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Title: [HL2] EMPIRES
Post by: .:TWP:. Jazz_man on March 04, 2006, 02:11:24 AM
What Is this mod?

Empires is a revolutionary mod currently in development for Half-Life 2. It'll be combining the genres of first-person shooter and real-time strategy. Two key players will be present in each game, one player per team will be the commander, playing the game from a top down perspective with the ability to construct bases and give orders to his team, and all remaining players will be soldiers, playing the game from a first person perspective either on foot or in an aircraft or vehicle.

As the game progresses, upgrades will be available in many forms to players. Normal players can be promoted in rank and given command of a squad of infantry (consisting of either human players or bots or a combination of both), given custom abilities such as the scout's ability to hide almost completely from enemy sight, and given upgraded attributes such as improved weapon handling. Upgrades will also become available to vehicles and aircraft in the form of improved weapons, ammo, armor, and engines.

 Maps will consist of large roaming areas like those common in Battlefield 1942 with plenty of room for aircraft to maneuver and smaller maps which mainly focus on infantry combat. Maps can either be played individually or strung together in the form of a campaign which will progress the storyline and culminate in a sweeter victory or even more bitter defeat.


Screenshots here:
http://www.empiresmod.com/media.php

Download here (413 megs) :

SLOW DOWNLOAD >_<:
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http://www.3ddownloads.com/Action/Half-Life%202/Mods/Empires/Empires_V1Beta.exe

BEST LINK SO FAR:
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http://www.filecloud.com/files/file.php?file_id=2990

TORRENT:
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http://alluvion.org/download.php?info_hash=7003ebcd59112f416f1aaa6e99274d3a67d123b1

Server downloads:
http://www.halflife2.nu/filarkivet/?id=120
Title: Re: [HL2] EMPIRES *Download Pending*
Post by: halflifedave on March 04, 2006, 02:21:24 AM
These are the same ppl who made Empires for BF1942, right  ??? Those guys have potential. I believe their latest trailer said they'd release a beta on march the 6th, hopefully it won't be too rushed, but YAY  :D
Title: Re: [HL2] EMPIRES *Download Pending*
Post by: .:TWP:. Jazz_man on March 04, 2006, 02:26:55 AM
it's the 4th, thats tommrow.

By the way:
If you restart steam, you see that valve is supporting this mod's release.
Title: Re: [HL2] EMPIRES *Download Pending*
Post by: halflifedave on March 04, 2006, 02:35:08 AM
it's the 4th, thats tommrow.

By the way:
If you restart steam, you see that valve is supporting this mod's release.
meh, I'm busy checking Valve's paks right now, but I'll take your word for it about the Steam news ;)

unfortunately I have to go tour some college tomorrow, so you'll just have to tell me how much the mod pwns when you try it :P
Title: Re: [HL2] EMPIRES *Download Pending*
Post by: HoHSilent on March 04, 2006, 02:51:38 AM
i am normally not a rpg/strategy gamer at all.

but i looked at just the two screenshots valve put up, and they caught my eye.

i am now interested...hope this lives up to its sudden reputation
Title: Re: [HL2] EMPIRES *Download Pending*
Post by: .:TWP:. Jazz_man on March 04, 2006, 02:52:52 AM
i am normally not a rpg/strategy gamer at all.

but i looked at just the two screenshots valve put up, and they caught my eye.

i am now interested...hope this lives up to its sudden reputation

Watch the trailer, you won't be disapponted.
Title: Re: [HL2] EMPIRES *Download Pending*
Post by: End Of Days on March 04, 2006, 03:20:09 AM
I saw the trailers and from the looks of it, it looks pretty impressive. I wanna see an all out tank & infantry battle when I play...or I'll make one.
Title: Re: [HL2] EMPIRES *Download Pending*
Post by: HoHSilent on March 04, 2006, 03:30:40 AM
yeah and what about their aircraft?

will they be drivable or just like used to drop of tanks?
Title: Re: [HL2] EMPIRES *Download Pending*
Post by: gtaiiilc on March 04, 2006, 03:32:54 AM
the hl2 comic makers are going to go to town with those models :P
Title: Re: [HL2] EMPIRES *Download Pending*
Post by: End Of Days on March 04, 2006, 03:33:35 AM
yeah and what about their aircraft?

will they be drivable or just like used to drop of tanks?

