I had a nice, american version of Half-Life, given to me through Steam. However, now that I installed the Counter-Strike 1 Anthology (EDIT: In Germany), I have a censored Half-Life, with robots instead of HECU grunts, etc.

Is there a way to get the normal Half-Life back, preferably without uninstalling Counter-Strike et al.?

EDIT: After wiping my entire local content and only installed HL1, it is back to normal. But I do want to have the other games, too.

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    Try wiping the local content again, install Counter Strike, then install Half-Life. Since some resources are shared, hopefully by installing Half-Life afterwards will replace the proper resources.
    – user66184
    Dec 2, 2014 at 18:11
  • Good idea, I'm downloading as I post.
    – MadTux
    Dec 2, 2014 at 18:23
  • @Thebluefish Sadly, this didn't work. I was greeted by robo-grunts once again ...
    – MadTux
    Dec 2, 2014 at 20:09
  • Download cs to a different library location so that it won't use shared resources.
    – ave
    Dec 2, 2014 at 20:24
  • Hm. There might be a way to separate the installation completely, thus eliminating the shared resources. You could also try this solution posted by OpT1mUs
    – user66184
    Dec 2, 2014 at 20:28

1 Answer 1


OK, I did it!

Step 1: Uninstall everything based on goldsrc, just to be sure (though I think you will only need to remove games using HL1's assets).

Step 2: Install just Half Life 1, make sure it works properly, and then copy the whole SteamApps/common/Half-Life folder to a different location.

Step 3: Install the other goldsrc games, and you will see that HL1 needs to update, which is when it gets censored (a good way to check is map c3a1b, the HECU soldiors/robots are just round the corner).

Step 4: Copy you backed up Half-Life folder to SteamApps/common/, and tell it to merge directories and replace files where necessary.

Step 5: ???

Step 6: Launch the game; Profit!

PS: The game cache files like to mess up while doing this, so check them from the properties menu before copying Half-Life back.

  • If you verify HL1's files in Steam, does it re-censor it again?
    – OrangeDog
    Dec 4, 2018 at 15:57

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