Combine Ether

Half-Life 2: Episode 2 EP2
Combine Ether by Tetsu0
Posted 13 years ago2010-08-30 20:57:38 UTC • Completed • Half-Life 2: Episode 2
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Half-Life 2: Episode 2
13 years ago2010-08-30 20:57:38 UTC
6 years ago2018-01-03 19:22:49 UTC
5.00 (4)
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You awaken on a floating island with no clue as to what is happening...
It's not until you reach the mainland that you find out what's really going on.

But is it real?


When you're playing, remember to save often!

Alternative download location: You have to copy and paste the link to your browser's address bar - clicking doesn't work in most web browsers because it's an insecure HTTP address.


Commented 13 years ago2010-08-30 21:52:28 UTC Comment #6151
Damn, was excited to play it but it crashes HL2EP1 =[ Someday Ill play it.
Commented 13 years ago2010-08-30 22:00:23 UTC Comment #6152
You don't have Episode 2?
I'm sorry :(
Thanks for the interest
Commented 13 years ago2010-08-30 23:19:32 UTC Comment #6153
Cool, I'll check it out tomorrow or whenever im not so busy.
Commented 13 years ago2010-08-31 03:56:55 UTC Comment #6150
haven't got ep2 installed... sorry m8 :P
Commented 13 years ago2010-09-01 05:38:51 UTC Comment #18398
Haha I do! But its slower than gold on my comp so i've checked out skal's just not yours yet. Hopefully I can tom!
Commented 13 years ago2010-09-02 04:52:37 UTC Comment #18405
I downloaded ep2 just for you :>

Skals's awesome review of pure truth:

I liked how the door was to be broken by a brick, I didn't know you could do that, and the bit where the control pannel showed up and I clicked it, made me go WTF? that bit was pretty awesome! ok... that underground bit creeped the shit out of me, I got scared cause I hurt myself on the fire torch, so when you threw that screamer in my face I jumped like crazy while shouting FUCK ME MAN!!! I'm too scared to go any further... -.-
Commented 13 years ago2010-09-02 07:11:56 UTC Comment #18407
:) its not scary after that point I promise!! keep going theres so much more you haven't seen!!
Commented 13 years ago2010-09-02 09:34:46 UTC Comment #18408
YES! I finished it today!

++THANK GOD you fixed that crash glitch in the map that you use the car.
+excellent brushwork
+antlion minigame
+pretty good challenges (i had to go god for that fucking gunship, until i found rpg ammo in the box :>)
+stalker scare scene
+/-funny sequences, but sounded a bit weird.
-where'd my prize go in the antlion minigame?
-one part of the minigame it's almost impossible to get past. The pipe requires jumping but you have to speed jump to get past.
-more windows need to be breakable. (just from my destructive mind though)

All around great entry! Five stars.
Commented 13 years ago2010-09-02 10:50:22 UTC Comment #18409
the prize is the RPG. but I never really pulled off the effect so I made the door unlock after the antlion game was finished. it was a temporary solution that I never had time to improve
Commented 13 years ago2010-09-02 11:10:01 UTC Comment #18410
I'm stuck here
screenshot lost
I can't keep the door open and go through it at the same time. I have no way of reaching the crates to the right.
Commented 13 years ago2010-09-02 11:16:04 UTC Comment #18411
What am I supposed to do in the area with the massive strider? I can't pick up the guns and I can't play the minigame because the controls are weird!!
Commented 13 years ago2010-09-02 11:19:48 UTC Comment #18412
You should change the readme.txt file, map_tetsu0_01 isn't the first map, tetsu0_28_01 is. For some reason the ladder on the boat isn't climbable. If your torch goes out you can't light it again. Is that a bug?
Commented 13 years ago2010-09-02 12:57:55 UTC Comment #18414
well skals the minigane must be completed.
potatis, there's a pressure switch in that room there. grab a box. from the previous room.
if you can't pick it up try crouching.
um the boat is a model. I'm using the default collision box so there's really no functionality if the boat other than decor. and the torch is supossed to die.

