I tested this MOD for a while.
It makes realy fun when you can play long parties about 10000+ rounds and even short battles.
You have evertime something to do and wehn not you make something wrong, it is never boring. The gameplay is great. It uses the strenghs of Civ IV and adds alot of new.
A bad thing by this mod is that it takes 3 minutes or more to start, but this is only a little thing. (by my first game it's also takes 15 minutes)
I wold say this is the best MOD for Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword
(This is my first time im about to write a review of a game, so do go easy on me.)
The first time i heard of it was on a Finnish gaming magazine PELAAJA, and i looked at the small pixelated pictures and thought. "huh, this gives out some X-Com vibes. Wonder what its about?" So i red the small indie-games article the game was shown on, and i must admit. At the firts time i read it i passed it out as a similiar f**k-up as Dead Island, but after watching a fair number of videos on Youtube, i decided to give it a try. And boy! Is this good.
The feeling of survival is there, completely with all the variables. The pressing feeling that if you dont have a safe place to spend the night, you might wake up with a zombie eating half of your leg off. All of the things that many "Survival" games have promised is in this neato package.
BUT, there are some points of criticism i need to hand out. I know this game is in Alpha, so im not going too hard on the graphical and some glitch issues. The UI of the game is handy but a bit clunky at places, inventory is missing the "Drop item" option which could be usefull in a tricky spot to drop some of the heavier equipment when being chased by a horde of zombies. Health indicator is usefull, but can be sometimes annoying, since it doesnt say what sort of procedure you should do to heal a certain part of your body. The status indicators on the side when something needs to be done is very usefull, but sometimes it can get a bit obnoxious. they constantly vibrate when your status either improves or worsens, being sometimes very distracting. In sandbox-mode, when i started it gave me character traits. With choosable career options, sounded totally reasonable and i really liked the balancing of the pros & cons. But if you want to have a character who has multiple traits to improve his physical prowess, you will most likely need to make him a psychotic degenerate.
It doenst really make the 10/10 mark, but it will late
This is one of my favorite mods. The story and gunplay were nice and all but my favorite part was the house. Going around and solving puzzles and such while the occasional scare from the lady haunting your home was great entertainment for me. Some scares got me to the point with shivers down my neck, and me being at the edge of my seat. Can't wait to see how you guys improve on to it in later versions!
NOTE: THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS!
Aberration was mostly eye candy to me. The maps were very well made and had that eerie feel to it. Scares were very generic and very easy to predict. Whenever I entered a large room or hallway I was always ready to expect a scare/action moment. Some scares also seemed completely out of place. There were many sudden transitions from scary to action, which was a bit atmosphere killing to me.
Some action moments also seem a bit much. (Waiting for the elevator) That part you had combine coming from both sides giving little cover, making that a very hard part to survive unless you can kill one of the sides quickly. Also I noticed at one part you used a scene from Nightmare House 2. It was the EXACT seen only without the lady appearing above you. Also from that part you transition to a random mine, which gives no sense of how you ended up there. It was very short and came to an abrupt end going out with the "To be continued!" thing.
Overall, the maps were probably the main thing I liked of this. It was very detailed, and fitted the atmosphere very well. The custom weapon models also looked very good. It played much like Half-Life 2, not having many engine changes. Scares and combat were very disappointing to me and seemed more like a nuisance than anything else. I will rate it a 6 and wait for the next parts to be released!
NOTE: THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS!