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 (28 reviews) - 35% of the 28 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Mostly Negative (1,942 reviews) - 36% of the 1,942 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Mar 5, 2009

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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:
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Recent:
Mostly Negative (28 reviews)
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Mostly Negative (1,942 reviews)
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(((rob)))
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
fun to cheat in
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L-r | BC
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
Games like this make me wonder why Greenlight even exists.

Set in "another world" of the Half Life universe (which seems to be just an average ship), you play as scientist Andrew Winner, who must go to this new world to find an "artifact," as the title screen says. The story feels like some terrible fanfic, complete with a nonexistent plot and terrible grammar.

The actual control/feel of the game is good, mainly because it's Half Life (aside from a few areas where you can get stuck and must reload a saved game). But don't expect anything new or exciting. The store page of this game says that there are a ton of new features, such as new levels, soundtrack, and "high definition models." After playing through this game twice, I can safely say that the store page is a gigantic lie. While it does have a new soundtrack (which is decent at best), the other new additions are barely noticeable. The "new levels" consist of going to the back of a small ship, talking to a guy with broken English, going back to the front of the ship, and having to fight the final boss from the original Half Life. The "fight" if you can call it that is just you shooting in the air while running in circles for about a minute. By the time you realize it, you'll have beaten the entire game in about 10 minutes. As for the "high definition models," they are no better than Blue-Shift's updated visuals.

Of course some may argue that it's a mod, and that it isn't going to be high quality. But if you do some searching, you'll find some amazing Half Life mods that were made years before this. The fact that this even got greenlit still baffles me to this day. On the bright side, it's free, so you can at least play it just to see how bad it is.
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Luigi2600
( 39.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
It's only good if you use the select game mode to play other and better mods.
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Tohru Adachi
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 20
This is not a good mod by any stretch of the imagination you can play and beat it in like 10-15min it may be better if there was more to it then shooting 2/10
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King Krab Klayton
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 20
It's short, simple and free.

Oh, and it's broken and only slightly fun.
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pantherboss1668
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 19
THE GAME WAS FUN BUT REALLY HARD SO ILL SAY YOU SHOULD PLAY IT !!! SRY CAPS
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Ray
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 18
Just no
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Gordon Ramsay
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 18
This mod gave me cancer....
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Marek
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 17
....
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kaneki yo!
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 16
Honestly I have no idea why it's called Before, this game is the worst Half-Life modifaction I HAVE EVER PLAYED AND IT'S A DISGRACE TO THE HALF-LIFE COMMUNITY I HAVE NO IDEA HOW IT GET ON GREENLIGHT LET ALONE STEAM IT'S SELF!!!!!
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 25
Games like this make me wonder why Greenlight even exists.

Set in "another world" of the Half Life universe (which seems to be just an average ship), you play as scientist Andrew Winner, who must go to this new world to find an "artifact," as the title screen says. The story feels like some terrible fanfic, complete with a nonexistent plot and terrible grammar.

The actual control/feel of the game is good, mainly because it's Half Life (aside from a few areas where you can get stuck and must reload a saved game). But don't expect anything new or exciting. The store page of this game says that there are a ton of new features, such as new levels, soundtrack, and "high definition models." After playing through this game twice, I can safely say that the store page is a gigantic lie. While it does have a new soundtrack (which is decent at best), the other new additions are barely noticeable. The "new levels" consist of going to the back of a small ship, talking to a guy with broken English, going back to the front of the ship, and having to fight the final boss from the original Half Life. The "fight" if you can call it that is just you shooting in the air while running in circles for about a minute. By the time you realize it, you'll have beaten the entire game in about 10 minutes. As for the "high definition models," they are no better than Blue-Shift's updated visuals.

Of course some may argue that it's a mod, and that it isn't going to be high quality. But if you do some searching, you'll find some amazing Half Life mods that were made years before this. The fact that this even got greenlit still baffles me to this day. On the bright side, it's free, so you can at least play it just to see how bad it is.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
this is the worst half life mod ever
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 16
Honestly I have no idea why it's called Before, this game is the worst Half-Life modifaction I HAVE EVER PLAYED AND IT'S A DISGRACE TO THE HALF-LIFE COMMUNITY I HAVE NO IDEA HOW IT GET ON GREENLIGHT LET ALONE STEAM IT'S SELF!!!!!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
346 of 377 people (92%) found this review helpful
139 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?

Why?

WHY?

WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY?

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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477 of 568 people (84%) found this review helpful
522 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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613 of 755 people (81%) found this review helpful
19 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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370 of 462 people (80%) found this review helpful
447 people found this review funny
625 of 817 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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