Archive for April 2013


Why Once Is Not Enough

Single Player First Person Shooter Maps and Mods for Half-Life 1, 2 and Episodes 1, 2 and 3

You see that image to the left? It comes from the Half-Life 2 chapter Follow Freeman, which I have just finished playing. It’s the view from inside the Combine Nexus just as a Combine Gunship passes over the roof.

What struck me today, and quite hard too, was that playing a game like Half-Life 2 once is not enough. That may sound obvious to you but as somebody who is only just playing his way through the games for only the second time, it’s a very important point.


28th April 2013 22 Comments

Half-Life 2: Follow Freeman

Single Player First Person Shooter Maps and Mods for Half-Life 1, 2 and Episodes 1, 2 and 3

This chapter involves heavy urban combat, aided by resistance members, against Striders, Gunships, and both regular and elite Combine Soldiers.

Gordon Freeman teams up with Barney, together leading a battle at the Overwatch Nexus, and finally fighting their way to the foot of the Citadel.

There they encounter DOG, who is running rampant through the streets looking for Alyx.

DOG provides a pathway into the Citadel by lifting up a portion of a Combine Smart Barrier, allowing Gordon through.


28th April 2013 10 Comments

Half-Life 2: Anticitizen One

Single Player First Person Shooter Maps and Mods for Half-Life 1, 2 and Episodes 1, 2 and 3

Upon arriving in Kleiner’s Lab after teleporting away from the Depot, Gordon Freeman and Alyx Vance discover they have been stuck in a teleport “loop” for a week’s time.

They find that the teleport caused the destruction of Nova Prospekt, and the blow they struck there was taken as a sign to begin the Uprising.

The two factions have been locked in combat for a week and all of City 17 is a warzone. Freeman goes on to aid in the battle, while Alyx remains in Kleiner’s Lab to help him escape the city.

The player is able to form small squads of citizens to help as they fight their way through the city towards Barney’s location.

Near the end of the chapter, Alyx returns to help Gordon but is captured by Combine soldiers and taken to the Citadel.


21st April 2013 8 Comments

Half-Life 2: Entanglement

Single Player First Person Shooter Maps and Mods for Half-Life 1, 2 and Episodes 1, 2 and 3

This is the “ninth a” chapter (designated “9a” in the game) of Half-Life 2. In it, Gordon Freeman meets up with Alyx Vance in the Nova Prospekt train depot.

They discover that Dr. Mossman was actually a Combine spy working on Breen’s side. Together, they search the prison for Eli Vance and Judith Mossman, all the while fighting off security forces. They split up several times, but finally they reunite to track down Mossman.

Alyx plans to use the Combine teleporter to transport her, Gordon, Eli, and Mossman to Dr. Kleiner’s lab, however Mossman manages to trick Alyx, teleporting herself and Eli out of the facility to the Citadel. Alyx and Gordon are forced to take the risk in using the same teleporter to get back to Kleiner’s lab.

As they teleport away, Overwatch Elites are glimpsed for the first time.


20th April 2013 11 Comments

Half-Life 2: Nova Prospekt

Single Player First Person Shooter Maps and Mods for Half-Life 1, 2 and Episodes 1, 2 and 3

This is the ninth chapter of Half-Life 2. In this chapter, Gordon Freeman attacks Nova Prospekt, a Combine base, and a former prison, and breaches its defenses with the help of an army of Antlions, with the goal of finding and rescuing the captured Resistance leader, Eli Vance.

This is also the last chapter where Antlions are encountered, because the player soon leaves Antlion territory.


15th April 2013 15 Comments

Trauma

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

Single Player First Person Shooter Maps and Mods for Half-Life 1, 2 and Episodes 1, 2 and 3

You wake up to silence, in a room with a bed and some shelves.

Who knows why or where. What matters is that you keep moving forward.

Eventually, you will find a weapon, which you may have to use.

Good Luck!

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Total Downloads: 87913th April 2013
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Text Interview with Mantas Sajevicius AKA MrFlanker

Below is a short text interview with Mantas Sajevicius AKA MrFlanker, the maker of Overawe.

I know it’s been months since its release, but we tried to have an audio interview but our schedules never matched and then there was a delay in sending and replying to the questions.

Feel free to post your questions as comments, but I can’t guarantee that Mantas will answer them. Enjoy.


9th April 2013 4 Comments

Half-Life 2: Sandtraps

Single Player First Person Shooter Maps and Mods for Half-Life 1, 2 and Episodes 1, 2 and 3

This is the eighth chapter of Half-Life 2. It details the second half of Gordon Freeman’s journey to Nova Prospekt.

After crossing through the last part of the coast without the Scout Car, he encounters the first Antlion Guard of the game.

After defeating the Antlion Guard, a Vortigaunt extracts a pheropod from the body, which allows Gordon to control antlions, and trains Gordon in its usage. Gordon then continues along the coast, leading groups of antlions and battling Nova Prospekt guards on his way into the prison.


3rd April 2013 13 Comments