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.
Truly a lot of work has been put into this game, content-wise and story-wise. The prologue itself is longer than most other MODs and the first Chapter is nearly a full-length game.
Where Underhell excels is the gameplay, mainly the combat. Either zombies or soldiers, enemies are to be reckoned with in their own unique way. Less impressed was I with the minigun-scene and CoD-like jeep chase, which was really over the top. The gameplay features nice breaks from battle with searching for supplies and solving puzzles. The puzzles however mostly come down to flipping a switch and finding keycards. Some more innovation would be good in this area.
One of the gems in Chapter 1 is the amount of NPC dialogue. There's a lot of conversation you can listen to which brings the setting and characters to life. Other games don't really dare letting NPC's speak more than the minimum required amount of lines. Downside: NPC's are heavily based on stereotypes which makes them predictable, 2-dimensional and sometimes a bit annoying. I'd love to see characters with more depth and personal backstory in Chapter 2. Also, sometimes the animation is a bit choppy.
The selling point of Underhell is certainly the House. In here the developers can freely experiment with weird gameplay and effects, which turns it into a very interesting part of the game for the people who want to dive further into the depths of the protagonists brain. If you're done with all the psychological stuff, you just jump back into the main story. There is always something to do for whatever type of player you are or what mood you are in.
As for design, the Prologue had some rough edges. Chapter 1 is visually more appealing. I replayed the Prologue hoping it had been visually updated, but alas. For future updates I'd recommend polishing the older areas a bit more.
Conclusion: Underhell is a great MOD that grabs you with it's story and gameplay and makes you eagerly await the next installment.
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