was a revolution in gameplay and continues to live on in most
people's memories as THE benchmark for the first person shooter.
With its high levels of interactivity crossed with live cut
scenes and ever-enthralling level design, Half Life made even
the sceptics into fully-fledged FPS gamers in a matter of moments.
Soon after the initial release it became clear that Valve would
need something to fill the void between HL (Half-Life) and Half-Life
2 as well as Team Fortress2. As the months passed a unique idea
for an expansion pack was proposed to valve and sierra by little
know Gearbox software, formerly of PraxWar.
idea was to take the Half-Life concept and show it from a different
perspective while in the same time line. Not only would this
add depth but the ability to play as a completely different
character to the goatee Gordon Freeman. On top of that would
be new levels, models, weapons and more to be added. The current
Half-Life engine was about to be taken as far as the technology
would permit before a sequel arrives and it did it!
no, Oh no.. ahhhhhhh!
could possibly miss the ever immortal groans of fear that inhabit
the halls of Half-Life in its abundance of scripted perfection,
Not I. For this is Half-Life but not as you have ever seen it
before. You are Adrian Shepard, a rather hardcore military grunt
under the employment of one rather dubious Mr Gman for work
at Black Messa. After an accident at the facility caused by
the goatee Freeman you are called in along with your squad to
clean up the mess, little did you know it would be the mess
cleaning you up!
as a soldier your approach into the game from different parts
of the facility and vary occasionally crossing paths previously
visited in the first game. You even get a single glance of Freeman
nearing the end of the game but it's not something to shout
about. Initially you are dropped off outside and are the sole
survivor of your planes crash after being attacked by some silly
looking Zen triangles (they really are silly you know). As the
base crumbles around you your mission is to find other soldiers
and get home before the evils of Black Messa take hold.
in being Half-Life the controls are perfect and extremely easy
to set-up so no gripes on that part. Yet perhaps the most important
thing about this official add-on is that it's not in the least
bit repetitive as you might expect, this is no user created
single player pack you know.
touch of humour
your way through the plant you soon realise that just about
every monster and model has changed slightly from the original.
Scripted sequences are all totally new and Gearbox has redone
a vast portion of the sounds and texturing to make it seem as
different from HL as possible without destroying the atmosphere.
It does this with un-believable accuracy.
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