Reviews for Half Life
One of the greatest of its generationGmen | March 3, 2014 | See all Gmen's reviews »
Half-Life is regarded as one of the most legendary PC games of all time, because it came out at a time when FPS titles had only been around for a few years and yet they mostly lacked one thing: a coherent story that went beyond collecting keycards and getting to the end of the level.
Not only does Half-Life do away with keycards, but it also does away with most pickups, since there are no health packs lying around, or armour shards to collect, instead opting for health and HEV suit recharge stations. Weapons don't spin around in the air waiting to be collected. There are puzzles that actually make you stop and think. Half-Life does away with the approach of its forebears and brings some much needed realism and sense to the genre, and got rid of the arcade-y (and even comical in some cases) feel of most FPS titles.
The game uses the Gold Source engine which is a modified Quake engine, and in my opinion it wasn’t the prettiest game of its time (a title I would more readily give to Unreal), but what it lacks as far as its somewhat average (and by today’s standards incredibly dated) looks, it makes up for in terms of ruthless enemy AI, engaging gameplay with plenty of interactivity, and its fast-paced, action-packed gameplay.
There are also plenty of mods for this game, so I would suggest even though it is old, that it’s definitely worth a try. This is one of the pioneers of the modern FPS!
Half-Life: A Must Have for any gamer out thereNikorasuSan | Jan. 29, 2014 | See all NikorasuSan's reviews »
Half-Life is, without a doubt, as per the review title, one of the best games ever. One of the very first titles to integrate both FPS action and great storytelling, Half-Life revolutionized the genre.
Its story, which could be easily summarized, it's still one of the greatest stories in gaming due to the way it's told. While most games at the time (and even up to these days) tell their story through cutscenes and the like, in Half-Life, the player always sees the events unfold before his own eyes in the perspective of Gordon Freeman.
The gameplay is incredibly well polished, with a wide variety of weapons, all of which are viable even in the latter stages of the game. The wide variety of enemies require different tactics from the player, and that's without taking into account the locations of these encounters, as you might be able to use your environment against them. It's worth mentioning that the AI, for its time, is great. You'll see enemies take cover while trying to get you out of cover; they'll retreat when hurt; and they'll surely use some squad tactics from time to time in order to ambush you.
The Black Mesa Research Facility, by itself, is a great location. You won't feel like you're going down the same corridors, as you get to visit several areas of the facility. From the modern Anomalous Materials lab, to the old industrial areas in Surface Tension, all the way up to the Lambda Core.
All in all, I think this is a highly recommendable game, one that, in my opinion, everybody should play, at least once, if not for nothing more than experience one of the very few games that revolutionized the gaming industry.
One of the greatest shooters ever made.TETfromLondon | Jan. 16, 2014 | See all TETfromLondon's reviews »
This game is easily one of the most influential first person shooters ever made, as it was one of the first that embraced the idea of first person narrative. While it is debatable whether this has had a positive effect, it is still a fact that you can see this game's influence in many modern games.
One of the game's major strength's is its ability to change its environments. It starts out as a busy science complex, then a ruined survival horror science complex, then outside in the desert, and so on.
The game also has an interesting selection of guns and enemies. It falls down a bit on voice acting and characters, although the sequel changed this. Overall, the game is very well worth owning.
Gordon Freeman Everywhere!leodiblack | Dec. 27, 2013 | See all leodiblack's reviews »
The first 5 minutes of Half Life were... boring, I have to be honest, It was quite boring.
Then... when you get The HEV Suit.. when you annoy your partners... when you see that the whole scenario starts to get full of chaos, well my friend, you start to love Half Life.
Exciting moments, weird characters who carry briefcases. Scientists with crabs in their heads. And a lot of explosions!
