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Half-Life 2
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One of three covers for Half-Life 2.
^ MSG series and Half-Life for one.
  • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 31 January 2010 12:55 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Computer Games Online had an interview with Doug Lombardi covering a wide variety of topics including the Half-Life 2 SDK, Team Fortress 2 and etc.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ We'll all be abducted by Steam one way or another, or forget playing Half-Life.
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This cover shows the series' protagonist, Gordon Freeman; the others show Alyx Vance and the G-Man.
Developer(s) Valve Corporation
Publisher(s) Sierra Entertainment (expired)
Valve Corporation
Distributor(s) Electronic Arts (retail)
Steam (online)
Composer(s) Kelly Bailey
Series Half-Life
Engine Source engine
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows, Xbox, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Mac OS X[1]
Release date(s)
Genre(s) First-person shooter
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer
Rating(s) BBFC: 15
ESRB: M
OFLC: MA15+
PEGI: 16+
Media CD-ROM(5), DVD, Blu-Ray, digital download
System requirements 1.2 GHz processor, 256 MB RAM, DirectX 7 level graphics card, Internet connection (broadband or better recommended)
Input methods Keyboard, mouse (a joystick is also supported on PC), gamepad
.Half-Life 2 is a science fiction first-person shooter computer game and the sequel to the highly acclaimed Half-Life.^ First Half-Life: Source screenshot!
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ COME ON GORDON! Now time for the half life movie me thinks, but every single film based from a game, has sucked so far IMO __________________ .
  • Gordon Freeman needs your help! - Page 3 - techPowerUp! Forums 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC forums.techpowerup.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ HALF-LIFE sends a shock through the game industry with its combination of pounding action and continuous, immersive storytelling.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: General]

.It was developed by Valve Corporation and was released on November 16, 2004, following a protracted five-year,[4] $40 million[5] development cycle during which the game’s source code was leaked to the Internet.^ Valve's debut title wins more than 50 game-of-the-year awards on its way to being named "Best PC Game Ever" by PC Gamer, and launches a franchise with more than eight million retail units sold worldwide.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: General]

^ Well firstly, TheInquirer.net is reporting in a short article that VU Games have purchased 35 Radeon 9800 Pro graphics cards in order to extensively test the RC1 of HL2 that VALVe sent them, and that could mean a November 2004 release date, but let's hope not.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ Others believe that release is imminent because Valve is happy for the game software to be downloaded.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

[6] .The game uses the Source game engine, which includes a heavily modified version of the Havok physics engine and was also the first video game to require online product activation.^ Graphics - Source's shader-based renderer, like the one used at Pixar to create movies such as Toy Story and Monster's, Inc., creates the most beautiful and realistic environments ever seen in a video game.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: General]

^ Even more good performance indications for what you'll get in HL2 and other Source Engine based games like Vampire: Bloodlines.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ It's a very nice read for those who want to know how these cards perform head to head in Source Engine games and etc, so check it out!
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

[7][8] .Originally available only for Windows-based personal computers, the game has since been ported to the Xbox, and was a part of The Orange Box compilation for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 video game consoles.^ Xbox 360 Games .
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

^ Xbox 360 Games On Demand (26) .
  • DailyGamesNews.com: Video - Half-Life 2 Short Film - Escape From City 17 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC dailygamesnews.com [Source type: General]

^ Originally Posted by joinmeindeath417 Thats because anyone who was voting hasn't played games since genesis on gamespot, there all about the Playstation/Nintendo Era, and Sonic was the most bad ass when he was on the Genesis.
  • Gordon Freeman needs your help! - Page 3 - techPowerUp! Forums 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC forums.techpowerup.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[9]
.Half-Life 2 takes place in a dystopian world in which the events of Half-Life have fully come to bear on human society, which has been enslaved by a multidimensional empire known as the Combine.^ These take place immediately after the end of Half-Life 2.
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^ COME ON GORDON! Now time for the half life movie me thinks, but every single film based from a game, has sucked so far IMO __________________ .
  • Gordon Freeman needs your help! - Page 3 - techPowerUp! Forums 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC forums.techpowerup.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ HALF-LIFE sends a shock through the game industry with its combination of pounding action and continuous, immersive storytelling.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: General]

.The game takes place in and around the fictional City 17 and follows the adventures of scientist Gordon Freeman who must fight against increasingly unfavorable odds in order to survive.^ The only company who ever got first person platforming right was DICE, and they had to design their entire game around it with Mirrors Edge .
  • HL2 - best game of the decade. - General Gaming - General Discussion - MMORPG.com Forums 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mmorpg.com [Source type: General]

^ Throughout half-life 2 Gordon Freeman will have no crappy one-liners unless you, the player, shouts them out while being immersed in the game.
  • Amazon.com: Half Life 2: Xbox: Video Games 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.amazon.com [Source type: General]

^ Though the game's hero, Gordon Freeman, will again be the strong and completely silent type, the supporting roles will be read by a solid lineup of talent.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

.The game garnered near-unanimous positive reviews and received critical acclaim,[10][11] receiving praise for its advances in computer animation, sound, narration, computer graphics, artificial intelligence (AI), and physics simulation.^ Source provides major enhancements in: Characters - Advanced facial animation system delivers the most sophisticated in-game characters ever seen.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: General]

^ The graphics on the whole look good, with the nicest elements being the character models that have near-perfect dimensions and are some of the most realistic looking characters we've seen in any game.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ Source provides major enhancements in the advanced facial animation system, physics, graphics and AI. Half-Life 2 will be available for the PC. About Vivendi Universal Games Headquartered in Los Angeles, VU Games is a leading global developer, publisher and distributor of multi-platform interactive entertainment.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

.The game won over 40 PC Game of the Year awards for 2004,[12] and several publications have since named it as game of the decade.^ Valve's debut title wins more than 50 game-of-the-year awards on its way to being named "Best PC Game Ever" by PC Gamer, and launches a franchise with more than eight million retail units sold worldwide.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: General]

^ In addition to being named “Best PC Game” by 1up.com (Ziff Davis) and Gamespy.com, the title also received a “Technological Excellence on PC” award from IGN.com.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ This game is definitely in contention for the Xbox Game of the Year award.
  • Amazon.com: Half Life 2: Xbox: Video Games 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.amazon.com [Source type: General]

[13][14][15][16] .As of December 3, 2008, over 6.5 million copies of Half-Life 2 have been sold at retail.^ Valve’s debut title was named “Best PC Game Ever” by PC Gamer and launched a franchise with more than eight million retails units sold worldwide.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ Reply pissedASfuck says: March 19, 2007 at 4:31 am **** STEAM and **** GODDAMN VALVE. In a world where I can illegally download anything I want – I went to my retail store and LEGALLY purchased my copy of Half Life 2.
  • Half Life 2 Steam Installation Too Slow! — Video Games 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC video-games.elliottback.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ That's right, Half-Life2.nl is reporting that PC Gameplay will be reviewing Half-Life 2, the full final copy in their next issue with over 50 new screenshots!
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

[17] .Although Steam sales figures are unknown, their rate surpassed retail in mid-2008[18] and are significantly more profitable per-unit.^ Valve’s debut title was named “Best PC Game Ever” by PC Gamer and launched a franchise with more than eight million retails units sold worldwide.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

[17]

Contents

Gameplay

A screenshot of the player engaging a group of antlions. Along the bottom of the screen the player's health, suit damage mitigation level and ammunition are displayed.
.Half-Life 2 plays similarly to its predecessor.^ We'll all be abducted by Steam one way or another, or forget playing Half-Life.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ Halo 2 sucked a big donkey's nuts that I didn't even finish it and opted to play better games such as Half Life 2.
  • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 31 January 2010 12:55 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Once you have successfully completed play of Half-Life 2, we recommend playing the sequels: Half-Life 2 Episode One and Half-Life 2 Episode Two .
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

.The player navigates through a set of levels that advance in the story, fighting off transhuman troops known as the Combine as well as hostile alien creatures.^ Wait there for Combine troops to come through.
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^ Before this patch, only the Alien player model had a set of LODs.
  • Orion ~ Half Life 2 Total Modification 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.orion-project.net [Source type: General]

^ Use it to fend off the oncoming Manhacks and Combine troops.
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.Puzzles and sequences involving vehicles are interspersed throughout the game, taking its world to a new level of realism.^ We are attempting to include two new DM levels as well as making reincarnations of some current levels for the Deathmatch and Team-Deathmatch game modes.
  • Orion ~ Half Life 2 Total Modification 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.orion-project.net [Source type: General]

^ By that I mean we did A LOT of level design work, created a lot of ideas, worked with a lot of game modes, weren't really sure what weapons we wanted.
  • Orion ~ Half Life 2 Total Modification 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.orion-project.net [Source type: General]

^ Rest assured, it doesn't look like a new game; it looks like a really pretty version of Counter-Strike.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

[19]
.As Half-Life 2 is a first-person shooter, the gameworld is always presented from Gordon Freeman's perspective.^ First Half-Life: Source screenshot!
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ COME ON GORDON! Now time for the half life movie me thinks, but every single film based from a game, has sucked so far IMO __________________ .
  • Gordon Freeman needs your help! - Page 3 - techPowerUp! Forums 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC forums.techpowerup.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Auto detection is also good for those who don’t have the patience to tweak the plethora of visual settings present within Half-Life 2.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

A heads-up display at the bottom of the screen shows the player's health, energy, and ammunition status, while a toggle screen shows available weapons at the top. .Health and energy can be replenished by picking up medical supplies and energy cells respectively, or by using wall-mounted charging devices.^ Also charge your suit a bit by using the device on the wall.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: General]

^ Not only do you have to use the physic gun to lift up stuff, but you can use your hands to pick up different things like trash cans, luggage, cans, etc.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ You can take up to 4 with you, and they'll aid you by shooting enemies, and giving you health (the medics will do this, obviously).
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: General]

[20]
The player defeats enemies with an assortment of weapons. .The game's available arsenal consists of modern-day projectile weapons, including a ubiquitous pistol, shotgun, and submachine gun, though more elaborate, fictional weapons are available, such as a crossbow that shoots hot metal rods, a pheromone pod that guides certain previously hostile alien creatures, once acquired, and pulse rifle that shoots glowing pulses and a secondary "Dark energy ball," which disintegrates enemies on contact.^ Defeat them with the pulse rifle or shotgun.
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^ They carry submachine guns, shotguns, magnums and pulse rifles.
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^ Defeat them with the shotgun or pulse rifle.
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The Source engine's physics capabilities extend into combat via a special device called the Zero-Point Energy Field Manipulator, or "gravity gun." Using this device, the player can pick up objects and either hurl them at enemies or hold them in place to create a makeshift shield.[21] .The gravity gun can also perform a variety of non-combat functions, such as grabbing out-of-reach supplies and forming bridges across gaps.^ Grab a wooden crate with the Gravity Gun .
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^ Grab your Gravity Gun back.
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^ Grab them with the Gravity Gun and blast them over the cliff.
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[22]
.Many puzzles use the game's physics engine.^ Certainly Halo has it's place amongst top games in the FPS genre, and certainly many games made use of the features and ideas it brought to the playing field...
  • HL2 - best game of the decade. - General Gaming - General Discussion - MMORPG.com Forums 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mmorpg.com [Source type: General]

^ We were one of the very first games on this engine to make use of vehicles in Multiplayer.
  • Orion ~ Half Life 2 Total Modification 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.orion-project.net [Source type: General]

^ Like the original game, Half-Life 2's engine is expected to be used in a number of other games.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

.For example, one puzzle requires the player to either turn a seesaw-like lever into a ramp by placing cinder blocks at one end, or to stack wooden crates to form a crude stairway.^ When you place a few blue barrels in the crate, under the structure, the thing will move, and it'll suddenly become a ramp.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: General]

^ It is only sometimes that I feel a little like a piece of furniture, only chairs can't walk into rooms.” She ended with a girlish laugh.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ Head down the ramp and into the tunnel at the far end.
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[23] Puzzles are frequently solved with the gravity gun. .One puzzle has the player clear a highway by using the gravity gun to push numerous abandoned vehicles out of the way.^ Use the Gravity Gun to pull them.
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^ Use grenades to clear them out.
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^ Use grenades to clear the CPs out.
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[24]
.Another major development from the original Half-Life is the introduction of vehicular sections; while the original featured several sections on trains, the sequel features sections where the player makes use of fully functional vehicles such as cars or boats.^ Original Half-Life section moved and done with!
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ Original Half-Life characters and allies sections are up!
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ Original Half-Life weapons section is up!
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Multiplayer

.Half-Life 2 was released without a multiplayer component, and was instead packaged with Counter-Strike: Source.^ As many of you know, Half Life 2 and Counter-Strike: Source are basically done.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ First Half-Life: Source screenshot!
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^ Chuck Osborn: Counter-Strike Source is the multiplayer.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

[22] .A few weeks later, Valve released Half-Life 2: Deathmatch on Steam.^ We're told Half-Life 2 will be finished in the next few weeks, and that Counter-Strike: Source will begin beta testing soon.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ Counter-Strike: Source and Half-Life 2 will be added to the program for active subscribers in the Valve Cyber Cafe Program.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ We'll all be abducted by Steam one way or another, or forget playing Half-Life.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

[25] .The goal of the game is to kill as many other players as possible, using a variety of means, in either free-for-all or team-based matches.^ And this means all the Zombies that are on the trail, will get killed.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: General]

^ Not many other games can claim that.
  • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 31 January 2010 12:55 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Even more good performance indications for what you'll get in HL2 and other Source Engine based games like Vampire: Bloodlines.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

[26] .A subsequent update to the game added an additional map and three new weapons.^ In addition to the new games, Valve is also readying a Cybercafe License Server.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ KB) Version 1.0 (12/07/04) - Finished the walkthrough, updated weapons, added allies chapter.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: General]

^ Additionally, Valve recently revealed a series of new games and features being added to the Valve Cyber Café Program over the coming months.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

[27] .The Xbox release of Half-Life 2 contains no multiplayer component,[28] however the re-release of Half-Life 2, packaged as The Orange Box for the PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, includes the multiplayer game Team Fortress 2.^ Xbox 360 Games .
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^ PC Gameplay to review Half-Life 2!!!
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ COME ON GORDON! Now time for the half life movie me thinks, but every single film based from a game, has sucked so far IMO __________________ .
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[29][30]

Synopsis

Setting

.The original Half-Life takes place at a remote civilian and military laboratory called the Black Mesa Research Facility.^ Original Half-Life section moved and done with!
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^ These take place immediately after the end of Half-Life 2.
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^ The original Half-Life game was launched in 1998 under VU Games’ Sierra Entertainment publishing label.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

.During an experiment, researchers at Black Mesa accidentally cause a "resonance cascade" which rips open a portal to an alien world, Xen.^ Freeman is thrust into the unenviable role of rescuing the world from the wrong he unleashed back at Black Mesa.
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  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

.Hostile creatures from Xen flood into Black Mesa via the portal and start killing everyone in sight.^ Freeman is thrust into the unenviable role of rescuing the world from the wrong he unleashed back at Black Mesa.
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  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ The dog started up at sight of James, but he motioned him down, and went softly out into the hall.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ Think about it, Gordon prior to things going on, things start to go wrong in black mesa, going around finding the scientist to figure out what's wrong, going to the core, going to planet xen, fighting the aliens, and then there are the entire G-man subplot.
  • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 31 January 2010 12:55 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The player takes on the role of Gordon Freeman, one of the research scientists who had been involved in the accident and who now must escape the facility.^ NOW. By taking the suspense, challenge and visceral charge of the original, and adding startling new realism and responsiveness, Half-Life 2 opens the door to a world where the player's presence affects everything around him, from the physical environment to the behaviors even the emotions of both friends and enemies The player again picks up the crowbar of research scientist Gordon Freeman, who finds himself on an alien-infested Earth being picked to the bone, its resources depleted, its populace dwindling.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: General]

^ The player again picks up the crowbar of research scientist, Gordon Freeman, who finds himself on an alien-infested Earth being picked to the bone, its resources depleted and its population dwindling.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ Though the game's hero, Gordon Freeman, will again be the strong and completely silent type, the supporting roles will be read by a solid lineup of talent.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

Gordon manages to terminate the creature holding the portal open.
.At the end of the game, a mysterious figure colloquially known as the G-Man extracts Gordon from Black Mesa and "offers" him employment.^ Gordon, peeping around his curtain, knew the dark figure as he would have known his own shadow.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ He realized that the watching man might easily have mistaken him for Gordon himself, going away with his man to make a call upon some patient.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ The G-man is an enigma, he's a character who is mysterious throughout the first two games (films).
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Gordon is subsequently put into stasis.[31]
.In Half-Life 2, the story resumes an indeterminate number of years after the Black Mesa incident, with the G-Man taking Freeman out of stasis and inserting him into a train en route to City 17.^ Half-Life Story page is up!
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^ Freeman is thrust into the unenviable role of rescuing the world from the wrong he unleashed back at Black Mesa.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: General]
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ "Almost a year and a half into the lawsuit," Lombardi continued, "Vivendi responded by making a number of claims in an attempt to invalidate our agreement and be awarded the ownership of the Half-Life intellectual property.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

.Official sources differ on the actual length of the intermission; a story fragment written by author Marc Laidlaw for the development team puts the intermission at ten years,[32] while Half-Life 2: Episode One's website puts this intermission as "nearly two decades".[33] One of the characters Freeman encounters, Alyx Vance, is seen in a picture as a child at Black Mesa, but appears as a young adult by the time Gordon reappears.^ Put in the team,” said Gordon.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ Half-Life Story page is up!
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ MSG series and Half-Life for one.
  • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 31 January 2010 12:55 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

This information is not directly relayed to the player. .The friendly characters that Freeman encounters appear unaware of the stasis he was put in and assumes that he has full knowledge of everything that has happened since the end of Half-Life.^ Original Half-Life characters and allies sections are up!
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ That's right, Half-Life2.nl is reporting that PC Gameplay will be reviewing Half-Life 2, the full final copy in their next issue with over 50 new screenshots!
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ They used to be slaves that attacked you in the first Half-Life, but they are friendly now.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: General]

The game is set on Earth, which has been conquered by the extraterrestrial civilization known as the Combine.
.The environments in Half-Life 2, in accordance with the game's story, all have a distinct post-apocalyptic theme, yet in design they are varied, and include the Eastern European-styled City 17, the zombie-infested Ravenholm; the coastal Nova Prospekt prison and the massive Combine Citadel.^ Half-Life Story page is up!
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ There are various of these Combines, ranging from the city version, to the prison version.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: General]

^ The Purchase Brothers have made a short film titled, "Escape from City 17" based on Half-Life 2 and it's live action awesomeness, being a total Half-Life 2 fan, this is win of the week.
  • DailyGamesNews.com: Video - Half-Life 2 Short Film - Escape From City 17 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC dailygamesnews.com [Source type: General]

.Viktor Antonov, the art director of Half-Life 2, who spent his childhood in Bulgaria, wrote that the developers consciously modeled Half-Life 2's setting on Eastern Europe because they were fascinated by the region's combination of both new and old architecture and desired to infuse City 17 and its environs with the same sense of history.^ A: Yes, they will be set up the same way as Half-Life 1.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ HALF-LIFE sends a shock through the game industry with its combination of pounding action and continuous, immersive storytelling.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: General]

^ Auto detection is also good for those who don’t have the patience to tweak the plethora of visual settings present within Half-Life 2.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

Plot

.At the start of the game, the G-Man speaks to Gordon Freeman in a hallucination-like vision as he pulls Gordon out of stasis and places him on a train going to City 17. When the train arrives, Gordon gets off and proceeds through the Combine's security checkpoints where he is detained by a civil protection officer.^ Rescue them, like Gordon Freeman would do!
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: General]

^ Where are you going?” Gordon called out.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ HALF-LIFE sends a shock through the game industry with its combination of pounding action and continuous, immersive storytelling.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: General]

Once in an interrogation room, the officer reveals himself to be Freeman's former co-worker and colleague, Barney Calhoun, and helps Freeman to get to Dr. Isaac Kleiner's laboratory. After meeting Alyx Vance, Freeman is instructed by Kleiner to step into a makeshift teleporter so that he can be safely extracted to the anti-Combine resistance base Black Mesa East along with Alyx, headed by her father, Dr. Eli Vance. .However, Kleiner's pet headcrab Lamarr disrupts the machine, and Freeman finds himself — after briefly appearing in several different locations — just outside Kleiner's lab.^ Loading* You'll be in Dr. Kleiner's lab again, and when he finds you (yes, Lamarr is there too), he'll say you've been gone for a week.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: General]

^ Kleiner is too busy finding Lamarr again, and Alyx doesn't want to leave him behind.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: General]

^ Lamarr - The pet of Dr. Kleiner.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: General]

.With the Combine now alerted to his presence, Freeman works his way through the drained canal system,[34] avoiding enemy forces and using the help of human resistance fighters [35] to safely arrive at Black Mesa East.^ Work your way through the apartment.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

^ Work your way through the building.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

^ Freeman is thrust into the unenviable role of rescuing the world from the wrong he unleashed back at Black Mesa.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: General]
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

Dr. Vance and Dr. Judith Mossman debrief Freeman on events since the incident at Black Mesa. As Alyx is introducing Freeman to DOG, her pet robot, and showing him how to use the new Zero-Point Energy Field Manipulator ("gravity gun"), the lab is attacked and Dr. Vance is captured. .Freeman is separated from Alyx, but she explains that he must travel to Nova Prospekt, a former prison, in order to save her father.^ Warden Freeman 10 Survive the second turret standoff in Nova Prospekt.
  • The Sorted Achievement Guide for Half-Life 2 - Xbox360Achievements.org 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.xbox360achievements.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[36] .Along the way, Freeman encounters other allies, including Father Grigori in the zombie-infested town of Ravenholm,[37] and Colonel Odessa Cubbage and his forces.^ Loading* Keep going, and you'll see Grigori on the other side again, and he'll be shooting Zombies and Headcrabs.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: General]

^ Father Grigori will be standing at the other side of the gate, and he'll send a cart, so you can go there.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: General]

^ You'll have various fights with Zombies and Leapers, but with Father Grigori on your side, it's not a problem.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: General]

After making his way across an Antlion-infested beach, Freeman reaches Nova Prospekt and begins to search for Dr. Vance.[38] Alyx eventually reaches him and joins in his search. Together, they discover that Dr. Mossman is a spy for the Combine, but before they can stop her, she teleports herself and Dr. Vance back to the Combine headquarters known as the Citadel using the Combine teleporter.
Freeman and Alyx follow, and the facility is destroyed by a teleporter malfunction. .They materialize in Kleiner's lab one week later, discovering that their actions in Nova Prospekt have inspired the human resistance to mount a full-scale rebellion, turning City 17 into a battlefield.^ The Purchase Brothers have made a short film titled, "Escape from City 17" based on Half-Life 2 and it's live action awesomeness, being a total Half-Life 2 fan, this is win of the week.
  • DailyGamesNews.com: Video - Half-Life 2 Short Film - Escape From City 17 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC dailygamesnews.com [Source type: General]

^ Wallace Breen, mysterious and evil leader of the humans collaborating with City 17's alien invaders, will be played by Robert Culp of I Spy fame.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ Loading* You'll be in Dr. Kleiner's lab again, and when he finds you (yes, Lamarr is there too), he'll say you've been gone for a week.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: General]

[39] Alyx helps to assist Dr. Kleiner and civilians to escape the city, while Freeman joins with the human resistance to dispatch the Combine forces. As the resistance gains the upper hand, Alyx is captured by the Combine and taken to the Citadel.[40] Freeman enters the Citadel to rescue Alyx. After fighting through many Combine soldiers with only an upgraded Gravity gun, Freeman eventually reaches Dr. Breen's office, where Dr. Mossman is also waiting. As Alyx and Eli Vance are brought in, Dr. Breen attempts to threaten them and convince Freeman to work for him, but Judith Mossman has a change of heart, and releases the three prisoners. Dr. Breen flees to the Dark Energy Reactor at the top of the Citadel and attempts to teleport away from Earth. Freeman pursues him and attacks the reactor.[41] .As the reactor explodes a few yards away from Freeman and Alyx, time stops and the G-Man appears.^ G-man will stop time, and you'll see how the generator explodes.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: General]

