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Half Life 2 Episode 3 fan project

Postby Executioner » Tue Jul 09, 2019 11:45 pm

https://www.pcgamer.com/half-life-2-epi ... _pcgamerfb

Project Borealis is a fan-made Half-Life 2: Episode 3 based on the Epistle 3 script posted by former Valve writer Marc Laidlaw. It's been in development since 2017, and today the team showcased the first footage of some new maps, along with a shootout with some creepy homunculi still awaiting their textures.

The update explores the level design process, showing off a chilly cave's development from a section of a script to an in-game map that's had its first art pass. We also get to see some of the progress the team's made with the episode's physics, and it's going to be switching to the new Unreal Chaos Physics system and AMD's FEM deformation tool when they're released, but they've already been doing a lot of experimenting with PhysX.


So we may see something in 2 years or so?
I went back and finished HL2, Episode 1 and 2. What a blast, and looking back now on better hardware, that HL2 game really set some new standards for gaming. Playing on modern hardware the game is silky smooth.

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Re: Half Life 2 Episode 3 fan project

Postby Err » Wed Jul 10, 2019 2:59 pm

https://www.blackmesasource.com/

Keep an eye on the Black Mesa project. It's the original game remade in the new Source engine. I believe they are now working on the final area.

Also, take a look at MMod for Half-Life 2: https://www.moddb.com/mods/hl2-ep2-enhased-mod

I haven't installed it yet but I watch a guy stream HL-2 with this mod. It looks great. It contains many improved textures and adds a couple of weapons like the stun baton.


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Re: Half Life 2 Episode 3 fan project

Postby Executioner » Wed Jul 10, 2019 9:16 pm

Thanks for those links. I'll install it later this week.

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Re: Half Life 2 Episode 3 fan project

Postby Executioner » Thu Jul 11, 2019 1:49 pm

Well, according to all the readme files (they have several and all say the same thing) you need to download this: http://cinematicmod.com/cinematic_mod_2013.php but the link does not work as I get a sever not found error.

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Re: Half Life 2 Episode 3 fan project

Postby Err » Thu Jul 11, 2019 10:09 pm

Executioner wrote:Well, according to all the readme files (they have several and all say the same thing) you need to download this: http://cinematicmod.com/cinematic_mod_2013.php but the link does not work as I get a sever not found error.


You don't need it. The guy's VOD I linked above didn't use it. I think the readme is saying that you need to have it installed first if you plan to use it.

I would try it without.

I think they are also in the Workshop so this may make installation easier. https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1602604523

Also this mod. I forgot to mention it. It's like and unofficial patch.: https://store.steampowered.com/app/290930/HalfLife_2_Update/

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Re: Half Life 2 Episode 3 fan project

Postby Executioner » Sat Jul 13, 2019 2:53 pm

Got it installed and it does make a difference in the game play visuals. The gun mods are great. I did have an issue with an error that I got in chapter 2 after you get into the single train car with a human and an alien. After getting out of the train car where it loads the game, I get this error: A.I. Di (meaning the AI is dead). To fix it, I had to use the console by enabling developer mode, then enter these commands:
sv_cheats 1
ai_norebuildgraph
ai_resume
Save the game and then restart it loading your last save game.
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Re: Half Life 2 Episode 3 fan project

Postby Executioner » Sat Jul 13, 2019 4:59 pm

The ai_norebuidgraph should be set to 1 (ai_norebuildgraph 1) and not left blank. It was the only way I could get it to work.

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Re: Half Life 2 Episode 3 fan project

Postby Executioner » Sun Jul 14, 2019 7:47 pm

Well I continue to receive the missing AI error, and I also encountered visual artifacts - a checkerboard latter going up to the crane. Also had an issue in disabling force field in order to proceed with with the buggy. Bummer it does not work like it should, so I removed it.

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Re: Half Life 2 Episode 3 fan project

Postby Executioner » Sun Jul 14, 2019 10:53 pm

I wish the readme file stated that I needed to download the HL2 update that came out in 2015 per your link: https://store.steampowered.com/app/2909 ... _2_Update/

I installed the update, and now the mod works with no issues.


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