Alyx and Gordon head off for a subterrainien adventure to hunt down a suspected Combine Advisor lying hibernation in a local mine complex.

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DanielKeller Jun 27 2012 says:

Any idea if we will see something along the lines of semi-broken expressways? They always seem to fit the post-apocalyptic setting of HL games and are a staple of games that make use of vehicles.

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Jim_Partridge Jun 27 2012 replied:

Hi Daniel

This mod carries on directly from Episode 2 and starts at White Forest base in the mountains. Not much chance of expressways in that kind of terrain but I love that kind of scene.
My next project may be a City 17 mod done right.. so lots of opportunities there...

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DanielKeller Jun 27 2012 says:

Good to hear that and good luck with new endeavors.

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SPY-maps Jun 29 2012 says:

hi Jim,

i always love maps where you can drive around, problem with them is always that those maps need to be so large, simply because you need the space to drive around. obviously!
and it is quit a lot of work to make those roads, also is it sometimes not to fulfilling to make them. because you put in all that time and effort, and that when you know that most players probebly will drive full speed over those roads, so most of your hard work in missed. still, you can't do without much detail, because otherwise those roads will look kind of empty. and that is the feeling that i have a little bit with this screen above. so, maybe you can add some static models along the way, trees, maybe some small broken houses or walls, when they fit in to the story line that is.

one small remark, maybe it's best to disable the shadows from the fences along this road above, because fence models like these intend to give quit large black shadows as can be seen above. i know, disabling shadows sometimes make that it looks like a model is flowting above the ground. but such large black shadows do look a bit odd sometimes also.
just a small suggestion.

other then that, great to see your still working hard.
success, a fellow mapper.


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Jim_Partridge Jun 30 2012 replied:

Ah of course you are right. This stuff is tough to do well and in actual fact I'm thinking of ditching an extended driving section. I'll still be here at Christmas at this rate. For the moment I'll be putting it to one side and focussing on the mines section. Will come back to this later.

The real challenge is that the player has the ability to get out and walk around at any time. If they were on a train whipping by then I could probably lower the detail level as they would only see it for a few seconds, but when it can be viewed up close for extended periods it won't hold up to scrutany...

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Dr.Doozer Jun 30 2012 says:

I like the concept, although I will say one thing about this map right now: if you're doing a road or directional map like this, it's best to have some kinds of natural barriers, not something like a chain-link fence if you're in the middle of a natural area. It makes it look less like the player is being directed a certain way and more like there's a path.

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