Third Party

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

19th August 2018

A train engineer, vital to the resistance’s plans, has been captured.

Normally, all rebels are executed quite soon after capture.

He hasn’t been. There are also other signs of unusual activity.

Something strange is about to happen.

You have been sent in to rescue the engineer and any other resistance members being held captive.

Basic Details
  • Title: Third Party
  • Filename: sdk-2013-sp-third-party.7z
  • Size : 9.72MB
  • Author: Blixibon
  • Date Released: 19 August 2018
Author’s Note

Playtesters: Bolloxed, JanKaszanka, OH_ZOG_NO
1. Please ignore the engineer hologram’s mouth.
2. The green trigger is supposed to mark the device’s area of influence.

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Manual Installation Instructions

If you require more help, please visit the Technical Help page.

  • 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 third-party folder into your …\Steam\SteamApps\sourcemods\ folder.
  • Start or restart Steam
  • Half-Life 2: Third Party should now be listed in your Library tab.

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Reader Recommendations
Avoid It!
Think Twice
Maybe
Play It Later
Play It Now!

8 recommendations, average score: 5 (out of 5), standard deviation: 0 (what's that?)
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Meta Review Data
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Installed:
Using Gauge: Users
Manually: 7 Users

Time Taken:
Average: 0 Hours, 38 Mins
Shortest: 0 Hours, 20 Mins by Unq
Longest: 1 Hours, 30 Mins by Alen
Total Time Played: 4 Hours, 28 Mins
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11 Comments

  1. Phillip says Play It!

    This is a really well put together little mod. It has a story to tell that more or less makes sense within the HL universe. The player’s objective is explained in a short cut-scene at the beginning and then the player is left alone to enjoy the chaos caused.

    As good as this is, there are areas I felt needed improvement.

    The rest of this review contains spoilers.

    The areas with the toxic waste was under-used. It might have been how I played it, but the mounted gun just wasn’t that useful. There’s also a part where, after you exit a vent, you are attacked. The music starts early meaning you know what’s coming and it’s easy to minimise the affect.

    Some rooms were under-detailed and the lighting in the main building was a bit harsh.

    That said, the positives easily out-weigh the negatives.

    The action was designed to allow a variety of approaches and I suspect there is some replayability in the map.

    In short, this is a very, very good release and I have no hesitation in recommending you play it now! Can’t wait to see more from the author.

  2. Personal Favourite

    I normally hate maps which have me protecting somebody from harm/leading them to safety. They usually always end up a splattered mess and that means having to replay over and over which bugs me!! Thankfully, I didn’t get that here as they kinda looked after themselves good enough and the game was well-balanced too.

    Yup, I really enjoyed this map. I mean, wow I really did enjoy it. This had a pretty good storyline and was executed well. The opening scenes were nice and I knew something was wrong when I first saw the soldiers running away from me (just before entering that back alley of dead bodies!!)

    I’d hate to mention anything that might spoil this for somebody so I won’t – load it up and play it. For me, this is a brilliant map and something I must PF. Even though the lighting was dodgy sometimes too dark and sometimes too boring. Plus the level of detail could have been better to add more worldly atmosphere… but these are minor moans because I loved it and rate it a PF 🙂

  3. Wesp5

    Yes, a great little mod! I always like infights so this was especially fun for me :).

  4. Roy
    Play It Now!
    Multi Path Play

    I didn’t expect much since it was an escort map. Come to find out it was more than that.

    I really hate escort play. The escortees almost always die and you are reloading, reloading and reloading the level until you say enough is enough. That was why I never finished “CAT: All your bases are belong to us.” Wing Commander or was it Zero Commander??.

    I must say I was surprised and happily so. I liked that the person you are escorting was not a waste in the fight. I also liked that there were multiple paths to return to the start/finish.

    Watching the combine fight each other and being able to use the suppressor was a twist and very cool.

    Good combat, layout and a couple of twists. Play it now!

  5. Play It Now!

    This was a pretty good map/mod that also shows a side of the Combine which I’ve never seen before, and that’s saying something.

