It's another cliffhanger.

Luke Jenkins
Luke Jenkins

archive.fo/8aDmx
Everyone is devastated by old black man's death
Alyx sucks it up and insists we go on with his plan
Resistance travel in force to Antartica, Gordon and Alyx get separated from them
Find Combine base, overseen by Dr Breen
Breen is now a slug overseer, a backup of his brain taken before his death was implanted in it. He doesn't know how he died and eventually he decides he hates his life and asks Alyx and Gordon to kill him
Alyx says to leave him to suffer, Gordon may or may not choose to end him
They rescue female doctor played by Ensign Ro, tension as they sort out whether she was a double or triple agent. Gordon decides to trust her.
The 3 of them board the Aurora or Borealis or whatever it was called. The ship is bouncing around in time and space, yo-yo-ing between it's launch and arriving in Antartica. On the way it makes brief stops at alien places.
Big fight outside between Combine and Reistance, the 3 heroes fight their way through the ship, see weird shit and learn the ship's origins.
Ultimately they have to decide whether to ground it in Antartica (Dr Ro wants this) or to turn it into some kind of quantum missile and fire it at the Combine (Alyx wants this).
The stand off is resolved when Alyx kills Dr Ro.
Before the ship can crash into the combine HQ, the G-Man turns up and takes Alyx away with him, but leaves Gordon to die.
The Vortigaunts instead turn up and save Gordon.
The ship hits the Combine base but does less damage than they thought (they seemed to think it would wipe the Combine from existence or some shit)
Gordon is deposited to a familiar place many, many years after he was last there, with a new resistance and science team, so far in the future that everyone he knew previously is dead.

Really makes you think.

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Dominic Bailey
Dominic Bailey

It's not like they'll make a game out of it anyways

Julian Reed
Julian Reed

I don't even care about the story, I found HL1 and 2 fun. In the modern gaming world where every second game is a shallow "open-world experience" or "[genre] with RPG elements" a linear corridor shooter would be a warm fucking welcome.

Jaxon Clark
Jaxon Clark

MUUUUUUUHHH BOOOOOOOOOOKKKSS
I agree, it is just funny how big of a fucking joke it has become.

Luis Ward
Luis Ward

Its a shit linear corridor shooter with unskippable cutscenes where you're suck watching models flail around. Fuck half life for making long cutscenes a thing in shooters. And for making linear shooters a thing.

Logan Smith
Logan Smith

You don't get out much, do you?

Ethan Wilson
Ethan Wilson

They always said that it wouldn't be the end of the series if it was made. Gaben even said they would've been satisfied making just Half-Life sequels if Steam wasn't successful.

Daniel Williams
Daniel Williams

No.

Nolan Lewis
Nolan Lewis

it's garbage
who could have guessed?

Wyatt Nguyen
Wyatt Nguyen

for making linear shooters a thing

Linearity has always been a thing in video games. The biggest reason why FPS's in the 90s were linear was moreso to pad the game out. Linearity in first person shooters was an inevitability after games like Metal Gear Solid took off in popularity.

Asher Cox
Asher Cox

The biggest reason why FPS's in the 90s were linear
Whoops flubbed that, meant to say "non-linear"

Adrian Bailey
Adrian Bailey

making linear shooters a thing
have you never heard of rail shooters

Jeremiah Bennett
Jeremiah Bennett

this is what consolefags believe
Why did I even make this thread, 8ch is shit.

Jose Morris
Jose Morris

Rail shooters are fun and keep the cutscenes at like 2 minutes at max.

Adrian Thompson
Adrian Thompson

Drown yourself in semen, imkikey.

Elijah Carter
Elijah Carter

no argument

Christopher Gonzalez
Christopher Gonzalez

Just give me more.
This place is now fag central.

Jayden Long
Jayden Long

makes a shit thread
complains how shitty 8ch is

Carter Jones
Carter Jones

kys

Chase Parker
Chase Parker

You should probably go back to Reddit where you belong user. You won't be proven wrong by the mean old Holla Forums users there.

Owen Brooks
Owen Brooks

Nah, ur a reddit faggot. Consoles are for fucking morons.

Jaxon Perez
Jaxon Perez

Half life 2 was a way of getting the new version of source to people first and a game second
If you care about it you're stupid
Half life wasn't actually supposed to have a sequel.

Jaxon Howard
Jaxon Howard

Nah, ur a reddit faggot
someone's butthurt. What happened I thought you were an oldfag

Consoles are for fucking morons.
the only one bringing up consoles is you

Sebastian Long
Sebastian Long

Metal Gear Solid
Go tell your discord you can't read.

Josiah Sanchez
Josiah Sanchez

Go tell your discord you can't read.
Can you?

Ian Phillips
Ian Phillips

ports
Keep digging faggot.

