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Half-Life

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Genre: Adventure, Puzzle, Shooter

Platforms: Mac, Linux, PlayStation 2, PC (Microsoft Windows)

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Dr. Gordon Freeman doesn't speak, but he's got a helluva story to tell. This first-person roller-coaster initiated a new era in the history of action games by combining engrossing gameplay, upgraded graphics, ingenious level design and a revolutionary story that may not be all that it seems, told not through cutscenes, but through the visual environment.


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meisquawk
10 reviews

Great 100%

A fantastic game that doesn't hold your hand, you must find your own way through Black Mesa. While the game is fairly linear in its design it doesn't give you a marker or objectives. All you know is that you must escape, all the game gives you is when you enter a new area there might be some info lain on the ground or a few words put on the screen. The most the game does in leading you is where, in the few times that it does happen, you have to e... Read More
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ratcat
2 reviews

Great 100%

This game will be the game that most people learned how to run, shoot, live in. It set the stage and began an explosion of FPS games so much so that many games have a nod to Half-life somewhere in their content. It was Valve corporations baby, the game that would set the standard and break the rules. From the opening moments to the initial cataclysmic climax you are hooked as it follows through many and varied scenarios. It would be hard to not ... Read More

Positive points
So much exploring to do so many enemies to kill so many boxes to smash!
Negative points
It left me Jonesing for more. Damn you Valve bring out 3!
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mikalg
17 reviews

Fair 70%

The gameplay of Half-Life consists out of three things: shooting, environmental puzzles and platforming. The shooting is alright: a couple of unique weapons, but the enemy AI is bad, they shoot with pinpoint accuracy and take too many hits to kill. I found the environmental puzzles to be quite frustrating, because they are just not intuitive and they always have only one solution. Though, I really didn't enjoy the platforming. I wouldn't have bee... Read More

Positive points
- Awesome how all of the rooms are connected to previous areas
- Good environmental story telling
- Quite diverse enemies
Negative points
- Outdated enemy gameplay
- Frustrating environmental puzzles
- Awful platforming
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DingleDongle
41 reviews

Fair 70%

Does it live up to the hype? No, not in my opinion. I find that controls to be very awkward, I ran into quite a few game-breaking bugs where I would either be stuck room with no way out, stuck in the ground, and even loaded into what must have been a debug room. The game difficulty isn't great. Multiple points I would be loaded into an area with 3-5 enemies, at 13 health and would have to exploit the not-so-good AI in order to progress at all. W... Read More

Positive points
- Gameplay is solid
- Fun Weapons
- Front-based story makes the story light on the brain but engaging
- Best must in valve's gameography
- A pioneer of the time
Negative points
- Awkward Momentum in controls can lead to frustrating platforming - Ran into a lot of potentially game-breaking bugs - Multiple Situations where you have to save/load until you perfect an area which ... Read More

Good 88%

Half-Life though being a bit different to those who came from a different era of gaming (Post-1990's), will show many of the things that a familiar to modern FPS games. Half-Life is literally a game changer from the get-go of the game. Valve were careful in their crafting their storytelling (not their detail or depth but expression), filled with visual cues and actions, that express what's going on the game's universe. In fact, Half-Life's protag... Read More

Positive points
- Engaging/Cinematic Action
- Visual Expression of Story
- Good AI
Negative points
- Story lacks depth
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Storyline

Dr. Gordon Freeman arrives late for work at 8:47 am in the Black Mesa Research Facility, using the advanced Black Mesa tram system that leads through the facility. He arrives at the Anomalous Materials Lab, his work place, and he is informed by the security officer that the scientists have a special experiment today, so he goes to the locker room and puts on the hazard suit. He goes to the lab's lower levels, and arrives at the Anti-Mass Chamber, where he is instructed that the specimen to be used that day is the rarest and also the most unstable specimen. He is tasked with pushing the specimen into the scanning beam of the Anti-Mass Spectrometer for analysis. However as soon as he pushes it, it explodes, and creates a sudden catastrophe called a "resonance cascade", opening a portal between Earth and a dimension called Xen. Freeman is apparently teleported to an alien planet and catches glimpses of various alien lifeforms, including a circle of Vortigaunts, shortly before blacking out.