probably shouldn't however.
Commented 13 years ago2010-09-02 15:51:04 UTC Comment #18415
tetsu0 how do I complete the minigame then, I cannot get past the second area, the door wont open!
Commented 13 years ago2010-09-02 18:15:03 UTC Comment #18416
lol would it kill ya to explore and use your brain?
i sent you a pm. feel free to share with the others what i sent you.
Commented 13 years ago2010-09-03 02:53:19 UTC Comment #18417
"grab a box. from the previous room." The problem is that I can't get back into the previous room because it's blocked by planks.
Commented 13 years ago2010-09-03 07:13:12 UTC Comment #18418
you never triggered the zombie??
restart that map and then walk to the northeast corner of the room. zombie should light on fire and break the planks...... did you jump up and over it somehow??
Commented 13 years ago2010-09-03 07:27:27 UTC Comment #18419
That antlion minigame is awesome, I have no idea how you made that, but the controls for it are just rubbish, here are the problems for it:

I cannot move him around properly without making him face directly in the ground or directly up, and this means I cannot shoot the gun or even target it correctly due to it. Another problem was that I was taking damage when shooting from my own gun! That's pretty gay huh? Killed myself with my own gun...
Commented 13 years ago2010-09-03 09:12:36 UTC Comment #18420
did you follow instructions and enable cheats before you ran my map?? the game fires a console command to lock you vertical axis.....
and when a point_viewcontrol is active, the player is invincible. I had to find a way around that. maybe I'll release a thread explaining how I did it all.
or maybe after the compo idk
Commented 13 years ago2010-09-03 13:09:05 UTC Comment #18421
aaah, I didn't do it m8! that should fix it ;D

Ok I made it to the bit in the minigame where it says pick shotgun or smg, I changed some of my options because I felt like doing so, and the console gave me some error like the custom config was brokedeed or something, and The freez-in-place thing for the antlion broke, and I can't get it back again. -.-
Commented 13 years ago2010-09-03 15:33:32 UTC Comment #18423
well in that case... load up map 2, play the game, switch back to map 2, and fire the command: "m_pitch 0.022"
should be golden then.
Commented 13 years ago2010-09-03 22:56:48 UTC Comment #18427
+ Excellently surreal (especially that giant hunter)
+ Beautifully made
+ Ledgend of Zelda style minigame
+ The part with the torch is great, including the scare
+ Strangely cinematic in parts, like with the car jump and the raising bridge.
+ "About that beer I owed ya!"
+/- The other people kept looking in weird directions. Dunno whether that was either unfixable or intentional.
- DEFINITELY needs more direction. About 3/4 of the time I spent playing this I was just trying to figure out what I was supposed to do.
Commented 13 years ago2010-09-03 23:09:39 UTC Comment #18428
Thanks for the review darkie!
As for the people looking in weird directions, i didnt use scripted sequences to script the NPC's... i used sounds with the source entity coming from the npc... so the AI stays the same, but the mouth moves... i'm still new to Source Scripting.
And as for the direction, that came down to time.
The antlion game took me SO FREAKING LONG to get working somewhat properly that i lost a lot of time.
Plus that whole "full time job" nonsense.

-just did not have enough time to do everything i wanted to.
Commented 13 years ago2010-09-04 04:41:55 UTC Comment #18429
here's another bug I found: when it says choose shotgun or smg, first time round the opening cage got stuck for me, and I had no idea what to do. worked now though.

Lool! the thing ends just like my map!

Ok let me review this.

I really liked it, The alien minigame was annoying all the time since it kept crashing for me, but overall I think that's the best bit of your map, I really enjoyed it! The maps didn't really make sense, so that's a plus! Um, what else can I say? Awesome!
Commented 13 years ago2010-09-04 08:23:07 UTC Comment #18430
Hah! thanks skals!
I really wish it didnt crash so often for you!
That's what i get for firing console commands that mess with everything :-P
And as for that door with the shotgun or smg... what happens is the door gets stuck on the bits of flesh that get launched off you when you get hurt.

Everytime you're damaged, bits of watermelon fly off you... straight up..
If one of them lands on top of that door, it cant open all the way...