But seriously, one of the best FPS of history. Play it, become the Freeman
An example of science-fiction and shooterkalil | Dec. 20, 2013 | See all kalil's reviews »
history: Gordon Freeman is a graduate from MIT signed by Dr. Isaac Kleiner, a former professor of his who invited him to work in secret government corporation called Black Mesa. Gordon accepted the contract and was taken to the section of foreign material , that first find a mysterious man in blue suit with a briefcase and condescending . From here everything seems to work another day when suddenly a spectrum analysis of anti - matter there ... Unintended consequences.
gameplay: Half -Life has been honored multiple times as the best FPS of the story , the father , the inspiration of all current shooters . The game presents a smart shooter mechanics and solve puzzles with hints of survival horror. Your mission is to survive and escape the madness that is taking ahead the entire installation and Gordon know several methods to rush your order . At your disposal a wide array from classic to experimental weapons and aliens , but sometimes you can not choose the path of authentic part of shootings both sides and just wait to remove one by one the battered survivors. Gordon was able to live out their need the help of scientists and security guards companions, although you can always ignore the past to get some ammo for your glock .
graphics: The efforts of young Valve to build a new engine started with Half -Life , that although this was not yet a completely genuine engine ( Quake Engine) itself was much improved and advanced version known to all .
sound: A festival of fireworks, ammunition , caps, agonized screams , explosions and electronic music. The best way to live a totally epic experience is with a good soundtrack , Valve knew and did the right thing , giving alarming tracks where even the bravest could decide to stop playing not know what kind of "thing" would be found to around the corner, and the most consistent songs with an action scene , so that the player may embolden too jumping from corner to corner which Elected Matrix movie . In either case , they have done a fantastic job with the sound of the guns , the aliens , the radio chatter of HECU and ambient sound of broken fans and charred cables.
technology: Both the engine and artificial intelligence was something that had never been seen before. The engine was modified Quake Engine, but few realized it, because the change is large and remarkable work behind Valve was colossal , so that when they had made the game , they threw it all away and decided to try again , only geniuses know how to do something and get away from the situation. Artificial Intelligence was a delight and still in diapers leaves many triple A games of the current generation . Each enemy has their behavior , analyze their environment, and if they find allies work together to survive.
innovation: What to say when the first is everything ? Not much, have my hundred .
One of the All-Time Classicslachking | Dec. 20, 2013 | See all lachking's reviews »
Way back in 1998, Half-Life took the video game world by storm and was truly something special. Even now, many years later, few games have surpassed the quality presented here. Almost everything about Half-Life is incredible: the beginning tram sequence sets the scene magnificently, the level design is absolutely incredible and the plot is engaging and makes you think deeply about what you are really doing. The whole single continuous level concept is really cool and you can see how all the different environments connect.
Throughout the game you will fight different types of enemies, ranging from aliens such as headcrabs to human soldiers, the latter having great AI. Soldiers communicate to each other, take cover and attempt to retreat if injured and this really showcases the complex AI for the time.
In terms of presentation, the graphics and audio are admittedly very dated, but great gameplay in my opinion is far more important than graphics. If you really care about graphics though, Black Mesa (a mod) may be of interest.
You can't go wrong with Half-Life. The game has incredible levels, gameplay mechanics, AI and plot points. You seriously cannot consider yourself a gamer if you haven't played this!
A Masterpiece for it's TimeMyMixedNuts | Dec. 1, 2013 | See all MyMixedNuts's reviews »
A game that revolutionized the first-person shooter and puzzle genres. The game is utterly massive and every once in a while, you might even find yourself stumped by a puzzle. It has variety that a lot of games now don't. It is very well crafted, so don't expect to see many bugs, but the ones that you do see might not even be very noticeable. In my personal opinion, the game has plenty of replay value. 8.5/10
Still a Good GameTPCGorillaMunch | Nov. 29, 2013 | See all TPCGorillaMunch's reviews »
An old game that stands the test of time in my opinion. It is an action FPS with logic puzzles that will really make you think. The game follows the story of Gordon Freeman.
There are plenty of guns to find and use and a large number of enemies to beat. At a cheap price it is definitely worth it as it is a reasonably large game that is also quite challenging. Does not have a lot of replay value unless you want to complete the game on a harder difficulty.