I know I’ve been giving a lot of things Personal Favourite but this truly deserves it. Combine Combat is a russian mod where you play as Number 42 (the answer to the universe), a Combine tasked with killing Gordon Freeman because G-Man says so. I don’t know why G-Man would want Gordon dead but the story doesn’t really matter. I do have a few complaints with this mod, so let’s get those out of the way first. The enemy placement isn’t that great, they’re kind of just put together in clumps. The rebel’s helicopter was unkillable, which I don’t assume was intentional. At one point in the Ravenholm level you can stack boxes to look above the limits and see the empty space outside the map. Lastly, the sniper rifle was really glitchy. I loaded a save while holding it and the scope was still there. I had to get out the sniper rifle then unzoom it. Also when I zoomed and shot people, I had to save and reload because when I unzoomed there was a weird glassy looking circle in the center of the screen. Without spoiling anything, the game ended abruptly without explanation. But now that the negatives are out of the way, let’s talk about the positives. I LOVE THIS MOD. First thing that happens is you get to tour the Citadel, which is very cool. The map design is really good as well, seeming much like something that would appear in the actual game. This mod is also very custom, having two custom weapons, a custom vehicle, custom enemies and a very snazzy custom HUD. Hands down my favourite part of the mod was the airboat part. That was the most fun I’ve ever had with the airboat, splashing around, rushing through tunnels and running over zombies. There was one rather irritating jump to do with the airboat, but that’s only a minor setback. The Ravenholm part was very fun but short-lived. Then there’s the part that’s like Highway 17 but at night with rain. This is one of the most atmospheric parts in any mod I’ve played, the outside actually feeling like a rainy road and the rebel bases feeling very rustic and comfy (apart from the dead bodies). The final part has a new mounted gun that shoots explosions, which is a blast to use (pun intended). This mod shows all the stuff a Combine has to go through just to get to the place he’s doing his job at. What I also love about it is that it roughly follows the HL2 story. City 17, canals, outskirts, Ravenholm, highway. No Nova Prospekt though.
If you haven’t played this mod, play it now. It’s a ton of fun.