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Half Life (PC) review

An example of a "safe" zone.
An example of a "safe" zone.
Ken Kriho

Half Life (PC)

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Half-Life is a science fiction first person shooter developed by Valve Software and published by the defunct Sierra Entertainment. The PC version was released on November 19, 1998. The story follows Dr. Gordon Freeman, Ph. D. in theoretical physics from MIT, as he attempts to escape Black Mesa, a research facility in New Mexico, due to an experiment gone horribly wrong.

Half Life title screen/main menu
Half Life title screen/main menu
Ken Kriho

Graphics-Everything about the graphics in this game can be summed up in one word: flawless! The character models, environment, and every other little detail were done to perfection. The animation is smooth, but a little stiff in the running department. The only problem with the animation is the lip movement as the NPCs talk like marionettes.

Sound-The voice acting is also very good, but very repetitive as each character says the same thing over and over again. The soundtrack is also well done and doesn’t repeat itself as you move from area to area.

Gameplay-This game has got gameplay down to a T. The combat mechanic is perfect and the pace is also well done, as you’re not being bombarded with fight after fight or traveling at a snail’s pace looking for a fight. Enemies are tough as nails and put up a good fight. There are some areas that require a little problem solving and this was also well done. The only gripe about the gameplay is the escort of both scientist and security officer. It can be extremely frustrating to wait for your companion to catch up with you and even if they do, it can be problematic to get them where they need to go (i.e. trying to get a scientist to a retinal scan).

Legacy-Half Life was known for its critical and commercial success. It’s no surprise that this game would ooze popularity and with so many mods that came from this game’s engine, it’s even less surprising that those mods have become successful as well (to an extent). All in all, Half Life has blossomed mod after mod and with a bright future ahead, there’s no sign of slowing down anytime soon.

Overall-Half Life is still an amazing game to this very day. If you’re looking for a game for your computer that’s easy to pick up and play and has memorable characters, you can’t go wrong with Half Life.

Score: 5/5

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