Jeremiah Lopez
Jeremiah Lopez

Game is on PC
b-b-but that doesn't count. THAT DOESN'T COUNT

You know Metal Gear Solid singlehandedly caused FPS games after it to have a forced stealth level because they wanted to capitalize on just how much money it made

Even strictly PC FPS games used to have a forced stealth mission. It used to be a meme in games like the sewer level. No One Lives Forever 2 even let you tranq and knock out enemies exactly like in Metal Gear Solid 2. Thief 2 and Nolf 1 had security cameras exactly like the ones in Metal Gear Solid as well.

What's that? PC games that had elements from a console game? If you were less retarded you'd understand.

Ayden Allen
Ayden Allen

contrarians going at it again
lol

I guess at least gives closure to the fact that there will never be another sequel, or he wouldn't have published it.
RIP half life, finally confirmed dead.

Sebastian Morales
Sebastian Morales

Wow, I sure would love an actual source to prove this is real and not horse shit!

Oh, wait.

Landon Russell
Landon Russell

That's one of the main Half Life writer's blogs, and the NDA for Episode 3 expired this year.

Obviously no one is going to outright say this is it, but it is.

Grayson Scott
Grayson Scott

This could easily be faked, until I see this on the his blog himself and he confirms he wasn't hacked this is utter horse shit.

Logan Russell
Logan Russell

Metal Gear has always started predominately on PC until 4

Gavin Roberts
Gavin Roberts

archive.fo/8aDmx

Mason Nelson
Mason Nelson

Keep

Telling

Yourself

That

Reddit

Faggot.

Cooper Evans
Cooper Evans

see>>13289546 and

this is not an actual source, anyone could fake this shit and reading the entire things it sounds like bullshit.

Carson Bell
Carson Bell

What do you mean this isn't an actual source?
It's the website of the fucking writer

James Wright
James Wright

It's archive dipshit, not the actual website of the writer. Are you retarded? Not to mention that even if this is real, this was his story and that the people at Valve would be doing something else if they're working on it right now.

Landon Mitchell
Landon Mitchell

An archive of the writer's personal website is not a source
It's clearly a clientele website as it's crashed from the amount of traffic and is not set up for this many users accessing it simultaneously
It's somehow not a source

Henry Young
Henry Young

Are you this fucking daft?
The link to the website is right on top of the archive page, just paste that into your URL and load that page you absolute cumsock

Valve is working on something else, not his story
Full delusion

Camden Gutierrez
Camden Gutierrez

So? This is still the only story known to us about the game, and for several years was the one Valve would use to make their game. Supposedly to you, of course.

Brody Kelly
Brody Kelly

Holy shit, what a blunder.
That ending with a shit infested scent of soft-reboot.
EP3 was a loss, but, for the best.

Jack Morgan
Jack Morgan

It was a soft-reboot but at least it wrapped up Episode 2's arc and would have given some interesting/satisfying elements
Breen becoming an Overseer
exploring the Borealis
seeing what was presumably Xen from the concept art
instead it ends with a writer's blogpost and a spiteful but true statement about Valve

Logan Perry
Logan Perry

HALF LIFE 3 CONFIRMED FOR ANNOUNCEMENT ON THE 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE ORANGE BOX

GET HYPE BOYS

SOON

Jace Anderson
Jace Anderson

VERY SOON

Ian Adams
Ian Adams

It's archive dipshit, not the actual website of the writer.
Archives are made from actual websites.
It's the blog of the writer of Half-Life.
You are a dense motherfucker.

Tyler Collins
Tyler Collins

Well shit, Holla Forums is even more /pol/ than I thought.

Evan James
Evan James

Well that's stupid. That's really stupid.

The Borealis should be the first level of the game. The rest of it should be spent exploring the universe.

Robert Barnes
Robert Barnes

Yes please tell the man that's written the most important franchise in the industry how to do his job

Elijah Gomez
Elijah Gomez

the most important franchise in the industry
That might be a bit of a stretch.

how to do his job
Well he was writing the episodes to conclude in the same way as Half-Life 1, in a way that is open-ended and allows for another game that takes place in the future. So in that regard, yes he knew what he was doing.

I'm guessing the whole "Portal is in the HL universe" thing just put a small wrench into his writing plans, thus the Borealis' ending feels kind of flat and rushed.

Sebastian Campbell
Sebastian Campbell

Thank you, Marc Laidlaw.
While most of this could have been predicted from the late chapters of leaked ancient half life 2 beta (as a lot of episode 2 was), I still salute you for being a great man of honor.
I believe it should be the responsibility of every writer to release their notes and plans for future installments if and when their series gets canned, or if they are removed from the project.
You, sir, have shown great courage.

William Fisher
William Fisher

but if the combine world was much more massive then though possible how is there still a resistance in the future? it would make sense that the combine would put much more effort into taking earth over and getting humans teleportation technology

Carter James
Carter James

the most important franchise in the industry
appeal to authority
Excellent bait. Here's a (You).

Julian Walker
Julian Walker

You sir have shown great courage
By releasing texts he owns outright and not being under his NDA anymore?

Blake Turner
Blake Turner

The Combine no longer have a means of speedy travel to Earth. That was the whole point of Episode 2 - destroying their portal. Without it, Earth would have probably a few decades to recover and prepare for a new invasion that arrives via ships instead of portals.