.He comments on Gordon's successful endeavors and then places him back into stasis.^ James was heartily glad when dinner was over, and, at Doctor Gordon's request, he followed him into his office.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ Doctor Gordon left James there, saying that he would make another call and be back for him directly.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ One evening Georgie K. made a motion to James behind Gordon's back when he took leave, and James made an excuse to follow him out.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

Narrative

.Throughout the entirety of Half-Life 2, Gordon never speaks, and the player views the action through his eyes only.^ COME ON GORDON! Now time for the half life movie me thinks, but every single film based from a game, has sucked so far IMO __________________ .
  • Gordon Freeman needs your help! - Page 3 - techPowerUp! Forums 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC forums.techpowerup.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ HALF-LIFE sends a shock through the game industry with its combination of pounding action and continuous, immersive storytelling.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: General]

^ It was only because I never saw such a woman in all my life before,” said James.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

.There are no cut scenes, nor are there any discontinuities or jumps in time from the player's point of view.^ I dare say there was no danger this time, only he came up behind like a cat, and —” .
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ Again there was no answer, this time not even any motion.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

.Some critics have criticized these design decisions as narrative holdovers from Half-Life,[42] that effectively limit how much of the back-story is explained.^ Half-Life Story page is up!
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ Crowbar Ammo: N/A Hotkey: 1 Description: This is the famous Half-Life weapon, although you won't use it all that much.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: General]

^ Half-Life 2 Preloading pushed back to Monday by Wester .
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

Due to the lack of cut scenes, the player never directly sees what happens in Gordon's absence.
.The ending of Half-Life 2 is also very similar to that of the original: after completing a difficult task against seemingly overwhelming odds, Gordon is extracted by the G-Man, who congratulates him and informs him that further assignments should follow.^ Congratulations, you have completed Half-Life 2 !
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

^ Original Half-Life section moved and done with!
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ COME ON GORDON! Now time for the half life movie me thinks, but every single film based from a game, has sucked so far IMO __________________ .
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.The fates of many of the major characters, such as Alyx, Eli, and Judith, go unexplained.^ From here, you should be teleported to Eli's Lab, but first Alyx will go.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: General]

^ Eli is captured, and Alyx will ask you go help her, so she can free Eli from Nova Prospekt, a prison.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: General]

.Very few of the questions raised by Half-Life are answered, and several new ones are presented.^ MSG series and Half-Life for one.
  • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 31 January 2010 12:55 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Auto detection is also good for those who don’t have the patience to tweak the plethora of visual settings present within Half-Life 2.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ We're told Half-Life 2 will be finished in the next few weeks, and that Counter-Strike: Source will begin beta testing soon.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

.The identity and nature of the G-Man still remains a mystery.^ He began considering the nature of the man whose dark figure remained motionless on the driveway.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

.A number of these issues are addressed, however, in the sequel games, Episode One and Episode Two.^ Once you have successfully completed play of Half-Life 2, we recommend playing the sequels: Half-Life 2 Episode One and Half-Life 2 Episode Two .
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

^ BGamer is Portugal's number one gaming magazine (basically our PCGamer).
  • Orion ~ Half Life 2 Total Modification 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.orion-project.net [Source type: General]

^ In Episode Two, find the Gnome in the communications shack in the begining of the game.
  • The Sorted Achievement Guide for Half-Life 2 - Xbox360Achievements.org 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.xbox360achievements.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[31][43][44][45]

Production

Development

A square in City 17, showing the Source engine's lighting and shadow effects
.For Half-Life 2, Valve Corporation developed a new game engine called the Source engine, which handles the game's visual, audio, and artificial intelligence elements.^ First Half-Life: Source screenshot!
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ This will feature many new elements to the game.
  • Orion ~ Half Life 2 Total Modification 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.orion-project.net [Source type: General]

^ HALF-LIFE sends a shock through the game industry with its combination of pounding action and continuous, immersive storytelling.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: General]

.The Source engine comes packaged with a heavily modified version of the Havok physics engine that allows for an extra dimension of interactivity in both single-player and online environments.^ Halo had a vehicle focus in both single player and mainly multiplayer.
  • HL2 - best game of the decade. - General Gaming - General Discussion - MMORPG.com Forums 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mmorpg.com [Source type: General]

^ The results were: Do you think including a source engine version of CS was a good idea for HL2 mutiplayer?
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ CS Nation had a few words with Jess Cliffe of VALVe Software regarding the upcoming Source Engine powered version of Counter-Strike .
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

[46] The engine can be easily upgraded because it is separated in modules. .When coupled with Steam, it becomes easy to roll out new features.^ Over at the steam powered site, a news announcement had arrived saying later this summer that the WON NET authentication system would be wiped out in place of Steam, completely.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ You can check out the news post over at Steam's News page.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

.One such example is high dynamic range rendering, which Valve first demonstrated in a free downloadable level called Lost Coast for owners of Half-Life 2.^ First Half-Life: Source screenshot!
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ The beta will first be open to subscribers of the Valve Cyber Cafe Program, and then extended to owners of Counter-Strike: Condition Zero.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ Counter-Strike: Source and Half-Life 2 will be added to the program for active subscribers in the Valve Cyber Cafe Program.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

[47] .HDR is now part of all Valve games.^ On Wednesday, this first phase of the beta will open and the game will be playable at all cyber cafés that subscribe to the Valve Cyber Café Program .
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

.Several other games use the Source engine, including Day of Defeat: Source and Counter-Strike: Source, both of which were also developed by Valve.^ Here's a clipping: "Counter-Strike: Source is essentially the Counter-Strike you know and love ported over to Valve's Source Engine, the engine that Half-Life 2 was built on, as well as the engine that will be used in many games that will be released in the coming months, including Vampire - The Masquerade.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ Active Valve Cybercafe Program subscribers receive access and a commercial license to use Valve games in their café (including Counter-Strike, Counter-Strike: Condition Zero, Day of Defeat and Half-Life), access to upcoming new releases in the program such as Half-Life 2 and Counter-Strike: Source, free tournament licenses, promotional materials and priority customer service and support.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ The beta will first be open to subscribers of the Valve Cyber Cafe Program, and then extended to owners of Counter-Strike: Condition Zero.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

[48] Also using Source is Dark Messiah, and the upcoming game The Crossing, both developed by Arkane Studios.[49]
.Integral to Half-Life 2 on the Windows platform is the Steam content delivery system developed by Valve Corporation.^ Counter-Strike: Source and Half-Life 2 will be added to the program for active subscribers in the Valve Cyber Cafe Program.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ We'll all be abducted by Steam one way or another, or forget playing Half-Life.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ Even though I don't trust Valve, I'm still excited for Half-Life 2.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

.All Half-Life 2 players on PC are required to have Steam installed and a valid account in order to play.^ Crowbar Ammo: N/A Hotkey: 1 Description: This is the famous Half-Life weapon, although you won't use it all that much.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: General]

^ Halo 2 sucked a big donkey's nuts that I didn't even finish it and opted to play better games such as Half Life 2.
  • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 31 January 2010 12:55 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ To celebrate Gamespot's "All Time Greatest Game Hero" award to Half-Life's Dr. Gordon Freeman we are offering all Half-Life games at 55.8% off!

[50] Steam allows customers to purchase games and other software straight from the developer and have them downloaded directly to their computer as well as receiving "micro updates." These updates also make hacking the game harder to do and has thus far been somewhat successful in staving off cheats and playability for users with unauthorized copies.[51] .Steam can also be used for finding and playing multiplayer games through an integrated server browser and friends list, and game data can be backed up with a standard CD or DVD burner.^ I dont see any servers in the Find Servers browser?
  • Orion ~ Half Life 2 Total Modification 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.orion-project.net [Source type: General]

^ Go further to the back of town, and you'll find a way up.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: General]

^ I've played the Halo games through many times, and not once has the experience been the same.
  • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 31 January 2010 12:55 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Steam and a customer’s purchased content can be downloaded onto any computer, as long as that account is only logged in at one location at a given time.^ For balance reasons, only one higher tier weapon (such as the flamethrower) can be taken at a time.
  • Orion ~ Half Life 2 Total Modification 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.orion-project.net [Source type: General]

^ Yeah, this time we've not only got one but two new polls up!
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

The usage of Steam has not gone without controversy.[52] Some users have reported numerous problems with Steam, sometimes being serious enough to prevent a reviewer from recommending a given title available on the service. In other cases, review scores have been lowered.[53] .Long download times, seemingly unnecessary updates, and verification checks are criticisms leveled by critics of the system’s use for single-player games such as Half-Life 2.^ Using a grenade in a game like Half Life 2 is such a chore.
  • HL2 - best game of the decade. - General Gaming - General Discussion - MMORPG.com Forums 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mmorpg.com [Source type: General]

^ HALF-LIFE sends a shock through the game industry with its combination of pounding action and continuous, immersive storytelling.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: General]

^ Crowbar Ammo: N/A Hotkey: 1 Description: This is the famous Half-Life weapon, although you won't use it all that much.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: General]

[54][55] .Regardless of whether or not a customer intends to use any multiplayer features, the computer on which the game was installed must have Steam and an Internet connection to verify the transaction.^ Certainly Halo has it's place amongst top games in the FPS genre, and certainly many games made use of the features and ideas it brought to the playing field...
  • HL2 - best game of the decade. - General Gaming - General Discussion - MMORPG.com Forums 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mmorpg.com [Source type: General]

^ As for the multiplayer aspect of Halo, I agree -- it is probably the most commonly used part of the game.
  • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 31 January 2010 12:55 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ We were one of the very first games on this engine to make use of vehicles in Multiplayer.
  • Orion ~ Half Life 2 Total Modification 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.orion-project.net [Source type: General]

.The book, Half-Life 2: Raising the Bar, revealed many of the game’s original settings and action that were cut down or removed from the game.^ Original Half-Life section moved and done with!
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ COME ON GORDON! Now time for the half life movie me thinks, but every single film based from a game, has sucked so far IMO __________________ .
  • Gordon Freeman needs your help! - Page 3 - techPowerUp! Forums 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC forums.techpowerup.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ HALF-LIFE sends a shock through the game industry with its combination of pounding action and continuous, immersive storytelling.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: General]

.Half-Life 2 was originally intended to be a darker game with grittier artwork, where the Combine were more obviously draining the oceans for minerals and replacing the atmosphere with noxious, murky gases.^ Original Half-Life section moved and done with!
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ HALF-LIFE sends a shock through the game industry with its combination of pounding action and continuous, immersive storytelling.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: General]

^ The original Half-Life game was launched in 1998 under VU Games’ Sierra Entertainment publishing label.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

.Nova Prospekt was originally intended to be a small Combine rail depot built on an old prison in the wasteland.^ Eli is captured, and Alyx will ask you go help her, so she can free Eli from Nova Prospekt, a prison.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: General]

^ Chapter 9: Nova Prospekt [HL.06.10] ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Continue, and you'll see you're in a prison.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: General]

Eventually, Nova Prospekt grew from a stopping-off point along the way to the destination itself.[32] .Half-Life 2 was also originally intended to be more diverse in settings.^ Original Half-Life section moved and done with!
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ Auto detection is also good for those who don’t have the patience to tweak the plethora of visual settings present within Half-Life 2.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ The original Half-Life game was launched in 1998 under VU Games’ Sierra Entertainment publishing label.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

.The book mentions how originally, the player was to follow a different journey from what is in the final release.^ Halo 2 score had to do with multiplayer", when I mentioned how overrated the single player was.
  • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 31 January 2010 12:55 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

2003 leak

.Half-Life 2 was merely a rumor until a strong impression at E3 in May 2003 launched it into high levels of hype where it won several awards for best in show.^ Crowbar Ammo: N/A Hotkey: 1 Description: This is the famous Half-Life weapon, although you won't use it all that much.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: General]

^ The original Half-Life game was launched in 1998 under VU Games’ Sierra Entertainment publishing label.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ "Almost a year and a half into the lawsuit," Lombardi continued, "Vivendi responded by making a number of claims in an attempt to invalidate our agreement and be awarded the ownership of the Half-Life intellectual property.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

.It had a release date of September 2003, but was delayed.^ There's no word from VALVe on this, and they still are claiming that the release date is "September 2004", so let's wait for a release date confirmation from VALVe.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ To begin with, Australia's PC PowerPlay recently stated that Half-Life 2 was just finished and was scheduled for a September 22nd release date.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ Half-Life 2's release date on September 1st, 2004.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

.This pushing back of HL2’s release date came in the wake of the cracking of Valve's internal network[56] through a null session connection to Tangis which was hosted in Valve's network and a subsequent upload of an ASP shell, resulting in the leak of the game's source code and many other files including maps, models and a playable early version of Half-Life Source and Counter-Strike Source in early September 2003.[57] On October 2, 2003, Valve CEO Gabe Newell publicly explained in the HalfLife2.net forums the events that Valve experienced around the time of the leak, and requested users to track down the perpetrators if possible.^ Not many other games can claim that.
  • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 31 January 2010 12:55 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Halo 2 and Half life came out around the same time.
  • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 31 January 2010 12:55 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ HALF-LIFE sends a shock through the game industry with its combination of pounding action and continuous, immersive storytelling.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: General]

.In June 2004, Valve Software announced in a press release that the FBI had arrested several people suspected of involvement in the source code leak.^ Here's the details: Online Community Tracks Down Hackers : June, 10 2004 - Arrests have been made in several countries related to the break-in to Valve's network, theft of the Half-Life 2 source code, and release of the source code on the Internet.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ Others believe that release is imminent because Valve is happy for the game software to be downloaded.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ Voodoo Extreme had a few words with Doug Lombardi of VALVe Software regarding things like HL2's release canditate in an extremely short interview .
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

[58] .Valve claimed the game had been leaked by a German black-hat hacker named Axel Gembe.^ Valve’s debut title was named “Best PC Game Ever” by PC Gamer and launched a franchise with more than eight million retails units sold worldwide.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

.Gembe later contacted Newell through e-mail (also providing an unreleased document planning the E3 events).^ The plot outline operates on a system of planned encounters and scripted events, so the story will be identical each time you play through.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

Gembe was led into believing that Valve wanted to employ him as an in-house security auditor. .He was to be offered a flight to the USA and was to be arrested on arrival by the FBI. When the German government became aware of the plan, Gembe was arrested in Germany instead, and put on trial for the leak as well as other computer crimes in November 2006, such as the creation of Agobot, a highly successful trojan which harvested users' data.^ I guess it was just sort of a defense to how much work we were attributing or to at least get awareness that we were doing other things as well.
  • Orion ~ Half Life 2 Total Modification 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.orion-project.net [Source type: General]

[59][60][61]
.At the trial in November 2006 in Germany, Gembe was sentenced to two years' probation.^ If he doesn't sign in the next day and a half, she's got a two-year sentence in the foster care system with leering foster brothers and even more leering foster dads.
  • Life Unexpected - Pilot - Yahoo! TV 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC tv.yahoo.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.In imposing the sentence, the judge took into account such factors as Gembe's difficult childhood and the fact that he was taking steps to improve his situation.^ He was, in fact, considering quite naïvely that he was not a bad match, taking into consideration his prospects, and Clemency evidently needed all the protection she could get.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

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Contract dispute

.On September 20, 2004, the gaming public learned through GameSpot that Sierra's parent company, Vivendi Universal Games, was in a legal battle with Valve Software over the distribution of Half-Life 2 to cyber cafés.^ Half-Life 2's release date on September 1st, 2004.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ COME ON GORDON! Now time for the half life movie me thinks, but every single film based from a game, has sucked so far IMO __________________ .
  • Gordon Freeman needs your help! - Page 3 - techPowerUp! Forums 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC forums.techpowerup.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ HALF-LIFE sends a shock through the game industry with its combination of pounding action and continuous, immersive storytelling.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: General]

This is important for the Asian PC gaming market where PC and broadband penetration per capita are much lower (except Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Japan and Taiwan). .Therefore, cyber cafés are extremely popular for playing online games for large numbers of people.^ I realize it's the same as the achievement guide, but could be useful for many people that want to play through the game with the achievements ordered this way.
  • The Sorted Achievement Guide for Half-Life 2 - Xbox360Achievements.org 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.xbox360achievements.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

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.According to Vivendi Universal Games, the distribution contract they signed with Valve included cyber cafés.^ Valve licensed cyber cafe operators also receive the benefits of Steam, an online network that insures licensed cybercafe operators have the most up to date versions of Valve games for their customers.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ [Doug Lombardi]: Yes, this began with Valve suing Vivendi for copyright infringement back in 2002 over their unauthorized distribution of our products to cybercafé's for commercial use.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ These new games will be included as part of the regular monthly fee as soon as they are released.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

.This would mean that only Vivendi Universal Games could distribute Half-Life 2 to cyber cafés — not Valve through the Steam system.^ HALF-LIFE sends a shock through the game industry with its combination of pounding action and continuous, immersive storytelling.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: General]

^ The original Half-Life game was launched in 1998 under VU Games’ Sierra Entertainment publishing label.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ First, to put some of the reported rumors to rest, Valve is indeed close to submitting the finished product to Vivendi Universal.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

.On November 29, 2004, Judge Thomas S. Zilly, of U.S. Federal District Court in Seattle, WA, ruled that Vivendi Universal Games and its affiliates, are not authorized to distribute (directly or indirectly) Valve games through cyber cafés to end users for pay-to-play activities pursuant to the parties' current publishing agreement.^ Namco is currently the only authorized cyber cafe reseller in Japan for Valve games.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ First, to put some of the reported rumors to rest, Valve is indeed close to submitting the finished product to Vivendi Universal.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ I've played the Halo games through many times, and not once has the experience been the same.
  • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 31 January 2010 12:55 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.In addition, Judge Zilly ruled in favor of the Valve motion regarding the contractual limitation of liability, allowing Valve to recover copyright damages for any infringement as allowed by law without regard to the publishing agreement’s limitation of liability clause.^ [Doug Lombardi]: Yes, this began with Valve suing Vivendi for copyright infringement back in 2002 over their unauthorized distribution of our products to cybercafé's for commercial use.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

[64]
On April 29, 2005, the two parties announced a settlement agreement. .Under the agreement, Vivendi Universal Games would cease distributing all retail packaged versions of Valve games by August 31, 2005. Vivendi Universal Games also was to notify distributors and cyber cafés that had been licensed by Vivendi Universal Games that only Valve had the authority to distribute cyber café licenses, and hence their licenses were revoked and switched to Valve's.^ Valve licensed cyber cafe operators also receive the benefits of Steam, an online network that insures licensed cybercafe operators have the most up to date versions of Valve games for their customers.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ In addition to the new games, Valve is also readying a Cybercafe License Server.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ Valve’s debut title was named “Best PC Game Ever” by PC Gamer and launched a franchise with more than eight million retails units sold worldwide.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

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Soundtrack

All listed tracks were composed by Kelly Bailey.[66] .Purchasers of the Gold Package of the game were given (among other things) a CD soundtrack containing nearly all the music from the game, along with three bonus tracks.^ Gold packages purchased).
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ The interview also unveils that HL2 package will have 4 CDs, and the special edition DVD package will have just 1 DVD. Anyway, here's a slice from the interview : "SG.com: Some people think that Valve is putting all their effort into making HL2 a great game, and therefore the other games are left almost untouched.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ Then the publisher tests out the game and if all goes well, then the game goes Gold.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

.This CD is available for separate purchase via the Valve online store.^ The moment the game is made available, those who have pre-loaded and purchased the game via Steam will be ready to start playing."
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ The moment the game is made available, those who have pre-loaded and purchased Half-Life 2 via Steam will be ready to start playing right away."
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

Tracks 16, 18 and 42 are bonus tracks that are exclusive to the CD soundtrack. .Tracks 44 to 51 are tracks from the game that did not appear on the soundtrack CD. Many of the tracks were retitled and carried over from the Half-Life soundtrack; The names in parentheses are the original titles.^ Original Half-Life section moved and done with!
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ HALF-LIFE sends a shock through the game industry with its combination of pounding action and continuous, immersive storytelling.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: General]

^ The original Half-Life game was launched in 1998 under VU Games’ Sierra Entertainment publishing label.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

Tracks 34, 41, and 42 are remixes.

