Half-Life 2 mods

I got The Orange Box two days ago and tried out Team Fortress 2 for the first time. It is a lot of fun, and I really, really suck at it. I figure a lot of my suckage is my noobness but even after I learn the game and the different classes well, I’ll probably still not be your first pick as teammate. 😛

Team Fortress 2


Anyway, Aaron actually gifted me copies of Half-Life 2 and Episode 1 about two months ago after he bought The Orange Box. The Orange Box comes with HL2, Eps 1 and 2, TF2, Portal, and Peggle. I’ve paid Aaron’s generosity forward now and gifted HL2 and Ep1 to another friend of ours.

While in Portland last month, I played Portal on Scott’s computer in the mornings while waiting for guildies to wake up so we could do our days of boardgaming. (Awesome game.) So, TF2 was really the only new game for me, though I really wanted to play Episode 2 after having HL2 and Ep1 fresh on my mind.

Yesterday, I spent some time downloading a bunch of HL2 mods. Here’s a list:

Eclipse


Eclipse

Played in third-person, you control a woman with telekinesis powers in a fantasy world. I haven’t gotten very far yet, but it looks pretty cool so far.

Synergy


Synergy

A co-op mod for Half-Life 2. The screenshot above should be enough to convince you to download it, even though I haven’t gotten a chance to try it out yet!

Zombie Master


Zombie Master

Some of my guildies have been playing this. One person spawns zombies while the others attempt to survive. Looks fun!

Iris


Iris

This game looks really cool. Unfortunately, not on my computer. For some reason I seem to be missing textures or something and the world looks odd. Also, the intro video didn’t work for me which is strange since I have a buttload of codecs installed…

MACe the Adventure


MACe the Adventure

Done as a master’s thesis project. Pretty cool series of puzzles. John Bransford and The LIFE Center should look into HL2 modding as an alternative to using Second Life. Seriously.

Shantytown


Shantytown

More student efforts. This one for a class at the Guildhall at SMU. I had heard about this a year or so ago. It’s a point-n-click adventure game using the Source engine. It *is* quite cool. Unfortunately, I hit a bug or something and couldn’t continue to the second level.

Weekday Warrior


Weekday Warrior

Another one from the Guildhall at SMU. This one gets kudos for being a total conversion with new character models and everything. Think Office Space done as an adventure game. I got stuck on like the first puzzle… couldn’t find the third stapler. I saw one on the receptionist’s desk but when I ring the bell at the front of the office to get her to go away, I am unable to interact with her stapler… 🙁

The Fiona Project


The Fiona Project

This one oozes cool. Two player co-op, each with their own complementary set of weapons. Unfortunately, it crashes to desktop for me.

Overall, wow, cool mods. It’s too bad many of them don’t work now. Did later versions of Source/Steam break them? Looking forward to Synergy and more TF2, though. 🙂

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