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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 orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Black Mesa2012Windows3.72
Portal 22011Macintosh, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Valve Corporation4.10
Portal 2: Sixense MotionPack2011PlayStation 3, WindowsSixense Entertainment0.00
Source Multiplayer Pack2010Macintosh, WindowsValve Corporation0.00
Half-Life 2: Episode Pack2008WindowsValve Corporation3.50
Half-Life Complete2008WindowsValve Corporation...
Half-Life 2 Complete2008WindowsValve Corporation3.75
Portal: Still Alive2008Xbox 360Valve Corporation2.53
The Orange Box2007PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.4.08
Portal2007Macintosh, WindowsValve Corporation4.18
Half-Life 2: Episode Two2007Macintosh, WindowsBuka Entertainment4.13
Portal: The Flash Version2007BrowserWe Create Stuff3.76
Half-Life 2: Episode One2006Macintosh, WindowsValve Corporation3.96
Half-Life 2: Holiday 2006 Collection2006WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.4.67
Half-Life 2: Survivor2006ArcadeTaito Corporation...
Half-Life 2: Game of the Year Edition2005WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.4.63
Half-Life 2: Lost Coast2005WindowsValve Corporation3.80
Half-Life 1 Anthology2005WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.5.00
Half-Life Deathmatch: Source2005WindowsValve Corporation1.73
Half-Life: Source2005WindowsValve Corporation3.74
Half-Life 2: Deathmatch2004Macintosh, WindowsValve Corporation3.29
Codename: Gordon2004WindowsValve Corporation3.31
Half-Life 22004Macintosh, Windows, XboxElectronic Arts, Inc.4.07
Half-Life 2 (Collector's Edition)2004WindowsVivendi Universal Games, Inc.3.88
Half-Life 2 (Gold Edition)2004WindowsValve Corporation3.75
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Selected Covers

Half-Life 2: Deathmatch Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Half-Life 2: Deathmatch
Half-Life Complete Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Half-Life Complete

Selected Screenshots

Gravity Gun fun
Screenshot from Half-Life 2: Deathmatch
Main game screen
Screenshot from Codename: Gordon
Famous interactive intro
Screenshot from Black Mesa
Title screen
Screenshot from Portal 2