In a devastated America, sinister commandos are kidnapping children and taking them to a hidden city with a mysterious cosmic tower at its heart – a tower that may prove to be humanity’s salvation, or its doom. Join three survivors in this fan-made comic as they attempt to unlock the city’s secrets.
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Very Positive (626) - 89% of the 626 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Sep 30, 2016

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“Issue #1 of A Place in the West [...] nails the universe it’s sourced from without being overzealous, and could easily be a licensed comic book from a big name publisher doing a Half-Life comic that I would actually buy off the shelf.”
4/5 – Outright Geekery

“The overall production value is easily on par with any officially-sanctioned Valve product. It’s easy to imagine Half-Life: A Place In The West being sold in physical format in various comic book stores.”
4.5/5 – Hey Poor Player

“With each new chapter, A Place in the West had me on the edge of my seat, desperate to find out what would happen next.”

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About This Game

What is A Place in the West?

Half-Life: A Place in the West is a fan-made comic book set within Valve's acclaimed Half-Life universe.

At a science complex in the New Mexico desert, a teleportation experiment goes very wrong, unleashing interdimensional chaos on an unsuspecting Earth. The aftershocks end with the arrival of a totalitarian order called The Combine, which forces a brutal police state on the last remnants of the occupied planet.

Now, some years later, a mysterious cosmic tower has materialised in a hidden city – a tower that may prove to be humanity’s salvation, or its doom. A team of military commandos soon emerge from the city, sweeping across the American wasteland kidnapping children for an unknown purpose.

In the wake of their devastation, a troubled father, an intrepid scientist, and an ancient alien warrior are each drawn to the strange city with the cosmic tower: New Franklin. Faced with warring clans, diabolical experiments, portentous dreamscapes, and the growing shadow of The Combine, they must unlock New Franklin’s mysteries before it’s too late – and the lives of everyone in the city hang in the balance.

A Place in the West weaves a compelling story with a complex cast of all-new characters, drawing on the rich mythology of the Half-Life universe to create an original adventure for the series.

The comic will run for a total of fifteen chapters, the first of which, Following Portents, is available for free to download and comes to a total of 35 pages. The remaining chapters will be released sequentially as paid-DLC, and will be 30 pages in length.

Do I need to be Familiar with Half-Life?

Nope! The first chapter features a ten-page prologue designed to bring new readers up to speed with the world of Half-Life. A Place in the West is also set in the interim between Half-Life and Half-Life 2, which means that you needn't be familiar with Valve's later games anyway. That isn't to say, however, that you won't find exciting things to enjoy if you are familiar with the series.

What Other Features Are There?

The comic is displayed and presented in an app designed by ourselves for the best possible reading experience. Through a fully-animated menu screen, derived in style from the menus of Half-Life 2, you can quickly and easily navigate between the comic pages and chapters, adjusting zoom & language options, the credits, and the extras section. The extras section will be continuously updated over the course of the comic's production, and will include some "Behind the Scenes" commentary videos!

The comic is also available in PDF form; simply purchase the comic, and a copy will be automatically downloaded into your Steam files. This will enable you to read A Place in the West in whatever format you see fit: be it via our app, or as a PDF on your mobile device.

Mature Content Description

The developers describe the content like this:

Half-Life: A Place in the West is intended for mature audiences, containing occasional scenes of moderate violence, rare episodes of body horror, and minor nudity and sexual content, although this varies from chapter to chapter. The story deals with themes of political oppression, sexual assault, and sexual coercion.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: 7, 8, 10
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • OS: 10.10.2
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 2 GB available space

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