Review: Garry's Mod (Computer)

Reviewed by Titanica, posted Oct 5, 2018, last updated Oct 5, 2018
Garry's Mod is my favorite game of all time. I've played it for a long time and still play it to this day. How can I NOT review it? However, I had to try to be as neutral with the game as possible and point out the flaws of the game so it can be considered a fair review. There are many negatives, but hopefully people can see past them and check the game out!
Oct 5, 2018
  • Release Date (NA): December 24, 2004
  • Release Date (EU): December 24, 2004
  • Release Date (JP): December 24, 2004
  • Publisher: Valve Corporation
  • Developer: Facepunch Studios
  • Genres: Focuses on the shooter genre, but really has all genres in it.
  • Single player
    Local Multiplayer
    Online Multiplayer
    Co-operative
Garry's Mod is a Sandbox game that began as a mod of Half Life 2. Is it a masterpiece or a piece of shit? Let's find out.
Titanica
Garry's Mod is quite an old game. Released back in 2004, it has continued to hold a strong fandom and community (whether that's a good or bad thing is up to you). People have made true pieces of art and terrifying things that shouldn't exist with this game. People have played this mod of Half Life 2 for thousands of hours, but is it all that it's raved to be? Am I a piece of shit for liking this game or the most correct person in the world? Let's find out!

Story

Garry's Mod has absolutely no story. Technically. Some mods and gamemodes for the game rely on story as a typical game would, but the base game itself has no story. It's simply a mod of Half Life 2.

Presentation

If you've played Half Life 2 (or any game that uses the Source Engine really...), you'll be very familiar with the artstyle. Garry's Mod runs on the Source Engine, which have a fairly realistic artstyle. The more powerful your computer is, the more beautiful the game will look. If you dislike the artstyle, there are mods on the Steam Workshop that can alter how everything looks. People have made some incredible art using the game (See picture below)! The graphics can look a bit dated by today's standards, but this can be fixed by downloading modifications of the game.
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I DID NOT make this amazing work of art. This was made in GMOD by Herioc107.



Gameplay

It's a bit tough to describe Garry's Mod's gameplay. Let's start with the base game. You can begin a new game by yourself or with friends via the title screen. You can switch between two modes that come with the game. They are Sandbox and Trouble in Terrorist Town.

Sandbox is pretty straight forward and what you would expect. You choose a map and mess around in the world. You can spawn NPCs from Half Life 2, along with ragdolls and props. You can give yourself any weapon that exists from Half Life 2 as well. The two weapons you'll be using the most are the Physics Gun and the Tool Gun. The Physics Gun is a far more powerful version of the Gravity Gun from Half Life 2. Using it, you can manipulate any physical object. You can turn it, throw it, drown it, you name it. The Tool Gun allows you to do a massive variety of things that I can't simply describe in a single paragraph. You can weld objects together, inflate ragdolls, and MANY other things that are extremely useful.

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The Physics Gun.


Trouble in Terrorist Town is there other mode you can switch to. The basic rules are quite simple. You're put with a bunch of players and a couple of them a traitors. The traitors' goal is to murder everybody else. The other players' goal is to eliminate all the traitors. Weaponry is scattered throughout the entire map and players can pick them up. The fun thing about this mode is that the game doesn't tell who the traitors are unless you are a traitor. This allows for some really fun gameplay. There are also detectives and other mechanics that I didn't mention, but that's just the basic gist of the mode.

The game controls like a typical shooter would, and how most Source games control. You use the WASD keys to move yourself around, and you move your mouse to look around. Clicking allows you to a variety of actions, like shooting. You can open several menus using certain keys. The controls are simple but effective. You can also change the controls and bind actions to certain keys if you wish.

Garry's Mod offers online multiplayer. There are many servers hosting different game modes that allow you to play with other players. It can be really fun to play with other players, but there is one big downside that can make it a pain to play online, which are the mods.

I've gone on far too long without talking about the mods. The main reason Garry's Mod is so popular is because of the mods. So what are they? Well, Garry's Mod takes advantage of the Steam Workshop by allowing other players to create modifications for the game that others can use. These can range from new gamemodes to play, playermodels to use, NPCS to spawn, tools to make the game better, maps to explore, weaponry to test, and things that man should've never created. The mods are what make GMOD so popular.

...The mods are not perfect, though. Many mods are terribly made and can even scare you for life. The mods can take up a ton of space on your hard drive (it takes up 83 GIGABYTES on my computer) and make the game extremely unstable. Game crashes and lag is inevitable and many mods don't work well with the newer versions. On top of that, you may need to buy other games that use the Source Engine for many mods to work. Garry's Mod has most of the props and models from Half Life 2, but many mods created by the community use objects and textures from other games made by Valve. The main game that the community uses for mods is Counter Strike Source, which you'll need to buy or even pirate to obtain the files for. This can put many players down, as you'll have to spend even more money to get the full experience.

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This is Garry's Mod with missing files and textures. Yikes!

As if these downsides didn't make Garry's Mod seem unappealing, the online multiplayer makes it worse. As I stated before, the mods are what make GMOD so popular, so it makes sense that most online servers would have them. It's really fun to play with other players and create (or destroy) things using custom weaponry. The downside to this is that you have to download the mods for them work properly for you. This isn't a problem...unless you dislike using up space. Gigabytes upon gigabytes will be used up by this game, and it can pose as a major problem to some. If you have plenty of space, you should be fine.

Despite all of this, the game still is popular. The game can be used as a tool to make animations or pictures. It can be a great way to have good fun with friends. You just need to be able to get through the negatives the game has.

Overall, the gameplay can be a blessing to those who can get past the downsides, or a complete rip-off to others.

Music

There is no music in Garry's Mod. You can get certain mods to add music if you wish.


Lasting Appeal

Garry's Mod is a game within a game. The community keeps the game alive and as long as the community is alive, the game is too. There is so much to do and new things being added everyday, so I think you can say that GMOD is great in terms of lasting you a while.

...Unless you have limited space on your computer.



Verdict
Pros
+ Utilizes the Steam Workshop, which as an unlimited modifications that add new ways to play.
+ Allows local and online multiplayer for those who want to play with others.
+ Supplies the players with many tools that allow the possibilities to be endless.
+ Allows files from games that use the Source Engine to be used in the game.
+ Allows customization with controls.
+ Can be used to create art.
Cons
- Not much to do without the mods.
- Relies on the community far too much.
- Can take up massive amounts of space.
- The game can crash easily and become unstable quickly.
- Requires other Source Games in order to use most mods and play on most servers.
7 Presentation
GMOD's UI is pretty clean and simple, which works fine. The graphics look a bit dated, but can be fixed with mods. For those who can't download many mods, they may have to stick with the nostalgic Source graphics, which may make people upset.
8 Gameplay
The game relies on modifications and the player to make the gameplay. The game puts itself in the players' hands, which can lead to quality issues. The game can be unstable at times and requires other game files for it to work properly at times. Despite this, it can have some hilarious and fun gameplay that can make memories you'll never forget. Overall, I give the gameplay an 8 for the fun mods, but the reliance on the community along with the stability and space usage brings it down.
10 Lasting Appeal
Garry's Mod will last you ages. AGES. CENTURIES.
8.2
out of 10
Overall (not an average)
I still love this game. It's still my favorite game of all time, but it may turn some people down due to many issues the game suffers from. Overall, I have to give it an 8.5. If you disagree or agree, let me know! I'm still trying to improve my reviews, and I really want feedback (even if it's negative).


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