Name: Roger McAllen
Operational Area: Special commando for acts of sabotage in crisis areas
After years of negotiation the 12 leading military powers agree to halve the size of their armies and to either demolish or convert bases that are no longer in use. In spite of initial mistrust the project makes good progress and after a week numerous bunkers, launch ramps and other military bases are already prepared for conversion. Key positions are still under heavy military guard in case of incidents.
However numerous US bases are suddenly lost to the extensive attacks of an unknown organisation. One of these bases is a launching ramp. Troops stationed in the vicinity attempt to retake it but fail.
The WOLF-Organisation (Worldwide Organized Liberation Front) claims responsibility and threatens to attack nearby towns using the long-range missiles they have in their power if the US Army attempts further retaliation. The motives of this organization are unclear.
A new attempt at retaliation fails and the WOLF-Organisation carries out its threat on neighbouring towns, an attack causing 327 deaths and many more wounded. The situation escalates.. A week later, after negotiations have broken down, the US government decides to make use of the NASF (National Anti-terrorist Strike Force) in order to weaken the opponent from within by means of specially targeted acts of sabotage.
And so it begins
After five successful training years with the NASF, Roger McAllen begins his first mission behind enemy lines. He and his highly specialized team are only given minimal information before carrying out their task. Further details are supplied later by radio contact. After a short briefing the troops are deployed using transport helicopters to an area about 20 km south of the launching ramp base. Their first objective is to find and destroy an artillery vehicle in the ruins of the city. The second objective is to blow up a damn as a distraction whilst they infiltrate the launch base. Once there, they are to defuse the missiles, which constitute the basis of the WOLF-Organisation’s threat.
- Title: Operation Black Thunder
- File Name: hl1-sp-operation-black-thunder.7z
- Original File Name: opbt.exe
- Size : 44.2Mb
- Author: Black Thunder Team
- Date Released: 03 November 2004
- Jumping from a very high ledge onto a barely connected ladder is REALLY hard!
- People try and kill you after you blow up their dam.
- Headcrabs do wait for people to crawl through air ducts.
- Some puzzles can be fun and rewarding.
- I can live without a HUD.
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Uhm, everytime I make any changes to my configurations, video, keys, audio etc. in this mod, it is automatically reset to the defaults if I die or exit the game and restart it.
It isn’t the first time I’ve had this problem, I had it with the Day-Hard mod for Half-Life 2 too. What gives?
By the way, your site is awesome, Phillip. Keep it up!
I’m certainly not an expert but it sounds like it is more of a problem with your installation than with any one particular mod. Have you tried a re-s=installation? I doubt you have because I probably wouldn’t if I were in your shoes either. I don’t know whether it would make any difference. Must be REALLY annoying!
Thanks for your kinds words about the site, I’ll do my best to keep it up. No innundo meant.
I didn’t try reinstalling, no… I read on the forums of the homepage of the mod, about some people having the same problem. They were told that they could change configurations, exit and then restart the game, or simply enough edit the configs in the config file. But the problem is, some of the keys and instances aren’t listed in the default file (or at least I did not find them), and I don’t know what command I would type in if I wanted to insert them myself… and restarting the game didn’t do it either (maybe it worked for some of the other people, but not me. I don’t know).
Oh well, this mod didn’t appeal that much to me from what I had time to see anyway. But the next time a problem like this occurs, I’ll try reinstalling.
Sorry I can’t be more helpful1 I really think you should try to play this one because it’s a great mod. But that may depend on what sort of locations you like to play in.
I only suggested re-installing because you had problems with HL2 mods, actually it was the only thing I could think of!
I think I may begin saving my saves! That way I could try sending you some.
Yeah, I prefer a tiny bit more futuristic environments and futuristic weapons etc.
I doubt I’ll be reinstalling it, I’ll probably find another mod to play, which appeals more…
I don’t want you to waste your time on lil” me, but thanks anyway! 🙂
DUDE THIS MOD IS IN GERMAN
Yes, I know the mod is in German, but that doesn’t stop it from being a great mod.
This is a terrific mod! The new weapons models are supurb, and the objectives thing is cool too. However, I’m stuck: I can’t get passed the part where you are leaving through the sewage system, and you come out in a little courtyard with a lift (it doesn’t work), and it is raining. Can anyone help me?
