Hello again everyone!
After 20 years of enjoying everything that the Half-Life community has had to offer, I am incredibly happy to finally release my own contribution to you all.
This Half-Life mod will let you experience the Black Mesa incident from a different perspective, with some insights into mysterious events which Gordon Freeman was not present for.
This is my first real modding effort, which I began around 5 years ago.
I initially had just hoped to make a short and simple campaign that I myself would enjoy, working on it sporadically over the years in my spare time.
I never expected it to be as large an undertaking as it turned out to be, and I also could have never anticipated that I would get married and become a father in the time I worked on this project! It has been a long journey, but very much worth it.
This mod has been created and tested for the Windows version of Half-Life on Steam, and it is not compatible with Half-Life Source or the old WON version of Half-Life.
Music is integral to this mod, and the soundtrack may not work if this is played any other way.
Lastly, due to the detail in some areas, I would recommend running this on a more modern computer than what Half-Life was designed for originally.
There are two ways to get the mod below, either a Windows installer which will find your Steam Half-Life directory automatically, or a zip file.
Please run this using the shortcut created for Half-Life: Echoes in your Steam game library, this avoids the "ED_Alloc: no free edicts" crash by increasing the entity limit. If you change games from within Half-Life this command will not be run.
Select your format below - setup instructions are included with each download.
I have put a lot of time, energy and care into this, and I hope that you enjoy playing this as much as I did making it!
Thank you to all who supported me while I created this.
This mod is designed for the current Steam version of Half-Life on Windows.
I cannot guarantee it will fully function any other way.
Ensure that you run the game using the "Half-Life: Echoes" game library shortcut in Steam.
This increases the entity limit and avoids the crash "ED_ALLOC: NO FREE EDICTS"
Do not load Half-Life and change to Echoes from within the game.
This will skip the command to allocate extra memory.
You can set this manually if you wish, by adding
To the Steam launch options for Half-Life: Echoes.
To do this, right click on the game title, and select properties.
Then go to the "General" tab, then "Set launch options".
Or alternatively, add this to the Half-Life launch options:
-game echoes -num_edicts 2048
Remember to remove this if you wish to play Half-Life normally.
If this fails, try to load a saved game from a previous map and try to continue from there.
Report any issues that cannot be fixed by the above to the moddb page.