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16th Oct '17 6:12:42 PM TheGreatKomodo
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* The fan remake ''VideoGame/BlackMesa''. Not only was it SavedFromDevelopmentHell, Valve and the community greenlit it to be on Steam for FREE. Despite a new Half-Life game being nowhere in sight, Valve still clearly cares about the series.

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* The fan remake ''VideoGame/BlackMesa''. Not only was it SavedFromDevelopmentHell, Valve themselves and the community greenlit it to be on Steam for FREE. Despite a new Half-Life game being nowhere in sight, Valve still clearly cares about the series.it.
10th Oct '17 9:46:48 PM mariic
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* The fan remake ''VideoGame/BlackMesa''. Not only was it SavedFromDevelopmentHell, Valve and the community greenlit it to be on Steam for FREE. Despite a new Half-Life game being nowhere in sight, Valve still clearly cares about the series.

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* The fan remake ''VideoGame/BlackMesa''. Not only was it SavedFromDevelopmentHell, Valve and the community greenlit it to be on Steam for FREE. Despite a new Half-Life game being nowhere in sight, Valve still clearly cares about the series.series.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Iu4GXUHfU0 This video]] is a timeline of the events of the original game and its expansions.
25th Aug '17 1:32:04 AM Raikoh
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* [[spoiler: When Gordon and Alyx are completely immobilized by the Advisor ambush at the end of the game, Eli is the one to rush in and promptly begin attacking the creatures personally, [[HeroicSacrifice knowing damn well it was pointless to try but not letting that stop him.]] Although they're too late to prevent his death, [[BigDamnHeroes D0G keeps things from getting worse]] and even sends an Advisor ''fleeing in pain and terror.'']]
12th Apr '17 8:03:22 PM chasemaddigan
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* At one point in Episode 1, you can hear total chaos erupting in a nearby room including the sound of Alyx's new shotgun. When you meet up with her again, she says "Sorry I'm late, Gordon. I got a bit swamped." When you enter the room she just came from, you find a bunch of dead combine soldiers & zombies in a hall with no nearby objects to use for cover. One of the zombies was cut in half, one of the combine soldiers was crushed by a vending machine, & everyone somehow died in the same tiny spot. She apparently did all of that with a shotgun.

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* At one point in Episode 1, point, you can hear total chaos erupting in a nearby room including the sound of Alyx's new shotgun. When you meet up with her again, she says "Sorry I'm late, Gordon. I got a bit swamped." When you enter the room she just came from, you find a bunch of dead combine soldiers & zombies in a hall with no nearby objects to use for cover. One of the zombies was cut in half, one of the combine soldiers was crushed by a vending machine, & everyone somehow died in the same tiny spot. She apparently did all of that with a shotgun.
12th Apr '17 8:00:45 PM chasemaddigan
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** Gordon and a vortiguant are infiltrating an Antlion hive. The vortiguant feels the need to specifically tell Gordon not to kill the Antlion Guard, an insect monster the size of a truck that can throw cars around, laugh off grenades, and the glowing green stuff on it? That's a neurotoxin. About ten minutes after they get what they need from the hive, Gordon gets the go ahead and kills two of them, with little more than a shotgun and the trash that was laying around the valley.

