This mod took over 2 years to make, contains new weapons, monsters, textures, sounds and code, making it the largest SPHL mod ever. Set in the Vietnam War, your mission is to assassinate one renegade colonel by the name of Kurtz, "with extreme prejudice". Unfortunately the only way to get to him is by wading through armies of Viet Cong and hostile US troops, not to mention hordes of the undead roaming the earth and feasting upon the flesh of the living. It's just you, Barney and your chainsaw against the world. "Think "Apocalypse Now" after Coppola is kidnapped by Rastafarian drug lords and given the full treatment. As the mod progresses, things aren't as one-dimensional as they seemed when you first accepted this mission... there's something fishy going on here, and you don't think it's the Nuoc Mâm. Rating? Five out of five." - Silver Sorrow, hangar16.com
A masterpiece of epic proportions.
It's enemies are tough, it's level design is superb, it's new weapons are awesome to use and the length is incredibly satisfying with touches of childish yet humorous humor and incredibly racist depictions of the Vietnamese, almost feels like I'm playing a Vietnam action comic from the 60's XD
Yes, it can be very confusing, and yes, it can be insulting to many MANY people, but this mod is a blast from start to finish.
Play it now! :D
one of the greatest hl1 mods ive ever played.
i love the decapitation effect so much. sad that it isnt in other mods.
only thing i found quite annoying was that at some point
i left barney behind in a place i thought was safe. and after i got back from exploring i never found him again
i have to complete this mod some day.
Heart of evil definitely stands out from most half-life mods. Even though some stock Half-Life content is used this mod still feels different from the original game. Quality wise it tends to jump all over the place. The story line is heavily based on the classic war drama Apocalypse Now. Your main objective is to hunt down and kill a man named Colonel Kurtz who has gone insane. As you make your way through towns, military outposts and jungles you will be attacked by Vietnamese soldiers, some of your own men who sympathize with Kurtz's methods, strange mutant creatures, zombies, and a bit out of place in my opinion, aliens. The level design and combat is great however some areas can become frustrating due to cryptic puzzles and very confusing layouts. The voice acting is actually decent for a mod although there is some poor voice work within. The allied soldiers can deliver their lines rather flat at times, but the worst is the Vietnamese soldiers and civilians. The voice overs for them were just over the top Asian stereotypes and simply sounded obnoxious.
Heart of evil is flawed but fine, its a long play through but you will feel some satisfaction when its all over. I also think the mod does a good job at emulating the creepy atmosphere of the film its based on.
Heart of Evil (HoE) is trully a masterpiece of a mod. I played it once years ago and still play it nowadays, and is one,if not the number one, of my favorite games, because here we talk of a game, and not a mod.
The classic gldSource graphics of the mod will mesmerize any true fan of Half Life 1, and not only. Everything is well done, and there is nothing anoyingly overdone with the entities. NPC's such as zombies, soldiers and Hueys are very well animated and textured.
The maps are all very very well done, and the connection between them are perfect. You will pass through jungles, tunnels, cities, American bases and ancient ruins, faintly following the storyline of Apocalypse Now. There are some epic scenery to be seen, the textures and perfabs are all very well done, picked and used, making a perfect Vietnam-ish atmosphere. Also there are a lot of riddles and objectives you have to complete, and so you don't have the feeling that you wander around shooting.
There are plenty of classical weapons you can choose of, from the notorius M16, to RPG's and chainsaws. All weapons are well done, the animations are perfect and many have a second function if you push the right click of your mouse.
The main story follows the events of the movie Apocalypse Now, but with many twists, new places and of course lot's of bloodthirsty zombies, mutated animals and infected privates. They managed to fit all these well in the enviroment and the Vietnam era.
Huge.In other words: Juuuust right.
All sounds are again very well done. Ambient sounds, music and dialogs are perfectly with backround napalm bombings and fightings.
The mod has many alternate routes and many ways of completing some tasks, that you may want to play it over and over again just to see what else you can do.