Garry's Mod review
Garry's Mod is a sandbox title for PC. In GMod you have total freedom at sculpting worlds, arenas, games, scenarios and cutscenes. Unleash your imagination, pick an idea and try yourself at game design. Or you can goof around in absurd and ultra-violent add-ons created by other players. Download Garry's' Mod if you hate limits!
Graphics and Sound – 4/5
Originally Garry's Mod was made on the Source engine. Ever since GMod was heavily influenced by it. It's filled with 3D buildings, NPCs and items. They are slightly rough-edged but quite responsive. All in all, GMod's graphics are reminiscent of early Counter-Strike games.
The best part of GMod is its physics. There are explosions, fire, shooting, plane crashing, etc. They all leave quite a satisfying impression thanks to particle, smoke and other effects. Objects in GMod act exactly the way you expect them to do. Water is sprinkly and splashy, weapons get hot-red from overheating, destructible buildings nicely collapse, and so on.
Besides, GMod has an excellent sound design. You'll find a whole caboodle of premium acoustic SFX: from a fiercely roaring motorboat to a speedily stuttering heavy M134 machine gun.
Gameplay – 5/5
Garry's Mod has no rules or limits. You have an extensive repertoire of NPCs, vehicles, buildings and decorations to tinker with. Not to mention a weapon arsenal from the likes of Half-Life, CS, Team Fortress, etc.
For example, Garry's Mod features such addons as:
- Jet-piloting simulator.
- Admin Gun. Destroy everything you see with a ridiculously powerful pistol.
- ZParachute Redux. Parachute like a stuntman.
- Air-to-surface missile. Learn what's it's like to be a missile.
- Sig-Wolf's Tank. Massacre NPCs with a tank.
And many others. You can either download these add-ons or design your own. All you need is a good idea and scenario. The rest is provided by the GMod. Zombie apocalypse, gang wars, alternative history of WWII — Garry's Mod can do it all.
Besides, you have an option to make a real movie. GMod supports scripted cutscenes and cinematic effects. So, if you've ever dreamt of making your own trash feature, like Grindhouse diptych, GMod is exactly what you need.
Controls – 5/5
Both sandbox and its add-ons are easily controlled with mouse + keyboard tandem. Although you will need a firm hand and a good eye to align NPCs in symmetrical lines or expressive poses (if it's needed, of course). As for playing the addons, it has classic FPS controls.
Lasting Appeal – 4.5/5
GMod is a whole universe. You can easily spend 1000+ hours playing it, and there are still will be new things to discover and try. Share your game design genius with others, invite a friend to complete a horror-quest filled with jumpscares or go berserk in one of the mass slaughter mods — there's plenty to do.
Your imagination is the only limit here. And you don't need any special skills to design a great add-on. On the contrary: the more strange, foolish and grotesque details your mod has, the better it will turn out!
Garry's Mod has no rivals among sandbox games. Construct and destroy, detonate and massacre, build and blow — there is nothing to stop you in this game!