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** * Gordon and a vortiguant are infiltrating an Antlion hive. The vortiguant feels the need to specifically tell Gordon not to kill the Antlion Guard, an insect monster the size of a truck that can throw cars around, laugh off grenades, and the glowing green stuff on it? That's a neurotoxin. About ten minutes after they get what they need from the hive, Gordon gets the go ahead and kills two of them, with little more than a shotgun and the trash that was laying around the valley.
12th Apr '17 7:59:45 PM chasemaddigan
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* Okay, so, top of the frelling list here, folks: Father Grigori. Nothing you say can stand up to the fact that he's an [[Main/BadassPreacher Orthodox priest with a rifle]] and has a problem with [[ZombieApocalypse his flock.]] Even better, at the very end of the Ravenholm Mines, there is a minecart trap that includes a spinning blade, which you use to kill the remaining zombies before escape. If we think about this, Father Grigori managed to swim through the Ravenholm mines, climb over fences that Gordon can't climb over, and fight the infinite horde of headcrabs, all twice just to help any rebels that come by and to tend to his flock. He could have left, seeing how close he was, but he didn't. Also counts as Heartwarming.
* The entirety of both "Our Benefactors" and "Dark Energy." Combined with the absolutely fucking AWESOME gravity gun as well as the story reaching it's climax. It really is just completely badass.
* The entirety of Surface Tension in the original ''VideoGame/HalfLife1''. Gordon Freeman finally makes it out of Black Mesa... only to discover that the marines and aliens are still fighting, and the marines are constantly bombing the area. So he goes through, fighting marines, aliens, helicopters, turret placements, and ''main battle tanks'', all while the aliens and soldiers fight one another (and in a small CMOA for the Marines, they usually win). Particular highlights include the battle against the squad of soldiers, turret placements, and helicopter at the Dam, Freeman crossing a sheer cliff face crawling with Marines before fighting up and out of a large storm drain covered by an entrenched squad and ''two tanks,'' the area where the marines' Osprey continually drops soldiers to kill a group of alien grunts, and Freeman calling in an airstrike on a Gargantua. It's also worth noting that the HECU is monitoring Freeman's every move via the tracking devices in his suit, and set up ambushes for him literally every 10 or 20 square feet; ''[[OneManArmy he kills all of them anyway.]]''

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* Okay, so, top of the frelling list here, folks: Father Grigori. Nothing you say can stand up to the fact that he's an [[Main/BadassPreacher Orthodox priest with a rifle]] and has a problem with [[ZombieApocalypse his flock.]] Even better, at the very end of the Ravenholm Mines, there is a minecart trap that includes a spinning blade, which you use to kill the remaining zombies before escape. If we think about this, Father Grigori managed to swim through the Ravenholm mines, climb over fences that Gordon can't climb over, and fight the infinite horde of headcrabs, all twice just to help any rebels that come by and to tend to his flock. He could have left, seeing how close he was, but he didn't. Also counts as Heartwarming.
* The entirety of both "Our Benefactors" and "Dark Energy." Combined with the absolutely fucking AWESOME gravity gun as well as the story reaching it's climax. It really is just completely badass.
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* The entirety of Surface Tension in the original ''VideoGame/HalfLife1''.Tension. Gordon Freeman finally makes it out of Black Mesa... only to discover that the marines and aliens are still fighting, and the marines are constantly bombing the area. So he goes through, fighting marines, aliens, helicopters, turret placements, and ''main battle tanks'', all while the aliens and soldiers fight one another (and in a small CMOA for the Marines, they usually win). Particular highlights include the battle against the squad of soldiers, turret placements, and helicopter at the Dam, Freeman crossing a sheer cliff face crawling with Marines before fighting up and out of a large storm drain covered by an entrenched squad and ''two tanks,'' the area where the marines' Osprey continually drops soldiers to kill a group of alien grunts, and Freeman calling in an airstrike on a Gargantua. It's also worth noting that the HECU is monitoring Freeman's every move via the tracking devices in his suit, and set up ambushes for him literally every 10 or 20 square feet; ''[[OneManArmy he kills all of them anyway.]]''



** The very first Vortigaunt you encounter in the original game introduces himself by banging on a heavy steel door, making a huge bulge in it, and then hitting it again full force, shattering the door to pieces, before throwing lightning at you.

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** The very first Vortigaunt you encounter in the original game introduces himself by banging on a heavy steel door, making a huge bulge in it, and then hitting it again full force, shattering the door to pieces, before throwing lightning at you.



* ''Episode 1'' has Gordon and Alyx cross a [[AbandonedHospital definitely strange hospital]] to reach City 17's train station, the resistance's exfil point. A gunship follows you from outside until halfway, where, in an abandoned wood barn, you can rocket it out of the sky for good. You have to take the gunship out while the gunship fires at you and blows entire portions of the ceiling, slowly revealing itself while you try to find a good spot to fire; it's a hard and amazing battle. Alyx seems very impressed with the feat Gordon pulls at the end.
-->'''Alyx:''' Jesus, Gordon... ''you're a real terror!''
** Then you're rewarded with a special gift: shotguns for you and Alyx, and a sweet walk through the hospital while blasting Combine soldiers and zombies. All accompanied with a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VHUhxfgJqQ badass track]]. Happy fighting!
* ''VideoGame/HalfLife2: Episode Two'' had the first Hunter battle. Alyx hears the Hunters outside and gets all scared, having almost died from her last encounter with them, only to turn around and take a badass pill before commencing to slaughter them all.