Never mind. It was just a glitch.
I must say I have the same problem all the time. I have 2 steam accounts, one for hl1 other for hl2 and a lot of times my controls get reset to default. Mostly it happens to the quick save key, crouch key and sprint key.
Pls. help! Stuck at snipers point where I should release container over him but before it seems I have to blew the tank blockin rail – so I cannot find any C-4 explsives or what I have to do?
Whats with the training room? Its like another game. Am I supposed to play it? Is it needed. Does it actually train you? I’m confused!
I am having some problems with this mod and not sure if they are by design or fault, I have downloaded both the game and the won patch via planetphillip link. My download version gives me box shape blue bushes in all outside settings but the two areas of major concern so far are first the sniper area where you need to drop or shot down the container above the sniper, here I can not get into the control room without noclip and once I activate the controls with the container over the sniper it does not fall no matter how much a fire at it, have I missed something?
The second concern is the rail plateform, the plateform get stick at the bottom of each downhill run and you just slowly die, I finished this section by jumping on and off the plateform, is this a fault or did the mapper design the sequence this way?
So far this is a long classy mod with only the mountain climb being a bore. Do you think I should download and re-install?
It’s been too long since I played this mod for me to remember the deatils about the control room and platform. Iam 99% certain that to remove the blue box you need to install the WON update, even if you don’t use WON. It’s worth a try.
Before I say any more about this mod a well done to the Operation Black Thunder Team is in order, with dedicated mappers like this team around who needs to go spend loads of money on second rate games and stuff like X-Box, thanks. There is much to be said about this mod most would be high praise with some minor notes on bugs but at the end of the day you should only measure the enjoyment and fun factor, and here is where this mod scored well, it’s by far the best HL mod a have played in a long time and at a time when I thought we had seen the last of the best HL1 mods, with only the later Russian mods giving us plenty of fair without ever being classic mods (please disagree if you wish). it’s not that easy to know where to start with this review and for sure Phillip’s notes are very to the point including the blue bushes which I never got shot of plus a few bugs I mention previously, i.e. the sniper scene and the platform ride, apart from these all was smooth and the whole game flowed well with each new level integrating well within the overall story and not until the last levels where you felt that either the team were not sure or agreed on how or when to finish did you feel a lack of continuity, but by then it did not matter and the team seemed to be having fun anyway. I like the narration throughout the game with most of it being relative to help the story and game flow, this aspect reminded me of the old Sin game some many game years ago. I just wished I was more conversant with mappering such that I could find all the right terms of praise for this mod, so will make do by stating that textures were great with design, sets and architecture within being among the best I have seen for some time, the use of light throughout was good you never felt at any time situation where too dark or too light just spot on right through the game. The scale and perspective within the design of all the sets and sequences was also spot on, so many mods get this wrong especially within the larger interior scenes. The balance of game play between combat, puzzles and walk abouts was right with only the mountain climb being far too long and the only part of the mod I found a bore and noclip. Maybe some of the HL1 purist would argue about the lack of aliens, xen factor and other HL1 characters but without knowing all the details of this German story it’s difficult to comment on these omissions, maybe just not relevant to the story. The use of cut-signs was well done and fitted neatly into the picture without ever being over done, to long or pointless. Also the way many of the explosive scenes were designed whereby multiple and knock-on effects were generated was a major feature throughout which added a touch of class to the mod and further enjoyment to the game play. The weapons along with their sounds and effects were first rate, with the shot gun and the sniper rifle being the best of their kind I have come across, I kept to the shot gun at all times and only changed from this when something more specialized was needed. As for the combat sequences, of which the are many, these were in the main fair and I think the mod would be best played on hard setting, I played on normal but will without a doubt play through this mod again this time on hard. Just to sum up, that whilst this mod is no Poke646 or Azure Sheep, They Hunger 3 or even Time Line II, short of these it’s among the bests and when mods of this class come along it reminds you what you love about HL1 and as good as HL2 maybe, it will never however replace Half-Life 1 which includes Opposing Forces.
Go download and play, blue bushes and all.
thanks phillip, you are the greatest. I will bash a few monsters in your name hehe.
Rating: 5/5 + Excellence Award
Good: Nice and Long; new content; original story.
