It features a fully interactive environment that's a blast to play through. It's really like an interactive movie because it's so immersive. It's easily the most revolutionary shooter since "System Shock."
Unfortunately, Half-Life’s puzzle-oriented play leads to some problems. On several occasions, you’ll be forced to make almost impossible jumps. The difficulty of such maneuvers finds you making 10, sometimes 15 attempts. The frustration distances you from a story that should have you absorbed.
I have learned something while playing Half-Life, I don't like First Person Shooters. As much as I like Metroid Prime and shooters like Resident Evil 4, there is just something about Half-Life's platforming and shooting that doesn't resonate with me nearly as well. The story is interesting for a bit, but just kinda ends up going from horror themed adventure to action adventure that, while realistic, didn't really pull me in. I will agree that I probably just **** at this game, but there is a number of difficulty spikes throughout and a lot of the puzzles can feel very obtuse and make you wonder if you're going the right way. More often than not I was either getting killed a lot for the rapid gunfire from enemies or from platforming around trying to figure out where to go to next, sometimes both. A lot of the soundtrack just tended to blend into sound effects, and I had to actually look up to make sure the game indeed had a soundtrack, and while it is there, I'd argue it's not very remember-able. Add all this together with a very annoying final boss fight and outdated graphics really makes me wonder how anyone saw this game as a classic. I'll agree that a lot of the charm is lost through time, but largely I feel very apathetic with my time with Half-Life.
SummaryHalf-Life combines great storytelling in the tradition of Stephen King with intense action and advanced technology to create a frighteningly realistic world where players need to think smart to survive. Half-Life has won more than 50 Game of the Year awards from publications around the world, and was named 'Best PC Game Ever' in PC Gamer...