Indsendt: 13. december
The graphical fidelity and mechanics found in this game might not be the best or most interesting by today's standards, though the lighting is still pretty good, but DAMN the atmosphere still holds and holds very well indeed. Most of the time, at least. I saw a couple instances where the enemies just kinda derped around and didn't attack me, one guy just kinda charged and faceplanted into a door, but most of the time they act fairly intelligently and they sometimes even try to flank you--had a couple manage to sneak up on me and take a bite or two. The first boss fight was pretty tough, they give you up to 4 respawns if you die and the boss' health does not regenerate, but those extra lives are imo more than balanced by the fact that you can't get any more ammo on a respawn (unless you backtrack trying to look for it, I guess). This was also on Medium difficulty, so I would expect Hard to give fewer attempts. So far I'm thoroughly enjoying the game, I simply love the atmosphere.
The game's supply of med kits and ammo has been fairly reasonable up to this point. It would likely have been more tense and thereby more thrilling on Medium difficulty if I'd had a couple fewer med kits and a bit less ammo, but I'm guessing playing on Hard would fix that. I do plan on finishing the game on Medium and if the rest of the game feels as good as the first hour I'll probably replay it on Hard. Btw at first it seems like you're getting way too much rifle ammo, stacking up over 500 at times, but you really do burn through it quick. And you might want to save as much ammo as possible for the boss fight.
Got this game as part of a discounted Frostbite bundle along with Trine and so far both games have been very enjoyable, in different ways. Kudos to Frostbite for making such distinct games that are almost polar opposites yet both styles are very solid (one a tense, atmospheric shooter and the other a relaxing, beautiful platformer).
Pricing is a highly subjective matter, I think, especially on older titles like this, but if the price agrees with you and/or you find it on sale and you think you might like an oldschool shooter with a dark atmosphere and an isometric perspective, then yeah I'd highly recommend giving this game a try.
Turn off the light, put on some headphones, crank up the in-game music, and I think you'll have a good time shooting some creepy crawlies.
Update: Aaaaanddd it didn't freaking save my game from my last playthrough.. awesome..
Also there's apaprently no quick save function.. so I'm not exactly sure how you do save your progress.. I'd read it's supposed to save when you complete a level, but I played for just over an hour a few days ago, even beat the first boss, and it didn't save any of it. That's not quite good..