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Half-Life: Opposing Force

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Half-Life: Opposing Force is an expansion pack for the original first-person shooter Half-Life. The game setting is the same as the one in the original game: the story takes place in the science laboratory called Black Mesa Research Facility in New Mexico at the same time. However, instead of following the original characters, players are offered to assume the role of Adrien Shephard a Hazardous Environment Combat Unit (initially antagonist organization) operator, who is sent to Black Mesa to prevent an extraterrestrial menace. Nevertheless, shooting scientists is not required, as the main threat comes out of aliens. The overall gameplay has few differences comparing to the one existing in Half-life, as far as it is based on completing the sequence of levels. Although the combat system looks almost the same, it features the non-player character’s assistance so the protagonist will receive support from scientists, security guards, and marines (soldiers, combat medics, and engineers) during firefights or while solving puzzles. Players will also face new aliens types added to the existing ones.

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Gearbox Software
Age rating
17+ Mature
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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 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

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
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"Half-Life: Opposing Force"-released in 1999-is the first single add-on to the Genre size "Half Life." The secret, huge Black Mesa research Station. An Energy Experiment has gone thoroughly wrong, opening a Portal to another World. Strange, aggressive Aliens flock to our World, attacking everything that runs their Way. In order to master the Supremacy, heavily armed Military is also activated ... As Corporal Adrian Shepard, we find ourselves in a Troop Transport Helicopter. After this is shot down right at the Beginning, it is important to survive alone, find Weapons and assert ourselves against Security Systems. Again, the Levels are extremely varied, shooter passages alternate with switch or jump passages. We are usually on the road in Black Mesa, but through Portals we also get to the alien world. We are mostly on our own, but in a few Moments we should use a new Mechanic, which is to give rudimentary orders to other Soldiers. At the same time, "Opposing Force" never becomes a real tactical shooter, over a "schneidbrenn me the Door open" it hardly goes out; A nice Addition it is nonetheless. A Lot of new Weapons are coming into the Arsenal. The Sniper rifle and the Heavy Machine gun are certainly particularly obvious. Instead of a Crowbar, we now have a Pipe Pliers and a fancy Knife. New, very cool Alien Weapons are also on the Grid, including a living Alien that we first have to feed so it shoots corrosive Liquid. Otherwise, the Game Mechanics of the First-person shooter work as smoothly and smoothly as in the Original. The Pacing is excellent, the Puzzles are interesting, the Degree of difficulty has been attracted, but this, mindful that you Usually have already pulled the Original before and thus has Practice with the Mechanics, feels just right. Even the Irony has not lost "Opposing Force" (incidentally like Half-life or Blue-shift/blue shift also a physical Term). For Example, you'll find a Mural of Gordon Freeman with the Caption "Employee of the Month" or to defeat a giant Worm, a Gearbox and a Valve must be activated. Graphics and Sound remain essentially on the (very good) stand of the Main Game at the time. That one witnesses the Events of the Original From a different Perspective, so "Opposing Force" plays practically parallel to "Half Life," is a very wise decision, which contributes significantly to Immersion, because Somewhere Gordon Freeman is now running through Black Mesa and fighting His own Struggle. Maybe as Adrian Shephard we'll even walk along the Way ... Rating: 9/10 Atmosphere 8/10 Story 8/10 Graphic 7/10 Sound 9/10 Game Mechanics 8/10 Balancing 8/10 Game Pass (Ratings of Classics always include the technical Possibilities of the time) Conclusion: Entertaining Military-parallel variant of the Great Original. 8/10 Overall Rating
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