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Apartment X2

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By hlife_hotdog (See more)
5th January, 2012

Half-Life MOTM Winner!
Hosted Externally - RMF, BSP

Last edited: 23rd January, 2012


Apartment X2

(Link fixed 24/1/2012)

Based off the original map, Apartment by [OEdc]ThatGuy

I don't know why, but Apartment won Map of the Month on TWHL for March 2011.

I was very angry with this, because people had done bad and let great maps get ignored and let a(no offence) a first-timer map which had some serious flaws win. Not just minor ones, but big obnoxious ones. It should have not won MOTM.

So I've recreated it into something at least slightly worth of such an award. Apartment X2 is also an apartment in space, but now it's not floating on some f*#king plasterboard and made of cinderblocks. X2 is practically the exact same layout with some nicer archiecture and some serious redesigning. All this was completed in approx 7-8 hours.

Seriously guys. Don't do this to me again.


P.S. I know it's not an apartment, but that's what HE called the map, so: Screw you guys, I'm going to bed.


avatar JeffMOD says: 5th January 2012, 13:03 PM
I kind of want to vote for this as MOTM, just to see what Urby would do. But I suppose I should at least play it first.
avatar brendanmint says: star star star star 5th January 2012, 13:39 PM
Definitely a major improvement, I liked the space style of it. the fridge was funny, and the "Plasterboard Sucks!" thing. Great map, would love to play on it in DM.
avatar zeeba-G says: 5th January 2012, 17:29 PM
Glad to see you didn't drop gs entirely. Guess it took you getting mad to pick it up. This was a nice little map, clean and simple. Pretty cool stuff. It is actually pretty awesome! What made it play so laggy for such a small map though?

I loved the floating furniture but it would look cooler if it was slowly moving up and down or a pendulum.

Btw, I know you didn't come up with the name, but this is a house not an apartment lol.
avatar Moaby says: star star star star 5th January 2012, 23:08 PM
The map has been improved significantly. Plus, I think you might have discovered the cure to the infamous 'Mappers Block' by using anger. :)

Detail 8/10
The detail is pretty much on par with most goldsource maps. However, the map is tiny so much more detail could be crammed into it, I know it took 7 hours to create it but surely that bland hallway on the second floor could of at least had a curve to it.

Layout 6/10
You had to recreate the map from another so this can only be similarly bad to the predecessors layout. It is very bad and gains nothing from not 1 room containing a window to the outdoors - I know it's in space but the front door doesn't have an airlock (only the rear door) throwing realism out the window, ho ho ho. One thing I tend to avoid in a DM map is doors that open slowly, especially doors that open slowly with a button; automatic doors that open on approach would of been fantastic and create much smoother gameplay.

Ambience 4/10
All I heard was the overly loud sparks Wave file being played from the bathroom...all over the map. The forcefield that blocked the hole in the roof had an ambient, even that was a little loud. That's about as far as the ambient goes apart from the doors. :/

Atmosphere 9/10
It's in space, it has planets on the skybox texture, a sweet looking shield surrounding the little floating island and a mailbox. Minus the rather hilarious mailbox due to it being an apartment and not a house (nice touch though) the map does give the sense of you being in well, space. Not much to critisice on apart from ambience.

Textures 7/10
The textures are a fresh touch to this map, the textures give give a sense of you being in space with the futuristic metals and light-hovering tables n' beds. The textures are all there but I do feel as if some things were missing like the lack of futuristic technology, not enough screens, computers and those neon lights that we find ourselves calling futuristic in Neo-Tokyo.

Lighting 8/10
The lighting was between 'good enough' and 'lacking flamboyance'. The green underside of the hovering furniture and pink glow from the explosive...crates (I suppose on a SPACE apartment) but what let it down for me was the typical futuristic syle of choosing electric blue, it's not exactly original. Still gets an 8 though.

Placement 9/10
Placement is as good as it gets in DM with powerful SMG grenades being hard to reach and moderately powerful weapons being everywhere else.

Gameplay ?/10

Overall 7.2/10 (4 Stars)

Note: IMO.
avatar hlife_hotdog says: 5th January 2012, 23:38 PM
Thanks for the comments guys. The layout was a nightmare to work with. In the end I just didn't know what to do with it.

I also didn't want to crowd up the rooms. If you put too much in a room, it might get a bit cramped and distracting.
avatar Rimrook says: 6th January 2012, 01:50 AM
Apaaaaaartments iiiiiiiiiin spaaaaaaaaaaaccccccceeeeeeeee..........
avatar Xylem says: 6th January 2012, 03:53 AM
Does it play a funky space music track?
avatar Archie says: 6th January 2012, 18:14 PM
The fact that this map exists at all makes me so happy. I will definitely check it out soon!
avatar Captain Terror says: star star star star star 7th January 2012, 06:28 AM
This is brilliant Hotdog! and you did all this in 7 hours?! Dam impressive sir...Bears no resemblence to the original map and i must say, i'm just blown away.

Lovely construction, interactiveness, ambience, and just everything worked together greatly! This is the first time i think i smiled today thinking about your map... just really great sir. This would make a great minicompo after 2012 maybs, to redo apartment or some-other map!

Superb stuff sir! cheers! :P
avatar Xylem says: star star star star star 9th January 2012, 00:04 AM
Excellent map, can't really find much to complain about. Though the map is a bit small that's due to the fact you were working with the original so I'll let it pass. The refrigerator was a neat silly idea and I really enjoyed your portrayal of the damage between the floors. Fun small map, has a nice few elements for gameplay, looks fantastic, and for a few hours of work that's quite the feat. 5 starts for me.
avatar Dimbeak says: star star star star star 10th January 2012, 22:55 PM
Very nice!
avatar Qwertyus says: star star star star star 22nd January 2012, 23:42 PM
Neat thingie!
avatar UrbaNebula says: 1st February 2012, 13:00 PM

That is all.
avatar ThatGuy4878 says: 14th February 2012, 04:16 AM
Did I, Mr has not even been on this site in a year, actually inspired someone? Wow, and im not even that good of a mapper...
avatar Archie says: star star star star star 4th April 2012, 15:34 PM
Well deserved MotM. Have five stars.
avatar Jessie says: 6th April 2012, 09:57 AM
Not sure if "inspired" is the right word.
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