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Half-life is seen by many as the best game ever. I'm dont usually play shoot-em-ups and I'd usually not include them in my list of great games but Half-life makes it. There are so many different things which make Half-life great. The interactivity with the game makes it very playable. You can talk or interact to many different things. For example, you can turn on and off lights, talk to "friendly" people and many other things. Its like a mix between a RPG (roll-play game) and a shoot-em-up. You have to do certain things in order to move on. Another great thing is that there are litterally thousands of downloads, add ons and patches. You can download totally different levels and games to play so once you've completed half-life, theres so much more to do. A newer version of the game is Half-life opposing force - this involves you being one of the many creatures that you will come across in the origonal half-life. You fight security guards etc.. who are your allies in the origonal Half-life. This adds a whole new dimension to Half-life. You can see just how good half life is by noticing that it has been awarded game of the year by over 50 different different "international publications". Even small things such as if a sound comes from the left, its played only out of the left speaker make the game complete. Another slight addition that you can get is Half-life COUNTER-STRIKE. This is an internet game. You compete with other people on the internet in what is an anti-terrorism game. You work togather to save hostages and clear areas. Comments: "we doubt that anything will come along to match Half-life in the forseeable future" - PC FORMAT (95%) "...Intelligent, frightening, jaw dropping and bloodthirsty, this isn't just a game, its an experience..." - PC REVIEW This shows just how good this game is. SPECS: -Windows 95/98/NT 4.0 CD-ROM -Pent
ium 200 -32MB RAM -2X CD-ROM drive -400MB HD space(Half-Life) 125MB HD space(Opposing Force) -SVGA, high-colour (16-bit) -Win-compatible soundcard -Mouse, Keyboard Internet/multiplayer: 32-bit Internet service provider with 28.8+ modem or local area network. Half-life supports a variety of 3D cards, but one is not required.
Developed by Captivation Digital Laboratories (for the Dreamcast that is, it was originally done by Valve for the PC) and published by Sierra Studios, this is a first person shooter (FPS) where you take the part of Dr Gordon Freeman, caught in events far beyond his control, and struggling to survive. For gordon Freeman, it was just another day at the lab. Or so you thought until your experiment blew up in your face. NOw, with aliens coming through the walls , a mititary death squad on the rampage, and your panicking colleagues at the top of the endangered specieslist, you need to fight to stay alive. Where do you go ? who do you trust? AND MAINLY, CAN U SURVIVE?
My opinion: I think that Half-Life is best PC game ever. It is fun and very addictive. It also has many online features like Team-Fortress or Counter-strike. The only bad thing is that it could have been a lot longer. It is easy at first, then grows harder and harder. This is a truly great game that a professional gamer should have. Story line: The story line of Half-Life is well thought up. The story starts were you are a scientist called Gordon Freeman. You work at a secret labratory with other scientists and security guards. One morning you go to work to take part in a top experiment but computers keep crashing so something is wrong, anyway the experiment takes place. But you make a mistake and something seriously goes wrong. Everything is falling down and blowing up. For a second you see monsters, then they dissaper. From there you try to get out of the building but entrances are blocked and monsters are trying to kill you. On the way getting out. You see the military. Then they start shooting you. So that no one finds out what has happened. From there you have many obstacles in your way and everywhere is a struggle to survive. It's the scientists against the military and the monsters are against everyone. Trust no one. Graphics, sound etc: The graphics are clear and smooth. The sound is ... well amazing, great and funny, all at once. There are sound-afects to bullets hitting monsters and other humans talking to you. There is sound to every thing. On-Line features: As I said there are many on-line features. Most are official. The most played on-line game in the world is Team-fortress, hosted by half-life. This is were you have 2 team shooting each other but at the same time, trying to capture each others flags. With a wide range of maps to play, this is a great-online game. The other main game is counterstrike. The name says it all. This game has especially go
od graphics. The object f the game is were 2 teams are battling it out, 1 team terrorists, 1 team counter-terrorists. Each level has a different object, for example one level object is were the terrorists have to plant a bomb and another is were counter-terrorists have to save hostages. Both of these games can both be found on the biggest gaming network in the world. Wireplay!. Who is this game for ?: Age wise, this game has a lot of gore so I suggest you would have to be over 15 to play. Difficulty wise, this is a great starter game to a new game player or this could suit a professional game player. Over all: This is a great game, and should be bought straight away if you truly love playing great games. There is also a second game to Half-Life, Half-Life opposing forces. Thank you for taking the time to read my review, I hope this has been useful to you in some way. By sean-kenny. Also, if you liked this opinion, you should check out my (Half-Life: Team Fortress Classic) opinion.
