Acknown3 Dec 2, 2012 @ 3:57pm
I own all of the HL games. What order should I play them in?
After finishing the first Half Life, should I play any of the expansions before I play Half Life 2? Also, should I play Black Mesa instead of Half Life Source?
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The Terminator Dec 3, 2012 @ 11:34am 
Play half life 2
Kurokuma Dec 3, 2012 @ 5:45pm 
Yes, play all of the half life expansions to get the full story, then play half life 2
Jae Dec 10, 2012 @ 5:13pm 
If you want to play Half-Life on the source engine id recommend Black Mesa. Because valve just ripped hl1 into the source engine and filled it with ♥♥♥♥tons of bugs and made it 10x more easy even on hard. But hell they made more money from all the 8 year old graphics ♥♥♥♥♥s.

c:
Bubblegum Jan 10, 2013 @ 8:02pm 
I would start with Half Life 1. The source version is also very good. However Valve made the source version very quick. They may have been showing that it is possible to move work from the old engine to source.

Then try Half Life 2 and episode one and two.
Blue Shift and Opposing Force are good as well. However they are not as good as Half Life.

There is also the Black Mesa mod that many other people seem to like. Personally I tried it and felt they changed a bit to much. Would have been better if they had done there own adventure in the Half Life universe. People do seem to like it though for the upgraded graphics. A texture and model pack for Half Life Source would have been enough for me. Hell I would have paid for that.


[HA][2S] DEAD MEAT BIZZ ^_^ -_- Jan 14, 2013 @ 2:46pm 
black mesa
Infinite_Data Jan 19, 2013 @ 7:59am 
Considering the fact that Black Mesa is NOT really a remake, I recommend that you play HL:Source first. And Black Mesa is not a regular remake IMO because the level design is often completely different than in the original, and many other things have undergone great changes. And some stuff can't really be considered canon, so if you want the story, play the original HL or HL:Source (which is pretty much HL1 with ragdolls and a bit better graphics). Black Mesa can be a good "dessert" - a modern interpretation of HL1. Then you should play HL2 and its Episodes. The HL1 expansions are not made by Valve and therefore not really canon either. You don't need to play them to understand the plot.
Druqz Feb 5, 2013 @ 3:47am 
black mesa doesnt finish the whole hl1 storyline, but its really fun. i just finished it and it was really cool. they worked hard and did a great job recreating everything.
Zodasaur Feb 23, 2013 @ 9:19pm 
Originally posted by bart_11:
Considering the fact that Black Mesa is NOT really a remake, I recommend that you play HL:Source first. And Black Mesa is not a regular remake IMO because the level design is often completely different than in the original, and many other things have undergone great changes. And some stuff can't really be considered canon, so if you want the story, play the original HL or HL:Source (which is pretty much HL1 with ragdolls and a bit better graphics). Black Mesa can be a good "dessert" - a modern interpretation of HL1. Then you should play HL2 and its Episodes. The HL1 expansions are not made by Valve and therefore not really canon either. You don't need to play them to understand the plot.

Yes they are cannon.
Delta Apr 23, 2013 @ 2:37pm 
To fully understand the story, play Half-Life 1 (source or reg. Dosnt matter) then Opposing Force or Blue Shift (Barney is the guy you play as in Blue Shift. He is a somewhat large part of Half-Life 2 and Half Life 2 Episode One). Play Half-Life 2, then the episodes in order of number line (1,2). This is the best way to make sense of the Half-Life saga.
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