In a devastated America, mysterious commandos are kidnapping children, and a team of scientists has vanished. Return to the acclaimed Half-Life universe in this fan-made comic, and follow three survivors into the strange and dangerous city of New Franklin.
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Very Positive (586) - 88% of the 586 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Sep 30, 2016

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March 2

Half-Life 2: Synergy Stream

Hey everyone!



So, today we (Ross and Mike) planned to play through Half-Life: Decay together on our Twitch Stream, but sadly we weren't able to get the server up and running. It's something we hope to revisit in the future, but in lieu of that we're going to start playing through the Half-Life 2 series - with a slight twist. Instead of having one of us run through the game and the other commentate / heckle their progress, we're going to be playing the fabulous Synergy mod together!

We won't be completing the game in one sitting -- we'll look to maybe reach the end of Water Hazard, with the potential for playing a couple more chapters tomorrow. If you want to watch us throw physics objects at one another, check us out at Twitch Stream.
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February 19

A Sneak Peek at Chapter 6: The Prisoner!

Chapter 6: The Prisoner is officially over halfway through production! We'll have more details on what it's about & when you can expect it, but in the meantime, here's a glimpse of what's to come...

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Reviews

“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.”
Gamespew

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, in which Earth has fallen under the grip of the totalitarian Combine empire following a scientific experiment gone very wrong.

As a group of military commandos sweep across the American wasteland kidnapping children, a troubled father, an intrepid young scientist, and an ancient alien warrior are drawn to the strange city from which the attackers sprung: New Franklin. Once inside, they discover a powerful secret, but the city holds many dangers, and deceptive temptations. Faced with warring clans, diabolical experiments, a treacherous conspiracy, 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 delivers a compelling story, and a complex and intriguing cast of all-new characters, drawing on the rich mythology of the Half-Life universe in an entirely new medium for the series.

The comic will run for a total of thirteen chapters, the first of which, Following Portents, is available for free to download and comes to a total of 38 pages. The remaining chapters will be released sequentially as paid-DLC, and will vary between 25-30 pages in length.

Do I need to be Familiar with Half-Life?

Nope! The first chapter features a three-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 a series of three-to-five-page comic 'shorts' that further develop the world of New Franklin and its occupants, as well as 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:

This Game may contain content not appropriate for all ages, or may not be appropriate for viewing at work: Nudity or Sexual Content, Frequent Violence or Gore, General Mature Content

System Requirements

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

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