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Half-Life 2

9 years ago

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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Mod News: Excuses, Excuses

Where were you all last week? I turned up and no one was here, honest! What's that? No, I'm not crossing my fingers behind my back, and you definitely didn't see him heading off on holiday. What nonsense. Anyway, to make up for it, here's an extra-long edition of Mod News to cover the past two weeks. This time: Crash Bandicoot, a Warcraft III art…

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Mod News: All the Questions

More sites should interview mod-makers, I feel. If one of this week's picks is anything to go by, they can have some interesting things to say. Modding might not usually be quite as huge a process as making a full-on indie game, but as a modder you face your own unique problems, ones we don't always get to hear about. Maybe we should take note…

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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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10 years ago

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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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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11 years ago

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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