Release

Distribution

.A 1GB portion of Half-Life 2 became available for pre-load through Steam on August 26, 2004. This meant that customers could begin to download encrypted game files to their computer before the game was released.^ No purchase is required to pre-load Half-Life 2, but is required to activate the game.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ This will allow users to download the Half-Life 2 maps in encrypted form.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ Half-Life 2 Pre-loading Phase 6 begins by Wester .
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

.When the game’s release date arrived, customers were able to pay for the game through Steam, unlock the files on their hard drives and play the game immediately, without having to wait for the whole game to download.^ By the thrid arbiter Mission, I said," Wait a minute, games are supposed to be so good, that I WANT to keep playing.
  • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 31 January 2010 12:55 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Others believe that release is imminent because Valve is happy for the game software to be downloaded.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ I've played the Halo games through many times, and not once has the experience been the same.
  • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 31 January 2010 12:55 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The pre-load period lasted for several weeks, with several subsequent portions of the game being made available, to ensure all customers had a chance to download the content before the game was released.^ Halo related content and Incoming Source not really being a game of it's own.
  • Orion ~ Half Life 2 Total Modification 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.orion-project.net [Source type: General]

^ Others believe that release is imminent because Valve is happy for the game software to be downloaded.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ We want to let you know the patch IS heavily under way, the server crash HAS been fixed as of yesterday and we are doing last minute map fixes and game tweaks before we release.
  • Orion ~ Half Life 2 Total Modification 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.orion-project.net [Source type: General]

[67]
.Half-Life 2 was simultaneously released through Steam, CD, and on DVD in several editions.^ We'll all be abducted by Steam one way or another, or forget playing Half-Life.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ The new poll is titled: "When do you think Half-Life 3 will be released?".
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ "Half-Life 2 on track for a 2004 release date"....says Doug Lombardi by Wester .
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

.Through Steam, Half-Life 2 had three packages that a customer could order.^ HALF-LIFE sends a shock through the game industry with its combination of pounding action and continuous, immersive storytelling.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: General]

^ We'll all be abducted by Steam one way or another, or forget playing Half-Life.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ Also, I have played through Half Life 2 and both of its episodes.
  • HL2 - best game of the decade. - General Gaming - General Discussion - MMORPG.com Forums 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mmorpg.com [Source type: General]

.The basic version ("Bronze") includes only Half-Life 2 and Counter-Strike: Source, whereas the "Silver" and "Gold" (collector’s edition) versions also include Half-Life: Source and Day of Defeat: Source (ports of the original Half-Life and Day of Defeat mod to the new engine) as well as the right to download all previous games by Valve through Steam.^ This is good news for all you Counter-Strike fans.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ Original Half-Life section moved and done with!
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ Counter-Strike: Source and Half-Life 2 will be added to the program for active subscribers in the Valve Cyber Cafe Program.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

.The collector’s edition/Gold version additionally includes merchandise such as a t-shirt, a strategy guide, and a CD containing the soundtrack used in Half-Life 2.^ Using a grenade in a game like Half Life 2 is such a chore.
  • HL2 - best game of the decade. - General Gaming - General Discussion - MMORPG.com Forums 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mmorpg.com [Source type: General]

^ Collector's Edition — includes Half-Life 2, Counter-Strike: Source, Half-Life 1: Source, a Half-Life 2 T-shirt and a Prima book sampler.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ Gold — HL2*, Counter-Strike: Source, Half-Life 1: Source*, Day of Defeat: Source*, Valve's back catalog currently available on Steam, Complete Strategy Guide from Prima Games, 3 different Half-Life 2 posters, Half-Life 2 hat, Half-Life 2 postcard, Half-Life 2 stickers, Half-Life 2 Soundtrack CD, Chance to win a trip to Valve!
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

Both the disc and Steam version require Steam to be installed and active for play.[68]
.A demo version with the file size of a single CD was later made available in December 2004 at the web site of graphics card manufacturer ATI Technologies, who teamed up with Valve for the game.^ Well firstly, TheInquirer.net is reporting in a short article that VU Games have purchased 35 Radeon 9800 Pro graphics cards in order to extensively test the RC1 of HL2 that VALVe sent them, and that could mean a November 2004 release date, but let's hope not.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ Effective immediately, subscribers of the Valve Cybercafe Program will receive a free license to use Xbox versions of Valve's games in their cafés, up to the number of active cybercafe subscriptions held in the Valve Cybercafe Program.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ I made up my mind I would keep still until I heard a team pass.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

.The demo contains part of the opening level of the game, and also part of the chapter "We Don't Go To Ravenholm."^ YouTube: Half Life 2 Walkthrough: We Don't Go To Ravenholm Part 1 (Time: 9:59) Go straight ahead.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

^ We Don't go to Ravenholm...
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

^ YouTube: Half Life 2 Walkthrough: We Don't Go To Ravenholm Part 2 (Time: 8:37) Featured Video .
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

.In September 2005, Electronic Arts distributed the Game of the Year edition of Half-Life 2.^ HALF-LIFE sends a shock through the game industry with its combination of pounding action and continuous, immersive storytelling.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: General]

^ The original Half-Life game was launched in 1998 under VU Games’ Sierra Entertainment publishing label.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ Computer Games Online had an interview with Doug Lombardi covering a wide variety of topics including the Half-Life 2 SDK, Team Fortress 2 and etc.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

.Compared to the original CD-release of Half-Life 2, the GOTY edition adds Half-Life: Source.^ Original Half-Life section moved and done with!
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ First Half-Life: Source screenshot!
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ But the only issue is that VU Games(the publisher of Half-Life 2) is claiming that Half-Life 2 may miss the summer targeted release date and possibly even this christmas.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

[69]
.On December 22, 2005, Valve released a 64-bit version of the Source game engine that theoretically takes advantage of AMD64 or EM64T processor-based systems running Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows Server 2003 x64, Windows Vista x64, or Windows Server 2008 x64.^ Source provides major enhancements in: Characters - Advanced facial animation system delivers the most sophisticated in-game characters ever seen.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: General]

^ Maybe taking lousy games is the right way and soon there will be a decent film based on a shit game?
  • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 31 January 2010 12:55 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The 2nd movie follows the 2nd game, the third film would take follow all the "Aftermath" expansions, which valve has already said it "half-life 3" .
  • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 31 January 2010 12:55 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.This update, delivered via Steam, enabled Half-Life 2 and other Source-based games to run natively on 64 bit processors, bypassing the 32-bit compatibility layer.^ First Half-Life: Source screenshot!
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ Source provides major enhancements in: Characters - Advanced facial animation system delivers the most sophisticated in-game characters ever seen.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: General]

^ HALF-LIFE sends a shock through the game industry with its combination of pounding action and continuous, immersive storytelling.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: General]

.Gabe Newell, one of the founders of Valve, stated that this is "an important step in the evolution of our game content and tools," and that the game benefits greatly from the update.^ Gabe Newell stated this was done yesterday on 9/15.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ "We are delighted by the success we've experienced working with Namco," said Gabe Newell, president and founder of Valve, "And we look forward to extending that relationship as we work to meet the growing demand for action games in Japan."
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ Valve licensed cyber cafe operators also receive the benefits of Steam, an online network that insures licensed cybercafe operators have the most up to date versions of Valve games for their customers.
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[70] .The response to the release varied: some users reported huge performance boosts, while technology site Techgage found several stability issues and no notable frame rate improvement.^ Here's a quick slice from it : "Even now no fixed date has been given for its release and some gamers speculate that it may not appear until November.
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^ You'll be able to do some initial performance analysis using this test and report the data back to a central server.
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[71] .64-bit users have widely reported bizarre in-game errors including characters dropping dead, game script files not being pre-cached (i.e., loaded when first requested instead), map rules being bent by AI, and other glitches.^ CZ/ATI users pre-load.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ No purchase is required to pre-load Half-Life 2, but is required to activate the game.
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^ Well since people requested it (including me) and it hasn't been done yet, I decided to separate the Half-Life achievements by game myself using Pyroman's guide.
  • The Sorted Achievement Guide for Half-Life 2 - Xbox360Achievements.org 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.xbox360achievements.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[72]
.An Xbox port published by Electronic Arts was released on November 15, 2005. While subject to positive reception, critics cited its lack of multiplayer and frame-rate issues as problems, and the game received somewhat lower scores than its PC counterpart.^ We should have a full, final score rating of HL2 from PC GAMER and other details soon, and it'll be kick-ass, so stay tuned!
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^ In addition to being named “Best PC Game” by 1up.com (Ziff Davis) and Gamespy.com, the title also received a “Technological Excellence on PC” award from IGN.com.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ The above score is what Half-Life 2 scored in the world exclusive first December 2004 issue of PC GAMER and the November 2004 issue of PC GAMER UK! So be prepared for one kick ass review!
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.During Electronic Arts’s summer press event on July 13, 2006, Gabe Newell, cofounder of Valve Corporation, announced that Half-Life 2 would ship on next-generation consoles (specifically, the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3) along with episodes One and Two, Team Fortress 2, and Portal[9] in a package called The Orange Box.^ VALVe also remains utterly sure that Half-Life 2 will ship this summer.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ MSG series and Half-Life for one.
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^ We're told Half-Life 2 will be finished in the next few weeks, and that Counter-Strike: Source will begin beta testing soon.
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.The Windows version was released on October 10, 2007 as both a retail boxed copy, and as a download available through Valve’s Steam service.^ Others believe that release is imminent because Valve is happy for the game software to be downloaded.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ Valve licensed cyber cafe operators also receive the benefits of Steam, an online network that insures licensed cybercafe operators have the most up to date versions of Valve games for their customers.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ These will be released prior to HL2 and will be in publications at first, then will be available for download.
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The Xbox 360 version was also released on October 10, 2007. A PlayStation 3 version was released on December 11, 2007.[74]
.The popularity of Half-Life 2 and the Half-Life series has led way to an array of side products and collectibles.^ MSG series and Half-Life for one.
  • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 31 January 2010 12:55 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ We'll all be abducted by Steam one way or another, or forget playing Half-Life.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ But for me, when it comes down to the best shooter franchise - it's the Half-Life games all the way.
  • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 31 January 2010 12:55 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Valve offers Half-Life-related products such as a plush vortigaunt, plush headcrab,[75] posters, clothing and mousepads.^ Counter-Strike: Source and Half-Life 2 will be added to the program for active subscribers in the Valve Cyber Cafe Program.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ Halo 2 sucked a big donkey's nuts that I didn't even finish it and opted to play better games such as Half Life 2.
  • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 31 January 2010 12:55 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Even though I don't trust Valve, I'm still excited for Half-Life 2.
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Critical response

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 96%[10]
Metacritic 96%[77]
Review scores
Publication Score
Edge 10/10[78]
GamePro 10/10[79]
GameSpy 5/5 stars[80]
IGN 9.7/10[81]
Maximum PC 11/10[82]
PC Gamer US 98%[83]
The Cincinnati Enquirer 4/4 stars[84]
The New York Times Positive[85]
.Half-Life 2’s public reception was overwhelmingly positive in terms of reviews, acclaim and sales.^ PC Gameplay to review Half-Life 2!!!
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ That's right, Half-Life2.nl is reporting that PC Gameplay will be reviewing Half-Life 2, the full final copy in their next issue with over 50 new screenshots!
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ Over at Half-Life Radio , they have up a Counter-Strike: Source review , but really a beta playtest review regarding Counter-Strike: Source.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

.As of 2008, 6.5 million retail copies have been sold, but this does not include Steam purchases, which would most likely put the game at an estimated 8.3 – 8.6 million copies sold.^ Valve's debut title wins more than 50 game-of-the-year awards on its way to being named "Best PC Game Ever" by PC Gamer, and launches a franchise with more than eight million retail units sold worldwide.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: General]

^ You might have heard of it, it sold 8 million copies.
  • HL2 - best game of the decade. - General Gaming - General Discussion - MMORPG.com Forums 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mmorpg.com [Source type: General]

^ HL2 is the core of most of the games I've played for a bunch of years now, so prob DAOC aside (being my fav game) I'd like to thank HL2 for being created.
  • HL2 - best game of the decade. - General Gaming - General Discussion - MMORPG.com Forums 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mmorpg.com [Source type: General]

[86] .The game became one of the most critically acclaimed video games in history.^ Graphics - Source's shader-based renderer, like the one used at Pixar to create movies such as Toy Story and Monster's, Inc., creates the most beautiful and realistic environments ever seen in a video game.
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^ It's full of armchair critics who can state "Halo = Most Overrated Game Ever"/"Peter Jackson got lucky"/"This film will be awful" without a sence of humour or irony.
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^ That was an awesome game that was totally underrated but had some of the most memorable characters in video games today.
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It received an aggregated score of 96% on both GameRankings and Metacritic.[10][77] .Sources such as GameSpy,[80] The Cincinnati Enquirer,[84] and The New York Times[85] have given perfect reviewing scores, and others such as PC Gamer[83] and IGN[81] gave near-perfect scores, while the game became the fifth title to receive Edge magazine’s ten-out-of-ten score.^ Valve's debut title wins more than 50 game-of-the-year awards on its way to being named "Best PC Game Ever" by PC Gamer, and launches a franchise with more than eight million retail units sold worldwide.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: General]

^ While living under other than his rightful name, he must have gone to New York in person to supply himself with cash.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ The latest PC gamer german magazine have an exclusive, new source video covering Counter-Strike in action!
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[78] .Critics who applauded the game cited the advanced graphics and physics[85] along with the relatively low system requirements.^ Source provides major enhancements in: Characters - Advanced facial animation system delivers the most sophisticated in-game characters ever seen.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: General]

^ Source provides major enhancements in the advanced facial animation system, physics, graphics and AI. Half-Life 2 will be available for the PC. About Vivendi Universal Games Headquartered in Los Angeles, VU Games is a leading global developer, publisher and distributor of multi-platform interactive entertainment.
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^ The new game will let you do this, if you so choose, and it will feature scalable graphics options that should even allow it to be played on lower-end systems.
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[79] Maximum PC awarded Half-Life 2 an unprecedented 11 on their rating scale which normally peaks at 10, and named it the "best game ever made".[82]
.Several critics, including some that had given positive reviews, complained about the required usage of the program Steam, the requirement to create an account, register the products, and permanently lock them to the account before being allowed to play, along with complications making it difficult to install and lack of support.^ The portrait had been painted, he knew instinctively, before some great change had come into the woman's heart, which had given her another aspect of beauty.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ I think Uncle Tom must have given her some medicine to make her sleep.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ Excuse me for being excited for this movie before it comes out but it just doesnt make any sense why people are already talking shit.
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Awards

.Half-Life 2 earned over 40 Game of the Year awards,[12] including Overall Game of the Year at IGN, GameSpot’s Award for Best Shooter, GameSpot’s Reader’s Choice — PC Game of the Year Award, Game of the Year from The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, and "Best Game" with the Game Developers Choice Awards, where it was also given various awards for technology, characters, and writing.^ PC Gameplay to review Half-Life 2!!!
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^ Half-Life 2 has surpassed our expectations in every sense – its high-quality graphics, ground-breaking physics and immersive first-person shooter gameplay set a new standard for PC action games,” said Bruce Hack, CEO of VU Games.
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^ The original Half-Life game was launched in 1998 under VU Games’ Sierra Entertainment publishing label.
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.Edge magazine awarded Half Life 2 with its top honor of the year with the award for Best Game, as well as awards for Innovation and Visual Design.^ Valve's debut title wins more than 50 game-of-the-year awards on its way to being named "Best PC Game Ever" by PC Gamer, and launches a franchise with more than eight million retail units sold worldwide.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: General]

^ HALF-LIFE sends a shock through the game industry with its combination of pounding action and continuous, immersive storytelling.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: General]

^ Auto detection is also good for those who don’t have the patience to tweak the plethora of visual settings present within Half-Life 2.
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The game also had a strong showing at the 2004 British Academy Video Games Awards, picking up six awards, more than any other game that night, with awards including "Best Game" and "Best Online and Multiplayer."[87]
Guinness World Records awarded Half-Life 2 the world record for "Highest Rated Shooter by PC Gamer Magazine" in the Guinness World Records: Gamer's Edition 2008. Other records awarded the game in the book include, "Largest Digital Distribution Channel" for Valve's Steam service, "First Game to Feature a Gravity Gun", and "First PC Game to Feature Developer Commentary".[88] In 2009, Game Informer put Half-Life 2 5th on their list of "The Top 200 Games of All Time", saying that "With Half-Life 2, Valve redefined the way first-person shooters were created".[89]
.Half-Life 2 was selected by readers of The Guardian as the best game of the decade, with praise given especially to the environment design throughout the game.^ HALF-LIFE sends a shock through the game industry with its combination of pounding action and continuous, immersive storytelling.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: General]

^ The original Half-Life game was launched in 1998 under VU Games’ Sierra Entertainment publishing label.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ Computer Games Online had an interview with Doug Lombardi covering a wide variety of topics including the Half-Life 2 SDK, Team Fortress 2 and etc.
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According to the newspaper, it "pushed the envelope for the genre, and set a new high watermark for FPS narrative". One author commented: "Half Life 2 always felt like the European arthouse answer to the Hollywood bluster of Halo and Call of Duty".[13]
.Half-Life 2 won CrispyGamer's 'Game of the Decade'[14] tournament style poll.^ HALF-LIFE sends a shock through the game industry with its combination of pounding action and continuous, immersive storytelling.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: General]

^ Crowbar Ammo: N/A Hotkey: 1 Description: This is the famous Half-Life weapon, although you won't use it all that much.
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^ The original Half-Life game was launched in 1998 under VU Games’ Sierra Entertainment publishing label.
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It also won Reviews on the Run's[15] and IGN's[16] best game of the decade.

Expansions and modifications

.Since the release of Half-Life 2, Valve Corporation has released an additional level and two additional "expansion" sequels.^ Counter-Strike: Source and Half-Life 2 will be added to the program for active subscribers in the Valve Cyber Cafe Program.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ Even though I don't trust Valve, I'm still excited for Half-Life 2.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ The new poll is titled: "When do you think Half-Life 3 will be released?".
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

.The level, "Lost Coast," takes place between the levels "Highway 17" and "Sandtraps" and is primarily a showcase for high dynamic range rendering (HDR) technology.^ YouTube: Half Life 2 Highway 17 Part 4 (Time: 9:58) Sandtraps .
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

.The first "expansion" sequel, Half-Life 2: Episode One, takes place immediately after the events of Half-Life 2, with the player taking on the role of Gordon Freeman once again and with Alyx Vance playing a more prominent role.^ Also, I have played through Half Life 2 and both of its episodes.
  • HL2 - best game of the decade. - General Gaming - General Discussion - MMORPG.com Forums 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mmorpg.com [Source type: General]

^ Once you have successfully completed play of Half-Life 2, we recommend playing the sequels: Half-Life 2 Episode One and Half-Life 2 Episode Two .
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

^ MSG series and Half-Life for one.
  • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 31 January 2010 12:55 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Half-Life 2: Episode Two continues directly from the ending of Episode One, with Alyx and Gordon making their way to White Forest Missile base, the latest hideout of the resistance.^ MSG series and Half-Life for one.
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^ "Almost a year and a half into the lawsuit," Lombardi continued, "Vivendi responded by making a number of claims in an attempt to invalidate our agreement and be awarded the ownership of the Half-Life intellectual property.
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^ We'll all be abducted by Steam one way or another, or forget playing Half-Life.
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A further "episode" is set to be released in the future, dubbed Episode Three; being the last expansion, "in a trilogy."[90] .In an interview with Eurogamer, Gabe Newell revealed that the Half-Life 2 "episodes" are essentially Half-Life 3.^ Computer Games Online had an interview with Doug Lombardi covering a wide variety of topics including the Half-Life 2 SDK, Team Fortress 2 and etc.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ Well, to begin with the load of updates, HomeLanFED have an interview on with Gabe Newell about the 2D Half-Life side scrolling free game named 'Codename: Gordon', a good read to say the least, confirming at the end that Half-Life 2 will go GOLD in August, and should be released this September!
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^ Here's an interesting snippet of the interview : Computer Games Romania: "Do you expect Half-Life 2 to start a new era of modding?"
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[91] .He reasons that rather than force fans to wait another six years for a full sequel, Valve Corporation would release the game in episodic installments.^ Others believe that release is imminent because Valve is happy for the game software to be downloaded.
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^ That's one of the reasons why I think fans who are more critical of Valve's release schedule may be interested in this book.
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^ At this year's E3, Valve reported the game should be complete this summer, and we can certainly hope.
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[91] .Newell admits that a more correct title for these episodes should have been "Half-Life 3: Episode One" and so forth, having referred to the episodes as Half-Life 3 repeatedly through the interview.^ Also, I have played through Half Life 2 and both of its episodes.
  • HL2 - best game of the decade. - General Gaming - General Discussion - MMORPG.com Forums 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mmorpg.com [Source type: General]

^ MSG series and Half-Life for one.
  • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 31 January 2010 12:55 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ HALF-LIFE sends a shock through the game industry with its combination of pounding action and continuous, immersive storytelling.
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Third-party mods

.Since the release of the Source engine SDK, a large number of modifications (mods) have been developed by the Half-Life 2 community.^ You do realize that Half Life has been on consoles since Half Life 1, right?
  • HL2 - best game of the decade. - General Gaming - General Discussion - MMORPG.com Forums 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mmorpg.com [Source type: General]

^ The intense, real-time gameplay of Half-Life 2 is made possible only by Source, Valve's new proprietary engine technology.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: General]

^ KB) ============================================================================== Introduction [HL.02.01] ============================================================================== Half-Life 2 is the game I waited for ever since I played the original Half-Life.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: General]

.Mods vary in scale, from fan-created levels and weapons, to partial conversions such as Rock 24, Half-Life 2 Substance and Smod (which modify the storyline and gameplay of the pre-existing game), SourceForts and Garry's Mod (which allow the player to experiment with the physics system in a sandbox mode), to total conversions such as Dystopia, Zombie Master or Iron Grip: The Oppression, the latter of which transforms the game from a first-person shooter into a real-time strategy game.^ Does this work for the first Half Life 2 game list???
  • The Sorted Achievement Guide for Half-Life 2 - Xbox360Achievements.org 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.xbox360achievements.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ It's the one game franchise I'm really into.
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^ The most favourite Half-Life weapon.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: General]

.Some mods take place in the Half-Life universe; others in completely original settings; while some are tributes to other games, such as GoldenEye: Source, a recreation of GoldenEye 007, and Resident Evil: Twilight, based on the Resident Evil series.^ Congratulations, you have completed Half-Life 2 !
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

^ Original Half-Life section moved and done with!
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^ Like the original game, Half-Life 2's engine is expected to be used in a number of other games.
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Many more mods are still in development, including Lift, The Myriad, Operation Black Mesa, and the episodic single-player mod MINERVA. .Several multiplayer mods, such as Pirates, Vikings and Knights II, a predominately sword-fighting game, Insurgency: Modern Infantry Combat, which focuses on realistic modern infantry combat and Jailbreak Source have been opened to the public as a beta.^ On Wednesday, this first phase of the beta will open and the game will be playable at all cyber cafés that subscribe to the Valve Cyber Café Program .
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[92][93] .As part of its community support, Valve announced in September 2008 that several mods, with more planned in the future, were being integrated into the Steamworks program, allowing the mods to make full use of Steam's distribution and update capabilities.^ Here's the press release: "Counter-Strike: Source, Half-Life 2, and More Coming Soon Valve Corporation today revealed a series of new games and features being added to the Valve Cybercafé Program over the coming months.
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^ More specifically; are there any plans for a part three now?"
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^ Once this is done, everyone will need to use Steam to play Half-Life and its mods/related games.
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.Half-Life is a science fiction first-person shooter video game series which consists of two full games, two half-length "episodes", one side-story and three expansion packs; the first game, Half-Life, was released in 1998. The protagonist of the series is Gordon Freeman, a theoretical physicist whose actions at the Black Mesa Research Facility inadvertently create a post-apocalyptic world.^ This page is a full text walkthrough for Half-Life 2 .
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^ On one side of the house was the hush of death, on the other the din of life.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ About two weeks after the death of Doctor Gordon's wife James went to the post office before beginning his round of calls.
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.Expansions of the game Half-Life feature other controllable characters.^ YouTube: Half Life 2 Water Hazard Part 2 (Time: 9:32) Featured Video .
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^ YouTube: Half Life 2 Walkthrough: We Don't Go To Ravenholm Part 2 (Time: 8:37) Featured Video .
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Contents

Half-Life (1998)

.Black Mesa Transit Announcement System: Good morning, and welcome to the Black Mesa Transit System.^ YouTube: Half-Life 2 Part 10: Welcome to Black Mesa (Time: 7:26) Head downriver.
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This automated train is provided for the security and convenience of the Black Mesa Research Facility personnel. The time is 8:47 A.M... Current topside temperature is 93 degrees with an estimated high of one hundred and five. The Black Mesa Compound is maintained at a pleasant 68 degrees at all times.
This train is inbound from Level 3 Dormitories to Sector C Test Labs and Control Facilities. If your intended destination is a high security area beyond Sector C, you will need to return to the Central Transit Hub in Area 9 and board a high security train. If you have not yet submitted your identity to the retinal clearance system, you must report to Black Mesa personel for processing before you will be permitted into the high security branch of the transit system.
Due to the high toxicity of material routinely handled in the Black Mesa compound, no smoking, eating, or drinking are permitted within the Black Mesa Transit System. Please keep your limbs inside the train at all times. Do not attempt to open the doors until the train has come to a complete halt at the station platform. In the event of an emergency, passengers are to remain seated and await further instruction. If it is necessary to exit the train, disabled personnel should be evacuated first. Please, stay away from electrified rails, and proceed to an emergency station until assistance arrives.
A reminder that the Black Mesa Hazard Course decathlon will commence this evening at 1900 hours in the Level 3 facility. The semi-finals for high security personnel will be announced in a separate secure access transmission. Remember, more lives than your own may depend on your fitness.
Do you have a friend or relative who would make a valuable addition to the Black Mesa team? Immediate openings are available in the areas of "Materials Handling" and "Low Clearance Security." Please contact Black Mesa personnel for further information. If you have an associate with a background in the areas of "Theoretical Physics," "Biotechnology," or other high-tech disciplines, please contact our Civilian Recruitment Division. The Black Mesa Research Facility is an equal-opportunity employer.
A reminder to all Black Mesa personnel. Regular radiation and biohazard screenings are a requirement of continued employment in the Black Mesa Research Facility. Missing a scheduled urinalisys or radiation check-up is grounds for immediate termination. If you feel you have been exposed to radioactive or other hazardous materials in the course of your duties, contact your radiation safety officer immediately. Work safe, work smart. Your future depends on it.
Now arriving at Sector C Test Labs and Control Facilities. Please stand back from the automated door and wait for the security officer to verify your identity. Before exiting the train, be sure to check your area for personal belongings. Thank you, and have a very safe, and productive day.

