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Half-Life 2: Deathmatch, often abbreviated as HL2:DM, is a multiplayer first-person shooter video game developed by Valve Corporation. Released via Steam on November 30, 2004, the game is currently sold in 5 different packages that include other similar games, and for US $4.99 separately. The game is not included in Valve's Orange Box collection, which encompasses all other components of Half-Life 2.
On May 30, 2007, Valve made an announcement that Half-Life 2: Deathmatch along with Half-Life 2: Lost Coast would be made available for free to all owners of ATi Radeon cards, however it later came to light that this free version was distributed without the Source SDK. Additionally, it is now available free to NVIDIA video card users. Before September 30, 2010, Half-Life 2: Deathmatch was running on Source Engine 2006. It didn't get the Orange Box engine until the Mann-Conomy Update for Team Fortress 2 .
The Deathmatch (commonly abbreviated as DM) mode, includes more of the features seen in other games that can be played in deathmatch mode. Of these features, the most notable are: instant respawn, weapons have a specific spawn point, quick traveling and special abilities (sprint, flashlight, etc.).
The point of the deathmatch is simple: the player must kill other players to score points, and if the player accidentally kills himself, they would lose points. If a player is killed, they will respawn with 100 health points and the default spawn weapons but will lose all the weapons and ammunition they had before being killed.
In the Team deathmatch (commonly abbreviated as TDM) mode, players are organized in two teams, Rebels (Red) and Combine (Blue), both of them with different characters that appear exactly as they do in Half-Life 2. In the gaming aspect, TDM has almost the same rules like in deathmatch mode, except for:
- Instead of only one player winning the round, the team with the higher score wins.
- Depending on the friendly fire being or not being enabled, a player would lose one score point for every teammate killed.
- If the player selected a Rebel model for his character, and they are taken to the Combine team, they will get a random model from the list of Combine models. Nevertheless, if the player dislikes that character, they are able to choose another one from the list.
- If the teams are unbalanced, the team with fewer players won't get players from the other team, instead, they will get new players connected to the server.
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|Default weapon for Rebels.|
Gordon Freeman's signature weapon in the Half-Life series, the crowbar is the default melee weapon for the rebels. It inflicts less damage than the Stunstick, but has a faster rate of attack.
|Default weapon for Combine soldiers.|
The default melee weapon for the Combine team. It has a slower rate of attack than the crowbar, but inflicts more damage.
|Used for picking up and throwing objects. Players can kill opponents by throwing file cabinets, toilets, and other physics objects that are strewn about the level. These objects, in addition to grenades, can also be caught and thrown back at an opponent.|
|Yes, comes with full ammo (150 bullets).|
|A quick firing pistol with medium accuracy. It is used mostly as a backup weapon because of its low damage, often to finish off weakened opponents.|
|A revolver. It can only carry 18 bullets in total, and has a slow firing rate, but every bullet counts as a kill if they're used properly.|
|Yes, brings 90 bullets.|
|A commonly used default weapon due to its high rate of fire and ease of use. Secondary fire tosses small but powerful grenades that fly in an arc and explode on impact.|
(Pulse-Rifle or AR2)
|One of the most used weapons, it has two shooting modes, first, an automatic mode which shoots plasma rounds with a great rate of fire, and the secondary mode, which fires a giant plasma orb that vaporises anyone it touches, along with the weapon the victim was carrying.|
|Almost useless at long range, but powerful at short-medium range. Every shell carries 6 shots if single barrel is used, and 12 shots for double barrel.|
|A rebuilt version of the crossbow from the original Half-Life, this weapon is very useful from long, medium or even short ranges if the enemy is not moving, but becomes somewhat hard to aim if the enemy is sprinting or moving in a zig-zag pattern.|
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|Yes, 2 grenades.|
|These will explode several seconds after being thrown or dropped. Their effectiveness can be greatly increased by using them with the Gravity Gun: a player can drop a grenade, pick it up with the Gravity Gun, and time their shot so that the grenade will explode right next to an opponent.|
|Probably the best weapon for long and medium range killing, not only because of its power, also thanks to its laser guided missile that makes every grenade a mortal missile.|
|The S.L.A.M has two methods of use: the first one is as a remotely detonated explosive, and the second is as a trip mine. Both have the same explosion damage and radius, making this weapon a very useful tactic for protecting a specific point.|
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