I've never finished Half-Life

As a PC gamer, I'm ashamed to admit it...but I have never finished the Half Life series.  I recently purchased the Orange Box on Steam (during the thanksgiving special for like $7.50) and I've committed myself to finish the entire series.  I intend to mine the game for info not currently included in the respective wiki pages and update them accordingly.  I'm planning for an awesome experience.  I'll periodically update this space with impressions.

36 Comments
36 Comments
Posted by Heli0s

As a PC gamer, I'm ashamed to admit it...but I have never finished the Half Life series.  I recently purchased the Orange Box on Steam (during the thanksgiving special for like $7.50) and I've committed myself to finish the entire series.  I intend to mine the game for info not currently included in the respective wiki pages and update them accordingly.  I'm planning for an awesome experience.  I'll periodically update this space with impressions.

Edited by HitmanAgent47

Same here. I couldn't get past some underground tunnel, I didn't know where to go and the walkthroughs were no help. Also the gameplay is so archaic compared to half life 2, can't wait for the remake.

Posted by FancySoapsMan

Neither have I.

Posted by Jasta
@HitmanAgent47 said:
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Same here. I couldn't get past some underground tunnel, I didn't know where to go and the walkthroughs were no help. Also the gameplay is so archaic compared to half life 2, can't wait for the remake.

"
6 years between a sequel will do that to a game. When was the last time they updated? Their twitter account  has been dead for almost a year now.
Posted by Gill

I gave up half way through Xen. Probably should have just completed it.

Posted by cnlmullen

I haven't gotten around to playing through Blue Shift (which I hear is quite short); this bothers me in a OCD sort of way.

Posted by Claude

I got to the end of the original Half Life and got very confused and quit and quit and quit yet again. Now, Half Life 2 is a different story. I completed it a least 3 times.

Posted by Mikemcn

Never finished Hl1, dabbled in Blue shift and Opposing Force, but that was about it, HL2 and the episodes are great though. You should get to it.

Posted by yinstarrunner

This thread makes me sad. I, for one, think the original Half-life actually holds up really well.
 
For reference, I first played Half-life 1 in 2006 AFTER I had played and completed Half-life 2.   To me the pacing seems way better in the first game, which is why I've completed it about 5 times and why I find it very hard to replay Half-life 2 past the damned Highway 17 section.

Posted by TooWalrus

 I've never played a half-life game. I honestly don't know anything about the plot or characters, aside from that it has a silent protagonist named Jeff Gordon.

Posted by HistoryInRust

Fucking hated the original Half-Life. Basically for the reasons why everyone hates Half-Life 2.  
 
But I love Half-Life 2.  
 
@TooWalrus: lol

Posted by Spoonman671

Yeah, I couldn't get through the first Half-Life either.  I've played Half-Life 2 and it's expansions multiple times though.

Edited by Claude
@TooWalrus said:

"  I've never played a half-life game. I honestly don't know anything about the plot or characters, aside from that it has a silent protagonist named Jeff Gordon. "

Jeff Gordon sucks... Jimmy Johnson is the real deal. But Barney Calhoun could run laps around him.
Posted by HistoryInRust
@Claude: It's funny because "Barney Calhoun" sounds like a legitimate name for a NASCAR driver. 
Posted by SSully

I have literally started about 10 times, and never get more then 7 hours in. The gameplay still holds up, and the graphics aren't horrible, it is just that the difficulty is so spotty. The marines are fucking aimbots, if you make a single noise they just kammakazi you until you are dead. 

Posted by Driadon

The only two I have yet to finish is the original and Episode 2. Ep 2 I'm damn close to the end, and already know the story so I haven't had the drive to quite finish it off, and the original is a funny story... 
I think I've tried to finish it about 10 times, usually I loose my save changing computers or whatnot. Anyway, the last two times I played I got incredibly far, lost my save, then tried to warp to that level and give myself the HEV suit so I could keep going and, well, the game wouldn't have any of that. And as such I wouldn't have any of it.

