This top-down Half-Life is probably the Half-Life 3 we deserve

Want to experience the joy of Half-Life the way it was never meant to be played? No? Too bad, because a top-down mod exists and it’s about as awkward as you expect.

This clever mod, created by Sockman111, replaces the familiar, first-person camera with a top-down one, creating an experience reminiscent of Hotline Miami and countless other top-down shooters. However, even the modder isn’t sure the entire game is actually playable this way.

There are two camera options: the fixed height version that lets you see more of the map, but also the glaring red void beyond, or the more zoomed-in version that stays within the bounds of the void, but cuts down on your field of vision. In order to make it more playable, a number of other adjustments had to made such as tweaking the auto-aim and increasing the angles at which objects can be interacted with.

The gameplay video gave me a bit of a headache, but then so did the actual Half-Life so that’s nothing new.

Sockman111 is very open to suggestions, so grab your crowbar and get ready to flail awkwardly at some headcrabs, in the name of science.

Netflix’s Aggretsuko is getting a third season so there’s no need to RAAAAGE