Current Status: Finished: https://www.dropbox.com/s/q8ik53e37wgefxt/LoopMod.zip
Now available on ModDB: http://www.moddb.com/mods/black-mesa-on-a-rail-loop-mod
I am working on a mod for Black Mesa called the “Loop Mod”. What this mod does is add some new sections of track to the very first map for On a Rail.
At the very beginning of the original Half Life’s On a Rail chapter, the player was presented with some looped hallways to navigate as they tried to find their way around, eventually finding the crane controls and being able to move on to the next section. At the time though the layout for this idea was confusing and nonsensical at best, and as a result was left out entirely from the Black Mesa mod.
I intend to return to the spirit of this section (without replicating the needless complexity, and – in general – make it easier to follow and understand).
This mod will add new sections to the map bm_c2a2a.
Integrated into what was already there, the player will first go up the right shaft past the houndeyes, then will turn right into this loop addition. While there, they will run into an office where they can switch the tracks back at the junction. They will then be able to ride through the junction and make their way to the electric pool puzzle.
Background – I have some experience in mapping for Portal 2, having created a few levels over the past couple of years (most of which are unfinished and will probably not see the light of day). Therefore, I believe that I have the skills necessary to create these new sections while keeping with the style set by the devs in the original map.
Compatibility – As I am sure many of you know, there is currently another mod for On a Rail named Oar Uncut. If you haven’t checked it out already, do so. It’s an excellent mod. If you have installed his mod or are planning to install it, I will be providing support for the mod. At release, I will also release a version of the altered map that will link seamlessly to his maps.
Office? – This new addition is born out of the necessity for a new method of switching track. In the original Half-Life the player could switch the tram’s path by shooting at switches. While this works great from a gameplay standpoint, it makes absolutely no sense and would not hold up in Black Mesa’s world. This office is also used to justify traveling down through the loop (because otherwise it would be a pointless addition and then what would the purpose of making the mod be?).