.Barney Calhoun: [at the start of the game] Hey, catch me later, I'll buy you a beer!^ When he started to follow you I hurried to catch up.” .
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Scientist: Well, so much for the government, their idea of containment is to kill everyone associated with the project! .Judging by your hazard suit I'd say you were part of what went wrong, isn't that right?^ I dare say you are right,” he returned.
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^ I still cling to the idea that Annie Lipton has been putting ideas into her head, in spite of what you say of her coldness before she went there.
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^ Perhaps you are wrong, and your uncle will take measures now this has happened for the second time,” said James.
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Now look, if anyone can end this catastrophe it's the science team in the Lambda Complex at the opposite end of the base. .With the transit system out I couldn't tell you how to get there, but there's an old decommissioned rail system somewhere through here, beyond the silo complex.^ The plot outline operates on a system of planned encounters and scripted events, so the story will be identical each time you play through.
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^ You yourself know how many men I have seen here, and you know I never see men at Annie's.’ There is no one else.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ I think it will be perfectly safe for you to take Clemency out driving when there isn't a moon.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

.If you can make it through the rocket test labs, you might be able to worm your way through the old tunnels to track down whatever's left of the Lambda team.^ You can't make nothin' of them tracks.
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^ You might track a fox, but you can't him.” .
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^ You've got it your way.
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You can trust them. .You can trust all of us.^ You are too old to behave like a child, and put us all in such a fright.” .
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^ Poor man, it was dreadful of him to pursue me so, and make us all so unhappy, and of course I never could have married him, even if it had not been for you.
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^ I'm obliged to you, Elliot, but all of us have to face death, whether it is our own or the death of another dearer than ourselves, alone.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

Good luck.

HECU soldier #1: So, who is this guy... Freeman?
HECU soldier #2: They say he was at ground zero.
HECU soldier #1: Science Team... do you think he was responsible? Sabotage, maybe?
.HECU soldier #2: Yeah, maybe, all I know for sure is he's been killing my buddies.^ If the time ever comes when you know all, and wish to withdraw, you can do so in my opinion with perfect honor.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ Gravitation kills us all in the end, just as surely as if we fell off a precipice.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ I have been used to dogs all my life,” said she, “and I never knowed a dog to act like that unless there was somebody about the house.” .
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

HECU soldier #1: Oh yeah, he'll pay. He will definitely pay.

.Security guard #1: Do you think there's a cold beer for us at the end of all this?^ I don't think there ever was a woman so beautiful as she, do you?” .
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ There will be an open door on your left before you reach the guards.
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^ The wind is on your side of the house,” he said, “and I am afraid you will take more cold.” Clemency stared and pouted, then said, “All right, Uncle Tom!” .
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

Security guard #2: Don't bet on it.

HECU soldier: I didn't sign on for this shit. Monsters, sure, but civilians? Who ordered this operation anyway?

HECU captain: Forget about Freeman, we are cutting our losses and pulling out! .Anyone left down there now is on his own.^ NOTE: There is a Black Headcrab Carrier in a garage down the left side of the alley.
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Repeat, if you weren't already, you are now! [radio abruptly cuts out]

.G-Man: [upon completion of the game] Gordon Freeman, in the flesh—or, rather, in the hazard suit.^ He realized that the watching man might easily have mistaken him for Gordon himself, going away with his man to make a call upon some patient.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ Gordon forced another upon him, and the man looked as pleased as a child.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ Gordon turned upon James a face of such fierce misery that the younger man fairly recoiled.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

.I took the liberty of relieving you of your weapons.^ When all your other weapons get destroyed, you are left with only this for the rest of the game.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

Most of them were government property. As for the suit, I think you've earned it. The borderworld, Xen, is in our control, for the time being... thanks to you. .Quite a nasty piece of work you managed over there, I am impressed.^ There were a few pieces of Chinese ivory work.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

That's why I'm here, Mr. Freeman. I have recommended your services to my... employers, and they have authorized me to offer you a job. They agree with me that you have limitless potential. .You've proved yourself a decisive man so I don't expect you'll have any trouble deciding what to do.^ Killed, no,” said Gordon, “but he will be if you don't stop crying and making a goose of yourself, Clemency.” .
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ I don't know how you've been brought up,” said the elder man.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ There, that's the reason, and I'll tell you the truth,” said the man defiantly.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

.If you're interested, just step into the portal and I will take that as a yes.^ TIP: You can also just ride over the platform if you're good on supplies.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

^ You're either an idiot or just trying to argue for the sake of arguing.
  • HL2 - best game of the decade. - General Gaming - General Discussion - MMORPG.com Forums 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mmorpg.com [Source type: General]

^ This should take you across and into the next tunnel.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

Otherwise, well... .I can offer you a battle you have no chance of winning; rather an anticlimax after what you've just survived.^ If you will have it, Clara,” he said, “Clemency has a slight pain in her side, and pleurisy and pneumonia are all about, and I told her that she had better take no chances, and the weather has been raw.” .
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ I tell you, Georgie K., I've got to have my little joke, just as I've got to have my game of euchre with you and my glass of apple-jack; a man can't be driven too far.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

Time to choose...

Half-Life: Opposing Force (1999)

.Scientist: Oh, you've woken up.^ Once you've pulled them up, you can throw them or set them as traps.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

^ I don't know how you've been brought up,” said the elder man.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

Corporal Shephard is it? I've read the tag on your uniform. .I'm glad to see my life-saving efforts weren't in vain, I can't say the same for him.^ I cannot even bring myself to give you the least hint of what my poor young sister, Clemency's mother, suffered in her brief life with him.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ But I can't help being sorry for him; he must have loved my mother so much, and he must have wasted his whole life; and then to die among strangers so suddenly, poor man.” .
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ It is probable I saved your life, and possibly my own, as well as Clemency from misery.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

.[gestures to the dead soldier he tried to revive moments before] I'm afraid you have been through a serious accident.^ I am not afraid now,” said the girl, “but I do think you are very foolish if you go back alone and try to hunt that man.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ If you will sit down on that rock for a moment,” said James, “I have something in my medicine-case which will revive you.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ Aim for the head and make sure the attached Headcrab is dead before you move on.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

Most of your friends didn't make it. .I was hoping you soldiers had come to rescue us, but now it seems that we are all in the same situation.^ You can take the mare to the stable, and I will run in and get the lie all told before you come.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ It seems a strange thing,” he said, “that Doctor Gordon should hev came and went here for years, and all of us thinkin' his wife were his sister when she were not.” .
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ I have told Clara that you have come back, and that Clemency is to stay all night with Annie Lipton,” he said.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

.I think I saw a radio near the crash site where I found you, perhaps you can go there and radio for help?^ You can go right in there.” .
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ I am not afraid now,” said the girl, “but I do think you are very foolish if you go back alone and try to hunt that man.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ I don't think there ever was a woman so beautiful as she, do you?” .
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

I'm afraid these troops aren't going to make it. .I hope you have better luck out there, or I fear none of us will get through this alive.^ I think it will be perfectly safe for you to take Clemency out driving when there isn't a moon.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ For God's sake take the trunk and clear out,” shouted Gordon with unexpected violence, “but if there is a scrap of written paper in that trunk, and you keep it, you'll be sorry.” .
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ You mark my words, there's somethin' out,” said Aaron dogmatically.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

[sparks, randomly changing speed and pitch through the whole clip] Black Mesa Transit Announcement System: This train is inininbound from frorom [garbled] Seccttorr Cccc... .Please keep your legs ininiinside the train at all times.^ I think I must have cared all the time, only at first, when I saw your mother —” .
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ We are going to be married, but I shall not want to sit on your knee all the time, and what is more, you will not want me to.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

[garbled] have an associate with a background in the areas of "Theothethetheoretical Physicssss?" "biotecchhnology" or other high tech didididisciplines? Please contact our Civilian Recruitment Di-didivision. A rerere- [spark] reminder to all Black Mesa personnenel. [garbled] Regular radiation and biohazard s-ss-sc-screenings are a requirement of continued employment in the in the in thethe- in the Black Mesa Research Facility. .Dododo not- do not attempt to open the dodoors until the trai-i-i-i-in has come to a complete halt at the attheattheatthe- [garbled] station platform.^ Make your way around the outside of the buildings until you come to an open window.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

Now arriving a-a-at [garbled]

G-Man: [upon completion of the game] So Corporal Shephard, we meet at last. .Please, don't think that I've been avoiding you, a great many matters require my attention in these...^ You don't think he will come back?” .
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ I think I don't know what you mean.” .
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ Think of me as your friend, and your friend who is in very great suffering and pain, and have sympathy for me, if you can, but not so much sympathy that you too will suffer.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

troubled times. .I do hope you understand, and now I require a further indulgence on your part: I cannot close my report until every loose end has been tied up.^ Well, ‘all's well that ends well.’ Did it ever occur to you that God made up to mankind for the horrors of creation, by stating that there would be an end to it some day?
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ Doctor Gordon does not admit that my case is hopeless, but he gives no hope, and you must have noticed how he suffers when he sees me suffer.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ Here, take one of these every hour until the cough is relieved, my friend,” said he.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

The biggest embarrassment has been the Black Mesa facility, but I think that's finally taken care of itself.
[a nuclear weapon detonates in the background]
G-Man: Quite so. But there is still the lingering matter of witnesses. I admit I have a fascination with those who adapt and survive against all odds—they rather remind me of myself. .If for no other reason, I have argued to preserve you for a time.^ You absolutely know of no reason?” .
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

While I believe a civil servant like yourself understands the importance of... discretion, my employers are not quite so trusting and rather than continually subject you to the irresistible human temptation of telling all, we have decided to... convey you somewhere where you can do no possible harm, and where no harm can come to you. .I'm sure you can imagine that there are worse alternatives...^ I ought to go there myself, but if he is worse you will have to go, and to a few others, and I must stay with him.” .
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

Half-Life: Blue Shift (2001)

.Black Mesa Public Announcement System: Good morning and welcome to the Black Mesa transit system.^ YouTube: Half-Life 2 Part 10: Welcome to Black Mesa (Time: 7:26) Head downriver.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

This automated train is provided for the comfort and convenience of Black Mesa residents and visitors to the Black Mesa Research Facility. .The time is 8:42 AM. Current topside temperature is 91 degrees with an estimated high today of 105. The Black Mesa Compound is maintained at 68 degrees at all times.^ YouTube: Half-Life 2 Part 10: Welcome to Black Mesa (Time: 7:26) Head downriver.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

.This train is inbound from the Area 8 Topside Dormitories to the Central Transit Hub in Area 9. Please keep your limbs inside the train at all times.^ I think I must have cared all the time, only at first, when I saw your mother —” .
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ We are going to be married, but I shall not want to sit on your knee all the time, and what is more, you will not want me to.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

.Do not attempt to open the doors until the train has come to a complete halt at the station platform.^ It must have come from the open door of Emma's room at the end of the hall.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

In the event of an emergency, passengers are to remain seated and await further instruction. If it is necessary to exit the train, disabled passengers should be evacuated first. Please stay away from electrified rails and proceed to an emergency station until assistance arrives. .If your intended destination is a high-security area beyond Sector C, you will need to board a high-security train in the Central Transit Hub.^ One is immediately to your left as you enter the enclosed area, the other is down the dock on the left.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

^ I need not repeat my request that you do not mention your adventure with Clemency this afternoon to her.” .
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ You will need to hold this area until Alyx can expose the core.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

.If you have not yet submitted your identity for the retinal clearance system, you must report to Black Mesa personnel for processing before you will be admitted to the high-security branch of the transit system.^ There will be an open door on your left before you reach the guards.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

^ Doctor Gordon does not admit that my case is hopeless, but he gives no hope, and you must have noticed how he suffers when he sees me suffer.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ Also note that two more Black Headcrabs will drop down in front of you just before you leave.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

.If you wish to transfer to the Sector B or C medium-security lines, you may do so before you reach the Central Transit Hub, at the Area 9 Security Checkpoint.^ There will be an open door on your left before you reach the guards.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

^ Lord, only think what may be before you.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

.Access to the medium-security branch of the transit system is for employees of the Black Mesa Research Facility and authorized visitors ONLY and requires that you wear your security badge at all times...^ You and your loyalty are all I have to hold to.” .
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ I'll doctor you and all your children and your wife for nothing.” .
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ The wind is on your side of the house,” he said, “and I am afraid you will take more cold.” Clemency stared and pouted, then said, “All right, Uncle Tom!” .
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

This train is now transferring to the Sector C line of the transit system. This is a medium security area of the Black Mesa facility. .Be sure to wear your identification badge at all times.^ Meh, Half-Life 2 wasn't too exciting for me, but I'm sure Half-Life being my favorite game of all time may have had something to do with it.
  • HL2 - best game of the decade. - General Gaming - General Discussion - MMORPG.com Forums 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mmorpg.com [Source type: General]

Now arriving at Area 3 Security Facilities. Please stand back from the automated door until it has fully opened. Before exiting the train, be sure to check your area for personal belongings. Thank you, and have a safe and productive day!
Note: This announcement is not heard every time. It may be skipped as the next map loads.
Scientist: [After a power cut] Oh no... Its probably those Anomalous Materials people again. Always pushing their equipment too hard, dabbling in who-knows-what. I'd be surprised if there's one good brain among them.

Wounded scientist: I appreciate your help, but I'm afraid those bastards did their damage already. .[coughs] If you were trying to reach the freight yards in hope of escaping, then just forget about it.^ You're either an idiot or just trying to argue for the sake of arguing.
  • HL2 - best game of the decade. - General Gaming - General Discussion - MMORPG.com Forums 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mmorpg.com [Source type: General]

.The military is rounding up everyone and everything they can find, and either killing them or bringing them up here for questioning.^ Go down the catwalk and run to the other catwalk when you've either expended your pistol rounds or killed all the Headcrabs.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

^ Oh, when they came bringing you in I thought you were killed!
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ They can't get you up here, so you are safe for now.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

So much for a rescue. .A colleague and I came up with our own plan for escape, and we were on our way to one of the old prototype labs when we ran into them.^ Oh, yes, I know hysteria is a good way to account for our own lack of insight,” said Gordon, “and it may be that girls are queer subjects.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ James came up with a shout, and the man disappeared abruptly, with a quick backward glance at James, into the wood.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ Shouldn't like to meet him if I had came up to your house an' no one round, and he had took a dislike to me.” .
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

.But listen to me: if you still want to get out of here alive your only hope may be to find my friend.^ If I find you or any one else here listening, you'll be sorry for it.” .
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ From here on out, the Antlions are your friends.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

^ You may be sure of that, and also sure that she still cares for you.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

[coughs] If you can get past the soldiers, find Doctor Rosenberg. .With him you may have a chance to get out of this place...^ Sprint out of the way before you shoot him.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

^ While you are going back to chase him, he may come up with me.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ You had better get acclimated, become accustomed to your profession in a small place, before you launch out in a city,” his father had said, and the son had acquiesced.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

[the scientist expires]

Stanley Rosenburg: [upon completion of the game] Ah there he is. Calhoun, you've arrived! .When you didn't come through right away we thought that...^ You didn't come by train?” remarked the man.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

oh no, there's something wrong here. Simmons, come look at Calhoun. His body seems to be in some sort of resonance displacement and I...
[Calhoun is teleported to a variety of areas before temporarily stabilizing near two HECU soldiers dragging Freeman along unconscious]
HECU soldier #1: Where are we taking this Freeman guy?
HECU soldier #2: Top-side for questioning.
HECU soldier #1: What the hell for? We got him! .Let's kill him now!^ Let him kill the Zombies.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

^ He had not slept very well, and now at dawn felt drowsy, but the voices would not let him sleep.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

HECU soldier #2: Err, and if they find the body?
HECU soldier #1: Body? What body? [chuckles]
[Calhoun is teleported back to Rosenburg]
.Stanley Rosenburg: Thank God you made it!^ Well, ‘all's well that ends well.’ Did it ever occur to you that God made up to mankind for the horrors of creation, by stating that there would be an end to it some day?
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

I was worried that a malfunction occurred at the last moment and you might have been caught in an infinite harmonic reflux. If that's the case, you're lucky to be standing here. Then again, we're all lucky. Thanks to you however, we were able to pull off this hare-brained idea. We made it Mister Calhoun, we made it.

Half-Life 2 (2004)

G-Man: [at the start of the game]: Rise and shine, Mister Freeman, rise and... shine. Not that I wish... to imply that you have been sleeping on... the job. .No one is more deserving of a rest, and all the effort in the world would have gone to waste until...^ He had no more thought of this middle-aged, harsh-featured New Jersey farmer's daughter than he had of one of the dining-chairs.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ He said to himself that he did not care if she were old enough to be his mother, his grandmother even, there was no one in the whole world like her.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ Now he suddenly realized that a girl was not a woman, and no more to be compared with her than an uncut gem with one whose facets take the utmost light.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

well... let's just say your hour has come again. .The right man in the wrong place can make all the difference in the world.^ That will make me all right.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ All right,” said the red-haired man.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ He saw the man place a hand upon the girl's shoulder, and make a motion as if to turn her face toward his.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

So wake up, Mister Freeman...wake up and... smell the ashes.

Barney Calhoun: Now... about that beer I owed you! It's me, Barney, from Black Mesa!

Isaac Kleiner: Right you are. .This is a red letter day, we'll inaugurate the new teleport with a double transmission.^ YouTube: Half Life 2 A Red Letter Day (Time: 9:27) Follow Alyx into the lab.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

^ A Red Letter Day .
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

Barney Calhoun: You mean it's working? For real this time? Because... I still have nightmares about that cat.
Alyx Vance: What cat?
.Isaac Kleiner: Now, now, there is nothing to be worried about, we have made major strides since then, major strides.^ It is nothing for you to worry about, dear.” .
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ Now he was afraid of fear, and there was something about the man which awakened this terror, yet it was inexplicable.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ She defies her sex,” replied Doctor Gordon, “and still there is nothing mannish about her.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

Alyx Vance: [more anxiously] What cat?

Barney Calhoun: [after Gordon is congratulated for being a help in an experiment] Great job, Gordon! Throwing that switch and all, I can see your MIT education really pays for itself.

Vortigaunt: [addressing Freeman after being discovered at a hidden campfire] We remember the Freeman. We are coterminous. .There is no distance between us.^ There is no further need for us to be alone, and there will be directions to be given.” .
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

.No false veils of time or space may intervene.^ Oh, no,” she wailed, “I don't want to go so, in the dark, with a thick veil over my face, thinking every minute he may come.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

.We see you still in Black Mesa.^ You will see your first Black Headcrab Carrier.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

Clearly we see you in the Nihilanth's chamber. We bear witness to the bright eternity of the Nihilanth's demise. You leap, you fall, we see you flash beyond the barriers. .We are there still, in observance of your final stroke.^ NOTE: There are two Black Headcrabs in the final room, on your left as you walk in.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

.While our own lay scattered at your feet, you severed the vortal cord that bound the Nihilanth to life, and to us.^ I am no benefactor, you can bet your life on that,” said James.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ You can bet your life you are not.” Again he gathered up the reins.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ It is probable I saved your life, and possibly my own, as well as Clemency from misery.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

That sharp spur of hope has not dulled to this day. For once the lesser master lay defeated, we knew the greater must also fall in time.
For a brief time you joined with us. You are one. Between the worlds. Communion of the Vortessence. And that other: a deeper mystery. No deeper than the void itself. We cannot forget those whose cords you cut. Forgiveness is not ours to bestow. Unity of purpose, the shattering of common shackles, a single road we tread. Your song we sing and shall sing for eternity. No matter the consequences of this struggle. You have brought us grief and jubilation beyond measure. With you beside us, a talisman of victory, the day of freedom draws nigh.
Your bright face obscures your darker mask. We call you sib, although your mind and meaning are a mystery to us. Far distant eyes look out through yours. Something secret steers us both. We shall not name it. We have endured these chafing bonds for eons, yet a single moment of further servitude seems intolerable! How often have we slipped our yoke, only to find it choking us again. Let this war end in either total victory or our extinction. No further compromise shall we allow. We take our stand beside you, here, upon this miserable rock.
The way ahead is dark for the moment. What seems to you a sacrifice is merely, to us, an oscillation. We do not fear the interval of darkness. We are a tapestry woven of Vortessence. It is the same for you if only you would see it. How many are there in you? Whose hopes and dreams do you encompass? Could you but see the eyes inside your own, the minds in your mind, you would see how much we share. We are you, Freeman. And you are us.

Wallace Breen: [addressing the Combine Overwatch, who have failed to apprehend Gordon throughout the game] This brings me to the one note of disappointment I must echo from our Benefactors. Obviously I am not on the ground to closely command or second-guess the dedicated forces of the Overwatch, but this does not mean I can shirk responsibility for recent lapses and even outright failures on their part. .I have been severely questioned about these shortcomings, and now must put the question to you: How could one man have slipped through your force's fingers time and time again?^ You must stop now.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ Another time you must do as you are told.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ The plot outline operates on a system of planned encounters and scripted events, so the story will be identical each time you play through.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

How is it possible? This is not some agent provocateur or highly trained assassin we are discussing. .Gordon Freeman is a theoretical physicist who had hardly earned the distinction of his Ph.D. at the time of the Black Mesa Incident.^ James and Clemency had hardly started upon their drive before there was a ring at the office door, and Doctor Gordon, who was alone there, answered it.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ YouTube: Half-Life 2 Part 10: Welcome to Black Mesa (Time: 7:26) Head downriver.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

I have good reason to believe that in the intervening years, he was in a state that precluded further development of covert skills. .The man you have consistently failed to slow, let alone capture, is by all standards simply that—an ordinary man.^ I am not afraid now,” said the girl, “but I do think you are very foolish if you go back alone and try to hunt that man.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ I am sorry to leave you alone all the evening, Tom.” .
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ I believe in letting bygones be bygones, although you did risk my life and my man's.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]


Wallace Breen: Well, Dr. Freeman, under other circumstances I like to think we might have been able to work together in an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect. .Certainly, judging from your brief tenure at Black Mesa while I was its Administrator, you showed every promise of becoming a valuable and productive contributor to the scientific process.^ NOTE: There are two Black Headcrabs in the final room, on your left as you walk in.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

^ You give your wife a spoonful of the medicine in a glass of water every three hours.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ You will see your first Black Headcrab Carrier.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

.And yet—I'm not sure what spurred you to it—but there is really no place in this enterprise for a rogue physicist.^ You yourself know how many men I have seen here, and you know I never see men at Annie's.’ There is no one else.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ That noon, when he returned from his rounds, he realized that there was to be no cessation.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ You do not realize that you cannot tell a man he is a murderer, and throw him over when he loves you, and yet have him utterly unmoved by it.” .
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

Your mentors are partly to blame, of course. My disappointment in Eli Vance and Isaac Kleiner is far greater than my sorrow over your unfortunate choice of career path. In a way, I suppose you could not have done otherwise. Who knows what seeds of iconoclasm they planted when you were young and gullible. But while they certainly share a great part of the responsibility for the recent troubles, it is you alone who have chosen to act with such willful disregard for humanity's future.
Tell me, Dr. Freeman, if you can. You have destroyed so much. What is it, exactly, that you have created? Can you name even one thing? I thought not.

