Pervasive. Literary. Brutal. Experimental.MINERVA, by Adam Foster, takes you to a remote island under the control of Combine forces. Something is going on here. Your goal is to uncover what that is and destroy it. Oh, yes-- and try to survive.This is the newly released 2013 edition of the famous Half Life 2: Episode One mod.
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Release Date: Apr 28, 2013

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"...really rather brilliant."
Rock Paper Shotgun
"Superb."
– Edge Magazine

"I've played through it a half dozen times since its release, always finding some new aspect to appreciate more."
9.6 – ModDB

About This Game

Pervasive. Literary. Brutal. Experimental.

MINERVA, by Adam Foster, takes you to a remote island under the control of Combine forces. Something is going on here. Your goal is to uncover what that is and destroy it. Oh, yes-- and try to survive.

This is the newly released 2013 edition of the famous Half Life 2: Episode One mod.

Special Thanks

Minerva Soundtrack - Available Here

Translations by LocWorks

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows® 7 (32/64-bit)/Vista/XP
    • Processor:1.7 GHz Processor
    • Memory:512 MB RAM
    • Graphics:DirectX® 8.1 level Graphics Card (Requires support for SSE)
    • DirectX®:8.0
    • Hard Drive:500 MB HD space
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    Recommended:
    • OS:Windows® 7 (32/64-bit)/Vista/XP
    • Processor:Pentium 4 processor (3.0GHz, or better)
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:DirectX® 9 level Graphics Card
    • DirectX®:9.0b
    • Hard Drive:500 MB HD space
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
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84 of 86 people (98%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 17, 2013
Free if you have Half Life: Episode One. I completed it in about 4 hours last night on Hard so it's not a very time consuming game either. Was very entertaining, very difficult at times which I believe is a positive. Actionpacked to the max, always a firefight behind every corner. The map was amazing, a bit like The Silent Cartographer from Halo: Combat Evolved. Music in true Half Life-style, pumping beats to get your heart rate up. Puzzles and combat as in Half Life although more combat oriented, set in the same universe.

Spawn system/level design is one of the best I've seen. There's a set number of enemies per "event" (like opening a door, there's a lot of these), meaning you can clear it out entirely and feel somewhat safe. But the "events" put spawns far away at times, making the enemies then run towards the sound of fire but only arrive after most things are dead, surprising you without feeling random and making the experience harder and more lifelike at the same time. Never coming at you alone, always from several angles. At times scaring me to screams, panicing against what seemed like impossible odds in the moment. Fast paced, fluid, brutal. Excellent.

If you have Episode One and like combat more than running around looking at the view then you should play it. That's not to say it's not a beautiful game, it's probably the best looking game in the entire franchise... and it's a mod.
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65 of 65 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
17.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 2, 2013
This game is actually well known in the HL2 modding community as a work of art. The guy who created ths mod also got a job at VALVe becuase of this game!
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58 of 68 people (85%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 9, 2015
I wonder what Adam Foster is now doing at Valve. He was hired because of his impressive mapping skills (and these show for sure), but they're not doing that now.
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42 of 46 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 28, 2013
A good mod, just need to do a bit of tweaking to get it working.


Goto "Library" and RIGHT CLICK "MINERVA: Metastasis" and click "Properties". Click "SET LAUNCH OPTIONS..." type "-game metastasis" without the quotation marks then click "OK". Click "CLOSE" and then now MINERVA: Metastasis should run.
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41 of 45 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 8, 2014
Amazing Half-Life 2 Mod. Definitely worth playing.
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39 of 44 people (89%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
49.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 30, 2014
This is easily one of the best Half Life 2 mods. It offers a comfortably similar mission style to compliment Half Life 2. Minerva may be short in overall game hours, but if you enjoyed Half Life 2 you will definitely enjoy this reminiscent detour.

Minerva offers exactly what you would expect from what is a mod side story that is intent on delivering a unique and enjoyable experience with purposely simlar gameplay to Half Life 2.

I would highly reccomend Minerva to anyone that enjoyed the Half life 2 singleplayer experience, but is still craving more of what made Half Life 2 one of the best atmospheric story driven fps games. You will not be dissapointed.
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30 of 34 people (88%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 1, 2014
Bored of waiting for HL3 ? So am I, but here's a little something to make the wait easier.

