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Dented digging wheels
A disused engineering vehicle, it can be found in the early Ravenholm caves map "
d1_town_02" of the playable Half-Life 2 leak. Similarly to the Jet Ski or the AirEx Truck, its textures were not finalized at the time. It is unknown if they were ever finished.
In the playable map, the player must find the Digger and then use it to proceed to the next area by destroying a creature made of three Advisors with a barrel in the middle, constantly laying Headcrabs. Those three Advisors are a placeholder for the cut Combine Big Momma Pod that was never finalized. The player must reach the Digger by going up through a small passage carved into the rock. Once driving the Digger, they were then to go down through what appears to be an "obstacle course" for the vehicle, a wider path regularly barred with wooden posts and explosive barrels, before returning to the Big Momma Pod and destroying it with the vehicle's dented digging wheels. This task is however not possible to achieve in an unmodified Half-Life 2 leak, since if the player enters the Digger by pressing the "Use" key, they can neither operate it, nor exit the vehicle. To restore its functionality, certain script files must be modified and the map must be recompiled from the WC map pack, but the Digger will remain unstable and might, for instance, crash the game when attempting to get out of it.
Seeing as how the Digger was apparently only intended for the narrow goal of destroying the Big Momma Pod, the vehicle ultimately lost its purpose when the decision to cut the pod was made.
Behind the scenes
Two Digger sounds can still be found in the Half-Life 2 sound files, in the folder "
The Big Momma Pod placeholder to be destroyed by the Digger.
|Vehicles, vessels and transportation|
|Aperture Science transportation||Borealis · Teleportation|
|Black Mesa transportation||Black Mesa SUV · Black Mesa Transit System · Black Mesa truck · Rail cart · Teleportation|
|Black Ops transportation||AH-64 Apache · M44 cargo truck|
|HECU transportation||AH-64 Apache · Jet · M1A1 Abrams · M2A3 Bradley · M44 cargo truck · Osprey Heliplane|
|Combine transportations||Advisor Platform · Armored Personnel Carrier · Hunter-Chopper · Razor Train · Teleportation|
|Resistance transportation||Airboat · Mil Mi-8 · Muscle Car · Scout Car · Teleportation|
|Xen transportation||Alien Craft · Teleportation|
|Trainstations||City 17 Trainstation · Depot · Technical Trainstation|
|Other||Rail transport · Road transport|
|Black Ops (cut)||Osprey Heliplane|
|Combine (cut)||AirEx Truck · C-130 · Combine SWAT Truck · M2A3 Bradley · Merkava · Osprey Heliplane · School Bus|
|Resistance (cut)||Borealis · C-130 · Jalopy · Jet Ski · Osprey Heliplane · Submarine|
|Other (cut)||Digger · Stealth|