I love Hl2. I guess you could call me a fan, even though I know alot about it... Lore stuff like that. This song was more laid back than I thought it would be, but I liked it anyway. Hope you make some more.
Brilliant sound and description!
I've never even played anything from the Half-Life series, but this was beyond great in terms of both sound and vibe.
I liked the usage of the vinyl distortion in the intro. Its a nice touch that somehow flows well with the damply reverb-laden stuff that comes in at the five second mark *which sounds a bit like creepy breathing - possibly your intent?* There's not too much to add up until 27/28 seconds in. To be completely honest I was expecting something reminiscent of dubstep to come in right about at the the 46 second mark due to listening to Amon Tobin's remix of Machinegun perhaps one too many times. Most of your songs actually have some similar elements to his O_O.
Here comes the beat. Its good, but to someone like me who hasn't played the half-life series the midrange clap feels a bit out place with the soft bass drum and phased snare drum. It does give the piece as a whole a bit more of an old-skool videogame feel though, so I guess that was intentional in this tribute. There is however a part at 1:16 that is OVERLOADED with bass to the point of distortion, which temporarily ruined the overall synthy-smooth yet decidedly dark vibe.
On the topic of the synths: FUNKAY! The part starting at 1:19 actually reminds me of the Ratchet and Clank or series Noisia's original Concussion in terms of how insanely flanged they are - or is that a guitar? Its hard to tell! The stuff at 1:44 onwards is also great and fits perfectly with the other instruments.
But then: NICE "drop" (overused term due to dubstep) at 2:17. The piano here reminds me a lot of what The Flashbulb did with Teeming Disconected in terms of sound - now why didn't you expand on that before fading it out just as it was about to climax? Argh, that left me wanting more like the original Worth Considering did, but ah well. If you had continued in that route it really would have sounded less like a tribute, I guess, but it would have been appreciated by musically spoiled people like myself. 2:33 had little hihats going on that made me hope for a bang of an ending; but that didn't happen. Ah well, it guarantees a very nice loop though.
On to the mastering. Its not necessarily AS good as your most recent material, but I still like it nonetheless and enjoy the vibe very much - something I've tried to create but seemingly can't due to DAW limitations. There's also a bit much distortion at parts - grating as hell if played particularly loud - especially at that one particular aforementioned spot: intense clipping is intense.
Nonetheless, its ultimately a masterpiece by Newgrounds' standards and would fit very well in a flash or maybe even an OST. Keep making good, high-quality shit like this and you'll be going places.
So - 9.5/10 rounded up and 5/5.
I tip my hat to you sir, for your awesomeness and taking the time to write such detailed reviews all the time, being so very helpful in terms of feedback!
Sorry for leaving you wanting more in places.^^
I agree with all the points you criticizsed, though I don't experience any distortion during this track. Dunno what's up with that.
Thx for the kind words!
This seriously reminds me of just how incredible the Half-LIfe series is...
Great song, very proffesional.
This would be great on the OST!
Keep it up.
... GORDON FREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEMANNNNNNNNNNNN
I could imagine Gordon just standing there hiding, then busting out his sexy crowbar.
Only song better is Vortal Combat.
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