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Title: Southernmost Combine - A Half Life 2 Episode 2 modification
Post by: Gambini on May 25, 2010, 12:16:31 PM
Itīs true this is an old project, of which i never bothered to post material here (actually nor in other forums either). But itīs also true that iīve been working on it very hard these days...

The thing is that i finally began building it from the other side of the bucle. So instead of keep trying to finish the architecture, i left it as it and started to work on the other subjects, yesterday. And know what? iīve created a beautiful scene of which i plan to release a video tomorrow. This scene, featuring one of the maps of my mod also shows my custom models, sounds and textures and a great scripted sequence. Itīs still very rough and WIP but i frankly dont recall having such a great modding moment in the last few years. Everything seems to be like i wanted it to be  -_-

Just let me tighten some screws and i will record and upload the video tomorrow (or the day after tomorrow).

By now, i will drop a few screenshots of this location only:

(theyīre from an previous progressīstage)

(http://img269.imageshack.us/img269/6445/estacion0010.jpg)

the image is in Full HD, right click and open in a new window will make more justice of it.


ps: i know i wrote Ļa fewĻ but itīs just one screenshot.


Title: Re: Southernmost Combine - A Half Life 2 Episode 2 modification
Post by: Sang on May 25, 2010, 08:30:20 PM
Neat!


Title: Re: Southernmost Combine - A Half Life 2 Episode 2 modification
Post by: MSandt on May 25, 2010, 10:39:41 PM
HL2 visuals fit perfectly with your mapping style. Is that building based on some real-life location you've come across?


Title: Re: Southernmost Combine - A Half Life 2 Episode 2 modification
Post by: Gambini on May 25, 2010, 11:34:55 PM
Thanks  -_-

Not really a real location. Iīve been building a lot of buildings based on real pictures and then i took some details and references from them to make this one. But there is a lot of coherence on this modīs details. The trainīs car is an accurate copy of some old cars used here in railway systems of second importance. The train engine (not finished yet) will also be an Alco locomotive like the ones used for pull those cars -right now im just using the ep2 locomotive until i get that one done-. The trainstation benchs are also copies of the ones we see here, just like the floor tiles, oildrums, railroad signals and barriers.

If I am someday able to finish this mod, it will be liked by a lot of players, but it will be loved for those that lived in Argentina in the 80īs  -_-


Title: Re: Southernmost Combine - A Half Life 2 Episode 2 modification
Post by: DavoX on May 26, 2010, 08:34:32 AM
I like that you're investigating the old times of Argentina...you might be a great asset if someone makes an Eternauta videogame someday :)


Title: Re: Southernmost Combine - A Half Life 2 Episode 2 modification
Post by: Gambini on May 26, 2010, 08:51:04 AM
 -_- Heh thanks. El Eternauta is the first thing that comes to my mind when i see Half Life 2, their stories are so similar, a major entity from another dimension comanding slaves from other worlds just to keep enslaving more and more species and to keep colonizing worlds, a human hero, etc.

I started this mod with El Eternauta in mind, itīs just that i prefered to give the 80īs atmosphere because the amount of information and material i can get, the amount that i already know and how much nostalgia all this triggers on me. There are a millon of surprises i have in mind for this, i wish i could at least work on half of them.

Hey. I just finished recording the video, as soon as iīm done editing and uploading it. First thing iīll do is to post it here. Expect to laught the fuck out of all you because since my computer doesnīt feel like recording the sound i had to make a live-mic record, which included a lame and totally improvised speech.  ^_^


Title: Re: Southernmost Combine - A Half Life 2 Episode 2 modification
Post by: Gambini on May 26, 2010, 12:18:10 PM
So the video is uploaded. It works for me therefore i guess it works for anybody else (although nobody knows with youtube these days).

I know my speech is laughable, so limit your comments to the mod as possible :P

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RislNH0p4YI

Too bad with so many conversions fraps>videoconverter>WMM>Youtube it lost all quality  :/


Title: Re: Southernmost Combine - A Half Life 2 Episode 2 modification
Post by: DavoX on May 26, 2010, 07:04:18 PM
I would love to make an eternauta mod, if only someone made the models and programming :P. I'm sure we would get a Cease and Desist as the owners of the IP are very strict about it.


Title: Re: Southernmost Combine - A Half Life 2 Episode 2 modification
Post by: MSandt on May 27, 2010, 06:57:29 AM
Awesome!

I wonder how it will play out in practice, like, what you have to do around the station before the train arrives. I assume it's not going to be a matter of just entering some shed with a trigger.

Pretty cool that you've made all the props by yourself!

Liked the ending too :mellow:


Title: Re: Southernmost Combine - A Half Life 2 Episode 2 modification
Post by: Gambini on May 27, 2010, 08:01:11 AM
Thanks   -_-

Still iīm terribly upset by the brightness/contrast unexpected change, the map looks a lot better ingame  :/

Of course there are going to be other things to do, i thought about putting that policeman to patrol the station and prevent you from getting into it until you find the ticket office and buy a ticket, that among some speaking characters introducing the player to the modīs story*

*No, i wonīt record the voices myself. For now, iīm just going to use a text-to-speech program and later maybe think about voice actors, which puts me in another controversy: spanish speaking actors with english subtitles or plain english speaking actors. The first fits the script, the latter is of wider liking.

I would love to make an eternauta mod, if only someone made the models and programming :P. I'm sure we would get a Cease and Desist as the owners of the IP are very strict about it.

Iīd like too. This mod is pretty much started as a ĻEl EternatuaĻ mod, itīs just that i derailed the line to the angle i wanted to.


