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Half-Life

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Platform: PC
Genre: First-Person Shooter
Developer: Unknown

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11/19/1998

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Staff Reviews

Half-Life review

Reviewed June 01, 2008

Mike Suskie says: "There’s a surprise around every corner, be it a new enemy, a new platforming challenge, or some new method of simply scaring the piss out of you, like watching a scientist get sucked into a hole in the wall, only to see him re-emerge in pieces a moment later. Take out any five-minute segment of Half-Life and it probably wouldn’t seem like anything particularly special – you have to play it all at once to fully understand just how well each piece compliments the next, how it all adds up to one nearly seamless FPS experience with rarely a single dull moment, or even one that feels like what you’ve already been through. It is truly greater than the sum of its parts."
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Reader Reviews

Half-Life review

Reviewed March 03, 2014

Andre_Miller says: "Back in 1998, nothing came close to the creative vision of Half-Life. Even in 2014, naming shooters with storytelling on par with Half-Life is a difficult proposition."
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Half-Life review

Reviewed August 27, 2006

autorock says: "The intro sequence is the part that endures, obviously; the commute into the creaking heart of the Black Mesa Research Facility will never quite lose its majesty. Once the soundscape oozes in and your eyes open, your tramcar winds its way down through the massive complex, sweeping you through a foreseeable world in which technology is definitely awe-inspiring, but far from reliable and farther from invasive. Incredible multi-articulated robots repair busted-up chemical vats. Steel airlocks and e..."
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Half-Life review

Reviewed December 25, 2008

dagoss says: "The RPG genre has generally been understood to be exclusive to games that are, in some form, driven up front by visible statistics. If there is a screen that displays HP, STR, MAG, or any other common abbreviations, the game in question is likely an RPG in the sense in which the term is most commonly applied. Half-life is obviously not an RPG in the numerical sense. It is instead, a great example (perhaps the best example) of the original sense of an RPG, a game in which narrative is v..."
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Half-Life review

Reviewed February 07, 2006

masterzero99 says: "When Valve had first released Half Life, the FPS genre was dominated by games such as Quake II and Unreal. Soon thereafter, Half Life rose to stardom, leaving its rivals in the dust, and becoming one of the most effective shooters ever released. But what separated Half Life from the rest of the pack during that era in which the FPS genre was still slowly growing in popularity? Sure, they all incorporated ugly aliens, gargantuan monsters, powerful firearms, and LOTS of gibs into an action-packed ..."
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Half-Life review

Reviewed December 31, 1969

tigmal says: "Four years after its release date and despite its aging graphics, the game is still relevant today and still far better than many of its more recent counterparts. "
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Half-Life review

Reviewed November 04, 2007

wolfqueen001 says: "“….Medic!” screams the marine as I plow lead into his back. He retreats around the corner, probably hoping to enlist the help of his comrades. I do not follow; following could be suicide. "
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