John Price
John Price

HL2 was really not that good.

Eli Wood
Eli Wood

HL2 is the Kill la Kill of video games

Owen Powell
Owen Powell

100% agreed, I too want to fuck Wallace Breen.

Carter Butler
Carter Butler

I mean it.
It looked great and the engine was amazing, but that's about it.
It had no story, shooting and guns feel like garbage, 90% of the time you kill humans with guns, their ai is atrociuos, entire game is just a tech demo with godawful pacing for the sake of showing off new engine and gimmicks like manipulating environment with the gimmick gun.
It's an overrated meme game still being propped up by hipsters and underaged "based Gaben" cattle from reddit.

Josiah Cox
Josiah Cox

Breen
not D0g
Don't act like you wouldn't like to feel that big lovable robot hugging you

Kevin Allen
Kevin Allen

What a bummer.

I'm glad that we at these got this in the end but to see Half Life die in such a fashion.

Seeing Valve now being too busy making bullshit Skinner box MLG dress-up simulators then making games that push the gaming industry is such a disappointment.

I guess don't know anymore. I use to be a dick sucking Valve fanboy but now all they are is just a piece of software I use to buy and play games with. I can't even find myself to give a shit about anything they do these days.

I miss old Valve.

Charles Evans
Charles Evans

no argument

Levi Johnson
Levi Johnson

Now the countdown begins to someone using this plot summary to make the game themselves, then getting it purchased by Valve and sold on Steam.

Justin Reed
Justin Reed

half life 2 is not a hipster game

James Morris
James Morris

not wanting the old man to slowly stroke your genitals while he berates you for being an instinct-driven savage unworthy of living in his perfect world
it happens as you sit in a combine conversion facility
by the time afterglow wears off, you're already a stalker

Chase Hall
Chase Hall

everything that doesn't play like my japanese anime games is a tech demo
every game mechanic is a gimmick
story isn't a story because I say so
killing enemies is boring and bad if they're "human"
everything is a meme
Now I remember why I stopped going to Holla Forums. I miss first-exodus 8/v/.

Levi King
Levi King

They could have honestly done that years ago if they wanted. Half of this plot was already contained in the late chapters of unfinished HL2 beta that was leaked by russians years ago. Hell, it could have been even more interesting if they re-used other content known from those old plot-sketches.

Evan Watson
Evan Watson

Nigger, Holla Forums has been dead ever since it was given to (((Jim)))
Now we're just scavengers looting a fallen empire only to return to our various bunker-states.

Hudson Howard
Hudson Howard

It's an overrated meme game still being propped up by hipsters
Aaaand you lost me.

Christian Perry
Christian Perry

It is a phonebook definition of a hipster game.
Nice projecting, faggot.
Feel free to prove my arguments wrong instead of throwing buzzwords around, this isn't cuckchan.

Adrian Parker
Adrian Parker

What's a hipster game?

Owen Flores
Owen Flores

Of course i did, anything that threatens your precious idols that you have been conditioned into liking must be expelled.
Can't have people wrongthinking so freely!

Brayden Sanchez
Brayden Sanchez

hipster game.
How do you define a hipster game? You're clearly using it as an insult, so is it:
game played by genuine contrarians who will pick up any piece of shit as long as it's unpopular
or
game played by grade-A normalfags who want to pretend that they have unique tastes. They type that goes "am I the only one who…" while posting on social media
?

Evan Foster
Evan Foster

the guns feel good to shoot
killing combine is fun
the levels are simple point a to b but fun
the presentation is well done

prove my arguments wrong

Brandon Fisher
Brandon Fisher

HL2.
Game with no merrit or quality being hailed as the greatest game ever and even when asked why that is so the cattle simply answers, "because", and continues mulling on over and over again according to their programming.

William Bailey
William Bailey

Ironically in itself, 'non-argument' is also a non argument.

Justin Reed
Justin Reed

the guns feel good to shot
Yeah, the magnumdoes and that's it.
Fun is just a buzzword you keep lying yourself with when your favorite "game" is garbage but you're too much of a stubborn subhuman to see the truth.

Leo King
Leo King

why cant i say guns are fun to shoot but you can say they are bad?

Brayden Morales
Brayden Morales

it doesn't have to be. if the other person hasn't made any arguments, there is no reason to provide an argument in response.

besides which, yes it is an argument. or rather, a sub-argument. instead of addressing the initial point, it's an argument that one's opponent has stopped arguing their point.

Josiah Wood
Josiah Wood

Because i am right, and you aren't.

Aiden Robinson
Aiden Robinson

but im right and you are wrong

David Scott
David Scott

That's not how it works.

Samuel Lee
Samuel Lee

He writes around the level design, not the other way around. It only being a Borealis level means that's all that was ever worked on.

Kayden Brown
Kayden Brown

That has nothing to do with hipsters.
The more accurate term would be a "cult classic".
But I partially agree. HL2 shares the category with dozens of movies and books that for years have been so praised by everybody that people are taught to love them, instead of actually enjoying them. "Classics" being good is basically an axiom, and those who disagree are clearly wrong.

