Relive Water Hazard from Half-Life 2, this time without the airboat. Welcome to BOAT-LESS!
This mod aims to recreate the entire Water Hazard chapter to make it fun and interesting without the airboat.

The mod includes:

  • extended and redesigned maps, remade to fit the on-foot experience
  • new details added to the original Water Hazard maps, making them even more immersive
  • new voice acting
  • new music
  • Episode 2 features integrated into Water Hazard, making them look and play better than before

And much, much more!

We know that the Water Hazard chapter is rather boring for many Half-Life 2 players because of the airboat. Now, the time has come - Freeman will go through the old canals, BOAT-LESS!

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Time for a huge drop of news!

First of all, we now have a Discord! Well, sort of. With the help of the amazing Source Modding Community server on Discord, I decided to make a channel on the server. Many small previews and updates on the mod's progress will be posted there, so I suggest that if you have Discord, check it out! Big updates, such as this one, will still be posted on ModDB, so don't worry if you don't have Discord. Here's a link to the server: Source Modding Community Server

Inside The Bounds

Like mentioned many times, BOAT-LESS will allow you to explore areas that previously were blocked, or even non-existant. This often means changing how an area that leads to the previously out-of-bounds area looked like. Here are 2 examples of such areas, with nice comparison screenshots.

Here's an area in retail Half-Life 2:

Retail HL2 Comparison1

And here's how the same area looks like in BOAT-LESS:

BTLS Comparison 1

Areas like these will appear in many places in the canals, with some of them having whole new sections, and others being just small rebel hideouts. Sometimes these places will also have a cassette tape for you to listen to, so if you want to hear all of them, you will have to do some exploration! While we will try to make all of the new areas interesting, not all of them will be extremely complex. All will have something worthwile in them though.

Also, these areas will NEVER be copy+paste. All of them will have their own small story, and each one will have something different to offer.

Here's another example. This time, in retail Half-Life 2, the entire place was blocked off with an invisible wall.

Half-Life 2:

Retail HL2 Comparison2


BTLS Comparison2

These are just 2 of many new areas waiting for you to explore. Each map will have a few of these, some leading to brand new sections, sometimes becoming alternate paths for you to take.

However, BOAT-LESS is not just the Water Hazard maps. There are brand new maps, made to expand the story. These take place in the underground sewers, with flooded corridors, abandoned Combine facilities, destroyed rebel hideouts, and more lovely and friendly stuff. Here are a few screenshots of the underground maps:

BTLS Canal1

BTLS Canal2

BTLS Canal3

"But WALLe! This is BOAT-LESS, not LIGHT-LESS! Why are you making something that wasn't part of Water Hazard?!" I hear you asking.

Well, the answer is simple: I wanted more. I wanted to explain why the boat wasn't given, why there were changes to how Freeman got to the canals, all of that. So I decided to make this mod an alternate version of the original Half-Life 2 story. Of course, it won't cover the whole original game - this IS based around Water Hazard after all. Instead, an introduction that stays true to the original story is what I decided would be the best. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I enjoy making it!

And last but not least, a nice new music preview!

More news coming soon!


The Sound of BOAT-LESS

The Sound of BOAT-LESS

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Some information about the overall sound design that goes into the mod aswell as music!

We've been covered by PC Gamer & News!

We've been covered by PC Gamer & News!

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We've been mentioned by PC Gamer! It's also time for an update.

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This is such an unnecessary concept, but I absolutely love it. Following!

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Am I the only one that enjoyed the driving in HL2? Cool mod idea nonetheless

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What if ZOMBIELESS Ravenholm? Instead of killing zombies you kill Combine soldiers and the such that killed all the zombies already.

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Will there be a JEEP-LESS after this is finished?

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Ah nevermind I see the answers

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Are you considering also doing Highway 17 (plus half of Sandtraps) but designed without the car in mind? You can do Highway 17 without the car without having to cheat (minus HAVING to noclip a couple of times), some of it feels better without the car and some of it feels like you should've taken the car

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noclip? you can do it completely without cheats, you only need to do a rocket jumping after the crane part

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WALLe_PL Creator

To be honest, that would need A TON of work, and I don't know if the time needed for that is in my hands. Right now, this is the only X-LESS project I have.

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Good luck! :D

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Fantastic idea!

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