Oh god, I knew this was gonna be bad from the reviews, but nothing
could have prepared me for this.
It starts out OK enough, the camera starts in the captain's area of this nice looking cargo boat (well nice looking for HL1 anyway) in the middle of the Nonspecific Ocean, with Gman looking out towards the helipad. Fine, helipad on a cargo boat, little weird, but artistic license, right? And then once the camera gets to the helipad, you see a Zombie, a headcrab, and a bloody soldier leaning on the rail (presumably the former two wrecked him something fierce). It all looks like the soldier's gonna get up and be your player character, right? WRONG. Your player character is a guy in an HEV suit, who literally lightning bolts into existence like he's Zeus
onto the helipad. Already starting to lose credibility.
The guns aren't anything mentionable, just standard HL1 weapons. And as near as I can tell, standard HL1 enemies too. There's probably supposed to be another level or something where they introduce something, but get this - about five minutes into the first level, I reach a complete dead end. I've searched the entire damn level up to that point, there is absolutely no way I can advance. I can't crowbar my way around, I can't push a box and jump somewhere, there's NOTHING.
However, what I could get through of this first level played exactly like those "kil al da bad guys" missions I made when I was six. Medkits every four feet, a bunch of quasi random enemies in a room, a wide complement of weapons before I've had time to sneeze, and I could see each obstacle coming from a mile away. This is something I'd introduce to a small child to get their opinion on FPS games, not something I'd play as a 20-something looking for a good time.
Short version: NO.
Longer version: NOOOOOOO NONONONONONO NOOONO NO.