Half-Life 2: Lost Coast

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Originally planned as a section of the Highway 17 chapter of Half-Life 2, Lost Coast is a playable technology showcase that introduces High Dynamic Range lighting to the Source Engine. It also features a new commentary system with comments from Viktor Antonov, Randy Lundeen, Robin Walker, Gary McTaggart, Gabe Newell, and Chris Green. Half-Life 2: Lost Coast is available for free to all owners of Half-Life 2.

Architecture

  • Byzantine monastery
    • Outer courtyard
    • Crumbling interior
    • Stained glass
    • Patchy murals
  • Small town/village in distance

Environment

  • Smoothly rounded cliffs and stacks
    • Bottom few feet should be made reflective to indicate recent wetness
  • Expanses of wet, rocky sand

NPCs

References

Demonstration

Since not all graphics cards can process the HDR processing that this level focuses on, there is a short demonstration video available here that shows the highlights of HDR.