Darkness... My body hurts! Or is it my brain? The explosion! I remember it now. Maybe I'm in a coma? Or even worst, I may be already dead... Everything is so confusing... Zombies, monsters and ghosts from the past are filling my mind... Oh God, so many memories mixed with my dreams! I can't even distinguish them anymore. What if my entire life was just a nightmare? But it felt so real... Wait, what's that sweet voice? Sounds like a nurse! THAT is part of reality, I am sure. Now if I could just concentrate on this voice and try to wake up...
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As much as I'm not too much into horror games/mods, They Hunger still stands out for me as a good mod. From the beginning to the end, it never failed to bore me.
Let's start with the zombies themselves, they're absolutely fantastic. Instead of being the average slow animalish zombie that grunts, the ones in They Hunger are basically acting like normal people, but have an uncontrollable urge of eating any living thing; most of them know how to talk, the zombie cops still use their pistols, the zombie sheriff still gives orders to his troops instead of being a dumb zombie, and an infected doctor still does his experiment. In other words, the zombies in this game are basically a mirrored human civilization, I like that.
As for the gameplay, it's more or less the same as the regular hl1 gameplay, except that some weapons have a different function, as well as having completely new weapons. The only problem, however, is that there's no armor anywhere in the game, which makes it harder to be finished without cheats or extreme luck. I know the player doesn't have an HEV suit, but have a kevlar vest or something. There's nothing much to say for the NPCs since they're basically reskinned and voiced differently from the original hl1 NPCs, well except for the zombie bull which is pretty much a fast and strong bullet sponge that easily wastes your ammo.
The audio quality, honestly, is cacophonic. The sound effects and voice are good, make no mistake, but it gets tiring to hear the same voice lines from the same enemy all over again. It might not seem so bad in episode 1, but once you reach episode 2 and 3, those ******* skeletons keep making clicking noise and talking in a high pitched voice because you didn't kill them yet, which is pretty annoying when you're trying to listen to a tape or a dialog in the game.
The level design, on the other hand, is really unique and intuitive. It's easy to get lost and have no idea what to do in your first playthrough, but once you know where to go, it gets better when you play a second time. However, scavenging is ruined for me: most of the rooms are empty (or if they're not empty, there's an enemy in there that has no purpose to be in this specific spot except to waste your ammo or health when you were looking for them), some levels have an insane amount of npcs at one place that puts your health to low in a fraction of time, which makes the level impossible to complete without save scumming or using god mode.
In conclusion, the storyline is well executed and the mod in general is inspiring, but it still has a share of its cons. Nonetheless, these issues don't affect the experience that much as I give it a 9/10. The replayability value is high and I strongly recommend it.
Highest Rated (11 agree) 10/10
Briliant work.. Models:9 Models were great..For the age of this mod i'm suprised some mods can't even get a litle bit close to them..Altough the skeletons are similiar to vortiguants (They are reskinned vortiguants)the fleesh creeature sounds just makes it scary..I say models are HD enough and that you don't need UD to play but just the good old models.. Gameplay:10 Gameplay is amazing..When you think that you've seen everything in the episodes something new appears..Like in episode 3 Rude awakening…
Aug 30 2010 by Blue_Dust