I've played through the beta for about an hour, and I have to say I really enjoy it. It's eerie, bizarre, and totally dark. I kind of like this aspect, though, because the inability to see much heightens the intensity. The music is excellent yet again, and the atmosphere is top notch. The fights in Unloved II seemed more toned down that those of Unloved, but they're still challenging (I've died multiple times).
The visuals are great, the the textures used give off a sense of something from, like, the late 1800's/early 1900's. But there's a hellish, other-worldy twist, which makes it all very "Unloved." I liked the use of mirrors as gateways to other parts of the WAD--I've always foud that mirrors could be a used as a creepy element in this very manner.
You toned the difficulty down a bit from the first Unloved, but it still manages to very challenging and chilling (just less slaughtery).
For the rest, I'm enclosing them in a spoiler's tag so that I don't ruin things for others.
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In the "Doctor's House," I found it very clever and freaky that the famous Jack the Ripper "From Hell" letter was laying around. That coupled with the fact that I hear the doctor's(?) footsteps wherever I go, and, thus makes me wonder just what's in store for me here. I'm kind of wondering if Doomguy's missing a kidney...
The Baron of Hell in this map, that appears and then just disappears, scared the crap out of me--now I wonder where he went...
Ammo's very carefully balanced--and I have not cheated one bit. It's definitely a bit thin at times, but, with careful strategic planning, it's not too bad. The chainsaw was my friend in "Rusted Nails" half the time. Health also seems pretty balanced. I was in some tight spots, but I managed to pull through with what I had (once again, no cheats).
The spectre monsters in "Faded City" was kind of a cruel tactic, but, somehow, I'm plowing through. I'm taking a break from it now, though, because it's just too crazy at the moment (heh).
I can't say I found anything bad about the beta. I wish it were longer...I'm not done with it yet, but I know it will pretty much leave me with a cliffhanger, and that's gonna suck--I want to see the rest! But, I couldn't wait for the full release because I've been excited about this WAD for months, so...yeah.
By the way, you wouldn't happen to have the tracks you used for Unloved II (and Unloved)? Or, maybe, tell me what the names of them are? I really like the music of the Unloved duo, and I kinda want to get my hands on it, but I don't know the tracks' names. Could you please let me know? I'd greatly appreciate it! Thanks!
Last edited by fullmetalvaran33 on 07-11-11 at 08:40