Half-Life 1, still worth getting into?

#1 Posted by Demmetje (201 posts) -

So I just noticed that Half-Life 1 is on sale in the Steam Summer sale. I have played Half-life 2 and both episodes and enjoyed those thoroughly.

How well has the first one aged? Is it still worth getting into?

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#3 Posted by Hizang (8532 posts) -

I hear tie's are not to popular..

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#4 Posted by pantzing_nome (583 posts) -

I still enjoying playing half-life and if you're worried about the graphics hopefully the black mesa mod will come out soon.

#5 Posted by nintendoeats (5975 posts) -

I played it for the first time 6 years ago and thought it was incredible. Things have come a long way since 1998, but Half Life is still a very impressive achievement.

#6 Posted by Christoffer (1801 posts) -

For academic purposes it's worth playing, and I'm sure you will enjoy yourself every now and then.

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#7 Posted by Hizang (8532 posts) -
@Demmetje Oh I also reccomend the PS2 version, Has a cool two player mode.
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#8 Posted by nintendoeats (5975 posts) -

@pantzing_nome said:

I still enjoying playing half-life and if you're worried about the graphics hopefully the black mesa mod will come out soon.

Do we still really believe in that?

#9 Posted by Demmetje (201 posts) -

@Stonyman65: Do you mean instead of playing the game? :P

Anyways, I'm not that picky on the graphics department, so I'm mainly talking gameplay-wise.

#10 Posted by glyn (382 posts) -

Some of the settings, and jump puzzles were pretty cool.

And the train ride was scary

#11 Posted by Jams (2960 posts) -

I thought HL2 came with HL:Source, Or maybe it was free if you had one of the episodes or something?

#12 Posted by Demmetje (201 posts) -

@Jams: So you recommend playing the Source Engine version, not the original?

#13 Posted by wewantsthering (1564 posts) -

@nintendoeats said:

@pantzing_nome said:

I still enjoying playing half-life and if you're worried about the graphics hopefully the black mesa mod will come out soon.

Do we still really believe in that?

Exactly. It's been "coming soon" forever.

#14 Posted by TheHT (11155 posts) -

Yes yes yes yes yes.

Yes.

#15 Posted by Demmetje (201 posts) -

@TheHT: Hahaha, is that a 'yes' for the Source version or for the game in general?

#16 Posted by CouncilorChief (85 posts) -

It's still an awesome game up until Xen. Fuck Xen.

#17 Posted by TheHT (11155 posts) -

@Demmetje: Frankly, either will do. The Source version just adds ragdoll, fancier water, and prettier lighting.

#18 Posted by eroticfishcake (7783 posts) -

Every year people ask this question and every year the answer is yes. It's one of those 3D games that have aged surprisingly well not to mention that it comes from an era where the protagonists in FPSs run around on roller skates.

#19 Posted by Stonyman65 (2681 posts) -

@Demmetje: hahaha I think you should have that on while you're playing. That would be pretty cool I think.

But yeah. It's Half-Life. If you liked Half-Life 2, you'll like the original - it's the same game but without the gravity gun and (thankfully) without that horrible speedboat/dunebuggy thing.

#20 Posted by Demmetje (201 posts) -

@TheHT:

Just found out that for €2,50 I can also get the Source version including Half-Life Source: Deatmatch.

The complete Half-Life bundle (including Blue Shift etcetera) is €9,24

Are those expansions worth getting?

#21 Posted by Jams (2960 posts) -

@Demmetje said:

@TheHT:

Just found out that for €2,50 I can also get the Source version including Half-Life Source: Deatmatch.

The complete Half-Life bundle (including Blue Shift etcetera) is €9,24

Are those expansions worth getting?

The complete half-life bundle is pretty cool. I bought one way back in the day. I'm pretty sure if you wanted to play Blue Shift and Opposing force that you would have to get the regular game (they didn't port those to source) and they are worth it if you're interested.

#22 Posted by TheHT (11155 posts) -

@Jams said:

@Demmetje said:

@TheHT:

Just found out that for €2,50 I can also get the Source version including Half-Life Source: Deatmatch.

The complete Half-Life bundle (including Blue Shift etcetera) is €9,24

Are those expansions worth getting?

The complete half-life bundle is pretty cool. I bought one way back in the day. I'm pretty sure if you wanted to play Blue Shift and Opposing force that you would have to get the regular game (they didn't port those to source) and they are worth it if you're interested.

Yeah, Blue Shift and Opposing Force are also great games worth playing. Opposing Force moreso.

#23 Edited by Schmollian (261 posts) -

Just follow my philosophy. If Valve made it, its worth buying and playing.

#24 Posted by TheDudeOfGaming (6078 posts) -

I played it quite recently after a long time, and no. In 1998 it sure as hell was amazing. But it's like saying Pong is still great because it was one of the first video games. Really, now it's just a shooter with good shooting, (some) puzzles and platforming. But there really aren't any characters to speak of, except G-man. And the story...well it's all pretty much explained in the end, so there's not much of that either. Possibly the most over-rated game in existence...in my humble, worthless opinion.

#25 Posted by Plasticstars (171 posts) -

Most of it still holds up pretty well. Except a certain area towards the end of the game. Fuck that place. And the final boss.

#26 Edited by believer258 (11815 posts) -

Yes, Half-Life 1 is very much worth a playthrough. Just understand that the last hour or so, which takes place in a very different looking area - you'll know it when you see it - really sucks.

The rest of the game holds up mind-bogglingly well. Like, incredibly well.

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#27 Posted by Demmetje (201 posts) -

Thanks guys! Went for the complete pack in the end, got them all now!

#28 Posted by Fattony12000 (7322 posts) -

@Demmetje: Play it.

If you don't want to play it, then watch this:

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#29 Posted by deox (210 posts) -

Every now and again I get the urge to revisit Half-Life, but being one of my favorite games of all time I'm worried it will ruin my nostalgia for it. I think I'll just keep the fond memories... but if you've never played it. You should.

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#30 Posted by Skyfire543 (678 posts) -

Yes, the game is still worth playing. I'd recommend getting the Anthology - with Blue Shift, Opposing Force, and TF Classic - because those games still hold up as well.

#31 Posted by cannonballBAM (602 posts) -

@Demmetje: I have started half life 1 multiple times but have never finished it. I finally just watched a speed run through of it and called it quits. I have played through HL2 and HL2: episode 1; I am currently pushing myself through Episode 2. Not that it is a bad thing, just that the storyline doesn't really capture me. But that could be because I was a late PC bloomer, either way your gaming so that is a win.

#32 Posted by fugie7 (1109 posts) -

yeah its worth getting into.

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