Estranged: Act I Image
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  1. Mar 5, 2014
    50
    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. Mar 11, 2014
    8
    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
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  2. Mar 17, 2014
    8
    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.
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  3. Jan 19, 2014
    7
    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
  4. Feb 5, 2014
    7
    Estranged: Act I is a technically sound game but it doesn't really offer anything new. The graphics and sounds come straight out of HL2, I only noticed two objects in the entire game that had been re-textured. The source engine stil sounds good, but the graphics are obviously looking a bit dated.

    The gameplay is very straightforward, there are some minor puzzles but they're so easy I'm not sure I should call them puzzles. There's some shooting as well, but that doesn't offer any challenge either. I think my health never dropped below 70% during the game.

    The atmosphere feels a bit bland at times, and it's hard to feel involved sometimes because you don't know what the hell is going on. I guess that does offer some incentive to play the second act. In any case, if this game wasn't free I would maybe score it a point less, but I'm not one to look a gift horse in the mouth.

    Play it if you're bored, it's free and it only takes 2 hours to finish.

    7/10
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  5. Jan 18, 2014
    6
    Estranged is a free mod based on the source SDK. Thus, you'll be seeing tons of the same assets from the Half-Life series in the game even though they aren't supposed to be considered in the same universe. The game is being released in 3 separate acts and this is just the first act. The graphics are average as are the physics (this is a source game after all). The most interesting part of the game is the world and the promising story. The world delivers, you'll be venturing through interesting places throughout the short 1-2 hour game. The story doesn't deliver, however. The bare bones story elements that were present in the game made no sense and for some reason there are zombies in the game but I had no idea why. I'm so tired of zombie games so that was really disappointing. The voice acting and soundtrack are average and so is the gameplay. It's not really a horror game; more of an exploration game with some combat. With the inclusion of fighting some zombies, you'll get into a decent gun fight with some people who I have no idea who they are and why they are shooting at you. Overall, it's well worth a look since it's free on Steam, just don't expect anything great from it. Expand
  6. Apr 30, 2014
    6
    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
    5
    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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