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Video Game: Sweet Half-Life
SUBJECT: Gordon McGinley
Male, age 30
POSITION: Warehouse manager
ASSIGNMENT: Storage Facility

Sweet Half-Life is a Half-Life mod made by Marc Ellis and Koumei Satou, the latter of whom was also the creator of Peaces Like Us and the Half-Life 2 mod Mistake of Pythagoras.

The mod is set around the same time as the original game and its expansion packs, seen through the eyes of Gordon McGinley, the Black Mesa warehouse manager as he tries to escape the facility after the Resonance Cascade.

Can be downloaded online.

This game mod takes place in same universe as Half-Life, therefore the same tropes apply.


Sweet Half-Life provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Action Girl: The unnamed girl who helped McGinley throughout the mod and rescued Shephard in the Golden Ending.
  • Affectionate Parody/Genre Throwback: Of '50s/'60s sci-fi films, mixed in with some anime/manga elements.
  • Also Sprach Zarathustra: Used to complete the 2001 Shout-Out.
  • Animesque: All over the place. See also Action Girl.
  • Artificial Brilliance: The friendly HECU marines in the mothership were noticeably smarter than the ones from Opposing Force, who'll sometimes turn on you for no reason.
  • The Big Guy/Scary Black Man: The minigun-wielding HECU sergeant.
  • Climax Boss/Final Boss: The Kingpin in Xen and a giant probe in the Greys' mothership.
  • Crate Expectations
  • The Dev Team Thinks of Everything: In the garage, you'll encounter an HECU team and later, a Gargantua. A security guard will open a door for you. If you manage to keep him alive throughout the level, which ends in a subway station, you won't be able to bring him with you to the train because an invisible AI barrier is keeping him from doing so.
  • Difficulty Spike: Especially once you're inside the mothership.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: The mod's themes were composed by Satou himself.
  • Escort Mission
  • Eyes Do Not Belong There: At one point in Xen, McGinley finds himself in some sort of room full of eyes. In order to break free he has to shoot all of them.
  • Flying Saucer: The Greys' UFOs, naturally. On the other hand, their mothership resembles a cigarette.
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You / Interface Screw: The Kingpin taunts McGinley and the player by barraging him with walls of text.
    You Die
    Die
    Fool
    You Cannot Defeat Us All
    You Cannot Win
  • Frickin' Laser Beams: The Greys are fond of this trope.
  • Game-Breaking Bug: The mod crashes whenever the HD pack was installed. This doesn't seem to occur when played on Steam or Xash3D versions. Also, if the mod is played on Xash3D, some scripts involving Gargantuas will not be activated, rendering it unwinnable.
    • In Steam build of the engine some scripts can sometimes fail to start as well, seemingly for no reason. Considering how this mod loves to create artificial barriers controlled by scripts, it's certainly very easy to put the game in unwinnable state simply by walking along the path. This may or may not be caused by quick save abuse, though.
  • Gonk: All of the helmet (sans gas mask)-wearing HECU soldiers.
  • Gratuitous English: One sign in the subway station features an animesque girl breaking out of her chains. A text above her says "girls not slave". Earlier, the words "Accident ago" appear on the screen.
  • The Greys: They appear as enemies, having lots and lots of hitpoints and equipped with a plasma rifle. If you're close enough, they'll punch you instead.
  • Hellish Copter: Not counting the Apache pursuing McGinley in the subway, one Apache crashes into Room 101 after the HECU ambush party was slaughtered by him.
  • Heroic Mime: McGinley, the aforementioned Action Girl, Freeman (naturally), and Shephard.
  • Mad Libs Dialogue: The HECU, naturally. Averted in the mothership, where they talk in a natural manner, not unlike the allied marines from Opposing Force.
  • Madness Mantra: See The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You.
  • Mle Trois: Black Mesa vs. HECU vs. Xen vs. The Greys.
  • The Monolith: Again, used to complete the 2001 Shout-Out.
  • More Dakka: The plasma rifle and the minigun, which packs even more dakka than the MP5 or the F2000.
  • The Mother Ship: The Greys have one.
  • Multiple Endings: McGinley can either board one of the UFOs, taking him to Greys' mothership, rescuing the HECU troops there (who in turn aid him), destroying it (and therefore the Grey invasion force and rescuing Shephard), or he can be abducted by one of the active UFOs which takes him to Xen where he fights the Kingpin (allowing the Greys to invade the Earth). Either way, McGinley will always end up on top of the tram boarded by both the G-Man and Freeman.
  • Nintendo Hard
  • Non-Indicative Name: Nope, this mod is in no way "sweet" whatsoever.
  • No OSHA Compliance: Surprisingly averted. Played straight with the train station near the laser test site where McGinley rescues a bunch of scientists from the Greys.
  • Plot Armor: The Bradley McGinley fights near the heliport cannot be damaged by anything. It was only destroyed after a Xen formation teleports and grew beneath it.
  • Plot Twist: Black Mesa is really Area 51, if the UFOs and The Greys are any indication.
  • Public Domain Soundtrack: Antonio Vivaldi's L'estro armonico no. 3 and Also Sprach Zarathustra.
  • Room 101: McGinley finds one in the fake generator room.
  • Rule of Cool: Taken Up to Eleven if you've installed R1chard's UD pack.
  • Running Gag: The Vortigaunts listening to Vivaldi's L'estro armonico no. 3.
  • Semper Fi: Initially subverted with the HECU. Played straight once McGinley rescues them.
  • Short Range Shotgun
  • Shout-Out:
  • Tanks for Nothing: A destroyed HECU Abrams can be seen in Xen towards the end of the game along with its dead crew. The Abrams aside, all of the Bradleys were destroyed by Xen lifeforms. Firing a rocket at them does nothing but annoy them.
  • Unwinnable by Mistake: Missing just one of the tubes in the mothership denies you access to the reactor core. Worse yet, once you've activated an elevator, you can't go back.
  • You All Look Familiar: The Black Mesa HEV-wearing scientists, due to its reuse of the vanilla scientist head models. Subverted with the HECU marines, who now have 6 different heads.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: McGinley's ultimate and apparent fate, no matter the ending.


SUBJECT: Gordon McGinley
Male, age 30
STATUS: Warehouse manager
TRUTH BECOMES OBVIOUS.

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