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foodmaniac2003

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#1 11 years ago

I just got the Half Life 1 Anthology new from the local Half-Price Books (love that place!) for $5 and plan to enjoy it soon.

I have some questions however:

Is the game scary? I don't like games that are gonna freak me out.

I have never owned a game that required Steam. After installing the Anthology, do I need to manually update the game, or Steam does it automatically?

I heard there is a "high definition pack" somewhere. Is it any good? Is it a Valve made update?

Are there any highly regarded "better graphics" mods out there that you guys recommend?




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#2 11 years ago

You can also install the game without steam, but I don't reccomend it. You should first download steam here, make an account and register your cd key in steam, then steam should do all the hard work and download everything for you. When all that is done, you can install the High Definition Pack (the one from VALVe) by going here.




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#3 11 years ago

The HD pack is a matter of preference, really. Personally, I prefer the original content. The higher-quality textures are nice, but I don't like the fact that it replaces some of the weapons.

Is the game scary? I don't like games that are gonna freak me out.

I'd say yes, but not extremely so. It all depends on your state of mind, I guess, but HL isn't a really terrifying game, it might freak you about a bit in a few places, but that's all.

Are there any highly regarded "better graphics" mods out there that you guys recommend?

Valve did a conversion to the HL2 engine called "Half-Life: Source", but it's pretty half-hearted, and barely makes any use of Source's capabilities, it's a straight port.

However there is a third-party Source recreation in the works, that aims to recreate Half-Life from scratch in the Source engine, with detailed effects, physics, HDR lighting... the works. It's called Black Mesa: Source. That's still in development though.

Anyway, if you want my recommendation for when you play it - dim the lights, get yourself a cold drink and get immersed. Half-Life really is the kind of game that can suck you in like that.




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#4 11 years ago
foodmaniac2003;4016687I just got the Half Life 1 Anthology new from the local Half-Price Books (love that place!) for $5 and plan to enjoy it soon.

You took your time!

Is the game scary? I don't like games that are gonna freak me out.

It's 'jumpy' scary, not haunted house scary. Unless you don't like exploding gibs for some reason. Some parts are reported as scary, but I never even realised until I read about them after playing it - and of course, I can't tell you what they are - but it's not like a constant stream of things.

I have never owned a game that required Steam. After installing the Anthology, do I need to manually update the game, or Steam does it automatically?

Steam will do it automatically by default, but you can tell it not to if you really want.

I heard there is a "high definition pack" somewhere. Is it any good? Is it a Valve made update?

The high definition pack was released as part of Blue Shift (ah, so long ago now). It replaces various character models - most notably Barney and certain scientists - with newer models and better textures, and also replaces some of the weapons (the MP5 becomes an M4, the Glock with a Beretta, and I think the shotgun was also replaced with a SPAS-12 or something like that.

Some of the improvements are merely generic, for example the rocket launcher looks a bit better, the Snark looks a bit better, etc. Others are more noticeable, such as the MP5 being replaced with the M4 carbine. I like the replacement weapons, but I don't like the replacement characters - Barney, in particular, looks completely different and although the new model is technically superior, I prefer the old one (although, it could just be sentiment talking, as I had played HL for several years before the pack came out).

As with all things of this nature, it is a matter of preference. As you have never played HL before, it may not have any impact on you whatsoever.

And yes, the high definition pack is available via Steam, I believe (or will come bulked in your Blue Shift pack).

Are there any highly regarded "better graphics" mods out there that you guys recommend?

Probably. I wouldn't recommend any of them though. Play Half-Life as it was meant to be played before you start messing with it.




foodmaniac2003

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#5 11 years ago

Thanks for the help guys!

Mr. Matt;4017701You took your time!

Hehe, first M rated game i've ever bought. Turns out my mom was fine with it after being FH obsessed for a year. :)




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#6 11 years ago

FM, im in the same position. i got HL2 first, and only just recently got the anthology.




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#7 11 years ago

the games are good, you'll like them not scary though




foodmaniac2003

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#8 11 years ago

You guys suggest any really good mods that are free? So far I have Zombie Panic, Afraid of Monsters, The Ship, and Team Fortress Classic.




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#9 11 years ago
foodmaniac2003;4029986You guys suggest any really good mods that are free? So far I have Zombie Panic, Afraid of Monsters, The Ship, and Team Fortress Classic.

Single-player mods that no Half-Life fan can be without:

They Hunger USS Darkstar Azure Sheep

Also see this list for more useful mods.