Finally a mod that tries to recreate the feel of the original game, instead of just being a collection of old half-finished maps. And it's pretty damn interesting too. I can't wait to see how this continues.
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Twilight of the Archaic takes everything that I didn't like about Necrologue and turns it up to eleven.
Christ, that's a terrible ending.
Penumbra: Necrologue does a great job recreating the atmosphere from the series, but it's mostly wasted by wandering around the original maps way too often (starts making the whole world feel more realistically connected, ends up making you think the devs were getting lazy). The plot felt uninspired and simplistic with too many retcons that lead nowhere. You basically try to reunite with Amabel (whose death was retconned) until you don't. Afterwards you completely forget about it and then **** just happens. Also, Clarence and (to some degree) Red are back. The endings are alright. One of them is somewhat fitting, while the other two are surprisingly happier (if you forget that you left Amabel behind).
Overall, it's a well made, atmospheric mod with (too many) callbacks to the previous episodes of the series that ends up falling flat with Twilight of the Archaic. At least it washed away the aftertaste of 'Requiem'.
Great level design, I loved the unsettingly long time you spend unarmed, really makes you feel isolated and vulnerable. My only problem is with the night vision, but that's something I've been dealing with since Opposing Force, so... whatever.
Overall a nice, short but fun mod.
It's fine for the most part but as time went on it became harder and harder to fix every bug caused by the engine updates. The worst thing is I didn't even feel it was worth it. The ending was so sudden and dissapointing that I can't recomend this.
I don't have much to say other than I loved it. Some bugs (mainly physics related) here and there, and the gimmick was starting to wear out by the end of the game but the ending was SO worth it.
I've got nothing particularly new to say, just look at the rest of the reviews. Nicely well done maps with tons of challenging to borderline punishing puzzles, hilarious scenes and well-hidden secrets. Bugs here and there but nothing remarkably tedious. Totally worth playing, I really wish there were more mods like this out there.
Fairly simple but well done. Nothing out of the ordinary but worth playing if you're looking for a short, nicely made mod.
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