    The architecture and the lighting were pretty good, almost Valve-like in some places. I liked that the layout was very open and non-linear, so you could complete the map in many ways instead of having one and only path. The combat was really good and the ending is quite original for a mod. It also made feel me kinda sad.

    The only “issues” I’ve noticed in this map are very minor and they’re mostly visual glitches (the engineer’s mouth at the beginning and a visible “trigger” sign when using the mortar.

    Overall, this mod is great, and I think you should definitely try it out if you have 15-20 minutes!

  6. I tried to play this but my Anti-Virus program (Norton 360) found a threat with the “server.dll” file in the “bin” folder. It may be a false positive; I can’t be sure.

  7. Currently is the best, I think the playtesters and developers did well.

  8. Play It Now!

    Great plot. Shows the difference between each “group” in the hl2 universe and how things would
    probably work out in the ep1 scenario.

  9. Play It Now!

    When Third Party started, I was amazed by the good looking map and it’s design. A good first impression is important, and this mod succeeds at giving you that. Shortly after I was immediately thrown into the action. You are in a long area, and a suppression device is trying to vaporize the zombies, and you of course. This part felt a little too chaotic to me, and I also wasn’t really sure where to go. There is some zombie and combine combat, and then you get to take control of the suppression device and it’s really fun and works suprisingly well. You free some prisoners and then there is a very large fight between the CP’s, the Combine (it will make sense when you play it) and your small group. There are alot of things to shoot at and, again, it’s really fun.

  10. Unq
    Play It Now!

    This was short and sweet, and pretty action-packed after the long intro sequence. The good part about the intro is that it laid out your mission pretty clearly, but there are still some surprises in store for you.

    The combat is pretty solid here too, if a little easy. You get a ton of weapons in a short time, but then again there is total chaos in some parts of the map so thankfully your arsenal is never lacking. Health seems to be in great supply as well.

    I liked the unique bits in this map the most. The controllable suppression field is a little wonky until you get the hang of aiming it, but it’s fun to use once you do. I really liked the RPG ‘turret’ that you are shot with, until you get up to it and can pull the RPG and use it as your own. That, plus it always felt like things were just a step ahead of you, really giving the map a feel of its own. It’s not 100% polished but the chaotic feel here is part of the charm.

  11. Hec
    Personal Favourite

    I loved this mod. It developed a truly magnificent idea of combat and military realistic value inside the HL2 Universe. This is why I feel proud to be a Half-Life community member because from time to time, modders just develop fantastic ideas like this one.

    I have always said that maybe my favorite kind of mods are those which add a real value to their stories, those where you can feel part of an important story or military mission. This has that realistic element precisely. And despite is not technical perfect -as perfection is a hard adjective to judge in mods- The whole product feels very sweet. Short and sweet as Unq said.

    The story is told perfectly inside the gameplay, and even with any necessity of voice acting! That twist at the end is just pretty great, I loved this mod precisely because the author uses the idea of a “rebel on its own terms” Civil Protection Unit, which turns itself into this unexpected third party! I think the CMB commander arrested on that prison cell was just a brilliant touch.

    Also, that laser pulse beam cannon was absolutely incredible. The whole mission feels like “Saving Private Ryan” kind of military mission and I loved that touch.

    The super hard battle between the Civil Protection Rebel Unit and the CMB Troops was also very delightful to watch, and again I say, the pretty great taste of this whole mod is about that the whole story develops INSIDE the HL2 story arc. To be precise right after Gordon blows up the Citadel Core, in the interim part where Episode 1 turns slowly into Episode 2. I feel those kinds of mods are quite scarce in the HL2 mod developing scene. So possible a “Story Arc” mapping competition -you know, one which precisely forces the mappers to use an element of the HL2 story arc to tell a new micro story, could be a truly great and fantastic idea for RTSL mapping-ville. I hope Phillip would consider it someday.

    Finally, I have to say, I hope this author keeps modding and deliver more absolute fantastic pieces of work like this one.

    Not only play this now, Play it and be ready for a great HL2 gameplay moment.

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