Half-Life: Before – is a modification for Half-Life with new levels and story. Mod is based on Spirit of Half-Life 1.8 technology, that increases visual and functional component of the mod.You're playing as a Black Mesa scientist Andrew Winner.
User reviews: Mostly Negative (1,881 reviews) - 36% of the 1,881 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Mar 5, 2009

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“Overall Half-Life: Before is a quality made mod, that will mostly appeal to people who like high challenge…”
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About This Game

Half-Life: Before – is a modification for Half-Life with new levels and story. Mod is based on Spirit of Half-Life 1.8 technology, that increases visual and functional component of the mod.

You're playing as a Black Mesa scientist Andrew Winner. Your mission is to enter another world to find an artifact that will allow Black Mesa scientists to open portal in another world.

Features

  • Intense action
  • Set in Half-Life universe
  • High quality soundtrack
  • Spirit of Half-Life technology to enhance visuals
  • High definition models

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows® 7 (32/64-bit)/Vista/XP
    • Processor: 1 ghz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 128MB Video Card with OpenGL support
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Additional Notes:
Helpful customer reviews
90 of 124 people (73%) found this review helpful
87 people found this review funny
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 26, 2015
This is bad
really bad
like really really bad
and with a mix of bad
with a pinch of bad
and some extra bad
just to give that bad
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43 of 51 people (84%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 19, 2015
I normally don't make any negative criticisms, but I guess there's a first for anything. I like to point out that whoever made this mod made it too hard to play, even with the easy difficulty. I also think that the boss fight in the end is ill-conceived.

Anyway, down to the story, or should I say a lack of. A character dressed in an HEV suit appears from a bolt of lightning on a cargo freighter. Also, the creator of this mod was trying to create an origin tale as to where the Black Mesa Research Facility had gotten their hands on the Xen crystal. Well, it's nice to see that you added G-Man in the beginning and end, but there's still no story. I thought the HEV suit was only worn by scientists. Scientists! This looks more like a mission for black ops! Also, who are the characters? You failed to mention that. And how did the aliens appear before the Black Mesa incident? Wasn't the crystal supposed to be the cause of their whereabouts?

If anyone is going to come up with ideas involving an unofficial prequel for the first Half-Life, it should be with a clear and more explainable plot. There should be more of a narrative and a better improved development of characters. I appreciate the amount of hard work that has been done; but sadly, the effort is not enough.
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65 of 92 people (71%) found this review helpful
28 people found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 27, 2015
Wow I'm amazed this ♥♥♥♥ of a mod was Greenlit!
1/10
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25 of 32 people (78%) found this review helpful
23 people found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 2, 2015
no
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18 of 25 people (72%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2015
This game shows literally nothing innovative, the mod says it uses Spirit of Half-Life modifications, but they used it next to nothing they might as well just not add it.

The story? Non-existent, if it wasn't for the store description I wouldn't even know what I'm supposed to do, and even with the store description it lacks of everything.

Also, this mod makes Gordon Freeman a joke character if you take this mod as canon. Since the final boss is a Nihilant that acts as a Barnacle and is extremely easy to beat.

It took me 40 minutes to beat the game, not because the game is that long no! It's because it crashed the game TWICE and I had to start since the beginning all over again, the mod campaign length only lasts like 15 minutes, 10 if you know what to do.

I seriously don't recommend playing this mod, I only played it because it's on Steam and thought "Welp if it's on the Store it might be high quality mod material right there" and considered the first map (AND ONLY MAP OF THE GAME) just the prologue thinking there's more, oh boy I was wrong.
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