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Half-Life

Developer: Valve Corporation Publisher: Sierra Entertainment
08 November 1998
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An experiment at underground government facility Black Mesa fails catastrophically, ripping open a portal to an alien dimension. As the U.S. military is sent in to suppress the infestation and slaughter all witnesses, scientist Gordon Freeman is forced to take direct action.
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I liken Half-Life's place in video games to Citizen Kane's place in movie history: it's the old trendsetter that still manages to be current, long after its release. Only time will tell if Valve's debut will hold up so well five decades later, but it's safe to say that it remains immensely enjoyable and impressive over a decade later. Playing it again for the first time in years, you might be surprised to find less of a trip down memory lane and more of a return to values and concepts that even the most recent, progressive games fail to touch upon.

You measure a game like Half-Life, the first of its kind, by "oh shit!"-moments. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare was full of "oh shit!" moments, while BioShock had only a few but they were potent enough to leave an impression on anyone who played it. Half-Life's credits scene on the tram, initial encounters with the marines, and various monster encounters might not have the element of surprise anymore but they still retain a level of class and polish that will always stay with the game and be its strong point. Xen and the final boss encounter stand out so much in the eyes of the game's detractors not because these sections are genuinely bad, but because they are the only part of the game that fails to meet the intro's pedigree.

Ugly Quake engine mod aside, Half-Life has a distinct world and feel that might not have the strongest visual pull but applies a presence of space on the most masterful level. The outside environments in the game are minuscule now, but retain a release and awe solely due to how well Valve makes you feel claustrophobic earlier on. All the models, guns, and environments are well constructed and have a logic to it that clicks immediately. Solving puzzles and platforming in Half-Life doesn't only work well, but adds variety and depth that no FPS displayed before it and practically none have since.

I expected to go back and forth with Half-Life, but I failed to consider how immersive and addictive this classic is -- beating it over the course of two days. Doom kept you invested because the core mechanics failed to get old -- Half-Life offers another level to the FPS: you keep playing because you need to see what comes next. Seeing a scientist operate a microwave, catching a glimpse of the G-Man, and trying out new strategies on the marines opened a new door in video games. Half-Life was the turning point when place, pace, and atmosphere dictated a successful title as much as debugging, core mechanics, and graphics. Will Half-Life blow away a newcomer, now? No. Nevertheless, it will consume them for the day or two they compulsively play through it. At the end of it, they'll wonder why polish, innovation, and originality are so rare -- and it took a 10+ year-old game to bring this issue to light in their minds.
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It just DRAGS ONNN, even if the game is fun it just NEVER ENDS!
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A revolução que Half-Life trouxe para FPSs é de uma magnitude que só um punhado de jogos inspirou ao longo da história.

Isso, por si só, não sustentaria uma experiência pros padrões atuais, mas sua história e universo seguem fascinantes, o gameplay eficiente e a atmosfera aterradora.
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Half life is, above all else, dated, but its been well over 20 years so thats not really much of a criticism at this point, more of a statement of fact. Its just something you'll have to readjust to. Regardless, the combat is fun and fluid, but some of the segments just drag on and on. even with the age of this game in mind there are some straight up bullshit segments that take all of the joy from the game entirely. I had fun while playing but man this does not hold up as well as pc purists would lead you to believe. However, as someone who played virtually every other fps on the planet growing up, it was interesting to see that a great majority of them drew inspiration from this in some manner. Its clunky as fuck but its definitely something everyone should play at least once just to understand its impact, even if playing it is like the video game version of visiting an elderly relative (I love you nan, no offence).
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THE Valve Game
I played this for the first time in 2018, before Half-Life 2, deciding I should go chronologically to get a feel for the lore and series. What I would not expect is to experience one of the greatest video games I have ever played.

Some say that this game, played by someone for the first time now, would not blow people's minds. I get that, especially with its dated graphics. However, I had the opposite expected experience: this game in fact did blow my mind. It was incredibly immersive, just incredibly timeless mechanics, fun AI to fight against, and a story that is simple with under-tonal complexity. I could not believe how smooth and fun this game was. I love it to death.

There are imperfections. It's not without some difficult levels and wacky puzzles that were a bit hard to notice. But despite that, I find it one of the most entertaining games I have ever played. Interacting with the scientists, whether I shot them or saved them, or hearing the dialogue to get a glimpse of the story, were so immersive without trying to be so in your face. You get so many cool weapons, there are so many cool monsters you have to fight, and honestly I love the Xen section. I get why some people would not, but thematically and gameplay wise it was still very very good to me. And man, that G-man with his mysterious ways!

