Estranged tells the story of a lone fisherman, whose ship is stranded on a mysterious island during a violent storm. Explore the rich environments and meet the curious inhabitants of the island as you find a way back to the mainland.
User reviews: Very Positive (4,888 reviews)
Release Date: Jan 16, 2014

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Half-Life 2 Mod

 

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"(Free) Estranged tells the story of a lone fisherman, whose ship is stranded on a mysterious island during a violent storm."
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Reviews

“It’s clear that the creators are striving for atmosphere above all else. The locations themselves all feel grounded and part of the world and optional extras like newspaper cuttings and even usable computers add more pieces to the puzzle”
LambdaGeneration

“The overwhelming feeling is that things could get terrifying at any moment”
PC Gamer

About This Game

Estranged tells the story of a lone fisherman, whose ship is stranded on a mysterious island during a violent storm.

Explore the rich environments and meet the curious inhabitants of the island as you find a way back to the mainland. Face both danger and intrigue in this perilous adventure, where you will soon find that not everything is as normal as it seems.

Features


Original Gameplay and Story - The game features around an hour of story driven gameplay. It includes a completely original cast, with a carefully crafted script to bring the Estranged world to life.

Amazing Graphics - Estranged is built on the same engine Half-Life 2 runs, with some additional features. We have extended the dynamic lighting system to allow us to illuminate our levels in a realistic manner, and have included effects such as film grain and lens flare to help create the atmosphere for the game.

Original Soundtrack - The soundtrack was written especially for Estranged, and was designed alongside the game's levels. The music matches gameplay, and helps to bring together the atmosphere in Estranged to bring the story to life.

Please note: This game uses some assets from Half-Life: 2. The two worlds are unrelated, and Estranged is not associated with the Half-Life franchise or Valve Corporation.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
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    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows® 7 (32/64-bit)/Vista/XP
    • Processor: 2.2 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 8 or higher, ATI X1600 or higher
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 6 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X version Leopard 10.5.8, Snow Leopard 10.6.3
    • Processor: 2.2 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 8 or higher, ATI X1600 or higher
    • Hard Drive: 6 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • Processor: 2.2 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 8 or higher, ATI X1600 or higher
    • Hard Drive: 6 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
43 of 47 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 5
Where's Act 2? It's been like 50 years now. Plz delivar OP
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30 of 39 people (77%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 8
Bucket Carrying Simulator 2014.

10/10
Would carry again
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15 of 15 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 20
What a great simple game, it took me back to Half Life 2 and had some of the same feel but in a smaller shorter kind of way. I didn't like one of the achievements where you had to carry a stupid bucket around with you but I guess its an achievement to get,It was annoying to have that in my field of view the whole time. I wish the game was longer, the story left you with wanting more. The zombies freaked me out sometimes so I shot them in the head. The game was great overall!
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14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 5
This game is truly amazing even if it was made by source engine still has a great graphics
and the story is really touching
I can't wait for Estranged: Act II to come
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
Estranged is a mod based on the Source Engine. It tells its own story, which is not related to the HL2 universe.
Basically you are stranded on an island and want to leave again, but there is a disturbing signal preventing you from reaching the mainland.
While the mod doesn't last long, it's very entertaining. And there is even more on the horizon... this is only Act 1 out of 3!

9/10 would translate again
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 12
first zombie made me wet my pants

10/10
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 31
I met a friend, Bob The Bucket.
10/10.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 31
i killed a guy with a bucket during the crane level. A ♥♥♥♥ING BUCKET!!!!!

10/10 painted buckets like to 420 no scope
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 25
Immersive. Atmospheric. Engrossing. Polished. Fantastic!

I honestly didn't know what to expect out of this game when I decided to download and install it, but I am very glad that I did. If you have 2 hours to spare, spend it on this game. Describing it would only spoil the experience. Seriously, just go do it!
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23 of 43 people (53%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
*****
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 31
I fell in love with Rick and hes a brick
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2014
9.995/10 jast becaws is has big loading screans.

whaitinfg for act 2
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
Great game for fans of zombies and half life.

Nothing more to say than that.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
Estranged: Act 1 is a short but sweet Mod. Clocking in at around 2 hours it gives a nice bit of story - and this is only Act 1.


Being a story driven - it held my attention quite well. I usually get bored if i'm forced to read something or if there's limited voice acting. But things happen that keep me intrigued. Who is my character? Where am i? Whats happening on this island? These were all important parts of the Mod that took it from being good to interesting. Estranged has gotten alot better since the first time i've played it back in Beta stages, and i really appreciate the inlusion of achievements and Steamworks support. This is one to follow and I cant wait to play the rest of it!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 25
Estranged is a really good source mod for Half Life 2. (Just Saying...)