Driveable from the sound of it.
Title: Re: [HL2] EMPIRES *Download Pending*
Post by: tundra_cool on March 04, 2006, 06:43:55 AM
It's released. :P
Title: Re: [HL2] EMPIRES
Post by: .:TWP:. Jazz_man on March 04, 2006, 07:16:12 AM
Awsome, Grabbing it now. the only link I recommend useing now is the 3ddownloads. The other links want to wait up to 16 hours..

Update: FFS, Links are really takeing a beating. If you wanna download now, Im warning you, your in for a long long wait. Ill be sleeping when this is downloadin. so.. goodnight and ill be enjoying empires tommrow ^_^
Title: Re: [HL2] EMPIRES
Post by: End Of Days on March 04, 2006, 03:21:34 PM
I'm downloading from 3ddownload. ETA 16 minutes in line. Better be worth it.
Title: Re: [HL2] EMPIRES
Post by: Tony_Freeman on March 04, 2006, 03:53:22 PM
Can somebody plz provide a better link? The links on their site are really overloaded...
Title: Re: [HL2] EMPIRES
Post by: Tsunami on March 04, 2006, 04:23:54 PM
They've added lots of new links to the site.

http://www.empiresmod.com/download.php

edit: The fastest one appears to be stormed.de, but that may vary with your location
Title: Re: [HL2] EMPIRES
Post by: hydeph on March 04, 2006, 05:42:45 PM
bandwidth limit exceeded

lawl
Title: Re: [HL2] EMPIRES
Post by: End Of Days on March 04, 2006, 05:49:18 PM
1hr. 21min.
53.2 kb/sec.
40% 
164meg out of 415 meg.

COme on!
Title: Re: [HL2] EMPIRES
Post by: .:TWP:. Jazz_man on March 04, 2006, 06:22:42 PM
Downloaded wile sleeping ^_^ , only problem is. I didn't do a system cleanup and im strapped for HD. So ill be doing something I should of done before i started downloading >_< and yeah, Im looking for more download links. so post away on here.

EDIT: Added a Torrent Link and Filecloud Link.
Title: Re: [HL2] EMPIRES
Post by: Tsunami on March 04, 2006, 08:27:06 PM
Gah, I've tried three times to download this (waiting about 20 mins each time for various servers to have free slots) and for some reason it always stops at about 200mb done... I've been waiting to play this all day :(

Anyone played it yet? Is it good?
Title: Re: [HL2] EMPIRES
Post by: End Of Days on March 04, 2006, 08:27:43 PM
I have it downloaded but I haven't installed it yet. I'll try it later.
Title: Re: [HL2] EMPIRES
Post by: Lurid on March 05, 2006, 10:07:06 AM
Played it from about 1 am to 5 am =P

I really liked it, it has a feeling of NS and Battlefield mixed together.

One of the things I dont like is that the vehicles are to cheap and the rocket turrets have no range at all.

and I saw EOD on a server there just before it shut down =P
Title: Re: [HL2] EMPIRES
Post by: .:TWP:. Jazz_man on March 05, 2006, 07:36:57 PM
people keep saying that there is lag when tanks are introduced... whats up with that?
Title: Re: [HL2] EMPIRES
Post by: Tsunami on March 05, 2006, 07:50:42 PM
Bleh, after about a gigabyte of failed downloads, I got this mod installed... I don't think it's really worth it. Gameplay is a bit bland: you'd need all 64 players to make it fun to play. The maps are too big, the tanks are too common, the weapons look wooden (NF) and fake (BE), and the story is crap to top it off. The base building is a nice element but it means lots of tedious standing around for the troops. In fact, when I played, I spent most of the game standing around waiting.
Title: Re: [HL2] EMPIRES
Post by: your evil twin on March 05, 2006, 09:28:52 PM
I tried playing on three different servers... and it was totally unplayable due to incredible lag. It was bizarre firing a rocket and watching it stutter back and forth in the air and take a full 15 seconds to get to its target. And players teleporting backwards and forwards several feet constantly while moving. I have a great broadband internet connection, and I tried three different servers so it couldnt' have been due to laggy servers either. The game just clearly isn't properlly optimised for the internet, there's something causing immesnse lag.

Has anyone had a game without extreme lag? Cause until this problem is fixed I'm not going to even bother trying to play this again, unless some people have said in fact there are servers with OK latency.

