Halloween Horror V: THE UNKNOWN – Map Labs Presents

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

21st November 2023

Halloween Horror is back! This time, the Map Labs crew asked authors to channel fear of THE UNKNOWN and come up with a suspenseful map for the season.

Here are the 8 spooky maps received, enjoy!

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Basic Details
  • Title: Halloween Horror V: THE UNKNOWN
  • Filename: sdk-2013-sp-mlc-halloweenhorrorv_v2.7z
  • Size : 590 MB
  • Author: Zapizard, beefbacon, Ossilia Flawol, Caleb West AKA CW3D, ArctixSnowPup, Sir Thomas, Zen, AlphaEcho
  • Date Released: 21 November 2023

Download Options

Download to your HD [590 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 hh5, mapbase_shared, mapbase_hl2, and mapbase_episodic folders into your SourceMods folder.
  • Restart or start Steam.
  • Halloween Horror V: THE UNKNOWN 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:

HalloweenHorrorV-Review-Template.txt

Entries

Listed as they are displayed in the mod itself:

The Wayder Residence by Zapizard
DATA_RETRIEVED by beefbacon
CODE_LOCK_EXPUNGE by Ossilia Flawol
SUBJECT by CW3D (Caleb West)
The Haunted Dive by ArctixSnowPup + Sir Thomas
HEATDEATH by Zen
The Pit by Zapizard (bonus map)
Visitor by AlphaEcho

Screenshots

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

1600 x 900

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Reader Recommendations
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Play It Later
Play It Now!

5 recommendations, average score: 4.6 (out of 5), standard deviation: 0.24 (what's that?)
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Time Taken:
Average: 1 Hours, 27 Mins
Shortest: 1 Hours by Theodore F. Sharpe
Longest: 2 Hours, 15 Mins by Pogo Pogo
Total Time Played: 7 Hours, 15 Mins
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9 Comments

  1. Wesp5

    I won’t say anything about the other maps, but the Alien inspired Data_Retrieved was fantastic!

  2. Play It Now!

    I rise back from the dead, 1.5 year after my last post to review the new Halloween Horror stuff, as usual.

    The Wayder Residence by

    It is okay

    Interesting first entry, the main point of interest is the computer room launching the Wayder protocol. It could have included an alternate ending where we are able to dig the right code and see what happens.

    DATA_RETRIEVED by

    It is great!

    Technically pretty impressive (one of the very few projects which doesn’t forget that in space, no one can hear anything!), borrowing heavily from Alien, and Dead Space, I’m amazed to see such a thing done in Source modding, for me TITAN XCIX was the pinnacle of space horror HL2 modding.

    CODE_LOCK_EXPUNGE by Ossilia

    It is okay

    A grey-themed Citadel-like exploration, pretty classic.

    SUBJECT by CW3D (Caleb West)

    It is great!

    As usual, CW3D provides us with an amazing story-driven experience. The last part with the red sky reminded me of the movie The Void. This project could be developed into something greater.

    The Haunted Dive by ArctixSnowPup + Sir Thomas

    It is great!

    After DIVE182 for HH4, Another great underwater horror adventure, the ending was a bit of a letdown IMHO but at least, it didn”t end abrutly like the former.

    HEATDEATH by Zen

    It is okay

    I didn’t manage to finish this one, there is no clear direction to find or know where to go and find the unlocking materials, and suddenly a “timer” appears telling you you have to hurry or something will come to hurt you…

    The Pit by Zapizard (bonus map)

    It is okay

    I can understand this is “bonus” as there is nothing besides a single room with a hole in the middle.

    Visitor by AlphaEcho

    It is good

    A Underhell-like setting, i won’t class that as “great” as, like in Underhell, I put a lot of pressure on myself, with all those lights to switch on and off… But I like that, “house invasion” is probably the worst horror to happen, IMHO.

    Overall, a pretty interesting mappack with 2 great entries, which could be developed/expanded in longer mods.

  3. Play It Now!

    Huh, I can’t believe I missed this one. Well, better late than never. SPOILER ALERT.

    The Wayder Residence by Zapizard
    It is okay

    Well off to a good start but a little bit bland. Sure it this weird post apocalyptic Silent Hill like map right there but overall, it’s just okay to me. It’s not too scary.

