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Julia Jun 20, 2013 @ 3:52pm
Should I get HL1?
I got HL2 in the orange box. I only wanted Portal, but I heard lots of praise about half life so I thought I would just get the orange box. The story isn't really making sense, should I get the first half life or will everything be explained later in the game?
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Pope Camelpope Jun 20, 2013 @ 4:04pm 
It really wouldn't help to buy HL1. It's almost an entirely different story, but I like to play things in order.
If you want my honest opinion, I'd just tell you to play Black Mesa: Source. It's a HL2 Mod that recreates HL1 with the Source engine without failing miserably. It's really beautiful and it plays fine if you haven't played HL1. Too bad the last chapter is missing.
Anyways, Black Mesa is free, so if you really feel like you are missing information just download it, it should give you the plot and you won't have to cough up cash for it.
http://www.blackmesasource.com/
Wing Zero Jun 20, 2013 @ 4:23pm 
Half life 1 is awsome fun to play.Story wise however there almost is none.Just scientist asking for help.BUT you do firgure out where the aliens in HL2 come from so yes i would buy it(i have already).In HL2 there are several refferences to the"BLACK MESA" incedent.I had no idea what that was till i played HL1.So if you dont want to be lost i would buy HL1(but its nothing you cant read on the wiki)HOPE THIS HELPS.
Pope Camelpope Jun 20, 2013 @ 4:54pm 
Like he said, it's fun but isn't needed to understand HL2. It's very connected deeply, but not connected on a runthrough of HL2. If you must play HL1, just go ahead and play Black Mesa. Many people will say Black Mesa doesn't capture the original HL1's HL1-eyness, but I think it does, and it's free.
James Jun 20, 2013 @ 6:12pm 
Канешна, возьми хл1
A Dud Jun 20, 2013 @ 9:32pm 
Get Half-Life 1.
Fulgore Jun 21, 2013 @ 6:51am 
^Yup
TheOpposingForce108 Jun 21, 2013 @ 7:38am 
yes u should but it cost $10 get thr game BlackMesa because its the SAME game but with WAY better graphics and its FREE! i just beat it yesturday. 6-21-2013
Pope Camelpope Jun 21, 2013 @ 8:06am 
Yeah, Black Mesa is a lot newer and has better face creation systems than HL2, and it's free.
TheOpposingForce108 Jun 21, 2013 @ 9:48am 
And u can get it at www.blackmesasource.com
Pope Camelpope Jun 21, 2013 @ 10:03am 
Originally posted by PurPle_VegaTables108:
And u can get it at www.blackmesasource.com
http://www.blackmesasource.com/
You mean?
Pocket Jun 23, 2013 @ 6:26pm 
Most of what happens in Half-Life has nothing to do with the ongoing story; it's just you trying to escape from the crazy mad-science lab where everything went down. Also, here's the thing about Black Mesa: it's almost too good. If you play it first and then play Half-Life 2, it's likely to feel like a step backwards. Also it's not actually finished, so you'll be stuck waiting until who knows when for the last part to be added in.
FeedMeCheese Jun 24, 2013 @ 12:09pm 
Like people have said, you don't need to play Half Life 1 to understand what's happening in Half Life 2, but it does give you a little bit of backgound on a few of the characters. It's still an amazing game though, so I'd buy it anyway :)
killerxxl90 Jun 24, 2013 @ 3:58pm 
Collect them all,lol
Swift Jun 24, 2013 @ 7:41pm 
yea its cool
Mantis Jun 25, 2013 @ 12:18am 
If you are going to play HL1 don't play Black Mesa Source. The last part of the game isn't even in it. Play the original.
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