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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The Sound Of BOAT-LESS


Sorry for the silence, I tried my best to post some new stuff here but sadly couldn't find the time to do so. But we are back!

This time we have some cool stuff for your ears!

We put a big emphasis on sound in BOAT-LESS. Sound design is something VALVe mastered in their games, and we belive all games should have solid sound in them.


1. The Voice Of The Resistance

Let's start with something new. We wanted to make the resistance have more story behind it, as the rebels play a large role in BOAT-LESS. For this, we decided to introduce these little things:

With the help of Gmadador (the person who made the models), we present to you COLLECTIBLE CASSETTES! Now, before you start screaming "THIS DOESN'T FIT IN HALF-LIFE, IT WILL BREAK IMMERSION!", let me assure you these will be made in a way to fit the game perfectly well. In short, these will allow you to learn more about the everyday lives of rebels, refugees, and citizens of City 17. More information on these will come in another post, so stay tuned!


2. The Sound Track

I am happy to announce and preview to you all that BOAT-LESS will feature a brand new soundtrack!

The amount of tracks is yet to be decided, but fear not - it won't be just 1 or 2 tracks :) We had to change our composer due to problems in communication, however we now have a new one that has already prepared a track for you all to listen to! Where the track plays in-game is a mystery, and will be one until the mod is released...

While the style of the music isn't the exact same as Half-Life's music is, the team belives it fits the mod well, and adds character to it, which helps to make BOAT-LESS feel like a standalone game instead of yet another mod. We want BOAT-LESS to feel different; to feel like something new and fresh.

Check it out here:
Preview Music - Mod DB

I hope you like it as much as I do!


That's all for now. Don't worry, the mod is NOT dead and will not be. Feel free to ask any questions, and please tell me - what sort of articles would you like to see? I love sharing what the team has made (to an extent, obviously), and I'd like to share what you would like to know more about! Maybe it's more about sound? Or maybe it's the maps? Or maybe something else? Your choice!

More articles with more information coming soon!


-WALLe

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TheZealot
TheZealot

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

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TheZealot
TheZealot

Ah nevermind I see the answers

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Guest
Guest

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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Guest
Guest

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
WALLe_PL

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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Addy_SRB
Addy_SRB

Good luck! :D

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Mr.Walrus
Mr.Walrus

Fantastic idea!

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AidenDemon
AidenDemon

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It doesn't have any sense...

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WALLe_PL Creator
WALLe_PL

Modding isn't about why... It's about why not! :)
Seriously though - what doesn't? I'm more than happy to discuss.

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lowenz
lowenz

Cave Johnson wisdom!

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VGames
VGames

I don't really have a problem with this. I mean it's your mod idea and it would be a different experience. But I have to agree, you're removing something unique and replacing it with more of the same. Either way congrats on the PC Gamer article. Keep doing what you're doing. People like it.

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WALLe_PL Creator
WALLe_PL

I'm aware that removing the airboat might seem like a ba idea at first, but Water Hazard on foot has a unique feel to it that other chapters don't. It feels very open, almost like Highway 17 does. I knew people would call this out as a bad idea, but please - wait with critique until you have played the mod yourself. And if you want to give negative feedback, please, at least be constructive with it. I want to know what I can improve upon :) I, for exampe, enjoy the airboat driving, and I think Water Hazard is a cool sequence in between the usual FPS journey Half-Life 2 offers. But I also belive that changing this sequence doesn't mean it can't be a fresh and fun experience. I know this mod may sem like a bad idea, but trust me - this is way better than it may seem.

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Guest
Guest

nice portal reference

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