Riot Act – Half-Life 2

for Half-Life 2


In this Single Player mod you play the role of Jamil Lee, who is a young member of the civilian resistance, taken by the Combine and currently imprisoned in Nova Prospekt.


Numbness and rage.
Fright and anger.
I open my eyes. Oh, well. My cell is pitch dark anyhow.
“Block E1″. I heard their inhuman voices.
Lying on this cold metal bed, I stretch my arms along my sides.
This must be the right posture to fit in a pod.
I do not tolerate the idea of not being ready.

Yes, but ready for what?
No, I won’t give way to grief.

A squeaky sound…
No, no way. It can’t be true.
The door opens, light replaces darkness.
I will ask for a reason later. Now I have a choice to take. An easy one.
I will run the hell out of here, whatever it takes.
It’s time to get a little revenge.

It’s time to start my own riot act.

Basic Details
  • Title: Riot Act
  • File Name: Riot_Act_1.0.exe
  • Size : 119.00Mb
  • Author: Riot Act Team
  • Date Released: 27 July 2007
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    51 recommendations, average score: 4.73 (out of 5), standard deviation: 0.59 (what's that?)
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  1. SPY
    Avoid It!

    a real shame that my pc also frooze up, and only restarting my pc was a option. when that happens 2 to 3 times I stop playi8ng, doesn’t matter how good the mod is. so I hope the makers release a patch of some sort to fix this issue.
    because I only played the first map I can’t comment on the rest of the mod, ( or is it a sp-mappack? think that is what it is, seems everybody calls the last 2 years something a mod, even when it doesn’t add something new).
    but I couldn’t help that it all looked like a clone of the original HL2 prison sp-maps. did you copy parts of those, don’t say you did. but some windows of control rooms just looked alike the prison maps.


    so, because of the freezes I have to say;

    not only for my systhem, it’s freezes on many pc’s)

    1. Wish you could click on a user name on here for PVT’s.. But I understand that would just complicate P’s already over flowing plate.. But SPY if you get this.. There is some way to fix that. It may have installed into the wrong folder..It’s some thing dumb and easy to fix..Ask Phillip since reaching me isn’t possible. He will help you..great guy…

  2. Mel

    After reading SPY’s comment maybe the Freeze-Ups in level 1 are far more common then my review would suggest. Mr author please be aware.

  3. Phillip, I changed the name of the file in the basic details on this one as you had it “hl2-sp-riot-act.rar” when it’s actually “Riot_Act_1.0.exe”.

    I can’t wait to play this one. Many different recommendations and comments!

  4. Darth Marsden

    While I would like to play this, unfortunatly I can’t install it! I’m running a version of Half-Life 2 that doesn’t use Steam (I’ve bought the HL2 DVD, it’s not illegal… kinda) and since the installer won’t run if it doesn’t detect Steam, I’m a little stuck.

    Could anyone give me a hand?

    1. Personal Favourite

      You can try unpacking it into a folder on your desktop. I do that no matter what then put it where it goes because some of the mods are not steam mods, but work fine in steamapps/sourcemods. I just made a folder called Mod Transfer, when it unpacks into that it should create it’s own folder and it might ask you if you want it to, click yes if it does. Then you should be able to just put that in the HL2 folder in your program files. It will look some thing like this c/programfiles/Halflife2.. Cut it folder and all and paste it into the HL2 folder there. OR you can just create a folder named Riot Act on the desktop so you can find it, but make sure it didn’t create a Riot Act folder inside that one, that is the one you want to cut & paste into HL2

  5. I could send you an unpacked version if you have a server I can send it to.

  6. Darth Marsden

    ‘server’? What is this… ser-ver of which you speak? It sounds strangely familiar…

    Seriously, what do you mean?

  7. A place I can send it too.Its over 100mb so email aint gonna work

  8. AI

    andyb, can you put the files onto Filecloud? that would be an easy way for Darth to get them! Compress them with RaR or Zip, that would be easy enough.

  9. Darth Marsden

    I have to agree, that would be much easier then sending my FTP details to an email address which I can’t find, and it’ll let others in a similar predicament to me grab the thing as well.

  10. LANMAN
    Play It Now!

    I thoroughly enjoyed this mod. Great job on the environment, good traps and even a few good puzzles. Like a couple others mentioned, it would have been nice to have more interaction with the other prisoners. Sticking around a little longer and when they stop following you, it would be nice to know why or at least a confirmation that they are staying put so you know it’s not a bug.

    My favorite parts:
    The gunship where you have to double stack the boxes. This was pretty challenging. (The guy came to break the lock for me not problem.)

    The bridge was excellent. Even though you didn’t really have to kill the strider, I did it just for fun.

    Great Job!!!

