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Half-Life 2: Short Stories is a team working on a group of modifications that take place in the same realm. A lot of the focus is on the story and gameplay, new innovative set pieces and puzzles. After the release of the first episode of Human Error, the team is planning to release more episodes and expand the characters and the world.

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The death of the Nihilanth threw the Xenian army into disarray, and the subsequent portal storms stranded many on Earth in the wake of Combine occupation. After once more having to endure existence beneath the totalitarian boot of their cosmic nemesis, they have searched for a way out. Now, buried in the heart of a dilapidated university, they've found it.

Posted by Au-heppa on Feb 9th, 2010

The death of the Nihilanth threw the Xenian army into disarray, and the subsequent portal storms stranded many on Earth in the wake of Combine occupation. After once more having to endure existence beneath the totalitarian boot of their cosmic nemesis, they have searched for a way out. Now, buried in the heart of a dilapidated university, they've found it.

In Human Error, relish the opportunity to join Civil Protection and stop the Xenians from ever finding peace! Step into the jack boots of Anders, and follow his story through a moral quagmire of thinly disguised genocide and raging psychotics. Vortigaunts, Alien Grunts and Controllers stand in your way from dashing the hopes of an entire civilisation, but worry not: you have at your disposal all the perks of the Combine empire. Step into the APC, equip your manhack and stand side-by-side with equally disgruntled traitors to the human race, Eloise, Noah and Larson.

With the .zip file, simply unzip it and copy it to your SourceMods folder (which is something like C:\Steam\steamapps\SourceMods\ depending on your Steam installation). Make sure the mod's foldername will be "Human_Error". If you want to help us host the files, let us know. If you have questions, comment, etc. remember our Moddb forums.

If you haven't seen it yet, here's This Is Larson:

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Comments  (0 - 50 of 123)
staberas Feb 9 2010, 9:42am said:

Hey you HL2 player, have you ever wonder how combines Metrocops spend their day ? Or how their manhack work ? No!?
NOW you can experience a day of a Civil Protection Metrocop with Human Error.

nuff said

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EbonKnight Apr 12 2010, 7:53pm replied:

This is BY FAR -the- best mod for Half Life 2 ever released and in fact the only half life 2 mod I have played that reminded me of the glorious mods the original game had. It's only a shame that to reach this level of quality quantity has to be sacrificed so I'm expecting you guys won't be releasing the sequel anytime soon.

But yeah, let me just say I actually registered on moddb just to post how utterly amazing this mod was.. keep up the great work and please don't quit what is surely the best half life 2 mod yet!

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Stealthrellik Nov 22 2010, 4:12pm replied:

lol ive done that same exact thing before too :P

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migwell Aug 3 2010, 9:24pm replied:

Wow!!! Could be the best ever!

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Dan911 Feb 9 2010, 10:25am said:

damn, looks amazing

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Smuz-juhl Feb 9 2010, 10:36am said:

good work!

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Nawwx Feb 9 2010, 12:06pm said:


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kertins Feb 9 2010, 12:22pm said:

me wants it

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Jike Feb 9 2010, 12:31pm said:

I finished it in one piece. Awesome mod! Amazingly professionally. I want the next Short Story to come out! :)

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Colossal Feb 9 2010, 12:54pm buried:


I hated it. Very glitchy. And the models were bad.

-39 votes     reply to
geostigma Feb 9 2010, 1:46pm replied:

Same with a lot of mod's. Considering that none of them are professional and released something with custom content is enough to trump your statement. Not to mention there is a lot of good in the mod.

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Colossal Feb 9 2010, 10:14pm buried:


Ok, so I guess telling your opinion isn't allowed here.

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DrPaddles Feb 10 2010, 1:41pm replied:


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Dr.Doozer Feb 10 2010, 2:29pm replied:

You're not giving any constructive criticism or anything of that sort, just saying the mod is bad. Like how you said "the models are bad," how would you think of improving them? "Very glitchy." Then what can we do to help fix it?

No. Nothing. Just our hard work is not good. I'm all for criticism, but if it helps a mod improve or helps fix something that's wrong. This comment you made that I'm responding to simply states that you don't like the mod and you have no ideas to what patches we can make to fix your complaints.

Good day sir.

+23 votes     reply to
Neowyrm Feb 16 2010, 4:09pm replied:

Well said!

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Lupus_of_nox_noctis Feb 18 2010, 7:44am replied:

Stand up against HERESY!

+1 vote     reply to
Ziji Feb 9 2010, 2:05pm said:

Just finished this mod, it was great.


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VirusxXx Feb 9 2010, 2:27pm said:

This mod was awesome

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Megadave2003 Feb 9 2010, 2:42pm said:

Quite laggy and long loading times, but it is an awesome mod so far. Had to quit for a while cause it was too hard.

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madcat1030 Feb 9 2010, 2:56pm said:

Good mod. My only problem was a small one, and I completely understand it, as the models were user-made, but the eyes. The human eyes were just weirding me out. Other than that, really nice mod. I loved the manhacks.

