There's something very alluring and charming about this game. It is the seamless blend of horror, point-and-click, and FPS. The gameplay itself is fairly standard — proceed throughout the corridors, shoot, solve puzzles, and generally explore the wonderful environments to further the story. And, this story is very engrossing in its overall simplicity but also its complexity, which somehow both describe it flawlessly despite them being antonyms.
As I played the game, I was mesmerized by the scenery and tone. The atmosphere is excellent, surprisingly being genuinely chilling and sometimes downright frightening despite its obvious age. The FMV, acting, and overall work gone into this game to polish it truly does shine through. It excels exceedingly well in all fields, again, especially considering the given time it was released. As you proceed throughout the game, you'll be met with breathtaking sights and atmosphere, frequently caught in a momentary disbelief that this game is indeed made in 1996.
My gripes would be that it is a bit old-timey in its overall design, but I feel it hasn't aged too poorly. As I mentioned, I believe it is simple, yet creative. It manages to be extremely effective despite age as its enemy.
Overall, it is a hidden gem that was missed out in the time it was created, but now it has a chance in the spotlight of the present. It was ahead of its time in every way, yet it was extremely successful in doing so. If you're willing to step into a time machine, be prepared for a great time.