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* ''Episode 1'' has Gordon and Alyx cross a [[AbandonedHospital definitely strange hospital]] to reach City 17's train station, In the resistance's exfil point. A gunship follows you from outside until halfway, where, in an abandoned wood barn, chapter Surface Tension, you can rocket find a tank shooting at you. If you're in the right angle where it can't shoot you, you can wail on it with a crowbar until it explodes. The funny part is that it doesn't take much hits which means Gordon swings that crowbar hard. The awesome part is that HE CAN DESTROY A TANK WITH A SIMPLE TOOL AND HIS OWN BRUTE STREGNTH!
* Pick any given moment from the original game
out of a hat. Taking out the sky for good. You have to take tentacles with a rocket, killing the gunship out while Gargantua, destroying helicopters, getting past the gunship fires at you and blows trip mines, hell the entire portions of Surface Tension chapter is one big ass CMOA!
* During the first game, you find a large tilted elevator lift. After pushing the button for it and running to the elevator before it's too far down to jump on, it seems the coast is clear and that it's time to look at some cool scenery. At that moment, headcrabs jump down from
the ceiling, slowly revealing itself while you try to find a good spot to fire; it's a hard and amazing battle. Alyx seems very impressed with but slip off the feat Gordon pulls at the end.
-->'''Alyx:''' Jesus, Gordon... ''you're a real terror!''
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lift. Then more come down and do the same thing. And then more. And more. And more. For the entire duration of the ride, headcrabs jump down from the ceiling. If you're rewarded a good enough shot/have auto-aim on, you can kill the headcrabs as they slippy-slide their vagina-like bodies down. If not, you fight an army of headcrabs at the bottom. A CrowningMomentOfAwesome and a CrowningMomentOfFunny.

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* The Race X is never mentioned ''at all'' during Half Life 2. Two possibles explanations:1) They were no match for the Combine. 2) Adrian Shephard stopped them from invadng Earth ''singlehandedly''.

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* Barney gets a big one in Blue Shift: He actually gets out of the Black Mesa facility alive without the interference of the G-Man. That's something that Gordon and Adrian DIDN'T do. Not to mention that he does it without an HEV suit or any experimental weaponry, but with just a helmet and a Kevlar vest.
** Add to it the G-Man's LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain summary. He had plans for Gordon and Adrian, but Barney? He's ''embarrassed''.

[[AC:Half-Life 2]]
* Okay, so, top of the frelling list here, folks: Father Grigori. Nothing you say can stand up to the fact that he's an [[Main/BadassPreacher Orthodox priest
with a special gift: shotguns for rifle]] and has a problem with [[ZombieApocalypse his flock.]] Even better, at the very end of the Ravenholm Mines, there is a minecart trap that includes a spinning blade, which you and Alyx, and a sweet walk use to kill the remaining zombies before escape. If we think about this, Father Grigori managed to swim through the hospital while blasting Combine soldiers Ravenholm mines, climb over fences that Gordon can't climb over, and zombies. All accompanied fight the infinite horde of headcrabs, all twice just to help any rebels that come by and to tend to his flock. He could have left, seeing how close he was, but he didn't. Also counts as Heartwarming.
* The entirety of both "Our Benefactors" and "Dark Energy." Combined
with a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VHUhxfgJqQ badass track]]. Happy fighting!
* ''VideoGame/HalfLife2: Episode Two'' had
the first Hunter battle. Alyx hears absolutely fucking AWESOME gravity gun as well as the Hunters outside and gets all scared, having almost died from her last encounter with them, only to turn around and take a badass pill before commencing to slaughter them all.story reaching it's climax. It really is just completely badass.



