Dystopia is a cyberpunk game on the Source engine that places the player into tense combat situations in a high-tech world spanned by computer networks. Playing as either Punk mercenaries, or Corporate security forces, the player will fight through the physical world to gain access, via jack-in terminals, to cyberspace.
User reviews: Very Positive (535 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 10, 2005

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“...a super sleek, fast paced , 100% Cyberpunk treat for the whole family.”
Destructoid

“...an ambitious conversion for Half Life 2”
PC Gamer (UK)

“...translating that dirty ‘hi-tech low-life’ [Cyberpunk] chestnut into a balanced multiplayer game”
PC Zone

About This Game

Dystopia is a cyberpunk game on the Source engine that places the player into tense combat situations in a high-tech world spanned by computer networks. Playing as either Punk mercenaries, or Corporate security forces, the player will fight through the physical world to gain access, via jack-in terminals, to cyberspace.

Cyberspace is a three dimensional representation of the world's network. Inside cyberspace players will launch programs to hack into systems linked to the physical world while fighting off enemy hackers and defending critical systems. Gameplay progresses through inter-linked physical and cyberspace objectives, some are completed in either the physical world or cyberspace, others only by a well timed combination of the two.

The player will be immersed in action packed battles, whether the player is a heavily augmented combat mercenary armed to the teeth with the latest in firepower, or a twitch reflex cyberdecker racing to infiltrate a cyberspace node; they'll be immersed in an action packed battle. Only through skillful use of the high tech arsenal we're making available and intelligent team play will players truly jack-in and kick ass.

Puny Human is a collection of dedicated and talented gamers who are creating this action packed multiplayer game. Dystopia draws on the themes and concepts of the cyberpunk genre and implements ideas born out of years of gaming experience. With a competitive focused gameplay system, we hope to produce the next step in online multiplayer gaming.

  • Dual layer gameplay; interlinked realworld and cyberspace
  • A highly detailed futuristic "realworld" environment
  • A 3D "cyberspace" computer network environment
  • Unique player configuration system
  • 12 maps with 3 to 5 unique objectives per map
  • 12 high powered primary weapons
  • 14 selectable implants to customize your loadout
  • Completely free to play!

System Requirements

    Minimum: 1.2 GHz Processor, 256MB RAM, DirectX 7 level graphics card, Windows XP, Mouse, Keyboard, Internet Connection

    Recommended: 2.4 GHz Processor, 512MB RAM, DirectX 9 level graphics card, Windows XP, Mouse, Keyboard, Internet Connection

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31 of 32 people (97%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 11, 2014
Pre-Release Review
When Dystopia came out in 2005 as a mod for the then brand-spankin'-new Half-Life 2, the screen shots looked cool enough that I decided to use a gigantic chunk of my internet's monthly download limit (gg, Aussie internet) to give it a try.

What followed absolutely set my personal bench mark for online FPS games for the next decade.

It may be just a mod, and it may have been released by a small team- but make no mistake. 10 years later, there hasn't been a single multiplayer game released that even comes remotely close to touching Dystopia in terms of how good it is. Halo and CoD with their multi-million dollar budgets? Get that ♥♥♥♥ out of here. It's not even on the same planet, and I say that as a player of both. That this mod died out never having recieved the attention it deserved is one of gaming's biggest unknown tragedies.

The split objective system which sees each team attempting to take objectives in both the real world and the cyber world requires a level of coordination and teamwork that no FPS has even attempted to recreate since. You can dominate on the field as much as you want, blasting the other team to kingdom come as soon as they respawn- but unless you have a guy in cyberspace that knows what he's doing to get those doors open for you, you aren't going anywhere near the objective, sorry. The thrill of successfully sneaking behind enemy lines to find a hacking terminal that you can use to quickly unlock an unwatched backdoor or call an elevator to let in your friends with the big guns is a huge rush.

