Posted by Breezio (10 posts) 2 years, 4 months ago

Poll: Half-Life/Half-Life:Source or Half-Life 2 (29 votes)

Half-Life 28%
Half-Life: Source 14%
Half-Life 2 59%

I've never played any of the Half-Life games, and I think I'm going to correct that. I have all of the Half-Life games

(thanks Steam) but I don't know whether to jump straight into 2 or play the first one. As far as I can tell HL:Source is just a better version of HL?

Also if it's best to just start on 2 is there a good story recap for 1?

#1 Posted by Pie (7219 posts) -

I think a lot of people would say jump into Black Mesa. Changes a lot of Half Life but I think most people would agree that the changes are for the better.

#2 Edited by OfficeGamer (1120 posts) -

IF you're interested in experiencing the games chronologically, start with Black Mesa, a Half-Life 1 mod released last year which is basically an HD remake of that game (that aged terribly) with a lot of fixes (highly acclaimed), then play Half-Life 2, then the two HL2 sequels.

If you just wanna have fun, I'd say skip the first game altogether and start with HL2 since it's stellar and amazingly long.

#3 Edited by Pie (7219 posts) -

Huh, looks like Black Mesa never came out on steam despite it being greenlit. Just get it from here I guess

#4 Posted by believer258 (12969 posts) -

@pie said:

I think a lot of people would say jump into Black Mesa. Changes a lot of Half Life but I think most people would agree that the changes are for the better.

I haven't played it, but I've heard some terrible things about balance and difficulty in that game, alongside stability issues and other things.

On-topic: There are some references in the second game to things that happened in the first game, but the second game does not depend on the first one. You should play both, but you can play them in either order. I played the second one before I played the second one first and it's a better designed game, but the first one has more enemy variety and more fun gunplay in my opinion. It's just that the finale, the Xen level, is atrocious - you should be aware of that.

Also, Half-Life Source is a fine way to play Half-Life. It looks a little better and supports higher resolutions, but don't think that the "source" part means it looks a whole lot better. It doesn't. It just looks smoother and cleaner.

#5 Edited by FrankieSpankie (228 posts) -

I personally liked the original engine more than Source. I'd just play them like they were meant to be played and play the original first and then 2. I still am yet to play Half-Life: Source but I have played Black Mesa. Even though it's an old engine version of an even older game, I still thought Black Mesa was beautiful.

#6 Edited by Pr1mus (4107 posts) -

Play Black Mesa, then go read about the ending of the original game or watch the last couple chapters on youtube and then play Half-Life 2.

You really don't have to subject yourself to the atrocious last couple areas of Half-Life.

#7 Posted by Video_Game_King (36566 posts) -

Half-Life 2.

#8 Edited by zenmastah (1068 posts) -

But will he appreciate HL2 if he doesnt play Xen?

#9 Posted by yinstarrunner (1257 posts) -

If you're typically alright with playing older games, skip Black Mesa and just play HL1/source (doesn't matter really). Black Mesa is interesting and all, but it also cuts out some content and is missing the last portion of the game.

Black Mesa is OKAY, but honestly, the original deserves its due. It's one of my most favorite games of all time, and as long as the graphics don't make you violently ill, I think it's worth playing over BM.

#10 Posted by Ravenlight (8057 posts) -

Just watch this and you don't need to play any HL games:

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#11 Edited by bybeach (5191 posts) -

I'm prone to say HL 2. But I think it might be time for me to visit Black Mesa. Trouble is that I have hooved it through HL source a few times now...know the game.

#12 Posted by EarlessShrimp (1795 posts) -

Black Mesa is probably the one you'd want to start with. That was such an excellent version of the original half life. If you're really curious about it go through the original game and the source engine one just for comparison sake. But definitely play the original first! You don't need to do it but there are winks and nods to the original game that might be more meaningful to you if you went through the first one.

#13 Edited by TheHT (12568 posts) -

OG half-life.

fuck ravenholm. every time i start replaying half-life 2 i get to ravenholm and lose interest.

#14 Edited by TheSquarePear (245 posts) -

Half-life is a great linear FPS with little story (how I remember it) and few "cutscenes" (pretty slow start) and it is marred by platforming and the ending.

Half-life 2 is a "rollercoaster" that is highly dependent on the physics "gimmicks" and driving sequences. It has a great ending and it is probably the best post-2000 PC single player FPS experience ever (along with Far Cry and Bioshock). I'm not sure if we'll ever see a single player campaign like that again (CoD doesn't count).

So if you hate challenging shooting and/or platforming skip Half-life but don't miss HL2 (the episodes are kind of forgettable).