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13th July 2009

Single Player First Person Shooter Maps and Mods for Half-Life 1, 2 and Episodes 1, 2 and 3

Under certain radiation exposure this artefact opens a portal. Presumably the portal will lead to another artefact in the parallel world. Mission: Enter the portal and find the artefact in the parallel world. You will receive our new development, a suit that will allow you to safely get through the portal, and theoretically protect you from possible dangers in the parallel world. Once you have found the artefact, press this button on your suit and you will get teleported back to the Black Mesa laboratory.


Half-Life: Before – is a modification for Half Life with new levels and story. Mod based on Spirit of Half-Life 1.8 technology, that increased visual and functional part of mode, unfortunately this technology also brought some bugs.

Basic Details
  • Title: Before
  • File Name: hl1-sp-before-full.exe / hl1-sp-before-lite.exe
  • Author: Vincevich “Gua” Andrey
  • Date Released: 02 March 2009
Two Versions
Full and Lite

Thiere are two versions: Full and Lite (Without music and most of the HD models)

Known Bugs:

1. There’s a small possibility that the boss will fly into a wall. Loading the last save helps.
2. If you try to load a saved game from the second map, the game will crash.
3. There’s an Alien Controller’s fireball floating on the first map once in a while.
4. Sometimes rain falls to a place it’s not supposed to fall to.
5. The scientist on the ship doesn’t talk sometimes.
6. Alien Controllers don’t fall to the ground after death.
7. It’s sometimes hard to blow the tripmine.

Full Version: 50.45Mb – PlanetPhillip Download Servers

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Single Player First Person Shooter Maps and Mods for Half-Life 1, 2 and Episodes 1, 2 and 3 Single Player First Person Shooter Maps and Mods for Half-Life 1, 2 and Episodes 1, 2 and 3 Single Player First Person Shooter Maps and Mods for Half-Life 1, 2 and Episodes 1, 2 and 3
Lite Version: 15.71Mb – PlanetPhillip Download Servers

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Single Player First Person Shooter Maps and Mods for Half-Life 1, 2 and Episodes 1, 2 and 3 Single Player First Person Shooter Maps and Mods for Half-Life 1, 2 and Episodes 1, 2 and 3 Single Player First Person Shooter Maps and Mods for Half-Life 1, 2 and Episodes 1, 2 and 3
Installation Instructions
  • Run the executable file and folow the instructions.
  • Restart or start Steam.
  • Before should now be listed in your Library tab.


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WARNING: The screenshots may contain spoilers.

Single Player First Person Shooter Maps and Mods for Half-Life 1, 2 and Episodes 1, 2 and 3 Single Player First Person Shooter Maps and Mods for Half-Life 1, 2 and Episodes 1, 2 and 3 Single Player First Person Shooter Maps and Mods for Half-Life 1, 2 and Episodes 1, 2 and 3 Single Player First Person Shooter Maps and Mods for Half-Life 1, 2 and Episodes 1, 2 and 3 Single Player First Person Shooter Maps and Mods for Half-Life 1, 2 and Episodes 1, 2 and 3
Reader Recommendations
Avoid It!
Think Twice
Play It Later
Play It Now!

17 recommendations, average score: 4 (out of 5), standard deviation: 0.94 (what's that?)
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Time Taken:
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Longest: 0 Hours, 30 Mins by Greencapps
Total Time Played: 1 Hours, 10 Mins
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  1. I am only part-way through this mod but wanted to post it, so you could all play and review it.

    More screenshots and my review to follow when I get time.

  2. Dannster

    its a pretty short mod but its good I like how they made the boss

  3. Dannster
    Play It Now!

    and I forgot to put the thing

  4. Anon-00033
    Play It Now!

    Wow, this was fun to play. Short and sweet. I liked the pistol model, the music was cool, and that was probably one of the scariest boss battles.

    1. Previous comment was me, never check to see if I’m signed in or not.. Anyways I’d also like to add that it didn’t run very well on my computer when I was out on the boat, probably because of the rain.

