Prospekt begins in the Nova Prospekt prison in the Half-Life universe. Gordon Freeman is slowly being overrun by soldiers in the prison, however unknown to him, his Vortigaunt allies manage to find some help from a forgotten hero.
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Release Date: Feb 18, 2016

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After improving the game and having many play testers play Prospekt. Today i'm releasing a huge update for the Summer Sale! This includes:

  • Extended gameplay with whole new levels.
  • Greatly refined gameplay for a much more enjoyable experience.
  • Greatly improved graphics including some Ultra high definition textures.
  • Real time dynamic lighting.
  • Real time dynamic environments.
  • New special effects
  • Much more brand new content.
  • Better game flow with better balance.
  • And much more!

Thank you to everyone who has tested this version of the game behind the scenes and leaving feedback on what you have wanted me to improve. Much more to come soon!


  • Substantial, highly-polished and totally new addition to the Half-Life 2 universe, comparable to Half-Life 2: Episode One in length
  • Developed by one person, 25 year old Richard Seabrook
  • Official Valve approval for Half-Life 2 license and assets
  • Standalone PC game built using the Source engine - no requirement for Half-Life 2
  • Continues the story of Opposing Force, Gearbox Software’s (Borderlands) update that tells the original Half-Life 2 story from the perspective of the Marines.
  • Gordon Freeman is cornered and being overrun by soldiers in the Nova Prospekt prison; the player controls US Marine Adrian Shephard - the unsung hero - as he’s teleported in by Freeman’s Vortigaunt allies to help fight back.
  • 13 new levels featuring fully-scripted puzzles and action sequences, all carefully integrated into the Half-Life 2 story
  • Substantial graphical updates over the original game, including but not limited to:
  • New Textures
  • New Models
  • Updated high resolution Combine soldier skins with improved normal mapping
  • Updated high resolution textures
  • Updated lighting
  • Higher resolution models
  • Increased cube mapping
  • Over 20 new particle effects
  • Modded HUD
  • Modded VGUI
  • New player model skin
  • Return to Xen
  • New voice acting
  • New music
  • New AI improvements, such as soldiers attempting to undo the player’s actions

Thank you everyone for your immense support! I can’t wait to hear what you think of the finished game and work the feedback into my next project.

This game contains STRONG language that may not be suitable for minors and younger audiences. Player discretion is advised.


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System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP or higher
    • Processor: 3.0 GHz Pentium 4, Dual Core 2.0 (or higher) or Athlon 64 X2 (or higher)
    • Memory: 1 GB XP / 2 GB Vista & 7 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Video card must be 128 MB or more and should be a DirectX 9-compatible with support for Pixel Shader 2.0b (ATI Radeon X800 or higher / NVIDIA GeForce 7600 or higher / Intel HD Graphics 2000 or higher)
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 12 GB available space
    • Sound Card: N/A
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP or higher
    • Processor: Intel i5 or higher
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 3 GB Graphics Ram
    • Storage: 12 GB available space
    • Sound Card: N/A
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Lt.Flopp
3.3 hrs
Posted: September 21
Overpriced and boring, very repetitive. Don't buy this game unless it's on sale for a dollar or two...
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ColMustard
2.2 hrs
Posted: September 12
Feeds the fix for action and puzzles. Not worth ten dollars but well worth your money and time
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limespred
24.5 hrs
Posted: September 12
What a great and terrific game and having played all of their games
over the years it really is like coming home again after being away
for such a long,long time.
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blind_sally
3.0 hrs
Posted: August 27
Much better than people say it is. Still priced too high.
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Spongy
1.5 hrs
Posted: August 25
Elevator Simulator 2016
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[BONG] Khajiit
2.7 hrs
Posted: August 21
Do not buy this game, it is only about 2 hours long and its gameplay is very very repetitive. I t will get boring about 5 min into this game.
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Parkinson Pal
4.1 hrs
Posted: August 17
When Prospekt was first released, it was God awful. Combine took hours to kill, cover was nonexistent, ammo was scarce, gameplay was linear, and that barely scratches the surface. However, many improvements have been made since then, and Richard seems to truly care now that we get a proper Opposing Force sequel. While it's nowhere near perfect, or even really "good", this game is clearly going somewhere and I think it's important that people support Rich so that, eventually, we'll get something great.
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rogermorse
0.6 hrs
Posted: August 15
Overpriced and boring. I had to quit the game because the design was very poor and the plot was absent, it bored me so much I had to quit. I will get back to the game when I have nearly nothing else to play (or when I can play only on holiday on the laptop, given that source games are very light to run). But considering that many source games, add ons and mods were FREE, this uninspired and uninvolving little game doesn't really deserve 10 euros tag price. Buy it very very cheap.