Posted by Aus_azn

I gave up with HL1 when I had reached the surface and marines were owning me.
 
I have finished HL2 and the episodes released thus far.

Posted by Heli0s
@Claude: Haha, freaking great. 
 
For clarification, my plan is to play through Half Life 2, and then revisit Half Life 1. 
Posted by Metric_Outlaw

It took me like 2 trys but once you finish its totally worth it.

Posted by s10129107

Half Life was a DAMN HARD DAMN LONG game

Posted by blackbird415
@Heli0s:  oh dont worry. I had to play the first half oof the game over over 6 times. I finally beat it, but I kept losing my saves over time.
Posted by SeriouslyNow

PC gamers who didn't complete Half Life should hand in their PCs and walk away in shame.
 
Seriously.

Posted by bybeach

I cannot understand anyone not getting through Halflife on normal. My skills are subpar campared to many younger ppl., but I slogged through about 3 years ago, again. The few real sticky  parts were getting to Xen, and the boss fight. Theres plenty of hard points, like the scratching pecking wierdo  neck-chickens and the marines sometimes, but you get through e'm. I enjoyed fighting the marines...
Posted by Soapy86

I think if you haven't finished Half-Life 1 yet, then you should probably go ahead and wait for Black Mesa to come out. 

Posted by Heli0s
@Soapy86: It could very well take me that long to get through Half Life 2, and Ep 1 & 2.  If Black Mesa is out by then would you finish Black Mesa first or Half Life 3 (rumor has it they'll be coming out together)?
Posted by Soapy86
@Heli0s said:
" If Black Mesa is out by then would you finish Black Mesa first or Half Life 3 (rumor has it they'll be coming out together)? "
Where did you hear that rumor?
Posted by BUCK3TM4N

i beat alof hl 2 and just got the original suring the summer sale still havnt beat it but its quite good it was ahead of its time for sure 

Posted by Heli0s
@Soapy86 said:
" @Heli0s said:
" If Black Mesa is out by then would you finish Black Mesa first or Half Life 3 (rumor has it they'll be coming out together)? "
Where did you hear that rumor? "
I can't remember the exact reference, but a blog post here on Giant Bomb makes a pretty logical case for the idea of a dual release.  But who knows?
Posted by Diablochicken14

Same.  Been waiting for Black Mesa to come out, but that dream is slowly fading.

Posted by NTM

Wow. So many people haven't finished the original Half Life... newbies? Eh, Half Life's a quality series, but it's not necessarily fun anymore and if they make a new Half Life it needs to have a more modern feel to it. The only thing I really ever enjoyed about the original Half Life was the intro, the fact it's the predecessor to Half Life 2, and Black Mesa still has a good atmosphere, I just wish you had a funner time there. All I need to beat is Blue Shift someday, then everything Half Life so far I've played and beat.
Posted by cnlmullen
@TooWalrus said:
"  I've never played a half-life game. I honestly don't know anything about the plot or characters, aside from that it has a silent protagonist named Jeff Gordon. "

Posted by ESREVER

I've managed to beat Half-Life 1, but haven't finished HL2. Nor have I played any of the episodes that are after it.

Posted by Alphiehyr
@Heli0s said:
" As a PC gamer, I'm ashamed to admit it...but I have never finished the Half Life series.  I recently purchased the Orange Box on Steam (during the thanksgiving special for like $7.50) and I've committed myself to finish the entire series.  I intend to mine the game for info not currently included in the respective wiki pages and update them accordingly.  I'm planning for an awesome experience.  I'll periodically update this space with impressions. "
I haven't finished Gears of War 2. So what? No one gives a shit. Just a game.
Posted by Enigma777

I'm proud to say that the only Valve game I've ever finished was Portal... and that took me 3 separate tries on 2 consoles and 2 years. 

Posted by JoyfullOFrockets

Impulse 101 baby. That's all I'm gonna say.

Posted by doublezeroduck

I've finished it. How could you not want/need to finish it? Crazy.