** In ''Episode 2'', he fights a Strider. He not only wins, but tears that building-sized heavily-armed monstrosity into ''pieces''. By which we mean DOG tears the Strider's BRAIN out.
* ''Episode 2'', when about sixteen million [[BigCreepyCrawlies Antlions]] come pouring into the chamber where Alyx is being healed. Just when you're running low on ammo, the turrets are frazzled and the mines have run out, three Vortigaunts bust through the ceiling. One of them murmurs, "We will quiet them," and they turn to face the Antlions, revealing that for all their enigmatic proverbs and general butt-ugliness, Vortigaunts are fucking ''badasses.'' They proceed to unleash all manner of green-lightning-fueled fury on the Antlions, stunning them with bolts of electricity, frying them with concentrated beams, even judo-throwing them to the ground and ''exploding'' them with balls of energy.
** Their actions in ''Episode One'', where they [[spoiler:temporarily free Freeman from the G-Man]]: Up until that moment, the G-Man was a MagnificentBastard with no apparent weaknesses, in constant control of the situation, and most of the cast didn't even know he existed. The expression on his face when he realizes he's lost control: priceless. "We'll see... about ''that''."
*** The G-man does get get his own back in ''Episode Two'', with his own CMOA. ("Doctor Freeemaaan. I realize this moment may not be the most convenient for a 'heart-to-heart', but I had to wait until your... 'friends' were otherwise occupied."), topped only by his TakeThat to Gordon regarding his actions in ''Half-Life'' ("There was a time they cared nothing for Ms... Vance; when their only experience of... 'humanity' was a ''[[WeaponOfChoice crowbar]]'' coming at them down a steel corridor".)
*** Not only was of Freeman but of the Vortigaunts as well. G-Man's ''Episode Two'' speech is whole cutscene of awesome. The Vorts knocked the SmugSnake down a peg at the end of ''Episode One''. What does G-Man do? The second he is able to pass the Vorts unnoticed, he gives his badass speech, reveals how he was the one to save Alyx from Black Mesa, and wants Freeman to pay up for his survival by bringing Alyx to White Forest, and gets her to relay a message of doom to Eli as a form of TakeThat ''from the man's own daughter''. The closest G-Man comes to losing his cool is the occasional tone of anger expressed when enunciating.
*** Hell, it's even a TakeThat ''to the player'' - the message he uses Alyx to deliver is a TitleDrop of the [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall first chapter title]] of Half-Life 1 after the Resonance Cascade.
*** Also; mowing down hunters while killing Striders WITH A PISTOL.



* From the original Half Life is a Crowning Moment of Awesome mixed with a Crowning Moment of Funny where in the chapter Surface Tension you can find a tank shooting at you. If your in the right angle where it can't shoot you you can wail on it with a crowbar until it explodes. The funny part is that it doesn't take much hits which means Gordon swings that crowbar hard. The awesome part is that HE CAN DESTROY A TANK WITH A SIMPLE TOOL AND HIS OWN BRUTE STREGNTH!
* From the perspective of the other characters, Gordon is a walking CMOA. Alyx would name the defeat of the gunship and then later the Strider in ''Episode One'' as Gordon's CMOA.
** For further illustration on that, at one point in ''Episode 2'', Gordon and a vortiguant are infiltrating an Antlion hive. The vortiguant feels the need to specifically tell Gordon not to kill the Antlion Guard, an insect monster the size of a truck that can throw cars around, laugh off grenades, and the glowing green stuff on it? That's a neurotoxin. About ten minutes after they get what they need from the hive, Gordon gets the go ahead and kills two of them, with little more than a shotgun and the trash that was laying around the valley.
** And for even further illustration, the first definite objective Gordon is given in ''Half Life 2'' aside from "escape" is to infiltrate a Combine prison and rescue a high priority prisoner, and no-one considers [[Main/OneManArmy one man]] doing this to be unusual (granted he later receives a Main/RedShirtArmy of Antlions, but they don't know that). After he succeeds, the resistance takes this as their cue to begin a ''worldwide revolution'' and as soon as Gordon appears they follow behind him unquestionably, because things in ''front'' of him have a tendency to ''die''.
* For an average player, the game can last in the area of 6 to 10 hours. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTUOn2EUFhk This speed run]] completes the game in less than half an hour.
** Now this record has been broken with [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtI5HM7GVGY THIS speed run]], completing the game in 20 minutes and 41 [[PrecisionFStrike motherfucking]] seconds.
* [[http://archive.org/details/HalfLife2_13657 Half Life 2 speed run]]. The shortcuts taken and techniques used are mindblowing.
* Storming Nova Prospekt. You are entering an an enemy base, while having an army of antlions at your hands. Plus, Apprehension and Evasion plays at the right time.
* Barney gets a big one in Blue Shift: He actually gets out of the Black Mesa facility alive without the interference of the G-Man. That's something that Gordon and Adrian DIDN'T do. Not to mention that he does it without an HEV suit or any experimental weaponry, but with just a helmet and a Kevlar vest.
** Add to it the G-Man's LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain summary. He had plans for Gordon and Adrian, but Barney? He's ''embarrassed''.