I'm sorry to post a review without having played the whole game (I don't do that almost at all), but I thought I had to warn other people. The game lasts one hour without deaths, so I guess I was already at about half of it....
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
18.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 20
A promising unofficial Half Life 2 spin off, that ultimately failed to live up to the expectations of its inspiration.

As a massive Half Life 2 fan, I was very let down by Prospekt. The idea was solid, but the execution was sloppy. I think what I disliked most about the game was the fact that despite paying money for it, it ended up being worse than many free Half Life 2 mods out there.

The level design is poor, there are very few new assets, and story-wise it fails to meet even mod standards. Some of the voice acting is well done, and the recycled voice work from Half Life: Opposing Force was surprisingly nice to hear. But everything else about this game disappointed me. Even my love for all things Half Life couldn’t get me to properly finish it.
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661 of 793 people (83%) found this review helpful
71 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 18
I changed some lines of the review because they were too emotional

No. This "game" is never worth 10€. Even if it was free, there are still a lot of other FREE Half-Life 2 maps and mods which are way better than this.

This mod is so terrible in EVERY way. The only things which are fun in this mod are not made by the developer of this mod, but by Valve, because the only things that are fun about this mod are the weapons, enemies and sound design, all of which are made by Valve. There are almost zero custom assets.
The level design is extremely bad most of the time. The encounters are either in open areas with no cover at all fighting at really long range, Or in tiny corridors where 100 combine soldiers rush you. 95% of the fights are against combine soldiers, there no variety at all, no pacing, its alway the same dull way you fight the enemies. There is no progression too. At first you have no weapons and you have to just go along the path. After you get the crowbar you also get some suit out of nowhere for some reason, and then the game immdiately gives you almost all of the weapons and starts to throw 100 enemies at you. The fights at the start of the game are exactly the same as at the end, the way the fights are designed, their difficulty level and everything about them. There are no highpoints, its always the same monotone.

Some things about this mod really boggle my mind. There are some really basic mapping mistakes, for example when you open double doors, only one of the doors will open. Stairs dont have invisible ramps on them. Stuff like that every mapper knows. The lighting is extremely bad sometimes, some areas are extremely dark, others are way too bright and full of lights.

Most of the areas in this mod dont make any sense, they feel like completely random combine facilties. And most of the time you will be in the same looking combine facilties. How much of Half-Life 2 was combine facilties? Just the last half hour of the game maybe. And the level design is so cheap too. There is no world, you are most of the time indoors and at the end of every area there is a portal which brings you somewhere else, there is ALWAYS a portal, which just shows how lazy the level design is, there are no believable connections to other places, which is even more ridiculous because you are always in combine facilties anyway! Also the areas dont seem to serve any purpose, there are always some random energy things and other machines. Also why are there so many ♥♥♥♥ing soldiers anyway? Do they expect a war or what? Why would the combine place so many troops in places like that where they wouldnt expect any person ever.

