The Worry of Newport is a two part Horror/Mystery built upon Crysis 1. It is an interactive narrative and story built upon the first person perspective around immersion, story, and atmosphere.
Overall, I'd say this is a shining example of Crysis modding. It's not the most original idea ever, nor is it executed extremely well. But ultimately, I'd definitely reccomend it.
It progresses extremely slowly, yeah. The slow movement controls aren't really an issue though, and I rarely found myself getting bored wandering around. Although, having said that, I did do it with my shift key pressed from beginning to end. Being stuck in place while it reads books out loud was quite annoying though, as was the slow first person cutscenes.
The story... Well... I personally couldn't follow it at all. Even having finished it, I can't make any sense of it. So my own reflection on it can only be the journey from beginning to end, which I do rate positively. TWON does a great job of setting the mood, and invoking a sense of paranoia with the suggestion that you're being stalked every step of the way.
I'll certainly be recommending this one to friends! :)
The start is amazing. The lighthouse, the port, the first words, the narrator and the level design. Wow! Very well crafted. I forgot it's a mod, not a commercial game.
The second part is another story. There are still some amazing sights (catacombs, newport under siege), but the flow and the story telling gets really annoing. Invisible (and visible) walls everywhere, killing any immersion and exploration. It's no longer a place I want to explore, it becomes a game, a track (of the same torches) I have to follow in order to advance. Unskippable audio logs, you can't move or do anything while listening to (you need 20s to read the text, but the sexy french voice - oh, she is sexy - needs 3 minutes to finish). Needless cutscenes (moving me without doing anything important) and too many narrative jumps. Why bring me to the dessert when there is nothing to see, except another text telling me about things you're not showing me?
I hope I'm not too harsh, but the first minutes were so amazing, they made the rest look pale in comparison.
Has potential but there's no clear direction through the maps - plus there are a few bugs which can ruin the game experience.
updated review ... as my issue was with the no-save feature of Crysis rather than the mod itself
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