Cyberpunk Review » G-String (A Half-Life 2 Source Mod)

August 13, 2012

G-String (A Half-Life 2 Source Mod)

Movie Review By: Mr. Roboto

Release date: December 19, 2011

Developed by: “MyoHyo”

Platforms: Half-Life 2

Versions reviewed: 1.0

Official site: ModDB

Degree of Cyberpunk Visuals: Very High

Correlation to Cyberpunk Themes: Very High

Rating: 8 out of 10

G String intro

If you think the world today is messed up, try living in Myo Hyori’s world.

Overview: Following the footsteps of games like Doom 2, Quake, and the Unreal series, Half Life 2 released the tools, like the SDK (”software development kit”), to allow talented hackers and modders to literally change the game. They have made mods and conversions that allow for realistic or overpowering weapons, deathmatch bots, and whole new dytopic worlds to explore.

G String is the latest mod that throws us into a cyberpunk world. Against a background of a dying Earth dominated by civil unrest against air-supply corporations, you’ll be traveling and fighting through corporate fascists, berserk robots, and your own mutations as you join the “War Against Money.” Just be prepared for a few surprises along the way.

 

The Story: Dwindling oil supplies spark a nuclear war in the Middle East, leaving what little bit remains unreachable and unusable. This triggers massive earthquakes that shake North America and sink Asia, while Africa and South America are raped of their natural resources. The polar ice caps didn’t melt, they just moved to Europe. The fallout, pollution, and deforestation has made the air poisonous so that people who wander outside must wear environmental suits with air-filtration systems or risk destroying their lungs. Whole cities are encased in domes that allow large air filtration and recycling systems make the air a bit more breathable. But as the companies that run the systems collect all currency in the world, some have begun to fight back against those who finance them.

This video should give you an idea of the future Myo lives in.

You are Myo Hyori, a Korean girl living in the North American Union. Your family moved here to TokyoTwice when tsunamis sink Asia. You wake up one morning discovering that you can shoot fireballs and telekinetically move objects… and you’re not the only one with such abilities. The corporations view you and your mutated kind as a threat to their profit margins, and are taking steps to stop you before you can put them out of business.

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Another “mutant” that’s out there… somewhere. If you can meet up with her maybe you can stop the madness that’s killing this planet.

 

See the sights, hear the tunes. You start off in your room in the suburban slums with your television on fire. Once you make it outside you get to travel to many different places. From back alleys to main streets, rooftops to sewers, squeezing through ventilation ducts to precariously balanced on a narrow ledge some fifty stories above the streets, you’ll be traveling across some interesting and dangerous terrain. Along the way, you may encounter some of the living who may be resistance or corporate. Corporate types will shoot you without provocation, so shoot them back preferably before they start shooting. DON’T SHOOT THE RESISTANCE FIGHTERS! They’re only trying to help (even if they do get in the way), and shooting them will not only make them shoot back, but they may call you some nasty things as well.

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Keep your ears open as well as your eyes… or you might miss something.

Sounds also play a role heightening the atmosphere. Distant gunfire, screams of agony from behind closed doors,… even announcements from the hidden public address system can give you encouragement, or a warning of what’s ahead in your travels. An eerie psychic whisper in your head can be expected as well.

Most of the music is the standard ambient background music, but some spots (like a nightclub in the slums) have J-pop blaring through your speakers, even while you’re engaged in combat. If you find the right spot while traveling through the ruins, you’ll even get to hear the Zager & Evans tune “In The Year 2525.”

Mindfuck

At several points in your adventure you’ll be subjected to a “mindfuck”. Some you just have to endure for a minute or two, others you will need to find an escape.

 

Future imperfect. MyoHyo said she spent some five years developing this mod. For the most part, the quality shows through. Even so, there are some technical issues. While making my way down from a roof, I kill two corp guards only to have the game abort with a “no free edicts” error (or something similar). After restarting and luring one of the guards to the door and killing him, I was able to continue without any further major errors. But the ladders gave me the most problems, especially when trying to jump across a deep drop off one. I did make it, after a few deaths, but it’s still hard for me to do consistently. Also, throwing fireballs requires that you press forward and backward simultaneously. Not the hardest thing to do with a keyboard, but it would have been better if you can bind that function to a single key or button for joystick/gamepad users.

MyoHyo is currently working on a version 2.0 that, hopefully, will address these issues. She’s looking for a couple of voice actors, so v2 looks like it may be an expanded edition. Just keep an eye on her site to see when it comes out, along with the soundtrack.

 

Conclusion: G String has what it takes to be a classic HL2 mod. MyoHyo has certainly created a serious cyberpunk trip for her first version. Can’t wait to see what 2.0 has in store.

This post has been filed under Cyberpunk Mods, Cyberpunk Games by Mr. Roboto.

Comments

August 13, 2012

FireElemental said:

I Play another CyberPunk HL2 Mod called, Dystopia. It is pretty amazing. Very Gibsonian.

MaTachi said:

Looks really interesting! I’m gonna check it out!

August 14, 2012

SSJKamui said:

Sounds interesting. I am glad that you continued reviewing Cyberpunk Mods. Good work.

August 17, 2012

StrangeCat said:

Not Korean that’s Japanese how could mess that up?

August 22, 2012

dhonk said:

This is absolutely the most depressing game experience ever. (Not in a gameplay way!) The sense of dread is near crushing, easily one of the best things I’ve played in a long long time.

August 23, 2012

Balduran said:

Honestly? This mod is terrible. You run around having no idea what’s going on, your guns are useless because of the lack of crosshair, your crouch speed is decreased leaving you craaaaaaaaawling through every crouch section, the gray visuals are more annoying than depressing (It leaves you going “where the hell am i supposed to go now?”), and everything is just kinda there.

I really don’t recommend it

August 25, 2012

Diego Schreiber said:

Amazing!!!!

i love that story and would play this game for sure

November 26, 2012

single said:

name of soundtrack?

December 9, 2012

Anonymous said:

This game has the worst level design I’ve ever seen; it could not be any more unintuitive.

January 26, 2013

Anonymous said:

This is a bit of a “cult mod” so most people will either love it or hate it and honestly, it’s best to try it for yourself. G-String v2 or G-String Day one, a vastly improved version of the original mod is coming out as soon as gets past the testers, so if you want you can wait until then. I’m not going to deny that the level design is flawless, personally I had to noclip once to get over a obstacle I could not find a way around, but that was once.
Admittedly this isn’t really a “casual” game in any sense, or at that one where the combat is the game’s primary focus, but rather instead the game’s level of atmosphere should be what pulls you in and good god is it thick.

September 23, 2013

id0 said:

First this is a best cyberpunk mod, second this is the best mod I ever play and finally one of the best cyberpunk GAME.

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