Proof that [[SturgeonsLaw the remaining 10% is worth getting whacked with a crowbar for]] here:

These are recommendations made by {{Troper}}s for ''VideoGame/HalfLife'', all of which have been signed. After a few samples, you will be able to judge whether you might be interested in the 'fic, based on who recommended it. ''No-name recommendations will be '''{{zapped}}'''.'' Nobody would back up the rec. Discussion of the recommendation is welcome on the discussion page. As such discussion is important, do remember to add the discussion page to the watchlist, if need be.

Do warn when a fanfic may head into sexual or [[BetterThanCanon non-canon]] territory. Some people just don't like it, and as we all know, {{Shipping}} is SeriousBusiness.


[[WMG:[[GenFic General Fics]]]]
''Stories focused on the family and the friendly relationships of the cast. Plot-focused stories or light day-in-the-life stories. Pretty much anything that isn't focused on romance.''

''[[Webcomic/{{Concerned}} Concerned: The Half-Life and Death of Gordon Frohman]]'' by Christopher C. Livingston
* Recommended by Radioactive Zombie, DEFCON 1, Cameoflage, Extraintrovert, Parkour Paisho, Tazmily, LDMythos
* ''Status'': Complete
* ''Synopsis'': ''Concerned'' tells the story of everyday moron Gordon ''Froh''man, a side character who manages to fuck everything up for both the Combine and Rebels in his quest to prove himself to the Combine. Along the way, he has his medic eaten, pisses off Doctor Breen to the point of having a trail of destruction rained on him constantly, crashes into a Stereotypical ''CS:S'' server, and nearly kills Gordon.
* ''Comments'': An AffectionateParody, notable for LampshadeHanging. Also, Webcomic.

''[[ The Black Mesa Incident]]'', ''[[ Welcome to City 17]]'', and ''[[ Aftermath]]'' by [[ Super Chocolate Bear]]
* Recommended by Medinoc, DEFCON 1, Heavy Villain, Tropers/{{Hush}}, Sceptre, Extraintrovert
* ''Status'': Complete
* ''Synopsis'': A series of {{novelisation}}s of the games, chapter by chapter. The first covers ''Half-Life'', ''Blue Shift'' and ''Opposing Force'', the second covers ''Half-Life 2'', and the third covers ''Episode One'' and ''Episode Two''. All finished.
* ''Comments'': Filled to the brim with wonderful interpretations of the characters and events, delightful yet unobtrusive additions, spectacular fights worthy of the series, and anything between Alyx and Gordon is made of ''d'aw''. It drags at many points, becoming repetitive and full of filler much like the games, but also like the games it is well worth the wait.

''Machinima/FreemansMind'' by Ross Scott, located [[ here.]]
* Recommended by Doctor Worm, Rakuen, Unclouded_TJ, Tacitus. Extraintrovert, Parkour Paisho, Tazmily,
* ''Synopsis'': A {{machinima}} of the first ''Half-Life'', basically playing the game with commentary in character as the usually HeroicMime Freeman. Finished at 68 episodes and 3 specials
* ''Comments'': Endlessly hilarious. Freeman is portrayed as highly sarcastic, most of his jokes lying in BlackComedy territory, which is fitting for the atmosphere. There's also a fair amount of LampshadeHanging. Slightly a LetsPlay, however there are several cheats enabled (invincibility and the ability to climb most noticeably) for storytelling purposes that move it far enough away to make the definition cursory at best.
** Seconded. Though the wait for each new episode is notoriously long, Freeman's hilarious antics and somewhat threatening attitude towards his fellow employees are always things you can look forward to in every episode. Highly recommended.
** Tacitus: This has spawned similar machinima adding similar monologues to ''Blue Shift''s Barney Calhoun and ''Opposing Force''s Adrian Shephard, by [[ IRAMightyPirate]] and [[ KrimsinYT]] respectively. Though they are admittedly [[FollowTheLeader following the leader]], they're quite enjoyable in their own right.
*** Evidently also inspired ''Between Minds'', a dramatic written fanfic, listed below.

