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Let's Play Penumbra Black Plague - Set 17 - The end of the journey

HelloweenHelloween Registered User regular
edited June 2010 in Games and Technology
Hello and welcome to this Let’s Play of Penumbra: Overture/Black Plague

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Horror LP number 5 eh? Not even Kruger could scare me at this point…unless he was a spider. And it’s dark. And all I have is a crap hammer.
Penumbra: Overture was suggested by a few people in the Dead Space thread and even from the first part I have recorded, seems dead scary.

It’s very tense and the main character is weak. The flashlight/torch flickering and buzzing genuinely made me scared at that point.

I think I’m going to love this.

Shall we Wiki steal?

Although Frictional Games describes Penumbra: Overture as a first-person adventure, the game blends the genres of survival horror, first-person shooter, and adventure. The use of Newton Game Dynamics emphasizes physics-based puzzles similar to those in Half-Life 2 as well as physics-based combat. The game also takes advantage of advanced artificial intelligence to respond realistically to noises and light, creating stealth-based gameplay.

There are no firearms in the game, so during combat the player is limited to improvised melee fighting with a pickaxe, or throwing objects at attacking creatures. The game is designed to emphasize stealth and avoidance over direct conflict. (For example, Philip can close doors behind him to temporarily hold off attacking enemies.)

The game's main focus is on exploration and classic adventure game object interaction: examining and collecting objects and using them to solve puzzles.


Like the sound of that? Check our Professor Sungglesworth's reviews of all 3 games in the series which can be found here:

Overture

Black Plague

Requiem.

So with that, let’s get on with the show.

The videos will be on Youtube now you can watch them in high quality from the off. They will be spoilered for ease of use, so just click the set you wish to watch!

Sets one to nine are Overture. Ten onwards is the new and shinier Black Plague

Videos

Set 1 - A Spider and a hammer
Spoiler:

Set 2 - Bad Satan Dog
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Set 3 - Stupid TNT
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Set 4 - You've been a bad Dog
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Set 5 - Set 'o' death
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Set 6 - The mining Monster
Set 7 - Painkillers solve everything
Set 8 - Mine kart madness
Spoiler:

Set 9 - Phil scores a first place knockout! (end of overture)
Set 10 (Black Plague) - What the HELL is that?
Spoiler:

Set 11 - A trip to Silent Hill
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Set 12 - Does hearing voices make you crazy?
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Set 13 - The Doctor is 'In'
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Set 14 - Get out of here S.T.A.L.K.E.R.
Set 15 - Rats in the walls
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Set 16 - A most evil hug
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Set 17 - The end of the journey

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  • darleysamdarleysam Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Yessssssssssssssss!

    Gonna watch this right now.

  • green-eyesgreen-eyes Registered User
    edited March 2009
    YAYAYAYAYAY!!! new LP :D

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  • werehippywerehippy Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    I apparently have great timing, because I just pulled up your profile to check if you'd started this Let's Play. Looking forward to it.

  • mal330mal330 Registered User
    edited March 2009
    Nice.

    Going to be following this. :3

  • darleysamdarleysam Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Ohhh man, so much text.

    I remembered the tech demo having some dodgy acting and bizarre plot, and it seems this might go the same way.. still, should provide plenty of entertainment. I absolutely loved how tactile the interaction felt (just pulling doors open and stuff felt really weighty) though, and even this one was suitably tense as you flaut the blatant instruction to TURN THE LIGHT OFF and not get chomped by monsters.

  • green-eyesgreen-eyes Registered User
    edited March 2009
    Why the pointless amount of text? I love the look of the gameplay and interaction with the environment... but they seem to want to ram back-story down your throat every five minutes!

    Also, you terrified me by consistently keeping the flashlight on! I was so ready for you to be attacked! Never played this, so very much looking forward to following it :D

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  • elliotw2elliotw2 Registered User
    edited March 2009
    Oh wow, this is really atmospheric. I don't think I'll be able to watch this LP in the dark, or at least not with lights everywhere.

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  • Mr BubblesMr Bubbles David Koresh Superstar Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Shit yes, a new Helloween Lets Play

  • OlivawOlivaw good name, isn't it? peach treesRegistered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Sound quality could use some work

    Maybe like, a sound capture card or something? So we can actually hear all the creepy little sounds and stuff? I don't know

    Also, don't read the text out loud, it's annoying

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  • PeregrineFalconPeregrineFalcon Registered User
    edited March 2009
    This game is so fucking awesome.

    Will you also be doing Black Plague and Requiem?

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  • StollsStolls Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Penumbra was awesome in new and exotic ways, and I very much look forward to this. The tech demo alone is one of the scariest things I've played ever. The event just before the ending to Overture is etched into my brain. (Major kinda-spoiler)
    Spoiler:

    Never did get around to Requiem, heard it got so-so reviews. Anybody here give it a try?

    Edit: I am now reminded of just how extremely fucked-up Black Plague got.
    Spoiler:

  • tehgilstehgils Is ruro/rurokenshin Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Olivaw wrote: »
    Sound quality could use some work
    Maybe like, a sound capture card or something? So we can actually hear all the creepy little sounds and stuff? I don't know

    He could unmute the stereo mix if it is muted and the recording program should pick up the game audio.

