Back On 2rack: Vertigo – Map Labs Presents

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

5th April 2024

Map Labs revisits the old Back on Track theme, this time with a twist: vertical backtracking is a must!

Enjoy the verticality in the 8 submitted maps!

As always, if you’re interested in learning more about Map Labs and maybe even participate in their upcoming challenges, visit the Map Labs Discord.

Basic Details
  • Title: Back on 2Rack: Vertigo
  • Filename: sdk-2013-sp-mlc-backon2rack.7z
  • Size : 774 MB
  • Author: ArctixSnowPup, NTN9, Commando Booce-iwnl-, Zapizard, Sensethenn, Lassi, BtheM, beefbacon
  • Date Released: 4 April 2024
  • Related: Back on Track

Download Options

Download to your HD [774 MB]

Manual Installation Instructions
  • Make sure you have the Upcoming branch of the Source SDK Base 2013 Singleplayer installed in Steam and run at least once. (Properties – Betas – select upcoming from the dropdown list).
  • Copy the botv, mapbase_shared, mapbase_hl2, and mapbase_episodic folders into your SourceMods folder.
  • Restart or start Steam.
  • Back On 2rack: Vertigo should now be listed in your Library tab.

Reviewing

If you decide to use the Per-Map Opinion Images, feel free to use the file below as a template:

Backon2rack-Review-Template.txt

Entries

Listed as they are displayed in the mod itself:

Concrete Xen by ArctixSnowPup
White Lies by NTN9
Mt. Spiun by Commando Booce-iwnl-
Trial Technology Testing Simulation by Zapizard
TWISTEDSENSE by Sensethenn
Interception by Lassi
Shootingdown by BtheM
Cold Hard Steele 4 by beefbacon

Screenshots

WARNING: The screenshots contain spoilers.
Each map has 5 screenshots. Thanks to ArctixSnowPup for providing the screenshots!

1600 x 900

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2 recommendations, average score: 5 (out of 5), standard deviation: 0 (what's that?)
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Time Taken:
Average: 6 Hours
Shortest: 6 Hours by Haxray
Longest: 6 Hours by Haxray
Total Time Played: 6 Hours
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4 Comments

  1. Play It Now!

    Better late than never. Here goes another review.

    Concrete Xen by ArctixSnowPup
    It is good

    Off to a good start, level design is kinda blocky but decent. The combat is easy, thanks to the shotgun and rpg. The handguns have bad accuracy for some reason.

    White Lies by NTN9
    It is great!

    Eerie, simplistic and yet the level design looks good too. What makes it eerie to me is that I have felt like someone’s been watching me. I always feel like somebody’s watching me

    Mt. Spiun by Commando Booce-iwnl-
    It is good

    Another one of those generic raid the rebel base but it looks fine. The combat is fairly challenging though. Onto the next one

    Trial Technology Testing Simulation by Zapizard
    It is good

    Level design is meh but the gameplay is basically like Portal. It’s fine, not that bad.

    TWISTEDSENSE by Sensethenn
    It is great!

    Another eerie map, like I’m playing a survival horror game. The combat is fairly challenging but it’s really easy to kill zombies with only a crowbar and a few shotgun shells.

    Interception by Lassi
    It is great!

    Fairly made map, decent level design, and decent difficulty. I killed almost every soldiers in one hit because of close quarters with a shotgun, best recommended weapon when fighting indoors.

    Shootingdown by BtheM
    It is okay

    Level design is very basic, like one of those amateur Garry’s Mod maps I see in most recent upload in its workshop. The puzzle, there’s no hint but easy to figure out. Combat, very easy as usual.

    Cold Hard Steele 4 by beefbacon
    It is WOW!

    Cold Hard Steele deserves his own game tbh. Like in the previous entries, this one takes the cake of the best in the mod. In terms of why, I must’ve explained it over and over so there’s not much to say about this one now.

