Single Player First Person Shooter Maps and Mods for Half-Life 1, 2 and Episodes 1, 2 and 3

This is the third chapter of Half-Life 2. It details the first half of Dr. Gordon Freeman’s journey to Black Mesa East through the City 17 canal network.

In this lengthy chapter, Gordon acquires his first firearm, experiences a lot of combat with Civil Protection forces and encounters alien enemies such as Barnacles, Zombies during the end and Headcrabs for the first time.

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The Replay Experience Experiment

This post is part of the The Replay Experience Experiment event. This is a chance to replay all the Half-Life games and discuss them based on our experiences since we first played them.

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The intro and trivia text are taken from the CombineOverWiki, a fan-supported, editable wiki covering the Half-Life series of games.

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A Complete Half-Life 2 Walkthrough

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24th March 2013

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  1. I had forgotten how big and important this chapter was. Not only do we collect 3 new weapons (Pistol, Machine gun and grenades) but we also encounter barnacles, manhacks, zombies and headcrabs. In addition we actually get to shoot shit, kill stuff and drive an airboat. That’s quite a lot, but wait there’s more…

    We see a wide variety of locations and settings, all seamlessly flowing one into another. Little did we realize that the “just get to Black Mesa East” would be such a pain in the ass.

    Puzzles are introduced, in the form of the board and bricks. No real tutorial needed as it’s pretty obvious, and that’s the best way. Make it obvious what needs to be done, but make it fun figuring out HOW to do it.

    Now, there is plenty of analysis of this level on the net, but the things that struck me are as follows.

    Some sections and areas are surprisingly empty, image 10 is a good example. If a mod was released with an area like this today, we would all be complaining.

    How clever it was to put the boards on the metal fence near the beginning. They probably found that players had trouble locating the enemies, but the wood help with that.

    The combination of manhacks and wood is very cool. Having them slice their way through crates and boards is so much fun.

    Vortigaunts are now our allies and apparently we “serve the same master”. Story depth there, for sure.

    How do the early NPC not realize I am somebody special. Sure, they might not know I am Freeman, but they know that somebody important is running around. Here am I in a bright orange and grey suit and “I’m just another guy”!

    I wish manhacks could go underwater – that might add a new dynamic to some gameplay.

    Lastly, how kind these NPCs have been. They each have their own story, goals and ambitions all put to one side for the sake of me – well, Freeman. I hope all players see the sacrifice they are making. We/I/Freeman owe them big time.

    —–

    I certainly lost a little of the atmosphere in this chapter because I had to play over three sittings due to interruptions but it is a great piece of work, especially the way the designers made all the different environments flow. We had quite a few moments where you can see where you are going to get to, creating that all important “push”. Nicely done, Valve.

    Playtime: 1 hour 16 minutes

    ReplyEdited at 11:52 AM, 24th March 2013
  2. Kaito Kid 151 comments

    24th March 2013

    Route Kanal is the chapter where the real action finally starts. We witness an agression right at the beginning, and as we are a very nice guy, we save that lady. We also get a gun :D
    Then there are a couple puzzles including force fields and trains, we get shot at ALL the time, encounter a couple lambda ammo cache, some obvious, some not.then we move in some dirty water, meet a vortigaunt that gives an AP boost of 2 (yay -.-) and we continue shooting combine. we encounter barnacles, and the game teaches us right away that they will eat other things than us, which is pretty cool. We meet several refugees, and pretty much every single one of them dies. We move in sewers, air ducks, and pretty much everywhere we can to move forward. We meet a chopper (already?!?) and we clearly see that the combine has a lot of control over the headcrabs and who is transformed into zombies, since they are the one sending the headcrab canisters. We get an airboat, and move on to the next level :D

    Challenges:
    no challenges? I have a couple ideas…

    Five words or less review:
    Finally some fighting, pew pew

    Deaths:
    None, for now.

