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Random Gamer 1337 Jul 23, 2013 @ 5:03pm
Why's this game series so popular?
I'm a curious person,and I don't know much about the Half-Life series,so...what makes it so popular?

And please,no fanboy comments.

Call of Duty's already too hypnotic.
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Mr.Vane Jul 23, 2013 @ 5:13pm 
"Magic"
Random Gamer 1337 Jul 23, 2013 @ 5:13pm 
Lol.
Poyo Jul 23, 2013 @ 5:27pm 
I wouldn't really be speaking for everyone here, but I enjoy this series so much because of how deep the storyline is. With the multiple connections to the Portal series and whatnot. The story actually inside the game is kind of dull, but that is because you are only one person. It's made to be realistic in the sense that people are doing multiple stuff while you are doing something, and that's why I like it.
Outside the games though, you could probably write an entire book about the plot. From things about the Nihilinth escaping the Combine in HL1, to how Barney the security guard escaped Black Mesa, all the way down to how the Advisors got into the plane hangar in EP2.

I suppose what I'm trying to say is that it has such an expansive lore for "a sci-fi FPS".

Another thing I really enjoy about the series is the characters. They always seem to worm into my heart and I truly care about them and what happens to them. It even happens with the standard citizens and rebels later on.

And I also really liked the setting of the HL games, especially 2 and onward. You, or at least I, get the feeling while going through the game that all those people actually had lives, and it all turned to hell because of something you did in Half Life 1. After all that time of living in practically slavery, you just show up as a symbol of hope everyone is willing to fight with. Going on my previous statement about the characters and how you get attached to them, I just find someone and almost feel obliged to protect them and be their shepard.And even when they die, I (Gordon Freeman) could go about my life without any worry of them after that, but I take it as a personal defeat because I failed the people whose lives depended on me.


Well, there's my two cents. It probably doesn't fit into everyone else's beliefs, but hey. I hope it's not too much of a garbled mess.
Random Gamer 1337 Jul 23, 2013 @ 5:31pm 
Alright,you say it's because of the story and characters.
Thanks.
Mr.Vane Jul 23, 2013 @ 5:32pm 
Random Gamer 1337 Jul 23, 2013 @ 5:32pm 
The Mad Doughnut Jul 23, 2013 @ 5:48pm 
becuase its good
Random Gamer 1337 Jul 23, 2013 @ 5:51pm 
Lol.
A bear Jul 23, 2013 @ 6:12pm 
The characters and the atmosphere of the game are amazing, it has a really good immersion, almost like a great novel, every single character has a function, both in the plot and storyline and in the meta-story (I don't have a word to say it so I'll just explain), characters like D0g, Barney and Lamarr are there to calm everything down with a little bit of humor, to let you know that everything is better for a few seconds (The zombie-killing stops and a few jokes are put in action), other characters make climatic moments (Like the G-man or the Advisors in EP. 1 and 2), all of this is really well thought, and you could expend more time analyzing it than playing the game, and the more you do it, the more you love it.
It's just a masterpiece, well, several masterpieces.
That's why I love this series, I played them on PS3, and now I bought them on PC to play as well :). (And to try that freaking gnome achievement in EP.2, which is imposible XD)
Baby_Leviathan Jul 23, 2013 @ 6:40pm 
The story is good, the characters are good, there are puzzles and such this means it's not a boring on rails like certain other FPS. They links to portal are cool as well.
AlphaDude97 Jul 23, 2013 @ 9:46pm 
I like the seamless gameplay. no cutsceens.
1DadArmy Jul 23, 2013 @ 9:53pm 
Here's what did it for me...

A long time ago when I was a mere early 20s lad, a friend of mine game me a game that was Half-Life Game of the Year Edition. He wasn't a big gamer and had gotten the game as a gift and passed it on to me. I have to admit I didn't know anything about the game but at that point had been hardcore gaming since I was about 6.

I popped the CD-ROM in my computer and spent 20-30 mins installing the game. It was quite different from anything that I had played up to that point on PC with the most popular games at the time being Soldier of Fortune and Unreal Tournament. The walls actually told you where to go instead of just being there to funnel you down a path. The first time I saw someone get pulled into the ceiling as I walked past a room I almost ♥♥♥♥ myself with glee. Seriously, at that time there was no such thing as in-game scripted events only cut scenes. I was BLOWN AWAY!! And this was even 2 years or so after it was released and I had played most everything out there. Seriously, everyone does these things now but Half-Life is where everything started. Everything from how the game played to the scripting to the music to the flashlight (seriously, I played with the flashlight mechanics for a half hour) hasn't been seen before in a game.

And Half-Life 2 had the gravity gun. Valve revolutionized the FPS and has been lovingly copied ever since. That is why people love the franchise.
NFD Jul 23, 2013 @ 10:43pm 
Best shooter
Best gameplay
Best atmosphere
Best franchise ever
...Yeah, I'm fanboy)
Random Gamer 1337 Jul 24, 2013 @ 1:21am 
Lolz
TheUnholyBBQ[TR] Jul 24, 2013 @ 2:11am 
Well, as somone who recently completed the first 2 games, I must say it depends on several things:

THE ATMOSPHERE& STORY: The first game brought you into a facility that collapses partly because of you. However, as you play and wander through, FOR ME, the game mostly didn't make me feel that I was somewhere that scientists and the like had to abandon. You still feel the abandoned-ness, though.(However, when you are fighting the military this feel vanishes).
The second game presents you a dystopian world, invaded by an alien species called the Combine, and it is all because of you and your deeds at Black Mesa. The aliens are oppressive, but when you arrive there is a thin sliver of hope: Your colleagues and friends have developed, and they resist. They give you hope. The hope that the invasion willl end someday, that humanity will be free once again.

THE GAMEPLAY: HL differs from others in the way it makes no weapons overpowered. There is a logical amount of ammo you can store, and the weapons (esp. in the second game) feel realistic, and you can use the environment to yuor advantage by the Gravity Gun. However, the first game had OP enemies for me, and this made me begging the game to end, the enemies
were elite and frusterating.

Some weird puzzle solving takes place in both games.
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