Half-Life User Reviews

9.5

showcases the strengths of the interactive medium for storytelling

Summary:

Talk about a revolution! While Half Life hadn't invented any individual concepts, it sure as shit popularized their usage in combining them all to invent the idea of a game that's driven by a perfect mix of gameplay, dialogue sequences and set pieces. It's like Valve had played through Doom, Quake, Duke Nukem 3D, Strife and the first two Elder Scrolls games and went to themselves "now how can we make our game better - oh wait, let's put them all together, brilliant idea!" Sure, people will make the claim that games like The Last Of Us, Uncharted and the like are like they're in movies, but ...

7.0

Duct crawling and getting stuck behind pebbles simulator 98... oh and it's a first person shooter too

Summary:

Fast action, maze-like areas full of aliens, predators and Nazis, and a whole host of secrets to find – that was your typical first person shooter back in the 90s. But then came a game that wanted to take that formula and work it into a different sort of beast. In 1998, Valve released Half Life and it garnered heaps of praise for the way it tackled storytelling and took the first person view in a more cinematic direction than just blowing aliens to bits. It's an idea that works really well when executed just right... and you know what, it is, but like a well cooked steak with no seasoning, ...

9.8

The Half Life to me.

The good:

Well... There are lots of weapons. But the best is not something you would expect. It is a melee weapon that you get very early on in the game. A crowbar. But it has infinite ammo, fast swing rate, and never has to reload.
The weapons are pretty good too! You have things from a 9mm pistol to a top secret government test weapon. You can even have a missile that you can guide in case you miss the initial fire.

The bad:

Ammo is very scarce. So you must run a lot of the times that you see an enemy.
The graphics are pretty good considering the time frame, but not for my standards. But I understand, it came out in 1996. So there is nothing I can do. The worst part though... well, it is not the worst so I wont put it there like it is. The real worst part are the puzzles. An example is as follows:
You are in a room that has a locked door Only a scientist has the clearance to open it. But the only ones left alive are in a room the saw blade looking things on the floor. And they need out. You can get in to them, but the door is locked from the inside. So by the time you find them, you can't go back to the door. The only way out is through the saw blades. There is three of them. And if all three of them die, your screwed.

Summary:

Ok, here is the description of the game. The part I was talking about in the bad above this, it is posted below.
You are in a research lab, conducting an experiment, when it goes bad. The suddenly you see odd looking beings as you are teleported every where. Then you return to your lab station, or what is left of you lab station. It has been totally totalled. So as you leave it, you see that everything has been destroyed. Finally you realize that there was an explosion while you were being teleported, so you got lucky. But as you move along, you see another weird creature. But it can't get y...

8.6

Good, Very Good!

The good:

Great variety of weaponry. Rockets can be guided. You can set traps with your "instruments". HD Packs available. Some good stuff may be hidden in crates/secret places, so there'll be some challenge. You can command drink cans from vending machines! You can drink the drinks! Cool weapons, which get real handy! Loading times aren't too long (they are far shorter than HL2's loading times). Interesting storyline.

The bad:

Places are sometimes too secret-too challenging! Maps are really polygonal. Some levels can get annoying when the player dies too often. Can get only 3 people to follow you. Suspense can cause players to go mad at their computer. You cannot see your feet! Also, NPCs can't follow you everywhere (They cannot crouch/jump). AI isn't very smart, which can be good as it can be bad. Some parts of the story may not be understood by players at first (I had to refer to Wikipedia for some information).

Summary:

Half-Life is definitely good! But there can be some improvements... I suggest you try it, Half-Life Source (using the Source engine) and Black Mesa (Half-Life's last remake)

HL deserves its legendary reputation. When people follow you, you can get them to be baits or offenders or defenders. Whatever you do, you know you'll respawn where you last saved the game. and if you have not saved, it'll load from the last autosave! Simple!

The suspense is well preserved at the end, and can even get players intrigued so much that they look up for the true thing on the internet to know what EXACTLY is ha...

9.8

Wheeeeeeeee!

The good:

*Lotsa lotsa weapons!
*Torturing scientists and security guards
*Weird ending
*Graphics are okay if you got the high-def expansion
*sound effects will BLOW YOUR MIND

The bad:

*Not as good as HL2
*No rag dolls
*NPCs follow you too slowly
*A.I. isn't as smart as it should be

Summary:

The first game I played for my PC was Half-Life 2 (pure awesomeness!!!!) and after beating it, I decided to take a look at its predecessor.
Half-Life is also a can of condensed fun, as you take control of the silent-but-deadly scientist, Gordon Freeman. Except that instead of being in a run-down city to start with, you begin at the Black Mesa Research facility, flowing with scientists and security guards.
Though it starts slowly, the game quickly escalades into a frantic shooter filled with all the fixins (many enemies, loud noises, and plenty of ammo).
Thankfully, the areas of this game ar...

10

TOTALY!!!

The good:

Everything! To qoute brak "It's the shiz-nit!"

The bad:

Nothing, Perfection!

Summary:

O.K. so you are Gorden Freeman a employee at Black Mesa Reserch Facillity and it start's out o.k. but then every thing goes KABLAMO! and now you must escape to the serface! However alien's have invaded and The Gov. sent in solder's and well it's not your day. Plus there is a Mysterious suited man (I call him lawerman) who seem's to be watching you...

The game uses a neat system where there is never any story sceen, so you are always look through Dr. Freeman's eye's. And with it's large variaty of wepons and awsome levals it's a must for any first person shooter fan. Scrach that, a must for a...

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