100 Half-Life 1 Mods

Already in 2001 I decided to gather Half-Life 1 singleplayer mods. I was impressed by the original game Half-Life and enjoyed Azuresheep, Case Closed, They Hunger and USS Darkstar very much. Because my internet connection was really lame (dial-up) I never managed to gather anything. I received the chance when I became a student and got access to super fast broadband internet in my dorm. I began searching for mods and soon found PlanetPhillip.com (now RunThinkShootLive). That site was an amazing source for Half-Life 1 & 2 single player mods! Because the site file server went down, I decided to gather best of the mods and upload them to a free FTP server that is provided by Fiction s.p: mikro-ftp. Later I uploaded them to my old FTP account at druga.org, however, the server had quite some downtime. I have therefore decided that I will make a Dropbox mirror and alternate between the servers if needed. Enjoy the mods!

Patches for Half-Life WON release

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Half-Life WON Patch 1.1.1.0

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Downloads: 1762

Size: 82.04 MiB

Description:

This version of the patch will upgrade your WON Half-Life version to 1.1.1.0 regardless of the version you have installed. I recommend installing this patch first, because most of the mods works great with it.

MD5:

7c5f2079ad6d62ea639b026e9fa972e2

Half-Life WON Patch 1.1.1.1

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Downloads: 1352

Size: 4.36 MiB

Description:

Unofficial patch for Half-Life. Before installing you will need to install the 1.1.1.0 patch (look above)

Changelog
What's new in this version?
  • Added PingTool WON2 Edition serverbrowser
  • Added protocol 46e v.1.1 (WON2 Protocol)
  • Added serveradmin contact parameter sv_contact
  • Improved graphics engine
  • Improved ingame serverbrowser
  • Fully compatible with WON2 Server Network
  • All new and updated No-WON/WON2 files included
What's fixed in this version?
  • Fixed crashing problems while using Cheating-Death version 4.25.x or higher
  • Fixed original HL bug: Cannot use VAC server due to expiration problems
  • Fixed original HL bug: RCON abuse exploit

MD5:

d045fcd88f20b6cf8d9cdf98fe88c59f

Half-Life WON Patch 1.1.1.2

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Downloads: 1502

Size: 50.11 MiB

Description:

This is the last in the unofficial patch series. It offers many improvements of the rendering engine and bugfixes. You will need .NET Framework 2.0 and already installed 1.1.1.0 patch to install it. All mods playable with 1.1.1.0 should work with it.

Changelog
  • Added a complete new set of Engine DLLs, featuring blue-transparency fix
  • Added Steamless Team Fortress 1.6 (v1.0_final)
  • Added Enhanced Graphics Engine (EGC v1.1), featuring bloom effect to improve realism
  • Added HLBoom protection
  • Added listenserver listing support
  • Added modserver support
  • Added WON2 Protocol won2://, to enable joining a server from a link
  • Added WON2 Updater (through 'sierraup')
  • Added Primary Masterserver selection
  • Fixed 'Blue'-transparency bug
  • Fixed SFX_T bug
  • Fixed a number of small issues with CS
  • Updated woncomm.lst with WON2 Patch for Players v2.8
  • Updated PingTool WON2 Edition

MD5:

a4570d061e5b73639dad8f502212e907

Half-Life: Super Definition Pack

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Downloads: 589

Size: 14.38 MiB

Description:

If you want to play Half-Life with nicer looking models and sounds, then install this patch. This is the Super Definition Pack by Soviet Inc. Studios. If you have Steam version of Half-Life, then you probably have some content already installed. A few mods don't work well with this pack, this will be mentioned in the review

MD5:

1ff6c0a6932fd4561ad0ef9bf83c41f0

Half-Life: Ultra Definition Model Pack

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Downloads: 590

Size: 43.59 MiB

Description:

This is Half-Life: Ultra Definition Model Pack by the Half-Life Improvement Team. Isnstall SD Pack first and then this package. Package contents:
  • New ultra definition models (weapons and characters)
  • New sounds (weapons, items and characters)
  • New sprites
  • Minor graphic improvements to the HUD

MD5:

be3d4c1a27f59a01e5eb99125cfb5361

Gameplay tips

  • Before every ride with the elevator you should save your game. There is a known bug in Half-Life that can cause you to get stuck and cannot continue.
  • If you can't jump or climb to a location try Crouch Jump. At the end of the jump, press the Crouch key. That will help you in many cases.
  • Don't rely on QuickSave and save manually. There are only two QuickSave slots available!
  • If you see some non-transparent textures (blue, black, etc) install the 1.1.1.2 patch or Steam version of Half-Life.