  11. Cant upload to filecloud either,its got a 25mb limit.I’ll try something else.

  12. I’ll compress the folder and upload it to Filecloud later today.

  13. Darth Marsden

    Grabbing it now. Huge thanks for doing this.

  14. help, I started playing this on my old computer xp started fine. got hit by lighting. had to get another. vista home. now when I download the rar file it shows up in the steamapps but wont play. I downloaded the exe and it shows but when I try to play steam says I need the skd server installed. so I did that, it comes up then crashes with a error, I dont have it handy sorry. I am thinking its a vista issue. I had the same problem with awakening but when I downloaded the exe it started playing. any one any ideas/help.

  15. Richard Todhunter

    Is it just me or is the arena after the water area near the start of the game rediculously hard? I usually play on most HL games on hard mode but at this point I had to tone it down to medium and I still couldn’t do it!! Is this just a bug as the combines rush doesn’t seem to stop? Moving down to easy seems slightly depressing but it might be the only option at this rate!

  16. i don’t know why or how. but it started working. no errors. guess the last steam update fixed something. anyway I look forward to the riot.

  17. The Abandoned Workshops

    You take the role as Jamil Lee who was caught and imprisoned in Nova Prospekt. The door of your cell opens of which you decide to take revenge and cause your own riot act. You take control just inside your cell and the adventure starts pretty much here and throughout a series of maps that take place in Nova Prospekt.

    However the modification is a very enjoyable one at that with plenty of variety, action and locations with a decent sense of flow. This one includes some new voice acting, not a whole lot but a good amount to make some of the cutscenes feel fresh when encountering them, such as the one at the start after going up the flight of stairs. The modification pretty much plays like the original levels of Nova Prospekt with your Combine Soldiers in balanced amounts to the respawning Antlions either attack you or helping you out.

    As already mentioned, the flow is really good from location to location as you take short breaks, solve a simple puzzle or pull a switch then back into combat be it small or large. Difficulty can range depending in what location you’re at, but there are plenty of resources and some other rebels to help you out. Weapons the player recieves during play are given at a slow but controlled rate, they aren’t all thrown into your hands during the early maps but spread out between them which adds to the challenge of using what you have.

    And then you have variety be it for a few seconds or several minutes as you’ll encounter different locations and enemies to match such as the Gunship fight or the railway bridge. Everything fits well together and almost feels like an expansion of the story rather than a modification, but lacks something brand new to improve that aspect that much more, but nothing too major of a disappointment. I was hoping for more near the end, but unfortunately the adventure ended.

    Sticks close to that of the original Nova Prospekt and keeps consistent throughout with several other interesting locations to gaze upon during play. Design is definitely above average and top notch in the aspects of structure, texturing and lighting. The structure is pretty much solid, and follows the design concept of how Nova Prospekt was originally made. However other locations expand on this such as the lower areas and places that have Combine structure throughout in the later levels.

    Texturing is again close to the original with fitting combinations, used well throughout. Lighting is moderate and copies the original feeling of locations with its sickly, cold looking green-blue tones in larger areas while the yellow tones give a warm feeling that pretty much feels like a replica of the prison. This combination again keeps the levels looking well designed and consistent, feeling very close to the original game.

    Really enjoyable experience, balanced and varied gameplay with excellent design throughout.

    Rating: 90%

  18. nige
    Play It Now!

    I had trouble with the download untill 2 weeks ago when a new one would finally work.
    I like this mod the game play had a good variety health was scarce but just enough to keep going the arena was a bit of a problem untill you got your teamates across.The antlion guardian wasn’t too bad untill he could come half way through the wall and hit you.I didn’t try and go thru without taking down the strider because I like when they finally drop.
    When you leave on the boat at the end they could have dressed it up a bit no luxury cruise.

  19. pkgamer11
    Play It Now!

    definitely the best mod ive ever played. only problem was health when I played on normal or hard 😉

  20. uberviolence
    Play It Later

    As is my style (or lack thereof) I will go through the bad (and good) points in turn, first :
    THE BAD:
    Intro was a little short
    When you first get to take over the use of a Combine gun emplacement, all the enemies that come at you come from the same (right) side of the doorframe, meaning you can just mow them down ridiculously easily.
    Towards the start there’s a sealed off room full of ammo etc but I can’t get into it (is there any way to do this ?)
    The middle of the game is frustratingly hard almost to the point I got so fed up I stopped playing.

    Visual Effects on the Intro (overlays, greyscale, blurring etc) were a nice touch
    Voice Acting was pretty good for a mod
    I’m not 100% sure I’m right but I think at least one of the character models was new (facially) which made a change (and it was done well)
    Reskinning on hands and effect/colour on weapon displays on HUD
    Really liked the diagonal criss cross security beams (and the tidy little hidden stash just after them)
    The section on the rails (in the pod) and the bridge section were both well executed.

