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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.
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== Half Life ==
 
== Half Life ==
 
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]].
 
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]].
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=== Characters ===
    
'''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.
 
'''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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'''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.
 
'''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.
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== Future ==
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<i>Half life 2: Episode 3</i>'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.
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<i>Black Mesa</i>, A fan remake of the original <i>Half Life</i> 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.
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== Media ==
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=== Franchise ===
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* <i>Half Life</i> (Microsoft Windows, Mac OSX, Linux, Sega Dreamcast (unreleased), Sony PlayStation 2), 1998
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* <i>Half Life: Opposing Force</i> (Microsoft Windows, Mac OSX, Linux)
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* <i>Half Life: Blue Shift</i> (Microsoft Windows, Mac OSX, Linux)
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* <i>Half Life: Decay</i> (Sony PlayStation 2), 2001
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* <i>Half Life: Raising The Bar</i> (Art Book)
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* <i>Half Life 2</i> (Microsoft Windows, Mac OSX, Linux)
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* <i>Half Life 2: Lost Coast</i> (Microsoft Windows, Mac OSX, Linux)
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* <i>Half Life 2: Episode 1</i> (Microsoft Windows, Mac OSX, Linux)
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* <i>Half Life 2: Episode 2</i> (Microsoft Windows, Mac OSX, Linux)
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* <i>Portal</i> (Microsoft Windows, Mac OSX, Linux)
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* <i>Portal 2</i> (Microsoft Windows, Mac OSX, Linux)
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=== References in Other Media ===
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The <i>[[Deus Ex]]</i> series games <i>Human Revolution</i> and <i>Mankind Divided</i> reference the original <i>Half Life</i> in an achievement title ("Unforseen Consequence"<ref>Deus Ex Wikia: [http://deusex.wikia.com/wiki/Unforeseen_Consequence Unforseen Consequence]</ref>) and email dialogs.<ref>https://www.reddit.com/r/HalfLife/comments/955cta/was_playing_deus_exhuman_revolution_when_i_found/</ref>
    
== External links ==
 
== External links ==
 
* {{wikipedia|Half-Life (series)}}
 
* {{wikipedia|Half-Life (series)}}
 
* {{wikipedia|Portal (series)}}
 
* {{wikipedia|Portal (series)}}
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== References ==
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[[Category:Video games]]
 
[[Category:Video games]]
 
[[Category:Cyberpunk]]
 
[[Category:Cyberpunk]]
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