My play through of the original Half-Life was interrupted the past couple of weeks because I moved and it's taking me a lot longer to get my gaming rig set back up than I had hoped it would. But I managed to play some Half-Life tonight, and not only play it, but finish it. I hammered away at the final few levels and finally did it. As if it wasn't obvious enough, spoilers ahead for Half-Life. You know, that game that's been out for 15+ years.

While technically I finished the last three levels tonight, the final level doesn't really count. If you're keeping track or remotely interested, they were:

Chapter 17: Interloper

Gordon's journey across Xen continues, but his supplies are running short, spent on destroying the Gonarch. He also comes across the Xen army's Alien Grunt cloning facility, where the army is created. It can be noted that the Vortigaunts in one of the factories are not hostile towards the player, and will ignore him unless attacked. The final map of this level takes place in a pitch-black void with floating rocks and an ominous-looking red portal at the end.

Chapter 18: Nihilanth

In a vast cave, Gordon finally confronts the powerful and mysterious being that is holding the portal open. Gordon destroys the Nihilanth's shield, allowing him to destroy its vulnerable brain. As the creature dies, it floats toward the ceiling, and explodes in a giant green blast that overpowers Gordon's senses.

Chapter 19: End Game

When Gordon comes to, he is confronted by the G-Man. Both are transported to various locales around Xen, while the G-Man praises Gordon's actions in the borderworld (which he refers to as "a nasty piece of work"). He explains that his "employers", agreeing that Gordon has "limitless potential", have authorized him to offer Freeman a job.

All that info courtesy of the Half-Life Wiki which you can find here.

There are a ton of bad guys in Interloper and ammo is scarce. Thankfully there are several of the healing tanks that recharge your health back to max, so that's good. The level is a bit creepy, like you're inside the belly of the beast. It reminds me a lot of the Dante's Inferno game. With a little patience and a lot of luck, I finally managed to navigate my way through this bizarre level.

The Nihilanth level was actually very easy once you figure out what you're supposed to do. Basically you attack the creature, but if you don't destroy these crystals on the wall (there's 3 of them) the monster will just keep healing itself. Destroy the crystals, it can't heal itself...and then you just use your more powerful weapons to take it out.

End game is essentially what the whole game is about. You finally get to meet the g-man and listen to what he has to say. Such an epic scene (and a difficult position to be in when he offers you a job). There's a bit of a twist with the ending. If you've played the game no doubt you know what it is, but if you haven't...well, it's sort of like the Matrix - do I choose the red pill or the blue one.

Of course I took lots of pictures of the game play...

(I love what you've done with the place.)


(Thankfully, Half-Life is a stand your ground video game.)


(Kind of looks like the Bacta Tank from Star Wars.)


(I cringe a little bit every time I see one of these.)


(Which is rather frequently.)




(That's actually looking down - and I have to get to the bottom.)


(What is that up there?)


(Looks kind of like a giant watch. Or a dream catcher.)


(Nope. It was a teleporter. Now I'm really lost.)


(The Eye of Sauron's brother.)


(What a lovely room of death.)


(This time I was happy to see one of my comrades. He had tons of gear.)


(This one too.)


(How the heck did he get here?)


(Gordon Freeman really leaving a mark on this level.)


(I'd really like to knock that smile off of your smug face.)


(Whoa, you can teleport at will?)


(Apparently so.)


(A job offer? What if I say no? Guess you'll have to play it and find out.)


So, you may recall the whole purpose of replaying the game was to see how it withstood the test of time. My response to that is - VERY WELL! The game was still a ton of fun and the story is great. Sure, the graphics look dated, but the overall experience was worthwhile. Next up (perhaps next weekend) is Half-Life Opposing Forces. Can't wait.

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Hope you're having a wonderful weekend. Enjoy the rest of it.