One of the things I dont like is that the vehicles are to cheap

Well, the commander of the team can set it so that players can't build tanks, only the commander can build them. Also, perhaps the price of stuff can be set by the server, not sure about that.
Title: Re: [HL2] EMPIRES
Post by: End Of Days on March 05, 2006, 11:27:43 PM
Played it from about 1 am to 5 am =P

I really liked it, it has a feeling of NS and Battlefield mixed together.

One of the things I dont like is that the vehicles are to cheap and the rocket turrets have no range at all.

and I saw EOD on a server there just before it shut down =P


I gave up after that servers shut down. It was almost lag free too, unlike the other 10 servers I tried joining. And it was getting fun too.

The lag is nuts with this mod. I don't get lag in any other mods. Only 2 servers out of a ton of other I played had no lag which made it very fun when using vehicles.

I dislike the NF weapons and shit. They don't look like they could kill. The Imperial Faction though I love. Very solid when playing them.

I might play a little tonight.
Title: Re: [HL2] EMPIRES
Post by: HoHSilent on March 06, 2006, 01:28:18 AM
I have yet to play this mod, i've spent my weekend getting a fucking virus off my computer.

But I must remind you all that this is a beta..
Title: Re: [HL2] EMPIRES
Post by: Zavaro on March 06, 2006, 05:34:51 AM
to HoHSilent, use "move on boot" by Gipo Utilities, I don't have a link, but you can delete things before Windows partitions the hardrive.

Man, Empires is fun!

The Vehicle customization is a neat idea, and I'm glad they've implemented it.
Title: Re: [HL2] EMPIRES
Post by: .:TWP:. Jazz_man on March 06, 2006, 06:51:01 AM
Here's a list of server that work really well, even with mutiple tank units and a shitloads of buildings

city17online.net [US-West] 66.178.161.133:27015 ( This server I am allways on because, I know the guy who keeps it running. )
hl2land.net [US-East/Central] {Multiple Servers}
The LoC server [US-East/Central]
GatheringLan.net [US-West]
STORMED [Unknown] {Multiple Servers}

Title: Re: [HL2] EMPIRES
Post by: End Of Days on March 06, 2006, 05:29:56 PM
Here's a list of server that work really well, even with mutiple tank units and a shitloads of buildings

city17online.net [US-West] 66.178.161.133:27015 ( This server I am allways on because, I know the guy who keeps it running. )
hl2land.net [US-East/Central] {Multiple Servers}
The LoC server [US-East/Central]
GatheringLan.net [US-West]
STORMED [Unknown] {Multiple Servers}



You're right. I just got done playing an hour worth of Empire on one of the hl2land.net servers and there is zero lag. Great fun.
Title: Re: [HL2] EMPIRES
Post by: .:TWP:. Jazz_man on March 06, 2006, 06:13:18 PM
Another server popped up, forgot the name. they run a 24 hour escort map if your not to keen on constaint Nub commanders, It's also good for trying out tank desgins for the empire. lag is not a problem.
Title: Re: [HL2] EMPIRES
Post by: AishaCatgirl on March 07, 2006, 03:41:38 AM
It seems like a good oncept but at least in this beta they do not quite have it done right. Your hp needs to be much higher or dmg reduced. you need more ammo. also Why even if I make a new game is it I can't become the commander?

The teams are way to similar in appearance so you die allot while not trying to kill your teamates.

The big thing would be if you had resources to harvest and the commander controlled AI workers to do all the building/Harvesting. Also you shouldent have any mechs until the comander makes a factory and then builds a tank or other mech unit.

I could go on but I thin kyou get my point.
Title: Re: [HL2] EMPIRES
Post by: Lurid on March 07, 2006, 05:06:44 PM
uhm....

I don't know if I should laugh or what...

First of: The big vehicle you see when you first start a server, that's your command vehicle, that's where you issue all the build commands (being the commander)

...so for gods sake don't do like the noobs and use it to rush the enemies with it...

(press F2 when you're in it to get into build mode where you can research etc.)
Title: Re: [HL2] EMPIRES
Post by: AishaCatgirl on March 07, 2006, 10:46:19 PM
LOL I nver thought you might have to use a vehicle to build and stuff I mean it is counter intuitive to what most of us know about Real time strategy games.

