Empires, the award winning Half-Life 2 mod, combines the best of the first person shooter and real-time strategy genres. Fight as either the Northern Faction, remnants of the fallen nation of Jekotia, or as the imperial Brenodi Empire. Empires features:

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It's been much too long since our last update, and much has happened since then. Our next release will feature all new weapon models and animations, and all rifle weapons will have iron sights for their secondary fire mode. All SMGs will retain their melee attack. All of the Northern Faction models

Posted by Krenzo on Mar 28th, 2007

It's been much too long since our last update, and much has happened since then. Our next release will feature all new weapon models and animations, and all rifle weapons will have iron sights for their secondary fire mode. All SMGs will retain their melee attack. All of the Northern Faction models and animations have been completed, but the Brenodi Empire animations have not. Our desire to get the next release out there is increasing every day, and it appears that we're going to go ahead and release within the next few weeks without all new weapon models and animations. This has been the only factor holding back the next release.

Click on an image below to view a video (DivX encoded) of each new weapon and iron sights for the two rifles:

New NF .50 Cal Rifle New NF Assault Rifle
New BE SMG 2 New Grenade
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arkythesharky
arkythesharky Mar 28 2007, 8:49pm says:

It's so secksay!!!

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mrtywalsh
mrtywalsh Mar 28 2007, 9:32pm says:

these models looks great! ill have to dl the next update. i didn't dig the old ones...i haven't updated this mod in awhile either...

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Krenzo
Krenzo Mar 28 2007, 9:36pm says:

The pictures didn't link to the videos like I wanted. Go to our main site ( Empiresmod.com ), and you can download a video clip for each weapon pictured here.

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SinKing
SinKing Mar 28 2007, 11:49pm says:

It's amazing what your team manages to do, to polish a good mod for its final release. I have been following Empires for years, playing it every now and then, always waiting for aeroplanes, since day 1, of course ;-). All your design decisions so far were really good in my eyes, but I wish there were more defensive measures for your base against enemies. It will probably all be perfect, once there are planes in this.
Modding Steam to this extent deserves some applause. You really had to fight against the glitches and in my eyes you have won the game!
Thank you for making this mod!
SinKing

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DrZais
DrZais Mar 29 2007, 6:15am says:

Top stuff guys, although the mods already ace even without the graphical overhaul!

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drhead
drhead Mar 29 2007, 10:47am says:

I really liked Empires but the crappy models and animation botherd me.

But These are Pie-Tastic.

*gives apple pie*

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c4Menace
c4Menace Mar 29 2007, 1:39pm says:

The mod was okay but I didn't like the way it felt.

Tanks: seemed to fire rockets (even the tanks cannon seemed like a rocket) Make them more ballistic and drop the smoke streams. Ive never seen a cannon have a smoke stream. Infact, you never see the projectile until just before it hits.

Buildings: reminded me of renegade in a bad way. They didnt seem very solid, It was like the phys box determined the actual structure (wich dont really work well) Clip brushes would have worked better IMO

Infantry: The weapon models were great but the skins sucked and they didnt bob up and down when the player moved... the fact that the gun stayed stationary the entire time really ruined it for me.

Sound: after 10 mins I got really tired of the default explosion sounds and the default metal hit sounds. I really enjoyed hl2's sounds up until this mod because it just gets annoying. Try to get custom sounds and get 5 or six different sounds per action so it stays fresh.

Maps: Not bad. But they need more texture. The grass and cliff texture gets repetitive after awhile and looks like a looping grid. Try to bring in more alpha maps and mix it up a bit! also, PROPS!!! get some foliage and detail! oh, and... HDR HDR HDR!

BAM, follow those tips and your mod will be nearly perfect.


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c4Menace
c4Menace Mar 29 2007, 1:39pm says:

The mod was okay but I didn't like the way it felt.

Tanks: seemed to fire rockets (even the tanks cannon seemed like a rocket) Make them more ballistic and drop the smoke streams. Ive never seen a cannon have a smoke stream. Infact, you never see the projectile until just before it hits.

Buildings: reminded me of renegade in a bad way. They didnt seem very solid, It was like the phys box determined the actual structure (wich dont really work well) Clip brushes would have worked better IMO

Infantry: The weapon models were great but the skins sucked and they didnt bob up and down when the player moved... the fact that the gun stayed stationary the entire time really ruined it for me.

Sound: after 10 mins I got really tired of the default explosion sounds and the default metal hit sounds. I really enjoyed hl2's sounds up until this mod because it just gets annoying. Try to get custom sounds and get 5 or six different sounds per action so it stays fresh.

Maps: Not bad. But they need more texture. The grass and cliff texture gets repetitive after awhile and looks like a looping grid. Try to bring in more alpha maps and mix it up a bit! also, PROPS!!! get some foliage and detail! oh, and... HDR HDR HDR!

BAM, follow those tips and your mod will be nearly perfect.


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Nuka5
Nuka5 Mar 29 2007, 3:59pm says:

this mod is really great! most people disliked it because of the lag in release 1, but scince then that's GONE.

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Mogar
Mogar Mar 30 2007, 6:30am says:

Just like Iron Grip, right Nuka5?

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Nuka5
Nuka5 Mar 30 2007, 6:30pm says:

yeah I enjoyed Iron Grip for a bit, and there really isn't too much lag, but i got bored with fighting the same repetative bots :\

and then the latest patch broke the game for me and i can't get it to work... :(

but yeah, Iron grip is a good mod.

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