On a side note, the Alien Grunts looked like moving turds without their armor. But it really didn't negatively effect the game. It was usually dark, or you were busy killing them when they were around for you to really look.

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Leon_Kilean Feb 9 2010, 2:59pm said:

Great mod, congratulations for releasing it!

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death5421 Feb 9 2010, 4:43pm said:

this mod is absolutely Object amazing. i have always wanted to see the HL2 world through the cp's eyes and you guys have really shown how much work was put in to this!

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CauterizeandExpunge Feb 9 2010, 5:00pm said:

Yes!! Finally!!

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daddyrabbittts Feb 9 2010, 5:01pm said:

Really Good mod :D

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supersam499 Feb 9 2010, 8:44pm said:

I feel stupid for asking, but is anyone else having trouble getting it to show up on their Steam game lists? It's installed in all the right places, Steam has been restarted...

+2 votes     reply to
Au-heppa Feb 10 2010, 2:48am replied:

You need to have HL2 EP2 installed.

+3 votes     reply to
Computerzombie Feb 27 2010, 5:34pm replied:

Omg Its Au-Heppa? You are AWSOME!!!

+2 votes     reply to
Megacherv Mar 24 2010, 11:57am replied:

Shouldn't Steam pre-load HL2 Episode 2 if it needs files from there?

+1 vote     reply to
EricFong Jul 9 2010, 5:55am replied:

you need to buy them first.

+1 vote     reply to
m82sniper Feb 9 2010, 10:25pm said:

This is freaking awesome.. Manhacks, APCs, alien grunts + controllers, so much awesome, all contained in a mere 450 Mb

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flameknight7 Feb 9 2010, 11:07pm said:

i definitely got to try this

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ceriux Feb 9 2010, 11:24pm said:

downloading and installing hl2 again

+2 votes     reply to
finaldebt0 Feb 10 2010, 10:27am replied:

just make sure its ep2:)

+2 votes     reply to
Croco15 Feb 9 2010, 11:53pm said:

Very good mod, I enjoyed it a lot.

+2 votes     reply to
VehrmaktSGT Feb 10 2010, 4:46am said:

great mod guys, good job.

+2 votes     reply to
Xen-28 Feb 10 2010, 9:20am said:

Awesome mod i love it and also great models ;)

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Dragonlord Feb 10 2010, 10:07am said:

Not finished yet but it's good so far. A couple of glitches here and there but nothing major. Alien grunts though look really crap without body armor. But that's a modeling/texturing job which can be done later on to polish it up. Manhack controls are rather flacky though. Lucky us they are only required for puzzles as for combat they are useless like that. Nice change that you can only carry one main weapon not all of them at the same time.

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DrPaddles Feb 10 2010, 1:40pm said:

Looks a lot better than that old mod I can't remember the name off. Will have to try it out later.

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Micah Feb 10 2010, 2:46pm said:

I always thought Combines were aliens?

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Milch Feb 10 2010, 3:27pm replied:

Not all combines.
There is the civil protection and there are the "real" combines afaik

+3 votes     reply to
Anddos Feb 10 2010, 3:50pm said:

the game is not showing in my steam list after extracting to source mods folder.

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Au-heppa Feb 10 2010, 4:21pm replied:

You have to have HL2 EP2 installed, and make sure there's files inside SourceMods\Human_Error folder (and not just another subfolder called Human_Error which could accidentally happen when exporting from the zip).

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Dr.VX Aug 29 2010, 9:16pm replied:

i need help, i installed the patch,but when i try to start a new game, it say " hl2.exe has stopped working"

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mc5001 Feb 10 2010, 4:12pm said:

i have just two words overpowered shotgun

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remeth Feb 10 2010, 4:36pm said:

Really good mod like the story and everything 9/10. Good job mates :)

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Anddos Feb 10 2010, 4:39pm said:

i dont have ep2 , so looks like i cant play

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dave_5430 Feb 10 2010, 5:21pm said:

Wooh, human CP.
Does that mean the rest o' the combine 'll be human too?

... seeing most of em are... synthetics... and all that...

... just makes it more fun shooting 'em anyway.

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Teemuslayer Feb 11 2010, 2:34am replied:

The Civil Protection and other "humanoid" Combine forces you face in HL2 are, or were human. They receive more rights, services and power if they submit to go through the "synthetication" process to become less human and more brainless robots.

This is why the CP forces won't turn the sides anymore even if their commanders fell: they simply can't.

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DragonNOR Feb 10 2010, 7:12pm said:

Good mod :D

Story was nice and there's obviously been put a lot of work into this.
Tips to the VA's, recordings were clean and well put, but in general I felt it sounded like you were just reciting lines from the paper and not really fully understanding what the character was experiencing or saying.
It's something I've only recently started working with myself in my studies on shakespeare, but I know its important for the sake of immersion and doubly so when the voice is the only thing the audience has to go by.

Larsons character was very well done, hats off :)

+5 votes     reply to
Gamerman12 Feb 10 2010, 10:02pm said:

I'm getting a crash after the intro. Any help?

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