By now, you’re sick of reading about HL2 mods. Frankly, they’re the only thing that has been released recently, so forgive my de facto focus on what’s available. This review also wraps up hl2 SP mods released in 2007 thus far.
I had a lot of good stuff to say about those other two, Causality Effect and Synergy 2.2, but Rock 24 on the other hand.. well… at least it tries.
There has been, is, and always will be mods with their heads in the clouds, that think they’re much more than they actually are. This is one of them. It feels like the developers knew they were only making a map pack (about an hour long) but yet they attempt to include some sort of epic, albeit completely unexplained or relevant, story about breaking some guy out of prison. He’s a scientist or something, they really only make mention of it once. A good question is “why does he even need breaking out?” because as soon as you get to the prison, he’s already out of his cell and sabotaging electrical dodads, he’ll continue to aid you throughout your quest with some good-for-a-mod voice acting on a less than stellar microphone, although you’re definitely going to have to listen to every word he says, or you’ll be left completely in the dark on some puzzles.
The levels are also way too easy, you’re never offered a difficulty selection menu, so I guess it defaults to easy because the enemies do next to no damage. The levels are far too linear and the corridors far too narrow, it’s like shooting combine in a barrel. I’ll give it some credit though, the levels are detailed, and the last level probably has the most combine I’ve seen on my screen at once.
So overall, maybe a 5 out of 10, but if you’re feeling the effects of the current modding drought, then download it here.