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Half-Life

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Sierra Entertainment

Release Date:

10/31/1998

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Shooter FPS
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Half-Life combines great storytelling in the tradition of Stephen King with intense action and advanced technology to create a frighteningly realistic world where players need to think smart to survive. Half-Life has won more than 50 Game of the Year awards from publications around the world, and was named 'Best PC Game Ever' in PC Gamer (November 1999). Throughout the game, both friends and foes behave in sophisticated and unpredictable ways, a result of Half-Life's powerful and innovative artificial intelligence. The intensity of the game also reflects the strong storyline, created by award-winning horror novelist Marc Laidlaw. Of course there's also a variety of exciting multiplayer scenarios, and an easy-to-use interface that will have you connected to the game of your choice in just seconds. Half-Life? takes advantage of licensed technology from id Software, but adds a whole new level of proprietary technology. Just a few of our technological advancements include: Enemy AI Half-Life?'s monsters are also remarkably--even terrifyingly--intelligent. Our proprietary AI has them running in packs, assessing threats and showing a marked distaste for suicide runs. You'd better think as fast as they do. Rendering Technologies So you don't want to have to buy a special hardware accelerator just to get 16-bit color, colored lighting, blurring, translucency or other cool visual effects? Then don't. Half-Life? has developed all these features in software so now they're an integral part of the gameplay, not just eye-candy. Of course, if you do have Open-GL, Direct 3D or MMX hardware, things will look mind-bogglingly cool. Skeletal Animation System Our new animation system lets us create monsters that are more spectacularly menacing than ever before. Half-Life?'s monsters have the highest polygon count, and the most fluid and complex motion ever seen in an action game. Multiplayer Joining a multiplayer game is now fast and easy, thanks to Half-Life's powerful interface. Find your friends, choose the type of game you prefer and let our master server do the rest. Choose from a variety of multiplayer gameplay scenarios, and use our decal technology to mark your territory with a personal or clan logo. Other Features * Hazard Course training area for practicing movements, special maneuvers, and weapons use * Seamless level transitions * A variety of real-world, experimental, and alien-world weapons * 32 player Internet/LAN support * Worldcraft 2.0 beta level editor included.

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A fantastic single player experience, with reliable and customizable multiplayer support...what more could a FPS fan ask for.
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The closest thing to a revolutionary step the genre has ever taken. Through a series of subtle and artistic design decisions, Half-Life creates a reality that is self-contained, believable, and thoroughly engaging.
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This is The Big One, and it's even better than we could've hoped. [Jan 1999, p.166]
85

I have never had a more immersive and engaging entertainment experience than I had with the first half of Half-Life...[but] the game peaks too soon.
96

It combines a balance of tense action, puzzle solving, story, and fun that has yet to be equaled on in the FPS arena.
100

It features a fully interactive environment that's a blast to play through. It's really like an interactive movie because it's so immersive. It's easily the most revolutionary shooter since "System Shock."
94

The storyline runs in perfect harmony with the action and acts as a conduit not a stopgap, or a padding device. Each gaming element compliments the next and the entire presentation is nothing short of, well…dare we say it…revolutionary.
90

Realism aside, Half-Life provides some of the best unrealistic opponents seen to date as well. The creature design here is outstanding.
94

It's atmosphere and unique style have changed the face of PC gaming.
98

It is, without a doubt, the best single-player first-person shooter ever. Period. It is so good for so many reasons. But most importantly, it is fun. I mean really fun.
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