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LVL2 – Map Labs #15

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

The aptly named LVL2 simply asked authors to make a sequel to a previous Map Labs map. That’s it!

The turnout was a solid 11 maps, enjoy these sequels! And be sure to go back and play the original maps if you missed them!

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.

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Total Downloads: 59116th August 2023
3 Comments and 1 recommendation, say ""

Half-Life: Eternal – Map Labs Test Tube #16

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

A simple challenge for this Test Tube (short competition): make a map inspired by the Doom series. Any Doom media was on the table – games, films (ugh), even novelizations?! As long as it oozed DOOM, the authors could make whatever they wanted.

Rip & Crowbar! Enjoy the 7 maps! And the absolutely superb introduction & background map by beefbacon, featuring the vocal talents of Gianni Matragrano, and music by Dee Leggett!

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.

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Total Downloads: 49313th August 2023
2 Comments and 2 recommendations, 1 say "Personal Favourite"

Blockout – Map Labs Test Tube #5

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

This Test Tube (short competition) challenged authors to create a blockout rather than a full map. Rough geometry, developer textures, the works – the idea being that by prototyping, testing, and refining the gameplay rather than the visuals, overall development of a level can be smoother and require less reworking. And maps in development can still be a blast!

Enjoy the 13 submissions and 3 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.

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Total Downloads: 3659th August 2023
4 Comments and 1 recommendation, most really enjoyed it!

Half-Shell

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

Gordon Freeman is tasked to clear out a Combine-controlled oil rig in the middle of the sea. Freeman is offered a lowly, leaking rowboat as a means of transport. It’s just enough to get him to the rig undetected, which is fortunate; rebel reports say there is an armored helicopter stationed on the rig. Undoubtedly, Freeman will have to encounter it sooner or later…

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Total Downloads: 5255th August 2023
11 Comments and 9 recommendations, most say "Play It Now!"

Eye Candy 2 – Map Labs #19

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

The long-awaited sequel to the original Eye Candy (which was only a Test Tube)! This one was a full-blown Map Labs challenge at last.

Mappers were charged with making a map featuring unique and beautiful visuals. That’s it, gameplay optional.

Enjoy the 9 entries!

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.

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Total Downloads: 1,9125th March 2023
9 Comments and 4 recommendations, most really enjoyed it!

Companion Piece 3: To the Grave – Map Labs Presents

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

Forgoing their usual Halloween Horror challenge this year, the Map Labs folks put a new twist on their Companion Piece theme for this October. In this challenge, mappers were required to use an NPC companion that actually helps you rather than hinders you, for a hopefully fun escort mission instead of the usual frustration. Horror themes were encouraged to make this a true crossover.

Here are the 4 maps entered in Companion Piece 3: To the Grave!

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.

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Total Downloads: 78512th November 2022
7 Comments and 4 recommendations, most say "Play It Later"

The Wraith 2: Conjuring

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

A ghost hunting horror map, the third place winner of the Hazardous Mapping Competition #4.

You play as a rookie ghost hunter, and you have got your first mission to clean a haunted house from a wraith.
There is a manual describing the conjuring process, which was left by an investigator, who has been to the house previously. Read it carefully and do exactly what it says, or there will be horrible consequences.


Total Downloads: 50720th October 2022
10 Comments

Hypnagogia

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

Please give way to oncoming traffic. Hypnagogia is an abstract map heavily inspired by shadgrimgrvy’s works. Continue your journey through Somnolence City. Fight, explore and puzzle your way through ever changing locales and try to make sense of things as you travel towards a looming, but unknown threat.

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Total Downloads: 7332nd October 2022
6 Comments and 5 recommendations with no significant bias

EscapeVille – Map Labs Test Tube #18

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

Another never-used Ville theme from the old Hammer Cup days! Here is EscapeVille, where the mappers were asked to create a map about escaping – which is pretty open to interpretation if you think about it.

I’m happy to present the final release in the Hammer Cup – scores and prizes coming soon! Here are 12 entries including 4 bonus maps – enjoy the escape!

This is the third and final challenge in the Hammer Cup 2022.

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.

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Total Downloads: 2,2513rd September 2022
13 Comments and 6 recommendations, most say "Play It Now!"