Although I wouldn't say that HL2 has no merit at all. It's okay. A solid "decent" game.

Xavier Miller
Xavier Miller

The death of Episode 3 is so uneventful our thread gets derailed by buzzword and non-arguments about not arguing about non-arguments.
This is so fucking sad.

Jaxson Hill
Jaxson Hill

nigga the fuck did you expect from the game made to ship an engine?

Leo Parker
Leo Parker

Fuck it. Dump Gaben pics or something.

Zachary Wood
Zachary Wood

It's been fucking dead for years you faggot.
Don't fucking kid yourself and for Christ sake stop crying like some mental child.

Wyatt Turner
Wyatt Turner

I dunno, I find the symbolism in the letter amusing. Obviously Freeman is an insert of Laidlaw, the Combine/Disparate is Valve, and G-man is (literally) the US government. I mention the lattermost because the only thing that can influence Valve at this point is the US government cracking down on their skin gambling operations, like what happened last year.

Also, it's pretty obvious the final ending was supposed to be taking the Borealis (a time machine) back to Black Mesa and preventing the Resonance Cascade in the first place, preventing Half Life as a series entirely. At least, that's what it would have been if Valve actually wanted to give us a proper ending.

Aaron Howard
Aaron Howard

i doubt this leak is even fucking real.

he probably just came up with this in an afternoon and is messing with the fans.

Owen Nguyen
Owen Nguyen

This!

Kayden Edwards
Kayden Edwards

You can't bury the dead if you don't have the body. The body came home today.

Carson Carter
Carson Carter

play metro, goyim.

James Clark
James Clark

If it's really done by Laidlaw - what's the difference?
What makes a "real" leak different from a "fake" one?

Dylan King
Dylan King

Yes, but this is the funeral. This is it. No more ep3/HL3 speculation ever, it ends here.

Don't fucking kid yourself and for Christ sake stop crying like some mental child.

Some of us liked HL a lot once, and harbor feelings toward it like people do with other videogames. We are now facing the reality we didn't want to admit.

Brandon Flores
Brandon Flores

That would be pretty dank. Imagine if Gordon ultimately has to kill himself to stop it all from happening.

Xavier Thompson
Xavier Thompson

Technically the conbine is still alive. It's a fucking multi-universal empire spanning across each universe galaxies and planets (the only thing they lack is teleportation tech so they REALLY slow at transporting or moving from one place to another. That why Black mesa is such a big deal and why you constantly fighting them all the damn time. Also the conbine is the WORST place to live in. Just overall shittnest all the time. Resources taken, planets slaughter completely, races genocided by sterilization.

The ship became a weapon but hitting the home planet didn't do JACK SHIT cause guess what. Multi-universal empire. homeplanet was just destroying a goddamn sand grain in a giant desert. Or maybe a diamond in a desert. regardless, the ship should have been taken to the ground and mass produced.

Aiden Mitchell
Aiden Mitchell

so? Valve ain't releasing ep3 ever. This is the best we are ever going to get.

Colton Powell
Colton Powell

He left Valve in January of 2016 and the letter clearly has some things to say about the state of Valve internally. This isn't some new ARG.

Josiah Peterson
Josiah Peterson

a real leak is one that was actually proposed as part of his job; something he would have staked his actual career on.

at the moment, it's schrodinger's leak; it's simultaneously real and fake at the same time and we will never know the truth.

Chase Stewart
Chase Stewart

Should I even bother getting invested in the series?

Bentley Richardson
Bentley Richardson

So many games have replicated what the HL series initially innovated that you'll have a hard time being able to tell why the game is especially good from today's standpoint.

Michael Long
Michael Long

X years old
pee-see gamer
haven't played half-life

either kys or play the series, user.

Chase Sanders
Chase Sanders

Half life 1 is the only game worth considering
Consider the end an ending and not the fodder for the sequel.

Landon Garcia
Landon Garcia

Nothing wrong with giving them a spin, particularly HL1 and Opposing Force. Blue Shift is considered weaker than those games, and HL2 was either a love it or hate it kind of affair for many people.

James Martinez
James Martinez

Half-Life 1 still stands up as a great game
Opposing Force is the only expansion to 1 worth playing
HL2 and the episodes are hit or miss, most people tune out during the boat segments

Gabriel Cruz
Gabriel Cruz

no, it hasn't aged well. it looks like a pixel art indie game nowadays. hl2 was groundbreaking at the time, it had a pioneering physics engine, but now that everything else is derivative of hl2, hl2 itself looks derivative.

Jason Brown
Jason Brown

when Steam gets overthrown by a better distribution platform and they start to lose profit, Valve will make one last vain moneygrab attempt by releasing Half Life 3. No, not Episode 3, because it does not have a mey-mey status like "Half Life 3". It will be shitty, but people will buy it anyway.
It will pander to all the mainstream pop-culture trends that were popular ~1 year before the game release.
That will be the last we see of the series.

Matthew Ross
Matthew Ross

pioneering physics engine
What is Trespassers?

