Underhell is a Source Engine game developed by the Underhell Team in collaboration with We Create Stuff. Underhell Chapter 1 requires ONLY Source SDK Base 2007 installed. No Source game is required.
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This is quite the ambitious modding venture if this was just the prologue. Voice acting is for the most part good, and even for the worst parts still passable (the accent-laden english). The action is good, though I think the enemies should be a little weaker, not in the damage they deal, but they should be able to take less bullets. There was something off about the aiming when NOT looking down the sites. I think it might be the accuracy. Every gun was a little TOO inaccurate, though the shotgun suffered from having too wide of a blast and not being powerful enough. The bullet time sequence was a great idea, but suffered from the low power of the guns in this mod. As for the story, it's interesting so far but I think it's a little disjointed. I believe it would have been better if the guy had a reason to come back home and sleep a day so he could encounter the horror element of the story, then be called out again. Going back to the house after finishing the action part of the story felt a little odd because in a flowing story, you would not be able to go back there. Regarding the mysteries surrounding the story, I mostly felt like I wanted to continue playing to find out what's going on, which is good, but at the same time I'm thinking "why would gas that's supposed to kill me give me powers?" What I mean is, that's more like something being mysterious but you aren't confident that there will be a good reason behind it revealed in the future. My only major criticism for this game is that I believe you should better set up the interplay of the action and horror part of the story because it feels like two separate mods stitched together. Take the F.E.A.R. franchise, it has a reason to include horror and action scenarios. I mean, I don't know if the whole ghost/horror thing will have a role in the main story in the future, what with you seemingly gaining powers and all, but if you did I think it would make more sense to even include the scary stuff that way.
Highest Rated (189 agree) 10/10
Underhell is one of those mods that comes along every so often, that makes you look at retail and remember when they used to make good games like this...and saddens you a little that the industry can't turn out gold like this these days. In a world of MMO's, Call of Duty FPS's, we get a classic game with a good story, incredible atmosphere, and depth to boot. Fun gameplay on top of that? This is a lovechild, and that is what makes it amazing. This is the result of someones vision come to life. They…
Mar 6 2011 by Mkilbride