Estranged: Act I Image
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  1. Mar 5, 2014
    It’s not a particularly good horror, but if you’re not fed up with zombies, you can download the first episode for free and spend a reasonably enjoyable evening with it. [03/2014, p.75]
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  1. sft
    Oct 9, 2014
    Kudos to Alan Edwardes for producing a great little mod that’s both polished and enjoyable. The source engine has been used well to create a good-looking game that ran without a glitch except for one problem with an achievement which I managed to fix but was a little annoying. The voice acting is pretty good. The mix of simple problem solving and combat is just right, giving the game a nice balanced feel. Overall this is a fun way to spend a few hours and it’s free, so what more could you want? Expand
  2. Mar 11, 2014
    An very fun adventure which is free-to-play and this is only the first Act meaning there will be more. I played the game and found it very fun, a new story, new settings, etc.

    The game is based on the Source Engine which according to some people it is getting old now but I say it still has potential.

    Anyway the game has a nice story with some cool moments and it is not a long game but the ending is sweet and will make you want Act 2
  3. Mar 17, 2014
    It doesn't really explain a whole lot (but this is Act 1 and I'm assuming there will be more) but this game is essentially a mod for the Source engine (which is what Half Life 2 is built on) that is basically what amounts to a short survival/horror game. I was most impressed by the sound design. It really showcases the power of excellent sound in a game, because there were moments when the music would play and have me freaked out.

    For being free, you can't go wrong spending an evening playing through this game.
  4. Jan 19, 2014
    From my brief play through so far, I've been very impressed with the story, puzzles and gun fights. I look forward to seeing the Acts that are still to come. Expand
  5. Jan 21, 2014
    This short mod using the source engine is a great game. The story is fairly simple, but engaging, and I believe it will grow with the acts to come. The gun play is solid and the puzzles are challenging but not impossible.It is a free game so I do not see a reason giving it a try. I am very excited to see what the following acts have in store. Expand
  6. Apr 30, 2014
    A good solid 6 is achieved for being free, and one hopes the next Act explains a bit more. But as a standalone game, it doesn't so much fail in one place, it just doesn't excel in any place too. The HL2 engine still does coasts good (like Esther), but like that Mod, there's a lot of very linear walking. It may look like a big map, but you can only go one way, always. Strategically placed blocking fences, boxes and cars abound. There's no story at all in Act I, no idea why your character started there or why as a player you should continue. And internal textures are basic and dull - all I can say is, the HL2 world is full of water works and sewers. The sounds are good still, but gunfights are definitely falling behind the times. It's an enjoyable 2 hours if you like to return to the HL2 world from time to time, as hopefully the next Act(s) will be. But if HL2 holds no nostalgia for you, this mod probably won't improve your opinion of it being dated and needing a major update. Expand
  7. Jan 18, 2014
    Interesting game, and DEFINITELY worth a play through for its price (free on steam), but the old adage "you get what you pay for" applies here. The story "feels" like it wants to be interesting, but never really delivers, with an "ending" that seems to fall just short of being a "cliff hanger". Graphics wise, it's the Half Life 2 Engine, and is dated at this point. Everything, and I do mean EVERYTHING from textures to puzzles, is pulled directly from HL2. To the point I was even wondering if they were eluding to a rival company to even Black Mesa and Aperature, that exists in the same Universe. Just their mistake includes Zombies... because we obviously do not get enough zombies... whose strange sporadic movements becoming a missed thing when you get to the sniper humans soldier antagonists. Seriously, these guys react instantly, and don't, to the point it becomes annoying. Especially after it seemed headshots don't count on them...

    If your looking just to pass a couple hours, you can't beat the price, but don't expect to be wowed. All in all, you have to give the guys props for accomplishing a game build, it is free after all, and it does show promise.

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