KIMBERLY

RISWICK

video game level designer

KIMBERLY

RISWICK

video game level designer

Anomalous Materials Abridged

Created in three weeks in collaboration with Jaycie Ewald for the Map Labs "Half-Life: Abridged" competition in July 2019, in which it won second place out of 22 entries. As an abridged recreation of the chapter Anomalous Materials from the original Half-Life, the map puts the player (as Gordon Freeman) against a six minute time limit to get to the test chamber, and do the experiment before he gets fired.

With the theme of this competition being to abridge a chapter from the Half-Life series, most of the challenge came from figuring out how to do so effectively. We decided early on to have a time limit that was seemingly infeasible, and the humourous elements of the map came naturally, with frequently placed gags designed to both frustrate and amuse the player throughout.

Since the chapter we chose to abridge from the original Half-Life takes place within a rather pristine science lab, I created textures for the map in Substance Designer using the original game's textures as reference.

Testimonials

Definitely the funniest map of the bunch. With custom voice acting and a myriad of comedic moments, as well as a number of easter eggs and endings, this map is golden and absolutely worth a jaunt. — Chris Weyland, Map Labs

An easter-egg and secret-laden romp that abridges Half-Life 1's first chapter. Gordon slept in today, and there's only six minutes until he's fired. Get suited up and to the test chamber ASAP, even if the world does seem to be conspiring to slow you down. — Dominic Tarason, PC Gamer

Download Half-Life: Abridged on ModDB