Wow, I am scared out of my mind at this moment. I just got done spending over an hour with Cry of Fear, a mod created for the original Half-Life. (yes that is correct, the original Half-Life)
Cry of Fear isn’t going to wow you with its’ graphics or voice acting — but it is going to literally drive you insane with the amount of fear and tension they can stuff into one title. When I first started Cry of Fear, I have to admit, I wasn’t all that impressed. (especially when I had the notepad glitch, luckily they patched that right quick) But now after progressing a bit further, (just finished the second chapter) I have to say that Cry of Fear really has a lot going for it: the music is moody and fitting to the tone of the game, the enemy design is definitely grotesque, and the game just overall has amazing atmosphere (you can’t help but draw comparisons to Silent Hill 2, even to the point of bars appearing in hallways when you come back through them later)
The protagonist controls like he is on crack, and the graphical settings are almost none existent, but so far the good folks over at Team Psykskallar have still been able to wholly engross me in the game. I am curious as to how the story will unfold, and to find out who is sending me all these anonymous text messages. I am literally at the breaking point mentally to where I am thinking to myself, ‘please, don’t be a monster around that corner, I don’t think I can take anymore.’ That there is the sign of a well-designed horror game, sure they use a lot of jump scares, but they’re damn effective.
Overall I never want to play Cry of Fear again, but I will press on, to see how the story unfolds. Stay tuned for a full review of this free mod for the original Half-Life. Don’t expect the review to soon though, this game scares the crap out of me.
You can check out the Cry Of Fear website here.