Bad: Texturing errors; hope you can read German!
If you are looking for a long mod to play, this would be it. Composing of 50 original maps, this mod will keep you busy for a while. There are news models, new sounds, new textures, new everything! Here’s how it goes: you are Corporal Roger McAllen, a specialized commando whose team is sent in to destroy the WOLF terrorist organization, behind enemy lines. WOLF has developed long range missiles that can target some nearby towns, and letting the towns be razed simply cannot happen.
The mission starts out with you watching a beautifully done scripted scene, which gets you in the mood to play. Then, you are in the action. You and your squad mates are in the middle of a desert, and then hell breaks loose. For nearly all of the mod, you are on your own, which isn’t entirely bad, since the NPCs cannot follow you through much of the game. You will continually battle with troops and puzzles, trying to figure out where to go and what to do next. To help you, an innovative “objectives” box can be called upon, and you can read what you are supposed to do, anytime in the game.
As for negatives, there are few, but somewhat of a problem. First, while there is lush vegetation throughout the maps, the plants that sway back and forth have the icky blue “transparent” background still visible, which unfortunately does get in the way so you cannot see the bad guys behind them. Second, while nothing major at all, the story on the beginning scripted sequence is in German, but at the end, it says there is an English version at the website, and there is. If it weren’t for the problem with the plants, this mod would be in the Excellence category, but the error is something that can and should be fixed. If you don’t have this problem, drop me a line, and tell me. Maybe its just my computer, and I can correct the review accordingly. I’ll need more than one or two emails though to do this.
UPDATE (09.09.2004) – THERE IS A PATCH THAT CORRECTS THE BLUE TEXTURE ERROR! GO GET IT! MOD RESOURCE AWARD ACCORDINGLY APPLIED.
How the hell do you get on the broken ladder form the ledge I’ve jumped about 30 times?
Only 30 times! Took me about a hundred. Seriously. See “what I learnt from playing this mod” section in the main post.
You just have to keep trying. I suppose you could cheat but it is quit rewarding when do actually make it.
This is an excellent mod!!Its very challenging trying to figure some things out,and the combat level is good.Its also good for a day of playing.
Ok on the high rail system that leads to one side with cannons killed those and was able to leap on the other side with no cannons don’t know what to do here door won’t open no ladder don’t know what to do now?
the clouds have cleared, operation black thunder is over for me. what a action packed mod, that at times would never end. hope for a part II
Pretty good mod. Would rate it better if there weren’t so many bugs in it that you have to hack your way around. Maybe it’s just me but, does anyone else hate these mods or maps where all you are is just a friggin” guinea pig?
OK, I know its been mentioned but that map with the blue container and the sniper to drop it on is full of bugs. The only way is to noclip to the next map. You’d think the developers would test their own mod. Makes you wonder what else isn’t going to work. Later on, a short walk through some drainage tunnels involves a wall exploding revealing grunts to kill and ammo to collect. Well after the next map loads, you can return to the same tunnel wall which has miraculously repaired itself, kill the grunts (again), watch the wall explode (again), pick up the ammo (again) ad infinitum…..
There are some good puzzles and set pieces but its just a grunt killing, bug ridden tedious shooter with a REALLY crap bug-ridden nothingy cop-out ending. Forget this, play Invasion.
Can not agree with all the above from “piledrive” We know this mod has some bugs of which only one effects gameplay, the others are minor and can be played around. The positives far out weigh the negatives so don’t be put off downloading and playing. Also to read pileddrivers review you would have thought he paid out $40 to play the game, we should not forget that we are getting free fun from people devoting a load of time and effort to supply us with games, and as such our reviews should be, yes critical if need be, but constructive and encouraging, and do not think “crap bug” and “cop out” will enourage anyone.
Fair enough. Point taken. Apologies for my negativity. Of course the developer(s) should be congratulated for their hard work. However,
some people do not know how to “cheat” such as noclip, so this kind of terminal fault in a game may discourage a relative novice from trying other mods. I withdraw my words and replace them with:
Enemies lack variety but the shootouts are enjoyable. Some knowledge of cheats is essential. The end is uexpected and a bit of an anti-climax. Otherwise a great effort. And free too!
