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Half-Life

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Genre: Adventure, Puzzle, Shooter

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

Versions: See 2 more versions of this game

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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Great 100%

This is a game that everybody should play it once to understand why people think this was the best game of its time. It's Half Life you should have played it by now.

You need to give a pass for graphics and sounds since this game is old but the mechanics of the game still holds well.

Alright 80%

Шедевр. Эта игра перевернула игровую индустрию, и вдохновила многих людей к творчеству. Она вышла в 1998 году, а различного рода модификации, со своим сюжетом, выходят и по сей день. В игре присутствует множество загадок, которые до сих пор не разгаданы, и будут разгаданы еще не скоро. Практически каждый геймер ждет продолжения, но надежда со временем гаснет. Надеюсь история Гордона Фримена не закончится на событиях Half-Life 2: Episode Two. В эт... Read More

Positive points
1. Отличный сюжет.
2. Интересные загадки.
Negative points
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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

Great 100%

When this first came out, I built a PC just to play it. It's one of very few games that I found myself thinking about when not playing it. It may not have held up as well as newer shooters, but after the thematically empty Doom & Quake games... it was a revelation. I might get a lambda tattoo.

Positive points
Atmosphere, action, story, setting, varied objectives...
Negative points
It's old news now?

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

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.