Modification list

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Absolute Redemption

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Downloads: 1031

Size: 34.10 MiB

Review: As usual for Half-Life mods, you play Gordon Freeman again and set off to repair the mess, that was caused after the events of the original Half-Life. To fix this you face four environments (Himalayas, amusement park, industrial complex and Xen). The game contains new models, speech and a lot of nicely scripted events. The maps are very elaborate, through playing, new paths are opened. Gameplay is therefore very interesting and diverse. The background story is interesting, the paths to take are not obvious. The only disappointment is the ending.

Time to complete: 2 hours 50 minutes

Tested Half-Life version: 1.1.1.2

MD5:

e5190c3c5f3ac5e97eb8f72bb09a49af

More info about the mod: Absolute Redemption at RunThinkShootLive

Affliction

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Downloads: 809

Size: 6.54 MiB

Review: Pretty short mod (when I played it for the second time I used only 40 minutes). It seems like it uses parts of maps from other mods or from the original Half-Life. Weapons, ammo and health kits are nicely distributed, but there are too many for the normal difficulty - I recommend playing on Hard. The story is set in Black Mesa research facility, therefore you will encounter known enemies. There could be some surprises when a enemy is well placed, but there is nothing to be to excited about in this mod. Well, you could loose some time when searching for hidden buttons ;)

Time to complete: 40 minutes

Tested Half-Life version: 1.1.1.0

MD5:

b31cba50467e45ed7f0a1d2dc13a241e

More info about the mod: Affliction at RunThinkShootLive

Affraid of Monsters

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Downloads: 894

Size: 58.89 MiB

Review: Affraid of Monsters could be one of the most scariest Half-Life mods around but sadly it isn't. Why? Because the author decided to make it one of the most frustrating mods for the game. The mod is way too dark. Most of the time you will spend in the darkness and the flashlight is really useless, especially in long corridors. We can't say the game isn't scary, it is scary as hell. There are levels in the mod that make you stand scared in a corner and just wait for the hordes of enemies that will unleash on you soon. There are also some excellent puzzles, that make the game more interesting. Sometimes you have to go back, where you have already been. When you press a button you will sometimes view a video sequence of door opening, but it can be hard to remember where this happened if you have to go back a long way. The game is really unfair to the player. The enemies are strong (later on they are strong and invisible) and ammo and health packs are really limited. Luckily the zombies can be tricked and bashed with the knife from distance, but this can be really dull - get ready for Save and Load. Would I recommend it? For those who like riddles and heavy (unfair) action, the game will be great, but others should not waste time on this mod.

Time to complete: 20 hours

Tested Half-Life version: 1.1.1.0

MD5:

046ab1671882d9e4ce5f95ef5819ac41

More info about the mod: Affraid of Monsters at RunThinkShootLive

Assault on Roswell

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Downloads: 986

Size: 7.12 MiB

Review: At the beginning Assault on Roswell makes an impression of being yet another shooter where you have to make your way through hordes of enemies in few hours and you will face very linear gameplay. Well, you couldn't be more wrong. The game doesn't force the player to advance and there are no obvious routes to take. An example - after I somehow managed to get the shotgun and assault rifle by fighting with the crowbar, I somehow figured out that its not ok to continue without the H.E.V. suit. I wasn't wrong, I completely forgot about it, so I had to go back a long way to fetch it. The enemies are well placed, the quantity of ammo and medkits is just enough, if you play carefully. Sometimes it's better to avoid fighting, sometimes you can trick your enemies. I recommend to check every corner of this mod, because you will be rewarded. Really nice mod.

