Authro’s Notes: “Shadow of Breen takes place after the events of Half Life 2: Episode 1.
A small group of rebel commandos sets out to destroy Dr. Breen’s broadcasting and propaganda facility.
The level takes place in a narrow canyon located somewhere in an eastern European forest.
Play style focuses on action-based decision making with emphasis on environmental cues.
Elements of a scene such as lighting, geometry, sound, and detail draw attention and spark a player’s curiosity (even subconsciously).
A central theme in this level is the player’s use of the crossbow (a typically underutilized weapon) to trigger environmental events.
Ensuing action prompts players to make strategic decisions about what they have observed. For example, a flickering light draws a player’s attention to an empty room with some explosive barrels by the door.
The player continues forward and a few moments later a powerful enemy draws near.
The player can now use the room as a trap to draw the enemy near the door and ignite the barrels. Enemies facing the player become more perilous as the player progresses through the level thereby making such observations all the more useful.
The enjoyment for players comes from their own perception of their success: Since the method they use to accomplish the level’s objectives is something they thought of, they can take a sense of pride upon the success of their own method.
The more subtly a designer can get the player to notice a particular element, the better the design (as this leads to less chance of the player realizing it was the designer’s intention).
Such experiences become memorable as players can later relate their methods to other players and enjoy a sense of uniqueness (if their solution was different) or comradely (if their solution was similar).”
- Title: Shadow of Breen
- File Name: hl2-ep2-sp-shadow-of-breen.7z
- Size : 3.4MB
- Author: Allen Tucker
- Date Released: 11 July 2014
You MUST have MapTap installed before using this link.
You can still use it with MapTap once you have downloaded it.
- Copy the SP-ShadowOfBreen.bsp file into your C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\Half-Life 2\ep2\maps folder.
- Launch Episode Two
- Open the console and type map SP-ShadowOfBreen and press ENTER.
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