Dark Interval is a restoration/revision mod that lets you play Half-Life 2 as it could have been: with custom maps, new voiced dialogue, new models and textures, all based on Valve's early concepts. The mod is released in episodes, the most recent being Dark Interval: Part I - an intro chapter to the bigger story.
Early access review
This is for Dark Interval: Part 1 released on October 19th, as I never played Chapter 1.
I enjoyed the modernized and recreated versions of leak maps, there were some pretty cool puzzles in there. The atmosphere and theme was consistent throughout all the maps and it definitely had the "Alternate beta" Half-Life 2 feel. Using a single weapon throughout a section was pretty cool, it was nice to see the Immolater in a new, high def model! It was great to see the Manhack Arcade and a fully playable, amusing game. New dialogue was nice. The intro scene and the outro scene were fantastic, especially the Combine Assassin at the end.
There are a few cons that aren't major or gamebreaking just a few annoyances I noticed throughout the way:
-Lighting is REALLY dark in some areas, I had my flashlight on for a lot of the game.
-Some NPC's have no interaction or dialogue, and were standing there lifeless, and there were no facial anims but I read this is being addressed!
-Some of the level transitions are strange, for example before you arrive at Kleiner's lab. You climb up a ladder, but once you arrive at the next section of map there is no door or anywhere to imply were you just came from.
-Movement speed felt a little too slow for the big maps, I would recommend implementing unlimited sprint, as it felt tedious to walk so slowly when you couldn't sprint.
-The optimization on a few maps was poor, I would have steady FPS on most maps but on a few maps with steam particles, FPS would tank.
-A nodraw areas such as behind a door where you could peek through the map
Overall I enjoyed this mod very much and I cannot wait to see more content. This is very coherent and structured version of a Half-Life 2 beta interpretation, storyline wise and I can't wait to see where the devs take it.
Highest Rated (13 agree) 10/10
As of date, this is the most complete and well-done take on the old storyline. In addition, despite being the beginning of the game, there is plenty to offer in terms of gameplay. I'm definitely looking forward to the next chapters
Apr 22 2017 by TheZealot