Pick up the crowbar of research scientist Gordon Freeman, and find yourself on an alien-infested Earth being picked to the bone, its resources depleted, its populace dwindling. You must rescue the world from the wrong you unleashed back at Black Mesa.

The original Half-Life sent a shock through the game industry with its combination of pounding action and continuous, immersive storytelling. Valve's debut title won more than 50 Game of the Year awards, was named "Best Game Ever" by PC Gamer, and launched a franchise which has since sold over 11 million units worldwide. By taking the suspense, challenge and visceral charge of the original Half-Life and adding startling new realism and responsiveness, Half-Life 2 opens the door to a world where the player’s presence affects everything around him or her, from the physical environment to the behaviors and even the emotions of both friends and enemies.

Technical note: most mods “for Half-Life 2” are actually cross-compatible with all of Valve's Source engine games. Check a mod’s profile for details on whether a specific game is needed.

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About Exterminatus with 4 comments by ChromeAngel on Jul 18th, 2014

Since spring of 2014 I have been working on migration of Exterminatus to the 2013 version of the Source SDK.  Players should find this version is more stable, has shorter loading times and a high frame rate than the previous Beta which uses the 2007 Source SDK.

Mitch has set up a new dedicated server in Australia ( [AU] Mitch's Exterminatus Server) with encouragement from Ceadda. The new server should be listed in the in-game server browser, but you can connect direct at

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  • Install the "Source SDK Base 2013 Multiplayer" to your steam library (it's listed under "tools").
  • Run the Source SDK Base 2013 Multiplayer at least once.  You can exit once the menu has finished loading.
  • If you already have a copy of the EX beta, delete it.
  • Run the Beta installer and follow it's instructions.
  • Restart Steam.  You should now see both the Exterminatus Beta 8.0 listed in your library.
Battle for the hilltop


  • The stormbolter now fires a single shot twice as fast, rather then 2 shots at once.
  • New Deathspitter impact sounds by DontAsk4470
  • New Sporemine bursting sounds by DontAsk4470
  • Turret Sound effects for "target spotted!" and "damaged" (HL2 sounds found by DontAsk4470).


  • Buffed Terminator armor effectiveness against most attacks, but still vulnerable to psionics.
  • Buffed Terminator starting ammo from 60 to 120
  • Buffed Stormbolter damage from 17 to 30
  • Nerfed Tarantulas rate of fire to the same as the marine's heavy bolter.
  • Buffed Tarantula max range from 1200 to 2400.
  • Buffed Tarantula damage from 8 to 16 to compensate for it's lower ROF
  • Nerfed the rate at which the Meltgun does damage
  • Buffed Meltgun damage from 18 to 19 per tick.
  • Buffed Flamer damage from 23 to 24 per burn.
  • Buffed Assult marine jump pack range.
  • Nerfed Plasmagun charge damage.
  • Nerfed Genstealer leap range.
  • Nerffed Carnifex armor protection.
  • Nerfed Lictor talon damage from 66 to 50.
  • Buffed Lictor leap range.
Scortched Shrine


  • Made servo skulls invulnerable (their deaths were causing crashes).
  • Moved the Tarantulas "eye" so attacking players show now remain in it's field of vision even at melee range.
  • The screen shot key should now work in all the menus, regardless of what key you have it bound to.
  • Objective icons are now aligned more centrally.
  • Switched to the "sv_pure" method of checking server and client are running the same version.  The default whitelist should allow chapter skins to keep working
  • Improved the class and war gear menu presentation.
  • Prevent Leaping players from seeing out of the map on Thunderhawk, Tarsis Ultra, Ichar IV, Valley and Lycantium.
  • Added a button controlled door to the vent on Orbital to slow down players using that short cut.
  • Added an extra level of detail to one of the bronze forgeworld panel props (the one with two tanks).
  • Grated DontAsk4470 a "Contributor" hero banner for his work with Source Filmmaker, sound effects and general community spirit.
  • Tweaked the tyranid warrior ragdoll to be less ridged (now more bouncy and inclined to do the splitz).
Lictor on a Rooftop

Technically this version is actually 8.02, it took more alpha versions to get to this state than I had expected when I started the migration at 7.9.

I have several more sound effects from DontAsk that can be included in EX, but I don't think they would be worth holding up the Beta release any longer.  I expect i'll get around to including them in an alpha patch over the course of the (northern hemisphere) summer.

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Double Action: Boogaloo Kappa Plus 7/24 Windows. This is an optional graphics update. You must install it on top of Kappa.

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This zip archive includes all you need to host and play Exterminatus - Rival Species 2. Two Species: Humans and Tyranids. Twelve distinct classes, each...

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This tarball contains the Darkness 1.6 32-bit linux build, a copy of the Valve Source Dedicated Server for SDK 2013 Multiplayer and 32-bit libraries that...

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TheUnbeholden Jul 22 2013, 12:09am buried:


looks like half-life 3 has been teased at ...


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Crypt Jul 22 2013, 8:17pm replied:

Not really. PCGamer made a joke (as usual), and the internet couldn't take a joke (as usual).

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LuFer17 Jul 22 2013, 9:44pm buried:


man, don't joke with Half-Life 3. We are all waiting for the last sequel to Half-Life,in my opinion, the best franchise for me. So, take it seriously please.

Sorry for my english, im spanish

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824792331 Jul 17 2013, 12:00am says:

This is a classic

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noobpwner69 Jul 14 2013, 9:12am says:

Is there any other place where i can get mods for Half-life 2. Desura says i dont have It installed when i have it installed for steam. long before i got desura

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KatanaBladeNeko Aug 28 2013, 11:54pm replied:

I think I might know your problem.

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Thump3r Jul 13 2013, 12:18am says:

Working on a playthrough of this now , commentary / face cam . Since I watched that recent speedrun by Sourceruns ive been wanting to do a lets play of this classic so here it is :

- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXnfpzC-RzQ&list=PLH77UPyb8ypkKbyrZOLUKiu3Fuh_Wm8-y

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mooftoin Jun 25 2013, 5:49pm says:

it will not install, it just asks me to find it in my computer. i have installed other games and mods and they have not done this, what is wrong with it? has it done this for anyone else? thanks

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thecheezyguy123 Jul 28 2013, 9:07am replied:

it has to say install game and not install shortcut because you have to download half life 2 (bassically it does not exist on desura)

+1 vote     reply to comment
Crypt Jun 27 2013, 11:46am replied:

You're probably trying to download through Desura, right?
You can't. You need to buy it through Steam.

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Sadly it never ends for Gordon Freeman, he is gaming worlds Jack Bauer, consistently going from one bad day to the next. No sooner have you blown up the head of the Xenian Nihilanth and discussed career prospects with the mysterious G-Man than he tosses you in the mix again. Another train ride another mysterious situation leaving Gordon (and you the gamer) none the wiser, but thats what we like about the Half-life series and all it's canonical universe, Valve will always give you a Palm d'or plot…

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