Nathan Mitchell
Nathan Mitchell

Any individual occupying an area unlawfully.

Noah Johnson
Noah Johnson

Trespassers
plural
Any individual
not "multiple individuals"
how wrong can you get?

Luke Gonzalez
Luke Gonzalez

Adblock Pro
Discord
Internet Explorer
Chrome
Laptop
Windows Game Store

Jacob Russell
Jacob Russell

About as wrong as you considering all legal definitions refer to individuals

Ethan Turner
Ethan Turner

Show me your screen. Don't close anything. I'm just curious haha.

Adam Allen
Adam Allen

i doubt we'll get half-life forever.

Andrew Cox
Andrew Cox

You can fuck off to whatever exodus site you want, nobody's keeping you here.

accurately depicting your shit points is "projecting"
molymeme "muh argument" meme
this "i'm right and you know it" typing style
Jamal, is that you? You shit up Holla Forums as well as /pol/ and /sudo/?

literally Singularity: the plot
No, that would be retarded. Canceling the resonance cascade would suffice. Just like Singularity, where killing evil commie douchebag voiced by Steve Blum plothole: he was shot and fell out a window multiple floors up, he would have died then and none of the retarded shit that happened later would have happened would logically have finished the story and resolved everything instead of this retarded "kill yourself carrying the guy" thing they did.

writer leaks the story he wrote and just changes some names
<HURR IT'S FAKE NEWS

Aiden Reyes
Aiden Reyes

gabe looked like a good lad back in the days.Very sad that the jews have taken over his mind, i really hope he can free himself from them.

Aaron Edwards
Aaron Edwards

all that empty vertical space.

Aiden Cooper
Aiden Cooper

Y'know the weird thing. I don't feel sad or angry. Just happy. Because it's finally over. It's the end of the era were even the normalfags will truly wake up to how Valve has become another money grubbing company. Maybe something good will come of this shitstorm

Jeremiah Barnes
Jeremiah Barnes

Please, you're giving Valve far too much credit. If Valve were to do a cashgrab HL3 they'd make it MP-only like CSGO and have skin trading day one, unless the government has banned that by that point in which case it'll just be filled with microtransactions.

But that won't be the last of Half Life we will see. The final thing Valve will ever do will be releasing a Half Life collectible card game. After that flops, Valve will finally liquidate.

Jonathan Ortiz
Jonathan Ortiz

half-life was mostly about scripted sequences of cool shit happening in a lab being invited by military/aliens

and then Xen, and then obscure stuff from the end-boss/g-man

the series never had real writing, and honestly I zoned out during most of the HL2 dialogue scenes mindlessly swinging the crowbar in the air so i could play the game again

Easton Cook
Easton Cook

why would the military invite a lab?

James Bell
James Bell

HL2 aged like shit

I can still play HL1 and enjoy the opening sequence into the lab/black mesa getting ripped apart by aliens and then military. it's a good paced action/horror game by that point.

HL2 was a fucking boat slog. EP1/EP2 had real action scenes but mostly source gimmicks interspersed between. I only remember nova prospekt and the zombine tunnel in Ep1

Ryder Morris
Ryder Morris

invade*

Logan Jenkins
Logan Jenkins

You are free to call HL2 overhyped, overrated, badly written, whatever you wish.
But when you admit that you couldn't hold focus during cutscenes that, combined, would barely fill up two A4 pages worth of dialogue, that does not put you in a good position.

Liam Walker
Liam Walker

The opening tram ride is suffering though. Great way to set the stage for the first time but needs to be skipped for replays.

Adrian Nguyen
Adrian Nguyen

HL1 to this day is infinitely re-playable. I have finished the game multiple times over…shit almost 20 years.

HL2 I have finished maybe twice. The story scenes only distract you from the game, and what game is there is badly designed or objectively inferior to HL1.

Jackson Gray
Jackson Gray

the opening of the game that sets the mood needs to be skipped

cancerous fuckers like you are the reason we have call of duty.

Henry Bennett
Henry Bennett

IF ONLY STEAM HAD FUCKING FLOPPED

FUCK
FUCK
FUCK

Samuel Green
Samuel Green

He's right about
shooting and guns feel like garbage
their ai is atrociuos
entire game is just a tech demo with godawful pacing
but he's still a faggot

There's no excuse for spacing like that.
inb4 b-but it looks natural because i've spent hours getting accustomed to it on reddit
read a fucking book

taken over
look at that nose

HL is good, HL² is okay. That screenshot is fucking cancer.

Elijah Kelly
Elijah Kelly

Also the writer is a faggot for not making gordon freeman JOHN FREEMAN WHO IS GORDON FREEMAN'S BROTHER WAS ONE DAY AN OFFICE TYPING ON A COMPUTER

Aaron Collins
Aaron Collins

Why does nobody like Blue Shift? I thought it was solid. Maybe not as good as Opposing Force, but still good.

no, it hasn't aged well. it looks like a pixel art indie game nowadays.
I can't even begin to tell you how wrong you are.

