Blaise Pascal Once mused on the unfathomable nature of an infinite universe, saying something profound about its 'eternal silence', something I would have explicitly quoted had I not closed the webpage with all of his quotes on there. So why is it, developers of this FPS/space shooter mod for Half-Life 2, that the unfathomable vastness of space isn't eternally silent at all, not by the longest of shots. Instead, the inky blackness is riddled with blasting lasers, exploding spaceships and homing missiles. And sometimes the sound it makes when you crash into the back wall of a hangar at 90 metres per second. Pascal would spit.
Eternal Silence was one of the first mods announced for HL2, throwing out ideas of inter-mothership battles using smaller fighters, the ability to board the enemy ship and take over control points, and basically subverting almost everything about the Source engine to create something not entirely unlike Battlefront 2. When announced, Eternal Silence smacked of over-ambition, but the team have pulled it off and delivered on their promises even with this beta version.
The control point-capturing system works just like Battlefield, with each area under your command becoming a spawn point. Between the two main spacecraft (which are huge, with fully navigable interiors) lies an expanse of space (again, really big - bigger than anything else seen in the Source engine). It's in this space that intense dogfights ensue. Brilliant dogfights too, when the lag lets up. For the most part, flying through space is a fluid experience, even including an option to fly with semi-Newtonian physics enabled (which allows for sneaky sideways shooting). On foot, however, the combat isn't quite so lucid, and lag really kills any sense of fair play. This is easily the mods greatest stumbling block, and something which we hope is rectified soonish rather than laterish.
So while it's still extremely laggy, its on-foot section a tad weak and there's an odd glitch which seems to make all of the turrets spin around so fast they make a weird sort of strobe effect, it's clear that with work, Eternal Silence has the potential to become one of Half-Life 2's greatest mods - and possibly one of the loudest too.
Processor: PC compatible,
OS: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game Features:Single game mode