There's nothing quite like the rush of running, falling, jumping and crawling your way toward the release switch whilst under fire from rockets, railguns and lasers... then jabbing that switch and releasing all your team mates! Then finally watching as they all come running out of the open doors and beat the other team to death with Laser Cleavers! There's never a dull moment in JB, you're either fighting to stay alive, fighting to release your team mates, or fighting to escape from jail!

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All the info on the brand spanking new version for the anticipated Jailbreak! mod for Half-Life 2 and view the exclusive premiere of the v0.4 trailer!

Posted by Henley on Apr 2nd, 2008

My entire team was ambushed just outside our HQ, dragged off to this damp heavily fortified jail. There has been rumors circulating of an execution for the current prisoners - we don’t have much time. Given the circumstances, our only option is to escape and the only possible exit is a small air vent just big enough for one. I take it upon myself to free my teammates from the Combine. I was not ready for the challenge ahead of me, looks like they thought that we would try escape. The entire exit is obstructed by a laser grid; I will have to tread carefully. One false step and I’ll lose my life and those of my teammates. The countdown begins for the execution - can I make it out in time?

Welcome to the world of Jailbreak! Where the aim of the game is to capture your opponents by beating them on the battlefield and locking them up in your base. Once you have captured the entire team then you can watch with glee as they are executed in a variety of different ways ranging from lava pits to alien attacks and everything in between. There is a catch - they can break out, but it is not always easy to do so and sacrificing your own life may be needed. It's a concept that has been revisited with varying levels of success in the modding scene. While Jailbreak doesn't shoot for the stars, it still provides some solid entertainment.

Jailbreak! Preview shots

In this neighborhood, we hold our guns sideways.

The Look

Some of you who are reading this now might have played the first release and found the look to be identical to HL2 and to be honest quite bland. Those people and everyone else will be pleasantly surprised to hear that Jailbreak has gone under the knife and is now a more beautiful, less identical and far more whimsical than its beta sister! This is done in a variety of ways including but not limited to level designs, new skins for player models and new weapons. For instance, the new maps are amazing - not only do they look great but each level is like another game within itself! Just like the concept of the game itself the presentation is new, fresh and exciting. Every level is different in both design and concept. You can battle it out in a multitude of scenarios: in a vast sewer or a subway train station, sneaking around in a spooky village or even rampaging in an underwater service station! Each level contains its own complex jail escape puzzles and original execution concepts.

Jailbreak! Preview shots

From holographic ships...

The Sound

As I stated above each level has its very own theme and the theme would not be complete without its very own style of ambient music to complement the amazing changes of art and direction. Take for instance the spooky village theme, this wouldn’t be complete without it’s very own haunting (and somewhat freaky) ghost sound effects. Having a ghostly figure speak to you while you’re trying to escape the clutches of your captives makes for a very unique experience. Some of the HL2 sound effects are there but this does not take away from the feeling each theme creates for itself.

Jailbreak! Preview shots ghastly Elizabethan villages, Jailbreak! has a bit of everything.

The Feel

You’re out on the battlefield, you’re dodging RPG’s and bullets trying to flank the enemy and take them by surprise, they were two steps ahead and you find yourself trapped in jail. The clock is ticking you don’t have too much time to run through the crazy mazes of lasers, air vents, and deadly gas. With this high pressure situation creates an urgency that most games lack, it’s both refreshing and engaging enough that there's never a dull moment. Team work is needed but it's not forcefed to you like many games/mods are striving for today. This allows you to play in whatever style suits you best and still have a contribution to a team win. In my experience game rounds tend to go very quickly due to the fast paced nature of the game, leaving you with very little time to escape the jail in most cases. A majority of the time you’re battling to stay alive as escaping really does take a toll on your health. Some jail escapes require a teammate to climb into the escape passage which builds the camaraderie between you and your fellow inmates.

Jailbreak! Preview shots

Lava, my only weakness.

So with a mix of both original art direction and original game play concepts what else can we throw into the mix? How about a point and reward system? That’s right, Jailbreak! now rewards you for all the hard work that you do in the game. The rewards are in the form of perks which lead to some very different game tactics employed by both sides. Choose from abilities like double-jumping, health regeneration or the highly sought after stealth ability. MVP's of the match won't go unrecognized either - the end of every map cycle displays awards for the best and worst performances.

Jailbreak! v0.4 trailer.

The Verdict

So to sum up all the points here, you have one hell of a good mod. The maps will keep you entertained for weeks and with a dedicated fan base already creating custom maps it is going to be a surefire hit. Can you break out? You shall find out soon enough. Jailbreak! releases late April 2008.