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* From the original Half Life is a Crowning Moment of Awesome mixed with a Crowning Moment of Funny where in the chapter Surface Tension you can find a tank shooting at you. If your in the right angle where it can't shoot you you can wail on it with a crowbar until it explodes. The funny part is that it doesn't take much hits which means Gordon swings that crowbar hard. The awesome part is that HE CAN DESTROY A TANK WITH A SIMPLE TOOL AND HIS OWN BRUTE STREGNTH!
* From the perspective of the other characters, Gordon is a walking CMOA. Alyx would name the defeat of the gunship and then later the Strider in ''Episode One'' as Gordon's CMOA.
**
For further illustration on that, at one point in ''Episode 2'', Gordon and a vortiguant are infiltrating an Antlion hive. The vortiguant feels the need to specifically tell Gordon not to kill the Antlion Guard, an insect monster the size of a truck that can throw cars around, laugh off grenades, and the glowing green stuff on it? That's a neurotoxin. About ten minutes after they get what they need from the hive, Gordon gets the go ahead and kills two of them, with little more than a shotgun and the trash that was laying around the valley.
** And for even further illustration,
Gordon's awesomeness, the first definite objective Gordon is given in ''Half Life 2'' aside from "escape" is to infiltrate a Combine prison and rescue a high priority prisoner, and no-one considers [[Main/OneManArmy one man]] doing this to be unusual (granted he later receives a Main/RedShirtArmy of Antlions, but they don't know that). After he succeeds, the resistance takes this as their cue to begin a ''worldwide revolution'' and as soon as Gordon appears they follow behind him unquestionably, because things in ''front'' of him have a tendency to ''die''.
* For an average player, the game can last in the area of 6 to 10 hours. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTUOn2EUFhk This speed run]] completes the game in less than half an hour.
** Now this record has been broken with [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtI5HM7GVGY THIS speed run]], completing the game in 20 minutes and 41 [[PrecisionFStrike motherfucking]] seconds.
* [[http://archive.org/details/HalfLife2_13657 Half Life 2 speed run]]. The shortcuts taken and techniques used are mindblowing.
* Storming Nova Prospekt. You are entering an an enemy base, while having an army of antlions at your hands. Plus, Apprehension and Evasion plays at the right time.
* Barney gets a big one in Blue Shift: He actually gets out of the Black Mesa facility alive without the interference of the G-Man. That's something that Gordon and Adrian DIDN'T do. Not to mention that he does it without an HEV suit or any experimental weaponry, but with just a helmet and a Kevlar vest.
** Add to it the G-Man's LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain summary. He had plans for Gordon and Adrian, but Barney? He's ''embarrassed''.
time.



* Pick any given moment from the original game out of a hat. Taking out the tentacles with a rocket, killing the Gargantua, destroying helicopters, getting past the trip mines, hell the entire Surface Tension chapter is one big ass CMOA!



** It is perfectly possible to kill a hunter with a crowbar and not take damage.



* The fan remake ''VideoGame/BlackMesa''. Not only was it SavedFromDevelopmentHell, Valve and the community greenlit it to be on Steam for FREE. Despite a new Half-Life game being nowhere in sight, Valve still clearly cares about the series.



