Eye Candy – Map Labs Test Tube #8

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

This Map Labs challenge focused on purely visuals – make a pretty map, gameplay optional (and did not count toward the score). This was a Test Tube, so the mappers only had about a week to pull off the best-looking map they could.

This time there were a whopping 28 entries (including a bunch of bonus maps, and adding another fantastic background map). Enjoy!

As always, if you’re interested in learning more about Map Labs and maybe even participate in their upcoming challenges, visit the Map Labs Discord.


Total Downloads: 1855th July 2020
No Comments

Tales from the Source

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

As Dr. Gordon Freeman, you were last seen exiting City 17 with Alyx Vance as the Citadel erupted amidst a storm of unknown proportions. In Episode Two, you must battle and race against Combine forces as you traverse the White Forest to deliver a crucial information packet stolen from the Citadel to an enclave of fellow resistance scientists.

1
3

Total Downloads: 31522nd June 2020
4 Comments and 4 recommendations, most say "Personal Favourite"

Back on Track – Map Labs #9

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

The latest Map Labs challenge is Back on Track, where the challenge was to create an interesting way to have the player backtrack through an area or even the entire map – a classic map design pattern. Yep, somewhat in the vein of BackTrackVille but certainly its own challenge. (But the next full Map Labs challenge is a collaboration with us here at RTSL, so keep your eyes out for that!)

This time there were a whopping 19 entries (including bonus maps, and a fantastic background map). Enjoy!

As always, if you’re interested in learning more about Map Labs and maybe even participate in their upcoming challenges, visit the Map Labs Discord!

1
2

Total Downloads: 49017th June 2020
5 Comments and 3 recommendations, most say "Play It Now!"

Half-Life: The Infected

for Half-Life

Enjoy a new 28 Map Half-Life campaign. Take the role of Gerald Backman, an industrial electrician interning at Black Mesa at the time of the resonance cascade. Face off against all the enemies from Opposing Force.

Half-Life: The Infected uses Opposing Force content but does not require Op4 to be installed.

3
3

Total Downloads: 30916th June 2020
11 Comments and 6 recommendations, 3 say "Play It Now!"

Companion Piece 2: Companion Harder – Map Labs #8

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

For this challenge, Map Labs expanded their Test Tube Companion Piece (couple days) into a full-blown lab challenge (3+ weeks). The theme was of course to make a map where the player works alongside an ally or companion.

So here are the 10 maps entered, along with 2 bonus maps!

As always, if you’re interested in learning more about Map Labs and maybe even participate in their upcoming challenges, visit the Map Labs Discord!

Fun fact: AllyVille was going to be one of the Lambda Cup 2018 challenges for a long time. Unfortunately we wanted to get some extra features into the game to expand the usefulness of NPCs, and that was never completed. So AllyVille was cancelled as a theme – glad it can live on somewhat under Map Labs!

1
1

Total Downloads: 35214th June 2020
7 Comments and 2 recommendations, 1 say "Play It Now!"

Power Tower

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

A Combine tower lies in the middle of the forest, providing energy to all Combine units in the area. Its destruction would greatly benefit the Resistance. You find yourself in the shoes of Gordon Freeman, tasked with destroying the construction.

7
3

Total Downloads: 8349th May 2020
11 Comments and 10 recommendations, most really enjoyed it!

Tunnel Vision

for Half-Life

A pack of seven maps spanning various areas of the Black Mesa Research Facility. Made for TWHL competition 35, Half-Life 20th Anniversary: Vanilla Half-Life.

1
2

Total Downloads: 3343rd May 2020
6 Comments and 3 recommendations, most say "Play It Now!"

The Grid – Map Labs #7

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

Map Labs put an interesting spin on the main challenge #7 – entrants had to select 5 grid spots in a row from the grid below for the framework of their map. The grid combines settings, setpieces, and map objectives with some bonus challenges for some spice.

The result? 14 new maps, and 2 bonus maps for you to enjoy!

As always, if you’re interested in learning more about Map Labs and maybe even participate in their upcoming challenges, visit the Map Labs Discord!

The Grid

The Grid

1

Total Downloads: 83030th April 2020
45 Comments and 1 recommendation, most really enjoyed it!

Comfy Maps

for Half-Life

Ever wanted a relaxing Half-Life map just to chill in? Here are 2 meditative-type maps (sunset and night settings) allowing just that. There’s a bit to explore and you can sit on the chair or couch if you like.

There’s even an Xash3D-specific map included if you’re into that.

1

Total Downloads: 24328th April 2020
3 Comments and 1 recommendation, most really enjoyed it!

A2B Trajectory 2

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

As zombies are running rampant in the streets of an unspecified city, the Combine tries to regain the upper hand and whole buildings turn to dust under the brute violence. With death lurking behind every corner, you have to navigate through this hazardous environment and try to find a way to escape…

3
4

Total Downloads: 61912th April 2020
11 Comments and 7 recommendations, most say "Play It Now!"