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Half-Life: Opposing Force (Windows)

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Description

Opposing Force is the first official expansion for Half-Life, developed by Gearbox Software under the supervision of the original creator Valve. The storyline of the base game is interwoven into the add-on, as players take on the role of Corporal Adrian Shephard, one of the soldiers sent to the Black Mesa facility to "clean up" the incident and silence any witnesses.

Shephard never reaches his final destination, though: his helicopter is shot down, his squad killed, and he finds himself in a battle for survival against the invading aliens.

Opposing Force takes place concurrently with Half-Life, and Shephard will witness some of the same events (though from a different perspective) and visit some of the same places as Half-Life's protagonist Gordon Freeman did in the original game. The add-on uses the same style of storytelling as Half-Life: everything is seen from the eyes of the protagonist.

The expansion pack consists of 12 new interconnected "levels". There are new weapons and new enemies: Zombie Grunt, Pit Drone, Shock Trooper and Voltigore, plus some new boss creatures.

Another new feature is the ability to command AI-controlled teammates, belonging to different classes: standard grunts and heavy gunners can be called upon for support fire, engineers can cut through doors and medics can restore lost health. Some areas of the game can only be completed with the squadmates' help.

Screenshots

Half-Life: Opposing Force Windows "Race X" aliens
Half-Life: Opposing Force Windows The desert eagle is much more powerful than the glock pistol
Half-Life: Opposing Force Windows Be careful what you run into. One of the easy obstacles.
Half-Life: Opposing Force Windows You should watch about the medics as they can be useful when you catch a bullet.

Alternate Titles

  • "OF" -- Common abbreviation
  • "Hλlf-Life: Opposing Force" -- box and in-game title
  • "ハーフライフ: オポージングフォース" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Another facet of a gem. Ray Soderlund (3500) 4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars
The Making of Adrian Shepard vicrabb (6981) 4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars
Isn't it nice to become the enemy for once? *Katakis* (37809) 4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars
That's what an expansion should be! JudgeDeadd (11662) 4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars
True example of better add-on sequel than the original. How's that possible? :) MAT (72346) 4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars
Opposing Farce is more like it... MasterMegid (897) 0.71 Stars0.71 Stars0.71 Stars0.71 Stars0.71 Stars
Redfines what an expansion pack should be! jeremy strope (126) 4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars
Sweet game. Better than the original. The Big Ragu (3) unrated

The Press Says

Daily Radar 1999 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 100
incite PC Gaming Feb, 2000 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Game Vortex 1999 90 out of 100 90
Pelit Jan, 2000 90 out of 100 90
Electric Games 2000 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Power Unlimited Jan, 2000 8.8 out of 10 88
Gaming Age 1999 B+ 83
Game Over Online Nov 26, 1999 82 out of 100 82
Game.EXE Jan, 2000 4 out of 5 80
HonestGamers Jun 08, 2008 7 out of 10 70

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Trivia

Extras

Installing Opposing Force automatically patches Half-Life to version 1.0.1.5. The patch not only fixes several bugs, but adds the multiplayer mode Team Fortress Classic.

German version

There are a number of changes in the German version:
  • All blood and gore effects after hits against enemies or the player were removed.
  • If a human non-enemy is killed, he does not die but sits on the floor and shakes his head.
  • In multiplayer mode, the human skins (except assassin) were replaced with the "Helmet" skin.
A detailed list of changes can be found on schnittberichte.com (German).

References

  • In original Half-Life, when you played the scientist Gordon Freeman, you jumped into some huge generated portal to reach the alien world. In this game, when playing military corporal Sheppard, you actually see Freeman how he jumps into that portal, and then come to the same point only the portal crashed before you manage to follow, but you exterminate what's left of the flying aliens around, though.
  • The game contains easter eggs which reference DOOM II, The Beating of a High School Janitor song by Adam Sandler, David Michael Mertz and James Bond. Detailed information about how to reach them can be found in the tips & tricks section.

Awards

  • GameStar (Germany)
    • Issue 03/2000 - Best Add-on in 1999
Information also contributed by -Chris and Sciere.

Related Web Sites

  • Hints for Opposing Force (The solutions are given gradually in this hint file so other parts of the game are not revealed until you need them.)
MAT (72346) added Half-Life: Opposing Force (Windows) on Mar 26, 2000
Other platforms contributed by Alsy (15562)