Matthew Campbell
Matthew Campbell

Who gives a shit about Half-Life 2, it basically threw out everything that made Half-Life good and replaced with a bland tech demo that was already wearing out its welcome by the time you got out of Ravenholm.

It took me five years after finishing the base game to even touch Episode 1 and 2 because they were basically the same shit with one new enemy (hunters) and Alyx as the perpetual irritating companion that I wished would just piss off.

I'd post that video with the dude explaining why Half-Life 2 is a shit sequel (Holla Forums's embedding has gone full retard, fix that crap), because everything he says is right on the money, except for Half-Life 2 being a good standalone game. It's shit at even that.

Asher Hughes
Asher Hughes

HL1 to this day is infinitely re-playable. I have finished the game multiple times over…shit almost 20 years.
Frankly, I could never understand claims of something being "infinitely replayable" if you're referring to a perfectly linear game that can only really be completed one way.
I agree that in comparison to HL1, HL2+episodes are pathetically easy.
But all the games in the series can be reasonably easily mastered to the point where you can play them with your eyes closed. There is no significant enough randomness to make each playthrough unique. I mean, good for you if you can still enjoy the first game after playing it 85 times, but by this point I imagine it's like playing tic-tac-toe with yourself.
Maybe you can make it "infinitely replayable" if you're parallel-universes-tier speedrunner, but that could be applied to both games, and any game at all, really.

Christopher Gutierrez
Christopher Gutierrez

the only difficult part of half-life is the tentacle monster. the rest of the game is piss easy.

Nolan Stewart
Nolan Stewart

Frankly, I could never understand claims of something being "infinitely replayable" if you're referring to a perfectly linear game that can only really be completed one way.

Because it's a well-paced action game with only minor hiccups for plot. That missile launch or the shift-crouch monster for instance.

It's like a movie you just watch for fun every now and then, which is why HL2 is an abortion.

Alexander Turner
Alexander Turner

most beloved shooters of the 90-2000 decade
"you're an hipster if you like it"

I wish you overwatch generation stuck to reddit

Jose Perez
Jose Perez

I like Blue Shift as just a short map pack, however, the high def weapons/textures pack that came with it are garbage.

Jordan Wilson
Jordan Wilson

If you think people on a genuine level like half life2 for half life2 and not the SDK, you need to go to reddit.
Dumbass.

Dylan Jones
Dylan Jones

Lack of weapon variety, lack of enemy variety, lack of exciting climax, lack of interesting plot, lack of clever puzzles. It did have more Xen in it, which was kinda cool, but that's about it.

It seemed to have been made for the simple purpose of "well, you played as a science guy, and you played as a soldier, so let's play as a guard now". Plus, it was kinda annoying how there were these charging stations all over the place, but you couldn't use them for some reason.

Jeremiah Stewart
Jeremiah Stewart

phonebook definition

Carson Baker
Carson Baker

it was a side story after all. barney's not really important, it was basically fan service the game.

Parker Green
Parker Green

Nah fuck off. I don't need to go through several landing zones to set the mood. The test chamber can do that just fine.

Jayden Lewis
Jayden Lewis

Loading* zones

Bentley Brown
Bentley Brown

I really dislike collecting all those faggot scientists too, but I suppose that's the only part where you do legit security guard stuff.

I just wanted more xen/black-mesa collapse levels, and it was kinda ok for that.

Ethan Allen
Ethan Allen

normalfags will truly wake up to how Valve has become another money grubbing company
That happened with Artifact already

Ian Diaz
Ian Diaz

immersion is bad

kill yourself. literally end your life.

Jace Sanders
Jace Sanders

Holla Forums embeds work fine. Copy and paste your links correctly.

Ayden Harris
Ayden Harris

You get plenty of "immersion" walking through the halls to get your suit and going to the test chamber. That at least has some kind of player input that matters. Being stuck in a tram on a replay is shit, so go fuck yourself.

Daniel Carter
Daniel Carter

did you take your meds yet, sam?

Colton Edwards
Colton Edwards

if it bothers you so much, you can skip the tram with 0.5 seconds of typing a console command. They exist for a reason

Oliver Scott
Oliver Scott

I was simply uncaring about Valve until they announced Artifact. It's so blatant, and unlike paid skins they have no one else to blame.

Landon Bailey
Landon Bailey

jontron
wow, that nazi is still allowed on jewtube?

Owen Cooper
Owen Cooper

So here's an interesting email Marc wrote in 2015 after rumors were swirling about HL3 never being released because a YouTube channel called The Know said they had a source in Valve that told them it wasn't happening.

This is a pretty big 180 in attitude.

Leo Jackson
Leo Jackson

I said it needs to be skipped, not that it can't be skipped. Using a console command was the implication of my post.

Hudson Moore
Hudson Moore

I can't believe they were serious with that. It only changed the models and they looked so fucking ugly. The original HACU SPAS 12 looked slick and bulky, the HD one looked too detailed and had the stock folded.

I agree with you on the puzzles and the ending. I haven't played it in years but I don't remember anything necessarily bad about the weapons and enemies (they were the same as in Half Life). I think it had the most fun opening out all the three games tho.