What pisses me off the most is how the mod throws some really cheap wannabe fan service at you. For example why the ♥♥♥♥ do we even play as Shephard? There is no ♥♥♥♥ing reason for it. Your name could be Han Solo and it would be the exact same game. The developer just made you shephard so you can think "ooh we are shephard how cool is that!". Why would the vortigaunts or gman or whatever choose shephard anyway and why help Gordon, he doesnt need help, you dont affect Half-Life 2's storyline at all, so it doesnt make sense. Also if the developer really wanted me to be shephard, he could at least put some effort into it and give me a wrench instead of a crowbar, but that would mean that he has to do custom content so of course not.

For a short time in the mod you visit Xen, also, doesnt make ANY sense, and Xen looks ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ TERRIBLE!!! It looks even worse than in Half-Life 1, it doesnt even look like Xen, just some ugly rocks, and again, why are there combine soldiers? What are they doing there?

You know, I could go on and on why this mod pisses me off so much, but it pisses me off SO MUCH, that I wil just stop.
The icing on the cake is that it costs 10€. Do you know how many awesome indie games there are for 10€??? This game is even hard to recommend if it was free. There are so many free Half-Life 2 maps and mods which are WAAAAAY better.

Oh btw, the writing, voice acting and story are ♥♥♥♥ing terrible and completely pointless.

Dont buy this.
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177 of 205 people (86%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 19
I just want to get this out of the way: For a mod created by one person, this is amazing. However, the fact that this mod was made alone shows A LOT.

Let's start with the plot: You take control of Adrian Shepard, the same person tasked to hunt down Gordon Freeman during Half-Life: Opposing Force. After being saved from the G-Man by the Vortiguants, (much like they did for Gordon in Half-Life 2: Episode 1), they give you the rundown on what you've missed since being put into stasis. After giving you your mission, you're dropped into Nova Prospekt. For the record, this game takes place during Half-Life 2, when Gordon is trying to rescue Eli Vance. However, the only problem is that you don't make much of an impact. The only reference you get to Gordon's presence is the destroyed teleporter him and Alyx used to get to Kleiner's Lab. After that, the mod goes nowhere. So the plot isn't that great.

Now the voice acting and gameplay: The voice acting is great. It shines in 4 ways:

1. The Vortiguants when they free you from G-Man at the beggining of the game.

2. The US Marines in Shepard's squad that you have memories of throughout the game. (Think of them as the Cortana cutscenes you see throughout the Halo 3 missions.)

3. The Combine throughout the game.

4. Your Powered Combat Vest. (Yes, it has it's own unique voice)

So in terms of voice acting, in my opinion, is on par with that of an actual VALVe game.

The gameplay is great too, but there are a few gripes. Specifically, the Combine. When the developer says "New AI improvements" he was NOT kidding. They just eat your bullets, even on Easy. And I think Richard Seabrook, the creator of this mod, intended that because you're given extra ammo reserves (Ex. In Half-Life 2, the Pulse Rifle ammo caps at 90 bullets, or 3 clips, with on clip holding 30 bullets. In Prospekt, it caps at 150 bullets, or 5 clips) So he most likely knew this.

This game also has same length as Half-Life 2: Episode 1, so it's a decently large mod.

Now, for the Locations: You visit 3 locations, not counting the areas you're teleported to for a short period of time:

1. Nova Prospekt

2. An Orbital Facility

3: Xen

While the first 2 are done well, the return to Xen was an extreme letdown. You're only there for only 5-6 minutes. You spend more time at Nova Prospekt and the Orbital Facility.

Finally, the Music. Holy Crap, the music in this is amazing. Every track in this mod fits with it's location. I'd buy this off of iTunes if it was avaible.

Overall, this mod is a mixed bag, and isn't really worth the $9.99. Unless you're really thirsty for a new Half-Life game, I'd wait for this to go on sale. Richard, you did a great job and I did have fun playing it; but for your next project, try and get a few more people to help you.
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272 of 335 people (81%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 18
I had more fun with free mod called Half-Life 2: Riot Act than this. FREE MOD have better immersion than this one overpaid. Its not bad but not worth the price - wait till sale.