    Playtime:
    13 minutes 20 seconds 208 milliseconds.
    Damn those levels are long.

  3. Blue Lightning 193 comments

    24th March 2013

    Great level. First action level, and great atmosphere.

    Anyone who liked this level, let me suggest the mod Joutomaa Redux.

  4. Olrick 142 comments

    24th March 2013

    General

    Because teleporter had failed, Gordon must follow the classic path set by the Resistance. But the Combine want to capture him and proceed to punitive raids in Resistance stations.

    The whole chapter is filled with enemies, essentially cops. So we can feel pressure while moving to a new zone. More Gordon meet CPs, more he became dangerous and more CPs want to kill him. However the level is not to difficult because those cops are stupid and hide behind the numerous explosive barrels.
    This feeling is also underlined by the oppressive shadow of the Citadel, viewable from everywhere and the Super Voice which never stop talking.
    Others enemies like Barnacles and crabs proves that the Black Mesa Incident have influenced Earth, Those wild Xen species are now part of ecosystem.

    The setting of “Route Kanal” is not linear. Of course we get across some canals, but before we follow a railway because we came from train station.
    Later we land in the sewers and meet some resistants who survived the Combine attack. Some can be helpful and their presence means we are on the right way. We also noticed this Lambda Logo that resistant use to recognize their places and hiding.

    Between actions phases we encounter simple puzzles, mostly based on physics and again showing Source Engine potential. The prehistoric concept of lever for example, wasn’t so easy to reproduce in games before.

    Finally Gordon reach a station that haven’t been destroyed and after a bad surprise, obtain the air-boat. Since HL2, Valve want to include tutorials in the whole game instead of making an Hazard Course. The large area at the very end of chapter is a good example. The player can train and have fun with the air-boat and then continue when he want.

    Caught my eyes

    They use Headcrabs as weapon?! Does the Geneva or Washington Convention allow that?

    G-Man sighting

    At the TV the Vort was watching. This blue clothed guy is popular!

    Death

    None

    Playtime

    38 minutes, chapters get longer…

    My French Let’s Play

  5. Unq 451 comments

    26th March 2013

    Right, so our trek starts and the combat starts to ratchet up little by little. I like the feel of Route Kanal, you’re down in the canals and tunnels most of the time and you feel trapped.

    But what I want to talk about is the consistent method Valve uses to introduce an enemy to you. In every case, you get to see the threat before it can harm you – sometimes well before (barnacle), sometimes right before (manhack, while your ally is fighting them off). But you always get a chance to observe first without direct combat. It’s partially teasing, partially training – in that it lets you get a chance to determine a tactic to fight or avoid them. It even applies to the explosive barrels – by the second or third map of this chapter, you have a good idea of what they do to you and to the Civil Protection. So when they’re tossed into the water next to you or rolled down the hill at you, you know what’s coming, even if you can’t easily evade. Think of the first encounters with the barnacle, helicopter, manhack, and headcrab.

    Another key method Valve uses in this chapter and throughout the game is to train you via puzzles, with no “tutorial” or guidance needed. As you learn from each puzzle, a future one will have you apply it slightly differently. An example is the flooded chamber where you can’t reach the ledge unless you break the wood down below and allow the large spools and crates to float to the surface. It’s fairly straightforward, although it might take you a minute or two to figure it out the first time. But later we’ll see a clever application of this floating object puzzle.

    This player-training-through-puzzles is a key aspect of game design, and Valve really applied it to perfection later, in Portal. If it’s done right, it’s pretty subtle, and the player doesn’t even know they’re being trained.