Wallace Breen: [addressing Gordon Freeman while preparing to teleport to the Combine homeworld] "Dr. Freeman, you really shouldn't be out there. At the moment of synapse as I teleport, this chamber will be bathed in deadly particles that have yet to be named by human science. .Perhaps when I'll have the leisure to do the work myself, I'll name one of them after you.^ If I find you or any one else here listening, you'll be sorry for it.” .
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ Did you ever think that the desire of distinction was one of the most, perhaps the most, intense purely spiritual emotion of the human soul?
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

That way you won't be completely forgotten! When the singularity collapses, I'll be far away from here; in another universe, as a matter of fact. .You, on the other hand, will be destroyed in every way it is possible to be destroyed and even in some which are essentially impossible!^ Sometimes I even think the medicine would lose its effect if taken in any other way.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ When it does, nobody but you and I must be with him, not even Georgie K. He is getting some rest.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ When all your other weapons get destroyed, you are left with only this for the rest of the game.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]


[When the teleport system is destroyed]
Wallace Breen: No! You need me!
Alyx Vance: Yes, you did it! Come on, Gordon! We have to get out of here! Maybe we still have...
[The teleporter explodes, Gordon's perception of events suddenly stops]
G-Man: Time, Dr. Freeman? Is it really that time again? It seems as if you only just arrived. .[G-Man walks out from the explosion] You've done a great deal in a small time...span.^ Stop when you see a man leaning out of a doorway.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

^ Knowledge of, and delight in, evil gleamed out of the sudden brightness of the man's great eyes.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ She's got another feller, or you might git her if you've got a stiddy job,” the man said, winking at James with familiarity.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

.You've done so well, in fact, that I've received some interesting offers for your services.^ Go down the catwalk and run to the other catwalk when you've either expended your pistol rounds or killed all the Headcrabs.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

Ordinarily I wouldn't contemplate them, but these are extraordinary times. Rather than offer you the illusion of free choice, I will take the liberty of choosing for you... if and when your time comes round again. [extracts Gordon from the Citadel] I do apologize for what must seem to you an arbitrary imposition, Dr. Freeman. .I trust it will all make sense to you in the course of..^ I will make all the arrangements for the funeral, if you wish, Doctor Gordon,” he said.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ Poor man, it was dreadful of him to pursue me so, and make us all so unhappy, and of course I never could have married him, even if it had not been for you.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

[pauses and smiles] well, I'm really not at liberty to say. In the meantime... this is where I get off. [the G-Man leaves Gordon in blackness]

Half-Life 2: Episode One (2006)

Wallace Breen: [First words in the game, mirroring a speech he made at the end of Half-Life 2] Tell me, Dr. Freeman, if you can. You have destroyed so much. What is it, exactly, that you have created? .Can you name even one thing?^ Well, it has to me,” said the doctor, “and let me ask you one thing.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ Ten chances to one he is armed, and you haven't a thing to defend yourself with, except that medicine-case.” .
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ I did not read a thing in the whole column which even implied such a thing as you intimated,” James said hotly.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

I thought not.

G-Man: [as he is separated from Gordon by the Vortigaunts] We'll see, about that!

[Alyx's pet "Dog" suggests throwing a car containing Alyx and Gordon into the Citadel]
.Alyx Vance: Well, Gordon, unless you've got a better suggestion...^ Well, I suppose I've got to pay it if you ask it,” said Gordon.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ Well, you are not exactly the looking object to do anything else,” said Gordon laughing.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ After he was in the wagon Gordon, turning to James, said: “You had better go in the house and stay with the women.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

he is a robot, he's done the math. .sotto voce­] You did do the math, right?^ You did right.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ If you mean about your wife,” James said, “I think you did entirely right.” .
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ Still I think you did right,” James said stubbornly.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

[Dog shakes its head in a negative gesture]

Alyx Vance: [entering a Combine control point] I think we just broke about 50 Combine regulations! .No eye contact with Combine soldiers; don't damage Combine property; don't kill the Combine representatives; have your papers out and available; no loud noises after 6 o'clock;...^ You jest run round the house, and in the front door, Miss Clemency, and don't let out the dog, an' see to your ma.” .
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ Killed, no,” said Gordon, “but he will be if you don't stop crying and making a goose of yourself, Clemency.” .
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ Don't let your heart go out to anybody.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]


.Alyx Vance: [after watching Gordon single-handedly shoot down a Combine Gunship]" Wow!^ Shoot down the Gunship that comes for you.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

^ These are useful for shooting down Gunships and Striders.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

[stammers] Jesus, Gordon, you're a real terror!"

Alyx Vance: [Having just observed Gordon destroy a Strider]" You're my new hero!"

Half-Life 2: Episode Two (2007)

Isaac Kleiner: What you're seeing is the infancy of a superportal. If it retains full strength—
Eli Vance: It will be the Seven Hour War all over again! Except this time we won't last seven minutes!
Alyx Vance: My God ... .Gordon, maybe that's why they were sending so much data from the Citadel.^ Why, where is Clemency?” Gordon said, when they entered the dining-room.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

Isaac Kleiner: Data? From the Citadel?
Alyx Vance: In the control room ... they were feeding huge volumes of data directly into the core destruction sequence.
.Isaac Kleiner: Magnusson, did you hear that?!^ He listened, and did hear quite distinctly an exceedingly soft little voice, which might have been the voice of shadows — “Is that you?” .
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ Did you never hear of people being opposed to marriages, rich people I mean, and threatening to disinherit a woman if she married the man they did not pick out for her?” .
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ I beg your pardon, I did not hear you come in,” he said.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

I bet it's the Combine portal code!
Arne Magnusson: Yes, yes, I'm not deaf!
Alyx Vance: I downloaded the whole packet, and they have been chasing us ever since.
.Arne Magnusson: Well of course they have!^ They could travel as well as horses in the course of time if they only put their minds to it.” .
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

.You see Kleiner, it's the lynchpin of all of their plans!^ She will be all right when she sees you safe,” said James.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ You might see to it that the bottles are all filled,” he said.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

Isaac Kleiner: I can see that. I never—
Arne Magnusson: Somewhere in that sequence they would've had to establish a connection with the far side. What you have there, young lady, is the specific contact code for the Combine Overworld!
Eli Vance: Good God ...
.Arne Magnusson: If I'm right about this—and I have no reason to doubt myself—you are carrying the very code Doctor Mossman had hoped to recover!^ You absolutely know of no reason?” .
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ You have no doubt at all?” .
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ Doctor Gordon does not admit that my case is hopeless, but he gives no hope, and you must have noticed how he suffers when he sees me suffer.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

.Now, how soon can you get here?^ You yourself know how many men I have seen here, and you know I never see men at Annie's.’ There is no one else.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ Now, see here, Doctor Gordon, can't I be of some assistance if you were to tell me?” asked James.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ Now go and have some egg-nog mixed, Georgie K.,” said Gordon, “and bring it here yourself, if you will.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

Alyx Vance: Well, we have to get our bearings, but we can't—
Arne Magnusson: There is no time to waste! .We'll need to step up the launch schedule and as soon as you get here with the signature data, we'll encode the satellite and get the damn thing into orbit!^ He was back soon, and James having made up his prescription, went out and got into the sleigh.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ I am naturally a man who hates deception, and wishes above all things to lead a life with its windows open and shades up, but I have been forced into the very reverse.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ They can't get you up here, so you are safe for now.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]


(Before Alyx gives Dr. Kleiner the data packet.)
Dr. Kleiner: Now, my dear. Where is this data packet you've been carrying? If I delay a single moment, I'll never hear the end of it.
.Arne Magnusson: (In the distance) You have my word on it!^ You mark my words, there's somethin' out,” said Aaron dogmatically.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]


Vortigaunt: [seeing the body of a person who has committed suicide lying in a chair] A poignant scene. An eternity's repose. It brings peaceful thoughts, does it not?

G-Man: [while the Vortigaunts are healing Alyx, who was impaled by a Combine Hunter] Dr. Freeman ... [pauses time, and begins to speak with his image imposed over several scenes] I realize this moment may not be the most ... convenient for a heart-to-heart, but .I had to wait until your [nods backwards to the Vortigaunts healing Alyx] friends were otherwise occupied.^ He entertained the idea of waiting about until she left her friend's house, then he considered the possible brother, and that the girl herself might resent it, and he kept on.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ To hit them, wait until they start shooting and aim your RPG launcher away from them.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

There was a time they cared nothing for Miss Vance; when their only experience of humanity was a crowbar coming at them down a steel corridor. When I plucked her from Black Mesa, I acted in the face of objections that she was a mere child and of no practical use to anyone. I have learned to ignore such nay-sayers when quelling them ... was out of the question. .Still, I am not one to squander my investments, and I remain confident she was worth far more than the initial appraisal.^ He had no more thought of this middle-aged, harsh-featured New Jersey farmer's daughter than he had of one of the dining-chairs.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ Now he suddenly realized that a girl was not a woman, and no more to be compared with her than an uncut gem with one whose facets take the utmost light.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ Take my advice, young man, and try to think more of yourself than anybody else in the world.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

That's why I must now ... extract from you some small repayment owed for your own survival. See her safely to White Forest, Dr. Freeman. .I wish I could do more than keep an eye on you, but I have agreed to abide by certain ...^ Thankfully, you never see more than a handful of them.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

restrictions. .[to Alyx] Well now, listen carefully my dear.^ I may as well get it off my mind now.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ Now, tell me honest, dear, didn't Uncle Tom ever tell you that that man was in love with my mother before I was born?” .
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

.When you see your ...^ You jest run round the house, and in the front door, Miss Clemency, and don't let out the dog, an' see to your ma.” .
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ Stop when you see the lambda on your right.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

^ I wish your father were a widower, then I would marry him the minute he asked me,” said she, “and see how you would like it.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

father, relay these words: "prepare for unforeseen consequences".

.Eli Vance: "Unforeseen consequences". The last time I heard those words was back at Black Mesa.^ YouTube: Half-Life 2 Part 10: Welcome to Black Mesa (Time: 7:26) Head downriver.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

.You had just stepped into the test chamber when he whispered them in my ear.^ Just as sure as you do, the door of the worst torture-chamber in creation swings open.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ Come into my office, will you?” he said.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ Just step into the other room, and I'll be there right away.” .
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

.You know who I'm talking about ...^ I know what I am talking about.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ So you don't know anything about it?” .
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ Elliot, you don't know what you are talking about.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

our mutual friend. When he brought in that crystal I knew I should have aborted that damn test, but I didn't. .The whole world went to hell that day.^ It will be better for her if you are not the whole world to her, until you know what a day may bring forth.” .
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

And now ... now he's using my little girl. Putting words in her mouth. God damnit. I should have known when he rescued her, it was for his own damn reasons. .Gordon, there's so much I need to tell you.^ You won't tell him why?” said Emma, and there was alarm in her voice, for she adored Gordon.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ For God's sake take the trunk and clear out,” shouted Gordon with unexpected violence, “but if there is a scrap of written paper in that trunk, and you keep it, you'll be sorry.” .
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ He suddenly wondered how much he ought to tell the man, how much Doctor Gordon had told him.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

Between us, we may finally have a chance of... [suddenly stops when he notices Alyx is back]

See also


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Getting Started
Half-Life 2
Box artwork for Half-Life 2.
Developer(s) Valve Corporation
Publisher(s)
Engine Source Engine
Release date(s)
Windows
Xbox
Genre(s) FPS
System(s) Windows, Steam, Xbox
Players 1
Mode(s) Single player, Multiplayer
Rating(s)
ESRB: Mature
System requirements (help)
CPU clock speed

1.2GHz

System RAM

256MiB

Network connection speed

56Kibps

DirectX version
Version 7
Website http://www.half-life2.com
Preceded by Half-Life
Followed by Half-Life 2: Episode One
Series Half-Life
.Half-Life 2 was developed by Valve Software and was released on November 16, 2004 for Windows following a 5-year development cycle, and later on Steam and the Xbox.^ Half-Life 2: Episode 3 art released Valve: No Half-Life 2: Ep.
  • News: Report: No Half-Life 2: Episode Three this year - ComputerAndVideoGames.com 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.computerandvideogames.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Boo valve, boo half life 2, and especially boo valve!

^ December, 2007 [ 1 ] Developer Valve Software .
  • Half-Life 2 Review | PC | Eurogamer 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.eurogamer.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The game gained almost unanimous praise and acclaim for its story, fluidity and the gameplay in general.^ How they can flesh out a two hour movie when the video game was literally 30 seconds of story 14 hours of gameplay and shooting .
  • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 31 January 2010 12:55 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The game was bundled with Counter-Strike: Source, a remake of a critically-acclaimed total-conversion mod for the original Half-Life.^ Half-life was the best game EVER created.
  • FARK.com: (4002322) LHC tries its hardest to emulate Black Mesa. Gordon Freeman unavailable for comment 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC www.fark.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Half-life is a videa game ?
  • Gordon Freeman WIP - Minifigs - BrickArms Forums 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC forums.brickarms.com [Source type: General]

^ The HEV Suit is another hold over from the original Half-Life game.
  • Half-Life 2 - Mark Sivak | ETC-Press (Beta) 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.etc.cmu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Half-Life 2: Deathmatch was later released via Steam and was free to download for all owners of Half-Life 2. The full game was included in an updated form with The Orange Box compilation for Windows, Steam, Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3.^ Xbox 360 Games .
  • Gordon Freeman Vs...... - The Orange Box - Neoseeker Forums 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC www.neoseeker.com [Source type: General]
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

^ Half-life was the best game EVER created.
  • FARK.com: (4002322) LHC tries its hardest to emulate Black Mesa. Gordon Freeman unavailable for comment 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC www.fark.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ I hope too that it's going to be a full Half Life 3 game, considering the wait.
  • View topic - Report: No Half-Life 2: Episode Three this year - ComputerAndVideoGames.com 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC forums.computerandvideogames.com [Source type: General]

You are Dr. Gordon Freeman, theoretical physicist and one of the only survivors of the Black Mesa incident. .Finding yourself on a train to who-knows-where, you are plunged into a world oppressed by an alien empire, a world fraught with dangers that you, a mere scientist, will have to overcome.^ You know who I'm talking about ...
  • Half-Life - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
  • Half-Life - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
  • Half-Life - Wikiquote 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

^ You will exit into a train station.
  • Half-Life 2 (PC) cheat codes, hints, and help 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.gamewinners.com [Source type: General]

^ You will receive our new development, a suit that will allow you to safely get through the portal, and theoretically protect you from possible dangers in the parallel world.
  • PlanetPhillip | Archive | Half-Life 31 January 2010 12:55 UTC www.planetphillip.com [Source type: General]

Table of Contents

Getting Started
Appendices

editHalf-Life series

Half-Life: Opposing Force · Blue Shift · Decay
Half-Life 2: Episode One · Episode Two

Gaming

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.From Wikia Gaming, your source for walkthroughs, games, guides, and more!^ Even more good performance indications for what you'll get in HL2 and other Source Engine based games like Vampire: Bloodlines.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ After that we will move on to the evolution of the game, how it got to the Source engine, the re-design period, and more!
  • Orion ~ Half Life 2 Total Modification 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.orion-project.net [Source type: General]

^ Wikia Gaming Create a new wiki Log in Create an account Combine OverWiki View source History Share this article Article Discussion .
  • Gordon Freeman - Combine OverWiki, the Half-Life Wiki - Half-Life, Half-Life 2, Portal, Episode Three, and everything behind-the-scenes! 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC half-life.wikia.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Half-Life 2
Half-Life 2 box art
Developer(s) Valve Software
Publisher(s) Vivendi Universal
Engine Source engine
Release date November 16, 2004
Genre First-person shooter
Mode(s) Single player, multiplayer
Age rating(s) ESRB: M
BBFC: 15
Platform(s) PC, Xbox
Media CD, DVD, or Steam download
System requirements 1.2 GHz processor, 256 MB RAM, DirectX 9.0c or higher (included)
Credits | Soundtrack | Codes | Walkthrough
.
Half-Life 2 is a first-person shooter computer game and the highly anticipated sequel to Half-Life, developed by Valve Software.
^ Boo valve, boo half life 2, and especially boo valve!

^ Does this work for the first Half Life 2 game list???
  • The Sorted Achievement Guide for Half-Life 2 - Xbox360Achievements.org 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.xbox360achievements.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Half-Life 2 is Guardian’s game of the decade .
  • VG247 » Blog Archive » Half-Life 2 is Guardian’s game of the decade 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.vg247.com [Source type: General]

.It was released on November 16, 2004 to very positive reviews [1], following a protracted five-year development cycle during which the game's source code was leaked to the internet.^ Developer: Valve Released on: 11/23/2004, Price: $54.99 ESRB Rating: M Want more?

^ It's a very nice read for those who want to know how these cards perform head to head in Source Engine games and etc, so check it out!
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ November 1st, 2004 HL2 release date?
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

.The title featured the advanced Source game engine, coupled with a heavily modified version of the Havok physics engine, and was critically acclaimed for ground-breaking improvements in animation, graphics, A.I and physics.^ The physics engine is by Havok, not Valve.
  • Half Life 2 - What They Didn’t Intend for You to See | All Things Daniel Haggard 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC danielhaggard.com [Source type: General]

^ Ragdoll Physics - An integral part of the Source engine, courtesy Havok.
  • Half-Life - Television Tropes & Idioms 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

^ Permalink Nick wrote: The Physics engine is a heavily HEAVILY modified version of the Havok 2 engine.
  • Half Life 2 - What They Didn’t Intend for You to See | All Things Daniel Haggard 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC danielhaggard.com [Source type: General]

.In the two months following its release, it sold over 1.7 million copies, but sales over Valve's Steam content delivery system were not disclosed.^ The first Content Update is planned to have the following: > > TWO (2) GAME-MODES: DEATHMATCH & TEAM DEATHMATCH .
  • Orion ~ Half Life 2 Total Modification 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.orion-project.net [Source type: General]

^ You might have heard of it, it sold 8 million copies.
  • HL2 - best game of the decade. - General Gaming - General Discussion - MMORPG.com Forums 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mmorpg.com [Source type: General]

^ To date, HL2 has two sequel episodes of periodic content, Episode 1d and Episode 2e, with a third episode planned for release.
  • Half-Life 2 - Mark Sivak | ETC-Press (Beta) 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.etc.cmu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[2]
.A single-disc demo version was later made available in December, 2004 at the web site of graphics card manufacturer ATI, who teamed up with Valve for the game.^ Our goal as a team of contributors is to provide the community with up to date gaming news from throughout the industry on a daily basis.
  • DailyGamesNews.com: Video - Half-Life 2 Short Film - Escape From City 17 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC dailygamesnews.com [Source type: General]

^ Given that pretty much everyone is playing this on ATI or NVIDIA, I'll assume that my problem is related to the graphics card, which is an Intel GM965.
  • WineHQ - Half-Life 2 Retail (32-bit) 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC appdb.winehq.org [Source type: General]

^ It's a game that will conjure up feelings of anxiety and dread, and it's simply too graphic, too intense and too scary for anyone under 17.

.An Xbox version was released on the November 15, 2005.^ Since there is a new HL2 level out for the PC, it's a shame we won't get to see it on Xbox, unless they decide to release a NEW version (groan!
  • Amazon.com: Half Life 2: Xbox: Video Games 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.amazon.com [Source type: General]

Contents

Platinum

"Xbox Cover Art"
.On February 1, 2007, Half-Life 2 Platinum pack was relased for the PC. The Package includes Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2 : Deathmatch, Counter-Strike: Source, Day of Defeat: Source, and Half-Life 2: Aftermath.^ COUNTER - STRIKE: SOURCE MODDING .
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ IGN have put up a preview for Counter-Strike: Source.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ A Red Letter Day” is the second narrative chapter of HL2 and is used to reunite the player with equipment and characters from the original Half-Life.
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Singleplayer

Half-Life backstory

.The original Half-Life largely took place at a remote underground laboratory called the Black Mesa Research Facility.^ They were also present in the original Half-Life.
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^ Original Half-Life section moved and done with!
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ The majority of the events in the original Half-Life take place after the Black Mesa Research Facility (where you happen to be) is severely damaged and overrun by aliens.
  • Half-Life - Television Tropes & Idioms 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

.In the course of conducting an experiment, researchers at Black Mesa accidentally cause a "resonance cascade", opening a doorway to an alien world (Xen) and releasing a flood of strange and deadly creatures.^ In the original Half-Life, the game’s hero, Dr. Gordon Freeman (controlled by the player), inadvertently causes a disastrous “resonance cascade” at the Black Mesa research facility that opens a portal to Earth from a strange alien world called Xen.
  • Half-Life 2 - Mark Sivak | ETC-Press (Beta) 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.etc.cmu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ While performing a test on a strange crystalline substance , Gordon accidentally initiates a ' resonance cascade ' — an event which causes bizarre, violent creatures to be spontaneously transported from another dimension.
  • Half-Life - Television Tropes & Idioms 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

^ A reminder to all Black Mesa personnel: Regular radiation and biohazard screenings are a requirement of continued employment in the Black Mesa Research Facility.
  • SCENES FROM HALF-LIFE 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC www.geocities.co.jp [Source type: Original source]

.The player takes the role of Gordon Freeman, one of the research scientists, guiding him in his attempt to escape the facility.^ In the original Half-Life, the game’s hero, Dr. Gordon Freeman (controlled by the player), inadvertently causes a disastrous “resonance cascade” at the Black Mesa research facility that opens a portal to Earth from a strange alien world called Xen.
  • Half-Life 2 - Mark Sivak | ETC-Press (Beta) 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.etc.cmu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Throughout Anticitizen One, Gordon is joined by resistance citizens that assist him in dispatching the Overwatch, zombies, and headcrabs that are still in City 17.
  • Half-Life 2 - Mark Sivak | ETC-Press (Beta) 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.etc.cmu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Throughout half-life 2 Gordon Freeman will have no crappy one-liners unless you, the player, shouts them out while being immersed in the game.
  • Amazon.com: Half Life 2: Xbox: Video Games 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.amazon.com [Source type: General]

.Half-Life 2 picks up the story an indeterminate number of years after the Black Mesa incident in 'City 17', which seems to be located somewhere in Eastern Europe.^ Story-wise, she is the bridge from Half-Life.

^ Half-Life Story page is up!
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^ Half-Life 3 info section is up!
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Plot

.At the start of the game, the mysterious G-Man speaks to Gordon Freeman.^ Once the G-man finishes his speech about Gordon being “the right man at the wrong time” at the very beginning of the game, control is pushed to the player.
  • Half-Life 2 - Mark Sivak | ETC-Press (Beta) 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.etc.cmu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The G-man is an enigma, he's a character who is mysterious throughout the first two games (films).
  • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 31 January 2010 12:55 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Though the game's hero, Gordon Freeman, will again be the strong and completely silent type, the supporting roles will be read by a solid lineup of talent.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

.Freeman then finds himself riding a train into City 17, unarmed and without his HEV suit.^ Blast from the Past 10 Find the HEV Suit Charger faceplate in Eli's scrapyard.
  • The Sorted Achievement Guide for Half-Life 2 - Xbox360Achievements.org 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.xbox360achievements.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ It's the only reason he was able to survive the resonance cascade at ground zero and kill the Nihilanth: he's the only survivor wearing (and trained in using) an HEV suit.
  • Half-Life - Television Tropes & Idioms 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

^ Played straight in Half-Life 2 , though, as Gordon is abruptly dropped into City 17 more than a decade after Earth's subjugation by the Combine.
  • Half-Life - Television Tropes & Idioms 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

Details begin to slowly emerge: City 17 is under the rule of a totalitarian Administrator named Dr. Breen, the former administrator of the Black Mesa Research Facility. Breen is merely a puppet ruler, however, carrying out the will of the aliens known as the Combine. It seems that the the massive energy discharge caused by the "resonance cascade" was enough to attract the attention of the Combine. .Soon after, they mounted a brutal assault on humanity in which the forces of Earth were completely overwhelmed in just seven hours (which is, appropriately enough, referred to as the Seven Hours War).^ Combines will enter the house, and as soon as you left the hallway, they'll start taking over the rooms you just visited.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: General]

^ Unless you look at every newspaper clipping along the way you can complete the entire game without any knowledge of the "Seven Hour War" or what the Combine really is.
  • Half-Life - Television Tropes & Idioms 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

^ Universe At War: Earth Assault .
  • The Sorted Achievement Guide for Half-Life 2 - Xbox360Achievements.org 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.xbox360achievements.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The Combine now has near-absolute control of the entire planet, with only a few pockets of human resistance remaining.^ Getting body armor only as good as the Combine’s required submitting to mechano-biological mind control.

