The Hazardous-Course 2 is a spoof of the original "Hazard-Course" from Half-Life, which resembles the first player training levels. In contrary to this, the Hazardous-Course, as it's name let's suggest, is much more dangerous. Although it's a mod for a first person shooter, the player can only wield a weapon at the designated target range. So it plays more like an adventure. The difficulty is quite challenging, but the rewards are accordingly. The Basic Training is peppered with hidden Secrets, which reveal tools, shortcuts, control rooms, and other features, to ease almost all challenges. There are two Secret Levels and one Bonus Level to discover, and to complete to access the final part of the Hazardous-Course. Help can be found on the page in form of a FAQ and a complete walkthrough. Unfortunately these are all in german. But to be translated soon. But be aware, that these helps may spoil some surprising Easter eggs, insider gags, and a lot of the actual game play of the HC2!
Frustrating is the first word that comes to mind when I think of this mod. Awfully, awfully frustrating. Why in the world would I rate it a 10?
It's frustrating, you see, not because of bugs, not because of poor or confusing map design, it's frustrating in its genius, in its mind-bendingly intricate levels.
Very little feels unintentional in this mod, unlike an unfortunately high proportion of other mods. To the contrary, Hazardous Course 2 is a beautiful homage to Half Life, Black Mesa, and the GoldSrc engine, and everything seems to have been knowingly and meticulously placed.
The mod seems, in its entirety, a reference to all of the little moments of Half-Life where you see an inexplicably dangerous structure or feature of Black Mesa and wonder, "how the heck did OSHA let them get away with this?" In Hazardous Course 2, these moments are exaggerated to a ridiculous, gratuitous extreme.
I don't want to spoil too much because every little gag in this mod is golden, but one section had me busting up with laughter. Anyone who has played a lot of Half-Life singleplayer mods most likely starts groaning in pain upon recognizing an NPC escort section. Upon seeing the section I am thinking of, any such player is liable to fall silent before uttering a faint, hopeless "No..."
However, owing to the mod's great design and optimization, this escort section, along with almost every other part, LOOKS much more impossibly difficult than it actually is. This is the greatness of Hazardous Course 2.