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 / Isaac Kleiner / Eli Vance / Scientists / HECU Soldiers (voice)
Kathy Levin ...
HEV Suit / Gina Cross / Black Mesa Transit System Announcer (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Colette Green (PS2 Version) (voice)


A mysterious alien artifact has been recovered and brought to a top-secret research facility in the Black Mesa facility in New Mexico. 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. Believing they are under attack from the Combine the enslaved creatures of Xen go on the offensive. Gordon blacks out, and awakes in a now crippled and ruined research facility. When Freeman, the survivors, and security guards discover the portal has allowed its inhabitants-deadly alien creatures-to enter the facility, they call the government for help. The government, however, already has plans to contain this incident by sending in U.S. Marine black operations units to silencing the witnesses. Gordon travels to Xen and kills the alien enslaving the creatures and frees them from their master. Impressed by his actions the mysterious figure monitoring Freeman's progress places him in stasis.

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Run, Think, Shoot, Live.


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19 November 1998 (USA)  »

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Half-Life Rules The Video Game Universe!
18 January 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Half-Life was and is a major breakthrough in the world of first person video games. A great story along with fast paced shoot 'em action make this one of the greatest video games of all time!

The adventures of Gordon Freeman, a young scientist battling bloodthirsty alien invaders, will leave you breathless and your jaw dropped at the sight of the game's breathtaking visuals.

The final Xen levels seem like something out of a bad 50's sci fi movie though. But that is the only bad part in an otherwise great game.

Half-Life has also spawned a great selection of modifications. Thanks to the level maker included in later versions of the game. Mods such as the great horror fest They Hunger and the flawed but fun Gunman Chronicles.

Get your ass a copy of Half-Life pronto and feel what it's like to be an arsekicking, rock 'em, sock 'em video game superhero!

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