I don't know if there's really any interest in this or not, but with the Orange box being released and everything I decided to put my Platinum Pack to good use and actually play Half-Life. See, my friends had all played it, and one of them got me this pack so I could play CounterStrike with them. I never actually got around to playing Half-Life itself.
This is my first run-through of Half-Life, and considering it will also be my first run-through of a Let's Play, I may be cheating my way through it if I start to have trouble. I don't want to keep dying or having to redo things because I'm trying to snap some good screens.
First off, you can't just head off into a research facility without any training. So let's get that out of the way.
Actually, the first order of business was taking that UGLY 640x480 resolution and low quality graphics and maxing that stuff out. I may be playing this on a laptop and currently with a touchpad but this game is old enough where it won't even hiccup at max settings.
Much better now.
Welcome to the Black Mesa Training Facility. This young holographic lady with the pleasant voice will be our wonderful guide to doing things that are painfully obvious. The first is to walk through a door and put on our suit.
Orange is definitely not my color, but if I must then I must. Green would have really brought out my eyes though.. Perhaps there is a suggestion box somewhere that I can see if we can get different color choices.
The HEV Mark IV. Hideous, but it works.
Our first exercise, after moving around in our suit
is jumping. I've left all the controls to default mappings, and fortunately, like every other FPS, jump is the space bar. This game is going to be easy!
After that we learn to crouch. And another exercise has us jump, then crouch, then jump. Obviously, despite being a research facility, Black Mesa does not require you to be a rocket scientist to work there. On another thought, how much crouching and jumping am I going to have to do at a facility with hallways?!
Oh. Who came up with this?! Just because I did training about jumping WHILE
crouched doesn't mean you can make me crawl down a drain pipe between rooms..
Jumping over gaps. I'm not sure how often they expect me to do this, but at least the hologram was willing to show me how. It can't be much harder than jumping over pipes can it?
After learning to operate an elevator button, they ask me to jump for the target on the floor. I do NOT like the looks of this.
Couldn't you guys put down some padding, like gymnasts have or something? Ow..
Finally, weapons and beating things! I fancy this crowbar; perhaps I'll keep it because I'm sure it will come in handy later.
They trust me with a gun and grenade launcher!? ::tears of joy:: I fill up on as much ammo as I can carry. I'm sure I won't need to use this ever, but shooting targets is so much fun!
Blah blah blah, some more training like swimming (in a heavy suit), knowing that I'm being poisoned by radiation, hurt by fire, or other nuisances, and using a flashlight. Now I can ride a flatbed tram.
Just in case you weren't aware of what game you were playing:
Join us next time, as we start by riding a lovely train!
Also, apparently there is a mod group working on recreating all of Half-Life with HL2's graphics and the Source engine. Looks pretty sweet and I was asked to put the link in the OP.