Empires, the award winning Half-Life 2 mod, combines the best of the first person shooter and real-time strategy genres. Fight as either the Northern Faction, remnants of the fallen nation of Jekotia, or as the imperial Brenodi Empire.
User reviews: Very Positive (263 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 28, 2008
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This game requires that you own a Source engine game such as Counter-Strike: Source, Half-Life 2, or Day of Defeat: Source. Click here for a full list of games that meet this requirement. Please note that Portal: First Slice and the bundled Half-Life 2: Deathmatch do not fulfill this requirement.

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Half-Life 2 Mod

 

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Empires, the award winning Half-Life 2 mod, combines the best of the first person shooter and real-time strategy genres. Fight as either the Northern Faction, remnants of the fallen nation of Jekotia, or as the imperial Brenodi Empire.

Empires features:

  • Four infantry classes - Prepare a surprise attack as the scout or take the enemy head-on as the rifleman. Drive back enemy tanks as the grenadier or support your team as the engineer. With four different infantry classes, each with customizable skills, you can create the perfect class to fit your playing style.
  • Squad-Based Teamwork - Players can organize themselves into highly-effective squads, overwhelming their opponents with superior tactics. Squad leaders can not only direct their respective members, but also use special squad powers such as reviving dead squad members or calling down an artillery strike on the enemy.
  • Vehicle Combat - Whether you're ferrying troops around the battlefield with the Armored Personnel Carrier or reigning fire upon your foes with the Artillery tank, Empires features a variety of vehicular combat. Choose from six different vehicle types, including three levels of tanks, and customize your weapons, armor, and engines.
  • Real-Time Strategy Commander - For those more inclined to RTS gameplay, you can play as the commander. Place buildings, build defensive turrets, construct vehicles, and conduct research on your way to leading your team to victory.
With 15 official maps and dozens more community-created ones, no two matches are ever the same. Empires brings FPS/RTS gameplay to a whole new level. Join up today and see what you've been missing.
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26 of 30 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2,801.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 10, 2014
Amazing game with amazing developers. This is the best game on steam.
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
20.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 22, 2014
This standalone full-conversion mod is a Real-time Strategy (RTS) which utilizes the commander feature much like in the Battlefield™ series. The commander sits at the helm constructing buildings as with any RTS while his faction-members carry out squad-based tasks, and perform duties required of their class. Play as one of two factions with slightly differing attributes, but with a wide array of tactical vehicles, defenses, customizeable loadouts for your soldier and your soldiers vehicles. While bracing the harshness of few players as with any Source™ mod, this is a gem of it's genre that is really one of a kind. AND FREE!

I totally recommend!!!
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
21.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 27, 2014
I like it. but make a game of this mod.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2014
Great game but sadly no one plays it so i play by myself or have someone come to my house and play lan servers with me
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2014
I played this alot some years ago, was the most fun I have had with any multiplayer mod out there. Although A good game is only when both sides have capable commanders, with VO and often noone steps up.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
26.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 20, 2014
Pretty fun, all things considered.

Some basic Pros are:
-Teamwork- It's needed, a lot, so it's encouraging people to co-ordinate to complete objectives. Squads are also available.
-Progress in-game- Research trees, vehicle upgrades, and ranking make the game fairly entertaining, and a bit immersive too.
-Fun- We all love it.

One general con, and that's a lack of an active playerbase these days. When it was highly populated, the game was very fun.
Overall, 9/10, reccomended to everyone.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
143.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 3, 2014
Thank god this game is still up.God,I miss the jeep rushes...
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
91.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2014
Very good mod for games that have the HL2 engine, have fun figuring out the commander and not getting snipped or shot at every 10 minutes most of the maps are big and the vehicles are not buggy there is only one map that i would find a new player hating if iam correct its called escort and the Brenodi empire (one of the teams) start with everything unlocked and as the Northern Faction(the other faction) you have to defend and try to win with all the strenght you have not an easy thing to win played that map dozens of times won once :D
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
49.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 19
Excellent RTS/FPS Hybrid. Like a mix of CnC and Battlefield.

Also it is F2P despite what it says, just need to install TF2/Source SDK.

So what are you waiting for? Try it, you'll like it!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
30.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2014
Fun ♥♥♥♥, tune in evenings to find the community
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
859.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
FEDERATION MOD

RATING: 7/10

FOR ENTHUSIASTS OF:

REAL-TIME STRATEGY
FIRST-PERSON SHOOTER
TEAMPLAY
DYNAMIC GAMEPLAY
MODS
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
134.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
10/10
You will hate this game.
Would play again.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
808.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 16
Great mod for Half-Life 2.

One player is the builder inside of the commander vehicle to manage research, drop buildings and eventually defend his position. Some people like Mr. Hobbes enjoy invading enemy territory and wreaking havoc behind enemy lines all by themselves. This sometimes ends up with the game being lost due to a rambo commander.

The others fight to get the refinery spots and hold them until they have the technology and resources to build tanks with better armor and weapons, with the objective of destroying the enemy commander vehicle or all of the enemy spawn points. Some maps have limited lives(tickets) and when they reach 0 no one on the team can spawn. They can be revived by engineers though...
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 22
A great futuristic mod for Half Life 2.

I recommend it to any one that likes RTS fps games with full out wars on different roads and fields.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2014
It makes really fun. But nobody is playing this Game ;-(
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2014
good game except in some matchs its a bit unfair how is it unfair u may ask? what if i told you in many games ive been theres a few when the enemy team didnt go for the objective and focused more on trapping us in our spawn thats right here spawn camping is literate because enemys can go RIGHT in your spawn while u get no protection and not only that its encouraged! in 1 server i was BANNED for complaining since the enemy team kept spawn killing us while they could clearly go for the objective but besides that great game over all basicly the poor mans battle field
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 11, 2014
What a shame, can't even say it's good or bad. Loaded it up and found 1 server with 6/40 playing. What a shame, I wanted to try this and see if it was fun or not. But it's a free mod, and it's multiplayer.

Was looking for another game like Natural Selection 2. Can't seem to find one. I would play NS2 but it keeps crashing : (
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41 of 50 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2013
it's fun for a game that's a mod of "Half-Life 2" but besides it being a mod it's quite fun and i enjoy it and you can custumize your vehicles so enjoy!
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31 of 36 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
155.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2013
Most fantastic HL2 Mod. Undoubatbly.
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66 of 96 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 10, 2013
Its better then battlefield 4.
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