Why bad?
1) regular boring combine shooter (some antlions at start)
2) well done but still boring locations
3) teleports, teleports everywhere
4) Xen? Whats the point to go there?
5) Broken subtitles
6) no achievements, empty menu option
7) too short for such price

EDIT:
I would like to lighten some of the issues about my quick review (It took me two minutes to write).
I was overwhelmed by s***post comments, which I removed for good of authors who when they grow up they wont be ashamed of what they wrote. Now to the point:

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The game is one hundred percent shooter and offers nothing more than a continuous shooting at combine soldiers. Sometimes hordes of enemies on higher difficulty levels are quite a challenge.

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Maps are done well but... Boring! Incredibly boring and overexposed while initial levels are in turn very dark. Prison looks like HL2 prision nothing to add here but rest of game is like never ending nightmare with ugly textures from the last chapter of HL2 and narrow corridors. There are no oryginal puzzles. At one stage, we have to overcome the obstacle course made of lasers. On the others simply press the button to open the door. All about puzzles.

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Stages in the game are divided by portals. As the main character without much purpose you runs in random portals. No one explains you in any way why you do it and what you have to do on other side to help Freeman. Yup you are helping Freeman. Dunno how.

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Xen is ugly and I do not understand why there is a squad of fully geared soldiers. They should die of boredom in there. One of s***posters wrote me something like "Its a continuation of OpFor and that why main character goes to XEN" and something about that i never played OpFor. Ok now its all clear.

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Subtitles and main character. Subtitles are different from what we hear, especially and only when we hear schizophrenic flashbacks which are intended to inform us of who we play. I dont get it. I still pretend to play He-man dressed in a green hev suit. it really does not matter who you play because you absolutely wont feel like Adrian Shephard.

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If there is no achievements why keep this option in the menu? I got the idea for achievement: Beat game in less than two hours and for up to two weeks after purchase. After that go refund.

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For just only music, randomly combined levels and some particles the price of 10 euro is overrated. As i wrote before many free mods are much much better. Starting from Black Mesa (free mod), Riot Act, The Citizen, Human Error and many more. Even similar mod The Awakening looks better with its plot. The argument that the game was made by one person in no way explains the very high price. Even if the game would be done by a disabled child and the amount of the sale will support the orphanage its still does not make the game good.

P.S.
Yes i refunded and I am happy that I did it
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256 of 326 people (79%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: February 18
Posted on behalf of ValveTime.net

Prospekt is a generally buggy and poorly designed 3 hour experience with terrible balancing, little variety, a confusing, and mostly-absent, plot, and very little of what makes HL2 great. We wish Rich all the best with his next game, but Prospekt is not worth the price tag unless you're literally dying for HL.
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97 of 113 people (86%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 20
Prospekt is a standalone game based in the Half-Life universe running on the Source engine with assets granted by Valve and created by one man: Richard Seabrook. I was very excited to try the game out, it is roughly 3 hours in length and the player controls Adrian Shephard, the protagonist of the Half-Life: Opposing Force expansion originally created by Gearbox Software.

Is Prospekt worth its asking price of 10 USD? My answer is no.

Prospekt suffers from a few fatal flaws: First the familiar Combine soldiers have increased health and feel like bullet sponges now. A double shotgun blast doesn’t always kill them and battles can be very frustrating, further exacerbated by the next flaw, the level design: there are too many places with no cover. Most areas are either narrow hallways that make for great chokepoints for enemies to swarm you, or they are too open and have little to no cover. There is one battle in particular: in the area where it's revealed that you’re on a space station orbiting Earth where you get attacked by lots of soldiers at once and the only cover is one small spot at the foot of two staircases where you can easily get trapped and die as I did several times before I eventually got through after much frustration. If the crossbow was included this might not have been so bad. There was no good long range weapon besides the magnum and in the areas where the levels were long and narrow the omission of the crossbow was keenly felt. Xen didn’t need to be included either, the 5 minute jaunt through Xen felt shoehorned and pointless. The story is also confusing, we’re told that Shephard is being teleported to Nova Prospekt to aid Gordon Freeman in his attack on the prison during Half-Life 2, but after that this plotline is dropped completely and what’s left are just flashbacks to Shephards time in HECU leading up to the fateful day of the Black Mesa Incident. The ending left me quite confused as to what I’d just accomplished.

