Half-Life – a series of computer games in the genre of sci-fi first-person shooter , developed by Valve Corporation. The symbol of the Half-Life series (except for the Portal sub-series) is the Greek letter λ ( lambda ). In the phrase “Half-Life” of the titles of the games of the series, the letter a is replaced by λ (“ H λ LF – LIFE ”). The basis of the majority of the games in the series are the adventures of theoretical physicist Gordon Freeman, who becomes the only one who can save the Earth from alien enslavement.

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Gameplay

The plots of most games in the series offer the player to take on the role of Dr. Gordon Freeman, who finds himself embroiled in a large-scale war between humans and a high-tech alien race that has decided to enslave the Earth.

The games of the series are first-person shooters, diluted by solving simple puzzles (opening a locked door, raising a bridge for driving a car, etc.). Games are linear and mostly script- based, that is, the appearance and behavior of enemies or the playing of another scene is programmed in the game and is called at a time predetermined by developers.

The series is popular due to the thoughtful design, verified gameplay and unusual presentation of the plot – the player has to independently understand what is happening and, using the findings, try to understand what happened and is happening in the world around him. It also uses special terminology (for example, “anti-mass spectrometer” and “ graviton ”) and symbolism, peculiar only to it.

The Main Characters

  • Gordon Freeman – the main character in the series. He is a theoretical physicist , Ph.D. , who worked at Black Mesa and after the incident tried to get out of the laboratory, but in the end saved the world from invading newcomers from the parallel dimension of Zen . In Half-Life 2, Gordon suddenly becomes a kind of messiah for people who impose upon him a mission to free the Earth from the enslavement of the Alliance . Freeman is a very important person for G-Man , who even hires Freeman at the end of the first part. An interesting point is that Freeman does not say a word for the entire game. In the bookHalf-Life 2: Raising the Bar developers explained that it’s easier for a player to associate himself with a hero.
  • Adrian Shepard is the protagonist of the Half-Life add -on: Opposing Force . Shepard is the corporal of the HECU Special Forces unit , who arrived at Black Mesa with the aim of clearing it completely from the aliens, as well as for the destruction of all personnel as witnesses of what happened. But he soon breaks away from his group and realizes that he must get out of the complex on his own. However, Shepard soon encounters Race X and destroys the Genervil, then falls into the hands of G-Man , who places Shepard in stasis .
  • Barney Calhoun is the protagonist of the Half-Life add -on: Blue Shift and one of the key characters in the series, starting with Half-Life 2 . In Black Mesa, Barney worked as an ordinary security guard, and after the incident, he and a group of scientists tried to get out of the complex alive. In Half-Life 2, Barney becomes a spy , pretending to be an Alliance soldier, and later joins the resistance. Gordon Freeman owes a beer. Has a phobia associated with cats, subsequently acquired by Dr. Isaac Kleiner with a portal.
  • Colette Green and Gina Cross are the heroines of the third Half-Life add -on: Decay . Green and Cross were colleagues of Freeman in Black Mesa, and after the incident they helped him remotely in his adventure.
  • Chell is the main heroine of Portal and Portal 2 games, experimental in the nature research laboratory of the portals of Aperture Science Corporation .

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Game Requirements

  • CPU SPEED: 500 MHz.
  • RAM: 96 MB.
  • OS: Windows XP.
  • VIDEO CARD: 16 MB video card.
  • DEDICATED VIDEO RAM: 16 MB.

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 How to install Half-Life

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  2. Download the game file via the mirror you are directed to – make sure your internet does not disconnect during your download. How long the download takes depends on your internet speed connection.
  3. Run the game setup and install it in your desired directory – make sure you choose a drive which has enough space for the game.
  4. Launch the game using your desktop shortcut.