Water is a third person puzzle solving adventure type of game with an unique look and gameplay. It's a story about a mermaid, and fish men who aren't fish men. A story that brings you into tears and fears. It's about fish people, harp instruments, swimming, and crazy priests.
This mod made it really difficult for me to rate. 8.5 would be better but ModDB doesn't support such a score. I swayed between 8 and 9 but went for 8 because of this "feeling" I got, a feeling that something is off, something stands in the way of a "wow" experience.
This mod is rather unique for which it deserves praise. The idea of the mermaid mechanics is refreshing and so are in general the various puzzles included which often are not so easy to see the first time. The graphics idea with the above and below water is a nice touch. Although the story is somewhat convoluted the flash-backs in the 2D children book type cut scenes are an interesting idea done well. The difficulty is just right.
Minus points I had though to give for the controls and user interface. The 3rd person control yields troubles at times making it difficult to interact the way you want. Some influence mini-games are quite frustrating as sometimes the controls don't do what is written on the manual. For example when you have to deal with the traffic signs you can turn the sign but for some reason it is ignored and placed always the same way. You have to figure out how to move properly to trick the controls into doing what you need to solve the puzzle. The conversation interface also is counter-intuitive to use. Using the mouse wheel (hence next/previous weapon command) to select the item would have been better. Also the face animations look quite off. Now I don't know if this has been intended or not so I give the mod the benefit of the doubt. I don't really like it as it looks like Garry's Mod posing.
Overall it's a mod that I recommend to play and being it only for experiencing something different. This mod could use some polishing but otherwise it's an interesting experience albeit a bit a short one but that's why it's called short stories after all.
Highest Rated (7 agree) 10/10
Beautiful piece of art. Art style, from the vibrant colors of the underwater regions to the bleakness of the city to even the small, papercraft looking cutscenes, is amazing. Player models have the same stylized feel. Gameplay is fluid (hahaha, I funny). It takes the Source engine where I haven't seen it go in a long while: the realm of creativity.
Nov 14 2011 by Dr.Doozer