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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.
Release Date: Mar 5, 2009
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This free, community made Mod requires that you own and install Half-Life.

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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 the 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
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
    • Additional Notes:
Helpful customer reviews
56 of 87 people (64%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
What the f*ck just happened?
Posted: April 28
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48 of 73 people (66%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
The true story of Gabe Newell's founding of Valve.
Posted: April 20
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26 of 35 people (74%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
oh i hadn't wrote a review for it yet
it's really bad.
the game is just awful.

For starters, some 12 year old kid made a different mod, who lived in Sweden, and mainly spoke Swedish.
That mod had it's own custom models and textures, maps, enemies, so on so forth.
Own music, own sounds, and over 30 maps (I think, that game was pretty long)
It also had pretty fluent english, I never noticed a single typo.
That kid is grown up, and his name is ruMpel.
Oh and he made another modification which shouldn't be compared to this.
Like how Afraid of Monsters shouldn't be compared to this.

Some grown-up ♥♥♥♥♥♥ bag went in ♥♥♥-effort to make like, two-three maps.
It had horrible grammar (a patch had been released, mission faild).
For god's Sake, he obnoxiously advertised himself in his own game.

Obviously I don't recommend this game.

Go play Gunman Chronicles or something, IDK.
That's also a nice mod.
Posted: August 8
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23 of 35 people (66%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Welp. Here's the deal.

This Mod. Had potential.

This Mod. It had decent scripting. Just enough to make you feel the game for what it is instead of guiding you thorugh the story.

This Mod. It talked of going to the Black mesa complex. Of being a winner. Andrew Winner. of a special artifact.

It had Weapons in it. It had new skins. It did have New Levels,a nd new textures. The ingredients for a possibly good mod- the possibility of good gameplay, and a new story.

This Mod. it was not that.

It took thirty eight minutes to complete.

The battles were not stunning. Rather, they were forced. Rushed. It was artificial difficulty.

I felt like I was playing a sea-based Half Life: Uplink (We all know that terrible movie...)

This mod. There were not true puzzles. Just small "hit this and it falls over" periods.

This mod. It did not have -true- new weapons. Merely reskins.

It had potential.

But it was not great.

If you seek a small run-and-gun, then go ahead... Add this to your list of games. but if you want a true half-life style challenge... this is not it. I can only hope this is just the first part of a larger thing.
Posted: March 23
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Half-Life: Before looked promising when i saw it at the steam store but sadly in the end it didn't meet up with the expectations. The encounters on the deck were easily avoidable by just running through and it didn't challenge me much other then wonder what is going on storywise. Fights became repetitive after a while that was not a good sign either.

The ship map itself was nicely made however and in the 2 playthroughs i went through this game did not encounter any glitches that forced me to reload so when it comes to making maps the people who made this mod deserves some credit. The soundtrack this game had definitly deserves some credit for a job done right aswell, despite of the things this game lacked it created more tension in the athmosphere of the game. Enemy movement however leaves many desires, i encountered enemies who were unable to move properly around the place like they normally would but the final boss takes the grand prize for obvious reasons.

This is not a game mod i would reccomend for serious playing though it is free to download (Half-Life needed) and there is absolutely no harm in trying it out for yourself and share your thoughts about it.

I give my best of luck in the future to the developers of this mod who did their best to create and publish a game mod like this. It might not be an A+ title but we all have to make a beginning somewhere.

All the best!

Posted: August 8
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538 of 671 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
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 ♥♥♥♥ty 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
Posted: December 3, 2013
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