Half - Life 2 : Substance GOLD gives the HL2 single player campaign harder challenges and hectic action: 4 gamemodes to test your skills with, a wide array of weapons and 5 different player classes to best suit your gaming style. Welcome to the real Substance, what action is made of!
A fully updated,legit copy of Half-life 2 is required in order to install and play Half - Life 2 : Substance.
System requirements: 1G ram, 2.5Ghz processor for medium detail.
New single player campaign modes: European Extreme mode is a nightmare/legendary difficulty with all the Substance features but no extra encounters - best for low-level hardwares; the Gordon Tales are an alternate take on Freeman's arrival to C17, which start with a new intro and follow his steps in the Seventeen Years War - think of the chaos of the "Follow Freeman!" chapter,only from the beginning; while Survivor mode is based on health management and trades Halo shields for medikits, so you must save and leech health or an error too many in the canals could prove fatal only in the citadel!
Bullet time + fast reload as in Max Payne 2,gruesome new gibbing system,friendly fire,open wounds,Critical Hit System as in Shogo (score headshots & melee kills to win health),the weapons' weight affect your walk speed,new Fast-Punch and Throw-Grenade buttons,crosshair disappearing when you run,alternate firemodes,double & long jumps,allies spawning,enemy conversions,incendiary/dark energy shells,battle striders with normal guns and meet bullsquids,houndeyes,assassins and stalkers;
The HEV FORMS class system,press tab and select your personality among the following ones! UNLOCKED ONCE YOU ACQUIRE THE CROWBAR FROM BARNEY.
GORDON FREEMAN is a scientist and knows how to play defensively while exploiting his enemies' advanced technology to build friendly units and nasty traps. Abilities: HEV Shield and thermal flashlight (burns enemies when focused) Weapons: punch, crowbar, stunstick+manhack, pistol, mp5+grenade (employs hand grenades!), dual combine ball launcher, jackhammer+turrett, bugbait+antlion, berserk ggun (turns super if you use it for a while), explosive-stuffed proximity headcrab (kill headcrabs, win ammo), covenant grenade, quad free fire rpg
LIQUID SNAKE is the terrorist leader of fox-hound and his specialties are mass killings and stylish matrixesque executions with any kind of weapon or even bare-handed fights. Abilities: Killing Spree, HEV Knuckles,super throw (splash enemies with crates or barrels), extended bullet time Weapons: punch, tazer, stunstick+manhack, desert eagle, AK47, HK23E, Vulcan minicannon, super shotgun 1/2/4 ammo, cluster incendiary grenade, quad launcher, bugbait+antlion, berserk ggun;
SOLID SNAKE is a talented spy who relies on his stealth camouflage to evade capture or to approach and kill unaware foes in close quarters combat or silent arms. Abilities: Stealth Camouflage,Fortune Device (EMP explosion that hurts close enemies and makes impossible for enemy bullets to hit you),HL1 Long Jump Module,Double Jump,Dodge and Speed Weapons: knife, silenced pistol, silenced famas, silenced crossbow with normal+fire+explosive arrows, gravity gloves (choke enemies!), the slam, chaff grenade (converted combines are friendly to you and slaughter each other), quad launcher, bugbait+antlion, berserk ggun
BIG BOSS is an infiltrator who knows the ways of the predators of the jungle, healing his own wounds and capping his targets from afar with famed precision. Abilities: morfine shot,nightvisions,crouch mimetism Weapons: hunting knife that leeches life, stunstick+manhack ,flaregun, free fire scoped desert eagle, scoped tranquillizer shotgun, scoped AWP with embedded bullet time, scoped bigger jackhammer, scoped OICW, quad launcher, bugbait+antlion, berserk ggun, proximity headcrab;
GRAY FOX is a ninja wrath who shifts through the fabric of reality to coldly murder any living thing fool enough to try and oppose him. This form is locked until you beat the game once. Abilities: Shift to Spectral Plane, Fortune Device Ex and instant gib with any weapon Weapons: progressive katana, sns-50, sawed-off, xm-8, AUG, super ggun, covenant grenade, chaff grenade, slam, quad launcher, bugbait+antlion;
General fixes: stats are now ported through levels,fixed bugs concerning invisibility,blue grids and turrets.
Q) How do I install this mod?
A) Please delete any previous HL2 Substance installation you might have already installed.
Download the HL2 Substance GOLD 1.2 autoinstaller, run it and select Install Mod -> Install. The installation process will start.
Disabling your firewall might be necessary for the installer to work correctly.
Do not un-select the "copy HL2 cache" option, it is made to avoid long loading times.
Q) How do I run this mod once I have it installed?
A) Run Steam, select Play Games -> Third Party Games -> HL2 Substance.
Q) How do I uninstall this mod?
A) Browse your "Program FilesvalvesteamsteamappsSOURCEMODS" directory and delete the HL2substance folder.
Q) I get choppy framerate in the Gordon Tales, what can I do?
A) You must lower your audio/video settings because the Gordon Tales are heavier and you can't play them with your same old settings. Don't even mention you normally play HL2 with 8x AAS, it's either turning it off or getting the slowdowns/crashes.
Customize your HL2 Launch Options: press the right button on the 'Half-Life 2' voice on Steam/PlayGames and then click on Properties > LaunchOptions to access them, and type: -console -debug -heapsize [half or your ram x 1000; mine is 1024 so I type -heapsize 512000].
Defrag your hd with the Executive Software's program "Diskeeper",much better than the default windows defragger.
Q) I get crashes, what should I do?
A) See previous question, this is directly connected to performance: speed it up and he crashes will mostly disappear. However, if a random bug appears in a level and makes impossible for you to proceed further, just press Esc and press the button labeled Bugfix on the lower left.
Q) The loading times are long, what do I do?
A) Loading times are naturally a bit longer in Substance, but the real problem comes when you uncheck the 'Copy HL2 Cache Files' option in the installer and the cache files do not get copied. You have to run the installer again, and leave the option checked.
If for any reason you have to copy the cache files manually, just copy your complete half-life2hl2maps into sourcemodshl2substance.
Ati Radeon Gfx Cards
Q) I try to start the mod but I get an "Engine Error" message. What should I do?
A) You have to adjust your refresh rate accordingly to your monitor's maximum supported one. First, download the latest drivers at the ATI Catalyst Control Center. Then click on the toolbar and select Settings -> View -> Advanced View. Then select Graphic Settings -> Monitor Properties -> Information. Take note of your maximum reported refresh rate and set this same value into Monitor Attributes -> Maximum Refresh Rate. Now, open Display Options -> 3rd Refresh Override and set it to "same as desktop". Finally, open Display Manager and check that Refresh Rate uses the same settings you selected earlier for max refresh rate.
Q) How do I unlock the HEV Forms class system?
A) Acquire the crowbar from Barney.
Q) How do I unlock the secret HEV Form Gray Fox?
A) Beat the game by stopping Breen from teleporting.
Q) How do I access the Extra Chapter 15 aka Gordon Tales Extreme?
A) Beat the game once and if the chapter is not available immediately,restart HL2