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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 orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Bridge Constructor: Portal2017Android, iPad, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Windows Apps, Xbox OneHeadup Games GmbH & Co. KG...
Black Mesa2015WindowsCrowbar Collective3.62
Black Mesa2012WindowsBlack Mesa Modification Team3.92
Portal 22011Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Valve Corporation4.15
Portal 2: Sixense MotionPack2011PlayStation 3, WindowsSixense Entertainment...
Source Multiplayer Pack2010Macintosh, WindowsValve Corporation...
Portal: Still Alive2008Xbox 360Valve Corporation2.53
Half-Life: Complete2008WindowsValve Corporation...
Half-Life 2: Complete2008WindowsValve Corporation...
Valve Complete Pack2008WindowsValve Corporation...
Half-Life 2: Episode Pack2008WindowsValve Corporation...
Portal2007Android, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsValve Corporation4.17
The Orange Box2007PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Electronic Arts, Inc.4.19
Half-Life 2: Episode Two2007Android, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsBuka Entertainment4.29
Portal: The Flash Version2007BrowserArmor Games Inc.3.74
Half-Life 2: Episode One2006Android, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsValve Corporation4.11
Half-Life 2: Survivor2006ArcadeTaito Corporation...
Half-Life 2: Holiday 2006 Collection2006WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.4.71
Half-Life 1: Anthology2005WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.5.00
Half-Life 2: Lost Coast2005Linux, Macintosh, WindowsValve Corporation3.98
Half-Life: Deathmatch - Source2005WindowsValve Corporation...
Half-Life: Source2005Linux, Macintosh, WindowsValve Corporation4.36
Half-Life 2: Game of the Year Edition2005WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.4.67
Half-Life 2 (Collector's Edition)2004WindowsVivendi Universal Games, Inc.3.89
Half-Life 22004Android, Linux, Macintosh, Windows, XboxElectronic Arts, Inc.4.13
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Selected Covers

Portal Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Portal
The Orange Box Windows Front Cover
Front cover for The Orange Box
Valve Complete Pack Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Valve Complete Pack

Selected Screenshots

Main menu
Screenshot from Portal
Main game select menu
Screenshot from The Orange Box
Title screen and main menu
Screenshot from Black Mesa
Title screen & main menu.
Screenshot from Black Mesa
Entering the high-security reception area of the Black Mesa Research Facility.
Screenshot from Half-Life: Source
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