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  • OlivawOlivaw good name, isn't it? peach treesRegistered User regular
    edited March 2009
    tehgils wrote: »
    Olivaw wrote: »
    Sound quality could use some work
    Maybe like, a sound capture card or something? So we can actually hear all the creepy little sounds and stuff? I don't know

    He could unmute the stereo mix if it is muted and the recording program should pick up the game audio.

    As long as we can hear it and it doesn't sound like he's just holding his microphone up to his speakers

    I mean the game looks like it would be superbly creepy if we had decent sound quality

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  • PeregrineFalconPeregrineFalcon Registered User
    edited March 2009
    Mmm, yeah, so I just watched the first set of videos.

    Sound levels need to be fixed though as said earlier - the game doesn't make a lot of noise, but when it does we need to be hearing it. Don't read the stuff aloud either - it's flow-breaking. Read it yourself, but limit it to a few seconds a page in the video - that way if we want to read it, we can pause the LP ourselves.

    And for gameplay:
    1. Glowstick is hotkeyed to G. Notice how quickly you went through batteries? Get used to using the glowstick a lot more ... you'll want the highbeams for later on.
    2. Hammer isn't going to save you.
    3. Stock up on Depends. :P

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  • VerrVerr Registered User
    edited March 2009
    Very good Helloween, looking forward to learning from the Pros.

  • Darth_MogsDarth_Mogs Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    And much rejoicing is being had. I like the whole control thing it's got going, so it'll be interesting to see the extent of use it's got.

    I did think it was pretty funny that you were crouch-walking for stealth....with your flashlight out pointing at everything, though. :P

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  • KlykaKlyka DO you have any SPARE BATTERIES?Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Great work Hell.

    I also quite enjoy the fact that the main character shares my name.
    I do have a thing for getting into life threatening situations in old mines.

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  • ZombiemamboZombiemambo Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    I have a feeling that small spiders aren't the only thing in these mines...

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  • ZombiemamboZombiemambo Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    it's been 4 hours, post some more! can't leave us hanging like that.

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  • Masamune42Masamune42 Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Helloween? LP? Horror game?

    Sweet. :)

  • IdolNinjaIdolNinja Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    I'll raise a glass to another successful LP with PAs favorite scardey-cat! :D

  • TertieeTertiee Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Hope this LP turns out as well as the Dead Space one.

  • FaffelFaffel Registered User
    edited March 2009
    I'm so glad you did this, baby.

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  • VothVoth Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Looking forward to this!

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  • HelloweenHelloween Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Hmm I'll see what I can do for the sound.

    I'll stop the reading then as well.

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  • OwenashiOwenashi Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Don't read the stuff aloud either - it's flow-breaking. Read it yourself, but limit it to a few seconds a page in the video - that way if we want to read it, we can pause the LP ourselves.

    I don't mind stuff being read myself for the viewer. A suitable compromise though could be limiting what's read out loud to anything that adds to the backstory or sounds really crazy. :)

  • VistiVisti Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Glee.

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  • Zilla360Zilla360 Spaaaace! In Space.Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Woo! More people need to play Penumbra. :D
    So under-appreciated.

  • Rhan9Rhan9 Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Penumbra! Helloween LP! Joy!

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  • PemulisPemulis Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Sweet! I'm off to Europe for two weeks today, so hopefully I'll have plenty of lunch break material when I return.

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  • NuzakNuzak Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    yesss

    hell brings the goods

  • WulfWulf Disciple of Tzeentch The Void... (New Jersey)Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Hammer is the new Mr. Shotty? <img class=" title=":lol:" class="bbcode_smiley" />

    Looking forward to watching this!

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  • learntoflylearntofly Registered User
    edited March 2009
    Yay. The physics look awesome in this game. I'm waiting with glee for something terrifying to happen! Hopefully you've already used up your game's allotment of flashlight, so the rest will be in pitch black.

  • PeregrineFalconPeregrineFalcon Registered User
    edited March 2009
    learntofly wrote: »
    Yay. The physics look awesome in this game. I'm waiting with glee for something terrifying to happen! Hopefully you've already used up your game's allotment of flashlight, so the rest will be in pitch black.

    Oh don't worry, I'm sure his first encounter with an opponent will be ... interesting. :winky:

    Also, glowstick never runs out, so the LP won't be done in pitch black - just a small radius of green, that only lights the area near enough so that the blood-red eyes in the distance can catch sight of you ...

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    Can trade TF2 items or whatever else you're interested in. PM me.
  • NuzakNuzak Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Klyka wrote: »
    Great work Hell.

    I also quite enjoy the fact that the main character shares my name.
    I do have a thing for getting into life threatening situations in old mines.

    klyka admits attraction to dark tight manholes, more at 11

  • EspantaPajaroEspantaPajaro Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Ive never even heard of this game , off to the internet for info!

  • brynstarbrynstar Registered User
    edited March 2009
    Awesome, I've always wanted to play this game but never got around to it. Thanks for doing this LP! I might finally have to pick these up.

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  • McAllenMcAllen Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Yay, let not this thread fall off the first page. As long as this game is better than Call of Cthulu then I'll be happy.

  • MoosehatIVMoosehatIV Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    This game looks awesome. Thank you for playing all the games I am too much of a wimp to play.

    I can't wait till the screaming starts.

    PS: Helloween should replace Morgan Freeman as the narrator of everything.

  • McAllenMcAllen Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    That reminds me, I bet Helloween can sound exactly like the main character in this LP.

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