''[[ Half-Life Two: Shephard's Epic]]'', by Blind Acquiescence.
* Recommended by Radioactive Zombie, Tropers/{{Philistein}}, @/REV6Pilot
* ''Synopsis'': Fills in the details between ''Half-Life'' and ''Half-Life 2'', and follows ''Opposing Force'' protagonist Adrian Shephard as he returns to Earth from stasis.
* ''Comments'': Pretty damn well written for a fanfic, and keeps your interest throughout.
** Well-written indeed. Shephard's character reflects his experience at Black Mesa, and the group he's a part of is very interesting in their own right. The misdeeds in Ravenholm are of particular notice as one of the fic's high points. [[@/REV6Pilot My]] only complaint is that Katya is little more than a clone of Alyx, but this bit's outweighted by the good things.
* ''Status'': Can be officially considered a DeadFic. It's been 2 years since last update, and BA hasn't shown any sign of activity in this interval.

''[[ The Raid: (An Elite's worst nightmare)]]'' by The Airman
* Recommended by Pointblank28, MCHamGuy
* ''Status'': Complete
* ''Synopsis'': When a typical raid by Civil Protection goes awry, this elite is thrown into a wild and crazy adventure.
* ''Comments'': Very funny in it's own sense, especially the twist ending. Sorry guys, no spoilers.

''[[ Typical Moments in the Horrible Life of Gordon Freeman]]'' by Camwyn, with other characters played by leeshajoy (Alyx Vance), whoever's responsible for Barney, and a couple more people whose names I don't know.
* Recommended by Cameoflage, Tacitus
* ''Status'': Dead
* ''Pairing'': Gordon/Alyx. Not the ''focus'' of the story by any sensible standard, but it's there; you have been warned.
* ''Synopsis'': A roleplaying journal for everyone's favourite ass-kicking theoretical physicist, associated with [[ Milliways Bar]], that doubles as a novelization (so to speak) of the games in the main storyline.
* ''Comments'': Currently in the middle of ''Episode Two'' (which is split between Gordon's and [[ Alyx's journals]]). Due to [[MegaCrossover Milliways' nature]], characters from various other fandoms sometimes participate in the action (most notably during the Ravenholm and Battle of City 17 portions of ''Half-Life 2''), which may not be to everyone's taste, but it's done in a way that makes sense and refrains from relying ''too'' heavily on the G-Man yet doesn't knock later events off-course. Also, Gordon can talk.
** Tacitus: And now they've moved on to the search for the ''Borealis''... and by "they" I mean Gordon, Alyx, Shephard ''and'' [[VideoGame/{{Portal}} Chell]]. This is quite an intricate and intriguing narrative, but it can be hard to follow since the story is jumping across four of five [=LiveJournal=] accounts - if it's been collected somewhere, I haven't found it yet. Also, you'll have to keep expanding the commentary below some entries, since the participants are playing by post. Still worth the effort though, if only to hear Chell swear by the Weighted CompanionCube. I also found the Daemonmusings portions fascinating, since I'd never come across any fanfiction that speculated on characters' [[Literature/HisDarkMaterials dæmons]] before.
••Link to when Chell first shows up, please?

''[[ Follow Freeman!]]'' by Pisces
* Recommended by Moberemk, [[Tropers/YvannaIrie 'Van Irie]]
* ''Status'': Dead
* ''Synopsis'': A series of drabbles in the ''Half-Life 2'' universe.
* ''Comments'': A great series of drabbles that are just plain fun to read. They're quick, but definitely worth it.

''[[ Sidelines]]'' by Super Chocolate Bear and Blind Acquiescence.
* Recommended by Sceptre, Tropers/{{Philistein}}, Tropers/{{Hush}}
* ''Status'': Complete
* ''Synopsis'': A series of drabbles taking place during the intervening period between ''Half-Life'' and ''Half-Life 2'', from day one to decades later. Same canon as SCB's series, and probably BA's fic too.
* ''Comments'': Appropriately they are incredibly bleak and depressing, giving a very detailed and personal look at what is only hinted at in the games.

