Mel Soaring 2: Star Rancor

for Half-Life

1st January 1998

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  • Title: Mel Soaring 2: Star Rancor
  • File Name: hl1-sp-mel-soaring-2-star-rancor.7z
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  • Size : 0.99Mb
  • Author: Shaun ‘KONA’ Ross
  • Date Released: 16 June 2000
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  1. piledriver
    Play It Later

    You are intergalactic villain Mel Soaring, in an asteroid fighting mostly Xen type enemies. Limited weapons. Difficult battles. Standard textures but well designed mod

  2. mcrip
    Play It Later

    Shotgun, shotgun, shotgun. .357. Xen_slave, xen_slave, xen_slave. Alien_grunt. Less furniture = more space to run. Resolution: not really. Ok, it is dusty but fun for about 20 Minutes. I felt like in Qake 2 – levels.

  3. Maybe?

    Continuation of “Mel Soaring – Hear Me Roar” for FPS game “Quake II”, but now in HL1 with a new threat, Xen aliens instead of Strogg.
    I have to admit I didn’t play the first part, but I know the “Quake” series very well as I have played all titles and all official addon’s often, only except “Quake 4” due to my old PC’s weakness.

    So what we have here is five-map pack with good flow, plenty of action and nice architecture.
    The maps look cool, some new textures and nice lighting. The layouts are good too.
    It indeed somehow feels like playing “Quake II”.
    The sections are varied from entering the base on the asteroid, a tech section where you have to shut down the power, some cramped cliff with careful jump & shoot scenes and so on.
    It all ends in a Xen-like looking area.

    What’s missing is a better story, this could have been done easily as the mapping screams for a good one in my eyes. Also, there are absolutely no puzzles. BUT plenty of combat!
    I never seen such a horde of alien slaves before!
    Therefore balancing is very good, although way too much shotgun ammo imo.
    Another bad thing is that sometimes even more alien slaves are being spawned and you can’t hear it, you’ll FEEL it first lol

    All in all it’s a action-packed mappack within great leveldesign.
    If alien slaves are your favorite HL monsters, you’ll love this!

  4. Ten Four Reviews

    The author of Mel Soaring was certainly quick with this sequal, but perhaps a little too quick and that shows in the final product.

    I had the benefit of betatesting for Shaun, but unfortunately, only my most superficial advice was looked into. Nonetheless, that was enough to solve some major texture misalignments and the first thing you’ll notice with Mel Soaring 2: Star Rancor is the colorful, unique and very neat design. Like me, you’ll probably feel out of place at the beginning with the funky lighting, but also like me, it’ll probably grow on you… or maybe it’s just the fact that Shaun picks up the eye-candy towards the end; either way is good.

    The problem with Mel Soaring 2: Star Rancor was that the story and the theme the author chose were not very compatible with the final product, as a result this felt awkward as in Mel Soaring for Quake2. The story is great and it attempts to link Quake2 to Half-Life, and I actually paid attention to the frequent text displays during the level that shows conversations between you and your iron-maiden girfriend back on Stroggos. Say whuh? Yeah, it’s all very interesting, but that just makes you wish that the levels themselves were better developed.

    Continue reading the review on Ten Four…

    This review is republished here by permission and was originally published Sunday, 24th October, 1999 by Jiang.

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