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.
User reviews: Very Positive (287 reviews)
Release Date: Apr 28, 2013
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This game requires that you own Half-Life 2: Episode One .

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"A mod but subsequently granted Valve-endorsed standalone status, this was the Half-Life 2 campaign that did a number of things better than HL2 did."
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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
Helpful customer reviews
6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
49.3 hrs on record
This is easily one of the best Half Life 2 mods. It offers a comfortably similar mission style to the original game. The mod may be short in overall game hours, but if you enjoyed the main series you will definitely enjoy this reminiscent detour.

The mod offers exactly what you would espect from a mod side story that is intent on delivering a unique, yet overall quality ensured similar style to the core game.

I would highly reccomend this mod to anyone that enjoyed the Half life 2 singleplayer experience, but is still craving a similar mission style experience in the form of a mod. You will not be dissapointed.
Posted: September 30
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
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 !
Posted: October 1
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
~2 hours of harder combat and little puzzles in a HL2 universe story, finished it in one go and thought "This was nice, I should recommend this", so here it is =)

Some voice for the messages would've made this better though :P
Posted: October 4
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
A Half-Life 2 mod that should be a really game!

This hands down is one of my favourite Half Life 2 mods. While being that same to Half Life 2 with sounds, graphics and all that jazz, it has a very different story to it that uses a bit og Greek mytholegy with. The game has a person telling you things but instead of speaking, they use writting. This is good because you don't have modded voices (and alot of the voice acting with bad mics make a mod seem bad) but you will have to stop to read it.

Since this is free, why not give it a shot? This sucked up more than 2 hours of my life on hard difficulty (because where is the challenge of playing a game on an easy difficulty :P ) and is was worth it. Just make sure you have Half Life 2 installed.

8.1/10
Posted: October 20
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Impressive! You should really give this one a go. It has very intricate, dark-souls-esque level design and quite challenging, well paced encounters in which the still superb AI of HL2 shines as bright as it ever did.
Posted: September 24
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
I dare say this is damn near a masterpiece. On more than one occasion, this phenomenal game is better than Half-Life 2 itself. The level design is some of the smartest I've ever played. Its pacing is also a great mix of suspense and tension, never leaving me bored the way some sections of HL2 did. Minerva's use of the HL universe is also fantastic. It cleverly builds on the existing material and pushes to delve deeper into the Combine's sinister plots.

The game isn't without its problems however. I found myself lost twice, having to look up the solution in a walkthrough. The problem would have easily been caught by a larger QA team, so it's hard to hold that against the creator. I also would really have preferred a voiced narration instead of blocks of text. The story was well written, but reading so much text in between firefights kind of pulled me out of the action. Again, this is easily forgiven for what is essentially a one-man project, but it would have really helped the pacing.

Overall, this was without a doubt the best Half-Life 2 ‘mod’ I’ve ever played. But what’s more, this one-man game was one of the best FPS’s I’ve ever played. While it lacks the polish of most other games, it more than makes up for that in cleverness, style, and execution. A fantastic ride from start to finish.
Posted: September 29
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
This is a well made mod, with great level deign, challenging puzzles and an interesting plot. A lot of thought went into this.
Posted: September 28
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
One of the best mods for Half Life 2
Posted: October 1
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
It's literally more Half-Life 2 with phenomenal level design.
Posted: October 6
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1 of 5 people (20%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
-NOTE- I have not yet seen actual gameplay, read the rest of the review please.

I looked at this game on the steam page and thought this game looked pretty amazing, however, after installing it last night I had to go off to bed, the computer remained on for the next hour or so, then when I got up in the morning to play it, I got the error "Could not load library client.", due to this error and the lack of reliable ways to fix it (I searched on the forums and google for a good hour), I cannot reccomend this game untill it is fixed, and due to the fact that people have been having this error since October last year, I doubt there will be one.

-Have Tried:
Writing "-game metastasis" (without quotes) into "launch options".
Copying "client.dll" from hl2/episodic.
Verifying every hl2 game and every Source SDK.
Restarting steam (multiple times)

May try reinstalling at a later time.
Posted: October 18
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0.3 hrs on record
Played Halflife 2? Get this installed as soon as you finish. It was so good valve hired the creator.
Posted: September 25
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3.8 hrs on record
Absolutely fluffing fantastic. Really atmospheric and quite hard at times. Definitely jumped out of my skin a few times and was pumped when I finished it. A wierder, darker take on the HL2 universe - it's good enough to be considered alongside the official games. Play it. Play it NOW!
Posted: October 4
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0.2 hrs on record
Awesome game :D
Posted: October 5
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6.8 hrs on record
The story and the levels come together as polished gems.
Posted: October 11
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6.1 hrs on record
Sooo good!! suprised me! if you like/love HL series you gonna like/love this ♥♥♥♥! nostagic and extremly well disigned
Posted: October 12
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
7.7 hrs on record
One of the best HL2 mods ive played. Wonderful story, wonderful level design (slightly confusing though), and the creator is Adam Foster, who has currently gone to work at Valve!
Posted: July 15
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
download it - play it - love it !
Posted: July 25
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Possibly one of my favorite Half-Life 2 Mods.
Posted: August 3
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
I highly recommend playing this. Really glad I stumbled across it; great gameplay, area design, pacing, etc. I think I enjoyed this more than either HL2 EP1/EP2, to be honest. It's free, so there's no excuse not to give it a try, especially given the quality.
Posted: May 10
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
Free Half Life. What more could you want?
Posted: April 27
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