Ok, so I had a bit of a rant in the shoutbox about horror mods and the horror genre in general. My opinion of horror over the years has been pretty much tarnished by the constant flow of poorly executed games or mods.
When F.E.A.R came out is when it really started going downhill for me. The combat sections where pretty awesome up to a point but started to get stale. The horror aspect however just bored me to the point of giving up with the game. Some years later the sequel came out and I decided to try the demo. After all, a demo should entice a player to buy the full product right?
It did not go well.
On the modding front, several mods have come out that look promising in the early days but then just fall into the same grungy, dark mess. Jump scares, dark shadowy rooms, using a flashlight all the fucking time so you only ever see 30% of whats in front of you. It's like playing the game with a fucking box on your head with a hole cut in it.
Just a couple of examples here to make my point:
HL2 EP2 Mod: Crypt Darkness, grunge, odd colour filter
HL2 EP2 Mod: Bleak Darkness again, grunge again, fog
HL2 EP2 Mod: Inquietitude Darkness again, fog again
HL2 EP2 Mod: Hellsound Dreams Darkness yet again, grunge again, snore
HL2 EP2 Mod: Lurking Urrrgh...
I've skipped over some of the terrible ones which popped up, but the screenshots above all have massive praise. Frankly, I can't see shit in any of them.
Does ANYONE know of a horror game which takes place in a NORMAL environment in broad daylight? Something the player can related too and actually feel uneasy about? ANYONE!!?