So I’ve never really followed that many mods even though I’m in love with them, let alone finish them. But from the few I have Half-Life1 single player mods, They Hunger, Expansion packs, map packs, are always the best. Usually extending off of the Black Mesa story and recreating the horrible incident from some other poor sap’s eyes like a janitor or something. And well, yet again I found myself booting up an expansion of a mod I never tried before, Poke 646. From what I hear the original was great but since Vendetta just came out I figured I’d try it out in hopes it’d be better than the original, and I was impressed.
I Poke646 Vendetta you play as a scientist, stranded in Xen with one of these teleporters. Your main mission is to eventually get back at those who left you for dead and survive. Throughout the beginning you’re on an interesting space shuttle like structure, with beautiful scenery and some very nice puzzles ( jumping on these laser shooters around the reactor comes to mind ) and eventually make it to a teleporter to get back to Earth. Along the way you battle some remodeled Grunts and aliens. You get some kind of mp5, an interesting looking crossbow, and a pipe there. The models themselves aren’t superb, but the crisp realistic animations, especially of the new crossbow reloading more than make up for it. You finally find the teleporter and get back to Earth and of course, all hell has broken loose down there and you have to battle your way through your base of some sorts to take your revenge.
Theres plenty of gameplay here, and theres some where I had to take a second to scratch my head and think how to approach the situation. However at an agonizingly short hour length it wont last long. The game comes complete with an endboss, and a satisfying end cut scene ( or at least I thought it was satisfying ). So give it a shot!