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7 years ago

Feature: Just walking down this quie- BARRGGHGHGHHHH!

Hands On Horror Mod: Grey

Scaring someone is a fine art. Scaring someone when they're expecting to be scared makes it even trickier. So Grey is a big task for the Deppresick team of modders. A total conversion mod for Half-Life 2, it's a horror game that borrows liberally from every other horror game, movie, book, and scary painting you once saw. I put on my bravest trousers and had…

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Feature: The Ship That Never Shipped

Unlimited Hyperborea: Half Life 2’s Missing Information

Joe Martin is a Half-Life 2 obsessive who often wells up with actual tears when he thinks of the content Valve cut during development. Imagine his joy at finding the Missing Information mod, which collects workable snippets from the stolen HL2 beta and assembles them into a Steam-compatible mod. Joe takes a look at the parts of HL2 Valve didn't intend for us to see,…

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What Happened To Black Mesa: Source? Part Two

The rumors of Black Mesa's death have been greatly exaggerated. It has, however, been over three years since Gordon Freeman went for an all-too-brief jog in his shiny new hazard suit. No, gaming's favorite man of zero words and 1000 crowbar swings per minute hasn't suddenly affixed a chainsaw to his gun or moved his adventures to an unnamed wartorn Middle Eastern setting, but a…

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Interview: What Happened To Black Mesa: Source? Part 1

The universe has a weird fondness for improbable coincidences. Name your franchise Half-Life, and it takes half a lifetime to come out. Create a robust mod based around a game in that franchise, and its development mirrors that of its crowbar-wielding, hazard-suit chic father series nearly one-to-one. The lofty promises, the incredibly lengthy periods of radio silence, the incessant cries of "vaporware" and "it'll probably…

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Gabe On ‘Ricochet 2’ Delay. He Doesn’t Mean Ricochet.

The appearance of Valve's Gabe Newell on the inaugral Seven Day Cooldown podcast seems to have generated all the headlines in the world. Apple's new boss didn't really visit Valve, DOTA2 will use a brand new kind of free-to-play and, now, why 'Ricochet 2' has been so long coming. There is, I'm afraid, absolutely no way that 'Ricochet 2' is a veiled term for another…

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30,000 Gamers Ask: Where’s Half-Life 3?

Looking at Steam's Stats page, Half-Life 2 is currently sandwiched between Plants vs Zombies and X3: Albion Prelude. But this weekend, if the Call For Communication Steam Group pull it off, Valve's own game should be somewhere near the top ten. The protesters are hoping that the surge of players will send a message to Valve: “we want to know what's happening to Gordon Freeman.”

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Hey, Valve, What’s Going On, Eh?

Valve have created themselves an interesting situation. Presenting themselves as bastions of consumers, remarkably accessible to gamers, regularly inviting in groups of modders - often to give them jobs - and always being present to offer a quote on how customers deserve to be treated with more dignity, they establish themselves as being our friend. And then from that position, they sure do like to…

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8 years ago

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Mods And Ends: Radiator And THAT

Something old for you today, which you may well have seen before, but I think it’s worth reminding people of. It's Radiator. I’ve included something new for good measure, but nothing blue because this isn’t a wedding, it’s a little article about mods. Sorry if that’s disappointing. You’re going to be even more disappointed if you don’t like pretentious artsy mods. I’m talking the kind…

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Escape From City 17: Part Two

Another Valve-inspired short film to enjoy this morning. Many years ago, John showed off part one of the Purchase Brothers guerrilla-style Half-Life homage, and now they've only gone and released part two. It uses the same blend of live action and game footage to fine effect. They spent $250 making this. To put that into context, Michael Bay spent 742 billion dollars on each of…

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So, Yes: The Stanley Parable

Okay, Internet! Okay. I'll play The Stanley Parable. Jeez, I'll play so you'll stop hassling me. I've got tea to drink and stuff, y'know. I mean so what, yes, it is my kind of thing. And I do like wry and creepy first-person games, and The Stanley Parable is one of those peculiar story-driven, non-linear, thought-provoking, brilliant-constructed, acutely clever, well-written mods that we love to…

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Another Impressive Half-Life 2 Movie

Half-Life - Singularity Collapse is an impressive Half-Life 2 fan movie which you can see below. It's a first-person movie, and features quite a bit of the protagonist looking at his hands, for some reason. Fortunately it's also heavy on the action, including a Highway 17 style buggy driving sequence, which is particularly awesome. It's not short on the special effects, either, with a bonkers…

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Germany/August/Mystery Valve Showing

With Bellevue's finest opting not to make an appearance at E3 earlier this month, we've all been left in the dark THE TERRIBLE FRIGHTENING DARKNESS about what's next on the plate for Valve, and when we might see it. DoTA 2? Portal 2 expansions? Something, at long, long bloody last, to do with Half-Life? Well, in August we might find out.

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Mod News: The End

This is it. The end. This column you are about to read will be the last ever Mod News. Sniff. It’s been a pleasure, guys. But no, really, it has. Over the past year, I’ve had a fantastic time as RPS’ mods guy, and it’s been a real honour to write this column every week - even if it is essentially just a roundup of…

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Mod News: Clever Girl

Quite a lot of mod news this week, apparently, even though there's very little for you to actually play. There's a long-awaited update from Jurrassic Life, as well as plenty of other gubbins related to Half-Life 2, Crysis, Stalker: Clear Sky, Portal 2 and Dirt 3. That's a lot of games! Read on to find out what's what.

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What If Gordon Freeman Had A Body?

(I was going to title the post Gordon 'The Body' Freeman, but I figured people would just think it was porny fanfic). James Benson, the chap behind the splendid Dance Fortress video has gone for a rather different tack for his next project. He's cut a new trailer for the original Half-Life, demonstrating how the game might look if Freeman was a real physical presence…

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Well Sourced: Clear Skies Movie Hits Part 3

The extraordinary labour of love that is the Source-powered Eve Online fan movie Clear Skies has now reached its third episode. You can download that in full here. This work of machinima is one of the most extensive and dedicated I've seen, and it's awesome to see that it's still going. The incongruity of the Half-Life 2 characters in space hasn't really lessened, however... I've…

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Mod News: Silence Is Golden

It's been an unusually quiet week in the world of mod news. Perhaps all our humble developers have been scurrying away in front of their PCs actually getting some work done, and that's why we've seen very few items of news but another collection of new releases and updates, ready for you to play right now. This week: the first Portal 2 mod, a new…

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Stop, Drop, Roll: Action Half-Life 2 V2 Out

I played a lot of Action Half-Life back in the day- it's a mod which adds leaps, rolls, kung-fu and so on to Half-Life multiplayer, as well as a small collection of colourful weapons, each of which is (in theory) the equal of any of the others. It also boasted some of gaming's most legendary map secrets. You can read my love letter to AHL…

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Life-Less: No New Valve Game At E3

A bunch of folk seem to have become convinced that Valve would be revealing something at E3 next month. Each and every rumour about Valve does of course involve Half-Life 3/Episode 3, and this one was no different. The long-awaited next slice of Gordonery would finally be shown at E3, whispers claimed. People became excited, but they shouldn't have done. Valve will not be revealing…

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