* The Battle of White Forest in Episode 2. Accompanied by [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHaVdRk3Gtg some of the most Badass music of the entire franchise]], Gordon Freeman nigh-single-handedly goes against an ''army'' of Combine, including several Striders and Hunters, in a last-ditch effort to defend the Rebel headquarters. '''He kills them all and wins'''... until a pissed off [[GreaterScopeVillain Advisor]] arrives.



* The Race X is never mentioned ''at all'' during Half Life 2. Two possibles explanations:1) They were no match for the Combine. 2) Adrian Shephard stopped them from invadng Earth ''singlehandedly''.
* During the first game, you find a large tilted elevator lift. After pushing the button for it and running to the elevator before it's too far down to jump on, it seems the coast is clear and that it's time to look at some cool scenery. At that moment, headcrabs jump down from the ceiling, but slip off the lift. Then more come down and do the same thing. And then more. And more. And more. For the entire duration of the ride, headcrabs jump down from the ceiling. If you're a good enough shot/have auto-aim on, you can kill the headcrabs as they slippy-slide their vagina-like bodies down. If not, you fight an army of headcrabs at the bottom. A CrowningMomentOfAwesome and a CrowningMomentOfFunny.

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* The Race X A more subtle one that's also worthy of note is never mentioned ''at all'' during Half Life 2. Two possibles explanations:1) They were no match for how Gordon starts his crusade proper: he comes across a typical scene of PoliceBrutality, and one of the Combine. 2) Adrian Shephard stopped them Civil Protection units comes up to him with the stun baton they oh so love. It does fuck all to Gordon, and the bastard is quickly bludgeoned to a [[MostWonderfulSound flatline]]. His pal follows soon after. After this, the stun baton, practically a symbol of the CP oppression, is ''never'' seen again.

[[AC:Half-Life 2: Episode 1]]
* Gordon and Alyx cross a [[AbandonedHospital definitely strange hospital]] to reach City 17's train station, the resistance's exfil point. A gunship follows you
from invadng Earth ''singlehandedly''.
* During
outside until halfway, where, in an abandoned wood barn, you can rocket it out of the first game, sky for good. You have to take the gunship out while the gunship fires at you and blows entire portions of the ceiling, slowly revealing itself while you try to find a large tilted elevator lift. After pushing the button for it and running good spot to the elevator before fire; it's too far down to jump on, it a hard and amazing battle. Alyx seems very impressed with the coast is clear feat Gordon pulls at the end.
-->'''Alyx:''' Jesus, Gordon... ''you're a real terror!''
** Then you're rewarded with a special gift: shotguns for you
and that it's time to look at some cool scenery. At Alyx, and a sweet walk through the hospital while blasting Combine soldiers and zombies. All accompanied with a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VHUhxfgJqQ badass track]]. Happy fighting!
* The Vortigaunts [[spoiler:temporarily free Freeman from the G-Man]]: Up until
that moment, headcrabs jump down from the ceiling, but slip off the lift. Then more come down and do the same thing. And then more. And more. And more. For the entire duration G-Man was a MagnificentBastard with no apparent weaknesses, in constant control of the ride, headcrabs jump down from situation, and most of the ceiling. If you're a good enough shot/have auto-aim on, you can kill cast didn't even know he existed. The expression on his face when he realizes he's lost control: priceless. "We'll see... about ''that''."
* From
the headcrabs as they slippy-slide their vagina-like bodies down. If not, you fight an army perspective of headcrabs at the bottom. A CrowningMomentOfAwesome other characters, Gordon is a walking CMOA. Alyx would name the defeat of the gunship and a CrowningMomentOfFunny.then later the Strider as Gordon's CMOA.



* A more subtle one that's also worthy of note is how Gordon starts his crusade proper: he comes across a typical scene of PoliceBrutality, and one of the Civil Protection units comes up to him with the stun baton they oh so love. It does fuck all to Gordon, and the bastard is quickly bludgeoned to a [[MostWonderfulSound flatline]]. His pal follows soon after. After this, the stun baton, practically a symbol of the CP oppression, is ''never'' seen again.

