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I've heard a lot about Half Life and I am planning to get it. Where is a good series to start off at? I prefer game play and graphics over the story lines in games.

Half Life 2 is the one where the graphics looks real, no?
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Very good choice, IMHO, the half life series has the best story I've ever seen in a computer game.

I strongly recommend playing the original Half-Life before you play Half-Life 2 as to get the full effect of the story. Don't worry, even though the graphics aren't amazing NOW the gameplay is still incredibly fun.

Then you have a choice; you could play the half-life expansions (which I didn't, but I feel I should have) or you could start the HL2 series. I recommend playing HL1pposing force and blue shift because when I didn't I felt like I may have missed some important info regarding the story.

But, they aren't 100% necessary. If your getting tired of the old GFX, then move on to Half-Life 2. Not Half-Life 2: episode one, that comes AFTER Half-Life 2.

I don't know what Valve was thinking when they named it HL2: episode one instead of HL3: episode one.

Anyways, they are really, REALLY great games and run on the amazing source engine which is also IMO the best (most efficient for its looks) game engine out there as of now.

Sorry for the long post, but I really love these games, and watch out Oct. 9th for HL2: episode 2!
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Half Life: You are Gordon Freeman, a scientist working for Black Mesa.
Half Life Opposing Forces: You are a member of the army
Half ife BLue Shift: You are a Security Guard working for Black Mesa.

Played them. Loved them.
    
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You should try the Half-Life 2 Demo on steam. Half-Life has one of the most realistic physic I ever seen in a computer game with no Ageia Physx card to help it. Half Life 2: Deathmatch is pretty fun and a fast pace game.
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Half-Life (2)'s graphics aren't top notch, and it's a purely story-line driven game.

I have a feeling that you won't like it if you're after a graphics-intensive shoot-'em-up type game.
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Originally Posted by foslock View Post
I strongly recommend playing the original Half-Life before you play Half-Life 2 as to get the full effect of the story.
I don't know about that...it really seemed to me that HL2 could have been a standalone story. Knowing about the events of HL1 is only going to make the countless "Wow, you're Gordon Freeman?!?" statements have meaning.

To the poster: The graphics in HL1 look pretty bad by today's standards. However, I would still play it because it's a good game. You said you're into gameplay...even as old as it is, it's still better than some modern games in that respect.
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It is a great series. The graphics won't bother you because you're a gamer.
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You said you're into gameplay...even as old as it is, it's still better than some modern games in that respect.


Sounds good! Thanks for the input everyone.
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post #9 of 13
Start with half life 2, its an awesome game, with pretty good graphics. Then you can get half life 2: episode one. Plus episode 2 is about to come out... so you will have plenty of half life to play
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look up Valve's Orange Box. that will have HL2, Ep. 1, Ep. 2, and several other games. if you don't own any HL games, that will definitely be the thing to get.
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