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The '''Half-Life universe''' encompasses the first person shooter Half Life series, as well as the puzzle-based Portal series.
 
The '''Half-Life universe''' encompasses the first person shooter Half Life series, as well as the puzzle-based Portal series.
  
== Half Life ==
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== Setting ==
Half-life incorporates both [[cyberpunk]] and [[biopunk]] elements into the gameplay, setting and its sequel Half-life 2 features an alien force called the "Combine" who later transform [[transhuman treachery|treacherous humans]] into their "transhuman allies". They are led by "Synth" lords, a play on the both idea and word of [[synthetic biology]].
 
  
=== Characters ===
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'''Black Mesa''' is a US research corporation, experimenting with [[teleportation]].  Its New Mexico headquarters, the Black Mesa Research Facility, is a sprawling complex of advanced industrial and scientific facilities and serves as the setting of the first <i>Half Life</i> and its expansions.
  
'''Gordon Freeman''' is the protagonist the half life series, an employee of Black Mesa and physics graduate. Later in the series he's hailed as saviour-like revolutionary against the occupying forces known as Combine.
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'''Aperture Science''' is a private company that competes with Black Mesa for government funding, with a comically haphazard approach to basic research and development. In addition to stable [[wormholes]] and an alternative in-universe teleportation technology, their achievements include [[artificial intelligence|AI]]-controlled robotic systems (including reconfigurable architecture and weapon turrets), [[mind uploading]], and [[cryonics]].
  
'''Barney Calhoun''' is the protagonist in Blue Shift expansion pack and major character in Half Life 2 (with Half Life 2: Episode 1 as main character once more), formerly security guard for Black Mesa and one of few survivors of Black Mesa, Rebel spy in Half life 2 to save some citizens from abusing treatment of Combine.
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The '''Combine''' or '''Universal Union''', a multiverse-spanning, highly advanced technological civilization, are the main antagonists of the series.  Led by 'advisors' (large grublike aliens wholly dependent on their technology for physical tasks), the Combine subjugates other species using [[synthetic biology]] and overwhelming military might transported through inter-universe portals.
  
'''Adrian Shephard''' is the protagonist in Opposing Force expansion pack, Its original goal is find Freeman and other scientists to kill them all until break off rest of army into survivial of his life.
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== Future ==
 
 
== Portal ==
 
The '''Portal''' series is take place in apparently post-apocalyptic and also more dirty [[postcyberpunk]]/proto-[[solarpunk]] theme ruins of the Aperture Science underground research facility, which has been taken over by an [[control problem|out of control]] [[AI]] named GLaDOS.
 
 
 
'''Chell''' wakes up as a test subject within the abandoned complex, must discover what is going on whilst being subjected to a series of increasingly deadly test chambers. However the advanced portal gun technology allows her to innovatively defeat both the tests and the AI in the end.
 
  
== Future ==
 
 
[[File:400MillionDead.jpg|right|thumb|Delays are serious business]]
 
[[File:400MillionDead.jpg|right|thumb|Delays are serious business]]
  

Revision as of 03:21, 9 August 2018

The Half-Life universe encompasses the first person shooter Half Life series, as well as the puzzle-based Portal series.

Setting

Black Mesa is a US research corporation, experimenting with teleportation. Its New Mexico headquarters, the Black Mesa Research Facility, is a sprawling complex of advanced industrial and scientific facilities and serves as the setting of the first Half Life and its expansions.

Aperture Science is a private company that competes with Black Mesa for government funding, with a comically haphazard approach to basic research and development. In addition to stable wormholes and an alternative in-universe teleportation technology, their achievements include AI-controlled robotic systems (including reconfigurable architecture and weapon turrets), mind uploading, and cryonics.

The Combine or Universal Union, a multiverse-spanning, highly advanced technological civilization, are the main antagonists of the series. Led by 'advisors' (large grublike aliens wholly dependent on their technology for physical tasks), the Combine subjugates other species using synthetic biology and overwhelming military might transported through inter-universe portals.

Future

Delays are serious business

Half life 2: Episode 3's development has been widely known and discussed since 2006. Originally intended for a tentative release for Christmas of 2007, the game is still in development with very few known details.

Black Mesa, A fan remake of the original Half Life in the Source engine, was originally released as a mod before transitioning to a commercial game in its own right with the support of Valve Software. Later stages are still in development.

Media

Franchise

  • Half Life (Microsoft Windows, Mac OSX, Linux, Sega Dreamcast (unreleased), Sony PlayStation 2), 1998
  • Half Life: Opposing Force (Microsoft Windows, Mac OSX, Linux)
  • Half Life: Blue Shift (Microsoft Windows, Mac OSX, Linux)
  • Half Life: Decay (Sony PlayStation 2), 2001
  • Half Life: Raising The Bar (Art Book)
  • Half Life 2 (Microsoft Windows, Mac OSX, Linux)
  • Half Life 2: Lost Coast (Microsoft Windows, Mac OSX, Linux)
  • Half Life 2: Episode 1 (Microsoft Windows, Mac OSX, Linux)
  • Half Life 2: Episode 2 (Microsoft Windows, Mac OSX, Linux)
  • Portal (Microsoft Windows, Mac OSX, Linux)
  • Portal 2 (Microsoft Windows, Mac OSX, Linux)

References in Other Media

The Deus Ex series games Human Revolution and Mankind Divided reference the original Half Life in an achievement title ("Unforseen Consequence"[1]) and email dialogs.[2]

External links

References