MINERVA: Metastasis is a source based mod set in the Half life universe. Its amazing if you're into HL and it's universe, probably a bit less if you're not (you would definitly rather start by playing HL2)
It has similar atmosphere, mechanics (duh), and immersion than HL2 and it's Episodes. Consider it as a plus or a side quest to the main game, kinda the way Opposing force and Blue Shift are to HL1.
It's creator has worked at Valve so no wonder it is a good game !

I really enjoyed the map and plot. No spoiler, but I can tell you that once again you're gonna have to f*ck with some huge combine installations :D
It's hard to tell when the game events occur compared to City 17's events, I think it's just some Resistance action happening before Gordon's come back.

Only downside is that the game had some weird graphic settings the first time played it, it was really bright and well... quite ugly compared to what I was seing online.
If it happens to you (you can compare with the community page screenshots) add "+mat_dxlevel 90 +mat_hdr_level 2 +mat_hdr_enable +mat_fullbright 0" (no quotes) to your game launch options.

The game is free if you already own HL: E1, so get it !
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28 of 31 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 9, 2014
Pretty much the best HL single-player mod. Adam Foster got hired at Valve as a direct result of his work here.
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29 of 34 people (85%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 7, 2015
Holy ♥♥♥♥ that was good. Short, sweet, and to the point. Unlike HL2, where you have to fight to clear an area, in Minerva you simply need to keep running. Forget killing everything, forget the loot. Just run. Survive.

I was on the edge of my seat for the entire ride. What a beautiful project.

Cons: Voice acting would have helped. Reading a message in the middle of combat only serves to take away from both.

9/10
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26 of 30 people (87%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 27, 2015
This game is a fun romp through a Combine-controlled island that you must liberate for the Resistance. It’s a free mod and it’s worth playing, so give it a try. It is weird, though, how it’s always 100% brightness everywhere and navigating the map can be frustrating sometimes, but again: It’s free.
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Kangee Gold
4.5 hrs
Posted: October 1
I'm going to be harsh and base this review on Half-Life 2 standards. It's advertised as a Half-Life 2 game, and it intends to follow Half-Life 2 styles.

Gameplay:
Well the enemies seem over-tough and over-powerful. It takes far too long to kill single enemies and their attacks are too powerful. I understand it intends to make things harder, but it feels more annoying than dificult. I could understand that the player-characters doesn't have the Hazzard Suit, so he's potentially more vulnerable, but that wouldn't make guns less powerful. I'd prefer if the player had less health/suit stats, but weapons damage remains otherwise the same, and more numbers of enemies along with slightly more scarce ammo drops. However once I figured out the patterns of enemy movement and the effects of weapons, combat got easy enough to handle.

Level Design: Rather good overall, though some parts it's less than intuitive to figure out what exactly needs to be done in certain places. Minor issues, but good overall.

Atmosphere: (AKA: Music/sound and artistic design) I loved the atmosphere of every section. The music always fit very well with the background of every map, it sets the scene very well and makes it quite immersive. This was my favourite part of Half-Life 2 and it's matched very closely in Minerva.

Considering it's free, it's very much worth the effort, but even a small fee wouldn't have been unfair to ask.
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KamiKazyKiller
4.7 hrs
Posted: September 27
One of the best mods I have ever played. If you have not played this mod yet, what are you waiting for?
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Grizz
2.9 hrs
Posted: September 15
Great game(mod), very nicely written, beatiful scenery, it brings you back in the Half-Life universe/atmosphere with a few interesting twists.
The game is finishable in one sitting, depending on the difficulty, it's about 3 hours long. It could've been longer with a slightly more interesting finale, you'll know what I'm talking about when you get there, but it felt good playing it nonetheless.

My only regret is that I knew about this mod for a few years and I only gave it a shot this late.
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Miau Frito
5.4 hrs
Posted: September 8
Pretty good, although there are some level design choices that I don't agree with
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obZen
3.0 hrs
Posted: September 7
EXCELLENT Mod. Challenging difficulty compared to most of Half Life 2. Reminded me of the Silent Cartographer level from the original Halo.
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Hansel (Maurice)
4.6 hrs
Posted: September 5
Great vibe, polished style and design. AI is a little one dimensional but also challenging. 8/10.
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Prof. Josef Mengele
1.4 hrs
Posted: September 3
Half life 3
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Ǿiram
0.6 hrs
Posted: August 27
An actionpacked half life 2 mod, only a couple hours worth checking out
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neilandjulie
39.0 hrs
Posted: August 26
Fantastic! I think it is a bit more difficult than HL2.
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npc_barney
6.3 hrs
Posted: August 24
Definitely worth playing.
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