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)
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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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The military first appear in the chapter "We've got Hostiles!" and they last appear in the chapter "Forget about Freeman!". Apparently, none of the military made it into Lambda Core. See more »


Security Guard: [to Gordon] I'd like to get my hands on the guy responsible for this mess.
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Referenced in Half-Life: Counter-Strike (2000) See more »

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8 January 2002 | by (Kalispell Montana) – See all my reviews

Half-Life was breath taking. Before then we had not seen a game that put you in such an enviroment. The game was like Star Wars in many ways, it did not have much of a budget or anything and it turned out to be the best game of 1998 and still to this day does a game have to approve upon it.

You play Gordon Freeman, not a tough Marine just a scientist in quantum physics, the story unfolds when you go to work at the Black Mesa Research Facility and every thing goes bad that day. The story is told with in game cut scenes, not cintematics telling you whats happening, YOU LIVE THE STORY.

Also after the most wonderful single player game there is its multiplayer like Counter-Strike, Day of Defeat, Team Fortress 1.5, Deathmatch Clasic ( Quake all over again ) GO DM 2! Also there is some good expansion sets for Half-Life, like Half-Life: Opposing Force, made by Gearbox, as well as Blue Shift ( very short ) also made by Gearbox. But Valve did it with its master piece so lets hope they do it again.

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