Can someone please help? Operation Black Thunder, everything in the Options Menu works except for rebinding keys. The entire page is Blank. Phillip sent me a config.cfg file Icould use. That at least gave me some keys to work with, (prior to that none of the keys worked). Thank You Phillip. The page is still blank, and I would like to rebind a few keys. Any help will be greatly appreciated/
create a copy of the config.cfg file on your desktop and rename it to userconfig.cfg and put it into the game folder with the config.cfg.
andyb,thanks for the help. I don’t think you or anyone else understands what I’m saying. Not to be sarcastic or unappreciative, but when I say the page is blank, I mean BLANK. All or most games in the options menu show the keys to be used in game movement, weapons, team chat and so on. Usually by double clicking on one of these keys the player can rebind to his/her own prefference. If the page is BLANK that means there is nothing on the page. There are no key commands showing on the page at all. No movement keys, no team chat keys,no weapons keys.There is nothing on the page. If someone can explain to me how to take a screen shot and add it to my post I can show my meaning. Sorry if this sounds sarcastic, it’s not meant to be. I’m just extreeeeemely frustrated.
David, are you using Steam or regular Sierra version of Half Life?
Steam version. Ibought the
Steam version. I also bought HL Anthology boxed version, but the CD’s installed everything into Steam automatically.
Have you had this happen before with running Half Life with Steam or is this the first time? The reason I’m asking is that something similar happened to me whenever I decided to run Half Life through Steam, but pretty much ALL of my menu screens were blank. I would maybe see a letter here or there but that would be it.
Another reader (andyb) tried to help & gave me a link to a Steam help page & come to find out it was my video drivers. Click on the link below & in the search box, type “missing text” without quotations & see if that may help.
I’m not saying this is your problem, but this is as far as my knowledge will take you until someone more technically adequate can or will help you.
Of all the mods I’ve played (thru Steam) this is the first one to have this problem. I placed a copy of HL config.cfg in the OPBT folder, renamed it userconfig.cfg, did not place any text into the page but was able to use movement, weapons, etc. for a short time. During the game after a save or every time I exit and then cont. I would have to reapply the HL config file as the game would auto. over-right it. I’ve even reinstalled the game from another source with the same results. It’s MADDning.
I have this happen on alot of older mods.Thats why I use the userconfig file.It doesnt give you the key options in game but keeps your keys set to whatever you had in the file.At the bottom of every config.cfg file is a line that says exec userconfig.cfg.That overrides the config file.
So keep your config.cfg file in the mod folder
and rename one to userconfig from a mod that you know has your key bindings and place it in the mod folder.you need both cfg’s
Thanks andyb. That helped alot. Now I’m able play. I’ll remember that for futer reference, but hope I don’t have that problem again.
Pretty good mod – but at monment I am a little bit stubk — I am at the point where you have to destroy the planes with the C4 but cannor find exact point to attach the explosive — Any advice ? – oh and I am running the steam version before anyone asks ))
Find a distinctive feature somewhere on the plane. Run!
Played this mod when it was released and make
a replay at the moment.
Agree with a lot former postings here about the
quality of this mod. It is a good and long play.
A lot of thought gameplaywise was clearly put
into this one and it shines,but some spots are probably to hard for some players and can produce frustration. Weaponbalance is not good
in high difficulty,play on normal.
the ladder thing is sooo frustrating, after such a long hike and the console won’t come down…
in order to drop the big box on the sniper, just aim for the handle right above it.
got it! on with the hiking..
as you stand on horizontal ground at a fair distance for a long jump, climb back up on diagonal just a little and the straight rock will be enough for a long jump ramp
I want and hopefully will do a walkthrough and I first wanted to check the links for existing ones. Only the homepage works 🙁
I would appreciate a walkthru. I’m the doofus who gets stuck in the first map of every new mod 🙂
I started it a few days ago and will continue thoroughly from now on. It’s such a looong mod..
But it’s worth playing and writing help for it. I regret not posting a little review of it, but because it’s so long, I forgot my likes and dislikes at the end ;))
I have added a link to a walkthrough, written by AD3 and formatted by Gilfrarry.
This Mod rocks.I am about half through it and I must say without the walkthrough I think I would not be able to finish it.I had trouble with HL version 111o.After jumping down the pipe the dam blew up and I went to desktop.Tried saving before but still the same so I copied over to my steam account and it worked.Thanks again for the walkthrough.
