Silent Escape is a first person shooter game, which events are unfolding parallel to the Half-Life 2 story. When situation in Сity-17 started to get out of control, the scientists had organized the plan of "Silent Escape". It was designed to save people’s lives and bring them to a safe place. The problem is that everything went not quite as planned...
the mapping is really awesome and there are a lot of great areas where you stand still in awe. My favourite part got to the spooky forest, which was done really well and kept the atmosphere perfectly. The story is fast but still great considering how much they pack into such a short mod, it is suprising, the narration is done well, the npc animations fit (except that "let's do it" armswing ^^) and the presentation of it is really good.
The reason why I don't give 10 is because of the combine combat, the mapper didn't use the full potential of them, most of the time they are just rushing. 90% when there is a door you can be sure that combines will rush through it any second now. But this rushlike combat kinda gives the mod it's own feel, which was probably the intention of the author, I can't say, I can only say that I feel tactical combat against combines much better than getting rushed by 5 combines door after door.
The zombie chapters were absolutely fantastic though. It is strange, how the author makes them so well compared to the rather weak combine combat.
The puzzle are also really good, nothing big here but all of them are solid and logical. Also the item placement is quite good, and the last level (train) was pretty fun and gave you a good feeling. Though I hoped the end fight would have been a bit more challenging?
There are also some small bugs, translation problems and an overusage or bloom, but these are minor problems.
Great mod, perfect if you want some small fast half life action which still carries a good story line.
Highest Rated (8 agree) 9/10
Been playing so many other games over the last year+ that I haven't played any Source mods except " Grey " ( +7 ) and " Cry of Fear " ( which I was sorely disappointed with ). I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this mod ! Played it x2. No mod is perfect by any definition, but this one painlessly popped me right back into the HL2 'verse again and it was good to be back. I'm not going into pro's and cons, 'cause I'm not that friggin' fussy. Over all, a wonderfully planned and executed…
Sep 24 2012 by jjawinte