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Requim May 1, 2013 @ 9:07pm
Really enjoying Half-Life 2, is the original worth playing after?
I'm really really enjoying this game! For some reason I never played it, but I picked up The Orange Box on a whim and I've been playing for something like 15 hours total!
But is it worth playing the first one? Especially after you've played the second?
I've only picked up the first one a few times and only for a short amount of time.
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Relentless_Gammer May 1, 2013 @ 11:30pm 
Great On Ya Dude add me
The Terminator May 2, 2013 @ 6:55pm 
Yeah its worth it
Requim May 3, 2013 @ 2:15pm 
Originally posted by Mindjacker:
As you already own HL2 you can basically play HL1 with HL2 visuals installing the source engine off steam. Not a fan of the series, but their is a mod called Black Mesa http://www.blackmesasource.com/

I have the Gear box version of HL1 and meh, the source version of HL1 supposed to have improved graphics and stuff. http://store.steampowered.com/app/280/?snr=1_7_7_151_150_1

Is there a difference between the Black Mesa Source and HL1 Source?


Originally posted by Kal_wardin:
Yeah its worth it

Thank you. I'm gonna get it for sure then. I'll just have to beat the one I'm playing now though. I have no idea if I'm close to the end or not!
Relentless_Gammer May 3, 2013 @ 3:10pm 
can you give me half life bro
mr barf May 5, 2013 @ 9:08am 
I would still recommend playing the original over black mesa source, simply because black mesa source doesn't include the later stages of the game, so you miss out on the ending, plus some of the levels were cut down a bit.
Requim May 5, 2013 @ 8:39pm 
Originally posted by mr barf:
I would still recommend playing the original over black mesa source, simply because black mesa source doesn't include the later stages of the game, so you miss out on the ending, plus some of the levels were cut down a bit.

Ahh okay. I don't want to miss out on any of it.
I'll just get HL1 after I've finished HL2
levelworm May 6, 2013 @ 9:24am 
Definitely. HL1 is the game that started the series and when it was released it stirred up a huge storm, at least in the FPS front. BTW HL1 might be old, but you also got two expansions (which are very cheap) and tons of singleplayer modifications (in which I can count at least 15 mods that are professionally made and take away a good chunk of your time playing through them). BTW HL2 is also a bit old now, so you might want to try the midifications, there are a few that definitely worth playing.
levelworm May 6, 2013 @ 9:25am 
Originally posted by Divisi:
Originally posted by mr barf:
I would still recommend playing the original over black mesa source, simply because black mesa source doesn't include the later stages of the game, so you miss out on the ending, plus some of the levels were cut down a bit.

Ahh okay. I don't want to miss out on any of it.
I'll just get HL1 after I've finished HL2
And don't forget Oppsing Force and Blue Shift, both are very good (later one is short though) and made by professions.
levelworm May 6, 2013 @ 9:45am 
Originally posted by Divisi:
I'm really really enjoying this game! For some reason I never played it, but I picked up The Orange Box on a whim and I've been playing for something like 15 hours total!
But is it worth playing the first one? Especially after you've played the second?
I've only picked up the first one a few times and only for a short amount of time.

A list of Half-Life mods:
http://www.moddb.com/games/half-life/mods?sort=rating-desc
Any mod that has a 80+ rating worths at least one play-through, and any mod that has a 90+ rating worths a few play-throughs. Some recommendations that I played:
Paranoia
They Hunger
USS Darkstar
Point of View
Poke646 and its expansion
Heart of Evil (Napalm edition)
Residual Life
Operation Nova
Uplink (the original demo but features levels that are not included in the released game)
Xeno Project
Chronicles chapter one
Edge of Darkness
Someplace Else
Gut Reaction
Thanatophobia

you can also check here:
http://tenfourmaps.telefragged.com/php/revidx.php?gameid=hl&sortby=award&page=1

and play all the mods that are awarded with a medal.
Requim May 6, 2013 @ 2:43pm 
Originally posted by levelworm:
Originally posted by Divisi:
I'm really really enjoying this game! For some reason I never played it, but I picked up The Orange Box on a whim and I've been playing for something like 15 hours total!
But is it worth playing the first one? Especially after you've played the second?
I've only picked up the first one a few times and only for a short amount of time.

A list of Half-Life mods:
http://www.moddb.com/games/half-life/mods?sort=rating-desc
Any mod that has a 80+ rating worths at least one play-through, and any mod that has a 90+ rating worths a few play-throughs. Some recommendations that I played:
Paranoia
They Hunger
USS Darkstar
Point of View
Poke646 and its expansion
Heart of Evil (Napalm edition)
Residual Life
Operation Nova
Uplink (the original demo but features levels that are not included in the released game)
Xeno Project
Chronicles chapter one
Edge of Darkness
Someplace Else
Gut Reaction
Thanatophobia

you can also check here:
http://tenfourmaps.telefragged.com/php/revidx.php?gameid=hl&sortby=award&page=1

and play all the mods that are awarded with a medal.

Wow that's a lot of mods!
So these are gameplay mods? Do they blend in with the story? Or do you have to select a special mission? I've never used any mods in Half-Life.
levelworm May 6, 2013 @ 3:07pm 
These are singleplayer mods, and they do not neccesarily blend in the original story of HL1 (but some mods do), but most of them have great stories. Oh BTW I forgot to mention Gunmen Chronicles which is a commercial modification for HL1. Basically, after you install HL1, you simply put the mods under its root dir and Steam should be able to identify them and show them on the menu. If Steam fails to show them, simply add "-game XXXXXX" without the quotes to the shortcut.
Requim May 6, 2013 @ 3:37pm 
Hmm...I'm new to Steam so I'm not sure where any of that is. I know root directories and all that. But I took a look at the Steam dir, but I have no idea where Half-Life is in there. Or where to add "game XXXXX"
levelworm May 6, 2013 @ 3:44pm 
in Steam, right click on Half-Life, select propertoes--->select launch options ---> put "-game hunger" in the blank without quotes (assuming that you are playing They Hunger mod).
lucifertdark May 10, 2013 @ 3:38am 
They Hunger is hands down the best addon for HL1.
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