In December 2009 I ran a mapping competition and this mod contains all the entries. They are packaged as a mod to make it easy to play.
The maps can be played in any order from the New Game menu and are listed in alphabetically.
To see who won and who got honourable mentions please read on.
Firstly, allow me to thank all the mappers who entered and also apologize for the delay in posting the results. I am encouraged enough by the response to commit to another mapping competition in the Spring.
I was the sole judge for this competition. All prizes are paid via Steam (as a gift game) or PayPal, and the winner receives $70. In the competition notes I stated there would be two honourable mentions and one random winner. I have decided to change that to four honourable mentions and no random winner. Partly because there were less entries than I expected and partly because there were some great entries. The Honourable mentions win $10.
Perhaps you should jump to the download section and play the maps BEFORE you read my thoughts on each one?
Congratulations goes to SLi-WooDy AKA Phil for his entry EP2-X13. I chose this as the winner, and I must say I was torn between a few, because it not only looked beautiful but was detailed and fun to play. The area is quite small and the winding path always had you wondering what was around the next corner. The addition of battery collecting and a variety of enemies was also appreciated.
The Honourable Mentions
With no disrespect to the other entries, choosing the winner was hard but choosing the Honourable Mentions was a lot easier. The list is in alphabetical order.
Firstly, Ballistic by sndexter6 for providing some excellent sniper situations that required thought and planning. What it lacked in details and realism it made up for in gameplay. The position of the three snipers made it hard to just run and hope. If the setting had been a little more detailed and coherent it would have probably won.
Secondly, DW44 by Ross Walker AKA Sirocco was stunning in its concept and will amaze you when you play it. That is if your machine can handle it. This is one of the reasons it didn’t win – my pc just couldn’t handle it and it was quite stuttery. It continues from where Drowned World finished, which was a nice touch. In addition it never really took the sniper concept seriously and their addition almost seemed like an afterthought.
Thirdly, NovaSniping by Samuli Jääskeläinen AKA Hemuuuli/Sj. This is a cool map that really requires you to think and plan. I misunderstood the use of the Combine soldier at the beginning but once I did things were a little easier. I want to stress a little easier because I found this a really hard map to play. It did what I like maps to do and that’s challenge me tactical.
Fourthly and lastly for the HMs is Super Awesome Sniper Arena by Joe Albericci AKA ThePengu. This is an arena map and I have to admit that when I started the competition I didn’t even consider entries like this. It is very clever but not being a lover of these types of maps I struggled to play it. Think of The Cube on steroids and you get an idea of what you face. It’s very clever but just not my cup of tea and coincidently really hard too.
Please Contact Me
Will the winner and HMs please contact me with their PayPal details or their Steam account name, along with the $10 game they want. Thank you.
That leaves us 2 entries.
The City by Sparky575 was just too plain and easy compared to the rest. However, I thank the author for entering and hope he enters the next competition.
Tunnel by James Jerram AKA GIJames was very interesting but too repetitive for me. It features a moving sniper, that is actually an automated firing mechanism, and a long fall down if you fall off the edge. Overall it was fun but not inventive enough.
Don’t agree with me? Well, here’s your chance to vote for the winner.
- Title: Sniperville
- File Name: hl2-ep2-sp-sniperville.7z
- Size : 64.45MB
- Date Released: 17 January 2010
- Authors: sndexter6, Sparky575, Ross Walker AKA Sirocco, SLi-WooDy AKA Phil, Samuli Jääskeläinen AKA Hemuuuli/Sj, Joe Albericci AKA ThePengu and James Jerram AKA GIJames
- Copy the Sniperville folder into your SourceMods folder.
- Restart or start Steam.
- Sniperville should now be listed in your Library tab.
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