Title: Re: Southernmost Combine - A Half Life 2 Episode 2 modification
Post by: MSandt on May 27, 2010, 10:07:14 AM
*No, i wonīt record the voices myself. For now, iīm just going to use a text-to-speech program and later maybe think about voice actors, which puts me in another controversy: spanish speaking actors with english subtitles or plain english speaking actors. The first fits the script, the latter is of wider liking.

I'd simply ignore idiots who want South American characters to speak English.

Is Freeman the protagonist or someone else?


Title: Re: Southernmost Combine - A Half Life 2 Episode 2 modification
Post by: Trooper Dan on May 27, 2010, 10:08:58 AM
They should speak Spanish.


That way there is no chance you will ask me to do voice acting.


Title: Re: Southernmost Combine - A Half Life 2 Episode 2 modification
Post by: Cody on May 27, 2010, 10:47:06 AM
"This is my third attempt to record this fucking video"

epic  (y)


Title: Re: Southernmost Combine - A Half Life 2 Episode 2 modification
Post by: Gambini on May 27, 2010, 11:17:42 AM
What bugs me about the language is that, if i make spanish voices, i will have to make one for every single speech, while as with english i can use a couple of the original game.

Quote
Is Freeman the protagonist or someone else?

I have not decided that yet.


Title: Re: Southernmost Combine - A Half Life 2 Episode 2 modification
Post by: Fernito on May 27, 2010, 12:07:28 PM
I could help with the voice acting, I can imitate argentinian accent pretty well :P


Title: Re: Southernmost Combine - A Half Life 2 Episode 2 modification
Post by: DavoX on May 27, 2010, 08:10:16 PM
Fuck!! I missed the video! Gonna check it out now!

Holy shit!! It lives! Not gonna see it though, I want it to be a surprise :)

Great video! I showed it to my coworkers and my boss, he REALLY liked it.



Title: Re: Southernmost Combine - A Half Life 2 Episode 2 modification
Post by: Gambini on May 28, 2010, 06:25:59 AM
I could help with the voice acting, I can imitate argentinian accent pretty well :P

Great. I take note for when the moment comes. Remember i also might use some of your songs as soundtrack.

Fuck!! I missed the video! Gonna check it out now!

Holy shit!! It lives! Not gonna see it though, I want it to be a surprise :)

Great video! I showed it to my coworkers and my boss, he REALLY liked it.

Great. i can send you a lossless version when i record another one, you know just in case they want to se more ;)

----

God damnit i canīt believe i put ĻCombine in ArgentinaĻ everywhere when the mod is actually named ĻSouthernmost CombineĻ.


Title: Re: Southernmost Combine - A Half Life 2 Episode 2 modification
Post by: Fernito on May 28, 2010, 01:03:53 PM
Great. I take note for when the moment comes. Remember i also might use some of your songs as soundtrack.

That'd be an honor ;)


Title: Re: Southernmost Combine - A Half Life 2 Episode 2 modification
Post by: Gambini on June 07, 2010, 03:25:06 AM
Ok, just some screenshot for the records. I would put more but the tiny size limitation of this forum makes them look like a mere thumbnail.  :/

Hey James! why dont you mail Ale about that? Itīs stupid to have a limit of 512x386 in the year Two Thousand Ten!

As you can see there are a couple of models i made, a character i created using Father Grigory as a base and part of the convenients store where you will have to accomplish some misions. The outsides look great but i dont have updated screenshots of them ATM. So gonna show them later.

(http://img97.imageshack.us/img97/6900/grigory.jpg)

(http://img517.imageshack.us/img517/1679/test0006.jpg)

(http://img404.imageshack.us/img404/6173/laestacion0005.jpg)

(http://img96.imageshack.us/img96/5896/eslaestacion0000.jpg)

(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/5000/eslaestacion0001.jpg)

(http://img248.imageshack.us/img248/2350/laestacion0004.jpg)

(http://img693.imageshack.us/img693/558/laestacion0006.jpg)

(http://img46.imageshack.us/img46/6084/laestacion0008.jpg)

(http://img294.imageshack.us/img294/5079/test0004.jpg)

There are known problems yet, like some props casting wrong shadows in the cellar and such.


Title: Re: Southernmost Combine - A Half Life 2 Episode 2 modification
Post by: Cody on June 07, 2010, 03:48:46 AM
"Aim for the head brother!" (y)


Title: Re: Southernmost Combine - A Half Life 2 Episode 2 modification
Post by: Sang on June 07, 2010, 09:44:37 PM
Hey James! why dont you mail Ale about that? Itīs stupid to have a limit of 512x386 in the year Two Thousand Ten!

Yeah or at least make them clickable so you can see it fullscreen. I think this has more to do with the forum software though.


Title: Re: Southernmost Combine - A Half Life 2 Episode 2 modification
Post by: Gambini on June 08, 2010, 05:25:52 AM
I once talked to Alejandro about that, he said doing it just for the forum arrangement. But iīm pretty sure he did it so he can browse it in his cellphone.


Title: Re: Southernmost Combine - A Half Life 2 Episode 2 modification
Post by: Franpa on June 18, 2010, 11:48:58 PM
(http://img294.imageshack.us/img294/5079/test0004.jpg[url=http://img294.imageshack.us/img294/5079/test0004.jpg]http://img294.imageshack.us/img294/5079/test0004.jpg[/url])(http://img294.imageshack.us/img294/5079/test0004.jpg) (http://img294.imageshack.us/img294/5079/test0004.jpg)

Make your images like this, users can just click the image to see the bigger version. There is no need for bigger images on this forum as that will make it so we have to scroll a to