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[[AC:Half-Life 2: Episode 2]]
* A more subtle one that's also worthy of note is how Gordon starts his crusade proper: he comes across a typical scene of PoliceBrutality, The first Hunter battle. Alyx hears the Hunters outside and one of the Civil Protection units comes up to him gets all scared, having almost died from her last encounter with them, only to turn around and take a badass pill before commencing to slaughter them all.
* Dog fights a Strider. He not only wins, but tears that building-sized heavily-armed monstrosity into ''pieces''. By which we mean DOG tears
the stun baton they oh so love. It does fuck all to Gordon, Strider's BRAIN out.
* When about sixteen million [[BigCreepyCrawlies Antlions]] come pouring into the chamber where Alyx is being healed. Just when you're running low on ammo, the turrets are frazzled
and the bastard is quickly bludgeoned to a [[MostWonderfulSound flatline]]. His pal follows soon after. After this, mines have run out, three Vortigaunts bust through the stun baton, practically ceiling. One of them murmurs, "We will quiet them," and they turn to face the Antlions, revealing that for all their enigmatic proverbs and general butt-ugliness, Vortigaunts are fucking ''badasses.'' They proceed to unleash all manner of green-lightning-fueled fury on the Antlions, stunning them with bolts of electricity, frying them with concentrated beams, even judo-throwing them to the ground and ''exploding'' them with balls of energy.
* The G-man gets back at Freeman with his own CMOA. ("Doctor Freeemaaan. I realize this moment may not be the most convenient for
a symbol 'heart-to-heart', but I had to wait until your... 'friends' were otherwise occupied."), topped only by his TakeThat to Gordon regarding his actions in ''Half-Life'' ("There was a time they cared nothing for Ms... Vance; when their only experience of... 'humanity' was a ''[[WeaponOfChoice crowbar]]'' coming at them down a steel corridor".)
** Not only was of Freeman but
of the CP oppression, Vortigaunts as well. G-Man's ''Episode Two'' speech is ''never'' seen again.whole cutscene of awesome. The Vorts knocked the SmugSnake down a peg at the end of ''Episode One''. What does G-Man do? The second he is able to pass the Vorts unnoticed, he gives his badass speech, reveals how he was the one to save Alyx from Black Mesa, and wants Freeman to pay up for his survival by bringing Alyx to White Forest, and gets her to relay a message of doom to Eli as a form of TakeThat ''from the man's own daughter''. The closest G-Man comes to losing his cool is the occasional tone of anger expressed when enunciating.
*** Hell, it's even a TakeThat ''to the player'' - the message he uses Alyx to deliver is a TitleDrop of the [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall first chapter title]] of Half-Life 1 after the Resonance Cascade.
* Mowing down hunters while killing Striders WITH A PISTOL.
** Gordon and a vortiguant are infiltrating an Antlion hive. The vortiguant feels the need to specifically tell Gordon not to kill the Antlion Guard, an insect monster the size of a truck that can throw cars around, laugh off grenades, and the glowing green stuff on it? That's a neurotoxin. About ten minutes after they get what they need from the hive, Gordon gets the go ahead and kills two of them, with little more than a shotgun and the trash that was laying around the valley.
* It is perfectly possible to kill a hunter with a crowbar and not take damage.
* The Battle of White Forest. Accompanied by [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHaVdRk3Gtg some of the most Badass music of the entire franchise]], Gordon Freeman nigh-single-handedly goes against an ''army'' of Combine, including several Striders and Hunters, in a last-ditch effort to defend the Rebel headquarters. '''He kills them all and wins'''... until a pissed off [[GreaterScopeVillain Advisor]] arrives.

[[AC: Meta]]
* For an average player, the game can last in the area of 6 to 10 hours. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTUOn2EUFhk This speed run]] completes the game in less than half an hour.
** Now this record has been broken with [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtI5HM7GVGY THIS speed run]], completing the game in 20 minutes and 41 [[PrecisionFStrike motherfucking]] seconds.
* [[http://archive.org/details/HalfLife2_13657 Half Life 2 speed run]]. The shortcuts taken and techniques used are mindblowing.
* The fan remake ''VideoGame/BlackMesa''. Not only was it SavedFromDevelopmentHell, Valve and the community greenlit it to be on Steam for FREE. Despite a new Half-Life game being nowhere in sight, Valve still clearly cares about the series.
30th Oct '16 12:07:44 PM REV6Pilot
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* At one point in Episode 1, you can hear total chaos erupting in a nearby room including the sound of Alyx's new shotgun. When you meet up with her again, she says "Sorry I'm late, Gordon. I got a bit swamped." When you enter the room she just came from, you find a bunch of dead combine soldiers & zombies in a hall with no nearby objects to use for cover. One of the zombies was cut in half, one of the combine soldiers was crushed by a vending machine, & everyone somehow died in the same tiny spot. She apparently did all of that with a shotgun.