So what was good then? The music was good, the voice acting was competent, and the added particle effects were a nice touch. In my opinion the “City 17 citadel interior“ is one of the Half-Life universe’s blandest settings so I didn’t love the look of the interior levels with that aesthetic, but I will admit they were well designed visually and looked as good as the citadel interior in Half-Life 2.

My final score of this game is 5/10. It’s very average. I will say that since this is a paid game and not just a free mod, me and others are going to naturally judge this more harshly than we would a free mod so don’t get discouraged Rich. I hope my review was helpful and I wish you the best of luck on your next game.
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120 of 155 people (77%) found this review helpful
35 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 18
Honestly, absolutely soul-crushingly disapointing when I picked up a crowbar instead of a stillsons pipe wrench.
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94 of 118 people (80%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 18
This is in all honesty nothing but a monetized mod for HL2.f

It lacks in depth. The game, which I speeded through admittedly, took me 82 minutes. An hour and 22 minutes. One of the things I can appreciate in this game is the skins of the Combine soldiers, the level design in the later levels (Specifically past Xen) and the voice acting in the flashbacks.

The Vortigaunts sound like a half-hearted job at replicating Akama from WoW, and sound horribly wheezy. The Combine Soldiers have a strange filter that is nowhere close to the one in HL2, it makes me wonder why he even bothered to add the new ones. They sound like Super-Battle-Droids from Republic Commando, in all honesty. On top of that, some of the gameplay even on Normal is straight up unforgiving.

The Xen chapter, which is I believe a single level, looks quite bad. It is a combination of three to five asteroids that float about in empty space, along with horribly transluscent crystals attached to unexplained Combine apparatuses.

The particle effects, however, are outright beautiful, admittedly.

The viewmodel hands, which should naturally be new, are the same. Nothing different sans the color, which is just desaturated.

There are no new weapons in this game. All of them are the same. There are no new models for the weapons, nor any replacements.

There are no new mechanics in this game either, the only redeeming factor for this point is the end battle, which is pretty satisfying from my standpoint.

To sum up:
Pros
  • +Good level design and attention to detail in the later levels, specifically the Combine base
  • +Somewhat engaging final battle
  • +Beautiful Particle Effects
  • +Alright Flashback cutscenes
Cons
  • -Poor level design in most other areas, some even seems to be pulled and retouched from HL2
  • -Downright too challenging at times, either due to a lack of ammo or health, or too many enemies
  • -Poor voice-acting in some cases (Vortigaunts)
  • -Poor sound design in others(Combine Soldier voices, Overwatch(Why is it male??!?!?!))
  • -Horribly short playtime for a $10 game


I do not recommend this game unless it is on sale, and even then am I reluctant.
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Not Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 18
Pros
Great voice acting & Sound design
Great music
good level designs (only at the 'space' levels)

Cons
Really bad level design on the first 2 chapters
Terrible balancing
Really bad story, if there is any (it doesn't explain anything, and a lot of the context is out of place)
Really bad puzzles (again, no context)
A Half-Life 2 re-skin mod (you could basically copy the maps into HL2 and you wouldn't notice the differences)
A Really short ''mod''
Very buggy
The music & ''flashbacks'' are completely out of place
Really bad flashbacks (the color correction is horrible.)

Conclusion
This shouldn't have been released as a 'pay-mod'. The developer should have either taken his time making a better plot and experience, or make it F2P by contacting Valve. Played trough the whole mod, and it lacks a lot, and plenty of the sequences is just a waiting game, or basically gives you no context what so ever on how to progress forward.

In short, its not worth the money or the time. It basically feels like a really ♥♥♥♥♥♥ rip off.

Verdict
3/10
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