Jaxon Edwards
Jaxon Edwards

tl;dr, it's never happening.

Carter Mitchell
Carter Mitchell

I can only assume this is what it looks like when a career writer shitposts on his blog while drunk

Gabriel Young
Gabriel Young

No, the point of the email is to say "why would I release my video game story outside of a video game?" And then that's exactly what he does two years later.

Christopher Nelson
Christopher Nelson

Laidlaw recently answered a bunch of questions regarding a youtube theory channel, where he directly contradicted stuff he stated in the past. it would not be the first time he did that either.
Unfortunately, while I'm still glad he released the "letter" as he did, he cannot be trusted. He openly admitted recently that he barely remembers intricacies of the lore and plot, and plain does not have the access to old notes he made.
He is not consistent in his opinions and statements. Bet you my left sock that if you confronted him with this email, he'd be like "I have no memory of ever writing that".

Easton Robinson
Easton Robinson

I never understood the video game obsession with SPAS 12. It's an ugly shotgun that doesn't look cool at all. And with so many cool shotgun designs out there, why pick the stupidly ugly one?

Carson Sullivan
Carson Sullivan

No, the point of the email is to give excuses to cover up the fact that it's never happening.

Aiden Green
Aiden Green

SPAS-12 is one of only a few shotguns that were deliberately designed for military use, rather than being a sporting shotgun that got pulled into service after the fact. So it makes more sense to see that used by military forces in game than Grandpa's old Model 12.

Benjamin Turner
Benjamin Turner

i think HL3 is coming out, they just ditched EP3 and Laidlaw's plot for a straight reboot.

he already said he's no longer involved with anything, and he intended for HL3 to be a reboot, i think it might be possible they just skipped EP3 and went with that

Eli Ortiz
Eli Ortiz

Because Hollywood. On the topic of guns; I have yet to see a good gunporn game.

Noah Sanchez
Noah Sanchez

funny thing is, I think the aborted beta prey game from arkane where he was some dude running around an alien hub sounds more like the HL2 we all imagined in 2000

John Gutierrez
John Gutierrez

Because it's big and it can work in either pump action or semi-auto depending on your game's requirements and it was featured prominently in Jurassic Park.

Carson Gomez
Carson Gomez

store.steampowered.com/app/262410/World_of_Guns_Gun_Disassembly/

Wyatt Gray
Wyatt Gray

i think HL3 is coming out, they just ditched EP3 and Laidlaw's plot for a straight reboot.
Correction
They're waiting for software to ship using the IP.
Half Life: Whatever will probably come out whenever they have a new BASE set for Source 2 (read: General use instruction sets, not portal l4d doota csgo), and not before then. Nevermind that Lost Coast ep 1 & 2 shipped to coincide with base engine changes.

Ayden Perry
Ayden Perry

You mean we can pretend HL2 never happened and Gordon is just a pawn awaiting assignment across time and space?

That'd be pretty nice!

Brayden Bailey
Brayden Bailey

Well if you consider it Thematically
It makes sense that Gordon is a pawn for a G-man
The G stands for gabe
Gordon is a merely a pawn to deliver SDKs

Nathan Powell
Nathan Powell

Don't forget that it can also fire two rounds at once thanks to its second barrel :)

Isaiah Walker
Isaiah Walker

SPAS-12 is one of only a few shotguns that were deliberately designed for military use, rather than being a sporting shotgun that got pulled into service after the fact. So it makes more sense to see that used by military forces in game than Grandpa's old Model 12.
This argument is so moronic it hurts my brain. It doesn't matter what market the gun was originally designed for. The US military never used the SPAS-12. In absolutely no way does it "make more sense" for a video game depiction of the US military to use a shotgun they never used than a shotgun they have used.

It's a fuck-ugly shotgun even if you're looking for a shotgun with a "military aesthetic".

Kill yourself, seriously.

Evan James
Evan James

Little know fact is that the MP7 also has a second barrel for launching grenades :^)
I was under the impression that the SPAS-12 was designed for the Italian police, not the military. That's why the SPAS-12 is dual function, to work with less than lethal rounds such as beanbags.

Anthony Campbell
Anthony Campbell

It's an edit of his video on conker

Hudson Ward
Hudson Ward

Frankly I don't care who the SPAS-12 was designed for. Since it's neither cool looking nor contextually accurate, it has no business being in video games.

John Harris
John Harris

a somewhat accurate depiction of a gun isn't allowed in my video games

Juan Bennett
Juan Bennett

Either make it accurate, or make it cool. The SPAS-12 is neither.

Andrew Brown
Andrew Brown

The definition of "cool" is completely subjective though, cause I think its pretty rad and want it in more games regardless of realism.

Lucas Walker
Lucas Walker

If you think the SPAS-12 looks cool then you probably have brain cancer.

Caleb Murphy
Caleb Murphy

If you don't think the SPAS-12 looks cool then you probably have AIDS.
You haven't even given any reasons it looks bad yet, because its a retarded argument you can't justify.

