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Half-Life (Windows)

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Written by  :  nullnullnull (1472)
Written on  :  Aug 21, 1999
Platform  :  Windows
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Summary

Best FPS game of 1998

The Good

Blazingly fast game play based off the Quake2 engine. Great graphics and sound. Half-Life really distinguishes itself from Q2 by having a really compelling and immersive story. The story line is so good that it is quite easy to lose yourself in the world the folks at valve have created. The AI in Half-Life is head and shoulders better than anything else offered in 1998. The enemy's are difficult to predict. They offer cover fire for each other, don't voluntarily move into sure death situations and those that can use grenades and the like very effectively.

In addition there are a number of Multi Player Online mods for HL. The two best are Team Fortress Classic, a port of the Team Fortress Quake mod to HL, and Counter Strike, a terrorist/counter-terrorist team play mod only for HL.

The Bad

The auto update functionality is quite buggy. A failure is reported every time you receive an update even though the utility states in a different message box the it has succeeded.

The copy protection is also quite annoying. In order to play online you must have a registered cd-key w/ WON. This requires the WON servers to be online.

The Bottom Line

Damn great First Person Shooter game.