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#1 11 years ago

Hi all you crazy HL fans. I was just wondering which of the two HL games you think is the best. Personally I think the first HL was and still is the best single player game ever made because of the awsome storyline. Because of the storyline in HL I was hooked. I always wanted to know more about this mysterios plot that seems to spinning around Gordon Freeman. I played the expansions to HL1 with great joy. As the soldier who crosses his path with Gordon through the game. F..... GREAT concept!! I was so excited when HL2 came out. Time to find out what kind of trouble Dr. Freeman should face this time=p. And I can't say that I was dissapointed but still... Something is kind of missing in HL2. A spark that I've only been able to find in HL2...? Also I think that the "puzzles" (and the gaming generaly) in HL2 was dissapointly easy compared to HL1. I think that the storyline in HL2 is great don't get me wrong but I was more captured by story in HL1. I don't know... Maybe it is the fact that when I first played HL1 I was about 14 years old. Now I'm 23 (and still gaming strong;)). I remember that I thought that HL1 was a very revolutionary game in graphics and the way people in the game actually talked to you and became a part of the whole story. I was totally sucked into the world of Black Messa as I went down the railway into the underground laboratory in the intro scene. I know you remember:naughty:. Could it be the fact that HL1 was so new a gaming experience that I still swear to this game. What do you think?




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#2 11 years ago

I was 8 when I played HL1. :) I really liked it, but I still like HL2 better. Having said that, I know what you mean about HL1 being in Black Mesa and HL2 being in the city. HL1 doesn't have that much of a story line, apart from the fact that you have to survive an alien invasion in the facility. But you do know where your suppose to be going (most of the time).

If you like HL1 so much, but want to play it in the current graphics of HL2, then go to this site, where a group of people are making that mod:) Black Mesa: A Half-Life 2 modification




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#3 11 years ago

For me it's gotta be HL2,I just find the story a lot more intriguing and who doesn't like physics?

I do know what your saying about hl1 being much harder than hl2 though.




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#4 11 years ago

I like both games I really like the storyline of HL1, too. But I really prefer the graphics in HL2. I don't like, that HL2 started any time in the furture after that what happend in HL 1. U just know some ppl and things but it is not that what u thought before u played HL2. I thought the story would go on and u fight against the army and so on. But then u got one alienrace as friend. And I am missing the "Shockaliens" ^^ (these little "dog" like Aliens")

I'm looking forward to the Black Mesa: Source Mod. It is the Story and building of HL1 but it is the Source Enginge :naughty:




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#5 11 years ago

Didn't know about the Black Mesa Project. I realy have to thank you for this tip. Looking forward to it. Btw Reap3r can you honestly say that you were challenged by the combine soldiers' A.I.?? I think I died 1 or 2 times in HL2 and that was because I accidently fell down from a high point. Not once I was killed by an enemy. That was a little disappointing. Not bragging, just saying... I'm sure many others completed the game with the same "ease".




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#6 11 years ago

Lol.

If you people really think Half Life 1 and Half Life 2 have such fantastic story lines, it's apparant that you haven't read that many great fantasy novels.

Really, I don't know of any games that have a brilliant story line. Alright, exaggeration - there are a few, but the Half life series isn't one of them.

Also, as a side note I'd like to mention how amusing it is when people argue over which is better - Half life or Halo.

Can crap be better then crap? I don't know.

(Don't misinterpret this, i enjoyed the Half life games, but their story lines weren't the reason)




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#7 11 years ago

Not trying to start a flame war, but what was the point of that post?

Of course novels have better stories, an authors job is to create a good [story]. A game designers job is a lot more open-ended. When we say "Half-Life 2 had a great plot", its strictly within the confines of video games, and perhaps even within FPS games...obviously most RPGs are going to (or damn well should) have a better plot than even the most complex (plot-wise) FPS.

And the plot behind Half-Life is so impressing because (aside from its already powerful quality) it also works into a fun game, is the complete brainchild of VALVe (as opposed to say, a Star Wars RPG, which has endless resources from which to model its plot on), is riddled with video-game 'innovations', and is likely far from completion (meaning its competing with many other stories, and is barely even developed).

And if both Half-Life and Halo are both crap, what could possibly fall under the category of "not crap"?




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#8 11 years ago
WipperSnipper;3981770If you people really think Half Life 1 and Half Life 2 have such fantastic story lines, it's apparant that you haven't read that many great fantasy novels.

That's because there aren't any great fantasy novels.

