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.
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Mostly Negative (19 reviews) - 26% of the 19 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Mostly Negative (1,963 reviews) - 35% of the 1,963 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…”

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.


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

System Requirements

    • 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:
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0.4 hrs
Posted: September 25
I saw vinny play this and decided to play it myself... why?
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1.6 hrs
Posted: September 23
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0.4 hrs
Posted: September 21
It's ok, really short though.
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Slutty Gay Sexual Retard
0.3 hrs
Posted: September 21
Ten Minutes Of Trash.

The game starts you off with little to no explanation, throwing the player, controlling protagonist Andrew Winner.
You are on a quest to get a rare, untested Zen-native gem, on a transport cargo ship, holding a manner of Zen creatures.
The game makes literally no sense. Why the name 'Ten Minutes Of Trash' i hear you cry.
Because not only did i beat it in under ten minutes, i beat this pathetic attempt at a game that some how made it through steam's quality control system without dying. I can count multiple times where i walked off of the ship, and not being killed, but instead falling into the dark plain beneath the ocean, claimed by the death zone of the abyss. That pathetic rehash of a boss at the end was laughable, I killed it by walking in a circle, only shooting upwards, and what does it greet you with after collecting this anticipated jewel?

A ♥♥♥♥ing black screen followed by credits i could top in microsoft's packaged movie maker.
This game is a waste of megabytes, and a stain on half life's golden history.
Don't even try it. Waste your time doing productive, like masturbating. To be honest, you can put more effort into doing anything than the creator of this mod did the plotline and map.
Yep, a single map.
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0.6 hrs
Posted: September 19
Don't waste your time
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0.6 hrs
Posted: September 18
This game is just, dissapointing. It looks better than most GoldSrc games but, it has only 2 maps. Short maps too, and it has bugs, the second map would 9 times out of 10 not load. I have no clue how to beat the boss. If this was more polished and had more content I would give this a better review.
Edit: why is the boss the final boss from HL1 T-posed with a barnicle in it's mouth?
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0.3 hrs
Posted: September 17
this game ♥♥♥♥ing sucks
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0.3 hrs
Posted: September 14


That mod is rubbish. One of the worst mods I've ever player.

Oh yeah, I have a message for "developers":

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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 12
who made this mod

its horrible

edit: the story:
some random guy gets teleported to a ship finds a scared scientist that scientist lowers a lift that random guy goes on bottom of the ship and fights merasmus's tail while being chasen by a xen pootis and then he dies and in fact the game just closed at the end which made no sense, dont play
edit: maybe it didnt make sense
mr PROTAGONIST finds the holy health pack and fights a barnacle nihilanth (which has only 500 health)
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 15
This is downright terrible. I will give you a detailed list of how crappy this mod is.

1. Barely functioning helicopter gun.


3. Lack of story.

4. Everything is reskinned, no new models.

5. Aliens before Resonance Cascade.

6. Random grunts because grunts!

7. Socially awkward reskinned scientist.

8. Terrible grammar.

9. Controllers getting stuck in the sky when they die.

10. Final boss is literally just a small, T-posed Nihilanth that acts as a barnacle.

11. Game crashes when you finish.

12. The map in the ending cutscene looks better than the ship you played on.

The fact that my first two crappy obstacle courses for GMod were better than this and had better puzzles is just downright sad and the creators should feel terrible for making this. This is the second worst HL1 mod I ever played, the ultimate worst being Sky Mesa.
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357 of 389 people (92%) found this review helpful
141 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 25, 2015
I'm not entirely sure what the aim of creating this game was.

Let me explain;

Nothing is explained. Why do you magically zap on to a boat? Why is the crystal on the boat? Why do you need to retrieve it in the first place from the boat and not on Xen? Why were the Xen creatures already there before the resonance cascade?




All of this is completely unanswered, but this is just the start. [Spoilers]

Once you magically apear upon the boat, seemingly sent by Zeus, you pickup almost all of the weapons available in the game, instantly making it very easy. If that didn't make it easy enough for you, then you're in luck! Right in front of you is a conveniently placed helicopter, complete with a mounted machine gun, meaning all those Xen creatures are dead before you move 10 metres.

Once you finally reach the main cabin, you are greeted by 3 turrets, which are easily avoidable. In fact, there are 100s of better locations for them, which would have proved challenging, however, the creators were obviously not in a creative mood, so decided to place them right in the open, however, they did take the time to ensure even spacing, which was a nice touch.

Next, you are inside, where you'll reach the lift, clamber through the overhead opening, and up the tedious ladder, and eventually reach the control deck, where you're warmly greeted by 3 soldiers, seemingly oblivious to the Xen creatures which have engulfed their ship.

