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The Layout – Map Labs #17

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

In the mold of Crossfire, which had a huge turnout of authors using the classic deathmatch map as a basis for their own maps, comes this challenge. The Layout asked mappers to select one of 11 popular multiplayer maps from over the years to form the backbone of a new single player map.

So here’s The Layout, with 9 new takes based on classic map layouts!

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: 8113rd September 2023
3 Comments and 1 recommendation, most really enjoyed it!

Half-Life: Abridged All-Stars – Map Labs #12

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

After the rousing success of Half-Life: Abridged, the Map Labs crew ran a broader challenge to abridge popular Half-Life mods instead of the official games. The list of mods available to entrants was huge (too long to list here!) but it covered a wide variety of HL1 mods, HL2 mods, and even several small and single-map mods.

So here’s Abridged All-Stars, with 11 entrants!

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: 86030th August 2023
2 Comments and 2 recommendations, 1 say "Play It Now!"

Crossfire – Map Labs Test Tube #12

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

Crossfire. Half-Life’s most well-known deathmatch map, and for good reason. Its iconic circular layout in one half, the open field and nuclear bunker in the other. This Test Tube asked mappers to use Crossfire’s layout to build their own single player map.

A record 30 maps were submitted! Here they are, 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.

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Total Downloads: 69726th August 2023
3 Comments and 2 recommendations, most really enjoyed it!

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: 65216th 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: 54013th August 2023
2 Comments and 2 recommendations, 1 say "Personal Favourite"

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: 1,9795th 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: 80812th November 2022
7 Comments and 4 recommendations, most say "Play It Later"

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: 2,3113rd September 2022
13 Comments and 6 recommendations, most say "Play It Now!"

CrossoverVille 2 – Map Labs #18

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

CrossoverVille 2, in partnership with Map Labs as usual, is the sequel to 2015’s CrossoverVille. While the original asked mappers to merge Half-Life with another game, CrossoverVille 2 was more wide open, allowing entrants to cross over to any other form of media in their maps.

This is the second challenge of three 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: 1,9869th May 2022
11 Comments and 6 recommendations, most say "Play It Now!"

DeceptionVille – Map Labs Test Tube #17

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

Out of the grave comes this never-used Ville theme! Once again I’m glad to partner with Map Labs to bring these new mapping challenges to life.

Here is DeceptionVille, where the mappers were challenged to make a map wherein something isn’t what it first seems.

This is the first challenge of three in the Hammer Cup 2022 – stay tuned to see the standings and the results of the next 2 challenges!

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: 2,25823rd March 2022
20 Comments and 6 recommendations, most say "Play It Now!"