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 (231 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.
Helpful customer reviews
19 of 22 people (86%) found this review helpful
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
Amazing game had alot of fun with friend(s) and love the tank customization! :D
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
2,640.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
Amazing game with amazing developers. This is the best game on steam.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1,034.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 20
Welcome to Empires, I am complete_lamer, you will meet me in-game. Empires is a friendly gaming community in which you must either command or fight. Fighting is the fun part if you ask me. I hope you enjoy your stay here, at Empires mod.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
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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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
21.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
I like it. but make a game of this mod.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
25.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
141.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 3
Thank god this game is still up.God,I miss the jeep rushes...
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
VERY fun mod! Try iy out! It's free!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
379.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
Played the game since beta and played until mod community went into hibernation mode, but apparently it's kicking back up again so that's awesome. So watchout, old vets and new, grenaders coming to rain hell from afar.

Also best memory from gameplay:
-Constructing a VF (vehicle factory in under 3 seconds)
-Loading up a NF jeep with a full squad of grenaders and a rifleman aka "party bus"
-Doing hit 'n runs of unsuspecting victims in party bus
-Doing full map sweap in party bus and causing enemy com to ragequit

Other memories:
-17 mining a BE heavy tank so it lands on top of advancing squad
-Surrounding last enemy barracks with MG turrets
-Surrounding enemy base with walls and rain artillery
-Getting hit, killed, and rag dolled in this order: sniped, 3 mortars, 2 plasma shells, 1 arty shell, and a nuke.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 29
It makes really fun. But nobody is playing this Game ;-(
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
91.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 6
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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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
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41 of 50 people (82%) found this review helpful
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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30 of 35 people (86%) found this review helpful
155.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2013
Most fantastic HL2 Mod. Undoubatbly.
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63 of 92 people (68%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 10, 2013
Its better then battlefield 4.
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20 of 23 people (87%) found this review helpful
65.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 10
Amazing game, Tons of fun. Can last hours with friends, Tank customization is probably one of the best features.
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19 of 24 people (79%) found this review helpful
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2013
Its a great game for those new to fps and those whom are veterans alike, mixing easy-to-use stats with easy-to-blend weapons and traits. also, things that go BOOM make things better too...
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
189.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
You might at first not understand what you're doing or why you're doing it, but you'll have a damn fun time doing it.
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