-again one of the bugs i just didnt have time to iron out.
Commented 13 years ago2010-09-04 12:33:06 UTC Comment #18432
"zombie should light on fire and break the planks...... did you jump up and over it somehow??" Yes, I thought that was what I was supposed to do.
Commented 13 years ago2010-09-04 17:33:43 UTC Comment #16081
:) thats what i get for not having anyone play-test it :-P
Sorry dude, didnt foresee that possibility
Commented 13 years ago2010-09-10 09:50:53 UTC Comment #18472
This is good.

Those rocket exhausts, are those a custom particle effect?
Commented 13 years ago2010-09-10 10:44:19 UTC Comment #18473
Nope. They're smokestacks. I just changed the sprite it uses.
And put a laser inside it lol.
I plan on releasing the RMF's after the compo is done.
Commented 13 years ago2010-09-13 18:03:13 UTC Comment #18475
Some really cool stuff in here! i got up to the car jump and now i have to go to work.. =(

full review later!

btw i loved the "transforming house" and the torch (did you create that or is it part of the game?)
Commented 13 years ago2010-09-13 18:29:32 UTC Comment #18476
torch is created- tricky entity work:)
Commented 13 years ago2010-09-18 13:00:38 UTC Comment #18513
I think the beginning was very dreamy and interesting. I had a blast when I got the vehicle but ended up cheating to get past getting shot at by the hunter. My favorite part was when the house transformed. It was strange though because the control box was already there to begin with because I bumped into it but I guess it than became rendered visible. Im sure theres a better way to do that.

The brick part was a little too hard to find out for me. Luckily my brother was watching and told me to try using it so I did. I thought the floating ship was really neat but was kinda dissapointed that it was a model because I thought maybe I could get into it. I can't be one to judge this entry because I don't map for source much at all but it looked pretty detailed to me.

I jumped on the screamer. It was really freaky lol. On the ramp part it took me a few tries and one time I landed directly on top of the landing ramp and got the car stuck. I thought the second map's intro was kind of funny. I couldn't tell if they were dragging me or what. And the bark/ stomp sound was somewhat too looped but I guess it would have been hard to do it differently while syncing it with the monter's movements.

I think you did a great job on the outside of this map with source's techniques to make the surroundings and the huge monsters. Once I got inside the shed it really turned from a dream to something else. The guns taunted me as I couldn't pick them up. I wanted to go upstairs but the girl blocked me. And so my only option was to play the game. I had already played it but ended up getting stuck and than wanted to explore the rest of the second map but realized that you had to finish the antlion game.

I thought it was pretty cool but I just feel like you got off topic from a dream with it. "Though I had a dream just last night that I was playing a game so I guess it could be dreamy"

As for the final map you did an awesome job remaking the lab entry in source. But when Barney said about that beer I owed you and walked off I was like wtf. I mean I guess I see the humor there but I thought it would have been cool if he just opened the door as though you were going to work. Pretty interesting "twist" to it though lol. You and Skals had the same place to wake up from the dream pretty much... Honestly I almost did the same thing too!

Anyways good job and im glad you finished. Good luck!
Commented 13 years ago2010-10-03 01:22:47 UTC Comment #18576
Hi. I "discovered" your map set via, where I'll be adding a review.

But before I do that, I need to fix something. I've finished the maps, but your WAV music files didn't play, because they weren't found, according to messages in the console. First, they were ...\Steam\steamapps\myusername\half-life episode two\ep2\sounds\tetdream\ as stated in your read me file. Then, I tried moving your \sounds\tetdream\ folder into ...half-life episode two\episodic and ...half-life episode two\hl2, but neither of those locations worked either.

I'm using the very latest update of all of the HL2 series. Any idea why your music files aren't being found when I run your maps?

Thanks in advance!
Commented 13 years ago2010-10-26 12:41:00 UTC Comment #18603
The sound files seem to be packed incorrectly - should be

..\Steam\steamapps\myusername\half-life episode two\ep2\sound\tetdream\

i.e. sound not sounds.

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