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Half-Life is the original game in the series. Being a revolutionary at the time, we follow the story of Gordon Freeman - a silent scientist at the facility called Black Mesa. Arriving late at work and hastily doing his routine he runs into the experiment field. However, the experiment goes completely wrong and opens a portal to a completely different dimension called Xen. The laboratory is destroyed as well as the facility itself, as unknown creatures like Vortigaunts are now everywhere in the facility. Gordon must battle his way to the surface and find a way to close the portal.

One of the main features of Half-Life was story-telling through scripted sequences within the actual gameplay. Without having cutscenes, the game was able to tell the full story of the game by showing scripted deaths, dialogues, character appearance while the gameplay was moving one. By not ripping off the player from the process, the game feels much more smooth as it continues. Despite his science nature, Gordon is masterfully using his weapons and destroys any enemy at his path with rifles, grenades, shotguns and much more.

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System requirements for PC

Minimum: 500 mhz processor, 96mb ram, 16mb video card, Windows XP, Mouse, Keyboard, Internet Connection

Recommended: 800 mhz processor, 128mb ram, 32mb+ video card, Windows XP, Mouse, Keyboard, Internet Connection

System requirements for Linux

Minimum: Linux Ubuntu 12.04, Dual-core from Intel or AMD at 2.8 GHz, 1GB Memory, nVidia GeForce 8600/9600GT, ATI/AMD Radeaon HD2600/3600 (Graphic Drivers: nVidia 310, AMD 12.11), OpenGL 2.1, 4GB Hard Drive Space, OpenAL Compatible Sound Card

System requirements for macOS

Minimum: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.3, 1GB RAM, 4GB Hard Drive Space,NVIDIA GeForce 8 or higher, ATI X1600 or higher, or Intel HD 3000 or higher Mouse, Keyboard, Internet Connection
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Half-Life reviews and comments

The classic, the first and the best.
A timeless masterpiece by Valve.
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Microsoft from Deutsch
Half-Life, the best Game ever. I love this Game and can only recommend it to others who like such games with such a Graphics. It has such a FET story with Half-Life 2 Where you can start howling. With Half-Life: Blue Shift and Half-Life: Opposing Force, this is my all, everyone, everyone and all favorite game. This Graphic in the first Half-Life part is so special to me that I always get such a really weird Feeling, which just makes me happy and moods there is to play. It is quite heavy and sometimes to despair but still the Hammer. The Price is quite high, but for such a Game I like to spend a little more. This Game was the Source of it to gamble first. I Find the G-man who confuses a nice bit and brings one out of Concept. But all in all, you should get the Game. It wouldn't be a Mistake and if someone still doesn't like this Game then they have a Problem or have no fun with it because of the Graphics or sooooo. I hope this Game will never die out and live on forever. I also very much hope that is enough but only many things Half-Life 3 can get out. Well I would also be content with it wenns won't be like that but always Half-Life remains my favorite game no matter what else it comes out of for First-person shooters. This is also the difference between Valve and such Makers of CoD, Valve knows what you want and CoD haut just shit out. I think there will be nies again such a Game as Half-Life and if it would be a very big Surprise to me and of Course I would be happy about it. I just hope you like it as I like it and wish you very, very, very, very much fun playing Half-Life.
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The Classic, a MUST for anyone who loves the Action and Adventure genre. Half-Life is an adventure/action Game that you can only play alone. However, there is a FREE in the Steam Shop downloadable Mod to Half-Life called "Sven Co-op," in which you can play Half-Life in the MEHRSPIELER, to which I will also write a Review. ̲S̲̲t̲̲o̲̲r̲̲y̲̲: * Back to Half-Life, what is this wonderful Game even about? It's about the fact That you are a Scientist named Gordon Freeman who works in the Black Mesa Research Facility (as far as I know near Mexico). But one Day something bad happened during an Experience in which we are involved the Protagonist Gordon Freeman. Approach (I don't know which Cause of both is really true, but you can tap into it yourself which seems more logical to you), during a recently mentioned experience, a Portal to another world/dimension unintentionally opened up ... I don't want to spoil you any more. Or the Catastrophe was created by the fact that the Scientists deliberately opened a Portal that was supposed to take them from one place on earth to another, but in this Case a Portal to another world or Dimension opened as already indicated. Because telling Rest would be Spoilers, so I'll leave that:D ̲P̲̲r̲̲o̲̲: *-Good Story! -Stunning Atmosphere while playing. -Good Graphics, (Is actually a Matter Of taste, but good for the Time). -GREAT Replay Value. -Creative Looking opponents who have different Abilities during the Fight, as well as nerve-tickling Situations and also not so great Shock Moments:P-Last but not least, there are still feasible Puzzles:) Since no ̲K̲̲o̲̲n̲̲t̲̲r̲̲a̲ points came to Mind just on the fast Ones, I leave this Field out:D ̲F̲̲a̲̲z̲̲i̲̲t̲̲: So If you're into a little older atmospheric, very storytelling, great Replay/adventure games that never get boring, you should get this Classic. Since there is now also the Lunar year's Sale until February 12, it offers to hollow even more to the Game ^-^
Just a simple lesson for everyone who calls him/herself a fan of FPS genre. A lesson of history indeed. Classic. 
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