Half-Life (1998)

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You play a scientist who must make his way through a ruined underground scientific complex infested with danger.


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Credited cast:
Michael Shapiro ...
Security Guard Barney Calhoun / G-Man / Nihilanth / HECU Soldiers / Security Guards / Scientists (voice) (as Mike Shapiro)
Harry S. Robins ...
Smithers / Eli Vance / Scientists / HECU Soldiers (voice)
Kathy Levin ...
HEV Suit / Gina Cross / Black Mesa Transit System Announcer (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gina, Collette (PS2 Version) (voice)


A mysterious alien artifact has been recovered and brought to a top-secret research facility in the Black Mesa. When newcomer Dr. Gordon Freeman is assigned to physically test the artifact, things go very wrong when the artifact opens a destructive and unstable portal to Xen, a planet in a different dimension. Gordon blacks out, and awakes in a now crippled and ruined research facility. When Freeman and the survivors of this ordeal discover the portal has allowed its inhabitants-deadly alien creatures-to enter the facility, they realize that they must call the government for help. The government, however, already has plans to contain this incident by silencing the witnesses. Written by Kerwin Tsang <kertsang@yahoo.com>

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Run, Think, Shoot, Live.


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19 November 1998 (USA)  »

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The game uses a heavily modified of id Software's quake engine, which had some similarities between Quake and Half-Life See more »


Security Guard: Do you think there's a cold beer for us at the end of all this?
Security Guard: Don't bet on it.
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Followed by Half-Life: Counter-Strike (2000) See more »

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Best game of all time!
23 March 2001 | by (Gansbaai, South Africa) – See all my reviews

Although I'm not (and never was) a huge fan of first person shooters, "Half-Life" is the best game of all time. Me and my brother was playing it for about two weeks until he finished it. Ever since then we have never stopped playing it, and Sierra has definitely got two more fans. Not that we didn't know about Sierra, as we played all of the King's Quest series games.

As far as the story goes, you play Gordon Freeman, a scientist at the Black Mesa Research Facility, a huge nuclear building with thousands of employees. You get assigned to do a "harmless" experiment with two of your colleagues. But something goes wrong. Horribly wrong... And suddenly the existence of all mankind is in your hands.

The nice people at Sierra has once again created a masterpiece. Or wait, not only a masterpiece, but the greatest most creative computer game the world has ever seen! I salute Sierra for what they've done for the gaming industry.

Half-Life is a symphonic blend of action, drama, adventure and story. Utterly brilliant.

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