AmbushVille is the latest in a long line of mapping competitions hosted by PlanetPhillip.com. For this instalment, the requirement was to “create a scenario where you are ambushed by Combine Forces” within a ten day time limit. It looks like this was a theme that got mappers’ imaginations firing, as the competition has provided 9 brand new maps for us to play, including one by LambdaGeneration’s very own Daz.
Well done to all the entrants; designing a complete level in this time span is not easy! Every map provides a unique interpretation on the theme and are all worth a try. Overall, most Half-Life 2 environments are represented.
Some of the highlights include Factory Condition, a tense standoff between rebels and the Combine in a city square. This provides some challenging moments although the night time setting can be a little too dark. Next we can head out to White Forest in Radio Tower Ambush, which showcases a very detailed environment for a challenging but fun confrontation involving a Combine APC (although I had some problems with it crashing). If you’re feeling ready for a chase, go back to the city in Rapid Raid, a short, fast-paced journey beneath the streets. One of my favourites was Third Watch (pictured), which takes the player through a vast, open forest environment which is incredibly atmospheric and provides some great gameplay opportunities. Finally, things take a turn for the surreal in Train Stopping, a funny but very ambitious level with some unique ideas. Phew! And that’s not even all of the entries!
Of course, there can be only one winner, and Phillip has chosen… (imaginary drum-roll) Lost at Sea by Daz! The map allows players to explore a seemingly abandoned sea fort, which may not be as empty as it first appears.
UPDATE: Click here for a retrospective from Daz on the challenges he faced in creating this entry.
AmbushVille is available now to download and requires Half-Life 2: Episode Two. It is just the first of the 3×10 competitions, so stay tuned to PlanetPhillip.com for the chance to make your own map for the next in the series.