Time to complete: 3 hours

Tested Half-Life version: 1.1.1.0

MD5:

7d34256c682967ce9b0e95a9e9f88458

More info about the mod: Assault on Roswell at RunThinkShootLive

Azure Sheep

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Downloads: 988

Size: 40.52 MiB

Patch

Downloads: 796

Size: 1.19 MiB

Patch

Downloads: 741

Size: 590.00 B

Review: Azure Sheep is one of the best receive Half-Life mods. You play Barney, security guard in Black Mesa complex. The story is known from original Half-Life and it's interlaced really good. You meet Gordon Freeman quite a few times. Scripted events are quite common and this means a lot of surprises and hard fights. This game is sure not among the easy ones. The blue crosshair is pretty faint and it's hard too shoot sometimes. Despite that I had no problems beating the game, because there are enough medpacks and ammo. Only problem is lack of rockets, so save them only for choppers. If you run out of them, you can still bring the chopper down with ~250 bullet hits from the machinegun. There are some video sequences that tell the story. You are tightly binded with security guard Kate, that you must keep alive. That demands a different approach to gameplay, thinking about future steps and more intense action. Luckilly you can heal her, often you part way with her and continue alone. Level design is pretty good, although there are some dull passages and locked doors. There are often more paths available and you can use different approaches. Among regular enemies, you face new alien ones and also get some new guns. If you want to explore, you can also play the Go for a Walk level.

Time to complete: 5 hours 10 minutes

Tested Half-Life version: 1.1.1.0

MD5:

8fd5f72778b589bfaf1b5bd0a05f202e

More info about the mod: Azure Sheep at RunThinkShootLive

Back to Xen

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Downloads: 858

Size: 2.86 MiB

Review:

Time to complete:

Tested Half-Life version:

MD5:

a5162f232d2b4fc2caca1d1177b3b8d7

More info about the mod: Back to Xen at RunThinkShootLive

Back to Xen 2

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Downloads: 839

Size: 6.63 MiB

Review:

Time to complete:

Tested Half-Life version:

MD5:

bc66b2154a8678a8ce2b3cb323789cb5

More info about the mod: Back to Xen 2 at RunThinkShootLive

Before

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Downloads: 827

Size: 50.45 MiB

Review: Before is a very short mod, on a ship map. It has some high-res models, Spirit of Half-Life and lots of effects(rain, etc.) so the framerate is very low. The background music is very nice and makes the game more interesting. Through the game you kill some aliens and soldiers and move some crates. The ending fight is easy and buggy.

Time to complete: 20 minutes

Tested Half-Life version: 1.1.1.2

MD5:

627a9341b184a9e22acc6d5028468754

More info about the mod: Before at RunThinkShootLive

Black Ops Redux

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Downloads: 1001

Size: 186.15 MiB

Review: If you ever played the game Max Payne, you will quickly recognise the similarity with this mod. The levels are suspiciously similar, and also the storyline is just like Max Payne - comic wise. That gives the game variety. Some parts of the game are similar to The Suffering. You play an Special Ops soldier and your mission is to execute someone named Gallagher and retrieval of a bomb suitcase. At first I must comment on the looks of the game. This is GoldSource at its best. The graphics are amazing. The textures are very detailed, also the weapons and models. Enemies cast shadows, there is a lot of smoke and effects and also some physics. When you shoot you are thrown back, bodies and object are flying around. That contributes greatly to the atmosphere. By killing enemies you are receiving bonus points that are used to improve your skills (I haven't experienced that to be honest). There are a lot of scripted surprise and the game is far from being boring. You carry the medkit (injections) in your inventory so you can be prepared for the fights. Sadly, there are also some bad parts. Some weapons are inaccurate, and that means you will die a lot, because the enemies are accurate and there are a lot of them. Sometimes the game seems to be unfair. It looks like the authors forgot that Half-Life doesn't have bullet time :P. Walking is interesting, because the view is shaking, but when running, the character is really slow from the start (so much fr Special Ops :P). And a lot of times you will die exactly because of this slow starts. I must also criticise the levels, because I had a feeling they not varied enough.

