Titan: XCIX is a first person adventure that takes place aboard the ill fated star ship of the same name. When an accident rips apart a lone ship on a routine mission, the crew find themselves fighting for survival, and each other in a unique Single Player experience, that's been in the making for the past two years. Developed single handedly by Robin "IZaNaGI" Molde (Jailbreak!: Source, Survival Mod II for JK:JA), Players will face many challenges that will test their brains rather than their trigger fingers. Requires Half-Life 2: Episode Two
An overall pleasing mod, while not my kind of thing, it had me wanting for more when it ended, definitely well made.
Some things that did bug me where the train accident thing, when you start the mod, it basically shows you what happened after, lets you walk around a bit, then rewinds back time. I thought it was strange, even more so because later on you get to that bit again and you have to walk the same route iirc, the purpose of that seemed vague to me, I'd personally have liked it to just start at the start, no flashback stuff.
I also found the train accident somewhat unbelievable, in the sense that, you walk into the tunnel, then the train is pretty much right in front of you, there's no escape. And suddenly you are safe. Personally I'd like to stay in control like: there's a train coming? ****, run back! Jump up the platform! And whew "Safe!".
And if not that, it at least shouldn't look like there's no escape possible anymore, it makes it more dramatic, but I found it unbelievable, like an angel swiped in and saved me, which didn't really fit in the sitting in my opinion.
Other than that, a few minor bugs, like the helmet not attaching properly(usually does after a short while, so no biggie) after loading a game.
I expect good things out of the sequel, keep up the good work Iz!
The story is quite good, and the game itself has a very high level of polish that will make you want to keep playing. It's obvious that the creator put a lot of effort into making this mod an original experience. However, that said, the actual gameplay is actually a tad boring, and although it centers mainly around puzzles, it won't challenge your brain much. Hopefully this will change in the next episode.
For some reason, many modders avoid high quality single player content like the plague, preferring the easy way out of making multiplayer interactions create gameplay.
This is NOT one of those mods.
Titan XCIX part one presents a relatively complex puzzle game in which you run various erands for other crewman. However things quickly get out of hand and you'll find yourself running increasingly complex tasks to survive.
This mod is something unusual for the Half Life 2 modding scene as it has nonlinear levels set outside the HL2 universe.
Titan: XCIX part 1 is an excellent mod. As a Sci-fi lover, the story and the atmosphere are simply very well done throughout the game. As you go, little bits of information, such as magazines laying around, data pads or simply the humour of the XCIX AI, give the mod a nice touch.
Something I particularly like is the absence of direct combat during most of the game. Instead, it revolves around a multitude of puzzles and interactions with the ship, which is something you don't see often.
On the other side, the voice acting is a little bit rusty with some characters. It is great, but it could have used a bit more polishing. Also, some of the conversations with some of the other crewmates are a little dull from time to time.
Other than that, the mod is just simply amazing! I'm really looking forward to part2!
- Story is pretty damn good
- Mechanics work as intended
- I didn't find any bugs
- Tons of new textures and models not in hl2
- Doesn't just rush into mindless killing like most mods
- You get a feeling for your surroundings and the situation
- Smooth Animations and Visuals
- The Universe that the game takes place in is thoroughly explored (through notes) and well thought out.
- Vent Easter Egg
- Not rushing is good, but it went a little too slow
- Most of the voice acting was pretty bad (excluding that first engineer you meet and the ai dude)
- Small weapon viewmodels
- Recycled Half-Life 2 facial and body models
- Puzzles weren't very challenging
Overall a solid 8/10
It didn't quite blow my socks of with the gameplay but the universe is pretty believeable and the story is awesome. I also think the way everything was presented was really good. (Clicking O_o to learn things/Animation and Visuals) If you don't like sci-fi games this won't brake you into the genre but if you like the concept you should play it. It took me a little under 2 hours to complete, checking every nook and cranny so its shory but sweet.