The class system lets you choose from a standard 3-class list (light, medium, heavy) each with it's own possible loadouts. Maybe you'll be a light cloaked stealth guy with hacking gear. Maybe you'll be a walking behemoth with a rocket launcher on one arm and a pneumatic fist to punch people's heads off on the other. The weapons are balanced nicely and there's no 'perfect' loadout that trumps them all, it's just important to have the right one at the right time.

Dystopia remains to this day the only game I would unflinchingly give a 10/10. Download it. Tell your friends. Bring it back.
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19 of 19 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
58.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 29
Grab yo freinds, Grab yo family, Grab yo extended family and then sit them down in front of this game and have them play it. one of the best source mods i ever played but it needs more players.
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
90.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
A very unique and complex team strategy game.
Your loadout is highly customizable to best suit your play style.
There are entirely different combat mechanics and physics in the digital world as opposed to the physical world.
It is great for a challengeing, but fun, multiplyer experience.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
43.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2014
Have been playing since the early days of this mod. I wish it still had the player based as it did back in 2007.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 12
One of the greatest mods/games ever. The meatspace/cyberspace thing with interwoven objectives is an awesome design concept, and I'm amazed no one has stolen it since. Someone needs to make dystopia 2.0.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
19.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 16
Tired of people spamming Half-Life mods and fan games? want something that has little to do with Half-Life other than the fact that it's running on Source? well, welcome to Dystopia! a game that isn't trying to be yet another Half-Life fan fiction!

Now you may be full of rage thinking: "Peter! it's ♥♥♥♥ing Half-Life! how dare you speak words of heresy against our all mighty internet god Gaben!" guys, I love HL like everyone else, but if you are subscribed to the Source engine group on Steam look at the long ♥♥♥ list of Half-Life: 2 "mods" I'm tired of it. It's like Halo, I'm sorta Halo'ed out ever since H4 and in my personal opinion it sucked.

So now that I am done lighting the internet on fire. What is Dystopia? it is a small free to play class based game set in a cyber punk future. You can join two factions: Punks, VS Corps in other words the classic Red VS Blue But this time it's a bit different. Now you can choose implants that will boost your abilities in combat or hack(deck) computer terminals on the map supporting your fellow soldiers virtually without getting messy in reality. they call it "decking" in this game, and Starwars calls it "slicing" it's all the same thing anyway so who cares?

Hacking: there is a slight difference between Dystopia's hacking and other game's hacking. Hacking in games generally result in being a little mini-game take Dead Space or Mass Effect's hacking for example you instead enter what is called "Cyber-space" while in this instance you fly around tunnels getting from place to place looking for the enemy's security controls. If you have played System Shock: 1 it look's a lot like that minus the ♥♥♥♥♥♥ controls of SS:1. But there are two things you must worry about while in Cyber-space: the enemy team's hacker, or the enemy team all together back in Meat-space. Your body in reality is completely defenseless so make sure you have your team covering you while you hack. You should also watch out for enemy players within Cyber-space defending/attacking the objective.

Implants: you're probably thinking "F2P+implants=P2W business model!" this game is 100% free. And before you ask, yes, implants are surprisingly well balanced something other games can't seem to pull off yet this under played F2P game on Source is able to...Hmm, perhaps it's time to look at your game's balancing system eh? When you first enter the game you will be given a step by step menu, for instance: Choose your faction, now choose your class, select your weapon of choice, now pick out which implants you want. You can select a number of implants depending on how many points you spend this can also be changed at any point within the match.

Classes: there are a total of 3 very simple classes all three can be customized with implants and weapons. Starting with the Light: fast, heavy hitting, can't take ♥♥♥♥. The class makes a good medic if you installed the healing implant or a decker since he can get in and out of situations easily assuming you installed the decking implant along with stealth. As for his weapons the shotgun and the melee weapon is all you need since both of those weapons are incredibly strong it's been debated if the melee weapons within Dystopia are "OP" since they can wipe out all three classes with few problems other than range situations

Medium: the medium armored class is slow (but definitely faster than the heavy) and useful for defensive/offensive situations. In other words he's an adaptable class. Equiped with a selection of weapons such as the Grenade launcher, Assault Rifle, Scout Rifle, and that shocky...Orby thing I can't remember the name of....It's useful when dealing with heavies, that's all you need to know (don't judge me bro!)

