I don`t think a review for Half-Life is really necessary, but I`ll do it anyway.
Half-Life´s story isn`t really that interesting to begin with, and when it does the game pretty much ends.However, it`s the way the story is told that made it so great, there just wasn´t anything like it back then.The game has 0 cutscenes, meaning that you are always in control throughout the entire game.Unfortunitly, this method of storytelling isn`t seen in many games.Anyway, on to the story.You play as Gordon Freeman, a scientist at a research facility called Black Mesa.One day, Gordon was sent to assist in some sort experiment on a crystal.Unfortunatly, the experiment went completely wrong, triggering a resonance cascade, eventually opening a portal where invading aliens pop up and quickly overrun the facility.Now Gordon needs to find a way to close the portal, while fighting said aliens and other enemies, like marines.So, like I said, the story isn`t amazing or anything like that, it´s just the it´s told that makes it so memorable.
To be honest, the graphics aren`t great, even back then.The textures are kinda blurry and the models look kinda bad too. Valve did patch in an option where you can turn on or off the so called "HD models". However, I would suggest turning those off because otherwise the character and weapon models will look good, but the rest of the graphics will look the same as before, or in other words, like ♥♥♥♥.
The sound effects are pretty good for the most part, and some people will think the VA is pretty average, but you have to keep in mind that this is a game from 1998.The music is however is really good.The majority of the game is devoid of music, however there are some parts in the game where music plays (usually during setpieces).I can`t really say what kind of genre the music is, but what i can say is the soundtrack is pretty good for the most part.
First, let`s talk about the weapons.You start off with a crowbar, then you move on to things like a pistol, a shotgun and even an MP5, then you unlock weapons like the rocket launcher or even experimental weapons, like the Tau cannon.Some weapons are useful, like the MP5 or the shotgun, while others are completely useless, like the snarks.Moving on, we´re now going to talk about the enemies.Like I said, you´re gonna fight against aliens and even marines.Some people say that the marines are pains in the ♥♥♥ because they´re bullet sponges and hitscanners.Personally, I didn´t have that much trouble, mainly because their AI is questionable at times.However, the black ops assassins and the alien grunts are pretty cheap.The assassins take almost a magazine of the MP5 to kill, not to mention the fact that they sprint and jump all over the place, making them hard to kill.The alien grunts on the other hand aren`t dangerous when they´re solitary, it´s just that in the last levels, they attack in groups of 2,3 and even 4 on a rare ocassion.The problem here is that they soak up a lot of damage and their weapon´s projectiles home in on you, making circlestraffing hard against these ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥s.Fortunately, the assassins only show up twice, while the alien grunts show up in the last few levels.Speaking of levels, let´s talk about the level design.The levels are well designed for the most part, with some basic puzzles and exploration.The cool thing about the level design is that items like health and ammo are usually found in places where you expect them to be, like storage rooms and crates.Some people also complain about the platforming and how horrible it is.Again, I personally didn´t have any problems with the platforming, but I´m pretty sure that some people will find the platforming annoying.However, if there´s one thing we can all agree is how terrible last levels are.Yes, I am talking about the xen levels.Holy Mother of God, if I find the guy who did these levels, I´ll kick him in the balls!Seriously, they´re that bad.The first xen level is okay, but when you Gonarch´s lair,ohhh man...And the worst part is the final boss, it was so terrible. These levels are so bad that I forced to use cheats.Yes, I used cheats, so what?I bet a lot of people who are gonna play these levels aren´t going to get their bearings.Fortunatly, that does not apply to the other levels.
Aside from some issues, like the cheapness of some enemies and the xen levels, this is still a classic and one of the greatest games ever made, in my opinion. If you still haven`t bought and played Half-Life, then what are you waiting for?