Union – Half-Life 2: Ep2

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

Single Player First Person Shooter Maps and Mods for Half-Life 1, 2 and Episodes 1, 2 and 3
“The last thing I remember was our train being stopped in the woods. OVERWATCH told me I was needed for questioning, so they locked me in one of those cold pods and stuck me on the next train to NOVA PROSPEKT. I can still see my WIFE watching me drift away. Now, here I am… Only things are not how I expected them to be. How long have I been unconscious? A few days? A WEEK? Something has gone HORRIBLY WRONG…”

UNION is set in the aftermath of Freeman’s blow at Nova Prospekt. ANTLIONS have broken in and run amok, the Combine forces lay decimated, but an unlikely alliance is forged between a lone surviving PRISONER and an escaped VORTIGAUNT. If they are to break free they will have to rely on one another for help.

Basic Details
  • Title: Union
  • File Name: hl2-ep2-sp-union.7z
  • Size : 17.59Mb
  • Author: Matt Glanville
  • Date Released: 26 February 2008

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Awards

Union is a HALL of FAME entry

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Single Player First Person Shooter Maps and Mods for Half-Life 1, 2 and Episodes 1, 2 and 3
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The playthrough below is provided by Custom Gamer. See more of his playthroughs on this site: VP: Custom Gamer

Reader Recommendations
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47 recommendations, average score: 4.91 (out of 5), standard deviation: 0.16 (what's that?)
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Time Taken:
Average: 0 Hours, 27 Mins
Shortest: 0 Hours, 19 Mins by JellyBeanDude27
Longest: 0 Hours, 39 Mins by Unq
Total Time Played: 1 Hours, 47 Mins
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  1. Personal Favourite

    This mod is short, but it has a great profesional touch, very well made. Highly recommended!

  2. Hec
    Play It Now!

    This is a great mod, I barely or I absolutely didn’t review mods back then when I played this, but here we have a really hard “Nova Prospekt” feeling and the combat is really good and dinamic overall a great feeling of entretainment and satisfaction once u played this, I totally recommend it.

  3. Play It Now!

    I found this mod thanks to using the Display Matrix.

    I’m very close to giving this map a personal favourite. It’s set in a fun Nova-Prospekt area, and we get to fight alongside a Vortigaunt! The combat is set up well to accomodate our extraterrestrial friend, but we sometimes have to split up whilst he holds open a Combine door or I take out a Sniper which is blocking the way. The whole thing is not too short or too long and has a satisfying ending. Well worth playing.

  4. Ade
    Maybe?

    These 2 maps have been sitting in my ep2 folder for quite some time now so I decided to give em a go on this lovely Sunday night.

    I don’t like starting with low hp in any map/mod, but I get to replenish faster than I thought.
    “No pit would be complete without a Freeman climbing out of it” hha
    I found the long fight with the antlions kind of boring, not knowing if I should find something like a switch, or maybe cover dem holes like in the game or just wait for them to stop spawning. And the mapping in general is kind of bland. It doesn’t stand the test of time, I’ve definitely seen better looking prisons than this and definitely more original looking combine architecture. The sniper part was ok, I guess, but I wish at the end the slow mo would kick in bit sooner (or none at all, if you ask me) cus I started to wander around and couldn’t see anything behind the combine door. I tried to reload but the saves I had and the autosave were too early in the game which was now stuck in slowmo! So I just watched the ending in Darren’s vid..

    An OKish mod, but I can’t give it more than a Maybe.

  5. Personal Favourite

    One of the best maps for any HL2 episode. You play as the husband of that lady in City 17 asking if you were the only ones on the train. You were taken to Nova Prospekt for “questioning”, and this takes place after the big battle in HL2 (and possibly Riot Act?). There are no Combine to fight, just Antlions, zombies and Hunters. Well okay, there’s one Combine to fight, a sniper.

    The first half takes place inside Nova Prospekt. You have a Vortigaunt to help you throughout the entire mod. I really like how you need him to power doors to open; how he does it reminds me a lot of Abe from the Oddworld games. The one thing I would have done different was make it so that you couldn’t continue without the Vort after he opens the doors. I was stumped for a while why he didn’t come with me. I also got stuck at the part where you press the switch for the sliding door, but I honestly think that was my fault, since it was the only switch on the rack to actually have its lever still on. There’s a battle with some Antlions which is pretty fun, especially since you’re fighting with a Vort and he can do cool stuff in combat. There’s also a battle with four hunters, kind of like the one in Station 51. I like this part a lot.

    The second half takes place outside and is my favourite of the two. The way it makes use the props and ambiance, as well as the placement of enemies, makes this part seem very real. There’s an interesting stealth section with a Combine Sniper, who you fight later. Also, if you go to his outpost, you’ll find his rifle, bullets on the ground, a chair and two bottles. I don’t know if Combine can drink but it still adds to the realism and atmosphere of the map. Unfortunately, it ends on a cliffhanger. I really hope there’s a sequel because even though it can be a bit on the easy side, this map is amazing. Kudos.

  6. I can’t get started – remain stuck in the pod after it tumbles. noclip 1 and ai_disable 0 have no effect. Help?

  7. Unq
    Play It Now!

    Finally getting around to playing this. I took Phillip’s advice and am playing a few of the Hall of Fame mods while he’s on holiday.

    Union is how it’s done. Here we have a short 2-map set that is really polished. It has some challenging battles, and is definitely not a Combine-fest where the soldiers just pile out of a forcefield in a single file like we see so often. On the contrary, there are a couple of intense battles – but for the duration you’ll have a vortigaunt accompanying you. He provides a lot of help and is handled perfectly with scripting. He’s never annoying or a burden, and can actually be very helpful especially when he boosts your HEV power.

    The two maps are a perfect combination of locations: the first is inside Nova Prospekt and the second leads you into a well-done outdoor location that is covered by a sniper. I really liked the combination of intense indoor battles with the careful approach needed to handle the sniper.

    There are some minor puzzle elements included as well. Thankfully you’re not led by the hand, but at the same time the author gently trains you, since often the vort will electrically hold open a doorway until you can find the button that locks the door open. By the time you come across the third one, you’re automatically searching for a button. See? Gentle training, not telling the player what to do.

    We need more of this type of release: short and really sweet. Don’t miss Union.

  8. Play It Now!

    I really like the environment in this level, it’s kind of like Portal 2’s first few levels except with Nova Prospekt. The ambience is also very good

    Now on to the gameplay. There are two halves, inside Nova and outside. Throughout the inside area you have a Vortigaunt at your side who you need to get to certain places. Luckily, he can take care of himself, so you don’t have to constantly worry about him dying. The main enemies of the indoors are antlions and zombies, which are mostly thoughtfully placed, although there’s one zombine I killed before it got up. That’s pretty nitpicky though, so no points subtracted. There aren’t really puzzles apart from pressing buttons and switching one power cord. The elevator’s a bit glitchy, but I see previous comments covered that already.

    My favourite part of this mappack, though, is the outside one. The sniper is used well, since there’s sufficient cover but you need to think strategically and run fast. The enemy placement is really good in this part as well, I actually died twice getting distracted by the fast headcrabs and shot in the head. Another thing I like is that, instead of just lobbing a grenade through the sniper’s window, you actually go up there and confront him. I like the detailing in his “nest”, though I’m not sure how a combine would drink beer, and it might mess up his aim a bit. I encountered one invisible wall where I think could have been a secret (you have to do some jumping to get to it, and it’s above a fence, so they could’ve put something in there for you). Otherwise, this part is excellent.

    So I certainly recommend Union for everyone.

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