Dr. Breen enforces his rule (and, by extension, the Combine's rule) through armies of intimidating "Civil Protection" units (also called "Metropolice" or "Metrocops") and Combine soldiers (referred to as the Overwatch).

Chapters

The gameplay, like the first Half-Life, is divided into titled chapters:
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  • Point Insertion - Gordon arrives weaponless and with no HEV suit, meeting up with old friend Barney Calhoun from Black Mesa.^ Due to the high toxicity of material routinely handled in the Black Mesa compound, no smoking, eating, or drinking are permitted within the Black Mesa Transit System.
    • SCENES FROM HALF-LIFE 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC www.geocities.co.jp [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Once you have found the artifact, press this button on your suit and you will get teleported back to the Black Mesa laboratory.
    • PlanetPhillip | Archive | Half-Life 31 January 2010 12:55 UTC www.planetphillip.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Wallace Breen appears on screens throughout the Citadel and often talks about Black Mesa and the fact that Gordon is a physicist; this again is a play to the emotion of nostalgia.
    • Half-Life 2 - Mark Sivak | ETC-Press (Beta) 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.etc.cmu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    Barney has infiltrated Civil Protection, for the resistance.
  • "A Red Letter Day" - Gordon meets Alyx Vance (daughter of Dr. Eli Vance). Alyx takes him to Dr. Isaac Kleiner, Gordon's MIT mentor and Black Mesa colleague. Kleiner attempts to teleport Gordon to Eli's laboratory, Black Mesa East, at the city's outskirts, but Dr. Kleiner's pet headcrab "Lamarr" wrecks the machine. .Gordon must find another way to reach the lab.
  • Route Kanal - While navigating the city's canals, Gordon finds resistance bases populated by both humans and Vortigaunts, who are now allies.^ Perhaps you can find another way.
    • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: General]

    ^ COME ON GORDON! Now time for the half life movie me thinks, but every single film based from a game, has sucked so far IMO __________________ .
    • Gordon Freeman needs your help! - Page 3 - techPowerUp! Forums 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC forums.techpowerup.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Upon reaching Dr. Kleiner’s lab through a series of secret passages Gordon is reunited with Barney and Dr. Kleiner himself.
    • Half-Life 2 - Mark Sivak | ETC-Press (Beta) 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.etc.cmu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .After being helped through an underground railroad system, Gordon is provided an air boat, allowing him greater expediency.
  • Water Hazard - The air boat is spotted by the Combine and pursued by a hunter-killer assault helicopter.^ Plume: the material spreading from a particular source and traveling through environmental media, such as air or ground water.
    • CDC Radiation Emergencies | Glossary of Radiological Terms 31 January 2010 12:55 UTC www.bt.cdc.gov [Source type: Academic]

    ^ But I can't help being sorry for him; he must have loved my mother so much, and he must have wasted his whole life; and then to die among strangers so suddenly, poor man.” .
    • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Gordon had a pail of water and a basin beside him, and he was applying water vigorously to the throat of the prostrate figure.
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    At another resistance base, a Vortigaunt affixes a weapon to the craft capable of downing the 'copter.
  • Black Mesa East - Gordon arrives at the lab and meets Dr. Judith Mossman. .Alyx gives him the weapon called the Gravity Gun and instructs on its use.^ Use the Gravity Gun to pull them.
    • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Use the Gravity Gun to get rid of it.
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    ^ Use the Gravity Gun to blast it over the edge.
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    .Suddenly the lab is attacked by the Combine, forcing Gordon to escape along an old tunnel leading to Ravenholm.
  • "We Don't Go To Ravenholm..." - Gordon quickly discovers why Ravenholm was abandoned: the town has been overrun with headcrabs and "zombies". Father Grigori, a slightly-insane priest and likely the last human resident of Ravenholm, helps him survive the deadly town and escorts him to an abandoned mine which eventually leads to the dockyards outside City 17.
  • Highway 17 - Gordon finds another resistance base under assault by Combine troops.^ Go to the edge and speak to Father Grigori.
    • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Barney, as an undercover combine patrol, takes Gordon in for "interrogation" and helps him escape.
    • Half-Life - Television Tropes & Idioms 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

    ^ Father Grigori - You'll meet him in Ravenholm.
    • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: General]

    .Alyx tells him that Eli has been captured and is being held in Nova Prospekt, an old maximum-security prison.^ Eli is captured, and Alyx will ask you go help her, so she can free Eli from Nova Prospekt, a prison.
    • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: General]

    ^ More narrative tension is built up over this chapter because Dog gets swept away in battle, Eli is captured, Barney needs to be rescued, and Alyx gets captured.
    • Half-Life 2 - Mark Sivak | ETC-Press (Beta) 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.etc.cmu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ This chapter ends with Gordon besieging the prison with a horde of antlions which is the setup for the next two chapters that take place inside Nova Prospekt.
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    .Gordon travels the coast road in a dune buggy towards Nova Prospekt.^ The other will bring you further, towards Nova Prospekt.
    • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: General]

    ^ This chapter ends with Gordon besieging the prison with a horde of antlions which is the setup for the next two chapters that take place inside Nova Prospekt.
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    ^ Then the man would slip into cover of the shadows, and steal out into the road, and Gordon would jump into the buggy, and he and Aaron would follow him.
    • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

    .The journey is made more difficult by the fact that it's spawning season for the insect-like antlions, which swarm the area.
  • Sandtraps - Gordon arrives at the Lighthouse Point resistance base and must continue the journey to Nova Prospekt on foot.^ The more important mechanics for pace in this chapter have to do with making the gameplay different instead of difficult because at this point the player just wants to reach the end of the game.
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    ^ The Antlions will be instrumental for your operations in and around Nova Prospekt.
    • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

    ^ There is a bridge that Gordon must traverse to turn off the suppression shields and continue.
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    Antlions lie hidden underground, emerging to attack at the slightest vibration. .Gordon must move across rocks and avoid the loose sand that alerts them.^ This chapter gets its name from the sandy areas that Gordon must avoid in order to not summon the antlions out of the ground, this is an example of a platform puzzle.
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    After narrowly defeating an enormous "Antlion Guard", Gordon is given bugbait: a gland filled with pheromones that pacifies the smaller Antlions.
  • Nova Prospekt - Finally reaching the old prison, Gordon searches within for clues to Dr. Vance's whereabouts. The antlions' assistance helps to even the overwhelming odds against him.
  • Entanglement - Gordon joins forces with Alyx again, and together they find both Eli and Dr. Judith Mossman, who is apparently a Combine agent. .While distracted by a Combine assault, Mossman teleports herself and Eli into the Citadel, the Combine's base of operations.^ The Citadel is a massive structure that the Combine uses as their base of operations on Earth and where the Administrator of Earth, Wallace Breen, has his administration and office.
    • Half-Life 2 - Mark Sivak | ETC-Press (Beta) 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.etc.cmu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Gordon must infiltrate the Combine Citadel to save Eli and Alyx Vance.
    • Half-Life 2 - Mark Sivak | ETC-Press (Beta) 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.etc.cmu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ The Citadel holds prisoners, contains teleportation equipment, and is used to build synthetic Combine entities like gunships and striders.
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    Gordon and Alyx barely manage to teleport themselves to Dr. Kleiner's lab before the teleporter explodes.
  • Anticitizen One - A strange malfunction in the equipment has caused them to arrive at Dr. Kleiner's lab a week after they teleported. .Meanwhile, Gordon's struggles against the Combine have brought new life to the resistance, plunging City 17 into chaos.^ The short speeches of the citizens in this chapter about memory erasure, reproductive suppression fields, and instinct vs. City 17 and about the Combine.
    • Half-Life 2 - Mark Sivak | ETC-Press (Beta) 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.etc.cmu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Throughout Anticitizen One, Gordon is joined by resistance citizens that assist him in dispatching the Overwatch, zombies, and headcrabs that are still in City 17.
    • Half-Life 2 - Mark Sivak | ETC-Press (Beta) 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.etc.cmu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Thanks to Paul, the main webmaster, we now have a new poll up: "City 17 VS Hell, who wins?"
    • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

    Resistance fighters led by Gordon travel towards the Citadel to free Dr. Vance while Alyx helps Dr. Kleiner escape the lab.
  • "Follow Freeman!" - After rescuing Barney, who has been pinned down by snipers, Gordon shuts down a suppressor field blocking access to the Citadel. .A pack of incredibly powerful Combine war-machines, the Striders, attack until they are finally destroyed by RPG fire.
  • Our Benefactors - Gordon enters the Citadel through an underground passage.^ They can be destroyed with three RPG shots.
    • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Stick by this and use the RPGs to destroy the Striders.
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    ^ Upon reaching Dr. Kleiner’s lab through a series of secret passages Gordon is reunited with Barney and Dr. Kleiner himself.
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    Faced with a dead end, he is forced to enter a rail-driven containment apparatus. .After a long trip through the Citadel, all his weapons are destroyed by a Dark Energy-powered "confiscation field". However, the Gravity Gun survives (probably due to its zero-point nature) and is made incredibly powerful.^ This will cut the power, and all the fields are down.
    • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Because the Citadel is a Combine stronghold the large number of Overwatch troops makes sense in the narrative and gives the player a sense of how powerful they and the gravity gun have become.
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    ^ Once Gordon is caught after his first pod ride, he gets his weapons removed and destroyed save for the gravity gun which has been modified by the Citadel’s automated defenses.
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    .It can now manipulate organic matter, instantly killing Combine forces, and its lift strength is greatly increased.^ Now the gravity gun has longer range and can be used to grab and throw organic matter including Overwatch troops.
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    ^ You can now use it to lift heavy things and kill enemies.
    • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: General]

    .Armed with only the new Gravity Gun, Gordon wreaks havoc upon the Citadel until he is again faced with a dead end.^ Gordon must also face the hostile wildlife of Xen that were spread during the portal storm that Gordon caused at the end of the original game.
    • Half-Life 2 - Mark Sivak | ETC-Press (Beta) 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.etc.cmu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Once Gordon is caught after his first pod ride, he gets his weapons removed and destroyed save for the gravity gun which has been modified by the Citadel’s automated defenses.
    • Half-Life 2 - Mark Sivak | ETC-Press (Beta) 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.etc.cmu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ The object which was used was the holding container for prisoners in the citadel, found hanging high above at the beginning of citadel_03 and able to be grabbed with the super gravity gun.
    • Internet Archive: Free Download: Half-Life 2 (PC) - 1:36:57 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.archive.org [Source type: General]

    Once more, the only way to progress is to voluntarily enter a containment apparatus.
  • Dark Energy - The device brings him face-to-face with Dr. Breen, who takes the Gravity Gun while Gordon is immobilized. Dr. Judith Mossman is with Breen, and he summons Eli and Alyx, who are being held in similar devices. .As Breen threatens Gordon, Judith finally turns against him: she had only "betrayed" the resistance to get an opportunity to infiltrate Breen's inner circle.^ Throughout Anticitizen One, Gordon is joined by resistance citizens that assist him in dispatching the Overwatch, zombies, and headcrabs that are still in City 17.
    • Half-Life 2 - Mark Sivak | ETC-Press (Beta) 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.etc.cmu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Alright, I know you had to kill him because he kept the hole between Xen and the Earth open, but it turns that he was also the only thing keeping the Combine at bay, and his death gave them the opportunity they needed to invade Earth.
    • Half-Life - Television Tropes & Idioms 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

    ^ Villainous Breakdown - Doctor Breen's broadcasts show him growing increasingly short-tempered, until he finally snaps and begins haranguing Gordon directly.
    • Half-Life - Television Tropes & Idioms 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

    .He manages to escape and flees towards a huge teleporter that will take him to the Combine's world.^ Follow the trail, and when you see a Combine, kill him, and take the way he came from.
    • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: General]

    ^ These flying robots take pictures of Gordon to alert the Combine to his presence and also can temporarily blind him with their camera flash.
    • Half-Life 2 - Mark Sivak | ETC-Press (Beta) 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.etc.cmu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Barney, as an undercover combine patrol, takes Gordon in for "interrogation" and helps him escape.
    • Half-Life - Television Tropes & Idioms 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

    Freed, Gordon and Alyx pursue him and destroy the teleporter, triggering a massive explosion.

Notes on the narrative

.Two distinctive elements from the original Half-Life are preserved: Freeman never speaks, and the entire game is viewed through his eyes.^ Original Half-Life section moved and done with!
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ The HEV Suit is another hold over from the original Half-Life game.
  • Half-Life 2 - Mark Sivak | ETC-Press (Beta) 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.etc.cmu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Two members of the original Half-Life voice cast will also be back.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

.Some players have complained about these holdovers, since they effectively limit how much of the backstory is explained.^ By introducing this mechanic with no pressure the next time a player encounters a battery unit they will know how to use it even if they are in the middle combat or a puzzle.
  • Half-Life 2 - Mark Sivak | ETC-Press (Beta) 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.etc.cmu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The HL2 experience includes all of these elements but because of the player freedom in how they move through the game, the overall experience is closer to that of a haunted or fun house attraction rather than a roller coaster.
  • Half-Life 2 - Mark Sivak | ETC-Press (Beta) 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.etc.cmu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Take a look at these two shots and you'll see first-hand just how much has changed since Half-Life.

.The lack of cutscenes mean that the player never sees what happens or has happened in Gordon's absence.^ The player sees these ruined streets and the uprising happening and they remember the events that already happened in the game.
  • Half-Life 2 - Mark Sivak | ETC-Press (Beta) 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.etc.cmu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ By not changing the camera from Gordon Freeman’s (and the player’s) point of view and using exclusively in-play cutscenes, HL2 is restricted in terms of cinematic options, but the in-play cutscenes allow the game to never break the immersion between the player and Gordon.
  • Half-Life 2 - Mark Sivak | ETC-Press (Beta) 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.etc.cmu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Additionally, it would seem natural for Freeman to have a great deal of curiosity as to what has happened since the Black Mesa incident.^ There's a great deal of forced relocation going on, and moving the survivors halfway around the world to disorient them would be pretty effective.
  • Half-Life - Television Tropes & Idioms 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

^ Freeman is thrust into the unenviable role of rescuing the world from the wrong he unleashed back at Black Mesa.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: General]
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ Radioactive material which would be an every day object in Black Mesa?
  • U.S. Navy Wants to Build Gordon Freeman's Power Suit, Sort of... | GamePolitics 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC www.gamepolitics.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Although these are certainly intentional devices on the part of Valve Software, some feel that it is very frustrating to only learn the story in small bits and pieces throughout the game.^ Its the only game with a story strong/exciting/fun enough to be a mass-market summer blockbuster.
  • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 31 January 2010 12:55 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Others believe that release is imminent because Valve is happy for the game software to be downloaded.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ Not only this, it was old school, and we are proud of our retro vibe with Orion, as we worked very hard to bring that feeling back.
  • Orion ~ Half Life 2 Total Modification 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.orion-project.net [Source type: General]

.It could be said in Half-Life that the player's bewilderment is meant to mirror Gordon's during the chaotic events following the resonance cascade and alien invasion.^ Hell, Half-Life 2 occurs after an alien invasion.
  • Half-Life - Television Tropes & Idioms 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

^ In the original Half-Life, the game’s hero, Dr. Gordon Freeman (controlled by the player), inadvertently causes a disastrous “resonance cascade” at the Black Mesa research facility that opens a portal to Earth from a strange alien world called Xen.
  • Half-Life 2 - Mark Sivak | ETC-Press (Beta) 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.etc.cmu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ While performing a test on a strange crystalline substance , Gordon accidentally initiates a ' resonance cascade ' — an event which causes bizarre, violent creatures to be spontaneously transported from another dimension.
  • Half-Life - Television Tropes & Idioms 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

.By the opening of Half-Life 2, however, Gordon has proven that he can survive in a strange and hostile environment, and should therefore be at least somewhat more level-headed and inquisitive.^ In the original Half-Life, the game’s hero, Dr. Gordon Freeman (controlled by the player), inadvertently causes a disastrous “resonance cascade” at the Black Mesa research facility that opens a portal to Earth from a strange alien world called Xen.
  • Half-Life 2 - Mark Sivak | ETC-Press (Beta) 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.etc.cmu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The crowbar is the first weapon that Gordon can use and it also has deep roots from the original Half-Life game.
  • Half-Life 2 - Mark Sivak | ETC-Press (Beta) 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.etc.cmu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Throughout half-life 2 Gordon Freeman will have no crappy one-liners unless you, the player, shouts them out while being immersed in the game.
  • Amazon.com: Half Life 2: Xbox: Video Games 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.amazon.com [Source type: General]

.In any case, it's not clear to what extent Gordon exists as a separate character outside of the player's influence.^ Because he follows the player throughout HL2 he gives the player a sense of unease like they are being watched or influenced by powers outside their control.
  • Half-Life 2 - Mark Sivak | ETC-Press (Beta) 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.etc.cmu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Since the start of Half-Life, Valve have made sure that the player's and Gordon's experience are one and the same.^ VALVe also remains utterly sure that Half-Life 2 will ship this summer.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ Half-Life 2 starts preloading tommorow!
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ Experience almost true half life graphic as a first person shooter.
  • Play Game at Tailedfox Games - Half-Life 2 Total Mayhem 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.tailedfox.com [Source type: General]

.Gordon may be nothing more than an empty vessel for someone else (i.e the player) to inhabit.^ Rarely can any pedigree for someone born in Ireland in the 19th century be compiled for more than one or two generations without reference to wills.

^ I have had no more from the outset than if she had been already dead,” said Gordon.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ Wish it was a little longer and that you could play more than one player.
  • Amazon.com: Half Life 2: Xbox: Video Games 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.amazon.com [Source type: General]

Many of the Vortigaunts' enigmatic comments seem to indicate this, the most prominent one being: "Far distant eyes look out through yours"
.Adding to the sense of confusion is the fact that while most of Gordon's former coworkers from Black Mesa have visibly aged in the interim, Gordon has (presumably) not; however, only a few passing references are ever made regarding this.^ Gordon seemed sunken in a gloomy apathy, from which he could rouse himself only for the most urgent necessities.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ Wallace Breen appears on screens throughout the Citadel and often talks about Black Mesa and the fact that Gordon is a physicist; this again is a play to the emotion of nostalgia.
  • Half-Life 2 - Mark Sivak | ETC-Press (Beta) 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.etc.cmu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The teleportation to Black Mesa East in-play cutscene in this chapter is one of the only times in the game when the player cannot move.
  • Half-Life 2 - Mark Sivak | ETC-Press (Beta) 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.etc.cmu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.(The game never specifies how many years have passed between Half-Life and Half-Life 2, but many players agree that it is likely close to 10 years.^ Here's how it went: "It should be close to a Goldsrc/Half-Life 1 game, if not better.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ Orion - History of the Game (10 years) .
  • Orion ~ Half Life 2 Total Modification 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.orion-project.net [Source type: General]

^ COME ON GORDON! Now time for the half life movie me thinks, but every single film based from a game, has sucked so far IMO __________________ .
  • Gordon Freeman needs your help! - Page 3 - techPowerUp! Forums 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC forums.techpowerup.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

) .Fans have speculated that Gordon has been kept in stasis during his absence, and this is reinforced by the presence of a strange "interdimensional tram ride" that Gordon finds himself on at the end of both Half-Life games.^ In the original Half-Life, the game’s hero, Dr. Gordon Freeman (controlled by the player), inadvertently causes a disastrous “resonance cascade” at the Black Mesa research facility that opens a portal to Earth from a strange alien world called Xen.
  • Half-Life 2 - Mark Sivak | ETC-Press (Beta) 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.etc.cmu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ HALF-LIFE sends a shock through the game industry with its combination of pounding action and continuous, immersive storytelling.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: General]

^ Because of this, Half-Life and its mods are collectively one of the most influential games of all time.
  • Half-Life - Television Tropes & Idioms 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

.Another cited explanation is that Gordon has been transferred using a "slow teleport", similar to the one discovered by the player at the end of the Nova Prospekt chapter.^ The more important mechanics for pace in this chapter have to do with making the gameplay different instead of difficult because at this point the player just wants to reach the end of the game.
  • Half-Life 2 - Mark Sivak | ETC-Press (Beta) 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.etc.cmu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ KB) Version 1.4 (06/12/07) - Apparantly forgot to mention one small thing at the end of chapter 5.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: General]

^ Because the player just had an encounter like this one at the end of the previous chapter, the orb and gravity gun mechanics are fresh in their mind and they need no teaching.
  • Half-Life 2 - Mark Sivak | ETC-Press (Beta) 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.etc.cmu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The ending of Half-Life 2 is also very similar to that of the original: after completing a difficult task against overwhelming odds, Gordon is "extracted" by the G-Man, wielding incredible but unexplained powers.^ Congratulations, you have completed Half-Life 2 !
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

^ Original Half-Life section moved and done with!
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ Gordon had to fight headcrabs and zombies in the original Half-Life.
  • Half-Life 2 - Mark Sivak | ETC-Press (Beta) 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.etc.cmu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

The player is smugly congratulated and told that further assignments should follow. .The fate of many of the major characters, such as Alyx, Eli, and Judith, is unexplained.^ Before the tutorial begins, the player is given some time to wander the facility and talk with various characters like Dr. Eli Vance and Dr. Judith Mossman.
  • Half-Life 2 - Mark Sivak | ETC-Press (Beta) 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.etc.cmu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Very few, if any, of the questions raised by Half-Life are answered, and several new ones are presented.^ They were also present in the original Half-Life.
  • Half-Life 2 - Mark Sivak | ETC-Press (Beta) 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.etc.cmu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ MSG series and Half-Life for one.
  • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 31 January 2010 12:55 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Incredible A.I. there is never a point in half-life 2 where the enemy A.I. (artificial intelligence) just stands in one place waiting for you to shoot it.
  • Amazon.com: Half Life 2: Xbox: Video Games 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.amazon.com [Source type: General]

.Some players have also complained that they expected more insight into the identity and nature of the G-Man.^ I am naturally a man who hates deception, and wishes above all things to lead a life with its windows open and shades up, but I have been forced into the very reverse.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ Physics puzzles are designed into almost all the other chapters in HL2 and are more frequent after the player gets the gravity gun.
  • Half-Life 2 - Mark Sivak | ETC-Press (Beta) 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.etc.cmu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ PCG says HL2 is more than they expected it to be.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

.(These complaints, of course, only prove that the game's designers have successfully garnered interest in the series' continuation, whether through further sequels, or expansion packs such as the announced Half-Life 2: Aftermath, which later became Half-Life 2: Episode One.^ Which of course won't happen in Half-Life 2."

^ Anyway, Half Life 2 is just SUCH a playable game.
  • Amazon.com: Half Life 2: Xbox: Video Games 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.amazon.com [Source type: General]

^ The Half-Life series contains examples of: .
  • Half-Life - Television Tropes & Idioms 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

)

Setting

.The general theme and setting of Half-Life 2 incorporates many distinctly Orwellian elements, along with at least several more concepts borrowed from other canonical works of dystopic or post-apocalyptic fiction.^ Could not get half life 2 working (and some others).
  • WineHQ - Half-Life 2 Retail (32-bit) 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC appdb.winehq.org [Source type: General]

^ Auto detection is also good for those who don’t have the patience to tweak the plethora of visual settings present within Half-Life 2.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ (For more information on the mod capabilities of HL2, check out the A Half-Life Beyond The Shelf panel).