  5. 23-down
    Play It Now!

    Yep it’s a fantastic mod. Glad it’s finally here.

    Unfortunately this mod has some problems with the game graphics so if it doesn’t run in one graphic mode then change to the other in the game settings. Open GL or Direct 3D one thing will work.

    As for the gameplay it was short with maybe 20 minutes but one of the best mods hl1 in a very long time.

  6. Play It Later

    Played this about a month ago. Quite good and fun to play but pretty poorly optimized; getting some really awful framerate at certain points (especially at the beginning).

    The boss fight was interesting but way too easy.

  7. ~Jazz~
    Play It Later

    In a nutshell, 2 levels.

    Here’s the lowdown, before I begin there’s quite a few things that where nicking from counterstrike deleted scenes, and that’s normally a No No due to copyright problems, they also took some music from system shock 2 and didn’t give proper credits for it.

    Anyway, You start on a ship with barely any supplys and a head crab right next to you saying HAI, so you scramble to get a crowbar and get knocked down to 80 or 90 health already. lucky for you there’s a black hawk nearby.. with the smallest gun window ever.
    Making you way to the front of the ship to quiz the captain on what the bloody hell is going on you run into the obvious “Hey, lets push boxes to get up there.. puzzle” then some more running in to a very very badly lit hallway that I had to noclip past to get up the shaft (Sorry, I was pressed for time) To meet a bunch of freaked out soldiers who shoot anything that says the word “boo” Finally you meet some dude who says “Our thing has escaped, go kill it” you run back to the start jump down a hole and meet the most annoying end boss… ever. It’s basically that fetus thing at the end of half life that I can’t remember the name of at the moment with a barnacle mouth. How do you kill him? I have no idea. He eats some sort of Xen crystal that’s like.. I don’t know.. rock cocaine or meth that makes him so dam fast that I can’t keep running around in ciricals trying to kill this guy without any proper ammo or weapon! There’s an unlimited supply of ammo in a container on the side but you think you can hide in there but no, the dam container falls apart when he gets near the bloody thing! So he grabs you, rapes you in the ear and you need to start over again.. So I tried and tried and said sod this and put on notarget.. Here’s where things got werid, he’s not affected by it! but his ailen controllers above him are! I got so scared I put on noclip to escape him for a breather, Next thing I know I pick up my soda can for a drink only to hear me getting grabbed OUTSIDE THE LEVEL, *Insert Pepsi Spit take here* So after screaming the F bomb so many times I do impulse 101, Gluon gun his ass back to the stone age and that’s it.

    In short, Nice level desgining, but do you really need to make the boss that fast or immune to console commands, really? IF you guys are so smart to do that why aren’t you really game devs who could be giggling to themselves to those sobs who cheat to get achievements or awards so the play the game fairly!

    1. The boss was much more likely to be a cycler with it’s model set to the fetus model, set to follow you around, with a barnacle attached to it, rather than the actual monster, so it wouldn’t be affected by commands such as notarget. And I didn’t really have that much trouble with the boss, just launched a few grenades at him, and shot him a bit.

    2. I must’ve played a different version as the boss I fought were pathetically easy as you could just run backwards in circles while unloading your arsenal into him until he’d die.

  8. Rolando
    Personal Favourite

    This mod is awesome, is the best HL mod I have played in this year! The music and the models are fantastic, but I think that the third map is a waste of time from the mapper, I mean, he surely work in that for one week

  9. Phil Bolton

    Should this be installed into the “…Steam\steamapps\name\half-life\ ” Folder?

    ‘Cos when I run the Install App it wants to create a new Half-Life folder in C: root–

    1. Yes, it installs in the normal Steam HL location. If needed, let it create a new folder and then move it.

      1. gerry

        Two things, It says you have to have version 1,1,1,1 ( I had 1,1,1,0) so I downloaded an update hl1111_release but BEFORE does not load. Where is WON 1112?