This game helped Half-Life 2 be more impactful for me. Going from 1 straight to 2 and seeing its opening for the first time is one of the best openings to a video game period. As much as the story becomes more fleshed out and better in 2, the game suffers more imperfections. The gravity physics are head of their time, but used mildly and not in the most fun ways. Ravenholm is excellent, but much of the levels are whatever (though I do like the boat tbh!). The AI is terrible. I can't believe how dull they were and it made the game in many ways a chore. If it weren't for the great story, music, and characters, the game would've been much worse.

Despite everything, Half-Life 1 is my favorite valve game and one of my favorite games of all time. I love it more than its sequel overall, without question. It is still revolutionary and still fun, despite being (at the time I played it in 2018) 20 years old. Fantastic.

10 / 10
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Didn't really love the game while playing yet i never wanted to quit. It invoked the feeling i get from adventure games like Dark Souls and it's the only FPS that does that. The level design is amazing and games looks great, I'm not kidding it looks better than most modern games and it's not because of graphics those were obviously shit but art design and consisten tone saves it. Shooting is well fine I liked it tho on Source version it's a bit weird with SMG. Story is well almost non existent but it's mysterious enough that I wanted to see it all through. What really made the story is atmosphere and great level design and the feel of an adventure.



The biggest negative this game has is obviously it's age. I don't mean that in gameplay or graphic terms those are both great but to play this game you have 2 option:
Original option that soft locks like every 2 chapters or Source version that is just blatantly not as good as original intended to be. It's a problem with age but if the game lefts me with options of poorer game design or not being able to fucking finish the thing because of bugs, well it's a massive con. Source port just breaks some scripted interactions which undermine the games premise really and original Half Life fucks itself with softlocks.



So obviously a game that blatantly doesn't work is getting lower score than 10/10 and though the same problem could be said of Dark Souls, well Dark Souls is a better experience but it never buggers itself as much as Half Life even if second half of the game contains stinky ass levels.




So basically Half Life is a 9/10 game* if it worked properly. And I'm not saying it because of influence, I am younger than the game itself and am looking at it through modern glasses.



One last thing I feel obligated to clarify, it's not 10/10 even if it worked like god intended and it's because of combat. Big thing about Half Life is that it's not meant to be played like Doom because you are not an all powerfull marine instead just a normal scientist. Now that is only half true, yes you die pretty fast if you just go running at the enemies like an idiot but you can still play it fast paced. It's more fun that way and also easier i recon, there was talk that this game is really hard but on contrary if you are even self competent at shooting you are fine. Also if they intended to make play like a scared mouse than why is ammo count so big, and why don't you have more options.

Now let me tell you something, people that parade this playstyle are big cunts who already know the game in and out but for first time players it's a tricky thing. Those massive sodding cunts encourage you to be creative but once or twice i tried that in early game i was punished for doing it. So in brief words game lets you be creative sometimes, and for first time players you won't know when plus it's more fun to run and gun like i did, yes you die sometimes but atleast you are not cowering like pussy.
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  • imfindinglovewave 2022-06-25 14:25:33.593524+00
    Idk why people hate Xen so much. Like it's not particularly good or interesting, but it's like a hour to beat through all the chapters lil
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    • catgirlthyme 2022-08-25 19:05:24.074251+00
      it's rushed and everyone noticed
    • blendernoob64 2022-09-07 13:16:44.323021+00
      The atmosphere in Xen is really ominous and spooky. Interloper though really does suck. Everything before that level was not as bad as people say it is.
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  • hexiluv 2022-08-09 23:27:26.619352+00
    It’s a good game that i hate playing.
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  • CircoBondi 2022-08-10 17:19:57.454827+00
    Yeah, it's pretty good, on to Opposing Force
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  • charredwind 2022-08-18 02:44:44.014214+00
    very good until about halfway through the game then it starts getting absurdly difficult. i was playing on easy and i still had to use godmode many times to get through
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    • Lamneth 2022-10-06 13:36:36.91447+00
      git good, it's not that hard at all lol. were you playing with a ball mouse?
    • carsineceremony 2022-10-27 19:06:40.439865+00
      wtf
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  • znamkult 2022-08-23 23:44:36.750395+00
    my favourite movie game
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  • yungbono 2022-11-15 03:10:01.444849+00
    people hate xen? damn that was my favourite part
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