Half-Life - PC

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Also for: PS2
Viewed: 3D First-person Genre:
Shoot 'Em Up
Media: CD Arcade origin:No
Developer: Valve
Publishers: Vivendi (GB)
Sierra On-Line (GB/GB/US/JP)
Released: 2 Nov 2001 (GB)
Nov 1998 (US)
Feb 1999 (GB)
Unknown (JP)
Ratings: 15+, ESRB Mature 17+ (M)
No Accessories: No Accessories


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When the spin doctors got to work on the press release for Half Life, it was a whirl of 'detailed graphics', 'advanced AI' and 'intriguing storylines'. Of course, experienced gamers would dismiss this as the usual PR BS, but hang on a minute. The title is the only thing about this game that's half-hearted.

So don't just take a quick glance at this Quake-em-up. Take more time to appreciate what's going on around you. This is not some mindless blast-fest. You really do have to evaluate your surroundings. When you hear a foot soldier yelling "fire in the hole", you know you'd better be getting a move on before Mr. Hand Grenade is nestling warmly in your lap. You just can't go around popping hot lead into every uniform you see. The complex AI means that the guards can sometimes be your saviour - and don't forget that they also make for a cheap human shield.

The learning curve is just right, the enemy AI means worthy foes for the lone player, and there's a 32 player simultaneous Internet mode too. The compelling story keeps you interested even when the odds seemed heavily stacked against you. Just don't play too late at night: if you manage to get to sleep, you might have nightmares.