[Article] Valve’s Half Life & Steam Review Where It All Began Transcript

Ehup Doylies! What’s Happening?

In this Video I want to talk about the Game Half-Life, which is a science fiction first-person shooter developed by Valve,

it was released in 1998 on the PC.

Valve pioneered a new online digital Game Delivery System known as Steam which offered updates and support for there own games initially,

then they went on to allow third parties to feature and sell THEIR Games through it.

This is where it all began for me,

and also inspired me to create my YouTube Channel and to make Videos like this one,

you have probably noticed the Valve skit in my Avatar and Video Intro.

SO on to the Half Life Game.

Players assume the role of Dr. Gordon Freeman, who must fight his way out of a secret research facility after a teleportation experiment goes disastrously wrong.

He arrives at the facility via an underground Transit System, during this pretty impressive and long train ride he listens to announcements about the facility which cover a number of topics including healthcare measures on radiation and urinalysis tests.

Eventually he reaches his destination and is greeted by a Security Guard who let’s him in to the facility, so he can have a wonder around and decide where he needs to be.

He then dons a HEV suit and makes his way to Anomalous Materials Laboratory test Chamber where he must insert some sort of sample of classified origin into an anti-mass spectrometer.

Then something goes horribly wrong and causes what is known as a Resonance Cascade resulting in him being temporarily teleported to an alien world known as Xen and then back to a destroyed test chamber.

Moving through the aftermath of the Resonance Cascade Dr Freeman explores a destabilising Black Mesa facility and fights off some of the alien forces that have already made their way to Earth.

As the player makes their way through the facility, they become aware of the Hazard Environment Combat Unit, a special forces team of the US Marine Corps that have been sent to regain control of the facility and exterminate any of the alien forces.
However, they have also been instructed to kill anyone with knowledge of the experiment as part of a cover up operation, including Dr Freeman.

Freeman eventually makes his way to be teleported back to Xen, where he fights off alien forces on their own territory, including a difficult battle with a boss,

after which he is praised by the G-Man a Character of unknown origin who appears every so often in the game and he is offered a job by G-Mans employers.
Failing to accept this offer results in inescapable death, whereas accepting just ends the game, only for the events of Half-Life 2 to take place afterwards.

Which may be discussed in a future video.

That’s the story, but what about the Games look and feel?

The Graphics in Half Life may seem a little lo-res, but a group of Game Modders got together, known as the Crowbar Collective and re-vamped the Classic Half Life Game between 2009 and 2012 and created a spin off.

This was known simply as Black Mesa which boasts more hi-res graphics and textures but retains the fluid and natural feeling game play which I love, it’s worth checking it out.

The Game controls are the usual W A S D on a PC Keyboard coupled with Mouse movement and it is comfortable to play.

The Player picks up HEV Suit recharges and Med Kits along the way along with Weapons and Ammo, the main Weapon is a Crow Bar which became an Iconic Symbol of the Half Life Franchise.

It has a great Story line and plenty of first person shooter action, I definately recommend you play it, it’s available on Steam at a very low price and is worth a look, a link is available in the description of this Video.

Anyway. I hope you enjoyed this small Video review of Half Life, and if you haven’t already then please do Subscribe to my Channel so you can keep updated on new Videos that I upload, it also helps me loads and keeps me motivated to do more.

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