Half-Life: Alyx

Half-Life: Alyx

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[MOD][XenThug] Horde defense gamemode for everyone!
By Manello
XenThug, the Horde Defense Gamemode releases NOW! Find yourself again in the world of Half-Life: Alyx, but this time packed full with action, headcrab petting and flying sawblades! Get started today, install the mod and share your high-scores!
OUTDATED - See Workshop!
This guide was the home of the XenThug mod before the Workshop/the official tools existed.
As I've created a workshop page now for this mod, please visit this page for the most up-to-date information:
28.04.2020: UPDATE: Warehouse version 1.3 (Mod version: 0.43)
----- Added a respawn menu
----- Added different combine soldier types
----- Finally fixed the immortal headcrab
----- Fixed a location on the map where you could get stuck in
----- Many other small bugfixes
----- NOTE: If it seems like no new wave is spawning, look in every corner for enemies, sometimes they hide quite well!

16.04.2020: UPDATE: Warehouse version 1.2 (Mod version: 0.33)
----- Immortal or invisible headcrab blocking the mod from spawning next wave should appear less frequently
----- More time in between waves
----- Better sounds for signaling start and end of a wave
----- Crowbar now does some damage

14.04.2020: UPDATE: Warehouse version 1.1 (Mod version: 0.31)
----- Improved shops
----- Keycards are now better visible
----- Better hints for discovering all features
----- Small technical tweaks

13.04.2020: Release of map Warehouse version 1.0 (Mod version: 0.3)
XenThung introduces a brand new gamemode to Half-Life: Alyx. Prepare for smashing waves of zombies, petting headcrabs to death and kick some combine asses!

In between fights manage your economy, collect money from the dead fools and buy yourself ammo, health and more at the four vending machines placed on the map. Brace yourself for the next wave, your highscore migh end right there!

Feel free to give me feedback about my mod, either in the comments or send me an email to me@manellos.online :)
Whilst you are looking forward to updates you might want to follow me on Twitter to get the latest news about new maps and mods!

@Valve, if you are wondering why this page is in the guides section, well release Workshop support pls as I don't have another good place to share!
Gameplay Guide
A full guide on this gamemode, specific to the Warehouse map can be found here:

Many thanks to Xelanater for creating this!
In order to install this mod you will need less than 5 minutes if you follow these 3 easy steps:

1. Download the mod files here: https://github.com/Manello/hla_mod_XenThug/releases/download/warehouse043/XenThug-Warehouse-V1.3.zip

2. Open the archive you just downloaded. Now go to your Half-Life:Alyx folder and paste the contents of the archive into the "Half-Life: Alyx/game/hlvr/" folder.

Example path to your HLA: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Half-Life Alyx\game\hlvr

3. -Go into your steam library, right click Half-Life: Alyx and select properties.
- Select "Set launch options" and put in "+map warehouse" (without quotes!)

This is it! Start your HLA and have fun!

Alternative video including how-to install:
I want to use smooth turn, is that possible in this mod?
Yes it is! The game sometimes just doesn't use your normal user settings, so you might have to go into your settings again and change it to the desired mode.

Does the difficulty in my game settings affect this mod?

Where can I find my current score?
You can see your current score on one of the monitors in the office room.

Are there spoilers in the mod about the story of HLA?
In theory there is nothing you can get spoiled about in this mod, but if you wanna be sure finish your campaign first!

I installed the mod exactly like you described, but once I start the game I just end up in the main menu!
Well check again that you did everything corretly, step by step. If you are using other mods as well they might break mine, depending on what they do.

Can this mod be played in No-VR Mode / with one of the No-VR Mods?
In theory yes, but in this version, nope.

I am not able to find the shotgun!
You won't get it without the yellow key.

Where the heck is the SMG?
Look up high!

Am I able to exchange the health vial?
Nope sorry, not at the moment.

Will you implement upgradeable weapons?
I will, but I am not sure if this will happen before the official tools release.

Is there an end to this gamemode?
No there isn't. Once you fought against all available waves you will receive the very first wave again, but this time doubling it's life. So go in there and hunt down the high score!
For Mappers, Modders and Content Creators
If you want to create a map including this gamemode simply have a look at my Github page!
It is very easy to implement my mod on any map, so don't leave out your chance to expand your map by this gamemode.

If you want to create content or expand the mod, or if you have any other questions feel free to reach out to me on Discord! Manello#1406
serbia (official) Feb 9, 2021 @ 10:06pm 
when i played this i didn't find any weapons, but i did use a crowbar to kill the enemies, and oh my god when i heard the combine chatter i literally shat myself. Somehow I beat the combine, but them the antlions came and ruined my day.
Landorthegreat May 27, 2020 @ 7:20am 
Manello  [author] May 27, 2020 @ 2:08am 
@LandorthegreatYT you have to place down a nav markup material on the floor.

Landorthegreat May 26, 2020 @ 3:56pm 
im trying to make a map but all my enemies that i put down stand still but attack me when im too close, except for headcrabs which constantly bounce around but never hurt me do you know how to fix this?
Manello  [author] May 6, 2020 @ 2:21pm 
Well the mode is supposed to give you a certain pressure ;) Otherwise you can just leave one enemy alive at the end of a round to collect everything and buy stuff.
Countdown, incoming at some point
sMartY May 5, 2020 @ 10:41am 
Wow nice Mod. I really enjoy the fights in HL:A and this is somewhat i was looking for! Keep it up! :)

There is one thing (there is always one, right? :D)
I kinda struggle with the respawn times. I have a hard time collecting all Resin and restock my ammo before getting attacked again... Is there a possibiltiy to add a button to manually start a wave? Or a countdown to next wave?
Tatra May 3, 2020 @ 6:49am 
Yeah, I'm giving that a go now. Just odd is all, I'm sure it is something I messed up, I just... can't figure out what!
Manello  [author] May 3, 2020 @ 6:47am 
Yup seems fine, I had Steam doing random reinstallations with other games before, it even did it once to my HLA BEFORE I started modding.
This problem is out of my range, but one thing you can try: make a backup copy of your HLA folder, delete the original one in Steam, move the backup back to the original place and restart your pc. "Might work", other than that I don't know how to fix it other than let it do its reinstall.
Tatra May 3, 2020 @ 6:43am 
I mean, it's possible, but everything looks fine AFAIK?

<root to steamapps> > common > Half-Life Alyx > game,
that breaks down into bin, core, and hlvr, and within hlvr:
> bin
> cfg
> maps
> models
> panorama
> save
> scripts
> webui
> whole bunch of .vpk files