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Top 5 Half Life 2 modifications
By Vladimir Spaztic
Ok, so if you, like me, are interested in modifications for Half Life 2, you're in luck.
Today I will compile the top 5 best Half Life 2 modifications out there.
*NOTE* I have NOT made these mods, I am just writing about them, so I take no credit for the mods.
Without further ado, let's get started.
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The Rules
This is the not so fun part
1. I have to have played this mod to recommend it to you
2. Some of these mods are now games, and you may have a hard time getting the original mod to work
3. No Source mods such as Insurgency, Obsidian Conflict or Black Mesa
4. This list is for Half Life 2, and both it's episodes, not just Half Life 2. You may need the complete pack for all of them
5. However, if you wish to not get the Half Life 2 pack, you may be able to use both Source SDK 2006 and 2007 to get these mods to work
Number 5
The Hidden: Source
This mod puts you into the shoes of either Subject 617, who is a scientific experiment gone wrong, or the IRIS, who are given orders to catch and kill 617. As the IRIS you are given pistols, shotguns, assualt rifles and such, whereas 617 is just invisible with a knife and three pipebombs. This multiplayer mod makes for fast paced action in scenarios that you may not be familiar with. As you may be playing with people you don't know, and 617 can jump out of anywhere, I think it's suffice to say, watch your back.
This is the official website for the mod : http://www.hidden-source.com/
Number 4
Korsakovia
This horror mod places you in the role of Christopher, who suffers from Korsakoffs. You wake up in a seemingly abandonded hospital, while the voice of a mysterious Dr Grayson has conversations with you. As you explore the hospital more, the truth begins to become more distorted, and more horrifying. In the end, you decide what is real, and what is not. Sporting horrifying visuals, a disturbing storyline, and one of the most surreal situations ever seen in a Half Life mod, this is worthy of your attention. Be advised, this mod is not for everyone, and some scenes may disturb some people, so be prepared for it.
The mod on ModDB : http://www.moddb.com/mods/korsakovia
Number 3
Insurgency: Modern Infantry Combat
Another multiplayer experience, Insurgency is a mod where you and your team are fighting in a war ravaged city. The Americans against the Insurgents, this mod gives you the feeling of dread when you're either going into unknown territory, or when there is an impending attack on you. This mod rewards teamplay, and if you try to fight by yourself, you may not survive as long.
The ModDB page : www.moddb.com/mods/insurgency
Number 2
Dear Esther
If there was any doubt about this being on here, I don't see why. This beautiful piece of interactive storytelling pulls you into the world of a dying wonderer, who has crashed on this unknown island, and is slowly dying. While not a mod for those who prefer gameplay over story, it's voice acting, script, surroundings and how it all flow together makes this mod a masterpiece and a benchmark for later story based mods to come. The olny problem here, is that unlike all of the other mods on this list, there is not much in the gameplay aspect of things. It is emersive, but all you do is walk around. If there were an update that let you read the books, and closer inspect the mysterious drawings on the wall, then maybe this mod would top the list.
The official website : http://dear-esther.com/
Number 1
Garry's Mod
Even though it's not my personal favourite mod, it is the best. A sandbox game that has no goals, you can do almost anything. If you wish to play a detective and solve some crimes, you are free to do so. If you wish to build a spaceship, there is nothing stopping you. If you wish to reinact the Ohama Beach scene from Saving Private Ryan, go ahead. There are no limits to this mod, and the community surrounding this mod keeps getting bigger. Apart from Team Fortress Two, there is not a more famous Source game out there. So what are you waiting for? Go and get this mod now!
The official website : http://www.garrysmod.com/
59 Comments
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//-Lumos-// Whiteknight14 Mar 26 @ 11:18am 
Replying to the prievious conversation
Vladimir Spaztic  [author] Mar 26 @ 11:06am 
I don't folllow sorry.
//-Lumos-// Whiteknight14 Mar 26 @ 6:38am 
Or just keep it, cause you know, you can?
Vladimir Spaztic  [author] Dec 18, 2013 @ 10:33am 
Ok, I can understand that.
There are many mods that do have mods, theories, fixes, patches and so on, and I believe that there are subjects that you can tag with guides (Walkthroughs, lore, secrets, modding, etc). I have set mine up as such and I do believe that it has the proper tags with it.
Your comment however is valid and understandable. Perhaps I should change the title of this to "Top 5 Half Life 2 Total Conversion Mods." Then I'll be able to update this and add some new things to it.
Thank you for your feedback.
Vladimir Spaztic  [author] Dec 18, 2013 @ 10:25am 
I am confused as to what you want me to do with this information. Are you saying that I should put all of this in a forum rather than this? Are you saying that there IS a forum which can be used on Steam? (I apologize, I thought you meant an out of Steam forum.) Are you saying that the forum is a place to put *these* things for future reference?
I understand that you do not think this is a guide, but I do not understand what you want me to do about it.
Vladimir Spaztic  [author] Dec 18, 2013 @ 10:20am 
Nope. And even if there was it will be more convinant for some people to put it here.
Vladimir Spaztic  [author] Dec 17, 2013 @ 2:43pm 
No Grabbin, it may not seem like a guide to you. However,
1 - This does say what I think are some the the mods you should get. I am 'guiding' you through some of the garbage mods that are out there.
2 - There isn't any place to make lists like these. There were no reviews, no countdowns, no top # of things, so I out it here.
3 - Other people enjoy reading it. Is you don't like this guide, then don't read it. The title clearly states that there this is the top 5 HL2 mods, so what did you think was in this guide? Equestria or something?
4 - And finally, what do you want me to do about the fact that it isn't strictly about in-game things? It is tagged correctly, most if not all of the information is correct and it's not plagerism.
weegeeman123 Nov 14, 2013 @ 5:54pm 
everything about the mod
Vladimir Spaztic  [author] Nov 13, 2013 @ 8:46pm 
Uhm, ok then.
Is there anythng in particukar you'd like to know about it?
weegeeman123 Nov 13, 2013 @ 1:08pm 
yes tell me about it because i will never play that mod you just mentioned below