''[[ Half-Life 40K]]''
* Recommended by: Watashiwa
* ''Status'': Complete
* ''Synopsis'': Once upon a time, someone on 4chan had a thought: What if Gordon Freeman woke up in [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} the 41st mellinium]]? What if, crowbar in hand, Gordon Freeman became a living legend? What if Adrian Shepard followed, himself cutting a swath through the enemies of mankind? MAYBE it would be something like this.
* ''Comments'': This is a great proof-of-concept piece, highly recommended if you like Gordon Freeman going through alien hordes with nothing but a crowbar and a Zero Point Gravity Device. And I think you do.

''[[ Half-Life 2: Episode 3]]'', ''[[ Half-Life 2: Episode 4]]'' by Nintendolover222.
* Recommended by Gelious
* ''Status'': Complete
* ''Synopsis'': A direct sequel to ''Episode 2'', starting from Eli's funeral. Gordon, Alyx and Barney fly to Arctic to find the Borealis and save Mossman, while Freeman is plagued by question: how is he capable of being OneManArmy? Meanwhile, [=GMan=] gives freedom to Adrian Shepard and orders him to kill Gordon - [[spoiler:but it is nothing but a SecretTest, followed by TheReveal of [=GMan=]'s nature and plans]]. At the same time, [=GLaDOS=], who is [[NotQuiteDead still alive]], and [[spoiler:has Chell attached to MindControlDevice, while residing in her clone's body]] is starting it's own path to TakeOverTheWorld.
* ''Comments'': Well written novels, which contain good description of action scenes, serious discussions of universal ethics and morality, [[spoiler:[[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong time travel]] TemporalParadox]], [[BackFromTheDead resurrections]], several plot twists, [[TheReveal reveals]], and [[spoiler:a TwistEnding, which will make [[YourHeadASplode your brain explode.]]]] Warning: AnyoneCanDie reigns free [[spoiler:up and including TheHeroDies three times]] Don't worry, ItMakesSenseInContext.

''FanFic/BetweenMinds'', by [[ 3theCaptain]]
* Recommended by RussTheAdventureMouse, JingleHeimerSchmit
* ''Status'': Dormant
* ''Synopsis'': Takes off after Episode 2 and Portal 1, the gang set off for the Borealis after deciding that taking a teleporter would be faster than the helicopter. So far Chell has escaped her Relaxation Room, Kleiner gave a speech, and Gordon teleported to the Arctic [[spoiler: to find a Combine ambush waiting for him]]. Also, Barney showed up in one of the most ridiculous ways possible.
* ''Comments'': Very well written! The characters act like themselves, neither Gordon nor Chell speak, Alyx and Gordon are sweet and flirty. Alyx is tough but in mourning, Gordon's in denial, Barney's [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]], etc. All in all, a very enjoyable read that tugs your heartstrings when the time is right! Interestingly, shows Eli's death from Dog's point of view in the prologue.
** After a [[SeriesHiatus year without updates, suddenly the author announces he/she's rewriting the Half-Life chapters,]] and HOLY CRAP it's good! Or at least, much improvement on a story that didn't really need improvement. It's good! Read it!

''[[ Rubik's Cube]]'', by [[ Tsumi-Amethyst]]
* Recommended by Freya Crescent
* ''Status'': Complete
* ''Synopsis'': "A young Alyx Vance is bored as she is dragged around the Black Mesa facility. She has been given a Rubik's Cube to play with."
* ''Comments'': Short, sweet, and heartwarming.

