Half-Life universe

Group Description

Half-Life is a series of games developed by Valve, which share a common setting and recurrent gameplay elements. The main installments are predominantly linear, story-driven first-person shooters with light puzzle-solving elements, connected by an overarching storyline and a common protagonist, the scientist Gordon Freeman. Portal games, originating in 2007, are set in the same universe and share a few gameplay elements with the main Half-Life games, though they form a separate storyline and are mostly dedicated to puzzle-solving.

Story

The overarching story of Half-Life begins in the fictional Black Mesa Research Facility in New Mexico, where a failed experiment leads to the opening of an inter-dimensional portal, causing alien beings from the world Xen to invade Earth. Gordon Freeman, a theoretical physicist, escapes from the facility and attempts to stop the alien invasion, eliminating their leader. However, he is confronted by a mysterious person known as the G-man, who puts him into stasis. Nearly twenty years later, Freeman finds himself in City 17, a dystopian society governed by the Combine, a group of humans and aliens who have meanwhile used the dimensional rift to conquer the Earth. Freeman and his friends begin a struggle against Combine, still unaware of the G-man's true intentions.

Gameplay

Half-Life games are for the most part composed of straightforward first-person shooter gameplay. However, some of the tasks in the games require specific actions, sometimes resulting in moderate platform exercises (jumping) and mild puzzle-solving activities. The games include many scripted events and action-oriented set pieces, complementing their linear nature. The first Half-Life (1998) was also notable for popularizing seamless cutscenes, during which the player's control of the main character was retained.

Awards

  • PC Powerplay (Germany)
    • Issue 06/2005 - #9 Likeable Secondary Character (for Barney)

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Game Titlesorted in descending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Black Mesa2012Windows3.72
Portal 22011Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Valve Corporation4.13
Portal 2: Sixense MotionPack2011PlayStation 3, WindowsSixense Entertainment0.00
Source Multiplayer Pack2010Macintosh, WindowsValve Corporation0.00
Half-Life: Before2009WindowsCreashock Studios...
Portal: Still Alive2008Xbox 360Valve Corporation2.53
Half-Life Complete2008WindowsValve Corporation...
Half-Life 2 Complete2008WindowsValve Corporation3.75
Half-Life 2: Episode Pack2008WindowsValve Corporation3.50
Awakening2007WindowsValve Corporation...
The Orange Box2007PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.4.10
Portal2007Android, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsValve Corporation4.18
Half-Life 2: Episode Two2007Linux, Macintosh, WindowsBuka Entertainment4.16
Portal: The Flash Version2007BrowserWe Create Stuff3.75
Half-Life 2: Holiday 2006 Collection2006WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.4.71
Half-Life 2: Episode One2006Linux, Macintosh, WindowsValve Corporation4.02
Half-Life 2: Survivor2006ArcadeTaito Corporation...
Half-Life: Source2005Linux, Macintosh, WindowsValve Corporation4.02
Half-Life 1 Anthology2005WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.5.00
Half-Life 2: Game of the Year Edition2005WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.4.63
Half-Life Deathmatch: Source2005WindowsValve Corporation1.73
Half-Life 2: Lost Coast2005Linux, Macintosh, WindowsValve Corporation3.79
Half-Life 2 (Collector's Edition)2004WindowsVivendi Universal Games, Inc.3.88
Half-Life 2 (Gold Edition)2004WindowsValve Corporation3.75
Half-Life 2: Deathmatch2004Linux, Macintosh, WindowsValve Corporation3.31
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Selected Covers

Portal: Still Alive Xbox 360 Front Cover first version
Front cover for Portal: Still Alive
Awakening Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Awakening
Half-Life 2: Lost Coast Linux Front Cover
Front cover for Half-Life 2: Lost Coast
Source Multiplayer Pack Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Source Multiplayer Pack

Selected Screenshots

Title screen. The background's focus will sharpen as the main menu fades in.
Screenshot from Awakening
Main menu. Like any other HL2 title, you get a background showing the level.
Screenshot from Half-Life 2: Lost Coast
Title screen and main menu
Screenshot from Black Mesa
Main game select menu
Screenshot from The Orange Box
Title screen
Screenshot from Portal 2