June 17, 2012 7:28 AM   Subscribe

Action Half-Life is a multiplayer modification that focused on cinematic gun-play. The game featured maps by Hondo, who was famous for incorporating massive puzzles in to his levels. These sprawling mysteries are explored by YouTube user bobandalot through narrative walkthroughs uploaded to his channel.

The levels that he's uploaded so far:
posted by codacorolla (17 comments total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
I played a significant amount of Action Quake 2 way back when. It was like a proto counterstrike but with throwing knives you had to pick back up and the ability to kick people off buildings.
posted by TheJoven at 7:33 AM on June 17, 2012 [2 favorites]

Akimbo 1911s!

/dives backwards and rolls around helplessly.
posted by Artw at 8:09 AM on June 17, 2012 [3 favorites]

God I loved that mod.
posted by Decimask at 8:43 AM on June 17, 2012 [1 favorite]


Two years ago, and you have more links than the other post, so not a dupe.
posted by LogicalDash at 8:44 AM on June 17, 2012

I'm really excited for the future of gaming and popular culture. Has 'Ready Player One' happened yet!? Is there a great game that has secrets and glory awaiting us? Does it require us to be familiar with old-school games and popular culture history? If so, I'm ready.
posted by Fizz at 8:45 AM on June 17, 2012

I deduce that download links never appear unless you're running windows?
posted by jeffburdges at 8:51 AM on June 17, 2012


Your previously link is the 2nd link in this post. And for that I crowbar you.
posted by nathancaswell at 9:10 AM on June 17, 2012

Nah - king fu kick off a roof is Action style.
posted by Artw at 9:17 AM on June 17, 2012

I feel like you're underselling Action Quake 2, which is like Action Half-Life except without the horrible internet lag that multiplayer Half-Life suffered from.
posted by Yowser at 10:07 AM on June 17, 2012

See also Urban Terror. A mod made originally from the Quake3 engine that has developed quite a community over the last 10+ years, and no longer requires a license. Available in PC, Mac, & Linux flavors.
posted by asfuller at 10:16 AM on June 17, 2012

Loved that mod. We used to do lan parties and get 8 guys together to figure out these puzzles, spent days on some of them.

I was a slippers and hand cannon kind of guy myself. I swear you could watch your opponent soil themselves over the internet when you came diving through the window with both barrels of buckshot blasting.

Oh, and the bunny hop strafe jump speed boost + knifes = fun.
posted by Pink Fuzzy Bunny at 11:45 AM on June 17, 2012

Knives as Danny Trejo.
posted by Artw at 11:53 AM on June 17, 2012

This is fascinating. I've never played Hondo's maps, but the Halfquake series of mods for HL1 (which I really enjoyed back in the golden days of HL1 modding) seem to be made of the same fabric. There's also one that was released a couple of years ago for the Source engine, called Halfquake Sunrise (though I haven't played it yet). Check them out!
posted by archagon at 3:16 PM on June 17, 2012

How interesting - I played the mod a bit back in the day, but never knew about this stuff. Thanks for the post, I'll be checking these out a bit later, and may explore a bit myself.
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 4:58 PM on June 17, 2012

5AM is some David Lynch shit.

The dry commentary doesn't hurt either.

(Also, from reading IRC logs I found from the previously, it would appear Hondo is still involved in the games industry, I would love to know what he is doing)
posted by lrobertjones at 5:06 AM on June 18, 2012

There was another mod similar to Action Half-Life called "The Professionals". Bullet time, drop your empty pistols and grab your backup set... Very Matrix lobby fight scene.
posted by xedrik at 6:59 AM on June 18, 2012

There was also The Specialists, which still had a few people playing last I checked. That one was my favorite because it was the first game I'm aware of that had bullet-time in multiplayer. The most recent Max Payne does something similar... almost a decade later.
posted by archagon at 12:19 PM on June 18, 2012

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