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Half-Life 2 Substance is back!

The 2005 original is available once again, rebuilt and expanded in an all-new 10th Anniversary Edition, thanks to the support of our community and the crews of System Shock Infinite and SMOD Standalone.

Half-Life 2 Substance installer v2.1
Half-Life 2 Substance full version

This mod harks back to a bygone age, when innovation with first person shooters was king.
Games like Thief, Requiem or Shogo would explore new approaches to the shooter genre.
Substance sought to merge the different playstyles into a precursor to the Crysis suit.

Each of the HEV Suit Modes comes with its own weapons and abilities, like energy shields or cloaking.
Just like multiplayer classes, which can be switched on the fly and share one gigantic inventory.

Newly available in this version, is the VR Missions map pack: as Substance used to be limited to the
vanilla and remastered campaigns, it can now be played in over a hundred Half-Life 2 classic maps
such as Strider Mountain, The Citizen, Rock 24, Riot Act and Mistake of Pythagoras!

VR Missions Final

To install the mod, place the Half-Life 2 Substance installer in Sourcemods and run it with admin rights.
Note: Half-Life 2 and Source SDK 2006 must be installed, and run at least once before installing.

Half-Life 2 Substance Readme

Half-Life 2 Substance Readme

4 months ago Feature 0 comments

Half-Life 2 Substance v2.0 Information, Troubleshooting & Credits.

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Half-Life 2 Substance installer v2.1

Half-Life 2 Substance installer v2.1

3 months ago Full Version 22 comments

The full version of Half-Life 2 Substance. Extract it in Sourcemods and run the installer with admin rights. Requires HL2 and Source SDK 2006.

Half-Life 2 Substance archive v2.1

Half-Life 2 Substance archive v2.1

3 months ago Patch 5 comments

A version of Half-Life 2 Substance with no installer. Extract it in Sourcemods and move the "hl2.exe" file to SteamApps\Common\SourceSDKBase.

Half-Life 2 Substance addons and fixes

Half-Life 2 Substance addons and fixes

3 months ago Patch 3 comments

A collection of mutators for Half-Life 2 Substance. Includes fixes for common issues with the SDK and missing DLL files.

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LaughingMan008 Aug 20 2015 says:

Ive been messing around with the mods a bit to see if I can figure out the reason why VR Missions crashes for me. Curious, I downloaded some of the mods in VR Missions, and then took them and installed them IN the Substance mod. Just drug and dropped the maps and relevant scripts and models and materials into the regular Substance directly. From there, I can run the mods. The same mods that crash in VR Missions, load in Substance. But ONLY if I run "VR Training" first before loading one of the mods. It loads and starts, and THEN I can load the mod. If I try to just go to one of the maps from the title screen, it crashes the same way VR Missions does. Don't know what that means or if it means anything at all.

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xdiesp_ Creator
xdiesp_ Aug 20 2015 replied:

This give me an idea: reinstall the mod normally, then delete the \Graphs and \Soundcache folders inside \Maps. Also, see if you can PM me a crash log.

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LaughingMan008 Sep 3 2015 replied:

Hey there. Just letting you know I'm still around....
Haven't really had a chance to follow up until now.
I tried your suggestion, but still no luck. Again, thanks for continuing to help. I didn't save a crash log, but Ill see about that later. I did try one other thing as well. Curious, I downloaded a couple of the mods in VR Missions, and I put them inside the Substance mod. Just dropping all the files into the regular, non vanilla Substance folder, and tried to run them there. If I attempt to load any of them straight away, it crashes the same way as VR Missions does, BUT, if I load VR Training first, and then load one of the mods levels, then it works.

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flippedoutkyrii Aug 13 2015 says:

Hey Xdiesp, have you considered hosting all these mutators and extra tidbits (IE buffed big boss file, restored voices and optional skins) on a page so people know they are there? Some folks don't scan the comment sections.

Maybe add them in the addons menu on this page :)

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xdiesp_ Creator
xdiesp_ Aug 14 2015 replied:

Good idea, we can use the new archive to collect all requests and fixes that show up.

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Proxystarkilla Aug 13 2015 says:

I love MGS and I love this mod, it's a weird mashup but it works. The only problem is how underpowered Big Boss is, the cloak takes so long and with HL2 being a linear affair, nobody's going to come up to you, it only serves to take you out of combat for a second, which isn't how camo worked in MGS 3. I recommend making it work for him only if he walks, but work indefinitely. And if anyone should have a CQC weapon, it should be Big Boss. Snake is way overpowered and Raiden is a little on the weak side, I also haven't been able to execute his lunging attack.

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xdiesp_ Creator
xdiesp_ Aug 14 2015 replied:

Changelog v2.1
- Recon mode: buffed damage and defense.
- Ripper mode: buffed defense and melee.
- Morphine Shot no longer has a malus to damage.
- Updated scopes for improved visibility.
- Gibbing effect is now harder to trigger.

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Jerkakame Aug 10 2015 says:

I really wanna play, but the menu is bugged and invisible for me, In all smod mods.
sometimes I see a pink loading box.

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xdiesp_ Creator
xdiesp_ Aug 10 2015 replied:

Install Source SDK 2006 and get the Manual Installation file.

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Jerkakame Aug 11 2015 replied:

thanks it worked.

I love the crosshair, that it turns invisible when moving and visible when standing still.

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Devil_Dog_84 Aug 10 2015 says:

The mod is amazing and I have played the old version many years ago so I have to complain about this:

1- Old voices when suit switching were better.
2- No Gray Fox,
3- Old SMOD tactical Slow Mo effects were a lot better, especially the orange bullet trails and the head shot effects.

Really those are my only complaints and like I said earlier, EXCELLENT MOD

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xdiesp_ Creator
xdiesp_ Aug 10 2015 replied:

Here's a mutator to restore Gray Fox and the voices: Say so if you want Meryl!

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Highest Rated (3 agree) 10/10

Back in the golden days of hl2 modding, this was something I played multiple times, and looking back at it, I sincerely wish I could go back for more :( The new additions to the hl2 campaign struck me with surprise and awe and the dozens of new weapons made the action tight and refreshing, with new additional monsters and player abilities to decimate them with. It's a shame this only partially works with mod fixes following the may 2010 update. Perhaps someone with some free time on their hands…

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