Azure Sheep Azure Sheep is the latest in
the world of community-produced single-player experiences for Half-Life.
How does it shape up?
By - Klown
Where can you find a single player episode, guns, and
girls all in the same package? No, its not a riddle; you can find all of those
wrapped up into the latest Half-Life modification, Azure Sheep, plus a lot more.
Azure Sheep puts you in the role of Barney; in seek of your good friend Kate,
who will help you along the way. You will cross paths with fellow Half-Life
stars such as Gordon Freeman and G-Man. This mod will take you back to that old
fashioned Half-Life feeling.
Azure Sheep starts you off in your room with your alarm going off, signifying it
is time to get ready for work. You will be directed straight to your post, with
nowhere to roam, besides a bedroom or two (select Going For A Walk from the
main menu to see what the facility you are at is like). At your post, you will
see Gordon Freeman pull up in his sports car, and then all hell starts to break
Most of the textures are from the original Half-Life single player, due to the
crossing of the different maps, but you will notice some new textures here an
there. There is a whopping 51 levels included with Azure Sheep, all created by
Davide DAV Cintrγo, who has many extraordinary single player episodes, such as
DAV Train and DAV Sub. The whole episode looks professionally done,
congratulations to DAV.
There are a variety of new models in Azure Sheep such as the female guards,
Barniel and Kate, and a second set of marines, which are in direct battle with
the grunts for part of the time. All are very well skinned, nothing short of
spectacular. You will encounter some new monsters as well, for instance, some
different coloured alien slaves. You will also find certain aliens that you can
both use and fight, such as the chum toad.
Some may say that this is a Blue Shift clone, well they are wrong. This
modification is so much more, with a completely different base around it. The
only thing that is the same is the fact that you play the role of Barney. I
believe this modification also goes more in-depth than Blue Shift, with the
incorporation of such things as the impressive cut-scenes and the love story.
With having an extra person to watch over (Kate), it really adds a lot of
difficulty to the game. It takes a lot of thought into whether or not to leave
her behind and go and fight, or take her with you and take the risk of her being
killed, which means a game over.
Any way you look at it, Azure Sheep is a great, top notch, single player
experience that any Half-Life fan should try out. If you are tired of all those
single player episodes that are too easy, you have another thing coming. Even on the easy setting, this is one hard modification. Not too hard
though. Beginners will find it challenging, but playable. If you have Half-Life, this is a
must-download, worthy of any gamer.