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* At one point in Episode 1, you can hear total chaos erupting in a nearby room including the sound of Alyx's new shotgun. When you meet up with her again, she says "Sorry I'm late, Gordon. I got a bit swamped." When you enter the room she just came from, you find a bunch of dead combine soldiers & zombies in a hall with no nearby objects to use for cover. One of the zombies was cut in half, one of the combine soldiers was crushed by a vending machine, & everyone somehow died in the same tiny spot. She apparently did all of that with a shotgun.shotgun.
* A more subtle one that's also worthy of note is how Gordon starts his crusade proper: he comes across a typical scene of PoliceBrutality, and one of the Civil Protection units comes up to him with the stun baton they oh so love. It does fuck all to Gordon, and the bastard is quickly bludgeoned to a [[MostWonderfulSound flatline]]. His pal follows soon after. After this, the stun baton, practically a symbol of the CP oppression, is ''never'' seen again.
23rd Jul '16 12:09:45 AM DYellowMadness
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* During the first game, you find a large tilted elevator lift. After pushing the button for it and running to the elevator before it's too far down to jump on, it seems the coast is clear and that it's time to look at some cool scenery. At that moment, headcrabs jump down from the ceiling, but slip off the lift. Then more come down and do the same thing. And then more. And more. And more. For the entire duration of the ride, headcrabs jump down from the ceiling. If you're a good enough shot/have auto-aim on, you can kill the headcrabs as they slippy-slide their vagina-like bodies down. If not, you fight an army of headcrabs at the bottom. A CrowningMomentOfAwesome and a CrowningMomentOfFunny.

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* During the first game, you find a large tilted elevator lift. After pushing the button for it and running to the elevator before it's too far down to jump on, it seems the coast is clear and that it's time to look at some cool scenery. At that moment, headcrabs jump down from the ceiling, but slip off the lift. Then more come down and do the same thing. And then more. And more. And more. For the entire duration of the ride, headcrabs jump down from the ceiling. If you're a good enough shot/have auto-aim on, you can kill the headcrabs as they slippy-slide their vagina-like bodies down. If not, you fight an army of headcrabs at the bottom. A CrowningMomentOfAwesome and a CrowningMomentOfFunny.CrowningMomentOfFunny.
* At one point in Episode 1, you can hear total chaos erupting in a nearby room including the sound of Alyx's new shotgun. When you meet up with her again, she says "Sorry I'm late, Gordon. I got a bit swamped." When you enter the room she just came from, you find a bunch of dead combine soldiers & zombies in a hall with no nearby objects to use for cover. One of the zombies was cut in half, one of the combine soldiers was crushed by a vending machine, & everyone somehow died in the same tiny spot. She apparently did all of that with a shotgun.
14th Jul '16 3:35:19 AM thememeraptor
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*The entirety of both "Our Benefactors" and "Dark Energy." Combined with the absolutely fucking AWESOME gravity gun as well as the story reaching it's climax. It really is just completely badass.
11th Jul '16 3:43:46 AM TaintedPotatoes
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* The fan remake ''VideoGame/BlackMesa''. Not only was it SavedFromDevelopmentHell, Valve and the community greenlit it to be on Steam for FREE. Clearly, Valve's been hiding their Half-Life related stuff for the opportunity to rise.

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* The fan remake ''VideoGame/BlackMesa''. Not only was it SavedFromDevelopmentHell, Valve and the community greenlit it to be on Steam for FREE. Clearly, Valve's been hiding their Despite a new Half-Life related stuff for game being nowhere in sight, Valve still clearly cares about the opportunity to rise.series.
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