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
Very fun conversion mod. This is better than napalm edition because of the NOSTALGIA!
To start of with the good things, Heart of Evil certainly is a unique mod. The Vietnam setting is a one of a kind in the long run of half-life mods. It looks as good as an half-life mod can get, with custom textures, models, weapons en effects.
The game has its own voice acting, sometimes serious and sometimes just goofy. The maps looks great and because of the games length you get to do a lot of sight-seeing around the different areas of the game.
The 60's fibe, the humorous natives, and little jokes slipped into the good story of the game makes it stand out.
But as good it seems this mod is far from perfect. In fact it has some serious flaws. The huge maps and unique puzzles are part of the game and to leave it would leave with a whole different game. But some puzzles are so far fetched, so hard to think a solution for and so illogical that it leaves you wandering around aimlessly around the huge maps.
The maps, which also present the problem. Everything seems like a maze. Corners which look the same, all kinds of different routes which makes you walk around the map 5 times. You have no sense of direction which way you should go, what to do, or why to do it. This makes puzzles just more confusing then they already are.
And the AI, specifically the friendly AI is makes me want to shoot myself. There are things like cars and radio's which you need Barney for because he's supposed to be smart and knows how to handle them. My god I've never seen worse AI trying to follow you.
In the end the game consists of 50% walking around with no clue what to do, 25% trying to get Barney to follow you and the last 25% is actually playing the game.
It's a decent mod but would be better if it weren't for some major flaws. I'd like to give it a lower rating but because of the huge contents of the mod and the amount of work I'll give it a 7/10.
It's still good, but if I were you I'd stay clear of it, to me there are a lot of better mods out there.
Why I wasn't rate this? This is the BEST HL mod I played ever!
I like that "talk" system, you can command your NPCs to do things. The somewhat useless ones the "Attack!" and "Retreat!", NPC maybe go to wrong place. Also "Lay down suppressing fire!", useless because they at most times shoot to wrong direction.
The puzzle in most episodes, uh... I actually read the RTSL walkthrough. :P
But the gem puzzle sometimes boring.
Beginning next chapter a civil hiding in his store and will "help" you by giving him all your weapons. You can kill him or give all your weapons. This made two path to continue the episode, that makes the game not boring.
There are some NPC which prisoned and has no weapons. I surprised after freeing them that they go to nearest weapon crate, open it, and picking up the weapon in it!
Beginning from this episode there are RPG VCs, which maybe the only HL mod I played ever which has NPC equipped with RPG.
The boathouse chapter, there too much friendly soldier to command. I lost many - killed by the creatures, e.t.c..
That attack in Hangar 2 was annoying as the letter too long to read! Later I got one soldier equipped with M60 to ride with the boat for more firepower in the next chapter. :D
Next chapter is the most scariest one, the part which has many zombies just easy because the friendly soldier taken earlier, but still - it's scary because the big room is dark so I don't know where they are actually.
About that "Half-Life 2" arcade game, they should use the original weapons to use instead the mod's pistol and shotgun (even more strange inconsistent with the soldier arms). And those lizard things are freaking me out - small and huge, they run very fast! :S
The drugs are crazy, things you did really happen, not hallucination - like you can jump highly because you did killing Kurtz with the machete you got from the high grate.
The ending somewhat disappointing, well great mod anyways.
Objectively the best mod for half life.
A classic and unique mod set in the vietnam war.
It's very lengthy mod with alot of key hunting puzzles and the entire thing is pretty much an escort mission.
the mod adds lots of new monsters and weapons but the most annoying are the zombies that take forever to kill.
the one really bad thing about this mod is that it requires a walkthrough or else you will be having a huge headache.
Historic mods for any game can be a disaster if the modder does not research the historic part they are trying to put into the game. But Heart Of Evil? No way!
HOE is a mod for Half-Life about a vietnam setting mixed in with zombies and other aliens, On the hunt for an commander gone AWOL. As a soldier, You have access to various weapons from the sharp machete to the devstating M79 grenade launcher.
The mod is almost similar to the harrowing movie:Apocalypse Now but with a resident evil zombie feel to it, The maps feel like the player is actually in vietnam.
I give a 10/10 rating because the ambience,brushwork and everything of it make it unique.
You can play it too many times and enjoy it always.
Probably one of my favorite mods. Wicked humor, awesome weapons, and great gameplay.
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Highest Rated (3 agree) 7/10
To start of with the good things, Heart of Evil certainly is a unique mod. The Vietnam setting is a one of a kind in the long run of half-life mods. It looks as good as an half-life mod can get, with custom textures, models, weapons en effects. The game has its own voice acting, sometimes serious and sometimes just goofy. The maps looks great and because of the games length you get to do a lot of sight-seeing around the different areas of the game. The 60's fibe, the humorous natives, and little…
Aug 25 2012 by Wolfer255