''[[ Forget about Freeman]]'', by [[ Hotpoint]]
* Recommended by Murus
* ''Status'': Dead
* ''Synopsis'': "Your hour has come again Corporal Shephard, the wrong man in the right place can make all the difference in the world."
* ''Comments'': That's right, Shephard is back - and he's ''awesome''! Seriously, the writer nailed down a fitting personality for Adrian Shephard perfectly. This story takes place following Half Life 2: Episode 2. Sadly, it seems it's a [[DeadFic dead fic]], which will stay on its mere 4 chapters... however, reading them is recommended nevertheless, as they're excellent.

''[[ Restoring Feeling]]'', by [[ Noun of Nouns]]
* Recommended by sloth4
* ''Status'': Dead
* ''Synopsis'': "When the imagination's worst horrors are confronted in reality, people can't help but change. Adaptation is one of the cornerstones of evolution, but for Gordon Freeman, this isn't evolution, it is regression."
* ''Comments'': Excellent story following a cynical and war-weary Gordon Freeman who has forsaken the role of a scientist in exchange for becoming a Combine killer. It carries heavy overtones of science reaching too far. Freeman is consumed by regret and appears to have PTSD. He's also far more brutal than you would expect and a complete racist (toward vortigaunts). Sadly, it may be a [[DeadFic dead fic]]. Still, highly recommended.

''[[ Black Coffee]]'' by [[ rednightmare]]
* Recommended by Miss Freeman
* ''Status'': Complete
* ''Synopsis'': He has to keep awake somehow. Character study of Barney Calhoun taking place at the time of the Black Mesa Incident with many flashbacks to his childhood and his normal life working as a security guard.
* ''Comments'': Superbly written, a little hard to wrap your brain around at first as it switches back and forth between past and present, and does a great job at conveying the insanity of the disaster and Barney's own sleep-deprived mind.

[[WMG:[[{{Shipping}} Shipping Fics]]]]
''Stories focused on the romantic relationships between the cast.''

''[[ The Right Words]]'' by Subverted
* Recommended by Tropers/KathrynShadow
* ''Status'': Dead
* ''Pairing:'' Gordon/Alyx
* ''Synopsis:'' Sometimes it seemed as though they both struggled to speak, yet the meaning was always conveyed.
* ''Comment:'' It started out as a brief exploration of what might have happened had Gordon actually had a chance to rest for a bit at Black Mesa East before everything went to hell. And then the author decided to continue it. ''And it kept getting better.'' Chapter 4 (which is titled Chapter Three), nearly brought me to tears. It also, beautifully enough, preserves Gordon's HeroicMime status.

''[[ Misery Loves Company]]'' by Kraven Ergeist
* Recommended by Edgar L Night, Tropers/{{Hush}}
* ''Status'': Complete
* ''Pairing:'' Gordon/Alyx
* ''Synopsis:'' "As Alyx mourns the loss of her father, Gordon offers his support in the only way he knows how: silently."
* ''Comment:'' An adorable one-shot that can and will reduce even the most hard-hearted into a puddle of {{squee}}.
** A well-written and touching short story indeed. Worth a look.

''[[ Cabin in the Woods]]'' by [[ KRSONMar]]
* Recommended by johnny3gud
* ''Status:'' Completed
* ''Pairing:'' Gordon/Alyx
* ''Synopsis:'' Taking shelter from a thunderstorm, Gordon and Alyx find themselves stuck in a conveniently-located cabin. Gordon knows what's supposed to happen...and he can't afford to let it.
* ''Comment:'' The length of a short novel, this extraordinarily well-written and insightful fic features Gordon and Alyx at the most emotionally intense you'll ever see them. Sometimes delightful, sometimes brutal, and always thoroughly touching. Not an overstatement to call it a ''tour de force.''

[[WMG:[[{{Crossover}} Crossover Fics]]]]

''[[ Salvation: A Half-Life Mass Effect Crossover Story]]'' by Jesse De La Rosa
* Recommended by autopanda and Tropers/{{Wixelt}}
* ''Status'': Complete
* ''Synopsis''After Gordon Freeman is allegedly killed by the Combine, Earth enters a new technological Golden Age. Until 179 years later, when galactic civilization is threatened once more. A threat that only Earth's two greatest heroes can stop.
* ''Pairings'': Shepard/Tali, [[spoiler:Gordon/Miranda]]
* ''Comments'' Exactly what the title says. It's actually pretty good. Also, in one of the first couple chapters, Shepard attempts to teach Legion what the term "fun" means.
** Now finished, and it's conclusion was brilliant. It's not over, however, as it is now leading into a series of stand-alone 'episode' stories that will eventually lead into a sequel.

