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I must admit, the thought of remodding something that not a lot of people like and remember sure is a bit of a ridiculous thought, but since this one sits a bit close to my old days, might as well give it a kickstart.

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Soldier | Remod 1.0b


Of a lot of mods that i can tamper with, it had to be this one, am i right?

Soldier | Remod Screenshots

I remember back then when i played my first custom Half-Life map, it was a single .bsp map called Escape (or something with that name).
You started in an office (finding a weapon in a closet or cabinet), outside the office room is i think 3 doors, in one of them you have to circle around a zombie to get to your HEV suit, go down some stairs (more like slopes), find another room, fall down a floor to get ambushed by Islaves, and then ending up fighting a garg in some Xen-biodome infested room before getting up to the surface.

I found it in some random site, and remembering it, i recalled that while it was completeable, the level design was atrociously bad, almost to the level of it being a criminal offense, i remember one HEV charger being oversized, for an example.

It's quite unfortunate that i can't find it anymore, as search engines today caught nothing of it and i'm sure the site itself has probably died by now.
Would've been nice to find it again for nostalgia reasons.

Soldier | Remod Screenshots

Anyway, of course after that i found out about Filefront before finally finding the magnificent Planetphillip (which is now called RunThinkShootLive).

Now, in my earlier excursions through the site, i found a little mod called "Soldier", it was in an installer if my memory serves me.
My young self kinda liked it, though now it's obvious that the mod itself is pretty below average.

Soldier | Remod Screenshots

The level design is a bit on the dodgy side, with the giant house over a mountain for some reason (now that i think of it, maybe it's the creator's house?) and the overall corridor style that haunts this entire mod right up to its end.

The custom textures are obviously photographs taken by the author, with some textures failing to tile correctly or having a weird light on them (being real images and all).

Pickup placements are WAY too generous, i've played this on Hard and i got pretty much full health and armor at the end, with an almost full all ammo to add.

A lot of crates break like glass (or something else inappropriate), and the consistency of what is breakable or not isn't defined (doesn't help that sometimes you can find rookie mistakes like some boxes being textured improperly from a covered side or having 2 func_breakables overlap).

Of course, being a military focused mod, you're gonna be fighting HGrunt's exclusively throughout the mod, without breaks.
That can get tiring.

Even the custom models don't make a lick of sense, yeah, like someone's gonna wear green camo IN AN ARCTIC LOCATION.
Weapons are obviously a combination of CS custom models and HL custom model, with some of them shoddily reskinned and improperly QC'ed.
The MP5k got the worst of it though, only having one hand and not even a reloading animation.

Don't make me talk about the music, the first one gave my headaches while the other ones just sound low quality, they loop too, just to add in a hammer to the toolbox.

And to close it off, the ending of the mod came out of nowhere and without closure, you approaching a door and suddenly a text saying mission complete while a bunch of low quality music suddenly blurps out and loops, a truly broken ending.

Soldier | Remod Screenshots

Now, i can't change any map brushes or how the textures are set in the brushes themselves, so there's really not a lot that i can do, but i tried my best.

Replaced some of the textures, set the crates that drop something to have different gibs, set all wooden crates to break like wood, add in some hassassins and sentries, add in autosaves, replaced models/sounds/sprites (obviously), change some of the text + their placements, and last (actually quite least), a wall of text for the ending instead of a single line (not really something, but definitely better than a simple "mission complete").

I had some fun with it, maybe you'll do too with this Remod.
Thanks for reading.

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TheUnbeholden
TheUnbeholden

I think is one of the few mods that I had played but not finished eventhough its quite short. :-O Maybe you can create a few new maps someday? It does look alot better than from what I remember, kudos to you! You know what happened to all the guns/models from TWHL?

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ZikShadow Author
ZikShadow

I did made maps, back then for Cry of Fear.
First was the Psycho map for the Memories collab, the black and white map for the Halloween collab, The Scrolls of Shaimoon, and Nostalgia (with some coop suicide maps for it).

I did have some maps for a few projects that i ended up abandoning either due to it being stupid or i lost motivation, like The Escape (SCP, CoF, and Aliens crossover, if you can believe that), Nostalgia 2 (something mafia related), and another collab map that unfortunately the other participants didn't finish (Surreal Dreams).

I've been trying to get back to making some maps for Half-Life again, the WIPs being shown in the images section. Unfortunately, hard drive failures keep on wiping the damn things, the silly sods.

So right now i'm just focusing on Remods, easier to do and less tears if i lose everything.

I don't understand about the TWHL thing, what happened again?

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TheUnbeholden
TheUnbeholden

Basically most of the models/files disappeared around 2014 from the database. I had only gotten what was left over. Personally I keep files on dvd's and temporary stuff on thumb sticks.

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ZikShadow Author
ZikShadow

I thought TWHL only keeps map stuff.
I think you might have mixed it up with the HIT Forums.

A bunch of HIT veterans, myself included used this site to basically put up anything they have on whatever's left of HIT here :

Half-lifecreations.com

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TheUnbeholden
TheUnbeholden

Ah! thanks.

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dibdob
dibdob

i've noticed a few files on some of my older dvds are getting harder to read.

Maybe if some files are important it would a be good idea to reburn to newer dvds.

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FanProgrammer
FanProgrammer

YEAH.

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