    Playtime: 46 minutes

    ReplyEdited at 4:13 AM, 26th March 2013
  6. rikersbeard 261 comments

    26th March 2013

    We start as a hero saving that lady from those metropolice thugs and get a weapon, where killing is a little less personal! Now that we have the gun we never seem to get a chance to stop using it!
    We get to jump, and fall off a lot on my first play through, on a moving train and have fun blowing up enemies with those hazardous red barrels. We meet friendly people who seem to always be warning one about trouble and a Vortigaunt gives me a health boost, I think! So we learn they are now our friends fighting the same enemy and worship the great Freeman, look down at feet remembering being drenched in the blood of many, many of this chaps kind.
    Smashy, smashy with my old friend and it open air and a shooting gallery, but first mind the crow chopping barnacles! There is a nice little resistance nest leading up to a machine gun where great fun can be had shooting combinations of enemy equipment and white-faced goons! But this replay I was lazy and headed for the sewer, only to be bombed from above. So I watched my oxygen gauge and stayed deep, apparently the suit knows how long you can hold your breath!
    Three Combine on a very bodged bridge and a red barrel underneath provide a calamity of fun before you enter Half Life 2

    • Stanley Dunigan 29 comments

      26th March 2013

      In my recent playthrough of this chapter, I discovered an easy non-cheat way to get past the seesaw area without having to mess with the aggravating thing at all. Just pile four of the concrete cinderblocks up against the floor’s ledge, then jump onto the cinderblock pile, then jump onto the floor. You’ll have to stack the cinderblocks carefully so they won’t fall over while you’re trying to do your jumps. (Sorry I didn’t get this info to you earlier, but I’ve gotten a bit behind in my HL2 playing!)

      • rikersbeard 261 comments

        27th March 2013

        I can’t believe I actually forgot about stacking those concrete blocks before! Maybe I am too used to stacking crates and barrels.
        I will try that. Thanks.

  7. MisterAddy 269 comments

    27th March 2013

    I love this chapter – most of it anyway. With such a big chapter it is quite difficult to talk about individual parts; I love the way the environments shift from intense outdoor combat to quiet, damp sewers. The headcrab shelling right at the end is brilliant. It’s a very tightly controlled area and there is just enough scripting to build up a feeling of tension and fear, especially the first time through.

    The combat levels up pretty nicely as well since we go from being very vulnerable to much more heavily armed. The only bits that I don’t really like are the part where flaming barrels are thrown at you and the manhack room that you have to flood. The former I found very annoying the first time I played since it seemed impossible to avoid losing a lot of health. It’s not so bad for me now though. The other one I thought was a good puzzle but the amount of NPCs is a bit of a difficulty spike. Reading that back makes me sound really negative but it’s really only a tiny bit in a huge and great chapter.

    Of course, who could forget the seesaw puzzle. I know someone who insisted on stacking the bricks to climb the ledge. He claimed that nobody would ever use a seesaw in real life! I almost forgot about the part where you jump on to the moving train, I always loved that idea. Just shows you how much is going on in this chapter.

    Level design-wise there are so many great locations, like the collapsed overpass. Personally I really like the idea of all the little resistance hiding spots just out of sight of the Combine. Valve succeeded in making look really unique and fit in to their environments. I’m glad we will get to see more in the Coast chapters. As a sidenote, I got “achievement progress” for finding some of the Lambda caches. In this case it seems that achievements really add to the experience as they give extra incentive to go look for all the secrets.

    By the way, I saw some problems which I guess are due to the engine update some time ago. Firstly the “sun” sprite kept going flickery, and also the skybox textures were very streched in some places. The latter is an issue I encountered before as a mapper, I believe it’s due to them not being HDR skies. I am surprised it hasn’t been fixed since it should be a minor problem.

    We travel quite a long way in this chapter, having basically left City 17. But now we have the Airboat, it’s time for some real journeying!

    ReplyEdited at 8:38 PM, 27th March 2013
  8. Ade 790 comments

    30th June 2013

    Running and gunning isn’t quite the best way through this chapter as you can miss caches and actually die from too many police and manhacks heh
    I was over 30 suit, so the vorts jilt didn’t add up, that’s a shame.
    And that area I’m supposed to flood gave me a hard time again, I can’t believe I always keep missing that red valve.

    Playtime: 40 min

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