Heavy: the heavy class serves as a tank, soaking up damage for the other two classes while dishing out massive blows of destruction at the same time. It's only flaws are lack of speed and no hands "I have no hands, yet I must fap" -DrCat 2015 the heavy cannot deck like the other two classes making him primerally a defense class. He has the option to only choose 3-4 implants (depending on what you installed) and his weapons of mass destruction are: the chaingun, the rocket launcher, the rail gun and the shotgun/grenade launcher claw of robo fapping.

Final verdict: And that's pretty much it! my only gripes with this game is: no player model customization, lack of weapons, (because there just needs to be MORE GUN!!!) and the sad limit of only a couple maps. However it's well balanced, has a nice funny community and it's just generally fun with anybody. You will of course meet some dumbass kids along the way god knows I've been accused of somehow "aimbotting" or switching god mode on even though I die as much as they do... My score for Dystopia is a 7/10. It could have been an 8/10 if there was UGC (User Generated Content) and the servers weren't so lifeless like they are now. But despite that it's free, it's fun, and there are still some players who play this game. It just depends on what time of day and how long you are willing to wait until people notice there is someone on a server.

Another thing I should tell you is; the dev's seem to have quit all development on Dystopia...So it's kinda dead in the water unless someone picks it up or buy's the IP (if it's even available.) If I knew more about Source engine I would love to remake this game, but one can dream am I right?
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
27.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 27
This is the best Tema-based Cyberpunk Game I've played so far. The missions are interesting and the way you use teh cyberspace to help your team or delay the enemys is something i haven't seen in any other games.
And sicne it is free, you should definitely give it it try, even though you will need some practice to understand how to achive the objectives in each mission.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
Dystopia is a pretty good multiplayer Mod for Half Life 2 set in the future.

I did play the mod quite a lot back in the day and I did enjoy it. These days, Dystopia is pretty much abandoned (like most multiplayer HL2 mods).

If you can find some people to play with you will still have a great time and I will recommend it, because of what it used to be.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 25
Dystopia is a objective based FPS game. It has tons to offer for a free game and is one of the best free source games I have played.
Pros
+Unique objectives
+Unique cyberspace mini-game where you can hack the enemy turrents to become yours, unlock doors, and captrue objectives.
+Fast pace
+No pay to win like most fast pace FPS games.
+Pleanty of class options to choose from including your own
+Unique gameplay
+Nice community
Cons
-Not enough players
-Fustrating tuturial with confusing storyline in the tutorial
Delepor notes: make the story to the game more clear.
In conclution, this game is a very epic FPS and unique. You have to download it now. So give it a go and have fun!
Overall rating: 9.5/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 4
I would recommend this game to everyone who likes fps games, the gameplay is very fluid, the graphics are great and it´s very unique for an fps game. But the amount of players is very low so everyone get it!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 28
In Cyberspace, no one can hear you fire cyberpunk weaponry in this TCM to Half-Life 2!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
I started playing this game in 2006, and stopped a few years ago so this review is maybe a bit dated. I've played a lot of games like most of you so I have some reference.

This was the most fun I've ever had in a FPS, let alone game, ever. I can't even think of a game that was more fun than Dystopia beta U4-U5 or comes even close. Before steam started tracking play time, I must of had at least 500 hours in this game. I tried explaining to someone how fun this game was a few days ago but it was just lost on them.

As previous reviewers have stated there were certain elements to the game that made it so fun like sneaking into enemy base and backdoor hacking to turn the turrets on the other team. Or trying to sneak in while invisible to press first objective switch in vaccine. It was just so thrilling. This game required team work to win but was niche enough to have a great community of players who knew what they were doing since this was back in the day before mods were so streamlined though steam. Which ment that it was a 10 v 10 of players who knew each other and knew how to play the game which made for really fun games. The maps were very well designed too (I played vaccine for 6 months as the only map in the mod at the time).

