Half-Life 2 meets aura in this new Steam FPS game, Adaca

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I may have written this before on this particular site, but when someone asks me about my favorite video game, my default answer is half life 2. So which game are you trying to pick up half life 2The excellent mix of exploration, action, puzzle solving and emptiness caught my attention. And if that game succeeds, and also His gravity pistol includes, well, I’m over the moon about that. lucky for me and others half life Fans, the newly released indie shooter does not stop It is one of those games.

released last week, does not stop It is a first-person shooter This is a self-described throwback to the late 1990s and early 2000s. This was the era of the “linear but not stuck arcade shooter”. things like that half life 2And the HelloAnd the far cry. The type of shooter where you have, yes, only one path through each level and play area, but the spaces are larger than the death‘s The lanes are interesting to explore and often filled with environmental puzzles. and while does not stop Pulls off a lot of these shooters, it’s more like half life 2not by chance.

Within the first 20 minutes of does not stopYou are given a gravity pistol-like arm and forced to fight space cops who emit a loud blast of static and electronic scream upon killing. And like Gordon Freeman, the main star of Valve half life In the series, your main character never talks about his long, uninterrupted journey from point A to point B. if you play half life 2 Or later episodes, all of this should sound very familiar. But if it is not broken …

The player stares at a swampy area filled with debris and old trees.

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The only developer who made does not stop He clearly understands what he’s made of half life 2 and the work of her contemporaries. For example, an early section includes a train, an abandoned bridge, and not much else but the sound of a distant crow. Although the level is limited, the level does work, mainly due to the need for time to move forward and when to press to the side to let the train fly, made more intense by all the space cops shooting at you. Of course, just as in half life 2You can also get a large chest and use it to block some bullets. Or throw him at the bastard as he shoots you, kicking him off the bridge altogether.

Another level features limited ammo and loads of small objects you can fling at zombie-like enemies. Or you can use bigger ones to create obstacles to slow them down while you figure out how to escape. You always have options in Adaca.

What makes this indie shooter stand out is how it routinely nails the flow and pacing of a half life GameEven if some parts feel less polished than Valve’s classic shooter. This is most noticeable in some small areas, such as stairs, where you will mesh walls or stairs. Other times I had performance issues or empty rooms that felt incomplete. And the characters are not voiced; Instead, they do Banjo Kazooie Something “chirping”. None of this made it difficult to enjoy it does not stopIt just reminded me of the game’s size and limited resources. It was also a reminder of how passionate this game can be.

One player shoots a pistol and flashlight at a group of enemies like zombies with glowing red eyes.

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When does not stop Operate and nail it half life 2-I feel like it’s one of my favorite games I’ve played this year. who loves half life 2 or Alex Or any of the episodes should at least take a look at the free demo of the game.

I didn’t even mention this game also Contains a full alternative open world campaign. So once you get tired of rewinding the past, you get a whole other mode that plays the role of a large-scale modern shooter, like the modern one far cry Toys. What a value!

does not stop Available on Steam And the Itch.io for PC. It also has a free demo available to play now if you want to try it out before you buy.