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5.0 out of 5 stars The Definitive Review For The Definitive Software Release!!!, 2 Feb. 2004
This review is from: Half-Life Generation: Half-Life, Opposing Force, Counter Strike, Blue Shift (PC) (Video Game)
Half - Life. A gaming title so distinctive, it has turned the gaming world upside down. Literally. Back in '98 when it was
first released, the gaming community were mesmerised by how perfect it really was. Set in Black Mesa, a massive experimental
work area, you are Gordon Freeman and you must do anything to escape alive. It delivered a strong storyline, stunning
graphics and sound, a beautifully paced single - player game, a supremely enjoyable and stable online experience and it
provided editing heaven. It also gathered a smattering of positive reviews and received over fifty "Game of The Year" awards.
The best game ever.
10/10
Opposing Force. The first official expansion pack for Half - Life. Released in '99, this title redifined what we previously
thought of expansion packs. Gone were the days of releasing an average cash - in, delivering little more than a few new
weapons and enemies. Opposing Force allowed you to play not as Gordan Freeman from the original game, but through the eyes
of Adrian Shepherd, one of the Government clean - up soldiers sent in to eliminate him. The game allowed you to explore
previously inaccessible areas of Black Mesa, interact with other soldiers, meet interesting new enemies and even get a chance
to kill Gordan himself! Perfect in length, with new multiplayer modes and maps and every bit as gripping as Half - Life, this
easily became the greatest expansion pack ever devised.
10/10
Blue Shift. The second official expansion pack for Half - Life. Released in '99, this title allowed you to explore Black Mesa
as Barney Calhoun, one of the popular characters from Half - Life and Opposing Force. As in Opposing Force, this delivered
more of the same action that made Half - Life so appealing. Shorter than Opposing Force in length, it dissapointed some, but
kept them craving for more since the whole single - player episode was tremendous fun while it lasted. No multiplayer this
time around, but as a bonus, a High Definition installer is included. This enables you to upgrade Half - Life, Opposing Force
and Blue Shift with a superb graphical update. This alone gives you reason to play through the two previous titles again for sure.
9/10
Counter - Strike. The #1 online action game. Played by millions worldwide and with no end in sight to its reign. Set in an
exciting terrorist versus counter - terrorist scenario, it provided the most addictive online experience created and still
retains its magical quality. Many maps are provided, and there are tons of customisable options to make for a personal online
experience like no other.
10/10
Half - Life Generation. These four award - winning titles are now yours to own in a nice slim DVD case for £20. An absolute
steal. However, be warned that Steam, Valve's new launcher for Half - Life, Opposing Force and Counter - Strike (not Blue
Shift yet, but it will probably be implemented in a new version soon) and their online mods is a neccesity if you want to
play online and keep the games patched and up - to - date. Being a free download, the full client version is a rather hefty
730mb, but if like me, you are a broadband user, this shouldn't present too much of a problem. Once it has installed and all
the games are patched, you are ready to play instantly. It really is worth it. Put it this way:
Half - Life Generation is a collection of the four greatest games ever devised. In a small case. For £20. Can you really go wrong?
10/10
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