Readers' Recommendations

Releases that readers have recommended others play.


for Half-Life 2: Episode One

Pervasive. Literary. Brutal. Experimental.

MINERVA, by Adam Foster, takes you to a remote island under the control of Combine forces. Something is going on here. Your goal is to uncover what that is and destroy it. Oh, yes – and try to survive.


Total Downloads: 8,45822nd March 2015
169 Comments and 69 recommendations, most say "Play It Now!"

A2B Trajectory

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

You find yourself in an environment where Combine forces and Zombies are at each others throat, and you are quickly caught in the crossfire. Try to find a way to escape the area amidst the dangers that lurk around every corner…


Total Downloads: 1,65725th April 2019
15 Comments and 13 recommendations, most say "Play It Now!"

Das Roboss

for Half-Life 2

Combine forces are in the process of constructing a huge robot in an abandoned government fallout shelter outside City 17. The robot, codenamed “Das Roboss”, is the most destructive Combine creation yet. It makes Striders look like daddy long-legs.


Total Downloads: 5,5731st November 2008
60 Comments and 25 recommendations, most say "Play It Now!"


for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

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

You find yourself in what looks like a prison but it’s much more industrial than most. Clearly you need to escape and that is easier said than done.

You get to leave the prison and feel the fresh air on your face but not for too long. Keep the faith as you will eventually see the light of day again, but you might wish you hadn’t.


Total Downloads: 4,37930th October 2010
49 Comments and 36 recommendations, most say "Play It Now!"

Infinite Rift

for Half-Life

About Dark Government Forces lead by the shadowy agent know only as “The Administrator” have taken control of the Black Mesa complex. They’ve sealed off the underground laboratories and are constructing a powerful dimensional device know only as Infinite Rift. This device must not be used or it could spell doom for our entire planet.… Read More


Total Downloads: 1,33528th August 2006
45 Comments and 12 recommendations, most say "Play It Now!"


for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

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

Finding yourself falling through a vent, you need to work your way to a Combine portal.

This will provide the means for your escape.

Don’t rush through, as there are many twists and turns, plus caches to find. Good Luck!


Total Downloads: 4,13724th August 2011
35 Comments and 23 recommendations, most say "Play It Now!"

Dawn’s Early Light: Combine Facility

for Half-Life 2

Author’s Notes

“Dawn’s Early Light is a single-player map pack for Half-Life 2, spanning three continuous maps. My map is the first, and involves a member of the human resistance assaulting a Combine facility, only to be part of an event that releases hordes of zombies into the Combine-controlled city. We stuck with the Half-Life 2 visual style and universe for this map pack in order to fully utilize the game assets already available to us.

A major part of this project is working with other Level Designers in order to maintain consistent visuals, especially when it comes to accomplishing seamless level transitions. Even seemingly smaller details, such as the time of day that the events take place in, affect the decisions that we make while creating our maps.

The main thing that I learned from working on this map pack was how to properly populate a 3D game space with fun, scripted enemy encounters. I learned that something as simple as where an enemy attacks from can mean the difference between a player being frustrated or excited about the gameplay experience. Also, along with the Nitrate mod that I worked on, I became very proficient with the Hammer editor and learned how it differs from a subtractive editor like UnrealEd.


Total Downloads: 1,54124th August 2007
21 Comments and 11 recommendations, most say "Play It Now!"


for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

Re-enter the Half Life Universe and revisit City 17 in the time before Freeman, in this fan made single-player mod.

The Resistance is threatened by a decisive Combine assault, and as a wanted Resistance member you will need to fight to escape from the Combine’s clutch.

At the same time, a mysterious force is working towards ends unknown…


Total Downloads: 12,10829th March 2011
97 Comments and 54 recommendations, most say "Personal Favourite"


for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

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

“The last thing I remember was our train being stopped in the woods. OVERWATCH told me I was needed for questioning, so they locked me in one of those cold pods and stuck me on the next train to NOVA PROSPEKT. I can still see my WIFE watching me drift away.”


Total Downloads: 7,12026th February 2008
125 Comments and 53 recommendations, most say "Play It Now!"