Half Life:Before is an emotional journey of pain, laughs and tears. This game is really amazing and here's why.
The game opens up with a cutscene, something we've always wanted in a Half Life game, and despite a big ♥♥♥ cutscene, we get no insight on what our goal is, who our main character is, what purpose he has in the Half Life universe, this is good because it makes the game more cinematic.
As we progress through the cargo ship which is the only level in the whole game, we fight our way through vortigaunts... but wait! Isn't this game supposed to be taking place before the first Half Life? Well it is you dumb ♥♥♥♥, those vortigaunts are there to pad the game out so we can experience more of this masterpiece. But we venture further on through a poorly designed level to reach an easy elevator puzzle which I wish I could dwell on but that was way too complex that even writing more about it would hurt my brain too much for me to pass out.
We then climb up the ladder and come face to face with a group of... enemy soldiers? Why are they here? How the hell should I know like I said this game is way more inticrated than you might expect. So we still get no explanation, again making it more enduring and cinematic. After we defeat three enemy soldiers we then come across an NPC. Who is he exactly? He doesn't explain himself, but in theory this stays consistent with the game's convuluted tone which is great.
We then backtrack all the way to the other side of the boat again and come across more enemy soldiers and monsters who magically teleported onto the boat. After we defeat them easily like every other enemy in the game we have to take a leap of faith.
The boss battle is easily the best part of the game, another cutscene takes place showing us something that could've easily been seen by the player in a control state. He chases us around in a massive circle with an awkward idle animation. We defeat him without breaking a sweat and the game ends, and I'm not ♥♥♥♥ing around when I say this, but the effort has all been put in the end credits, I'm not ♥♥♥♥ing joking.
Also the game has typos.