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Despite calling myself a gamer I must admit I have never played the Half Life series. I have been meaning to do so for many years now but am only just getting around to it.

What I want to know is does the story require you to play all the games before it. ie do you need to play Half Life 1 and its expansions before Half Life 2 before Episode 1?

Or do they just use the same world with completely different storylines?
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Its a different storyline, kinda, the events of half life 1 lead into the second. However, i played half life 2 long before picking up the first one and didn't feel like I was missing out on anything.
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i tried a little bit ago and i got stuck cuz i couldn't get out the lab! didn't see the way out the computer room and kept jumping off the metal bridge; then i found a walkthrough; last i played i got owned by the military outside the place
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Its a different storyline, kinda, the events of half life 1 lead into the second. However, i played half life 2 long before picking up the first one and didn't feel like I was missing out on anything.
Yea you dont really need to play HL1 to understand HL2 but if you do allot of things will be understood that otherwise you will miss out on.
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Does that include the expansions to HL1 or are they unrelated?
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post #6 of 42
I say jump into HL2. You won't miss much at all.
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post #7 of 42
You won't miss out on much if you just start with Half Life 2. You won't quite get the big picture unless you read up on what happened in Half Life 1 though. The Half Life 1 expansions don't really matter, they weren't even made by Valve.
post #8 of 42
The original Half Life is fun to play, but it isn't a necessity. Half Life 2 introduces you to the world and plot as you play, and introduces a ton of characters... They're barely related. Half Life 2 is one of the best games out there, and Half Life 2: Episode 2 was incredible (aside from all the tunnel crawling at the beginning). If you haven't played it then buy the Orange Box right now.
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I love all of the games, from Half Life 1 to Blue Shift and Opposing Forces and Half Life 2 and the episodes that follow. Blueshift and Opposing Forces just give the game a different perspective.
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PM me your steam name and I'll send you HL2: Episode 1 for free.
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