Review by MasterReviewer

"One of the best shooters for the PC since DOOM!"

This game is completely stunning! With simply flawless graphics, storyline, and sound Half-Life deserves to be 1998 PC Game of the Year. And, the controls, they needed to work on. They could easily be improved and better usage of the keyboard buttons, which really keeps this game from getting a 10. Oh and by the way, I am using a new review format, you'll notice it during the review.

Storyline 10/10

Unbelieveable! This game has to be the only PC shooter with a compelling storyline. DOOM's plot was stupid, but this is great. You are in a Science Research Facility when a science experiment suddenly goes wrong. Now the whole facility is crawling with huge and snarling aliens. Also, unlike any shooters, you actually meet members of your team and interact with them. This keeps the storyline moving and will keep you staring at the computer screen for hours trying to figure out what is going to happen next. And is it really scary? HELL YEAH!! The aliens are ferocious and jump out at you wherever you walk. That is really scary.

Graphics 10/10

The graphics are flawless, smooth, and shine just like the new Dreamcast graphics do. You've seen those? Well, you can expect those kind of graphics on Half-Life. The aliens look scary, and move smoothly. They also do realistic habits, like hunt in packs. I only witnessed one little draw-in in this whole game!

Sound/Music 10/10

Great, too! The growling of aliens in a distance, then it gets closer....Crap, that is scary! The music is great too, adding even more intensity to the game.

Control 7/10

The only thing about this game that doesn't shine is the control. It gets confusing. Think about this, the control buttons to change a gun, pick up keys are letters on the keyboard. You'll have to remember what letter that is and it is very annoying. Fortunately, after playing it for a decent amount of time, you can get used to these controls and play without any aggravation.

Overall 9/10

Really, this game is great! You must get it! Absolutely everything is good about it except the controls, but you can get used to that...Believe me, you'll be travelling to this scary Science Research Facility day after day after day, and you won't stop until you win. Then maybe beat it again.

Reviewer's Rating:   4.5 - Outstanding

Originally Posted: 11/01/99, Updated 07/05/02

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