Back in 2005, the idea for a sidescrolling deathmatch mod was born on the Half Life Improvement Forums. Named Ragnarok Arena, it featured weapons and locations from many Half Life mods, squeezing them all into one massive multiplayer experience.

Enjoy a trip back to a time when bleeding edge graphics didn't matter, and where the idea of a third dimension was only dreamed of. Ragnarok Arena allows you to jump miles, gib your friends into little pieces with rockets and actually have a fighting chance without having the discomfort of having to move around on that stupid x axis.

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Ragnarok Arena, a sidescrolling deathmatch mod for Half Life has released it's third beta and it's a day early! How many times do mods manage to release BEFORE their projected release date?

In any case, the development team assures everyone downloading that the biggest nagging issues of the first two betas have been corrected and as such, the mod has become a major blast to play. With such silly issues having been fixed we ask everyone who was turned away by improper aiming and lack of options to at least give the mod another shot. As for those of you who have never played the mod before: Well. It's a sidescrolling game where you kill all your friends over the internet. We think that at least warrants a try.

We hope you enjoy the mod. It's been a blast making it so far and we can't wait to see where we take it in the future.

Third Time's a Charm

Third Time's a Charm

7 years ago News 2 comments Report

Just when you thought it was completely dead, Ragnarok Arena comes rushing back with it's third beta release

Mods of 2006 - Editors' Choice

Mods of 2006 - Editors' Choice

8 years ago Feature 33 comments Report

The gamers and players have spoken and picked their favorites and to keep things interesting, we didn't totally agree. Now it's time for the Mod DB editors...

When the third dimension gets boring, you've got one place to turn. Ragnarok Arena is a sidescrolling deathmatch shooter for Half Life combining characters, environments and weapons from your favorite Half Life mods and games.
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Ragnarok Arena: Beta 3 Patch

Ragnarok Arena: Beta 3 Patch

7 years ago Patch 0 comments

It's the sidescrolling deathmatch action game's third beta in a lightweight, carb free patch for for those of you who still have Beta 2 installed.

Ragnarok Arena: Beta 3 Full

Ragnarok Arena: Beta 3 Full

7 years ago Full Version 3 comments

Ragnarok Arena enters it's third season with Beta 3. The sidescrolling deathmatch mod has now received spines, so those player models can look up and...

Ragnarok Arena Beta 2 Full Install

8 years ago Full Version 0 comments

Ragnarok Arena is a sidescrolling Deatmatch/TeamDeathmatch mod for Half Life.

Ragnarok Arena Beta 1.0

9 years ago Full Version 1 comment

The sidescrolling mod for Half Life has finally been released! Blast your friends away on over ten different maps without that pesky third axis.

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sgtvishus Sep 30 2012 says:

i cant play the hl2 version :/ it says Only one instance of this game can be running at a time. and im SOOOOOOOOOO mad right now

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sgtvishus Sep 28 2012 says:


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PunisherLex Apr 7 2012 says:

note if your not gonna play it dont give it good ratings so im going to give this a 1 so that people wont download it as much then get disapointed

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Yeayea130 Aug 8 2012 replied:

Correction. If Your Not Gonna Play It. DON'T RATE IT. Its That Simple. Play The Game First Before Going Full Retard.

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dr.pillz Aug 1 2011 says:

is someone playing?

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Maruigi44 Apr 9 2011 says:

Won't work.

Can't load some sort of library in the "hlss" directory or something.

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Zakaroo Feb 22 2011 says:

It doesn't work for me and my friends, it's missing a hlss library?

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sicka11 Jan 3 2012 replied:

can i know a bit more about hlss, is tht a mod?

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Maruigi44 Apr 29 2011 replied:

Yea, I'm getting that problem as well.

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MiniHendrix Jan 10 2010 says:

This needs bots.

Gave it only a 8, as it is like Super Shooter Bros. Melee, or something.

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