Great mod. Maps and models keep the overall classic HL feeling and the gameplay is pure fun. It's also pretty atmospheric.
Sure, if someone, someday would revamp\update these maps a little (Black Mesa team? Operation BM team? someone should try!) to be a more detailed and overally more into the modern HL-2 mapping fasion, it'd be great, but even in the current state it's just one of the best HL2 SP mods out there.
Ability to visit places from the other games, scripted epic stuff like Apache CAS, big shoot-outs, good models and tons of fun - really, that's a single-player must-have. The only downside of the mod are broken NVG's (some bug related to widescreen?), but this can be easily fixed.
Seeing as this custom story takes inspirations from Silent Hill, I can assure you it's very good.
It's story driven and has a fairly good atmosphere. Of course, it doesn't quite match the Silent Hill atmosphere, but it's good for an Amnesia custom story. It even has multiple endings, which I won't spoil, so don't worry about that.
I played the 1.0 version, so it was a little buggy. It has been updated to 1.4 now, so hopefully these have been fixed.
Some of the puzzles took me a while to figure out, but when I had figured them out I felt very relieved. I'm really not a puzzle-solving person.
The first boss fight with the shovel was a little infuriating, it took me a while to figure out how to beat him. It isn't clearly stated that you shouldn't throw the shovel at him. I wasted about 20 minutes trying to figure out the best way.
Enough of the negatives, lets hit the positives. I briefly mentioned the story. This story is actually quite well done. It has some character development, we learn a bit about Harold as the story progresses.
It also has a meaningful ending, depending on which one you decide to take. I won't go into detail about that, in case you're reading this and don't want to have it spoilt for you.
The custom story made me want to continue, whenever I turned it off to do something else, I had the urge to play it again and continue the story.
It has no gimmicky jump scares, I can assure you. In my opinion, jump scares are cheap scares which don't count. At least, I can't remember any jump scares in it. It's been a few weeks since I've played it.
I can't think of anything else to write, this is my first review I've ever written so I hope it's okay.
Overall, in my opinion, this is a great custom story. It captures atmosphere and is story driven. However I had a few minor issues with it including puzzles and bugs. But like I said, I'm really not a puzzle-solving person, so those problems were personal to me.
Can't write more;wordlimit
A solid 9/10
Good points: Good mapping, interesting and unique storyline, great cutscenes.
Bad Points: Voice acting was just okay. There could have been other models for the characters because I kept getting them confused with the ones from HL2. At one point it took me forever to figure out where to go.