Half-Life has a long-lasting and wholesome modding group, having fun with numerous fan-made campaigns and even an entire remake—2020’s Black Mesa—which initially began out as a ardour undertaking in 2004. 

Subsequent to reinvent the low-poly wheel is Codename: Loop, a roguelike remix of Valve’s 1998 traditional. Developed by Daniel Almenara (Pinky_GameDev on Twitter), the game guarantees to take you thru an “ever-changing loop” of Black Mesa, full with new enemies and weapons.

The gameplay I’ve seen to this point appears promising, with a fully-functional weapon choose wheel and dopamine-inducing harm numbers, each of which I’ve a weak point for.

The Into-the-Gungeon model reimagining has just a few key quality-of-life options to bridge the awkward hole between third particular person shooter and twin-stick gameplay: the UI retains your give attention to the center of the display with extra health and armour bars, whereas Left 4 Lifeless-style outlines be sure you do not lose observe of Gordon or your enemies.

It’s bare-bones immediately, however I am eager to see simply how far Almenara will push the upgradable elements of Gordon Freeman’s arsenal. Whereas I am hoping for a boomerang crowbar or dual-wielded shotguns, I’ve not seen a lot of the same old branching upgrades and randomised talents that make roguelikes so replayable.

I am excited on the prospect of bounding round Black Mesa in my HEV go well with for 100 or so runs, however that model of the game is not out there simply but. The playable demo provides a romp by means of the unique game’s “Questionable Ethics” stage, a proof-of-concept for operating and gunning fairly than the promised roguelike loop.

Codename: Loop can even be coming to Steam, as introduced by Almenara on Twitter in October 2022, “Just a few months in the past I requested Valve for permission to publish my Half-Life fan game on Steam and… guess what? Codename: Loop is coming to Steam.”

The indie dev can be engaged on an unique title as a part of Almenara Video games: Rogue Mansion is a PS1-era survival horror roguelike that carries a robust echo from the early days of Resident Evil, with a kickstarter slated for June 2023. If you wish to recapture these halcyon days of tank controls and wobbly pixelated fashions, you’ll find out extra on their Twitter.