    A good quality mod (if you like Nova Prospekt), offers little in terms of new gameplay but is enjoyable nonetheless (if you can push yourself through the insanely frustrating middle section), is at least worth a try.

  21. Lantathae
    Play It Now!

    Nice action and good voice acting. A bit short but good and definatly worth playing.

  22. Jason Lee James

    i can’t seem to run it at all
    for some reason when I launch it
    the launch box does its validating and then closes
    then nothing happens after that
    what do I do to make it launch and play

  23. Pollution434
    Play It Later

    This mod is clearly very well put together, I do have to agree with uberviolence however. Some parts were extremely hard, I got to the point of turning on buddha mode to smite them right off the map. Other then that I really enjoyed the mod. The voice acting was real great, and the visual effects in the intro were an absolute nice touch. The maps had a great design packed with action along the way. 4 stars for the effort.

  24. Pathfinding, goodness gracious that hurt my damn head. So much backtracking to get your guys to follow you , other wise they’ll be stuck at stairs the whole time.

    other then that, it was great, although as I said above, pathfinding hurts.

  25. Robspace1
    Personal Favourite

    119 mb of pure action and a whole lot of fun. This has to be in the top ten of best HL2 mods ever made. Not only does it have a great easy installer but I had no bugs at all. Not one. It played flawless. This one was made so well it almost seems like it was done by Valve. The artwork is great with all the buildings and water looking very realistic. The ocean looked and sounded very real and I was actually getting a little seasick at the end.. This is the second time I’ve played this one and I’m glad I did. For some reason it seemed different this time. More action. For some reason I didn’t make any comments last time but I give this one an A+ AND I’d consider this one a favorite for sure. Good work guys-thanks and keep em comin!

  26. Janus21

    I’m enjoying this mod but I appear to be a bit stuck. I’m in the courtyard at the beginning of section 3. I’ve killed the gunships and the soldiers after which, according to the walkthrough, (which I consulted after I’d got stuck), “… a rebel will open the door that blocks your passage.”

    Well, I guess said rebel hasn’t read the script, because there is no indication of a way out. The only door I can see is down the steps by the rocket launcher ammo box and it remains closed whatever I do. There are a couple of gates – the one I came in through and one on the other side of the courtyard by a dumpster – but I can’t get them to open either, nor can I jump the fence.

    It’s a while since this thread was updated, I know, but does anyone remember what to do next? A hint would be useful here. Many thanks,


    1. I think I remember this part. I had trouble with the gunship I think. If I remember correctly, the gates just open, but I could be wrong.

      If I get time I’ll load it up and play through again. If the gate works for me I’ll send you a save.

      Can anybody else, who still has this installed, help Janus21?

      1. Janus21
        Play It Now!

        Sorted it! But only by going back and starting again from scratch.Initially, I re-started the courtyard scene from the beginning and there was a difference – this time, after I’d killed the gunships and marines, a single rebel was standing on the other side of the fence. He spoke to me briefly but nothing I could do could make him move and open the gate (as I supected he was supposed to).Got a bit brassed with the whole scene so started a new game from scratch, rattled through the earlier levels and, now that I knew what to do, dispatched the gunships and marines as quickly as I could. Sure enough, this time the rebel was only too pleased to help by shooting the lock off the gate.Now, I’m on the bridge pinned down by the strider and thinking, “if only I hadn’t wasted those rockets earlier…”. Enjoying it a lot, though. Recommended!

        Thanks for your help,

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  28. GOLF
    Personal Favourite

    for me I like gameplay, storyline and level designer it’s great mod

  29. Personal Favourite

    Great game I liked the tatoo in her hand was pretty cool. and the game has a great story, gameplay, and even bugbait!

  30. Play It Now!

    Great well made mod that fits in well with the half-life 2 story! loved it!

  31. Play It Now!

    just got around to playing this. Very nice mod with a storyline. I wonder if the developers looked at blueprints of prisons when they mapped out the mod. very cool and balanced action and puzzles.
    give it a whirl.

  32. This really is a sweet mod. I’ve played this one over and over and over..I’ll play it again and again too!.. It’s well made, no seams, good story.. just click that download button… You want to, you do, just admit it and getter done! You will not regret it.. it is a full install exe..

  33. Play It Now!

    Wow, homies! This is a great-ass mod! In fact it was the first singleplayer hl2 mod I’ve ever played!
    At first I thought prisoners were just taken into pods, and this lady wakes up in a cell. Those Combines forgot to lock the cell, wow! Got captured by Metrocops, a great beginning! Getting friends, and fighting every Soldier I see was awesome, and you start off fighting Antlions, and then gain a Bugbait, not much mods with the Bugbait. This was a little much like the Nova Prospekt chapter from HL2, but heh. The stupidest thing I did in this mod, is the room with the Poison Zombie and Fast Headcrabs, I just died. Also citizen taking over the APC to destroy another one, I always wanted to see that! What would’ve been better for the ending is Nova Prospekt blowing up, like the end sequence to HL2: EP1.
    Whatever, this was a great mod, and I’m proud!

