Half-Life (1998)

Video Game  -  Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller  -  19 November 1998 (USA)
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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)
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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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The names on the lockers in the bathroom in the beginning of Half-Life, and the names on the footlockers in the Opposing Force training level, are the names of people who worked on both games. See more »

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Security Guard: [to Gordon] I'd like to get my hands on the guy responsible for this mess.
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Possibly the best game... ever (?)
17 March 2003 | by (LV) – See all my reviews

I'm yet to see a game that IMO exceeds the groundbreaking monolith that is Half Life. Science gone bad, alien invasion, government conspiracy. Original, yet has slight trace elements of Chris Carterian, Steven Kingian, And James Camreronian inspiration. It was one of the first 3d FPS games to provide a dynamic storyline and reasonable AI of enemies and allies. Not since "Doom" have we seen such effective innovation. Even nearly 5 years after the original release, this game is still usually the standard against which modern games in any similar vein are judged.

You are Gordon Freeman, a scientist fighting two fronts to survive after an experiment goes bad and opens a portal to a hostile alien dimension. The military soon intervenes, and is ordered to kill all witnesses as well as the terrifying aliens (to include Gordon and his co-workers). The expansion games, opposing force and blueshift, give the perspective of the disaster to a marine and security guard, respectively. All well worth your time.


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