Portal Stories: Mel
Requires Portal 2. It’s a similar deal as Rexaura, but for Portal 2. Once again we’re looking at a massive fan-made campaign consisting of 22 levels designed for Portal 2 experts, set in the earlier Aperture era as alluded to in the original game. The overall quality is superb and it almost feels like an official piece of DLC, complete with new voice acting, lots of custom assets, and even a bunch of Steam achievements. Also like Rexaura, this one’s focus is in figuring out the solution rather than pulling off tricky physical feats, making it tough but fair. Allocate your browser to these parts to snag your own copy.
Nightmare House 2
Requires Half-Life 2. A similar experience as Grey, Nightmare House 2 is a smallish, story-driven single player survival-horror campaign. Players take on the role of a man who has a car crash in the middle of nowhere during the dead of night. He seeks help in a nearby house which, unfortunately for him, is haunted and has a horrific history. He later finds himself in a hospital which seems to have suffered a similarly terrible fate. It makes extensive use of horror tropes and is likewise a solid mixture of shooter and puzzler. It’s very creepy, with multiple endings and a fairly professional presentation. Book yourself in at this location to try it out.
Some of you may remember a mod for Unreal Tournament 2004 called Alien Swarm. Much like other mods such as Dota and Team Fortress, Valve took it upon themselves to hire the team responsible and develop a new game as a showcase for their Source technology. This version of the mod is a gorgeous, creepy top-down shooter that invokes imagery from the Alien movies and a number of similar titles such as Team17’s awesome Alien Breed trilogy. It’s designed for co-op play: you and up to three more of your friends can choose between four character classes, each with their own statistics and unlockables. We highly recommend roping in some of your playmates and giving it a go. Get the goods here.