Half Life is a classic game, enjoyed by many in it's time, and even now. This however, is not exactly the original game, but more of a remake, built in the Source engine. In my review of the game I'm going to sum the whole game up, with an honest review on it's ups and downs - so let's get right into it.
So let's start of with the storyline of the game. You stard of as a newly graduated Gordon Freeman on his way to work at the Black Mesa research facility. When you get to work, you have to get into a test chamber, where they are putting some kind of crystal onto a laser, but something goes wrong. The crystal messes with time and space and opens a portal to another dimension called Xen, through this portal, alien beings wreck havock in the facility. In the mean time the government here's of this, and decides not to help, but to kill everyone and everything involved.
Nowadays, this story seems pretty generic, and is used in practically every sci-fi movie ever made, but this was made in 1998. Even still, I do think it was a bit lazy, but was a fun and exciting story nevertheless.
The game includes many strategy based puzzles, and most things were very challenging, and some points I had to watch a YouTube tutorial on how on earth to complete parts. These puzzles were slightly annoying though at times, such as when the tram in 'On a Rail' and the conveyorbelts in 'Residue Processing'. Despite this, you always feel a sence of achievement after completing them, which is great.
The original Half Life was a game that was made in 1998, and the graphics, while not horrible, are not great. This Source remake version was made in 2004, and the graphics are slightly improved, but I don't really think it matters which game you decide to play. I do think that the Source version however, was not ported over very well, as there were many scripted events that were broken, such as a security guard dying and so on. Also on the chapter, 'Residue Processing' which jumping from platform to platform, the screen will randomly show yellow, red and black splatters of colour across the screen, (see screenshot on my profile) which made the level almost impossible.
Overall, I found this a great game to play, it was verey enjoyable, but extremely annoying and painful in certain chapters. I am going to give it a 7/10, purely because there was a lot of stuff that was broken, but aside from that I would reccomend you play it.