dA still don't allow ampersands in titles?
Not going to apologize for the snark there.
I may as well post this before I forget I had this on my hard drive. As sometimes I’ve posted entries on Sunday that I finished a week or two earlier.
The last mod update was orange-box-group.deviantart.co…
, mostly due to Single Player mods well pretty much sucking at this point
Also I got major cramps in the middle of last year.
Another thing I’ve notched is that there are less Half Life and Source mods these days. Those that do exist or shit. However once in a while a few gems can be found in the pile of garbage. The other major reason besides possible carpel tunnel that I stopped posting reviews.
Lamda Wars www.moddb.com/mods/half-life-2…
Half Life 2 Wars used to be one of the more promising mods for Source. However it seems to have made worse somehow.
Well what would have been a great mod has somehow been wrecked with unbalanced units and AI that spams enemies to an unreasonable amount. Who thought this capture the flag shit was a good idea? It’s so screwed up now that Lambda Wars is barley worth the effort of giving it a proper review so I won’t.
Game play: 1/5. The game favors Rebels to a unrealistic & unreasonable extent. As they have overpowered weapons and units .While Combine forces are absurdly expensive. AI is content to spam the weakest units and games can be won by spamming units over any actual strategy. One of the strange things is that it tries is to combine Dawn of War, Command and Conquer and Starcraft style gameplay and fails at it. Like the video game equivalent of Schizophrenia.
Audio: 4/5. The only thing good here.
Story/Lore Loyalty: 0.5/5 Overpowered Flame throwers, & invisible scouts for rebels but nothing cool for the Combine. Of course that ability has been given to the Sniper but that’s a unit that isn’t available to them off the bat. Would be more fair if the stealth mode was given to an expensive Helmet HEV wearing rebel or something.
Seriously? When they should be the fraction that requires effort to beat and not the other way around.
The new unit such as the Rebel Veteran is also useless as the Crossbow does nothing that the A2 doesn't.
Hunters are useless when their outnumbered and the requirements for the Strider are outrageously high. Also where are the vehicle units for the Combine? The HL2 Beta had counterparts for the rebels. Quite boring with just foot solders to play with.
Difficulty: WTF are the devs thinking? Seriously one side gets cheap overpowered weapons while the other gets expensive super units that you’ll never be able to use and become useless when the computer spams the weakest units. Doesn’t help that power and money increases are very slow.
You have to build an extra building just so you can get more units on the field as rebels and they can get an unlimited amount. Combine is restricted to their huge expensive base building. The systems that are supposed to prevent this, ie turrets are too weak to deter unit spamming.
This is just annoying and time consuming for no reason. Which ever side spams the most low cost units usually wins, removing any strategy that would be required. Most proper strategy games have moved away from this.
Fun factor: 0/5
Very little from the Half Life universe makes a rather boring mod.
Overall: 1/5. What was once great mod is now ruined by bad balancing decisions. Each update has somehow made Lambda Wars less fun for one side and overpowered on the other. It was once a fun RTS mod for Half Life 2 but since the conversion to Alien Swarm Lambda Wars has slowly become an unbalanced and unplayable mess.
The was made in July of 2014 so if the patches fix things I might come back to it when becomes better. But I’m not going to hold my breath. Half Life 2 Wars Revolution was more fun to play than the current version of Lamda Wars.
Double Action Boogaloo store.steampowered.com/app/317…
Double Action Boogaloo looks like your standard third person deathmatch mod. Well it is but it also is the closest thing so far to the Specialists: Source. Technically is the spiritual successor as it had the same developers. If your a fan of that old Half Life mod you will enjoy DAB. Even if you never played them. I’m pretty sure most players will find a play style that works for their preferences.
The first thing you have to do is spend points for weapons and upgrades. However IMO the best load out is reflexes or marksmen plus the FAL and two pistols or the MP5. The other perks are useless and don’t bother with the shotgun. Unless you have the melee perk or good at sneaking up on other players. It’s makes shooting luck based and you will loose against bots. Grenades are also based on luck as well. However that’s how it always has been with Source games.
Like the name it implies DAB plays like a B action movie. Well until one of the two race objectives show up. Than fragging the other guy is only good to keep your place or mugging the suit case holder. I would suggest disabling weapons and making it pure melee after the suit case is picked up. Just to spice things up a bit. But that’s just what I think. Other perks include your gun becoming gold while increasing its rate of fire. What I like to do is use reflex mode sparingly until this activates. As for who you choose as a character there isn’t much difference between them. One hopes there might be in the future.
Double Action Boogaloo was also one of the few Half Life 2 mods that updated regularly. Well until Steam Greenlight was announced. In fact it’s out now as it went on Steam on Turds Thursday. So download it or miss the fun. Meaning their hard work actually payed off. Yes I finished this review just before it went live on Steam.
Graphics: 3/5 DAB currently doesn’t look much different from other Source games. At this point anyways.
Game play: 5/5 Do I really need to spell it out? Download it and see why it has the means to back up the hype.
Content: 4/5 New stuff is minimal at the moment but the version I just reviewed was the beta version.
Audio: 3/5 Weapons sound like something out of an action movie. However it would help to have something to listen too between battles. As other then shooting, you will be walking a lot. Would it hurt to remix action movie scores? As even with the high volume of the weapon fire there really isn’t much ambient noise or sound here.
Fun factor: 5/5
Overall: 3.5/5. It has nice ideas but it’s low on content as its still a beta. But damn if it isn’t a lot of fun to play. When your not walking around looking for shootouts to join.
Except from their Greenlight page.
“SO, IT'S LIKE A MICHEAL BAY MOVIE?
Don't talk to me.
SO, IT'S LIKE A FREDDIE WONG MOVIE?
Hell yeah! Now you're talking!”
Anybody who asked the first question deserves to be hunted down by a Dalek. Why would you ask that?
There a very few changes from the mod version compared to the Steam version. Only the weapon names are altered and the MP5 finally has a proper model. The former is strange as Video Game Devs don't have to license weapon names anymore.
This section might become more pointless. As there are barely any new good Source mods come out these days. Most of the games are already rather old and the hype train since Dota 2 has sputtered out.
From the creators of Human Error. The From Earth developers just started their Steam Greenlight campaign. As IMO both Human Error and Water are very original and creative compared to other Half Life 2 mods.www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxlUfb…
has made a news post that explains things in detail.
Next time I’ll be covering The Masked Prisoner. As that hasn’t reviewed yet. Unless somebody wants to do it before I can. If there are no takers that will be my next review entry.