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Several months ago, I played Half Life and stopped at "On A Rail." Then I started up the game again and managed to get through the rest of it in 2-3 days. So now is my opportunity to explain my opinion of this classic FPS.
Storywise, I found this game to be quite interesting. I'm kind of disappointed in myself for stopping just before "Apprehension," which was where the story began to feel more action packed. It means something to me for the game to acknowledge Gordon's status as a One-Man Army. Then the other survivors suggested that he go to the alien world of Xen. Why him? Because at that point, no one else seemed capable enough. And when I get there, I see other corpses with the same suit as Gordon; people who failed when he didn't. I felt proud of myself for being able to stop the Xen armies when no one else could. And then that Sequel Hook with the G-Man! If people have been hyping over a Half-Life 3 for this long (not that it's guaranteed; but still), than I can imagine what people felt when Half-Life 2 was announced.
Gameplaywise, I found some parts (Like the entirety of "On A Rail") to be quite a drag. It wasn't until I made it to "Lambda Core" that I realized I didn't gain anything vital to the story from exploring, and that the game's progress was more linear than I expected. The weapons were all interesting and unique to use, and that means that anyone can play the game their way. My personal favorites were the Shotgun, Revolver and Crossbow (They pack lots of burst DMG.)
Half-Life is Valve's very first game and is what solidified their reputation. I'm feeling excited to play the sequel just to see the difference 6 years can make.
This game gets 9/10 from me.
So I just played Opposing Force for something like the nth time this week, and I noticed that the expansion pack favored a faster pace of gameplay, with the addition of less thinking and more combat. This is not necessarily a bad thing, considering it makes sense. Shephard is a US marine after all compared to Gordon Freeman's scientist (whose game requires a lot more thinking as a result). In short, fridge logic kind of explains this aspect.
Overall, I think that this action-packed expansion is truly worth getting alongside the original Half-Life, even after all these years. The only thing left to wait for (aside from Half-Life 3) would be for Tripmine Studios to finish and release their take on a Source Engine version of this very expansion pack, called Operation: Black Mesa.
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