Half-Life 2 Deathmatch takes its game play from the core HL2 game and adds multiplayer. It became one of the most dynamic and praised shooters of 2004. It uses all the weapons from the original game, including the gravity gun, which of course was well received by fans. This provides you with a lot of interesting twists that will challenge everyone. If you want an exciting, fun game to check out. Then this is definitely what you are looking for. But remember that this focuses only on DM. Which means you don’t have team game play support.
The game itself was built on the very foundations of the previous Half Life 2. With much of the same framework and source code ending up in the game. The source engine was also used, with many adjustments focusing on multiplayer. They included arena play, where players would fight. New levels, although many of the original levels make up a majority of the arenas. Plus a load of new weapons appear in this game which didn’t exist in the previous. Which makes sense as the developers said that this game does not add to the story-line or plot of the series. It is a complete standalone that exists for multiplayer and is based off the idea of the Half Life universe. This was all because the fans had voiced out about the disappointment of no multiplayer. Which goes to show what the power of the community can have when it comes to game development.
There are two game modes including, Deathmatch and Team Deathmatch. Death Match is a solo free for all in which players have to run around killing each other. Players score points by killing opponents and lose points by killing themselves. Which does happen, believe me. Rules change from game to game as it is server based. So the person running the Half-Life 2 server hosting, while be in control of the win conditions. This may include number of kills or a time limit. If you would like to run your own server and apply these changes. You can either run your own game or choose to host with one the hosts that provide a 3rd party service. Although many will not do all the work for you, hosts will offer support where possible.
The second game mode is Team Death-match. While the game modes have more or less the same mechanics there are a few additions. Players are split in to teams, either the rebels or the combine. With this team aspect in mind. Players accumulate points for the team. So at the end of the round the team with the highest number of accumulated points wins. Point get deducted if you shoot your teammates when friendly fire is on.
If you have played Half Life 2 then you are probably accustomed to the weapons in the game, here are the weapons found in Deathmatch:
Looking for other multiplayer FPS games to play with a team focus? Why not check out Fistful of Frags? The game actually started as a mod for Half Life 2 and has received multiple updates in the last 2 years. Developers have been updating this game since release. With a heavy focus on using the same engine as Half Life 2. This is of course because both the games were developed using the Valve Source engine.
Consider this game an extension of the already successful modded games, which has come from one of the founding fathers of the modding community. Fistful of Frags can be purchased on the Steam store.
Team Fortress 2 is another product of the Half-Life 2 engine. It continues to be one of the best teams games to draw inspiration from this classic. This along with death match is one of Valve’s finest multiplayer games. TF2 brings players together to focus on many team based games. Although, one of the main thing that separates these games is the addition of a class system that we see in TF2.
Players take on specific roles in TF2 that bring many advantages and disadvantages. This brings a lot of depth that was missing in death match. Giving the game it’s only unique quality and feel. This of course is reflected in the game stats, with an average of 50,000 players a month still playing the game.
No updates or DLC have been written by us for Half Life 2 Deathmatch.
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