A realy good mod, like it a lot, oh and it only took me 4 goes to jump onto the ladder and I only died once! (he said smuggly!) , died the first time missed the next two times but found I could hang onto the rocks and manuver sideways back to the ledge. 🙂
A very good game with one or two bugs. This is the most polished mod I have played for some time with textures, weapons, sounds, effects and design top notch, just a few issue keep it from being a classic 5.
I don’t think so……
Very informative comments there from toxdev.
If you want to find out about this mod, read the other comments. They will tell you it’s definitely worth playing.
This was an exellent mod and really worth playing
cant seem to find a version of this that isnt corrupt.
I’ve just downloaded and tested the Steam links above and they worked for me. You need to download the main file and the relevant update.
What errors did you receive?
Ive found the problem there seems to be something wrong with my security settings I cant seem to see what the problem is I checked and it should dl fine but now Ive taken to dling exes using internet explorer instead of firefox.
Cheers for checking though.
I recently approved a comment on this mod by somebody looking for the opbt_bsp.wad. I don’t know why the comment didn’t appear but please contact me directly and I will send you the file or a link.
I was the one asking for the opbt_bsp.wad., because the installation didn’t give the opbt_bsp.wad., (The installation has an error), so, does planetphillip have the opbt_bsp.wad?
I’ve sent you an email.
Thanks, I have download it, thank you planetphillip.
I’ve updated the post to include the screenshots and working links.
I just downloaded this mod and the keyboard edit is missing! I can edit the audio and video but not the keyboard. I have to use the A,D,and some other keys. I am used to using the arrows for moving. I edit button is there but theres nothing to edit. the green box is blank.
Download the update opbt-update-for-steam.exe, or, alternatively, go in the mod folder and rename or delete the \opbt\gfx\Shell\kb_act.lst file.
Gilfrarry,Thanks!! It worked.
Well, It didn’t work for long. Every time I die I have to reset it twice,once on the intro. and again when the game starts.
It won’t keep the edit. Simple solution is not to die,right? lol
I did both the delete and the update. 🙁
andyb said”create a copy of the config.cfg file on your desktop and rename it to userconfig.cfg and put it into the game folder with the config.cfg.”
I did that and is froze the game at the start screen. lol But it gave me an idea.
I went to my bmsl folder and copied the “config.cfg” which was 4kb and pasted to the “opbt” folder, the “config.cfg” was 3kb. It asked me if I wanted to replace the “config.cfg” I clicked yes. Now I got key binding/I can edit my keys.
Thanks! andyb and Gilfrarry!!!!
Now, I can’t get pass the sniper after I shot down the helicopter at the beginning of the game. arrrrggggg!
I’m stuck! I hope I’m not being a pain.
I blew up the dam and I’m past the heliport. I’m at a 2nd small heliport trying to reach it. It’s a long jump. There’s no way I can make that jump,it’s to long. Here’s a pic. http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w68/Red_Dog57/BlackThunder.jpg. I read the walkthrough,it still didnt help. Advise,Please…
Took me 15 tries finely made the ladder. Now inside. Very good mod!!
Game is awesome!!
lol blow up a damn?lololol..but a good mod…i liked it?hell no!!!I LOVED IT!!!
Guess it’s a lil bit buggy as I’m stuck after blowing up the damn, I always get an error afterwards, nonetheless I’m willing to point out my opinion so far..
-Story + gameplay
-Level design, military setting, scripts
-Objectives window point out what to do
-Sometimes boring, grey levels
-Bugs(?) Game crashes always after the dam explodes
I have a problem I can not change the sensitivity of the mouse any ideas? I also happened to fix the keyboard but only the keyboard sorry for my English
This mod will not run, with or without the steam update…. I get fatal error “Mod_NumForName:*218 not found”
Hmmmm… great mod. Too bad it crashes each time I try to load the level that is after the damn blowing up
This mod seems to but wonderfull. But there is a problem. When editting the keyboard, everytime the games loads, all the options disappears! It’s very frustrating and that’s why I can only play it for t minutes. There is no selected key to “flashlight”, or “duck”, then I edit the key and it keep “unediting” the key.
thanku.. so much