Basic Details
  • Title: Timeline
  • File Name: hl1-sp-timeline-1.7z
  • Original File Name: timeline-1.exe
  • Size : 6.38Mb
  • Author: Ross Smith
  • Date Released: 23 October 2000
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8 recommendations, average score: 4.5 (out of 5), standard deviation: 1
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Average: 6 Hours, 20 Mins
Shortest: 2 Hours, 40 Mins by fleetlord
Longest: 10 Hours by Martina
Total Time Played: 12 Hours, 40 Mins
Published

1st January 1998

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  1. Ross Smith's Timeline trilogy are probably my favorite Half-Life SP mods. The only mod I enjoyed more was Neil Manke's They Hunger series.

    The level design in this isn't the most advanced (comparing it to something like Poke 646 or Nightwatch), but in its day it was pretty decent and the visuals are quite nice and it was a blast to play. Time travel has always interested me and as such I most enjoyed the section where you get to travel back in time to other time periods.

    Phillip: The information listed here and in the profiles for Timeline II and III is not accurate. Would you like me to re-send the email I sent you a while back with the information?

  2. timeline is you have to stop hitler from destroying the world because well I do not know 100% but I think he took the teliport tecnoligy so he chould take over the world you 1 man stand must stop this from happening

  3. Anyone know how to get past the civil war level in timeline 1.

  4. LoneWolf65

    15th October 2006

    Concerning the HL1 Timeline trilogy,can I play them on Steam?

    Thanks in advance!

  5. Don't know about Steam with Timeline…

    It's a pretty solid mod. The level design is fairly basic, but the idea is interesting… though granted I understood most of the narrative only from reading the walkthrough. There's very little information in the actual mod. The mod, too, is undermined by a lot of small mistakes–it's not clear where an essential button or switch is located, a ladder is grey against a grey background, resulting in a lot of pointless back and forth… All in all, though, a good job, and thanks go out to its creator.

  6. poisonheadcrab

    4th November 2007

    Play It Now!

    Great mod

  7. Mel 914 comments

    5th April 2008

    Play It Later

    very good-quality mod-well balanced-mostly grunts-quake like in style.

  8. Robspace 1

    26th October 2008

    Play It Now!

    Fantastic!!! Finally- a mod with a great story of time travel and it all works together. It actually follows a storyline and it all makes sense and it's done just great. I've never been a big fan of HL1 mods, preferring 2, but even though they may not be as flashy with 3-d and all, the stories are much better I think. This one was done really well with lots of good action.It's really a nice break from the antlions in all the hl2 mods. People seem to really go overboard with the zombies and antlions in most mods but in this one they are only a few here and there. Your mainly fighting soldiers which is much better I think. They shoot back.

    This was 6 mb only but seemed much bigger. It was fun going through time and fighting the bad guys in places like ancient Egypt and Rome. Really a nice touch. The author has a good mind as far as his original thinking goes. There is alot of new scenes in this I've never seen in other mods. The only problem I had was locating a ladder in part 4-Powerslave-If it was there, as the walkthrough said it was, I could not find it and I looked a long time before giving up and noclipping into the next tunnel.Maybe the author or someone else could tell me where if at all, they found it. I'd be really happy to know, as it drove me nuts looking for it. I wanted to make it through this without cheating but had to for that chapter. Other then that you can make it through this on normal mode fairly easy. The enemy is well balanced and killlable. lol-if that's a word. I say play this one-you'll like it-I'm looking forward to parts 2 and 3 now-

  9. just to let you guys know, Half Life Timeline (1, 2 & 3) works on steam Half Life as well.

    Just telling so that some of the overthinkers won't waste time searching the web or waste money downloading Half Life without STEAM.

  10. ustedes tienen tineline para half-life

  11. Think Twice

    I am more than a little annoyed with this mod. It started out okay, and then got pretty interesting as the whole time travel thing came to a head. 99% of this mod was actually very enjoyable.

    Except.

    for the LAST SCENE. The last 5SECONDS of the LAST CHAPTER was BROKEN for me. So as to avoid spoilers; that last thing that you need to destroy? It got STUCK. I could see it, I was pretty certain I could destroy it, but it WOULDN't because it was STUCK in the hanger bay. I finally looked at the walkthrough in frustration and realized that I was trying to do exactly what I was supposed to, but it wasn't working. I had to noclip, move across the entire map, and destroy it close range in order to finish the game.

