Pick up the crowbar of research scientist Gordon Freeman, and find yourself on an alien-infested Earth being picked to the bone, its resources depleted, its populace dwindling. You must rescue the world from the wrong you unleashed back at Black Mesa.

The original Half-Life sent a shock through the game industry with its combination of pounding action and continuous, immersive storytelling. Valve's debut title won more than 50 Game of the Year awards, was named "Best Game Ever" by PC Gamer, and launched a franchise which has since sold over 11 million units worldwide. By taking the suspense, challenge and visceral charge of the original Half-Life and adding startling new realism and responsiveness, Half-Life 2 opens the door to a world where the player’s presence affects everything around him or her, from the physical environment to the behaviors and even the emotions of both friends and enemies.

Technical note: most mods “for Half-Life 2” are actually cross-compatible with all of Valve's Source engine games. Check a mod’s profile for details on whether a specific game is needed.

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About Badass Combine with 0 comments by CoRuJa on Apr 28th, 2015

Any Half-Life 2 fan, no matter how much time he/she spent playing it, knows how flawed the Combine Soldier really is.

Sure it's AI is not really that bad, sometimes it can have it's moments of brilliance.

Unfortunately, this is overshadowed by some of it's well known tactical deficiencies, like suicide-charging you with reckless abandon (further emphasized in "Our Benefactors" chapter), refusing to take cover while under fire, preferring to stand still without firing a bullet and being obnoxiously sluggish compared to Half-Life's HECU Marines.

For being genetically modified, post-human killing machines, the Combine Soldier was a let down to many Half-Life fans.

Badass Combine, however, addresses many of these issues regarding it's AI, to a point they will be just as good as they are supposed to be.

Below, almost 13 minutes of footage, with a semi-detailed breakdown below each video

Badass Combine:
00:08: Combine Soldier spots the player. The radio chatter indicates he is not alone. The soldier alerts his unseen and distant squad members.
00:09: The soldier receives damage from the player's pistol, immediately forcing him into cover. The injured soldier awaits his squad mates, instead of dealing with the player by himself. Take notice on how agile the soldier is.
00:22: Soldier's squad members arrive and start attacking the player.
00:40: Beyond this mark, the squad's teamwork is in full effect and their agility is fully displayed.
00::50: The player tries to exploit their AI, expecting them to charge his position in the open. This attempt is foiled at 00:52.

Half-Life 2:
01:13: Combine Soldier spots the player. No chatter comes from him, he's alone.
01:14: The soldier receives damage from the player's pistol, miraculously forcing him into cover while shooting. Notice how he sacrifices mobility for the ability to strafe-fire and gains momentum slower.
01:30: The player tries to exploit his AI. The attempt is successful and the soldier suicidally charges his position.
01:54: The soldier is killed and the player, out of disgust, commits suicide by blowing himself up at 01:57.

Badass Combine:
00:08: Dispatched Combine troops engage the player. Instead of charging the player's position, they stand their ground. Further display of the soldier's agility is shown. The squad is wiped out at 00:58.
01:27: The player is engaged by another squad, after slowly recharging his health and suit. Their behavior is no different from the previous squad.
01:41: Combine Elite launches an energy ball, being picked up the player two seconds later and launched against it's original owner. The Elite takes cover from the incoming ball at 01:44. Another soldier does the same thing at 01:49.
02:40: The events from 01:41 happen again, further emphasized at 02:49, when two soldiers take cover from an incoming energy ball.

Half-Life 2:
03:32: Dispatched Combine troops engage the player and charge his position, only deciding to open fire at 03:38.
03:41: The player engages himself in melee combat and wipes out the squad at 03:44
03:57: More Combine stupidity, heavily emphasized from 04:02 to 04:12. Another squad is dispatched at 04:14, forcing the player to fall back to a nearby suit charger at 04:23
04:40: The player's contempt for the soldier's AI is visibly shown by negatively shaking his head. Another squad is wiped out at 04:55.
05:27: The last two squads are wiped out after showing off their "impressive" AI

This video displays not only the ability to spawn Combine Elites and Prison Guards via-command console/binded key, but also the option to spawn allied Combine troops, who fight for the Resistance.

