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Half-Life 2

9 years ago

Mod News: Release The Valve

In the week of Portal 2's release, it seems apt that Valve's games should dominate the mod scene's output. While the range of titles you can mod these days is impressive, and so many of the tools are easy to learn, I've still yet to come across a moddable engine that's quite as intuitive and flexible as Source. I can't wait to see what people…

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The Truth Behind The Half-Life 2 Robbery

If you read one article about gaming this week (er - that isn't on RPS. Actually, even so...), it should be Simon Parkin's excellent investigation into Axel Gembe, the chap who notoriously stole Half-Life 2's source code long before the game was released. Not just a document of the before and after, it also explores the young German hacker's thinking and intentions - which may…

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The Very Important List Of PC Games, Part 1/5

Here at Rock, Paper, Shotgun we take the business of PC gaming entirely seriously. There is no smiling, or making rude noises at the back of class, there is only important gaming fact. So when it came to compiling an exhaustive list of the greatest, most important PC games of all time, we realised that the only way we could articulate the importance of the…

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He Ain’t HEVy: Paper Half-Life

The internet has too many wonderful things to look at. Stop it, internet! Stop having too many wonderful things! The sad consequence of this is that we're sometimes a little late at showing you particular wonderful things, such as this wonderful stop-motion, papercraft animation of wonderful Half-Life and wonderful Half-Life 2 by the wonderful Stepan Yurov. They're quite wonderful. Wonderfully, you can watch them both…

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An Unofficial Half-Life Movie Trailer

With Valve talking about making the Half-Life movie themselves, you have to wonder whether they might be well advised to hire this chap for the process. His trailer for short film I'm The Freeman looks about as good as we could hope a Half-Life movie to be. Assuming it was to CG, in the spirit of the TF2 shorts, of course. Go take a look,…

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10 years ago

Fan Film: Beyond Black Mesa

Listen up, near-forgotten supporting character fans: Half-Life: Opposing Force's Adrian Shepherd is back! Just, y'know, unofficially. I suspect it's the only way we'll ever see anything else of the Gearbox-developed add-on's soldiery hero-mute - and it's also a snazzy way to see real life human beans interacting with Striders, Combine police et al. Beyond Black Mesa is set during the Combine occupation of Earth, and…

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Where Are The Road Games?

And I don't mean games of The Road - that's an entirely different kettle of misplaced licensing. I mean this: the road movie is a fruitful, interesting genre for film, and even TV, but what is it's equivalent in gaming? Could it have one? Or are all linear games basically just that classic story-as-journey? Are shooters our road movies? Maybe, but perhaps there's something in…

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Valve Announces Half-Life 2 For Mac

Valve has, without comment, released the video you'll find below to announce Half-Life 2 for the Mac. To do so there's brand new pre-rendered footage of Alyx, along with other Half-Life 2 familiars, which is clearly something that's going to be worth a watch. It's brief, it's to promote a million year old game, but hey - it's more HL2. Also, have they hidden any…

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R.I.P. Robert Culp

Here's a sad start today's posting. Kotaku report Robert Culp has died, aged 79. Despite his long history in television, he'll be best known to UK PC Gamers as the voice of Dr. Wallace Breen in Half Life 2. For full details, I'll direct you at CNN.

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HEVy Metal: Half-Life 2 Gets Upgraded

For all its glory back in 2005, it can be a little disillusioning to fire up the original Half-Life 2 these days - it looks that much flatter and dimmer than the worlds we're used to from more recent iterations of Source engine. No HDR or colour correction, and NPCs with pudding-like faces. The one-time Future Of Games doesn't look so futuristic anymore, in other…

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Company Of Dinos: Dino D-Day

Effseven pointed me at this. I haven't played it. It's a proof-of-concept demo-release of the full game which the mod team will be playing. It could be terrible. It... actually, I refuse to believe it could be terrible. The world wouldn't be that cruel. It's a single player FPS mod about Hitler getting dinosaurs with the inevitable consequences. From the moment when watching the trailer…

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Half-Life 2 Audio Replaced By Modder’s Voice, Internet Rejoice

So the internet has a new greatest thing. Earth's best human, Trase, has created a Half-Life 2 mod where he replaces nearly all the game's sounds with his own voice. And yes, it's just as good as that sounds. Every weapon, vehicle, explosion, and enemy sound is now the vocal stylings of this lunatic modder. See below. Please, see below.

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11 years ago

Gordon Freeman Dumped Alyx On Birthday

Rock, Paper, Shotgun has uncovered information that suggests sleazy Half-Life star Gordon Freeman did have an affair with Alyx after all. And the cold-hearted scoundrel then broke up with her on her birthday night, at a party attended by her closest friends and family. Friends of Alyx have explained to RPS that the poor girl was devastated, as the bearded so-called "hero" walked out on…

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Valve Drop Hints About Episode Three

Valve never seem to take traditional routes for announcing new games. Their head of [Insert Appropriate Title Here], Doug Lombardi, likes to leak teeny bits of information to people when they're least expecting it. To Kikizo, in an interview published last night, he dropped in something about Episode Three. Like you do. Apparently we could hear news about the game before the end of the…

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TaserStick Included

Kotaku spotted this awesome piece of homemade costume-craft up for sale on Ebay. It's a full Half-Life 2 Combine Metrocop outfit, which apparently even has a voicebox thing to make you sound even more like the game's grumpy evil policemen. The reason for this authenticity is that it was a prop from a short movie, "The Combine Interview", which - along with a closer look…

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12 years ago

Half-Life Wars

Older and more spiteful readers may immediately be thinking "but Meer already wrote about the RTS mod for Half-Life 2 months ago. Let's burn his house down and tell his mum that he's rubbish." It's true. I did. But! Stow those Molotovs, for I thought it well worth checking back in with HL2 Wars, what with the last version I squinted at being little more…

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Half-Life 2 vs Eve Online: Clear Skies

Clear Skies isn't anything to do with Stalker. Instead it's an epic 40-minute piece of Eve Online machinima which uses the Source engine to provide for its voice-acted characters. Eve pilot "John Rouke" is the chap responsible. "[It's] a mix of Half Life 2 and EVE, an actual plot and acting, all put together for a 40 minute 'pilot episode' format film," says Rouke. "Two…

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