Ever since I discovered this mod in 08 I been a patience tracker and that patience has seriously payed off!
Cry of Fear has got to be the scariest mod on Goldsrc I played in a while. It has all horror mod fans would love. Dark atmosphere, wonderful detailed monsters, and a story that will keep guessing while watching your back for any monsters that will attack you from behind.
The main character Simon is to me very interesting since as you play as him you can tell hes been having a crappy life with the slit wrists and him getting run over by an unknown person. This is when the questions started in my head "Who was that man asking for help? Who was in the car and tried to run Simon over nearly killed him and made him a cripple?, Was that Simon slamming that guy's head into a wall?" These questions kept me thinking during the entire game. Sadly only a few questions were answered although I only gotten one ending "4".
The inventory is what some say it's like the old Resident evil game(which I never played) but it was because of that system which inspired Rumpel and I must say it's a great system. It makes it so the playing doesn't feel like Rambo in a horror game (Fear 3). Mostly in the game the player has 6 slots 1 is for your phone until a certain level where you lose your bag and it's reduce to 3 making the game tougher. Gameplay is a mix between melee and shooting since ammo is scarce you have to use a knife or a police baton.
This mod was worth waiting for and I can't wait to see the other endings and co-op. But they're were a few questions unanswered in the game. Like who tried to kill Simon, Who was that man in the intro, and who was sending Simon those messages during the blood-room parts such as "I hate you" or "I just want you to die" etc. I honestly can't wait for the next mod Team Psykskallar will make next but they deserve a break for this masterpiece of a horror mod :).
An overall fun mod with beautiful units and maps. The overall visual is impressive and well done. The campaign maps and historical battlegrounds were accurate and fun to play on.
I was, however, disappointed with the campaign gameplay because both the units and buildings were overpriced and the income rates were generally the same as the normal Medieval II campaign. This highly restricts the amount of units you can buy, and almost eliminates constructing new buildings. Each of the three nations I played (Gondor, Rohan, and Isengard)had this problem.
Overall, I enjoyed the mod, but since I'm into the campaigns more than anything else, this was a mod I simply cannot stay hooked on. If your a big lotr fan, I would highly recommend this mod simply for it's quality gameplay, accuracy, and visuals.
This game, THIS GAME GUYS, It's awesome i have never been more scared to play a game not since amnesia the build up for scares are just amazing, Just so many times i just went NOPE and turned off the game, I've replayed the game so many times i love the item system although i did kind of die a few times opening the inventory, The bottom line this game rocks, And thanks Team Psykskallar for this amazing game keep up the amazing work guys.
"Perfect" may be a strong word, but I really don't see how a horror game made in this graphics engine could have possibly been better. Seriously, if you just want to get the ever-loving **** scared out of you, this is as good as it gets! True, it doesn't quite work as a straight up action game (the enemies are too stupid to be a serious challenge, all of them rushing into your gunfire like hellish lemmings) but as a horror experience, this **** is absolutely GRUELING and completely brilliant.
I won't bother covering the story due to lack of space (also it's up there ^), but the gist of it is that you're alone in some unknown location and surrounded by horrible things on all sides. "Alone" is the key word; this game creates an oppressive feeling of loneliness throughout, absolutely crushing your spirits and creating a sense of helplessness that proves scarier than any of the game's effective though ultimately cheap "jump" moments.
Though Half-life is buried in there somewhere, the gameplay is mostly vintage survival/horror. All of the staples are here: the player character with clumsy aim, the sporadic save points, and of course, the grid-based inventory with no spatial logic whatsoever (yes, a shotgun takes up as much space as a small key, just go with it).
Updated play mechanics like quick slots and dual-wielding give it a modern edge, but it's mostly the love-it-or-hate-it style of the genre's glory days. It's intentionally clunky game design with the intention of taking you out of your comfort zone and forcing hard decisions on you at all times (what do you want more, your light source or your melee weapon?), and personally, I love it. Also, BOSS BATTLES, HELL YES! Man, I've missed these things!
Not much room left to discuss the graphics, but trust me, the mod team has done things with this engine that are truly stunning. It might not always run silky smooth, but that's a small price to pay for visuals this stellar. Basically: download this!