Thnx I will try not using it yo rush the NME next time I play :P
Title: Re: [HL2] EMPIRES
Post by: End Of Days on March 07, 2006, 11:02:31 PM
...so for gods sake don't do like the noobs and use it to rush the enemies with it...

LOL. I've seen that happen too many times.

It's funny when they lose and say "Why can't I shoot with the tank?"
Title: Re: [HL2] EMPIRES
Post by: AishaCatgirl on March 08, 2006, 01:51:03 AM
Well you have to admit that it is a bit funny to have to be inside a vehicle to be the commander. I thought that at the beggining of the game you got to choose your commander and he was the commander for the  whole game.

I mean how many people would think to hop in a tank to go build stuff?

Title: Re: [HL2] EMPIRES
Post by: End Of Days on March 08, 2006, 01:59:12 AM
Well you have to admit that it is a bit funny to have to be inside a vehicle to be the commander. I thought that at the beggining of the game you got to choose your commander and he was the commander for theĀ  whole game.

I mean how many people would think to hop in a tank to go build stuff?



In C&C you had a construction vehicle that was your main course of building things. Without, you were dead. Empires plays the same way only it doesn't deploy, but a person has to be inside it.
Title: Re: [HL2] EMPIRES
Post by: .:TWP:. Jazz_man on March 08, 2006, 04:49:49 AM
your not familure with the orginal CNC's online mode, Code name (Mobile HQ) Without it your entire base explode / your units die and your a LOSER!! *HA HA HA* .
Title: Re: [HL2] EMPIRES
Post by: your evil twin on March 09, 2006, 10:53:21 AM
Heh, you know what I would love? IF someone did a HL2 version of C&C: Renegade. In that you actually had tiberium refineries and tiberium harvesters... the only thing lacking was a commander.   
Title: Re: [HL2] EMPIRES
Post by: Tony_Freeman on March 09, 2006, 03:31:43 PM
Oh yeah, renegade rocked. Used to play it, multiplayer was nice too.
Title: Re: [HL2] EMPIRES
Post by: .:TWP:. Jazz_man on March 19, 2006, 01:28:21 AM
Patch 1.01 has been released, Fixs many crash bugs and reworks lag optimiztion

http://files.moddb.com/1693/Download-Empires-101-Beta-Client-Patch/
Title: Re: [HL2] EMPIRES
Post by: End Of Days on March 19, 2006, 02:46:06 AM
Oh yeah, renegade rocked. Used to play it, multiplayer was nice too.

I still play it  8)
Title: Re: [HL2] EMPIRES
Post by: Anton on March 19, 2006, 11:43:37 AM
I want empires badly! I watched it for an eternity and a week after my computer fucked up i saw on Moddb "Resident evil cold blood beta released" "empires beta released"


I hope someone will notice this!

I have a crashbug, It says osmething with commands or strategy or something.
Title: Re: [HL2] EMPIRES
Post by: .:TWP:. Jazz_man on April 15, 2006, 11:23:46 PM
1.03 Is out! Fixs more Client based Lag issues and crashs..
http://www.empiresmod.com/download.php

NOTICE: A HOTFIX IS RELEASE, DON'T FORGET TO DOWNLOAD IT WITH THE PATCH (PATCH FIRST > HOTFIX NEXT)
Title: Re: [HL2] EMPIRES
Post by: Tri182 on April 16, 2006, 06:04:03 AM
Seems interesting ;)
Title: Re: [HL2] EMPIRES
Post by: hamster on April 20, 2006, 08:53:26 PM
Is it single or multiplayer, or both  :D
Title: Re: [HL2] EMPIRES
Post by: .:TWP:. Jazz_man on April 20, 2006, 09:01:07 PM
Mutil duh.
Title: Re: [HL2] EMPIRES
Post by: Anton on April 21, 2006, 09:12:31 PM
TADAA!! Anyone still playing this?

I WANNA PLAY!
Title: Re: [HL2] EMPIRES
Post by: .:TWP:. Jazz_man on May 10, 2006, 07:27:48 AM
God, this is BS. A fresh mod constaintly updated, Still not any players. the only server that has players i'm banned from because the fucking admins are fucking small artillery spamming nubs. [On|e] clan sucks.

*Sigh* anyway if anyone wants to battle or needs a good commander just ring me on MSN