    Sorry, but no. Sorry, but no. I've played nearly 50 mods/maps and I've NEVER actually NEEDED to noclip in order to beat a game until this one. The worst part is it came out in 2000, it's nearly 10 years old, so it's not like this is ever going to get patched.

    Seriously, it just pisses me off so much. The gameplay wasn't anything amazing, but the concept was well executed, so up until that broken ending, I was actually enjoying myself.

    • In the author's defense it amy be that updates to the engine have caused this error. That's one of the problems of Steam and automatic engine updates. I remember encountering a simialr problem. I contacted the author and he said that changes in the way the engine did something made the mod crash. By using a standalone version of the game and the right version I was able to play, finish and enjoy the mod.

      Whilst I am not usggesting you change your recommendation and you may not even be using Steam, it seems a shame that problems in the last 5 seconds the mod only gets a Think Twice recommendation, especially as some people only look at the images and don't read the comments/reviews.

    • At first I encountered this problem, but instead of the Rocket launcher try using the Crossbow to hit said target. It worked for me and, BAM, ending. :)

      • Personal Favourite

        Thank you, confused. I'm replaying this mod for the first time in several years and was disappointed by how it broke at the end. I came back here hopeful someone else had discovered a solution and was not disappointed. Thanks again :)

    • BS rating!!! The mod glitching at the end due to engine or steam updates isn't a reason to give it crap rating. This MOD is AWESOME and so are the other two. Obviously for someone who played many mods, you didn't try (from what you wrote) to get the correct version or troubleshoot, etc. Bypass this horrible rating due to laziness of player to get correct version; it's a mod and not a retail game so things can go wrong especially given what half life has gone thru since it came out.

  12. Play It Now!

    Great mod, play it now. :D I ran into one problem where I started outside of the map, but noclip fixed that. :)

  13. Ten Four Reviews

    5th August 2012

    "Single

    As an aspiring mapper myself, it is always encouraging when a first-time Half-Life author releases something as enjoyable as this map that I happened to stumble across. Timeline, by Ross Smith, is an interesting and challenging episode that really shines.

    The premise of Timeline is clever: you resume your role as Gordon Freeman, working for the G-Man. It has been learned that a rebel military faction (what else?!) has seized the dimensional gateway technology for "unconventional applications." Specifically, time travel. Your job is to follow them through time and put an end to their evil plot to take over the world.

    I really like the author's new take on the tried-and-true teleportation theme. Not to spoil too much, but you get to visit times such as Ancient Rome and the Confederate South. But most of the action takes place as you try to foil the allies that the military faction has found in the past — the Nazis. They end up creating an alternate present by apparently winning WWII, so you must interfere by shutting down the time machine and making sure things are set right again. This is one of those time travel situations that you shouldn't think too much about, or you will end up with a boggled brain (just like if you try to figure out the details of The Terminator). But it is certainly well-conceived and really works well as a plot.

    There are plenty of things I liked about Timeline. Not only does the story keep things moving (along with a couple brief cutscenes), but much of the episode is non-linear. There are many alternate routes, and in some cases you can even choose the order in which to approach things. There are also a number of puzzles involved in progressing. Most of these consist of pushing buttons to power things up or finding a keycard, but there are a couple of scenarios that really require you to think.

    Timeline is not an easy map to complete — and that's just the way I like it.

    Continue reading the review on Ten Four…

    Notes
    This review is republished here by permission and was originally published Saturday, 11th November, 2000 by Unquenque.

  14. Personal Favourite

    So in addition to sci fi setting you add time travel & Nazis; WOW what's not to like! Don't even bother to read my or anyone elses review, just play it NOW! you won't regret it.

  15. Personal Favourite

    It was a great mod, a lot of ground to cover, witch makes it very much like a real game of HL. There was a story there somewhere, but instead of pieces of film, it’s told in text. I have to admitt I haven’t got a clue as to what the story was about. But it no mattered to me, cause I like the roaming in buildings.

    The new Half Lives, 2 and the extra chapters are nice, but only in the old maps I get a feeling like I’m actually there, and have to acclamatise when I stop playing.

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