Companion Piece 2: Companion Harder – Map Labs #8

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

14th June 2020

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!

Basic Details
  • Title: Companion Piece 2: Companion Harder
  • Filename: sdk-2013-sp-mlc-companionpiece2.7z
  • Size : 632 MB
  • Author: FRAG, BernieBean, Kimberly “iiboharz” B.R., Jaycie Erysdren, BeefBacon, Duck, AnonymoScoot, CertifiablyInsane, Ada G//Adakam, Jakob // Tea, KazerLight, Ian ‘Idolon’ Spadin, Yrrzy, Liam ‘Diva Dan’ Moffit, Another Bad Pun, Matt71490 AKA Event Horizon, Metroham, Cvoxalury
  • Date Released: 9 April 2020

Download Options

Download to your HD [632 MB]

Manual Installation Instructions
  • Make sure you have the Upcoming branch of the Source SDK Base 2013 Singleplayer installed in Steam and run at least once. (Properties – Betas – select upcoming from the dropdown list).
  • Copy the “companionpiece2” folder into your SourceMods folder.
  • Restart or start Steam.
  • Companion Piece 2: Companion Harder should now be listed in your Library tab.

Reviewing

If you decide to use the Per-Map Opinion Images, feel free to use the file below as a template:

CompanionPiece2-Review-Template.txt

Entries

Listed as they are displayed in the mod itself:

Plumbing Problem by FRAG & BernieBean
RESIN-ATOR by Kimberly “iiboharz” B.R. & Jaycie Erysdren
Traitors by BeefBacon
Synapse by Duck
Vortessence by AnonymoScoot
Chambers by CertifiablyInsane
You and 02 by Ada G//Adakam
Don’t talk about it by Jakob // Tea & KazerLight
The Inside Job by Ian ‘Idolon’ Spadin & Yrrzy & Liam ‘Diva Dan’ Moffit & Another Bad Pun
Information Theory by Matt71490 AKA Event Horizon & Metroham
Feasibility Study by Cvoxalury (bonus map)
Thanatos by Jakob // Tea & Matt71490 AKA Event Horizon (bonus map)

Screenshots

WARNING: The screenshots contain spoilers.
Each map has 5 screenshots.

1600 x 900

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Total Time Played: 4 Hours
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8 Comments

  1. Anon_1863420

    The first 3 entries were really good, however it decomposed somewhat after that….

  2. Play It Later

    A few good items in this mod – I especially liked The Inside Job . It was very original.

    Feasibility Study was good right up until the part with the alien machine. I could only ever power up 1 of the 3 options. Whichever one I chose first worked fine and the other 2 never worked. I think this may be broken unless I missed something obvious

  3. Play It Now!
    Plumbing Problem
    It is good

    Oh my god, the toilet must be a real problem in City 17! Who the hell stashes guns in the toilet anyway!?

    The first thing this map does wrong is making me facing the wrong way, I didn’t notice the plumber until like 20 seconds later. He makes for a good companion, by making him giving you new weapons kind of redeems him from being a bog (literally) standard NPC you have to protect. His voice could have been louder too. The pipe puzzle can be “completed” even though one pipe is facing the wrong way. I also thought I broke the map because the Soldiers that appears when exiting the sewer never saw me.

    I like how you defeat a Strider with a ball of……shit!?

    RESIN-ATOR
    It is good

    While I appreciate that you both tackled Half-Life: Alyx before release, but not enough to win this I’m afraid.

    Russell is more-or-less a chatter companion, rather than a companion that actively helps you. I feel like the number of weapons you get was quite overkill for the policemen when things heat up.

    Also, Russell, the most powerful handgun in the world is a .44 S&W M29, you dimwit!

    Traitors
    It is great!

    Wonderful entry that reminds me of two things. The aesthetic reminds me of MW2’s Second Sun and Whiskey Hotel missions. The narrative reminds me of Third Party mod long ago.

    The companion adds a lot to what was going on and they actively help you. Again, great job at portraying a three-way skirmish between the CPs, Resistance, and Combine. My main gripe is that the CPs voice are hard to understand. It takes some guess to think what they want you to do.

    Synapse
    It is bad

    Is this companion trolling me or something? One fucking bullet per give? Also, he barely does anything and has a terrible navigation.

    Everything in this map feels random. The location doesn’t make any sense, enemies spawning from the places I’ve been, buttons making things happen just because etc. The barrel area is what hurts me most. You can’t try place them while crouched because you’re underwater and will try to climb up if you do that. It also takes place where you have to grenade a group of Rollermines, which messes the alignment up even further. The toxic goo is somehow safe to walk in. The ending is so bad even.