.In what is now seen as characteristic style, these in-game details are left to the player to discover and consider, as opposed to being deliberately and overtly projected.^ Once the G-man finishes his speech about Gordon being “the right man at the wrong time” at the very beginning of the game, control is pushed to the player.
  • Half-Life 2 - Mark Sivak | ETC-Press (Beta) 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.etc.cmu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Throughout half-life 2 Gordon Freeman will have no crappy one-liners unless you, the player, shouts them out while being immersed in the game.
  • Amazon.com: Half Life 2: Xbox: Video Games 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.amazon.com [Source type: General]

^ The narrative has gotten exciting and now the pace may stay high for longer periods because the player will not get as fatigued as they would have earlier in the game.
  • Half-Life 2 - Mark Sivak | ETC-Press (Beta) 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.etc.cmu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

These include:
  • A rigid social hierarchy, protected and facilitated by a set of rules demanding conformity and obedience. .Interaction between various human, trans-human, Combine and Xen life-forms are strictly regulated, and disregard for these is perceived as a threat to stability and balance.
  • Widely-distributed state propaganda (such as the "evolution" posters seen at certain points in City 17) that encourages citizens, from a moral standpoint, to sacrifice personal ideals in favour of submission and assimilation, for what leaders believe to be a common and noble end.^ Neither are the citizens of City 17.
    • Half-Life - Television Tropes & Idioms 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

    ^ Wallace Breen, mysterious and evil leader of the humans collaborating with City 17's alien invaders, will be played by Robert Culp of I Spy fame.
    • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

    ^ The short speeches of the citizens in this chapter about memory erasure, reproductive suppression fields, and instinct vs. City 17 and about the Combine.
    • Half-Life 2 - Mark Sivak | ETC-Press (Beta) 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.etc.cmu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    Uniform clothing is adopted, people are herded into public hostels (usually with poor standards of living), and individualistic ideas (such as private ownership) are shunned. Citizens are encouraged to report 'anticivil' behaviour. The community is thus given priority over the person. .Where 'gentler' measures to push such changes are met with resistance, harsher coercive tactics are employed which range from routine raids and beatings to long-term incarceration (sometimes in political prisons such as Nova Prospekt) or execution, in complete ignorance of basic rights.
  • Apart from persuading the people to abandon introspection and independent thinking, the ruling party also takes measures to alter or eradicate certain physical and mental states, in order to make minds more malleable, by installing technology for that specific purpose.^ Somehow I don't think that this abandoned base is completely unused any more.
    • Gordon Stacy - Paragon Wiki 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC wiki.cohtitan.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ There are turrets, tripod mounted automatic guns, positioned all around Nova Prospekt and they are used as a way to control the path the player takes.
    • Half-Life 2 - Mark Sivak | ETC-Press (Beta) 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.etc.cmu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ You are responsible for any such state and local sales and use taxes, and any other taxes and government levies, if any, associated with your order.
    • Amazon.com: Half Life 2: Xbox: Video Games 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.amazon.com [Source type: General]

    .In Half-Life 2, it is reported that The Combine have been inserting chemicals into drinking-water that cause memory lapses.^ HALF-LIFE sends a shock through the game industry with its combination of pounding action and continuous, immersive storytelling.
    • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: General]

    ^ YouTube: Half Life 2 A Red Letter Day (Time: 9:27) Follow Alyx into the lab.
    • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Block Puzzle Bolivian Army Ending -If Gordon rejects the G-Man's offer at the end of Half-Life, he is teleported unarmed into a room full of alien grunts.
    • Half-Life - Television Tropes & Idioms 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

    Also, all movement is restricted via suppression-fields, barricades and gates requiring passcards. A halt is put to human procreation, the subject of a letter written to Dr. Breen by a "concerned citizen". The Overwatch system itself, a vast and seemingly self-aware communications network, is one of the primary methods of monitoring citizen activity.
  • A commonly-identifiable figurehead or chief acting as icon and representative of the system, backed by forces which choose to act in a secretive and under-handed manner where they see an advantage in it (this is most often associated with Orwell's Thought Police). The icon cannot be said to represent the true nature of the system, and is often a cover (compare with Orwell's Big Brother). These notions are re-inforced in the course of the game, at times when the player witnesses Dr. Breen's public broadcasts from television sets or larger PA systems, and also when Civil Protection units attempt to contain city populations or when Combine soldiers launch assaults on rebel outposts.
  • Deep-rooted fears about the unexplored world that lies outside of the state's domain. .These may be instilled in the people to induce a sense of attachment to the system, or they may be genuine fears brought about by the deterioration or complete destruction of the physical territories beyond the state's borders.^ The old control system didn't seem to bother too many people, and I believe that is based on the idea that people adapt quickly when they are interested.
    • HL2 - best game of the decade. - General Gaming - General Discussion - MMORPG.com Forums 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mmorpg.com [Source type: General]

    ^ The grandfathers and great-grandfathers of these people took their physic on draft, the children must do likewise.
    • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Let's show these people that they aren't untouchable.
    • Gordon Stacy - Paragon Wiki 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC wiki.cohtitan.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .It may be argued that both apply in Half-Life 2, with emphasis on the latter, since the regions of Earth outside of the renamed cities have become dangerous and uninhabitable (except for the rebel forces, who have little choice) following the Seven Hours War and its 'fallout'.
  • A lexicon or functional language employed by the state, and its various agencies and sub-departments (in some cases, also by the citizens themselves), that is somehow alien to or irreconcilable with natural human language (compare with Orwell's Newspeak).^ Wallace Breen, mysterious and evil leader of the humans collaborating with City 17's alien invaders, will be played by Robert Culp of I Spy fame.
    • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Auto detection is also good for those who don’t have the patience to tweak the plethora of visual settings present within Half-Life 2.
    • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

    ^ The alien race believes that it will lead them to some sort of transcendence, while the humans discover that it will destroy everything.
    • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 31 January 2010 12:55 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .This may be considered a specific example of the culture-change measures outlined previously.^ You understand that the Wii Console specifications and the Wii Network Service are constantly evolving and that we may update or change your Wii Console or the Wii Network Service in whole or in part, without notice to you.
    • Amazon.com: Half Life 2: Xbox: Video Games 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.amazon.com [Source type: General]

    .A general impression of the Combine's rigid, totalitarian approach to law-enforcement may be derived from the public addresses delivered by the Overwatch system, using standard Overwatch jargon.^ You may install and use the Software and Content on only one computer device at any time and in combination with only one navigation system.
    • Amazon.com: Half Life 2: Xbox: Video Games 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.amazon.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Calculation errors may occur when using navigation systems such as those caused by local environmental conditions and/or incomplete or incorrect data.
    • Amazon.com: Half Life 2: Xbox: Video Games 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.amazon.com [Source type: General]

    An example follows: Individual... you are convicted of multi anticivil violations. Implicit citizenship revoke. Status: malignant.

Gameplay

Enemies

.Many familiar enemies from Half-Life return in this game, such as the Headcrab, Barnacles, and Headcrab zombies, but the majority of the game is spent fighting the Combine, who wield large military forces against Gordon and the people of City 17. Also new to Half-Life 2 are Antlions, who act as both friend and foe during the game.^ Gordon had to fight headcrabs and zombies in the original Half-Life.
  • Half-Life 2 - Mark Sivak | ETC-Press (Beta) 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.etc.cmu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Using a grenade in a game like Half Life 2 is such a chore.
  • HL2 - best game of the decade. - General Gaming - General Discussion - MMORPG.com Forums 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mmorpg.com [Source type: General]

^ Anyway, Half Life 2 is just SUCH a playable game.
  • Amazon.com: Half Life 2: Xbox: Video Games 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.amazon.com [Source type: General]

Allies

.Although Gordon battles through much of Half-Life 2 alone, like Half-Life he is assisted in several places by friendly allies.^ COME ON GORDON! Now time for the half life movie me thinks, but every single film based from a game, has sucked so far IMO __________________ .
  • Gordon Freeman needs your help! - Page 3 - techPowerUp! Forums 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC forums.techpowerup.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Incredible A.I. there is never a point in half-life 2 where the enemy A.I. (artificial intelligence) just stands in one place waiting for you to shoot it.
  • Amazon.com: Half Life 2: Xbox: Video Games 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.amazon.com [Source type: General]

^ HALF-LIFE sends a shock through the game industry with its combination of pounding action and continuous, immersive storytelling.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: General]

For the most part these are human members of the Resistance, but Gordon is also helped by vortigaunts and (as noted above) Antlions. .At several key locations, Gordon also meets up with, and fights alongside, more signicant NPCs like Alyx Vance, Barney Calhoun and Alyx's robot, Dog.^ Gordon must infiltrate the Combine Citadel to save Eli and Alyx Vance.
  • Half-Life 2 - Mark Sivak | ETC-Press (Beta) 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.etc.cmu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ More narrative tension is built up over this chapter because Dog gets swept away in battle, Eli is captured, Barney needs to be rescued, and Alyx gets captured.
  • Half-Life 2 - Mark Sivak | ETC-Press (Beta) 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.etc.cmu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ This serves to make levels less like an arena and more like a realistic location.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

Weapons

.Many of the weapons featured in Half-Life 2 were carried over from Half-Life, which include the crowbar, shotgun, .357 Magnum revolver, and rocket launcher, although new ones are introduced, such as the Combine's Pulse Rifle, resistance built crossbow, and pheropods.^ Defeat them with the pulse rifle or shotgun.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

^ Defeat them with the shotgun or pulse rifle.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

^ The most favourite Half-Life weapon.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: General]

.The main weapon used is the Gravity Gun, which can pick up and throw objects and also hurt small enemies from its blast.^ Use the Gravity Gun to pull the Hoppers up, then drop them.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

^ Use the Gravity Gun to pull them.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

^ Pick up the cinderblock with the Gravity Gun .
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

Multiplayer

.When Half-Life 2 was released, its only multiplayer component was Counter-Strike: Source.^ As many of you know, Half Life 2 and Counter-Strike: Source are basically done.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ First Half-Life: Source screenshot!
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ Chuck Osborn: Counter-Strike Source is the multiplayer.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

.On November 30, 2004, Valve released the Half-Life 2 Deathmatch component (HL2DM) along with the full SDK as a free download to all Half-Life 2 owners.^ Half-Life 2's release date on September 1st, 2004.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ You will be able to download your game after choosing the free trial or purchasing the full version.
  • Amazon.com: Half Life 2: Xbox: Video Games 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.amazon.com [Source type: General]

^ Because of this, Half-Life and its mods are collectively one of the most influential games of all time.
  • Half-Life - Television Tropes & Idioms 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

.Half-Life 2: Deathmatch currently has seven "official" maps, some of which are based on areas from the single-player game: "dm_overwatch", "dm_lockdown", "dm_steamlab", "dm_underpass", "dm_powerhouse", "dm_resistance" and "dm_runoff". "Dm_overwatch" is based on the single-player chapter "Follow Freeman!", while "dm_lockdown" is based on the Nova Prospekt chapter.^ Here's how it went: "It should be close to a Goldsrc/Half-Life 1 game, if not better.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ COME ON GORDON! Now time for the half life movie me thinks, but every single film based from a game, has sucked so far IMO __________________ .
  • Gordon Freeman needs your help! - Page 3 - techPowerUp! Forums 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC forums.techpowerup.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ But the only issue is that VU Games(the publisher of Half-Life 2) is claiming that Half-Life 2 may miss the summer targeted release date and possibly even this christmas.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

."Dm_steamlab" is an original map loosely based on the Half-Life Deathmatch (HLDM) map "datacore", while "dm_runoff" was inspired by the popular HLDM map "dm_crossfire". Valve also ran a mapmaking contest within the community, announcing the winners in placement order as "dm_underpass", "dm_resistance", "dm_powerhouse" and "dm_avalon" as a honorable mention.^ They were also present in the original Half-Life.
  • Half-Life 2 - Mark Sivak | ETC-Press (Beta) 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.etc.cmu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Original Half-Life section moved and done with!
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ Half-Life 2 for the Xbox is the entire, award-winning, single player game tuned and optimized by Valve exclusively for Xbox.
  • Half Life 2 for Microsoft Xbox PAL (100% Brand New) - eBay Xbox, Microsoft, Games, Video Games. (end time 28-Jan-10 17:58:30 AEDST) 31 January 2010 12:55 UTC cgi.ebay.com.au [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The map "dm_steamlab" was released on February 17 2005, along with three new weapons: the Crowbar, the Stunstick and the S.L.A.M. The S.L.A.M. is a mine-like device, functioning in the same way as a proximity mine.^ The gravity gun has the same effect on the player as the crowbar in that while the player can use the gravity gun as a weapon it is usually not as effective as conventional weaponry.
  • Half-Life 2 - Mark Sivak | ETC-Press (Beta) 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.etc.cmu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.It can be attached to walls, where it emits a laser beam which when broken will detonate the mine.^ Laser Mines - See the red beams?
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: General]

.S.L.A.M. mines can also be thrown and detonated at will by the player using the secondary fire.^ As with many other mechanics the hopper mine is introduced to the player through use of an NPC and it then continues to follow the teaching cycle.
  • Half-Life 2 - Mark Sivak | ETC-Press (Beta) 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.etc.cmu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The mines can also be thrown at enemies using the gravity gun much like other explosive items.
  • Half-Life 2 - Mark Sivak | ETC-Press (Beta) 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.etc.cmu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The player can use the gravity gun to unearth hostile mines and plant them as friendly mines.
  • Half-Life 2 - Mark Sivak | ETC-Press (Beta) 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.etc.cmu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Both the Stunstick and Crowbar behave as they did in the single-player version of the game.^ Half-Life 2 for the Xbox is the entire, award-winning, single-player game tuned and optimized by Valve exclusively for Xbox.
  • Amazon.com: Half Life 2: Xbox: Video Games 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.amazon.com [Source type: General]

^ In order to take stock, they created a single level containing every gimmick, enemy, or bit of level furniture they had come up for the game so far.
  • Half-Life - Television Tropes & Idioms 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

^ That sums up the single player aspect of the games nicely.
  • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 31 January 2010 12:55 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The goal of Deathmatch is for the player to kill as many other players as possible, using a variety of means.^ Once the player receives the bugbait they are given an in-play cutscene and tutorial on its use like many of the other mechanics in HL2.
  • Half-Life 2 - Mark Sivak | ETC-Press (Beta) 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.etc.cmu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ In that chapter the teaching cycle is used to show the player how to kill the snipers (throwing an explosive in their hide).
  • Half-Life 2 - Mark Sivak | ETC-Press (Beta) 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.etc.cmu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ As with many other mechanics the hopper mine is introduced to the player through use of an NPC and it then continues to follow the teaching cycle.
  • Half-Life 2 - Mark Sivak | ETC-Press (Beta) 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.etc.cmu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The player spawns with a gravity gun, pistol, sub-machine gun and grenades.^ After simple jumps which correspond to the teaching phase the player is forced to use the gravity gun to move objects for a testing phase of the mechanic.
  • Half-Life 2 - Mark Sivak | ETC-Press (Beta) 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.etc.cmu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Flame Thrower / Sub-Machine Gun / CV-10 Pistol ( silenced ).
  • Orion ~ Half Life 2 Total Modification 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.orion-project.net [Source type: General]

^ Add to this his assault rifle, sub-machine gun and other quick-repeating weapons, the Assault class is best described as death from above.
  • Orion ~ Half Life 2 Total Modification 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.orion-project.net [Source type: General]

.All weapons aside from the pheropods (also known as bugbait) are available to be collected around the maps.^ Everyone has a jetpack by default and weapons are scattered around the map in a retro-deathmatch style.
  • Orion ~ Half Life 2 Total Modification 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.orion-project.net [Source type: General]

^ There will be weapon pick-ups located all over the map as well as Power-Ups.
  • Orion ~ Half Life 2 Total Modification 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.orion-project.net [Source type: General]

Players can be killed by gunfire, explosions, or through contact with physics objects travelling at high speeds.
.Some players have expressed disappointment in HL2DM, specifically concerning the gravity gun.^ After simple jumps which correspond to the teaching phase the player is forced to use the gravity gun to move objects for a testing phase of the mechanic.
  • Half-Life 2 - Mark Sivak | ETC-Press (Beta) 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.etc.cmu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The various locales that Gordon must traverse throughout HL2 are littered with items that can be manipulated by the player using either the Gravity Gun or the use button.
  • Half-Life 2 - Mark Sivak | ETC-Press (Beta) 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.etc.cmu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Physics puzzles are designed into almost all the other chapters in HL2 and are more frequent after the player gets the gravity gun.
  • Half-Life 2 - Mark Sivak | ETC-Press (Beta) 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.etc.cmu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The seven official maps for HL2DM are filled with objects which can be carried by the gravity gun, leading to their near-exclusive use.^ Use the Gravity Gun to pull them.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

^ Use the Gravity Gun to get rid of it.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

^ Use the Gravity Gun to blast it over the edge.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

.This is compounded by the damage these items can deal on contact with players, which is arguably far greater than any other conventional weapon.^ If you stuck on a rooftop with no items to pickup and are being chased by enemies, just run from them...You can pull out other weapons but you just can't hit the Right Trigger.
  • The Sorted Achievement Guide for Half-Life 2 - Xbox360Achievements.org 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.xbox360achievements.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The gates in this chapter are more obvious than other chapters because they force the player off the airboat and into conventional combat situations.
  • Half-Life 2 - Mark Sivak | ETC-Press (Beta) 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.etc.cmu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ We wanted the players to experience how the weapons handle, what they feel like when shot, how the player is allowed to move, how the jetpack feels, how far can you get with it, how much damage do the weapons do, etc.
  • Orion ~ Half Life 2 Total Modification 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.orion-project.net [Source type: General]

.Instead of being deathmatch, some players argue, HL2DM is an exercise in "lifting and chucking."^ So if you are across the map from a player model in Patch 2.0, instead of being 5,000 polys that player model will be 500 polys!
  • Orion ~ Half Life 2 Total Modification 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.orion-project.net [Source type: General]

.The counter to the incredible power of the Gravity Gun is the relatively slow speed of its projectiles; indeed, the argument is not dissimilar to abuse hurled at players who camp with sniper rifles or RPG's.^ TIP: You can try to take out the sniper with an RPG if you have health and suit power to spare.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

^ Because the Citadel is a Combine stronghold the large number of Overwatch troops makes sense in the narrative and gives the player a sense of how powerful they and the gravity gun have become.
  • Half-Life 2 - Mark Sivak | ETC-Press (Beta) 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.etc.cmu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ After simple jumps which correspond to the teaching phase the player is forced to use the gravity gun to move objects for a testing phase of the mechanic.
  • Half-Life 2 - Mark Sivak | ETC-Press (Beta) 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.etc.cmu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

It is common for a player to immediately blame some factor beyond his or her control for a defeat.
Building barricades is another deathmatch strategy that has proved controversial. .By using the Gravity Gun to place large amounts of objects in chokepoints (such as stairs or tunnels) leading to strategically important locations, the player defending the barricade is given a huge advantage over his opponents.^ Use the Gravity Gun to pull them.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

^ Use the Gravity Gun to get rid of it.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

^ Use the Gravity Gun to blast it over the edge.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

.Dealing with the barricades themselves is simple enough, but the distraction they provide is enough to render a player highly vulnerable against opponents.^ The player should still be able to stick that guy from the hill provided they aim slightly above the target.
  • The Sorted Achievement Guide for Half-Life 2 - Xbox360Achievements.org 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.xbox360achievements.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The barnacle mechanic is simple but because they are indiscriminate in what they eat, they can be used to eat other foes, explosive barrels, or used by the player to reach higher areas.
  • Half-Life 2 - Mark Sivak | ETC-Press (Beta) 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.etc.cmu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The player was shown the mechanics of these enemies while they were hostile so they do not need to be instructed on how to use them against the Combine.
  • Half-Life 2 - Mark Sivak | ETC-Press (Beta) 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.etc.cmu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

For example, the most popular camping spot in "dm_overwatch" is near the actual overwatch, a Combine lookout post. .This spot is easy to defend since players can block the only way leading to the overwatch with objects.^ Since the player was only told in the last chapter that they need to make their way to Black Mesa East the player needs to be updated on their objectives so that they do not get confused or frustrated with their progress.
  • Half-Life 2 - Mark Sivak | ETC-Press (Beta) 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.etc.cmu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

This results in a stalemate in the favour of the camper, who can indefinitely "camp" the overwatch using a RPG that is conveniently placed nearby.

Cuts

.A recent book called Half-Life 2: Raising the Bar revealed that the Nova Prospekt chapter was originally much longer, but was subsequently cut down to just one scene.^ Original Half-Life section moved and done with!
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ They were also present in the original Half-Life.
  • Half-Life 2 - Mark Sivak | ETC-Press (Beta) 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.etc.cmu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ One handed Half life?
  • TechEBlog » Using the Wiimote to Play Half Life: 2 on Laptop 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.techeblog.com [Source type: General]

Many hints and conversations that answered several questions players have asked were also cut. Raising the Bar shows scripts of these scenes, screenshots, and even fully rendered models, indicating the section was cut late in development. .Parts of it survive as glimpsed scenes during the last section of the released game.^ These new games will be included as part of the regular subscription fee as soon as they are released.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ We'll do the last of the small touch ups and modifications to the game during this week and we'll release it to the public on the following Friday, December 11th, 2009.
  • Orion ~ Half Life 2 Total Modification 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.orion-project.net [Source type: General]

^ These new games will be included as part of the regular monthly fee as soon as they are released.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

.Promotional shots and gameplay videos released before the game became available showed parts of these scenes, and also showed enemies which do not appear anywhere in the final game, such as a hydra-like enemy.^ Graphics - Source's shader-based renderer, like the one used at Pixar to create movies such as Toy Story and Monster's, Inc., creates the most beautiful and realistic environments ever seen in a video game.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: General]

^ Experience in mapping (or playing, with an eye for gameplay balance) retro FPS games such as Tribes or Unreal Tournament is a plus.
  • Orion ~ Half Life 2 Total Modification 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.orion-project.net [Source type: General]

^ It is people like you, on sites like these, dealing in pirated games, stealing keys, and forcing us to fight this terrible crime as best we can, WHO ARE TO BLAME! .
  • Half Life 2 Steam Installation Too Slow! — Video Games 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC video-games.elliottback.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The hydra was apparently cut because its AI proved troublesome: it looked great when attacking NPCs, but it was not felt to be a convincing enemy for the player.^ I haven't opened my copy of the game yet, just because I wanted to find something like this - looks great!
  • The Sorted Achievement Guide for Half-Life 2 - Xbox360Achievements.org 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.xbox360achievements.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Because enemies make unique sounds the player knows that what enemies are lurking near them.
  • Half-Life 2 - Mark Sivak | ETC-Press (Beta) 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.etc.cmu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.It remains unknown if the cut Half-Life 2 scenes will eventually be completed and released, or if they are lost forever.^ Congratulations, you have completed Half-Life 2 !
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

^ They were also present in the original Half-Life.
  • Half-Life 2 - Mark Sivak | ETC-Press (Beta) 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.etc.cmu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ I can’t wait to obtain some free Half-Life 2 and maybe Portal once you release it, only to be cracked.
  • Half Life 2 Steam Installation Too Slow! — Video Games 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC video-games.elliottback.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.A removed section of the original Half-Life was eventually released as the Half-Life: Uplink demo; it is possible that removed sections of the sequel will be seen in an expansion pack such as Half-Life 2: Episode One.^ Original Half-Life section moved and done with!
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ Original Half-Life characters and allies sections are up!
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ Original Half-Life weapons section is up!
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

Game engine

.For Half-Life 2 Valve developed a new game engine called Source, which handles the game's visual, audio, and AI elements.^ First Half-Life: Source screenshot!
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ This will feature many new elements to the game.
  • Orion ~ Half Life 2 Total Modification 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.orion-project.net [Source type: General]

^ TTS Oetzel & Goerz GmbH - Terms and Conditions Valve, the Valve logo, Half-Life, the Half-Life logo, the Lambda logo, Steam, the Steam logo, Day of Defeat, the Day of Defeat logo, Counter-Strike, the Counter-Strike logo, Source, the Source logo, and Counter-Strike: Condition Zero are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Valve Corporation.
  • HLstatsX - Realtime Player Statistics for Half-Life 1 and Half-Life 2! - Global Ranking 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.hlstatsx.com [Source type: General]