Time to complete: 3 hours

Tested Half-Life version: 1.1.1.0

MD5:

0dc761f8b9290fc04645eec093e4a6e0

More info about the mod: Black Ops Redux at RunThinkShootLive

Bloodbath

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Downloads: 884

Size: 10.14 MiB

Review: Bloodbath begins unusually, during playing it becomes clear its far from being yet another mod. There are some nice fights, new enemies and guns, that are faster than usual ones. The game has also some riddles and jump-skill challenges. It's a interesting mod, but really short.

Time to complete: 50 minutes

Tested Half-Life version: 1.1.1.0

MD5:

eabc558f04c5ba0fe17ced07043d6724

More info about the mod: Bloodbath at RunThinkShootLive

Boreality

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Downloads: 877

Size: 7.63 MiB

Review: The main speciality of this game is it's elaborateness. Beginning of the game is really great for those who like to explore. You face only three types of enemies (Headcrabs are especially annoying), but their numbers are enough, to quickly waste your ammo. The ammo is well hidden and if you don't find them, well ... you will be without it. The game doesn't force you to pickup weapons, you have to explore on your own. Only the crowbar is needed to advance, other weapons are optional. That means you will have to carefully examine every part of the map. The dissapointing thing about this mod is that it ends too soon. It's only the first part of the game, but because it was published in 2002, we can't hope for the second part anymore. A tip - if you will have problems with texture tearing, switch to Software mode.

Time to complete: 2 hours

Tested Half-Life version: 1.1.1.0

MD5:

5c7ab51737eee44fb2c770a87c304d54

More info about the mod: Boreality at RunThinkShootLive

Brave Brain

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Downloads: 802

Size: 16.10 MiB

Review: Change your keys, before you begin. In Brave Brain you play a organic chemist that fights through Black Mesa. The enemies and weapons are standard. The fights are quite nice, but the weapons inflict too much damage, so you may play on Hard difficulty. Some puzzles are excellent, some are too predictable. There are quite a few surprises and they add variety to the gameplay. You will also play on Xen, but its pretty short and you don't need to be a master in jumping to finish it.

Time to complete: 1 hour 25 minutes

Tested Half-Life version: 1.1.1.0

MD5:

712c59bd326a25ff599cb10ef66dc705

More info about the mod: Brave Brain at RunThinkShootLive

Breakdown 2 - Afterwards

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Downloads: 786

Size: 15.58 MiB

Review: Breakdown 2 continues the story from part one. You receive informations from reading letters and video sequences that are backed up with music. Gameplay is regular (an exception is riding with the car), you fight known enemies from the original game. The biggest flaw of this mod is predictability. Most of the times it is crystal clear how to continue. Too bad, it could have some harder puzzles. Now you have to push some buttons and crawl through some shafts and that is it. Here and there are some surprises, but there is to many ammo for Normal difficulty. I recommend playing on Hard.

Time to complete: 1 hour 20 minutes

Tested Half-Life version: 1.1.1.0

MD5:

257b90757e435ab4cfaa37ef9224c99e

More info about the mod: Breakdown 2 - Afterwards at RunThinkShootLive

Case Closed

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Downloads: 855

Size: 12.93 MiB

Review: In Case Closed you play a janitor that arrives at work, when everything goes wrong. Typical story that could be yet another boring mod, but it isn't. You meet known enemies and at start the game seems to be easy, but this changes really quick. Fights in varied levels are very hard, especially against soldiers, so be careful. A lot of times there is no obvious route and that can keep you busy for some time. Especially great are scripted sequences that take care for some shocking surprises and spice up the gameplay. You can also go a long way back and that contributes to non-linearity of the game.

Time to complete: 1 hour 20 minutes

Tested Half-Life version: 1.1.1.0

MD5:

b23b6ba57cd05bca63cddb2ab4e2483a

More info about the mod: Case Closed at RunThinkShootLive

Castle Creep

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Downloads: 861

Size: 5.54 MiB

Review: As it is obvious from it's name, the plot of this game happens in a castle. The setting varies between the old castle architecture and newer laboratories. There are tons of traps in the game, so beware. Gameplay is far from being linear. You will have to flip switches, that will open a door or activate something in the other part of the game. Video sequences help you find the part that changed. You will also have to find a right balance between stealth and open fights to get through alive. The only thing that bothered me was the size of objects (chairs, tables, halls), because it looked like the castle was made for giants.

