The original Half-Life often made us wonder how some of the other departments at Black Mesa would deal with the unforeseen consequences that unfolded. We learnt that the Theoretical Physics department would wield an arsenal of weapons to take on an army of aliens and humans, but what about the Security department, or even the army that comes in to sweep it all under the rug? That was answered with the later releases of Blue Shift and Opposing Force respectively. Unfortunately, we never officially got to see that perspective for Half-Life 2.
I say 'officially', because there are mods that let you do so – most notably, 2017's Entropy: Zero, which let you play as a Combine soldier. However, only two days ago, developer Breadman dropped a sequel for the mod. Simply titled Entropy: Zero 2, the mod continues the story of Aiden Walker, who has now joined the Overwatch Elite in the hunt for Resistance member, Judith Mossman.
"The pessimistic, wisecracking, door-kicking zealot known as 'Bad Cop' is back," says the description of the mod on Steam. "Command a small army of Combine synths and soldiers on a Northern campaign to capture Dr. Judith Mossman. Tread in the wake of Gordon Freeman at Nova Prospekt. Explore the mysterious 'Arbeit Communications' facility. Discover what lies beneath. Drive an APC through the arctic wastes. Confront the rebels on their doorstep and uncover a long-forgotten secret."
The biggest new feature in Entropy: Zero 2 is the voice acting for the player, including full blown two-way conversations, which seem completely out of place in the Half-Life universe, thanks to Gordon Freeman's silent-protagonist approach to life. Other than that, you'll also be able to command a whole squad of Combine.
Interestingly, Aperture Science Inc. from the Portal series – which also made a cameo at the end of Half-Life 2: Episode Two – is fully involved in Entropy: Zero 2. You get to use what appear to be Aperture branded portal grenades, which send anything within their blast radius to Xen, and spit out creatures in return. Oh, and there's a turret buddy named Wilson to accompany you on your journey.
The end of the trailer also teases that you might have something to do with the disappearance of the Borealis.
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