.Additionally, when coupled with Steam, the engine can be easily upgraded to include many new graphical technologies.^ The intense, real-time gameplay of Half-Life 2 is made possible only by Source, Valve’s new proprietary engine technology.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ We of course made use of the Source engines new technologies and upgraded poly count limits and completely re-did the weapons.
  • Orion ~ Half Life 2 Total Modification 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.orion-project.net [Source type: General]

.One such example is high dynamic range imaging, and Valve released a Half-Life 2 level called "Lost Coast."^ Gamespot reports that Valve has released "Half Life 2: Lost Coast" on their Steam client.
  • Half Life 2 Steam Installation Too Slow! — Video Games 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC video-games.elliottback.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Incredible A.I. there is never a point in half-life 2 where the enemy A.I. (artificial intelligence) just stands in one place waiting for you to shoot it.
  • Amazon.com: Half Life 2: Xbox: Video Games 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.amazon.com [Source type: General]

^ Half-Life 2 for the Xbox is the entire, award-winning, single player game tuned and optimized by Valve exclusively for Xbox.
  • Half Life 2 for Microsoft Xbox PAL (100% Brand New) - eBay Xbox, Microsoft, Games, Video Games. (end time 28-Jan-10 17:58:30 AEDST) 31 January 2010 12:55 UTC cgi.ebay.com.au [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Lost Coast is free with a purchase of any Source Game.^ You will be able to download your game after choosing the free trial or purchasing the full version.
  • Amazon.com: Half Life 2: Xbox: Video Games 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.amazon.com [Source type: General]

.The purpose of Lost Coast was to show off the Source engine's new HDR(High Dynamic Range) functions.^ The intense, real-time gameplay of Half-Life 2 is made possible only by Source, Valve’s new proprietary engine technology.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ There's an exclusive and new released Counter-Strike Source Engine video on Fileplanet also added to the videos section of this site.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ New Counter-Strike Source Engine screenshots, a new Doug Lombardi Interview, and a new poll!
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

Steam content delivery system

.Integral to Half-Life 2 is the Steam content delivery system developed by Valve Software.^ Reply pissedASfuck says: March 19, 2007 at 4:31 am **** STEAM and **** GODDAMN VALVE. In a world where I can illegally download anything I want – I went to my retail store and LEGALLY purchased my copy of Half Life 2.
  • Half Life 2 Steam Installation Too Slow! — Video Games 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC video-games.elliottback.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ A gate is an environmental entity which is defined by the Valve developers in the developer commentary of Half-Life 2: Lost Coast h (Lost Coast).h1 There are three different kinds of gates used in HL2: soft, hard, and story.
  • Half-Life 2 - Mark Sivak | ETC-Press (Beta) 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.etc.cmu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ You may install and use the Software and Content on only one computer device at any time and in combination with only one navigation system.
  • Amazon.com: Half Life 2: Xbox: Video Games 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.amazon.com [Source type: General]

.This allows customers to purchase games (or any other software) straight from the developer and have it downloaded directly to their computer.^ You are downloading the best game ever developed.
  • Half Life 2 Steam Installation Too Slow! — Video Games 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC video-games.elliottback.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ You will be able to download your game after purchase.
  • Amazon.com: Half Life 2: Xbox: Video Games 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.amazon.com [Source type: General]

^ You will be able to download your game after choosing the free trial or purchasing the full version.
  • Amazon.com: Half Life 2: Xbox: Video Games 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.amazon.com [Source type: General]

.This system also allows "micro updates" to games - games are continually updated and only the most recent version is allowed to be run.^ Source provides major enhancements in: Characters - Advanced facial animation system delivers the most sophisticated in-game characters ever seen.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: General]

^ The new game will let you do this, if you so choose, and it will feature scalable graphics options that should even allow it to be played on lower-end systems.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ Valve licensed cyber cafe operators also receive the benefits of Steam, an online network that insures licensed cybercafe operators have the most up to date versions of Valve games for their customers.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

.This makes it much harder to hack the game to introduce cheats or to play online with a free unauthorized copy.^ In hopes of not completely ruining the game for any readers that have not played HL2, I intentionally left story out as much as possible, but I also left it out because the story of HL2 is nothing special.
  • Half-Life 2 - Mark Sivak | ETC-Press (Beta) 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.etc.cmu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Combat chapters make up the rest of the game, as the name implies the majority of the time spent playing these chapters is in combat.
  • Half-Life 2 - Mark Sivak | ETC-Press (Beta) 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.etc.cmu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ And you wonder why people like me hack your ******* games and give them away to everyone for free.
  • Half Life 2 Steam Installation Too Slow! — Video Games 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC video-games.elliottback.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.All users playing the single player game must also have an account on the Steam servers to do so.^ You can even play the single player game with two people.
  • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 31 January 2010 12:55 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Half-Life 2 for the Xbox is the entire, award-winning, single player game tuned and optimized by Valve exclusively for Xbox.
  • Half Life 2 for Microsoft Xbox PAL (100% Brand New) - eBay Xbox, Microsoft, Games, Video Games. (end time 28-Jan-10 17:58:30 AEDST) 31 January 2010 12:55 UTC cgi.ebay.com.au [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ We'll all be abducted by Steam one way or another, or forget playing Half-Life.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

.Steam can also be used for finding and playing multiplayer games and features an integrated server browser and friends list.^ I dont see any servers in the Find Servers browser?
  • Orion ~ Half Life 2 Total Modification 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.orion-project.net [Source type: General]

^ As for the multiplayer aspect of Halo, I agree -- it is probably the most commonly used part of the game.
  • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 31 January 2010 12:55 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ You can find alot of weapons already being used in game here as well as get a preview of what's to come!
  • Orion ~ Half Life 2 Total Modification 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.orion-project.net [Source type: General]

.Users have had numerous problems with Steam, to the extent that the content delivery and multiplayer system is a well-marked part of the game, and is in some cases enough to prevent a reviewer from recommending the game.^ We are attempting to include two new DM levels as well as making reincarnations of some current levels for the Deathmatch and Team-Deathmatch game modes.
  • Orion ~ Half Life 2 Total Modification 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.orion-project.net [Source type: General]

^ As for the multiplayer aspect of Halo, I agree -- it is probably the most commonly used part of the game.
  • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 31 January 2010 12:55 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The Stanbridge paper had arrived the night before, and the minister had been good enough to impart some of its contents to the curious throng in the store.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

In other cases review scores have been lowered. Long download times and unnecessary updates and verification checks are criticisms levelled by critics of the system.
.A 1 GB portion of Half-Life 2 became available for pre-load through Steam on August 26, 2004. This meant that customers could begin to download encrypted game files to their computer before the game was released.^ No purchase is required to pre-load Half-Life 2, but is required to activate the game.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ This will allow users to download the Half-Life 2 maps in encrypted form.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ Half-Life 2 Pre-loading Phase 6 begins by Wester .
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

.When the game was released in the shops, customers were able to pay for the game through Steam, unlock the files on their hard drives and play the game immediately, without having to wait for the whole game to download.^ Others believe that release is imminent because Valve is happy for the game software to be downloaded.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ We pay for these games, some up to $50 and still the download speeds are crazy slow.
  • Half Life 2 Steam Installation Too Slow! — Video Games 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC video-games.elliottback.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Enter your code through the PlayStation Store on the PlayStation 3 and start downloading your game.
  • Amazon.com: Half Life 2: Xbox: Video Games 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.amazon.com [Source type: General]

.The pre-load period lasted for several weeks, with several subsequent portions of the game being made available, to ensure all customers had a chance to download the content before the game was released.^ Halo related content and Incoming Source not really being a game of it's own.
  • Orion ~ Half Life 2 Total Modification 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.orion-project.net [Source type: General]

^ Others believe that release is imminent because Valve is happy for the game software to be downloaded.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ We want to let you know the patch IS heavily under way, the server crash HAS been fixed as of yesterday and we are doing last minute map fixes and game tweaks before we release.
  • Orion ~ Half Life 2 Total Modification 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.orion-project.net [Source type: General]

Controversies and criticisms

.Half-Life 2 has been the subject of many problems and controversies since it was developed and subsiquently released.^ Half-Life 2 takes place several years after the events of the original game but the two games share many gameplay and narrative elements.
  • Half-Life 2 - Mark Sivak | ETC-Press (Beta) 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.etc.cmu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ I can’t wait to obtain some free Half-Life 2 and maybe Portal once you release it, only to be cracked.
  • Half Life 2 Steam Installation Too Slow! — Video Games 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC video-games.elliottback.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The new poll is titled: "When do you think Half-Life 3 will be released?".
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

A short list highlighting some of them is listed below.

Pre-Release

.
  • A source code leak from Valve's internal network in early September 2003, through the exploitation of bugs in Microsoft Outlook.^ Guardian Unlimited have an article up regarding how the hack on VALVe 's theft was performed, investgation onto the source code, and detail on the arrest.
    • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Here's the details: Online Community Tracks Down Hackers : June, 10 2004 - Arrests have been made in several countries related to the break-in to Valve's network, theft of the Half-Life 2 source code, and release of the source code on the Internet.
    • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

    Several people were subsequently arrested in June 2004, in suspicion of involvement in the source code leak.
  • A Beta leak at roughly the same time as the source code leak, which revealed the unfinished game to a number of users in the Internet, and was also the origin of the "physgun" weapon - a tool which could be used to interact with the physics objects in the game, such as ragdolls, as well as to weld them together.
  • A going gold hoax, which was announced using a stolen account of a Valve employee, on August 27, 2004.
  • A legal battle between Vivendi Universal Games (VUG) and Valve Software over the distribution of Half-Life 2 to cyber cafes, which was revealed to the public on September 20, 2004. The two parties eventually announced a settlement agreement on April 29, 2005, stating that:
    • The authority of distributing cyber cafe licenses are to be handed over to Valve from VUG (and Sierra), and licenses granted by VUG and Sierra to cyber cafes prior to the agreement are revoked.
    • VUG would cease distributing all retail packaged versions of Valve games by August 31, 2005.

Post-Release

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  • The requirement for all legitimate Half-Life 2 users to create an account on Steam.^ Crowbar Ammo: N/A Hotkey: 1 Description: This is the famous Half-Life weapon, although you won't use it all that much.
    • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: General]

    ^ We'll all be abducted by Steam one way or another, or forget playing Half-Life.
    • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

    ^ This will allow users to download the majority of the models of Half-Life 2 in encrypted form.
    • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

    This meant that anyone without internet access is effectively barred from registering and playing the game. .Although a majority of players will have internet access, it still affects a significant number of prospective consumers (However, a cracked version of the game which did not require Steam or a CD appeared on the Internet on the same day of the game's release).^ The SDK will be released the same time the game is released.
    • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Such updates may be required for you to play new Wii games or continue to access the Wii Network Service.
    • Amazon.com: Half Life 2: Xbox: Video Games 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.amazon.com [Source type: General]

    ^ If you do not have Internet access, you may contact our customer-service department, and we will mail you a current version of this agreement, free of charge.
    • Amazon.com: Half Life 2: Xbox: Video Games 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.amazon.com [Source type: General]

    .Also reported by some users is the hours-long wait to create an account in Steam (which normally takes only seconds).
  • Shortly after the release of Half-Life 2 on November 16, 2004, many who had purchased the game through conventional retail channels or through Steam, initially found themselves unable to play the game they had bought, as the Steam authorization servers were unable to smoothly process the high load.
  • The "No Counter-Strike" install error, which produces an error approximately 80% of the way into the installation procedure if a user does not wish to install Counter-Strike: Source.^ He waited, but only for a second.
    • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Half Life 2 does a great job on that, no complaints here.
    • HL2 - best game of the decade. - General Gaming - General Discussion - MMORPG.com Forums 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mmorpg.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Does this work for the first Half Life 2 game list???
    • The Sorted Achievement Guide for Half-Life 2 - Xbox360Achievements.org 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.xbox360achievements.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .Note that Counter-Strike: Source can be removed after installing Half-Life 2 with Counter-Strike: Source, and the problem was not encountered by all users (although it is still commonplace).
  • Reports of auto-save crashes and audio stuttering from some users.^ As many of you know, Half Life 2 and Counter-Strike: Source are basically done.
    • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

    ^ First Half-Life: Source screenshot!
    • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Auto detection is also good for those who don’t have the patience to tweak the plethora of visual settings present within Half-Life 2.
    • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

    .Patches have been released to address these problems.
  • An update released on November 30, 2004, which inadvertently prevented scores of customers from launching the game.^ IRC RELEASE LAUNCH PARTY: Server information: Server: irc.gamesurce.net Channel: #orion-project PATCH 1.0 CHANGELOG: .
    • Orion ~ Half Life 2 Total Modification 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.orion-project.net [Source type: General]

    ^ These new games will be included as part of the regular subscription fee as soon as they are released.
    • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

    ^ November 1st, 2004 HL2 release date?
    • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

    A minor update was quickly launched to resolve the issue. .The update added the multiplayer Half-Life 2: Deathmatch (HL2DM), which had been noticeably absent from the original release.
  • Valve has also released a Steam update on December 10, 2004 that solved a "disc in drive incompatibility error" by removing the Securom disc check routine.^ Original Half-Life section moved and done with!
    • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

    ^ I am checking out Half Life 2 over Steam, and the installation is too slow!
    • Half Life 2 Steam Installation Too Slow! — Video Games 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC video-games.elliottback.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Half-Life 2's release date on September 1st, 2004.
    • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

    .This change also allowed users to play the game without the game CD or DVD in their drives.
  • The alleged effect of motion sickness during game play, suspected to be caused by the game's narrower field of view.^ I BOUGHT the game on a dvd rom so why not just play it from the dvd rom like every other fukcing game Eh??
    • Half Life 2 Steam Installation Too Slow! — Video Games 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC video-games.elliottback.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Where’s the convenience of waiting a week to play a game when you can drive to the local game store in a fraction of the time.
    • Half Life 2 Steam Installation Too Slow! — Video Games 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC video-games.elliottback.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Certainly Halo has it's place amongst top games in the FPS genre, and certainly many games made use of the features and ideas it brought to the playing field...
    • HL2 - best game of the decade. - General Gaming - General Discussion - MMORPG.com Forums 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mmorpg.com [Source type: General]

    .Valve's Bill Van Buren responded by concluding that no motion sickness was found during testing of Half-Life 2 (and its Source counterparts), but acknowledged that motion sickness during game play had happened during earlier development of the game, when "driving the buggy and the airboat...^ First Half-Life: Source screenshot!
    • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

    ^ When we look at the amount of impact a game like Halo had when compared to Half Life 2 both culturally and in the genre, its clear that Halo has done more for the genre than Half Life 2 did, not that I'm suggesting that Halo should be game of the decade, I just used it as an example because it also happens to be an FPS. If Half Life 2 is an old school and plays it safe, that's fine.
    • HL2 - best game of the decade. - General Gaming - General Discussion - MMORPG.com Forums 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mmorpg.com [Source type: General]

    ^ HALF-LIFE sends a shock through the game industry with its combination of pounding action and continuous, immersive storytelling.
    • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: General]

    especially the airboat". However, he added that "some people still do experience some motion sickness effects from long stretches in the vehicles". Others attribute the motion sickness to the default refresh rate setting of 60Hz.

Mods and expansions

.There are several mods developed by Half-Life 2 mod teams.^ Incredible A.I. there is never a point in half-life 2 where the enemy A.I. (artificial intelligence) just stands in one place waiting for you to shoot it.
  • Amazon.com: Half Life 2: Xbox: Video Games 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.amazon.com [Source type: General]

^ Once this is done, everyone will need to use Steam to play Half-Life and its mods/related games.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ Computer Games Online had an interview with Doug Lombardi covering a wide variety of topics including the Half-Life 2 SDK, Team Fortress 2 and etc.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

.These include partial conversions which allow players to manipulate the physics engine or control Striders; mods which expand the story from different points of view; total conversions which introduce completely new settings; and multi-player mods.^ Total List Price: $59.97 Price For All Three: $47.91 These items are shipped from and sold by different sellers.
  • Amazon.com: Half Life 2: Xbox: Video Games 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.amazon.com [Source type: General]

^ New Game-Mode (Vital) This content update will introduce the first prototype of our completely custom and unique game mode called Vital.
  • Orion ~ Half Life 2 Total Modification 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.orion-project.net [Source type: General]

^ The Dawn of a New War Orion is a total conversion utilizing Valve Softwares Orange Box engine.
  • Orion ~ Half Life 2 Total Modification 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC www.orion-project.net [Source type: General]

.Several mods are listed in the article Half-Life 2 mods.^ IGN have up an article covering all the smash summer game hits....including Half-Life 2.
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ BTW the new poll is named: "Are you going to mod with Half-Life 2 once it comes out?".
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ Here's an interesting snippet of the interview : Computer Games Romania: "Do you expect Half-Life 2 to start a new era of modding?"
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

Half-Life 2: Episode 1

.Half-Life 2: Episode 1, formerly known as "Aftermath" is the first official expansion pack for Half-Life 2.^ First Half-Life: Source screenshot!
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ They used to be slaves that attacked you in the first Half-Life, but they are friendly now.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: General]

^ The 2nd movie follows the 2nd game, the third film would take follow all the "Aftermath" expansions, which valve has already said it "half-life 3" .
  • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 31 January 2010 12:55 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.It picks up right at the end of "Half-life 2",with the core of the citadel at near collapse.^ Half-Life Story page is up!
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ Try and pick up speed near the end.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

^ Half-Life 3 info section is up!
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

.The vortigaunts show up to rescue Alyx, and pull you from the Gman's grasp.^ You'll end up in a room with a Vortigaunt.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: General]

^ Just follow her, and you'll both end up in a room, where Alyx will find her father.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: General]

^ Alyx is pissed, and will tell you to hurry up.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: General]

.However, it appears that they do not get you far enough, and you wake up in a pile of rubble, being woken up by Dog.^ When you enter, a Dropship will appear, and Dog will take care of it.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: General]

^ I think you will like them both, and I think they will like you, though I'll be hanged if I have grasped anything of you so far but your medicine-case and your voice.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ I think they should make another one, however, to make up for Deus Ex 2.
  • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 31 January 2010 12:55 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The rest of the game revolves around you and Alyx escaping the city.^ Loading* In the next room (open the door yourself, Alyx will follow YOU now, not the way around), the lights will go out, and Combines will attack.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 2 February 2010 7:58 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: General]

^ And 'games that make you feel like you're in a movie' have been around since even the Commodore 64 (Defender of the Crown', etc).
  • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 31 January 2010 12:55 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ When all your other weapons get destroyed, you are left with only this for the rest of the game.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

.Eventually, you and Alyx make it out on a train, but just after leaving the city limits, the citadel explodes with a blinding light, followed by the credits.^ When you get out of the tunnels of Ravenholm, you will come to train tracks guarded by snipers.
  • The Sorted Achievement Guide for Half-Life 2 - Xbox360Achievements.org 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.xbox360achievements.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Aaron, you just tie that tail on again, and fasten it up so as to keep it out of the mud.” .
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

^ Also note that two more Black Headcrabs will drop down in front of you just before you leave.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

Half-Life 2: Episode 2

."Half-Life 2: Episode 2" picks up at the end of Episode 1, in the wreckage of the train.^ Half-Life Story page is up!
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ Half-Life 3 info section is up!
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

^ Original Half-Life characters and allies sections are up!
  • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

.You and Alyx escape the wreckage just before a portal storm collapses the bridge and smashs what was left of the train.^ Just before you cross the bridge to that farm with many foes, there is a big car pile up.
  • The Sorted Achievement Guide for Half-Life 2 - Xbox360Achievements.org 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.xbox360achievements.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Also note that two more Black Headcrabs will drop down in front of you just before you leave.
  • Half-Life 2 Walkthrough 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

^ Just before I saw Doctor Elliot the New York train passed.
  • "Doc." Gordon 2 February 2010 14:49 UTC home.comcast.net [Source type: Original source]

Half-Life 2: Episode 3

Half-Life 2: Episode 3 is an upcoming addition to the series, which is further away from City 17.

See also

External links

.
  • Official Half-Life 2 website
  • Steam homepage
  • Half-Life 2 demo (1CD)
  • MobyGames' entry on Half Life 2
  • sourceWiki - For Half-Life 2 mod developers
  • Half-Life 2 Wiki.^ Over at the Steam Powered Website , in their news area , pre-loading to the Cyber Café has officially been confirmed and has now begun.
    • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

    ^ We'll all be abducted by Steam one way or another, or forget playing Half-Life.
    • Half-Life Portal - an extensive Half-Life fansite - News Archive #2 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC www.halflifeportal.com [Source type: General]

    ^ I bought Half Life 2 the other day, and looked forward to blasting through the Lost Coast HDR demo, but I enountered some problems.
    • Half Life 2 Steam Installation Too Slow! — Video Games 14 January 2010 7:20 UTC video-games.elliottback.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    A complete knowledge base and tutorial dump for Half-Life 2.
  • interlopers.net A site that collects on tutorials for Hammer mapping as well as Texturing and other Source SDK related content.
  • Halflife2.Net - Largest Half-Life 2 Community
  • HLFallout - A popular Half-Life 2 fansite
  • A HL2 storyline speculation by fans, dubbed "Grand Unified HL2 Theory"
  • Half-Life Saga Story Guide - A speculative timeline of the Half Life games' plot as a whole.
  • The Final Hours of Half-Life 2 - Gamespot's pre-release story
  • Pidgeon's guide - A guide for fun console commands that can be used in Half-Life 2.
  • 17's Buddies - More than 10000 maps to download for HL, HL² and Mods.
  • Players-Factory - Maps and Mods for Half-Life 2 and HL2E1/HL2E2

Half-Life series
Half-Life | Opposing Force | Blue Shift | Decay
Half-Life 2 | Deathmatch | The Lost Coast
Half-Life 2: Episode One | Episode Two | Episode Three
Compilations
The Orange Box
Related Games
Portal | Team Fortress Classic | Team Fortress 2
Miscellaneous
Half-Life Fact File

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Simple English

Half-Life 2 is a first person shooter video game created by the company Valve and released in 2004. This game is the sequel to the original Half-Life video game which came out in 1998. It is sold through the "Steam" sales system also developed by Valve. (Steam is a gaming platform where all games made by Valve can be played.) It is also available in The Orange Box, along with Half-Life 2: Episode One and Half-Life 2: Episode Two (sequels to Half-Life 2), Portal, and Team Fortress 2.Half-Life 2: Episode 3 is currently in development. Half Life 2 is based on a game engine called Source. There have been many other Source-based games, such as Portal, Team Fortress 2, and Counter-Strike: Source.

Half-Life was a very popular video game, and Half-Life 2 was also very popular. Many reviewers believe Half-Life 2 is better than Half-Life and one of the best games ever made. It took six years to create Half-Life 2 (from 1998 to 2004). It was supposed to be released in 2003, but it was not ready. Many fans were very angry and said Valve lied to them. However, it did release the next year (2004). It had much better graphics than Half-Life. It also had more complicated non-player characters and more of a story.

In Half-Life 2, the player is Gordon Freeman (the same character as in Half-Life). It begins about 10 or 20 years after Half-Life. The Combine, a group of evil aliens, took over Earth and made humans their slaves. Gordon Freeman wakes up on a train in a place named City 17. He finds the resistance, some humans who fight the Combine. In the game, he must help them and fight with them. The game ends with Gordon Freeman stopping Doctor Breen, the evil human who is helping the Combine.

There are many important characters in this game other than Gordon Freeman. Some are Eli Vance, who worked at Black Mesa with Gordon Freeman before the Combine came. He is part of the resistance. Alyx Vance is Eli's daughter. She travels with Gordon in part of the game. Doctor Mossman also worked at Black Mesa. She works with the resistance, but is also a traitor who helps Doctor Breen. Barney Calhoun was a guard at Black Mesa. Now he leads the resistance.

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