, and the apache attack with the numerous grunts.
+Ending is satisfying
+A actual women...
-Some weapons didn't have the proper fit into their new role, like the sniper rifle still having the slow moving crossbow arrows
-first half of the mod is kind of forgettable, as we go through a few bunkers.. the 2 set pieces stood out though.
-One area with the big open rocky area, to many grunts and bland looking.