A fun little mod that turns Half-Life 2 into a horde shooter
I’m all for depth in video games, but sometimes mindless carnage is the best remedy to a hard, stressful day at work. There’s certainly no shortage of games which emphasize twitch reflexes and horde-shooting, but how would such a survival mode fit in an old favourite like Half-Life 2? The answer lies a lovely little mod called Firefight Reloaded.
Similar to the zombie modes of the Call of Duty: Black Ops series, Firefight Reloaded places players in a series of familiar locations and throws endless waves of enemies at them. The observant among you may notice that the maps are taken from Half-Life 2 Deathmatch, which are in themselves reworked versions of levels from the main game’s single player campaign. Your goal is to survive as long as possible, before eventually being overwhelmed by relentless enemy attacks. Killing enemies earns you “kash”, which can be spent on health and armor upgrades or purchasing special weapons and ammunition. This is achieved via accessing a “store” in a similar vein to Counter-Strike, though in this case it’s a bit trickier because the maps don’t lend themselves well to camping out of harm’s way. Fortunately, player movement has been tweaked and extensive bunny-hopping is essential in survival, as is the inclusion of an experience system which unlocks assorted perks.
The concept works well on its own, but Firefight Reloaded ups the ante by providing a plethora of options and surprises. It uses features from another modification, SMOD, to bring in new weapons and variants on old enemies. You may choose your map, difficulty and exactly what kind of enemies you wish to exterminate, from a Headcrab Zombie apocalypse to an army of Combine soldiers. There’s a workshop, allowing for even more new content and a multiplayer mode currently in alpha state, giving you the perfect excuse to rope in a friend for some brain dead fun. Finally, achievements are present for bragging rights and obsessive collecting.
Navigate to its official Steam page to get in on the action for free. Obviously, you need a copy of Half-Life 2 in your library in order to play.