Transmissions: Element 120 – a Half-Life 2 mod with a new Gravity Gun

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Let’s face reality for a second. At this rate, it seems unlikely that we will ever see Half-Life 3. I know, it made me cry too. Honestly though, it would never live up to the monumental hype it has accumulated, and I think I’ve now made peace with the fact that it will never exist. If you on the other hand, live for the world of Gordon Freeman, there are mods out there who will keep your insatiable thirst quenched.

One mod in particular, Transmissions: Element 120 has been getting a lot of limelight. What is it? (via Game Informer)

Transmissions: Element 120 is a short, free, single player experience set in the Half-Life Universe featuring a unique gravity defying weapon that allows you to jump buildings and sustain large falls.

The story takes place at a mysterious date & location after the events of Half-Life: Episode 2. Where are you? Why have you been sent?

Here’s the trailer, which is basically guaranteed to drum up some serious nostalgia…

TE120 is the result of over 2 years of nights & weekends creating custom levels, code, models, sounds, and more by a single developer. To help bring the Source Engine up to date several new features are included:

  • Enhanced dynamic lighting
  • Integrated Source Shader Editor 0.5 for enhanced post processing & lighting
  • Improved support for complex physics structure
  • Support for super massive physics objects
  • Pre-processed AO
  • Improved AI and group behavior on multiple AI types

I’m convinced that if we ever do someday see Half-Life 3, the gravity gun will get similar abilities to those demonstrated above – maybe with some portal loving thrown in. They are in the same universe after all.

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The mod looks awesome, right? So much so that, If reddit is to be believed, it has scored its creator (known as Shokunin000)  a job interview with Gearbox Software. A user by the name of Jesterhole replied to the original mod thread with the following (via PC Gamer):

Hey, do you want a job in the industry? I work at Gearbox Software, we are currently looking for talent. This is 10x times better than most submissions I’ve seen. Great work. You should apply. I’d be excited to interview you. Good luck!

Shokunin000 posted this reply:

That’s very nice of you, Jesterhole, gearbox is a great company. 🙂 I need to discuss this with my family and think about that.

Two years of hard work resulting in a potentially open door at Gearbox Software? I’d say that’s worth it – if he gets the job.

Anyways, If you’re interested in the mod, you can download it right here, or vote for it to get greenlit on Steam right here. Will you be downloading it? I’ve bookmarked the page, and definitely will be… once I get through my Steam backlog that is.

Last Updated: April 7, 2015

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