This is easily one of the most solid mods that I have played in quite some time. This game breathes new life back into the Survival/Horror Genre that has been lacking in the general game industry for some time.
Having played the original Nightmare House this sequel has delivered in terms of gameplay, depth and overall production value.
NH2 picks up where the original left off and players get the whole cake instead of just a slice; while allowing new players the original experience. Utilizing the technology the team have included an updated version of the original NH1 as a prologue, bringing elements I knew in a revamped form, reworked visuals with enough changes to gameplay that the player is brought into the unfamiliar territory. Inspiring.
This game pits itself as a Horror and thankfully not the one based on the modern style like Resi-5(im a huge series fan though the genre has turned from Horror to Action, wider audience = more money). This game distils the essence of what's needed to keep the player wondering what's going on, what's round the next corner, what's will try and jump out at me. The varying pace helps avoid the gameplay becoming predicable.
The surreal sections project the player straight into a horror film. There were a myriad of segments that I had the classic look-over-the-shoulder noticing something changing yet having no control over the situation, the dread adding to the claustrophobic feeling. Excellent work there by the programmers. I can only imagine the hours necessary to get things working.
The elements of the storyline are reminiscent of F.E.A.R but for the right reasons; driving the compelling narrative, bringing the player on a journey that constantly changes direction. The team have improved on what they are given, adding non-generic models that make other mods feel like HL-2 clones.
Bar one or two times where lack of illumination and direction slowed play down this is a must play mod, one the team are surely proud of.
The Citizen Part II is mediocre at best. While the mod has a good story to tell and is excellently scripted, these scripted sequences suffer under the varrying quality of the voice acting. The mapping is of lesser quality in terms of visuals and layout. You often get stuck on stairs and the mod does a poor job at pointing you in the right direction at times. This is all the more troublesome, as the maps are also full of bugs, meaning scripts do not start properly or you end up in places where there is no way back.
The sad thing is that the Citizen Part II could have easily been a better mod, as it is definatley full of good ideas, but in its current form it is just not polished enough.
Minecraft was the biggest surprise that I got in 2010 in terms of gaming. It is something so completely and utterly different from most of the other games, so it's really difficult to compare it or give it a rating.
I remember, one time, when I played it during a break in school, and some of my classmates gathered around my laptop. Everyone except one of them, who already had heard about the game, started saying "It looks so ******!" or "Even my phone has got better graphics!". But after the next lesson, they all were standing around my desk again and about a week later, 3 of them had already bought it themselves.
There is some kind of special appeal to Minecraft, and I don't think that any words are able to do justice to this great piece of gaming art. That also is the reason why, at the time of me writing this review, it is getting close to 1 000 000 sales and the Creeper has nearly become a pop culture symbol.
Nevertheless there are some negative things to say about it:
The first time you start playing it, you are kind of lost. I was lucky because I got to watch some videos on youtube before I started playing it, but without them, I think I wouldn't even have had the least idea what I should do.
One could argue that getting to figure out how to survive completely on your own is one of the most important things about Minecraft. Altough I agree to this, it wouldn't be too bad of an idea to at least give a newbie a gentle nudge in the right direction.
Of course there are lots of bugs and unfinished features in the game (at the moment, Beta 1.1_02 if I am correct), but I think it's just a matter of time until these get fixed.
To come to an end, I think Minecraft is a great example for how indie games can reach a greater audience just by oral propaganda. Thanks to notch and all the people from Mojang Specifications for this great game. Besides the Humble Gaming Bundle 2 I think buying minecraft is the best money I spent on gaming this year.
Nice mod, a little bit too short and everyting feels kinda familiar, but overall very enjoyable. The maps and the voice acting are really professional and are the two key elements that make this mod fun to play.
So, if you still haven't had enough of Gordons adventures in City 17 you certainly going to enjoy this one.
Utterly surreal, the mod suffers from some poor art assets (including some creepy masks). There was no ammo with which to reload the guns I had, and because of that I couldn't get past a certain point, as I was trapped in a cage and shot to death, with no means of defending myself.
Some good concepts,and certain areas were very pretty, but overall quite poor execution.
This is truly a great mod, tough still, it can be a bit confusing.
many small immprovments, menu, enemies, level system, skills, etc, they addded lots of stuff, amazing truly.
here is a few points about it, you should know first
firstly, normally in oblivion if you don't know how to do your mission, you can ask random people around. you can't do this here most often. but of course this is not suprising as it would add alot of work.
second, the game is harder even if you turn down the diffulity, It can be a bit of a challange.
therefore you should quitly adapt your own play style.
thirdly, NO fast tralvel, well you can buy spells and teleport crystals. which is good but costs money, still thisi s good makes more of a realistic game. also you can only teleport to some places.
Funny that this is one of the things i love about this game, it also makes the world in the game feel VERY HUGE which it is.
last, this game is truly amazing if you loved oblivion, you will surely love Nehrim. even tough you may be confused sometimes, or die much.