Half-Life (Windows)

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Written by  :  MadCat (61)
Written on  :  Jul 24, 2000
Platform  :  Windows
Rating  :  4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars

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An FPS that doesn't insult your intelligence

The Good

When you start the game, you find yourself on a little trolley/gondolay and that there is no opening cutscene? what? no opening cutscene? What kind of game is that? After a few seconds you find that you're actually playing the opeing cutscene. Cool huh? This is how the game plays for the entire duration. Not only do you play the game, but you also get to see the event unfold before you...awesome...the story of the game has got to be the best in FPS history. It's not the stale old "Aliens have come to conquer the earth and you're the only badass that can stop them." As you play that game you find twists in the plot that can totally suprise you. While all other FPS seem to abandon plot development about three seconds into the game, Half-Life seems to dish up something new everytime you turn the corner.

This is one of games that really scared the crap out of me...even after playing through it once...Try playing the game in the middle of the night with the lights out on the most difficult setting and you'll know what I'm talking about. Half the time you will be wandering around with only three shells left in your shot gun, your flash light batteries on low, and wondering if there are aliens around that corner that you can't handle. Roof tiles suddenly drop down bringin down pouncing aliens, walls suddenly crumble, and more aliens can come tumbling out at you.

The weapons are much more realistic, and well balanced. No more can rockets be fired continuously from your rocket launcher, you have to reload after you finish up a clip, and you can no longer carry more ammunition than a tank, as in other FPS games. Granted, you can still carry a lot of weapons, but its much more realistic than carrying the 99 rockets the way you can in Quake.

The multiplayer in this game simply rocks...you can download mods off the internet and activate them with the click of a mouse...and best of all, they are all FREE...kick ass mods like Counterstrike, and Teamfortress Classic can be downloaded for absolutely free of charge...

Level design is absolute genius, as platform jumps and puzzles are just challenging enough to keep you on your toes, but not so difficult as to make you want to tear your hair out everytime you fall off a crate...The placement of dead bodies and aliens are just in the right place to really give you a scare...

The Bad

I thought as hard as I could but I couldn't think of one bad point in Half-Life...well except the ending was not as rewarding as it should...but in this case, getting there was all the fun, and what FUN it was...so not much to complain about here...

The Bottom Line

WOW...If you are tired of the mindless FPS shooters, then Half-Life is the game for you...in fact even if you're not tired of mindless FPS gaming, get Half-Life...this game is a sure classic, and will influence games to come for a long time...