Game Title: Half-Life
Mod Release Date: September 21, 2017
Game Release Date: 1998
Mod Developer: Future Games Select
Game Developer: Valve Corporation
Game Publisher: Sierra Studios
2017 was a strong year for total conversion mods, making this award a difficult choice. We ended up giving it to Half-Life: C.A.G.E.D., one of the most talked about total conversion mods this year. It is not even an hour long, but has the same attention to detail shown in Half-Life which is extremely impressive. It is developed by an ex-Valve employee after all. C.A.G.E.D. also boasts a distinct style, something most games fail to achieve, with its 80s vibe, sense of humor, noteworthy use of elements like its Turret Wellness System and the IPCS Corp website made for the mod.
It is a fast paced shooter with practical puzzle solving, just like Half-Life. It pushes the GoldSrc engine to deliver visuals much better than Half-Life, and the shooting mechanics are surprisingly satisfying.
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