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Every time I add a new game on Steam, I can't help but
notice this big block of games all starting with Half-Life in the list of games
I own but are grayed out because they're not installed. And every time (or just
about every time) I see them in my list of Steam Games, which is nearly every
day, I think to myself...
You really should play Half-Life again.
All of them.
If I keep this to myself and never say anything, then my
fear is I'll never get around to it. But perhaps if I turn this into some sort
of a blog series, I'll actually get around to it. I'm not quite sure how yet,
but I'll think of something. I'm sure I can squeeze an update in here or there
from time to time. And to add a purpose to this play through, I think I'm going
to look at it from the perspective of...
Does Half-Life withstand the test of time?
There are popular games and iconic games...games that regardless
of their age, they are viewed as classics. Games that people talk about -
they talked about them then, they talk about them now, and they will continue
to talk about them well into the future. Half-Life falls into this category.
While it's true, not everybody loves the game or sees what all of the fuss is
about, you simply can't ignore how much attention this title yields from the
industry. The older titles can often be found on the "Best Games Ever" lists...and
discussions about an upcoming title (or at least the prospects of an upcoming
title) often fires up everybody in the industry.
I'm about to find out.
So what do I have in store for me? Well, let's see what
games I have available...
Named Game of the Year
by over 50 publications, Valve's debut title blends action and adventure with
award-winning technology to create a frighteningly realistic world where
players must think to survive. Also includes an exciting multiplayer mode that
allows you to play against friends and enemies around the world.
Release Date: Nov 8, 1998
Return to the Black
Mesa Research Facility as one of the military specialists assigned to eliminate
Gordon Freeman. Experience an entirely new episode of single player action.
Meet fierce alien opponents, and experiment with new weaponry. Named 'Game of the
Year' by the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences.
Release Date: Nov 1, 1999
Half-Life Blue Shift
Made by Gearbox
Software and originally released in 2001 as an add-on to Half-Life, Blue Shift
is a return to the Black Mesa Research Facility in which you play as Barney
Calhoun, the security guard sidekick who helped Gordon out of so many sticky
Release Date: Jun 1, 2001
By taking the suspense, challenge and visceral charge of the
original, and adding startling new realism and responsiveness, Half-Life 2
opens the door to a world where the player's presence affects everything around
him, from the physical environment to the behaviors even the emotions of both
friends and enemies.
Release Date: Nov 16, 2004
Half-Life 2 Episode 1
Half-Life 2 has sold
over 4 million copies worldwide, and earned over 35 Game of the Year Awards.
Episode One is the first in a series of games that reveal the aftermath of
Half-Life 2 and launch a journey beyond City 17. Also features two multiplayer
games. Half-Life 2 not required.
Release Date: Jun 1, 2006
Half-Life 2 Episode 2
The second in a
trilogy of new games created by Valve that extends the award-winning and
best-selling Half-Life adventure.
As Dr. Gordon Freeman,
you were last seen exiting City 17 with Alyx Vance as the Citadel erupted
amidst a storm of unknown proportions. In Episode Two, you must battle and race
against Combine forces as you traverse the White Forest to deliver a crucial
information packet stolen from the Citadel to an enclave of fellow resistance
Episode Two extends
the award-winning Half-Life gameplay with unique weapons, vehicles, and
Release Date: Oct 10, 2007
Starting this Saturday, I'm going to do it. I'm going to
fire up Half-Life and start playing through all of them again. The first game
released over 15 years ago, and the last game released roughly 7 years ago.
That is ancient in terms of a game's lifespan, so it'll be interesting to play
through them again to see if they're still as exhilarating as I remember. It'll
also be cool to see how much of the game I remember. I do remember a scene in
the original Half-Life where you press the elevator button, and the next thing
you know...this elevator car comes flying down the shaft with this scientist
onboard - he had the most puzzled look on his face as the car went crashing
into the ground floor. I do know I will always always always remember that.
Anyway...I'm looking forward to the journey...and hope you, or
at least some of you join me for the adventure. Heck, if you own the game...perhaps
you'll play through it too...
Rise and shine, Mr.
Freeman. Rise and shine. Not that I wish to imply you have been sleeping on the
job. No-one is more deserving of a rest. And all the effort in the world would
have gone to waste until... well, let's just say your hour has come again. The
right man in the wrong place can make all the difference in the world. So, wake
up, Mr. Freeman. Wake up and smell the ashes.