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)
Kathy Levin ...
HEV Suit / Gina Cross / Black Mesa Transit System Announcer (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 fictional military unit in the game uses a wide variety of military vehicles, that exist today. These vehicles include the M1 Abrams Main Battle Tank, M2 Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle, AH-64 Apache Gunship, V-22 Osprey and F-16 fighter. See more »

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Scientist: [after the experiment fails] Why wouldn't they listen?
Scientist: We tried to warn them!
Scientist: I never thought I'd see a resonance cascade, let alone create one.
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A true classic.
8 May 2002 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Before 1998 typical FPS games consisted of the player simply blasting their way through endless numbers of monsters in hellish and alien landscapes with an extremely vague plot that seemed like a 5 year old's daydream. Half-Life revolutionised FPS gaming by providing not only a story, but an excellent story that was highly immersive.

On the gameplay and graphics side of things, Half-Life uses a heavily modified version of the Quake 2 engine. However, the monsters are not Quake 2's mindless zombies, they are soldiers that work in teams to flush you out of hiding spots. This means you have to think about how you play the game. Blindly running into a room shooting will get you killed very fast! :-)

Until Deus Ex came along, I called Half-Life the best game ever, so it is only fair to give it 10/10.


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