    DATA_RETRIEVED by beefbacon
    It is WOW!

    Now this is what I call an outstanding entry. The assets of this one made me forget that I was playing a Half-Life 2 mod. It brings me Alien vibes in it and the spookiness was very well made. No cheap jumpscares like what you see from Garry’s Mod.

    CODE_LOCK_EXPUNGE by Ossilia Flawol
    It is okay

    Well it’s a generic Half-Life 2 map. Not too scary, suffers the same thing as Wayder Residence do, it’s bland.

    SUBJECT by CW3D (Caleb West)
    It is great!

    The darkness adds all the spookiness to this map but hey. Ambience horror is what I like the most because it psychologically scares you. At least we don’t get some cheap Garry’s Mod horror maps. I hope the next entry is good. The Haunted Dive… dive? So that means it takes place in…

    The Haunted Dive by ArctixSnowPup + Sir Thomas
    It is great!

    Oh no… no!! Out of all places, why does it have to be underwater? You guys are very sadistic you know that? Anyways, the objective is simple. Go there, then go there, a very linear map, and avoid the zombine. I expected something like an ichthyosaur or a shark. But all I get is a slow zombine who can’t catch up with you when you’re bhopping. So not very bad at least, a great one.

    HEATDEATH by ZEN_TURKEY
    It is bad

    Now we’re on to the bad side of this mod. Now let me tell you something about this mod, I didn’t finish it and I didn’t enjoy it as well. So first off, most of the areas are dark. You come across an exit that has 3 padlocks and you have to go around the room to unlock it. So what makes this unique from the rest of the map? Well, why not put it on a time limit? How does that work, a time limit in this map? So it turns out, if you’re too slow, something will come after you. But I’ve been wandering around the dark map not knowing where to go! How about you put a map or something? Another problem is when you go to the doors. You don’t just open and close them, you teleport to the next room, it’s disorienting! Sometimes when you go too fast, you get sent back the way you came! Then there comes a room where it’s completely flooded and boy I tell you, it’s a trap. Oh don’t get me started on what happens when you die. You don’t go back to the checkpoint, oh no. You go all the way back to the beginning of the level. And that wasted my whole patience of finishing this map. So apologies if I didn’t finish this because it’s way too hard.

    The Pit by Zapizard
    It is bad

    I know this is a bonus entry but come on, it’s just a hole.

    Visitor by AlphaEcho
    It is great!

    Realistic and scary. And the scary part is this could actually happen to you irl. You’re definitely gonna get traumatized when someone breaks into your house. The objectives are very simple as well. The ending is pretty good, no cheap jumpscares as well, and the tension of the map is really thrilling. So I’d say this is a very good map. Finally the mod ended with a good map.

    Summary

    DATA_RETRIEVED, hands down for the best entry for this mod. Meanwhile some entries need more improvement.

  4. Play It Now!

    Overall, another fantastic Map Lab! I really liked the ooky-spooky space one and the idea for the UV(?) light spotting specters in the house was a neat idea.

    Definitely check this one out!

  5. Play It Later
    1. The Wayder Residence
    It is okay

    Its a short, simple map where you’re in a simulation that’s breaking down or something, not very scary.

    2. DATA_RETRIEVED
    It is great!

    Fantastic sci-fi map that is the best sci-fi Source map I’ve ever played. Its clearly Dead Space inspired but it works incredibly well with all the custom models, textures and bits of voice acting. This map has some fantastic visuals. Unfortunately I suffered a bug where the monster stuck in place. Also I think the monster speaking was a bit goofy.

    3. CODE_LOCK_EXPUNGE
    It is bad

    Very short map where you walk around a piece of the Citadel. You’re going to hate me for saying this but it gave off “Slenderman find 8 pages” vibes. It was incredibly short and didn’t really build up any atmosphere.

    4. SUBJECT
    It is good

    This one gave me the most anxiety. Presentation and build up was fantastic. It’s essentially just an SCP but in Half-Life but it works.

    5. The Haunted Dive
    It is okay

    Cool underwater map but mostly its meh. I found that this map seriously lacked sound, it was dead silent inside the underwater base. The chase was kinda ruined by being unable to sprint for longer than a second, which resulted in me awkwardly hopping away.

