After 4 years of development, Half-Life 2 free standalone fan expansion “HL2 – ICE” has been released

After four years of development, modder ‘Timian’ and his team have released a new fan expansion for Half Life 2, HL2 – ICE. ICE continues the game’s storyline somewhere in the Antarctic through ice landscapes and underground bases.

ICE is inspired by Half-Life and conspiracy theories like the “Dulce Underground Bases” and the “Nightmare Hall”, and sports a new MKVII HEV Suit.

ICE takes place between Half LifeĀ 2 and Half Life 3. Gordon awakens in the artic and is soon on a path to reach some stranded Aperture fallout shelter citizens before the combine do.

This fan expansion features many new weapons, enemies and a campaign that lasts around five hours. In addition, this is a standalone mod/expansion, meaning that you won’t need the base Half Life 2 game in order to play it.

Those interested can download the mod from here. And here is how you can install it:

  • Unpack the icemod folder from the icemod.rar into your ‘steam/steamapps/sourcemods‘ folder
  • Restart Steam for ‘ICE’ to show up in your games list.

Have fun!

John Papadopoulos

John is the founder and Editor in Chief at DSOGaming. He is a PC gaming fan and highly supports the modding and indie communities. Before creating DSOGaming, John worked on numerous gaming websites. While he is a die-hard PC gamer, his gaming roots can be found on consoles. John loved - and still does - the 16-bit consoles, and considers SNES to be one of the best consoles. Still, the PC platform won him over consoles. That was mainly due to 3DFX and its iconic dedicated 3D accelerator graphics card, Voodoo 2. John has also written a higher degree thesis on the "The Evolution of PC graphics cards." Contact: Email