Even the weapons and body mods were unique and fun. The laser rifle required you to hold it down to charge it and release when you wanted to shoot which made it really balanced, Same thing with the other weapons, they were really gratifying. For a mod in 2006 that had invisiblity, thermal vision, healing, leg jumpers, etc made by a random devteam, the whole game seemed very balanced within the first 2 updates, given the amount of upgrade and weapon variations.

I'm probably just rambling on in this review because I really can't pinpoint what made this game so great. There's a hundred games like it but still nothing that comes near it. Maybe it's just nostalgia about a simpler time with games but I hope not because that would mean that I will never have as much fun as I did back in 2007 playing video games. I'm downloading it now.


I don't think so sista
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
44.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 10
This game is incredibly fun and skill based with an enormous skill ceiling and really fun combat, Theres 1 catch though....



The Community is beyond dead. I really wish a popular gaming youtuber would start playing this game, just to try to pump some life back into this amazing game, (Yes i know its way past its lifespan)
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
24.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 17
stop looking at this review and play the game already you pig
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
Deutsch:
Die Steuerung ist für den ♥♥♥♥♥..aber das Spiel sah gut aus!

English:
Controls are such a pity..but game looks good though!
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75 of 78 people (96%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
62.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 4, 2014
Needs players then it'll be one of the better source mods ever.

The problem is...

"Hello? Anyone wanna play?"

...*tumbleweed*...
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93 of 105 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
17.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
Ok, this game is UNIQUE, unlike you or snowflakes. Nothing plays like this game. It's objective based and takes place in 2 dimensions. In the physical world, you get all sorts of very cool futuristic weaponry and abilities like radars, sonars, invisibility, medical implants, heat-vision, etc. You can throw spidernades, direct rockets in your enemie's face, rocketfist their ♥♥♥, mow them down, desintegrate, electrify, bomb, chop them down as a bunnyhoppin cyberninja, whatever! And you can hack into the virtual world where you rocket jump, run like sonic and get into wall-running MLG-pro psychedelic laserfights.

Everything is fine-tuned, there is voice commands, the weapons are a pleasure to use and the way the mod plays is simply beautiful. Also, the music is pretty boss. It makes all the cyberman-shooting look cool.
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70 of 76 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 9, 2014
It may come as a surprise to see that I have, I believe, no hours in Dystopia. Yet, I'm writing a review for it. This is because I played the old version of Dystopia, before it had a store page. Dystopia is an incredibly important game to me, in that it is the game that got me to play PC games. Before Dystopia, I didn't know that PC was really a gaming platform. I remember being at my Mom's boyfriend's house, and hanging out with his child (who was almost twice my age) and watching him play it. I was blown away by the futuristic look of everything, and all the little secrets he knew about in the community-made levels. Not to mention, watching him hack whilst in cyberspace just seemed incredible to the eight or nine year old me. So, I wanted to play it. So I got Steam. But I couldn't play it, because it wasn't a stand-alone game. It was a mod. So I needed Half-Life 2. But I couldn't run Half-Life 2, and by proxy Dystopia, because my PC was trash at the time. Finally, I obtained a PC that I could play Dystopia on, and... it was dead. Hardly anyone played it. The game had died by the time I was finally able to get around to playing it. So there I was, 11 or so years old, unable to properly play the game I had up until then so longed to play and I thought to myself, "Well... I guess I could try out this Half-Life 2 game. Maybe it will be alright. The guy on the cover looks like a nerd though..."
So that's why Dystopia is important to me. Not only did it get me to start playing PC games in general, but it got me to start playing PC games on what is perhaps the greatest game of all time. So, even if it's still dead, I have to thank it for that. And maybe, just maybe, some day it will be revived and I'll be able to -really- play the game.
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70 of 81 people (86%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 24, 2014
I would recommend this game 1000 times if I could. Everybody, get this game, the playerbase is too little.
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61 of 69 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1,163.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 7, 2014
Dystopia is like sex, you don't get to have it all the time but when you do it's great ;)
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