As for which of the two I prefer, HL1. Partly for sentimental reasons, but also because I'm not overly fond of the direction Valve took HL2 in terms of gameplay, narrative and overall storyline.




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#9 11 years ago

WipperSnipper;3981770Lol.

If you people really think Half Life 1 and Half Life 2 have such fantastic story lines, it's apparant that you haven't read that many great fantasy novels.

Really, I don't know of any games that have a brilliant story line. Alright, exaggeration - there are a few, but the Half life series isn't one of them.

Also, as a side note I'd like to mention how amusing it is when people argue over which is better - Half life or Halo.

Can crap be better then crap? I don't know.

(Don't misinterpret this, i enjoyed the Half life games, but their story lines weren't the reason)

Don't mean to be offensive here, but there's a difference between a fantasy novel and a video game's storyline. Half-Life is near plain fiction but also leans a bit more on science fiction. Of course a book would end up better than a game, but Half-Life has some of the best video game storytelling in video game history. It also has one of the most engaging storylines, it draws the attention of the players and excellently keeps them interested. Books and novels are more prone to have an already made up world based off of something. Like the person above me said, they have a lot of things already made up for them to work in that world. Like Star Wars books, anybody writing a Star Wars book probably won't have to come up with a ton on his own when it comes to the setting and all the objects in the world. Now there are plenty of Fantasy and Sci-Fi books out there that come up with their own worlds and idea, and they do an excellent job at it. But when one writes in an already excellently created world, it's easier to work with than creating one. The book may be a bit better already because you have an already guaranteed good atmosphere and place that people can think of easily. It may not make the book perfect, but it saves countless months coming up with a place on your own.

How could you think that Half-Life doesn't have a good storyline? Millions of gamers, and not just the usual speedy or noob-like gamer that enjoys games because they can shoot crap up, but critics as well, who dedicate countless days, weeks, months, and maybe even years, studying the composition and creation of a good game to extents where they notice loads of things regular gamers do not realize. And all of these people agree that Half-Life has a great storyline. It obviously won't compare up to a book, books always win in a fight against video games, and books win against TV as well. But we're not discussing book storylines vs. game storylines. We're comparing Half-Life against Half-Life 2.

And if you are saying that Half-Life has a bad storyline for video games, you're simply mistaken or wrong. Half-Life's storyline has many twists and turns and surprises that keep people guessing and wondering. What was the last Half-Life you played? There is a ton of story in the recent release of Half-Life, and it's one of the best stories of gaming. It threatens the lives of people players care about, it brings out good humor and joy, and sadness, and with everything going on, it all has a very dramatic feel that plenty of people enjoy. They probably like it because it's like a movie, but it is still excellently executed, even if it feels like a movie or doesn't. The conspiracies and strange questions of the G-Man, who he works for, what he's up to, and also the Aperture Science Enrichment center, all keep people intrigued throughout the series as we find out more, inch by inch.

And besides the grand complex storyline of Half-Life, there is also the world it is told in, and how Valve visually tells you about it. There's even a ton of story in the environment, which is much harder to do in books, that allows you to understand the more about the world and creatures and nature of the things Valve has created.

There's a reason the Half-Life series is one of the top selling single-player franchises of all time, and why it's one of the most successfully, and highest rating series of all time, and trust me, it's not just the gameplay. No game can win such high ratings on just the gameplay alone, nor the graphics (since they may be good looking, but are not considered the best). The only game series to win such ridiculously high ratings on nearly the gameplay alone is Halo, and the reason for that is because Halo is a blinding game type that turns the greatest critics and reviewers into blind idiots at times. The reason is story.

If you are saying RPGs beat Half-Life's story, well that is expected. RPGs are an entire different genre of video games, and are much more concentric around storyline. It's a much more common element that is highly needed compared to FPS games in which more gamers say "give me guns, give me enemies, and let me shoot stuff up". RPGs are looked at differently by both gamers and critics, and people that play them want more storyline most of time.

Wrap up: For a FPS, Half-Life has probably the greatest storyline ever. For a comparison to books and RPGs, the two later normally hold better stories, but that's comparing through different genres, and even different objects. And even for a video game on its own, Half-Life still has a high rating, even against RPGs.




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#10 11 years ago

I like em both equally

I was 8 when I first played HL1 and am proud to say I was able to understand the story. It was such a great game(and still is) to this day I still play that thing from beginning to end.

I was so excited for HL2 when I had first heard about it. It is a lot longer, gives more to the story now with more background on Black Mesa and the invasion of Xen.

Overall, both equally very great games.

Can't wait for HL3.




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