Half Life 2’s City 17 Apartment Looks Amazing in Unreal Engine 4

Over the past few months, we’ve seen a huge array of gaming mascots and other projects emerge in fan-created Unreal Engine 4 demos. Some of them looked out of place, while others illustrate the unbelievable potential of this particular engine. One pertinent example comes from Polycount member, ‘PogoP’, who shared a number of stunning screenshots of the infamous City 17 Apartment from Half Life 2 remastered in Unreal Engine 4.

Today, ‘PogoP’ announced the City 17 Apartment map will be publicly available once complete and said:

“Just so you know, I do plan to release this scene online for people to play around with. I’m not going to release it just yet, as I would really like to get it working with Oculus Rift before I do.. So you can run around with virtual reality. Not entirely sure if its going to work, but I’ll give it a good go!”

The re-worked art assets and lighting model makes for a fantastic and almost eerie appearance. I love how the visual style has been updated without losing the iconic Half Life 2 look. In an ideal world, Valve could spend a great deal of their resources making a re-worked version and finally release Half Life 3. Sadly, I don’t think this is a priority for them given the financial success of Steam.

Despite this depressing note, it’s possible for fans to recreate Half Life 2 using Unreal Engine 4 with the right talent. Black Mesa is an extremely high quality mod and even became accredited by Valve. As a result, it’s theoretically possible, a similar situation could occur in the future.

Do you think there will ever be a Half Life 3?

Thank you Dark Side of Gaming for providing us with this information.

Avenger Themed Apartment in Singapore Looks Awesome!

It isn’t enough just to watch their favourite shows, movies, and read the comic books for some fans; they need a little more. This is one of those examples where an apartment in Singapore has been turned into an Avenger themed living area. From the dining room where the Avenger logo has been used for  cupboards and shelves, to the living room where the S.H.I.E.L.D insignia makes the TV blend into the background; everything has a superb finish.

The bedroom has an Iron Man theme, where one has to wonder if that’s intentional, but it does look very cool.

The last room that the interior design company showed off is the kitchen, which has a Hulk theme. The green cupboard doors match well with the giant wall painting, keeping it simple and elegant, despite the giant hulk mural.

There was no word on what a remodelling job like this costs, but it can’t be cheap. I still want it.

Thanks to Absolook Interior Design for providing us with this information