Time to complete: 1 hour 40 minutes

Tested Half-Life version: 1.1.1.0

MD5:

2eb643f7239b9a0fa081e4f97907db90

More info about the mod: Castle Creep at RunThinkShootLive

Chaos Theory

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Downloads: 706

Size: 2.09 MiB

Review: In Chaos Theory you play Gordon Freeman and yet again you shoot the aliens. The concept is pretty interesting, because after each of the finished map, you get teleported to another "random" environment. The fights are really interesting, you should play on Hard for bigger challenge. There are quite few surprises in the game and nice ideas. Too bad it isn't longer.

Time to complete: 35 minutes

Tested Half-Life version: 1.1.1.0

MD5:

32ebb5c03228d226168117e185384123

More info about the mod: Chaos Theory at RunThinkShootLive

Chemical Existence

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Downloads: 865

Size: 66.60 MiB

Patch

Downloads: 766

Size: 535.42 kiB

Review: Chemical Existence is a total conversion of Half-Life. You will find a lot of new weapons in the game, but I doubt you will try them all. Also there are changed skins and textures, so you will have too look very hard too find something from the original Half-Life. Sadly, it looks like they also totally converted the A.I., because it's really dumb in some situations, and you will have no problems to kill your enemies with the pistol. But be aware, don't rely on this, it could quickly turn against you. Healing is unusual, you pick up injections and heal, but this will increase the danger bar. This bar fills when jumping, shooting with some weapons and healing, when full, it damages you until you relax enough. The puzzles are interesting, the gameplay is pretty non-linear and some things are really innovative. A big problem is the level of light. The game is really dark and you have no flashlight. Luckily you can pickup an machinegun later, that has flashlight attached (activate with right click). I must also warn that some parts of the game are really disgusting and that you shouldn't do anything when the NPC's are talking to you. You could get stuck.

Time to complete: 4 hours 10 minutes

Tested Half-Life version: 1.1.1.0

MD5:

d443c4c5f84abf2968f3a854493faecf

More info about the mod: Chemical Existence at RunThinkShootLive

Chronicles - Episode One

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Downloads: 747

Size: 7.88 MiB

Review: Chronicles - Episode One is an alternative story version for the original Half-Life. It assumes that a plane explodes somewhere on Freemans path and this opens new options to advance. The idea is interesting and it's not badly done. With some hard fights you will accumulate some play time ... well, 20 minutes of it, maybe half and hour if you play on Hard. Sadly the mod is unfinished. You receive a modified machinegun, but I didn't use it at all.

Time to complete: 20 minutes

Tested Half-Life version: 1.1.1.0

MD5:

b0847f86b0340d889ce0d59ee7b99952

More info about the mod: Chronicles - Episode One at RunThinkShootLive

Cleaners Adventures

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Downloads: 865

Size: 105.34 MiB

Review: The mod is Russian so you will listen too Russian language and read English texts. This combination worked well, because you will have no problems playing it, despite you will not understand a word from what NPC's are saying. The levels are quite varied, a part of the game is also Xen, and don't forget about Hazard Course, that contributes about 20 minutes to gameplay. The atmosphere is great, background music contributes a lot to it. There are a lot of surprises so save often. There are also new types of enemies (some are very durable) and new weapons. Hard and tactical fights can't be avoided. There are only a few puzzles, but there are many jump-skill challenges. The problem with this game is, it's too linear and it doesn't reward exploring. It's really disappointing if you don't get anything after doing some serious jumping on the crates.

Time to complete: 3 hours 30 minutes

Tested Half-Life version: 1.1.1.0

MD5:

bf36f9e927c293527bf4ef84f6c0dade

More info about the mod: Cleaners Adventures at RunThinkShootLive

Conundrum

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Downloads: 822

Size: 5.57 MiB

Review: Look at review for Conundrum 2

Time to complete: 2 hours 20 minutes

Tested Half-Life version: 1.1.1.0* na koncu se ne zgodi nič

MD5:

edbea1326b2f83024827602219a66141

More info about the mod: Conundrum at RunThinkShootLive