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I'm surprised we haven't had a single mod for this yet. What I'm asking for is if somebody could port one of the beta Citadel models, either one of the actual beta models or a recreation of one, textures and all, to replace the Vanilla HL2 one. I've tried to do this myself several times in the past and have come into some problems. Here are the ones that stand out the most.
1. The Citadel from E3_Terminal, the shiny, silvery pointy one, at least from the model I've tested from a bigger Gamebanana mod, does not fit well at all. Regardless of which of the multiple Citadel models I replaced (and I mean multiple - there are I think 5 variations which all need to be replaced) the new citadel model would always look super small and float midair, base visable and all. This is the main problem I've noticed. This means that, whichever citadel model is used, possibly needs to be reworked to fit the HL2 maps appropriately
2.For the model I used that isn't ridiculously unfitting, the big problem still comes near the end when you are about to enter the citadel. When you're at this point (right before DOG lets you inside), you're obviously really close to the Citadel and the thing covers a much greater amount of space on the screen. When this happens, even the models that fit normally on the earlier maps will often not fit right here. They'll still be floating slightly above the ground.
3.I. CAN'T. FIND. THE. MODEL. FILES. Half the time on mods I look which remake beta citadels, like Dark Interval or Cremation, no matter where I look in the mod's folders I cannot find the remade citadel model. They either somehow made it a part of the map file itself or just renamed it something so obscure that I can't find it.
My Personal favorite citadel variant is this one, but I'll honestly accept any older type to be honest.
I believe the abandoned Insolance mod build from 2014 has a recreation of this model somewhere in it's files. Also, don't worry about the section right at the beginning of "Our Benefactors" where you see the Citadel from directly under it. No matter which version you use, as long as the base fits the map, that part of the map works surprisingly well with almost any model.
In order to receive the points bounty, you should fulfil the following requirements.
Fixes all of the problems I addressed above about being able to fit properly on ALL maps.
Has the right textures that match which variety of Citadel was chosen.