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PytoX Apr 2 2008 says:


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DjozeR Apr 2 2008 says:

Wow, this looks AWESOME :O

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Spector Apr 2 2008 says:

Nice material, course I read it long ago, but looks hot. =O

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TriXz Apr 2 2008 says:

Is it just me? Or does it not work when you are trying to join a server.. it just says "Your version is not correct to the servers" or somthing? hope it get fixed.

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Henley Author
Henley Apr 2 2008 says:

Well the new version is not out yet but they have fixed quite a lot

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leach139 Apr 2 2008 says:

As a member of the 0.4 beta team (and probably the most annoying one on there (Duck3ator)) I can say that this will be AWESOME. You'll just have to wait for the finished product. 3-4 weeks-ish. Wills, care to elaborate?

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FJS Apr 2 2008 says:

The mod will be awsome :D!!

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FJS Apr 2 2008 replied:

The mod use the mew Orange Box SDK?

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leilei Apr 3 2008 replied:

no it'll use mewtwo orange box sdk

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eightDash Apr 3 2008 replied:


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BadgerDeluxe Apr 2 2008 says:

This looks pretty hawt.

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flameknight7 Apr 3 2008 says:

my god this mod has changed so much.... i love it :D

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Harimau Apr 3 2008 says:

looks great. i'm looking forward to the release.

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SAHChandler Apr 3 2008 says:

You guys have really brought a whole new look to the table.

I can't wait for.

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vfn4i83 Apr 3 2008 says:

Its prety.

Nice work

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Wills Creator
Wills Apr 3 2008 says:

Thanks so much for all the great comments guys, and enormous thanks to Henley and Stenchy for the preview, and the two nights of awesome playtesting they came along to, it was intense fun! It's great to see our work appreciated like this.

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RapidFury90 Apr 3 2008 says:

Can't wait, looks great! :D

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Phoenix85 Apr 3 2008 says:

wow, very well done! great preview and awesome looking mod

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Qu1f Apr 3 2008 says:

Those were some awesome gaming nights. I still remember the time when I lured STenchy into Jail :). The JB team has worked very hard for this so I believe that we can all enjoy the fruit of their hard labours :).

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Henley Author
Henley Apr 3 2008 replied:

eheh yeah it was good times had by all

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stenchy Apr 4 2008 replied:

I've erased such failures from my memories...

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UndeadMobster Apr 3 2008 says:

damn dude i played this one mod called jail break before and it sucked but this one looks like its going to be the **** it looks tight

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Asskicker Apr 3 2008 says:

Hell Jeah, This is going to rock!

Hope to see you all of you as soon as it's released :D

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Forceflow Apr 3 2008 says:

Fantastic trailer !

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2d-chris Apr 3 2008 says:

Nice work ya'll

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Ben_E Apr 3 2008 says:

In the words of the Dalai Lama: "that's hot"

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Tyrell Apr 3 2008 says:

I thought the previous versions were fun, but there were no servers. But now it should be more popular ^^. Looks really nice guys!

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TehDash Apr 3 2008 says:

Holy crap this looks so awesome! Welcome to my watched list.

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matt050 Apr 3 2008 says:

After seeing the trailer, I WANT IT NOW, IT URGE! Looks awesome!

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stenchy Apr 3 2008 replied:

^ mod boner

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Henley Author
Henley Apr 3 2008 replied:

omg nudity

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Terminal58 Apr 3 2008 says:

Hawt, it deserves four letters not three.

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Grievous77 Apr 3 2008 says:

holy crap!

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Amez Apr 3 2008 says:

Now that's what I call "ACTION". Friggin amazing. Now I'm watching this mod.

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DOLBYdigital Apr 4 2008 says:

Nice trailer... Man that really grabbed me by the balls
I will be watching and waiting patiently :)

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Henley Author
Henley Apr 4 2008 replied:

going off our discussions with the jailbreak team it sounds like its not too far off :D

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Wills Creator
Wills Apr 4 2008 says:

The man tells the truth, we're now feature complete, art locked and very nearly ready to rock... just a couple of bugs to iron out and we're done! I'm so chuffed everyone enjoyed the trailer, took me a whole bunch of time to make... I can't wait to see all you guys on the servers!

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Torabi Apr 4 2008 says:

Wow I am amazed! Last time I saw this mod, it was only using default character skins and map textures, pretty much just the standard hl2 files. I tried it, but nobody was playing so I haven't checked on this until know! And wow, it's changed a LOT! Now with all of these custom weapons/maps/textures, everything. Amazing work. And from now on, I'll keep an eye out for this mod!

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