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I had the pleasure of testing out Transmissions Element 120, a single-player experience set in the Half-Life universe. It’s now out, and available on Linux.

I have to say, I thought it was excellent. I really like the mysterious setting, the performance even at 4K resolution is pretty decent too.

It feels a little bit like the start of Portal 2, as you don’t really know what’s going on, but it’s very intriguing. I didn’t have too much trouble figuring anything out, so it’s not overly challenging, but it was a really nice experience.

The new weapon it introduces is really freaking sweet though, using it to smash down enemies, boost-jump, or break your fall so you don’t die from big heights—really clever weapon.

It’s best played in a dark room, with headphones and the volume up for maximum effect. It’s still enjoyable in the bright of day though.

I must admit, I’m really surprised at the quality of it. Very impressive.

About the game
Transmissions : Element 120 is a short single player experience set in the Half-Life Universe featuring a unique gravity defying weapon that allows you to jump buildings and sustain large falls. The story takes place at a mysterious date & location. Where are you? Why have you been sent?

The new and updated release with Linux support also includes:
- Enhanced dynamic lighting
- Integrated Source Shader Editor 0.5 for enhanced post processing & lighting
- Improved support for complex physics structure
- Support for supermassive physics objects
- Pre-processed AO
- Improved AI and group behavior on multiple AI types

Playing it actually made me want to go and finally finish Half-Life 2, maybe I will now.
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dubigrasu 16 June 2016 at 1:27 pm UTC
It is indeed well done, a bit short mind you, but compared with a bunch of HL modifications I played it stands apart.
Nezchan 16 June 2016 at 1:30 pm UTC
I'll have to give it a miss, sadly. Something about the Half-Life series that really sets off my simulation sickness, even when set at 90 FoV. Which is weird, because almost every other game is fine for me at that setting.
Skully 16 June 2016 at 1:45 pm UTC
KelsI'll have to give it a miss, sadly. Something about the Half-Life series that really sets off my simulation sickness, even when set at 90 FoV. Which is weird, because almost every other game is fine for me at that setting.

Although I can play it I agree that there is something off with the field of view. It seems really high even when set as low as possible.
bubexel 16 June 2016 at 2:02 pm UTC
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Executable missing... its only me? how i can fix it?

Edit: seems i need hl2 installed. Installing it atm


Last edited by bubexel at 16 June 2016 at 2:04 pm UTC
salamanderrake 16 June 2016 at 2:19 pm UTC
If you need to install a second game, its not really a standalone but is a mod.
salamanderrake 16 June 2016 at 2:37 pm UTC
Installing HL2 did not fix the missing executable issues.

Edit: They pushed an update and it downloaded the binary.


Last edited by salamanderrake at 16 June 2016 at 3:14 pm UTC
Nanobang 16 June 2016 at 3:29 pm UTC
My favorite thing, even over its being free, is where the developer says:

QuoteI also had a programmer reach out and offer to help port TE120 to Linux. While that may sound simple it was a mountain of work and I couldn’t have done it without his help.

Who was that masked man? That fearless, peerless programmer?

A fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust and a hearty "Hi Ho Silver!" THE LONE LINUXIAN RIDES AGAIN!

Who ever you are, Lone Linuxian, THANK YOU!!!


Last edited by Nanobang at 16 June 2016 at 3:31 pm UTC
Liam Dawe 16 June 2016 at 3:54 pm UTC
That same lovely porter is the one that allowed me to test it early, but unless they want to be named I will leave it to them to announce themselves.
dubigrasu 16 June 2016 at 4:00 pm UTC
PicoboomMy favorite thing, even over its being free, is where the developer says:

QuoteI also had a programmer reach out and offer to help port TE120 to Linux. While that may sound simple it was a mountain of work and I couldn’t have done it without his help.

Who was that masked man? That fearless, peerless programmer?

A fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust and a hearty "Hi Ho Silver!" THE LONE LINUXIAN RIDES AGAIN!

Who ever you are, Lone Linuxian, THANK YOU!!!
Hint: reddit > /r/Linux_Gaming > Transmissions Element 120 Linux Port
PublicNuisance 16 June 2016 at 4:15 pm UTC
Hard to pass up a game set in the Half-Life Universe that is free. At least worth a try.
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