When you look at how many maps and mods were released for Half-Life 1 and how many for Half-Life 2 it seems that HL2 is running out of steam (Pardon the pun!)
So, this week’s (Late again Dammit!) Poll Question is:
Have players become bored with single player Half-Life 2 maps and mods?
The reason I am asking is because I notice a lot of comments here on PP and other sites and forums talking about “Yet another Nova Prospekt map”, but I never recall hearing that about Black Mesa environments. Could it be that Black Mesa is so much more interesting than Nova Prospekt? Probably, but I think the sentiment runs deeper.
I currently have 444 sp maps and mods listed for Half-Life 1 and 304 listed for Half-Life 2. Now, some are probably duplicates and other errors but considering that HL2 is 5 years younger and the making mods and maps is generally considered harder with HL2 it’s not much difference.
To be honest I thought the difference was much greater. In fact in a another year HL2 might have over taken HL1. And perhaps he lies the problem: There are just too many maps and mods that are too similar.
Each developer is trying to do more and more with their mod because otherwise few people are interested. Do you agree.
In a previous poll question I asked Will the release of Black Mesa reinvigorate the HL2 SP modding community?. Perhaps that question is of more relevance than almost exactly one year ago when I asked it.
Hopefully Episode 2 and its new assets will stimulate the modding scene or maybe the problem is one of general ennui. Unless Episode 3 introduces some seriously coolassets modders may think the SP scene is just not worth the effort and move onto other games.
What do you think?