After this, and a few random Xen creatures which magically appear, you find a man. The soldiers also seemed oblivious to him, which is surprising as he was literally next to them. The man is the most socially awkward NPC I've ever encountered, and was a walk suitable for the Ministry of Silly Walks. He opens a security coded box for you, containing a med kit. This was much needed, as the previous 20 were not quite enough. He the proceeds to open the cargo doors, containing a dangerous creature, which is obviously the best idea. On top of this, he automatically knows why you're there. No questions asked.

You then need to BACKTRACK THE WHOLE MAP in order to reach the cargo hold. Of course, it should be a nice brisk walk, after all, you have just defeated all the creatures, right? Wrong. They've respawned, and in seemingly higher numbers. Once you battle your way through the Battle of Somme, you reach the cargo doors. At first, I wasn't sure what to do, as surely if I jump in I'd die? I discovered that jumping in to a gaping dark hole actually heals you, which was a nice surprise.

So, the boss fight. Before anything even begins, you get to endure a lovely cutscene where the boss sucks up the crystals, which once again begs the question, why?

You've spent the whole game (10 minutes) collecting all the weapons in the game, conserving your ammo, well guess what? They're all gone. You can pickup a few off the floor, but ammo is almost non-existent. The boss itself is, well... interesting. It is a down-sized and retextured version of Nihilanth, and completely lacks any form of animation. To me, it resembles a over-stuffed teddy bear, so stiff that it puts viagra to shame.

Once you've finally defeated him, (Cooked grenades seem to work well), that's it. That's literally it. The boss shatters like if I picked up your vase and threw it on the ground. Oh and the crystals? Gone.

The final credits/cutscene shows the crystals in a different location, which I can only assume is suppose to represent Black Mesa. I don't think I can truly express how underwhelming this game is. The idea of Half-Life: Before is brilliant, but this game, is certainly not brilliant.
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498 of 590 people (84%) found this review helpful
550 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 1, 2015
Gather 'round, kids! MadmanEpic is gonna tell ya how to beat this mod!
> Start game
> Pick up gear
> Move forward
> Move some boxes
> Climb said boxes
> Shoot some turrets
> Twiddle your thumbs for a bit
> Climb ladder
> Run past Grunts
> Get crossbow
> Camp in room with shotgun and crossbow
> Return to box area
> Shoot box
> Run to spawn
> Use turret
> Jump in hole
> Control+Alt+Delete
> Task Manager
> Force quit
> Silently weep
> Re-enter game because Steam won't let you post a review unless you've played a game for 5 minutes
> Watch YouTube
> Return
> Exit game
> Write sarcastic review
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616 of 759 people (81%) found this review helpful
22 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 3, 2013
This. This is amazing game, really. Not many games gets us into brainstorming about WHAT THE ♥♥♥♥ ACTUALLY HAPPENED. So, if someone didn't get the plot: You're on your mission to stop Gabe Newell's madness. He greenlights alot of horrible games, You make your way trough brainless zombies AKA steam greenlighters that voted for this and probably most of the mobile games that are on steam at this moment. So, after you get trough that and get on captain's desk, you see that ship is under control of INSANE MOD MAKERS, they're trying to get their mod greenlit and nothing going to stop them. Except you. So, after dealing with that, you think it's finally over. But no, the only sane person on this ship reveals himself. They locked that poor guy because he didn't agree on getting this game greenlit. They possibly bullied him, he got terrified, that's why his grammar is so affected. He tells you that Gaben got completely mad, he greenlit ALL of the horrible games out there. Guy opens a "cavgo doors" for you, you fall inside just to meet Gaben face to face. Then, you see him. He consumes dorrito and gets very powerful. After that, he tries to lick your private places. But BOOM. You did it. Madness has stopped. No more ♥♥♥♥♥♥ greenlight games on steam. You make dorrito that fell from his exploded belly your trophy. And that's the end. But i got it that it was another demension all along, that's why madness haven't stopped in our world. AND THAT'S WHY THIS GAME IS GREENLIT DAMMNIT
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376 of 471 people (80%) found this review helpful
455 people found this review funny
628 of 821 people (76%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 3, 2013
Was that all? I'm throughly disappointed. The creator could have done a lot better than... this.

Two levels that you can blow through in about 10 minutes. Don't tell me that this is actually acceptable. A game gets accepted for Steam, the most popular gaming platform on PC, and this is what we get?

The fact that this is called a challenge is nothing short of laughable. It might be the easiest mod I've ever played.

There are lots of grammatical errors, too. The developer of this mod's first language isn't English, that's for sure. The least he could've done is get someone to spellcheck.

Don't waste your time on this.
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162 of 191 people (85%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 3, 2013
Don't blink, you might miss it.
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533 of 711 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 3, 2013
Extremely short mod, could be just a custom map for half-life and you can easily beat it in less than 10 minutes.
It's fine but I wouldn't recommend.
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193 of 239 people (81%) found this review helpful
247 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 6, 2015
Well, at least it was better than cod ghosts
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