  34. Personal Favourite

    Just replayed this and think it deserves its HOF status. enjoyable from start to finish with a wide variety of areas, enemies, puzzles and environments. Interaction with the rebels was nice and the always useful antlion bait ( love that ) As some have commented the middle areas do get tough but are quite doable with a little strategy and persistence.

    no problems for me as far as glitches or loading or bugs of any kind. A great re playable fun mod

  35. OJJ

    This mod has Ee`s can you tag this?

    1. I don’t understand, can you explain please.

  36. Play It Now!

    Really awesome mod. Just finished it. Great gameplay.

  37. Play It Now!

    this is a excellent mod and extremely well put together…. and allthough I had problems at the gate part ( were the guy comes out and shoots the lock from the gate… on the first two occasions he came out the door and stood at the gate looking confused ) it worked after some editing to the file ( changed the SteamAppId )
    apart from that small bug the game was thoroughly enjoyable… and had a good mix of puzzles and action…. so thats why ive awarded riot act a “play it now” recommendation
    if like me you enjoy good old fashioned hl2 mods then you wont be dissapointed with this ……also if you like this mod then you should also like “penetration ”
    great mod

  38. I can’t play it, because when I hit new game the screen is just black, nothing else. I can hear some shooting and some other voices but thats it. Please could someone help me here!?

    1. It sounds as though the 1min intro cut-scene isn’t playing properly for you. After selecting “New Game” can you get the console up? If so try loading the first map manually, enter ‘map ra_c1l1″ + return. What happens?

      Failing that, is your HL2 ok? Do other HL2 mods work properly, and in the Steam option Properties/Updates do you have “Always keep this game up to date” selected?

      1. Barad0x

        Thanks for the tip, but I already got it to work. :)

        1. Good job. You can post your findings, in case anyone else has the same problem as you…

  39. Excellent Nova Prospekt style mod. Has custom voice acting that doesn’t sound grainy or anything. I had a lot of fun with it, and that battle with the APC and all the Combine was awesome. I also really liked the bridge part, it was really atmospheric. The puzzles were pretty easy but that didn’t bother me. Escaping at the end was satisfying. The only complaint I have with it is that the boat you escape on was a background prop so it looked pretty weird in comparison to everything else. If you like HL2 and specifically Nova Prospekt, you should definitely play this one.

  40. Personal Favourite

    I’m redoing this review because I’ve become much better at it now.

    Riot Act is a great Nova Prospekt levelset. You play as Jamil, a rebel who was captured by the Combine. The voice acting in this mod is great, but I do kind of wish there were more clips for giving me ammo because I heard “Here, Jamil, Ammo!” a whole lot. The mapping is excellent and the puzzles are interesting. There are some good battles too. You actually get Combine armor instead of a HEV suit. It doesn’t make a gameplay difference but it’s a nice change of pace. There’s an awesome battle with some a gunship at one point, as well as an equally as awesome and perhaps more challenging battle with a bunch of Combine coming out of an APC. My favourite part is the bridge, which is very atmospheric and reminds me a lot of that part from Highway 17 of the original HL2, except with a Strider instead of a gunship. My only complaint is that *SLIGHT SPOILER* the boat you escape on is a background prop so it looks very rough and blocky compared to the rest of the mod. *SPOILERS END HERE* I would say more, but there’s really nothing else to say. It’s a great mod and if you have HL2 you should certainly have this one installed.

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  43. Unknown

    I haven’t fully played through Riot Act, but I did want to run this by anyone who may come into problems running it.

    I did have trouble getting this mod to run at first, and this is what I would like to suggest to others. In most cases you may need to alter the Game Info Sheet that is located in a modification’s directory. In this case I strongly advise that you “Do Not Alter The Game Info Sheet”.

    I attempted to do this to fix Riot Act in this case it won’t work. If you do decide to install Riot Act I strongly suggest downloading the Executable version as oppose to the Zip version.

    When you have downloaded Riot Act you will notice a Riot Act Launcher on your Desktop use that to launch the mod instead of launching it through your Steam Menu. I think the custom launcher also updates the mod properly to run you may want to look at the Game Info Sheet, so you can get an idea of the difference in pathways.

    That was a mistake I kept making when I thought the mod was broken I hope “My Two Cents” will hope someone else who might also make the mistake of manually altering the Game Info Sheet to fix the mod.

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