    Vortessence
    It is bad

    An extremely bland, drawn-out, boring recreation of This Vortal Coil.

    The enemy encounters are so boring because it commits the same sin as Hunt Down the Freeman. This map has absolutely no restraint on how many enemies you should fight at once, to the point it’s overkill if the Vortigaunt wasn’t there. I also never solve the elevator weight puzzle and I noclipped down. The only thing that saved this from going into DIRE territory is because the Vortigaunt has access to the sniper rifle.

    Chambers
    It is okay

    It certainly has an interesting “meta” storyline of the player being an NPC going through the test to become a companion. Other than that, though, it generally plays like a Portal-knock-off map. Real shame that the companion is merely a chatter NPC and would be nice if there’s a chamber where you interact with other test subjects which would add more to the “NPC testing” concept.

    You and 02
    It is great!

    Jesus Christ, girl. You only have to say “We should move.” There’s no need to blast the door open to prove your point.

    This feels like a puzzle equivalent of Hazardous Route from previous Companion Piece. The concept and companionship are executed well, although the last room is very finnicky to guide her and the puzzle might need to be clearer.

    “Don’t talk about it”
    It is good

    A very unique and different entry. The depressing theme is kept consistent throughout and it definitely feels like a dying dream to me. The dialogue choice is also done well. However, it was a real pain to see every choice because the screen would be covered in “Do you want subtitles” screen every time I reload a save. Companionship is played differently and it came of weak.

    About the card that is played here. I have to say that while the map is willing to tackle this, I feel like it has done too little to keep me invested. I couldn’t bring myself to care about 2 suicidal characters that I only get to know for an equal number of minutes. Also, I am not sure if it is played correctly because even if I was depressed somewhere in the past, it never got to this point.

    The Inside Job
    It is great!

    Oh, it’s LITERALLY an inside job.

    The whole adventure is both nauseating, humorous, and awesome at the same time. Very amusing chatter NPC and the companionship is done well via the Bugbait. The combat could use more supply, because while the blood cells and Antybodies are good and all, they tend to get gunned down very quickly. The first room is also a bit flawed because if you get caught in a Barnacle or fall into the acid, you’re fucked. The flooded tunnel also could use some places to resurface.

    Jesus Christ, I’m not signing up for this shit again! Throughout my journey in Sourcemod’s world, this is one of the worst trips I’ve ever taken!

    Information Theory
    It is good

    I presume this universe is somehow the same universe Schwarzchild Radius was in, due to the tech. Well, it’s a cool concept of a universe and- I HAVE A DEATH THREAT!?

    Anyway, the gameplay is nice and there were some interesting setpieces such as the Elite shooting you out of the vent. The train crashing is very weird though, because it just shakes violently as if someone with a Physgun was messing with it and no sound effects. The truck was also a bit janky. It was also weird that the Soldiers working at their desks cannot be killed and alerted. There was, however, no companion at all. The contractor is not even close, sounds more like my potential killer.

    Feasibility Study
    It is okay

    This plot feels like a B-rated movie, to be honest. I could hardly be engaged with the plot because it relies on the texts, which takes a while to appear and fade away. This makes it more boring than having a voice actor.

    There were some interesting interactions with the companion and he was good. But the gameplay is barely any challenge, you can punt enemies into the wall and instantly kill them. The final enemy is also a lackluster. The Mortar Synth works fine though.

    Thanatos
    It is okay

    This one would be better off if it wasn’t for the theme of the competition. Nice darkly, yet humorous attempt at the afterlife. Seeing through this person’s life is quite interesting in terms of how it is done in forms of setpieces. “God”, or “Death?”, was hard to understand because of the voice modification.

  4. been a while since i last tried to play a sourcemod, gotten a new PC, much more powerful PC
    yet for whatever reason, every sourcemod i try just crashes to the library right after the Valve logo,
    i’ve got Source SDK 2013 installed, thoughts?

    1. nevermind, i think i know the issue, i accidentally installed SDK 2013 on my storage drive instead of the C drive

      1. ok, well that didnt work

        even after changing the install location of SDK 2013 to the same disk as the my sourcemods folder, still instant crash after the loading video plays.
        and here i was hoping that getting a better PC would make this sort of thing easier

        1. Have you set it to “Upcoming” and run it separately at least once?

  5. Tell me how to pass the map synapse. In the last room, I pressed all four buttons, and then what?

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