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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Very Positive (14 reviews) - 100% of the 14 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (618 reviews) - 94% of the 618 user reviews for this game are positive.
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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The Outta Ten
( 4.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 21
Very nicely done, just like an official episode.
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( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 20
My god, this was annoyingly fun.
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xPaw
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 17
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All By Myselllf
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 15
Great mod for HL2-style action, level design and overall aesthetic. I can see why this earned the dev a position at Valve!
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PRADEEP
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 13
Atmospheric, tight and succinct
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Mandelbrot
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 12
A very good mod for HL2. Has good story and gameplay. Would have bought the mod even if it cost money.
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Kwoky
( 3.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 8
Nice atmosphere (sometimes slow, sometimes frenzy) and level design. I kind of disliked one "puzzle" and waves of enemies in the last part, but overall its very good mod. 3 hours of good gameplay for me. Thanks.
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xae
( 2.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 4
Absoultly gr8, 4/5

The game starts off a bit confusing and boring. However, after the first map I was applauding this mod until the end. I would love to see more hl2 mods from this creator.
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Raptor_Hawk
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 4
One of the best mods I've seen for the Half-Life series.
Some of the pros and cons are from my experience and may not be the same for you.

Pros:
Amazing detailing job.
It feels like something from Valve.
Good little bit of story though not much.
Impressive level design.

Cons:
Short.
A few bugs.
You can get lost to what your supposed to do and where your supposed to go.
Can be quite challenging at some times.
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80 of 82 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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56 of 56 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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50 of 60 people (83%) 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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39 of 43 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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39 of 43 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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37 of 42 people (88%) 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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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 33 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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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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