The Story: is about a dimwit like you crashes a boat and goes into a little town. Meet a couple of british and american people and boom you're done. (2 Hours Of Game Time)

The Gameplay: isn't really nothing at all. It's still killing zombies and humans with weapons and hammers. There's also one slot for weapons which is a damn pain in tha ♥♥♥. I tried to open a vent (SPOILER!!!) when me and this guy called george told me to go to the lighthouse or town or something. I couldn't even open the ♥♥♥♥ing vent. If I had the hammer with me instead of nocliping into the vent, It would've been easier. There is guns in the game and you need health when you get hit by people and zombies. You also need batteries for your flashlight too, but you don't really need it if you turn the brightness up a bit. (You can get a achivement from it too) This makes you want to explore! And look behind box's and look behind every nook and cranny and door. It's really gewd.

If you seen the title, this game has "Acts". (Chapters) Keep in mind that the game is two hours long.

Graphics: look sorta good. When you go to the offices in the game, it looks pretty good. ! It looks like Stanley Parable graphics. !

Verdict: is that the game is okay and good at the same time. It has its up and downs but still is a very good source mod. I still can't wait for Act 2! (If they even make one.)

Rating (7.8/10)
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
A nice half life 2 mod, shares a similar atmosphere. For a horror game its not to scary but overall it was great fun and it was free so who couod argue with that!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 13
Well made and executed, however I wish they would have tried to make a different player model for the scientist guy, hearing a different voice on Dr. Kleiner was just weird and made the game suddenly feel lazily made when im guessing it wasn't.
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 3
Estranged: Act I is a horror FPS that starts out strong and then peters out into mediocrity, a testament to its shortness.

For starters, the game looks decent. There's a mix of Half-Life 2 assets and custom assets, but it's consistent enough to work well. The custom graphical effects and use of dynamic lighting are also very well-done, even if the depth of field is a little strong. The levels are well-constructed from a visual standpoint, the music is fitting, and the game doesn't rely on jumpscares to pull the fear out of you.

That said, the game's mechanics are so recognizable that the horror element won't last longer than, say, 45 minutes. The zombies you fight never really felt challenging. The scare was more "me not knowing what they're capable of," and it gets easy to see what they're capable of. Also, the game sometimes puts them in cheap places. I feel like enemies this simple could be much scarier if used in different ways.

In addition, you also fight a few non-zombie combatants. Their AI is good, but the main danger comes from the fact that they can kill you in a few shots. Unlike Half-Life 2, you have to be careful and take cover constantly. It's a decent amount of fun, but there are really only two spots where the game plays with this concept. There's also a mandatory "crane" section, because that was *totally* fun in Half-Life 2.

The crane bit brings me to one of my biggest complaints about Estranged: Act I: the level design I said before that the levels were well-constructed from a visual standpoint, but from a game standpoint, they're bad. The game uses the Valve trick of light and darkness to tell you where to go or what to do, but none of it makes sense in the game's world. Just random spotlights that have no reason to be there. The levels are straightforward and most of the time are just corridors with nothing happening. No chance for implied stories or combat or navigation. The levels aren't compact, practical, or even useful, in some cases. It feels so disjointed. I felt like there was never a reason for most of this environment to exist, and it killed the immersion for me. I haven't seen level design this impractical since the original Half-Life.

Then there's the issue of length. The game is VERY short. It's free, yes, but that's no excuse for breaking it up into tiny segments like this. There's no story development, none of the characters are even remotely interesting, the player character is even more of a blank slate than types like Gordon Freeman and Link, and the pacing is nonexistent. I don't care if this is an episodic game, you still have to take me somewhere that isn't another shooting gallery. Telltale and Valve have both proven that it's possible to make episodic games with pacing just as good as their full-length big brothers. When the game ends, it just kind of...ends. There's no climax or falling action. It's just "Welp, you're done! See you later!"

I wouldn't be so upset with this if it weren't for the fact that this game shows potential. It looks and controls great, and I was genuinely scared in the beginning as I crept forward, anxiouslyt waiting for something to pop out that never came. It's just that the game lets its guard down so quickly and devolves into the same routine. It's too recognizable, the level design is unrealistic, and it's over before you know it. Hopefully Act II can fix these mistakes. I would be surprised if it did.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 29
I LOVED it, the story and how somethings looked, the voice acting was pretty good too. So pretty much everything was good. The one and only thing i didnt like was, you couldnt have multiple weapons in your invetory. And i hope there is going to be another.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 31
playing this i ♥♥♥♥ my self 20/10
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