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Opinion Retro Trailer Why Is Half-Life A MASTERPIECE?!

Jan 5, 2021
because every (organic) thing turns into gibs if you smack it with a crowbar enough times.

HL1 is an OG.
HL2 is the family's wannabe-artist kid who's never on time.
Feb 13, 2019
I think the reason is hard to understand if you didn't play already games the time it came out. It basically took what was there before, but made everything better.
And no one should forget the way the game starts with a trip in a shuttle, where you can basically see already all the areas which you will later travel to in the game. It has sometimes been copied since then, but nothing came close to this, if you ask me.


GerAlt-Right. Ciriously.
Jan 20, 2014
Fun fact:
I liked SiN a whole lot more than Half-Life when it came out. Mainly because I hated Xen so much.
Aug 11, 2019
I wish I would've played HL1 when it first came out. I didn't get around to it until early 2000 when I had a good enough PC to run it properly. I liked it but it didn't really have a huge impact on me as a gamer.

On the other hand, HL2 blew me away when it came out.
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Sep 1, 2020
Half Life was basically the best use of scripted events (and also one of the first to heavily use them) in a game to tell a story/immersion with AI that would still put to shame most modern games. It shaped every games going forward.

Half Life 2 was groundbreaking with physics and environment interaction, became a benchmark for years

Half Life Alyx was groundbreaking VR, still unmatched as of now.

Yea.. it’s a pretty good franchise 🙃

Yeah, each one really set the bar and were years
ahead of their time.


Oct 26, 2010
Fun fact:
I liked SiN a whole lot more than Half-Life when it came out. Mainly because I hated Xen so much.
I never did play SiN back then. I was addicted to Quake death match and then Half-Life made all the other single-player fps seem obsolete, in my mind, (except for Jedi Knight, that shit was dope). Thanks to Quake 2 rtx reminding me of how fun the older shooters are, I’ve been playing a lot of older stuff like Thief, and Dusk (not old but done in that style). I thought about SiN, and was going to play it, but I see they are doing a remaster, so I’m waiting for it. If it takes them much longer, I’ll just play the original.
And yes, I spent over a $1000 on a new graphics card and have been mainly playing Thief Gold lately. Hey, it’s in 4K!

BTW, Xen was such a let down. I heard they fixed it with Black Mesa.
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NeoGAFs Kent Brockman
Dec 1, 2014

Time to test Half-Life's 23-year old AI to see if it's as good as we remember!

0:00 How do NPC's react to grenades?
0:33 Pushing NPCs? Do they move?
1:05 How do they react when they see you?
1:31 How do enemy NPCs react to grenades?
2:00 Can they hear you? Crouching vs. Walking
3:01 What if you just hide? Enemy vs. Cover
4:00 How do they react to damage?
4:57 How do they react to their friends dying?
5:38 Trying to confuse the AI
6:00 What do they do after killing you?
6:47 Good Friendly NPC Tracking?
7:58 NPC Battle
8:35 Sense of smell AI & Fighting for food
9:41 Annoying the NPCs
10:25 Outro


Jul 7, 2013
Earth, sometimes.