Half-Life 2 Mod Makes Ravenholm Look Like Silent Hill

Along with its predecessor, Half-Life 2 has become a masterclass in the FPS genre and since the release of Episode Two in 2007, fans have wanted more. Aside from Half-Life: Alyx, the series has sadly stopped in its tracks. The closest players are the canceled Arkane Studios spin-off Ravenholm, which would have been a more in-depth look at one of the sequel’s most infamous settings. While there isn’t a sequel in the offing, at least the modding community can revive the series.

As a recent example, an independent developer called Broken Light Studios is currently working on a mod for Half-Life 2 that will change the look of the game in a rather interesting way. The project, called “Dark-Life 2”, currently takes up the entire game and changes the time of day for each level. To that end, parts of the game that take place during the day will turn into the night and vice versa for nighttime maps. This seems to change the experience, and for areas like Ravenholm, it actually gives it a much creepier vibe. The surrounding fog and the daylight coming through the clouds actually make it look more like Silent Hill.

While not traditionally a horror series, the Half-Life games do have their scary moments. Some of the enemies Gordon Freeman encounters, such as the poisonous head crab or the Nihilanth boss from the first game, have a disturbing air about them. Perhaps one of the scariest aspects of the entire franchise is the Ravenholm segment of the second installment. As an abandoned mining town set at night, the game turns into something much scarier. It would be easy to think it would be a daytime experience to ease the horror, but apparently not, given what Broken Light Studios shows in its latest video.

At 18, Half-Life 2 has a huge legacy and continues the success that was Valve’s original 1998 release. A lot of it comes down to the fact that it’s a fantastically crafted shooter, set in a believable world, all wrapped up in an interesting story. The games continue to influence other projects to this day.

In fact, Half-Life 2 has become one of the best FPS titles of all time, alongside Quake, Halo, GoldenEye 007 and BioShock. It’s a shame that a true “threequel” will probably never see the light of day, but at least there are plenty of mods out there, and more and more being made, that keep it interesting for this beloved franchise.

Half-life 2 used to be released in 2004 and is available on mobile, PC, PS3, Xbox and Xbox 360.

Source: ModDB

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