Readers' Recommendations

Releases that readers have recommended others play.

Half-Life: Echoes

for Half-Life

Return to Black Mesa in this brand new mod for the 20-year old Half-Life. You think it’s just another day at work – but of course it’s that fateful day of the resonance cascade. Run, think, and shoot your way through the Black Mesa Research Facility as you’ve never seen it before, so you may live another day!

This Half-Life mod will let you experience the Black Mesa incident from a different perspective, with some insights into mysterious events which Gordon Freeman was not present for.

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Total Downloads: 5,55710th August 2018
69 Comments and 26 recommendations, most say "Personal Favourite"

Insomnia

for Half-Life 2

After waking up in a dentist’s chair in the middle of nowhere there’s only one appropriate course of action to take: escape. This is the surreal dream-world of Insomnia. Will you survive this neverending night in the face of desperate refugees from more well-ordered realms of time and space? Or will you be trapped forever in the Red Room or perhaps the winding streets of Paranoia City?

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Total Downloads: 4,97024th April 2011
31 Comments and 21 recommendations, most really enjoyed it!

DownFall

for Half-Life 2

You are once more putting on the HEV suit as Gordon Freeman.

Your mission is to recover a newly developed technology by the resistance, known as the “citadel buster”, before the Combine manage to destroy it.

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Total Downloads: 3,4145th July 2017
55 Comments and 18 recommendations, most say "Personal Favourite"

Power Tower

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

A Combine tower lies in the middle of the forest, providing energy to all Combine units in the area. Its destruction would greatly benefit the Resistance. You find yourself in the shoes of Gordon Freeman, tasked with destroying the construction.

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Total Downloads: 1,6929th May 2020
18 Comments and 17 recommendations, most really enjoyed it!

Third Party

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

A train engineer, vital to the resistance’s plans, has been captured.

Normally, all rebels are executed quite soon after capture.

He hasn’t been. There are also other signs of unusual activity.

Something strange is about to happen.

You have been sent in to rescue the engineer and any other resistance members being held captive.

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Total Downloads: 1,90519th August 2018
17 Comments and 14 recommendations, most really enjoyed it!

Quiet Rehabilitation

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

Localised on the other side of the Coast, the Combine used to run one among other abandoned sections of the block cells as an area to detain citizens who were determined to be a threat to the Combine action.

Later on, these cell blocks were left behind, including countless prisoners and citizens who tried to escape by their own through vents, old offices, maintenance facilities and sewers.

You’ll find yourself stuck in one of those old cells on another side of sector A5 at Nova Prospekt. Be sure to acquire any kind of weaponry and supplies during your escape route, because you’re not alone on this mission.

Many unauthorised and unidentified creatures are wandering around the place. Watch your corners and try not to make any huge noises, you might attract those strange things to hunt you down. Or even worse: the Combine itself.

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Total Downloads: 1,83931st August 2017
24 Comments and 14 recommendations, most really enjoyed it!

TWHL Tower 2

for Half-Life

Five years ago, you fought and ascended the first tower alone. You thought it would be over, that that would be the end.

But you were sorely mistaken. You’ve received a new call to another tower’s roof and you meet an “old acquaintance” that kept insisting that a team should have been dispatched rather than a “lone wolf.”

You start to have a feeling of déjà vu – except this time, there’s a long descent ahead of you. And if you explore and observe well enough, the sub-basement bonus map will be unlocked!

Work your way through 25 floors from 18 mappers in this superb sequel to TWHL Tower!

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Total Downloads: 3,22711th November 2020
40 Comments and 13 recommendations, most really enjoyed it!

G String Beta

for Half-Life 2

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

The air is foul and corporate fascism reigns in the not too distant future.

Somewhere in the North American Union you are Myo Hyori, an 18 year-old girl of Korean descent who has had enough. Oh and you can start fires- with your mind.

This makes your corporate owners very nervous…

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Total Downloads: 7,64823rd December 2011
123 Comments and 13 recommendations, most say "Personal Favourite"

Bravado

While attempting to escape Black Mesa, Freeman’s tram is halted by a military lockdown at an administrative facility chiselled into the side of a canyon wall.

Freeman must restore power to the tram and, along the way, discover what happened to the scientists.

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Total Downloads: 1,80131st May 2015
48 Comments and 11 recommendations, most really enjoyed it!