    Summary

    Let me know if Cold Hard Steele gets his own standalone game.

  2. I really enjoyed Interception, gave it a 9/10. Not far behind were Concrete Zen and White Lies.

    As for the rest I’m SO MUCH in disagreement with those other detailed positive ratings that its best I say no more. Weighted average rating for the mod, 4/10.

  3. Personal Favourite

    Its been a while since I played maplabs, and was reminded of Maplabs existing upon stumbling onto the TTT map Labs. This quickly became a new favorite of mine.

    Concrete Xen:
    It is bad
    It is dire!

    Unfortunately, this Pack starts off with, IMO, the worst map in the entire set. I wish I could give more criticism of the map, but the combat and environment are both rather dull. It is also super easy to skip fighting most of the enemies on the return trip.

    White Lies: :
    It is good

    A interestingly short journey that is genuinely on the creepy side and has excellent atmosphere. While it doesn’t involve much backtracking, I would argue what is there fits the theme well enough. Managed to un-nerve me and be interesting with a nearly entirely grey color pallet which is an impressive trick. I love those creepy ass robots.

    MT. Spiun
    It is okay

    A not particularly unique assault on a Rebel base with an easy return trip afterwards. Not much to speak about here, the Environment is rather blocky and the combat isn’t particularly interesting, but its a lot more enjoyable than Concrete Xen. Really would have benefited from some fun set pieces during the base assault and some kind of twist on the return trip.

    Trial Technology Testing Simulation
    It is bad

    I will give this map props for the unique puzzle-focused idea. However, i found the actual puzzles not particularly fun, and got stuck in the first area for an annoyingly long period of time as progression was not super obvious. I feel there is a good idea there but the way it was executed just didn’t work for me. Would love to see this idea revisited however!

    TWISTEDSENSE
    It is great!

    Fantastic short map with great atmosphere. Combat isn’t particularly difficult but it is fun. The visuals and zombies remind me of the Vine series of maps from Eye Candy and Wrap-Up. Great experience and a very memorable one. One nitpick is that i could absolutely not understand what the voice was saying at all during the ending bit. Audio feels too low to make out, and could do with an increase in volume.

    INTERCEPTION
    It is great!

    A great short City-17 themed map. While not the most unique idea, is executed very well and is a fun experience. It is perhaps a bit too easy to miss some of the ladders leading up however, as I missed the final roof access for an embarrassingly long period of time. I don’t really get much of the backtracking theme in this one, however.

    Shootingdown
    It is bad

    I am really not a fan of this one. It feels like random stuff slapped together, and I find its visuals completely unappealing. it’s combat is incredibly easy. I wish i had more to say but similar to Concrete Xen I lack much to speak about.

    Cold Hard Steele 4
    It is WOW!

    This right here, singehandedly made this one of my favorite map labs, ever. I unfortunately missed out on most of Beef Bacon’s other Cold Hard Steele Submissions, and going back to them after experiencing this one feels like a unfair disservice to the earlier entries.

    The visuals and environment are downright Goregous. It works the backtracking theme into the gameplay in an incredibly clever and fun way with the Jetpack, that controls fantastically by the way. The enemies are a massive upgrade from Cold Hard Steel 3, both in visuals and in how they behave in combat. Im not sure if im just imagining it, but even the movement feels so much smoother and more boomer-shooter like than the previous ones. I sunk easily 4 hours into this map alone with the goal of completing it on hard after beating it the first time, and I do not regret the time spent even as it kicked my ass.

    The difficulty scaling is fair, the weapons look and feel great to use, the enemies look fantastic and are fun to fight(I really love the visual design on the Wizard, how it looks like a ‘Bearded Wizard’ Sterotype til you notice what the “Beard” actually is made from).

    Beef Bacon, if ya read this, you’ve unfortunately made me an Addict. I want more of this style of map and I want it badly. Fantastic work. Easily worth the download for this map alone.

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