Recommended Half-Life 2 mods
March 4, 2010 7:29 AM   Subscribe

What are the best Half-Life 2 mods (redux)

So I'm a little behind the times. I've just finished up playing the Half-Life 2 series. Now I've discovered there are a lot of mods for it. There's a question here that has a lot of great leads, but it's also four years old. Whats the scoop on the best mods for me to try out?
posted by sanka to Computers & Internet (3 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
Well, if you haven't gotten the Orange Box, you should definitely get the Orange Box. Portal is one of the most innovative FPSes, and TF2 is ridiculously fun if you're into that sort of thing.

I'm waiting for the long-delayed Black Mesa: Source, myself.
posted by chengjih at 7:44 AM on March 4, 2010

Minerva: Metastasis is fantastic. The author was picked up by Valve to go work on Portal 2 & HL2 Ep 3 shortly afterwards: it's that good.

Research and Development is a fun "no weapons except the gravity gun" mod with a focus on problem solving rather than gun play.

If you want something a bit more cerebral, then investigate some of the 'Art Mod' scene: Dear Esther maybe, or Radiator if you're more into human interaction!

There's much more out there of course.
posted by pharm at 7:53 AM on March 4, 2010

I haven't played it in about a year, but Dystopia is fun as hell. Moazi's comment is very apt.

It's got a lot of the qualities that make a good shooter, but the unique part of it is the interaction between cyberspace (a low-friction, low-gravity, tron-like world) and "meatspace" (as it's generally called). You have implants that you can equip, one of which allows you to jack-in to terminals throughout the map. Once in cyberspace you can affect things in the physical world (and you'll also have "cyber-battles" over objectives in cyberspace as well). Meanwhile, the weapons and implants used in meatspace are plenty of fun and inventive. It's got a bit of a learning curve when you start out, but once you get into it, it's really rewarding.
posted by the other side at 9:18 AM on March 4, 2010

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