  10. Phil Bolton

    Cheers, Phillip

  11. Phil Bolton
    Play It Later

    Very playable, until the end that is, because the “final boss” is a bit silly – but. apart from that – worth a play!

  12. Play It Later

    I was disapointed by the music (I think I begin to be old …) for the rest and even if I use my classic version with and had several problems for the boss scene (I manage to finish it) it was short but pleasent in a quite limited space of design, but for sure the outro cutsene was well put together and really enjoyable in an original way to credit everybody

  13. Justin

    is this playable without steam?

  14. TuRkEy
    Play It Now!

    This started off really good, and to be honest I was expecting a lot more, but I can’t be picky with any Half-Life 1 content coming out. Very short, very disappointing end – I would of rather faded to black than fighting that glitchy “boss”. Otherwise, everything else was top notch.

  15. 23-down

    Yes you can play it without steam..

    But check the graphic settings. In WON hl one graphic setting doesn’t work.

  16. Darth Marsden
    Think Twice

    Played this when it first came out on ModDB. It’s not bad per se, but it’s not particularly good either. The first map suffers from awful frame dips, since it’s essentially one big, open map. Progression is confusing in places, the new models and skins aren’t particularly good (except the new 357) and since you can’t quick-save during the boss, it’s nigh-on impossible to beat him.

    I’m used to better then this, and you should be as well.

  17. Justin

    Ok I’ve installed it without steam by putting it in the C:Sierra/halflife folder and after installing the half life WON patch etc but whenever I try starting a new game an “error report” window pops up, any help on what to do here?

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  19. dougjp
    Think Twice

    Had its moments but what was the author thinking with the boss scene? A “grand finale” I bet. How lame. Well to me it ruined the map.

    After restarting and watching that infernal cutscene over and over I quit. No point making a map if people are simply going to swear at it during gameplay. I’m convinced the ratings are like people having wandered the desert looking for water, and seeing a mirage, ie; absence of maps makes the heart grow stronger for…..just about anything!

    Oh well, it was “something to do” and parts of the lead up to the end were pretty good.

  20. desertalienz

    Same thing happens to me Justin. In my custom games list it comes up installed, but zero. mega bytes for file size. I put it in the same location as heart of evil which works fine. steam/steamapps/name/halflife,
    but get error from half life launcher..

  21. Play It Later

    It was quite fun, but had some slow-downs on my machine and that boss fight was… well… ridiculous??? didn’t like that part, but the rest was very nice!

  22. 2muchvideogames

    looks like the boss was too difficult for some of you.

    Anyway I can only gripe about the graphic problems since I find that only software steam can play it. Well spirit 2008 is kinda buggy so hopefully no one else uses it in the near future.

  23. Play It Later

    Short, Sweet, looks great, but has a crap boss fight. Nothing really special but check it out if you can.

  24. Maybe?

    What’s with most of the comments recommending this mod? Yeah, it was short and quite decent, but that’s it, I didn’t think it was anything really special, it felt like it gave you every weapon in the original game “just because”, and the boss fight sucked

    One thing that bothered me is that this is one of the very few Half-life mods on steam, which is a mystery to me as I think that there are other mods out there more deserving of that spot, but oh well

  25. Play It Later

    In this mod, you go to a parallel world at the Black Rock facility, and steal a crystal that was teleported there or something. The gameplay is fun, but it’s awful short, and the boss fight is plain awful. It’s a Nihilanth model (not a nihilanth, just the model) that chases you, and if it catches you ya die. You run backwards emptying bullets into it while controllers, snarks, and i think AGrunts shoot at you. Up until that point, it’s pretty good, and the boss fight is annoying but easy, and it’s so short you might as well play it.

  26. Maybe?

    The first part of the map was very laggy and had a lot of frame drops. The music on the background was so ear blasting and could not turn it off or decrease the volume.

    In the few dialogues there is, there were a lot of spelling mistakes (not saying my English is perfect, but these were just clear mistakes)

    I didn’t enjoy this mod at all, I’ve seen way better before.

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