The mod is not the first one to have Combine troops to the rebel's side. Years ago, SMOD featured these, but they were nothing more than citizens using Combine models. Here, these are the very NPCs the player confronts during the events of HL2, as evidenced by their radio chatter.

On the marks of 00:12 and 01:34, i have assigned the soldiers via-console to the same squad used by the rebels (ent_fire !picker setsquad player_squad).

Many of the positive traits shown on the previous videos are shown here as well.

Hope you guys enjoyed, and have a good day!

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selfdestruct
selfdestruct Jul 22 2004, 3:00pm says:

That's an antlion, not one of the ST aliens. Bad joke. If there were 7000 of the antlions and 300 dead humans on the ground, then it'd be like Starship Troopers.

Dragonlord... you're wrong in every way. The game has been in development for five (closer to six, now) years. Half-Life, one of the most popular games of all time, was in development for less than 2 - with an unstabilized team.

The graphics are getting old - they're the worst part of it (and they're still beautiful!). Its the immersion, the gameplay, and the modifications that are so phenomenal. I'm a HL2 fanboy and I know everything there is to know about it... so next time, before you make an uninformed and retarded post, read up on it first.

Doom 3 is going to be awesome graphics-wise and sounds-wise (Trent Reznor, of Nine Inch Nails, is doing the music!), but id Software has been lacking in innovation... it will be mediocre. For those of us that can run it.

Minimum bare-bones lowest setting requirements for Doom 3:
2ghz p4, 128mg gfx, 512mg RAM.

Minimum HL2 requirements: <1gb pIII, 32mg? gfx
The HL2 Source engine is far more refined than the Doom 3 engine is, and can adapt to most hardware.

HL2>Doom III

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Ueberwolf
Ueberwolf Jul 18 2004, 7:56pm says:

Planethalflife.com you mean HL2 = starship troopers of a bit nearer future?

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Makkon
Makkon Jul 7 2004, 2:56pm says:

Blah blah blah! Buy it and find out for yourslef when it's released.
I heard it's comming the end of this summer (2004) so you can rant and wine then. :rolleyes:

And I don't see how doomIII is so great. just good graphics, that's all.

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Quackzilla
Quackzilla Jun 10 2004, 1:37pm says:

I think most of the dev team has OCD.

Don't they have pills for that now?

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L337_Haxs
L337_Haxs May 26 2004, 3:36pm says:

it is cool but it just doesnt look as cool as it did a couple years ago :S

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Dragonlord
Dragonlord May 26 2004, 8:47am says:

how can you praise a game you don't know yet then too? i'm just convinced it will NOT kick *** (in the graphics dep sure but who cares grahics... that's only for benchmark kiddies). unless the game can proof beeing good i do not praise it... and in contrast... what i've seen so far made me damn suspicous... suspicous this might become a farting joke. a game that is crap but the mods will be good. isn't it pathetic to make a game only for modding because else it sux? ^_^

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nokreload
nokreload May 25 2004, 10:28pm says:

All u people talkin **** on half life 2 have no ****** clue. How can u bad mouth a game 5 years in development. Sure doom 3 will be up there but in no way will it mount up to half life 2. So STFU

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Robo_Ronald
Robo_Ronald May 12 2004, 7:53pm says:

I'm gonna get it, but make no mistake: I definently ain't buying it for its gameplay; I'm buying it for its mods! :p

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bluebellthird
bluebellthird May 8 2004, 9:50pm says:

Iamdura.com was said to contain information.

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RyantheHoundeye
RyantheHoundeye May 5 2004, 5:01pm says:

Everyone who played the beta should be shot

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Sadly it never ends for Gordon Freeman, he is gaming worlds Jack Bauer, consistently going from one bad day to the next. No sooner have you blown up the head of the Xenian Nihilanth and discussed career prospects with the mysterious G-Man than he tosses you in the mix again. Another train ride another mysterious situation leaving Gordon (and you the gamer) none the wiser, but thats what we like about the Half-life series and all it's canonical universe, Valve will always give you a Palm d'or plot…

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