The Stanley Parable is an experimental narrative-driven first person game. It is an exploration of choice, freedom, storytelling and reality, all examined through the lens of what it means to play a video game. You will make a choice that does not matter You will follow a story that has no end You will play a game you cannot win's actually best if you don't know anything about it before you play it :D

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Meh, it was ok. It was very humoras. But....It was to short for me. If you whoud have made it a lot bigger and axshel make it HORROR i whoud have loved it.

Absolutely brilliant, every which-way. Finally, a game that really explores the medium in which it exists.

Not pretty but brilliant

Narrative/Plot: EXCELLENT idea as far as story is concerned. Story was pretty cool at first, and then after the initial playthrough it completely transformed. Storrytelling was pretty cool aswell, and certainly quite original.

Level design/quality: Nothing special, and was horrible in a few places (after 'the trap' and outside areas), but overall it fits quite well.

Gameplay: Nonexistent. This was never made with gameplay in mind, which ain't a bad thing. Storytelling more than makes up for it to me, but if you're just wanting more gameplay then don't download it; you're not the target audience.

Voice acting: Was great. Better than 99% of mods I've played so far. 'nuff said.


KooBlu says

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A fantastic mod for HL-2. As others have found, I think the narrator-driven storyline is the best part of this game. From what I have discovered so far, there are at least 3 possible "endings" to the game, and all of them were interesting. I recommend giving The Stanley Parable a try if you haven't already. It's an experience quite unlike any other. Recommended.


TheConsul says

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Ah, a breath of fresh air in the hl2 mod world. Fascinating choices, AAA voice acting, and unconventional idea, that is really executed well. I hope to see more originality like this from the author in the future.


I especially loved the female narrator taking narrative control over the game and explaining very vaguely about Stanley and the main narrator. That still leaves me scratching my head. Also when you take the blue door and walk into the dev like map and loaded into the seemingly normal trainstation map but to find out it to be something more is also so fun and fascinating.


Thank you for this mod, even though it is short it is so very sweet.

A great mod, if you like Half Life 2 mods you owe it to yourself to play this.


The Stanley Parable is one of the single most creative and innovative mod I have come across. The story is relatively creative with excellent gameplay much like the freedoms and choices of Fable.

If you enjoy a good story and good re-playability with multiple endings, check this mod out.

Great fun and a fantastic play on freedom and narrative. If you like things that are meta level thinking then you'll enjoy this mod from the moment you are handed the controls... or are you?

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