    6. HEATDEATH
    It is dire!

    Its the one thing I absolutely hate. A pitch black maze of identical corridors. Obviously I did not finish it.

    7. The Pit
    It is dire!

    They should of thrown this one into a pit *ba dum tish*

    8. The Visitor
    It is good

    Spooky map of a house in the woods. I thought this one worked well in actually building tension.

  6. Just gotta say how happy it is to have this site back !

    Rescued at last, thank God you are here !

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zH0hTCLkn9Y

  7. It is great!
    Halloween V: the Unknown

    I especially liked the immersion in the atmosphere that gives these maps. It’s a pity that there aren’t many of them, and let’s be honest, previous experiments were much more horrible than this one. My favorite map is DATA_RETRIEVED. I still admire the detail. Thanks for the interesting horror (P.s Did one person make this map?)

  8. Play It Later

    Halloween Horror V is the first one that I played, so I have no basis on how this particular one is in relation to the other Halloween Horrors. Still, I liked this one. It had a pretty small but good set of games to play, ranging from short and sweet experiences, to longer and more forboding experiences that build tension for that sweet release. The pack is pretty small (7 submissions) but among them there are some solid works (not the program lol)

    The Wayder Residence by Zapizard
    It is okay

    Playtime: 10 minutes
    You play as a drone that investigates the scene of a burned-down house. You enter to find something else… I liked it, although I had a bit of trouble with the first puzzle.

    DATA_RETRIEVED by beefbacon
    It is great!

    Playtime: 20-25 minutes
    You and a team of Black-Ops Space Agents must enter a ship and secure it. You have not been told any details of the mission and yet must press onward, yet you fear you might not be alone on the abandoned ship… I enjoyed this one. Very good at building an atmosphere, Alien Isolation esque atmosphere and assets. I like the feeling of isolation you get after splitting up with your teammates, really paints the picture of how ear-piercingly quiet space really is. Alright story, too. Light spaced-out shooting moments keep you on your toes the whole time. The ending is well-done.

    CODE_LOCK_EXPUNGE by Ossilia Flawol
    It is okay

    Playtime: 10 minutes

    You play as HL2 Rebel from White Forest, and must investigate/salvage from a nearby Combine Building wreckage site. A Very short, barebones formula horror map.

    SUBJECT by CW3D (Caleb West)
    It is great!

    Playtime: 20-25 minutes

    You play as a HL2 Metrocop who must dive headfirst into an unknown anomaly because the overwatch says you need to. Dialogue that feels genuine, and is pretty atmospheric. But it was really easy to get lost/I kind of didn’t know where I was going (maybe I am just stupid?). Simple puzzles, a short simple experience with yet again another deep and forboding atmosphere.

    The Haunted Dive by ArctixSnowPup + Sir Thomas
    It is okay

    Playtime: 10 minutes

    Play as a lone diver searching the ocean floor. Overall good, the environment is good looking, Had some cool mechanics/moments.

    HEATDEATH by ZEN_TURKEY
    It is bad

    Playtime: 25 minutes

    I personally had a bad experience with this map. The map layout is confusing and constant teleports between doors and fakeout teleport doors made so easy to get lost. Not much story to take note of. I ended up drowning when a whole room I entered was filled with water (I know, silly mistake) but some kind of warning or something would’ve been nice.

    The Pit by Zapizard
    It is bad

    Playtime: 2 minutes

    When I read the reviews, I didn’t expect it to be literally just a pit. Quite literally Pit purgatory. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    Visitor by AlphaEcho
    It is good

    Playtime: 10-15 minutes

    In your home at night, Sometimes you appreciate when you’re the only one home… Overall pretty good. Pretty short, but nice sweet experience. Atmosphere is okay, but some parts were really good/tense. The Scariest part is that this scenario is something that could actually happen/is pretty believable. Ending was very meh, but overall, pretty good.

    Summary

    Overall, I think Halloween Horror V had a handful of some pretty good maps. Good tension building/atmosphere was a nice trend. It’s a fun and scare-filled pack of games. Although I can’t give a rating on how this one is in comparison to the others, I’d say standalone that its pretty short but has a few good games to offer.

  9. Can’t start mod. When I start game no option for new game. It’s empty!

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