''[[ Half-Life 40K]]'' written by unknown.
* Recommended by Tropers/{{Thecommander236}}
* ''Status'': Complete
* ''Synopsis'' Somehow, Gordon, Shepard, AND the G-Man were put into stasis and are woken up in the universe of Warhammer 40,000. What occurs next is pure carnage.
* ''Comments'' Sadly, it is very short and a continuation either doesn't exist or is hard to find. The grammar of the story isn't the best, but the story itself is decent and awesome.

[[WMG: Fan Films]]

* Recommended by FLCNPNCH, Tacitus, DEFCON 1, Paireon, Tropers/{{Alynnidalar}}
** ''[[ Full Life Consequences]]'' -- Fan Fiction by squirrelking, Narration by blind51de, Video by Djy1991
** ''[[ What Has Tobe Done]]'' -- Fan Fiction by squirrelking, Narration by [=Cannon590A=], Video by Djy1991
** ''[[ Hero Beggining]]'' -- Fan Fiction by squirrelking, Narration by [=Dwarfie=], Video by Djy1991
** ''[[ Free Man]]'' -- Fan Fiction by squirrelking, Narration by [=Dwarfie=], Video by Djy1991
* ''Status'': Complete
* ''Synopsis'': Someone finds a crappy ''Half-Life'' fanfic and decides to make some movies out of it. These are those movies.
* ''Comments'': The "fan fic" itself: gut-bustingly bad. The machinema itself: absurdly hilarious. The "fan fic" and the machinema ''combined'': ...can't...breathe...too...funny... Don't forget to watch ''[[ Quarter-Life: Half-Way to Destruction]]'' -- Fan Fiction by Peter Chimaera, Narration by [=Cannon590A=], Video by Djy1991.
** There have been other similar projects, most significantly videos produced and released around the same time as Djy's versions by Gaz6231:
** ''[[ Hero Beggining]]'' -- Narration and Video by Gaz6231
** ''[[ Free Man]]'' -- Narration and Video by Gaz6231
** These videos offer a slightly different take on the original fanfiction, which is... lacking in detail in places. Feel free to argue over which was better/first/ripped off/not ripped off/falsely accused of ripping off/falsely accusing others of ripping off/whatever in the comments of all related videos, or just enjoy two equally interesting takes on a truly terrible piece of writing.

''[[ Teatime with Dr. Breen]]'' by ''[[ kitty0706]]''
* Recommended by Tarentel.
* ''Synopsis'': Gordon Freeman gets a call from Microsoft Sam to have tea with Dr. Breen in the Citadel. Along the way he runs into a swarm of angry watermelons, [[VideoGame/Left4Dead PEELZ]], a long elevator ride, a traveling band of [[VideoGame/TeamFortress2 enemy spies]], computer failure, and [[ArsonMurderandJaywalking Dr. Magnusson.]] Do not watch if you are a fan of logic, common sense, or coherent plot.

''[[ Half-Life:Foxtrot Uniform]]''
* Recommended by Tropers/{{Rmpdc}}
* ''Synopsis'': Taking place late in the Black Mesa Incident, a HECU Marine, having just witnessed his entire unit get wiped out, is cornered in an office by a security guard named Otis. However, an ambush by Black Ops soldiers sent to silence any remaining witnesses in the facility forces both the Marine and Otis to fight their way out of the facility in order to stay alive.
* Comments: An excellent blend of ''VideoGame/HalfLife'':''Opposing Force'' and ''VideoGame/BlackMesa'', combining dark and gritty action with some over-the-top effects.