Half-Life was a practical revolution in gaming the graphics were fantastic but most importantly the people were intelligent, they did not do dumb things and worked together to get you, the assassins are also very clever but one they have a grenade from your MP5 in there face there soon up the wall. The weapons in this game are also very good; you are equipped with an exiting array of weaponry in the game: Crowbar Hand Gun Python Hand Gun MP5 Machine Gun/ Grenade Launcher Shot Gun Crossbow The 357 Grenades Satchel Charge Laser Trip Bomb Snarks Rocket Launcher Hornet Gun Egon Gauss Gun This gives you a good range of weapons for a very big range of scenery and situations that you will come across…. This brings me to the plot of the game; it has a well thought out one at that! You start of as a normal scientist (Gordon Freeman) and you have to work your way round the lab and get your bio-suit on and go to the test lab. This is where it goes wrong and you find yourself battling through the labs and bunkers of the underground facility, all this wile the government troops have been sent in to clear the whole place as the aliens who have been brought to this word via means of your experiment going very wrong! The last place you go is into the actual world of the aliens and you eventually have to kill the big guy who is in charge there… For the new gamers or to just get you used to the keys there is included in the game a hazard course to help you with those skills in jumping etc. which in some games you can never really get the hang of! All in all this is a brilliant game for the experienced gamer or the new game its splendid graphics and stunning reality of the people will keep you interested through the whole duration of your playing time.
What else can I say? if you want non-stop action, an mind blowing plot that slowly uravels as you play and a good laught blowing apart people's dead bodies with a machine gun then this is the game for you!Half-Life is a truly fantastic game. It re-invents the First Person Shooter Genre. This game is basically an interactive movie. You take to role of a Scientist named Gordan Freeman who works for a company in New Mexico called Black Messa. everything seems normal until an experiment involving the Anti mass spectrometer goes horribly wrong. Its up to you to battle your way past Aliens as well as the Government to safety. But thats not all... i won't say any more or it'll spoil the story. Along with the fantastic Barney add on, this is an essential purchase for all Dreamcast owners.
If you are looking for a game for your PC I personally suggest Half Life, for this game has the full potential to be the next Goldeneye, as it was voted PC game of the year. Also good news for all Dreamcast owners, it’s coming out on Dreamcast. This game has the incredible likeness to Goldeneye, it will also have the lastability of Goldeneye as well. It has more of a likeness to Delta Force though which is also an exceptional game. So if you’re after an excellent PC game get this.
There's so much to say about Half-Life. As a tried-and-true member of of the copmputer generation, I hate too much hype as much as the next guy, and I've waited with to see what Half Life was really all about before i judjed or for a chance to dump on this much on such an anticipated game. Despite my addicttion and adoration of Quake III, I figured any game that's been preceded by this much hype just had to fail in my high values in a truely great game but Half-Life doesn't. Not at all in fact the hype it get it most deffinetly deserves.
For those of you who have never heard of the game Half-Life, go away, you are not worthy of reading this preview! For those of you who have, and also own a Dreamcast, run along and shake the hands of those nice men and women at Sierra Studios. Expected this November, this Dreamcast reincarnation offers a real treat, even if you've completed it for the PC. Why? Apart from superior controls, the Dreamcast version offers a brand new single player experience. When Sierra and Valve announced that Half-Life would be coming out for the Dreamcast they said, "By partnering with Sega our intention is to create an incredible new version of Half-Life that takes full advantage of Sega Dreamcast's architecture." It seemed likely that this version was also going to make use of Dreamcast Network multiplayer support, but sadly Sega has recently announced that this will not happen. However, the new single player adventure will no doubt be a popular addition to the winner of over a dozen "Game of the Year" awards. One of the most impressive things about Half-Life is that it has an incredibly rich storyline, which is explained fully throughout the game, not in the manual. Instead of the stereotypical first-person shooter where you start the game in the middle of a room filled with aliens, everything is explained clearly and has a reason. How often do you walk down the road and come across a rocket launcher? Well, you don't in this game. Weapons are retrieved from people's lockers and torn off alien foes, all adding to the realism and overall believability of this fantastic game. The character undertaken is called Gordon Freeman, a feisty young scientist who takes part in an experiment that goes horribly wrong. Aliens start pouring into your world, and Freeman is left to face the music. The alien creatures and the military that Gordon encounters are all tremendously intelligent. Instead of running straight into your gunfire they run
for cover, communicate and use grenades to kill you while they're hiding somewhere safe. You'll find that it's not all a one sided battle when you're equipped with a terrifying arsenal of weapons including snarks (my favourite), a strange breed of alien weapon. Of course, you're not just faced with enemies, but you have friends too. Scientists have the useful function of being able to open doors and provide medical attention, as well as walking up to you and muttering phrases such as, "Leave me alone until after the experiment", and, "I can't be bothered right now". Charming! Security guards are also useful to a certain extent, picking off pesky head crabs to make your life easier. Overall then, Half-Life was a tremendous game for the PC and it would be foolish to say that it will be anything else for the Dreamcast. Superb graphics and improved controls are the main enhancements, but a game such as Half-Life doesn't really need anything added to it to make it a winner. This game should definitely be an addition to your 'to get' list.