Raising the Bar is a mod based off of the idea of amalgamating the earliest concepts of Half-Life 2 into a coherent story. This mod is not a leak-fix, nor is it a concept art recreation gallery; it will be a full story with inspiration from the old material as well as our own ideas of how to make it all fit together.
Raising the Bar is a Half-Life 2 modification based on the original book Half-Life 2- Raising the Bar and is committed to recreate the oldest Half-Life 2 storyline.
In 2003 a version of HL2 was leaked, this version was already filtered to the point of having mostly maps similar to the retail version of Half-Life 2, with a few exceptions. After being leaked just a short while later, the HL2 team at Valve was forced to change the story even more.
This mod aims to completely recreate all maps, models, and dialogues of the original story described in the book, so do not expect to download a ported Leak HL2. This mod will completely recreate the maps giving a version using Source 2007, not in the older version (Source 2003).
To have a good amount of reception from HL2 fans, we wanted to show a few images of the development of the mod, although we did not want to show too much as we want to be as complete and perfect as possible without spoiling too much. We prefer to show media later if necessary to have a more complete work.
Since 2002 we have explored, played and enjoyed mods of all shapes and sizes just like Raising The Bar. We love games like Half-Life 2 that have opened themselves up to modding. Because of communities like Workshop, Nexus, Curse, RTSL, GameBanana and Mod DB, more games support modding today than ever before.
Let's celebrate modding
As mods play a bigger role in the future of gaming, we believe it is important to recognize the effort the teams behind the work put in, giving us countless hours of enjoyment while asking nothing in return. We have the power to change our games and that needs to be celebrated to ensure it remains a big part of PC gaming's future.
It all started
In 2015, when the paid modding dispute left many gamers and modders worried about the direction the industry is headed. Things have since settled down, but we believe it is important to continue this small tradition to show we are not alone in our love for mods, and the open platforms that embrace them.
Mod Appreciation Week
Nothing is more motivating than knowing something you've built is being enjoyed by others. So this week if there is a mod you love on Mod DB (or anywhere else), make the effort to shout out to them, mention and link their mod in a tweet, blog, forum or facebook post with the hashtag #modlove2016 (or click the icons above for a pre-built post).
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