Jonathan Turner
Jonathan Turner

somebody COULD make a mod out of the script, you know
they make a lolsorandom funni mod around the script of episode 3 on half life 2 just for the fuck of it

Gabriel Reed
Gabriel Reed

Cool opinions, champ. I don't agree with you and I don't think many other people agree with you either.

Nathan Moore
Nathan Moore

hating on the spas12
Next you'll say something really stupid like the MP5SD looks ugly or that the HD pack's M9 is better then the Glock.

The obvious answer is that it's look different from most shotguns of the time and has a more 'modern military pump shotgun' look to it. Plus the H.E.C.U. is an odd force that uses unusual equipment and weaponry, the SPAS-12 fits in pretty well honestly.
Bit of trivia, originally they were going to use the Ithaca 37 Stakeout along with the Colt M4. (Look at the non-HD pack hud sprite)

I actually like to think the SPAS-12 in Half life 1 isn't a regular SPAS and is a more specialized version that can fire 2 shot in quick succession similar to the AN-94.
If you look at the view model you can see an odd looking extra mechanism that a regular SPAS doesn't have, sure this could just be the artist adding shit to make it look cooler, but it's still not 100% like a SPAS so having the double shot isn't too far fetched even if it required some gun voodoo magic to work.
Half-Life 2's SPAS is just a SPAS and like the MP7 that can shoot grenades bigger then the end of the gun from a small tube under the gun, the double shot doesn't make any sense and looks pretty dumb.

You're entitled to your own opinion user, even if said opinion is shit.

Jeremiah Garcia
Jeremiah Garcia

That wasn't exactly the case with the pre-leak Half-Life 2.
Actually, Half-Life 3 as it is now parallels the pre-leak Half-Life 2 in a lot of ways.

Josiah Perry
Josiah Perry

hey guys we have a fucking time travel device
lets not use it to go back in time and uplift ourselves then bring back that technology to uplift ourselves again in a loop
lets use it as a suicide bomb against an irrelevant world with the most resourceful man on the planet and the most advanced one-of-a-kind piece of equipment ever created
because my dad said so

Christopher Rodriguez
Christopher Rodriguez

You cant change the past, mate. If the past didnt happen then what would compel you to got back to change the past?

Ryan Hill
Ryan Hill

muh relative state formulation

Dominic Watson
Dominic Watson

They're clearly planning on genociding the humans soon. The planets pretty much unlivable and dependent on aid.

Ayden Roberts
Ayden Roberts

Parallel timelines, my friend.
They're the solution to every paradox imaginable

Adrian Lopez
Adrian Lopez

Who cares? Half-Life 1 was the only good Half Life and it's ending is perfectly adequate. HL2 is a shitty game with a fanfic-tier story and HL3 would only be worse.

Mason Williams
Mason Williams

I think the problem is that you're replying to an actual Redditor.

Henry Evans
Henry Evans

They find the Aperture Science (portal 2) super weapon.
Alyx kills her stepmom in order to suicide the weapon into the combine portal that's sending out the troops
As the super weapon is crashing into the portal, the Gman steps in and saves alyx, leaving you behind, to die.
Gordon watches as he approaches the combine worlds, they have a DYSON SPHERE, and realizes that there is nothing they can do to stop them.
as he's about to blow up, Vortigaunts port him back to earth, who knows when into the future, only to see everything destroyed anyways.
Goddamn that would have amazing to witness.
Fuck you Valve.

Jose Howard
Jose Howard

Dont you have a Pancor Jackhammer to get mad at?

Anthony Watson
Anthony Watson

It was better for it to die a hero than live long enough to become a villain.

Evan Lopez
Evan Lopez

Why does this artists work always turn me on?

Noah Evans
Noah Evans

you have low standards.

Matthew Hall
Matthew Hall

valvetime attempted 3 hot takes and immediately deleted them
last take was to the effect of "Half life 3 and Left 4 Dead 3 are dead, there is another half life project in the works

Isaiah Cox
Isaiah Cox

Fired most of their talent in february 2013
This being almost exclusively writers and hardware engineers
Are they retarded?

Kevin Howard
Kevin Howard

No just greedy.

Bentley Sullivan
Bentley Sullivan

alright some fag on twitter was a lot quicker than i was, so here's a better view of the hottest take of 2017.
Well, they are "valvetime".

Blake Rodriguez
Blake Rodriguez

Yeah but it's literally not a secret to anyone that the hardware developers and android developers were doing fucking nothing. What I want to know is why those nimrods think they were doing anything of substance.

Robert Long
Robert Long

android developers
they had android developers?

William Foster
William Foster

And to think they were fired! They had such an important job that they actually did!

Levi Flores
Levi Flores

another HL project

I bet it's another card game.

Or a pachinko machine.

Michael Torres
Michael Torres

It's going to be Half-Life 2: Deathmatch 2. Now with skins.

Benjamin Evans
Benjamin Evans

I can't wait for the sudden IrOnIc shilling before this trash releases.

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thread with nothing but an embed created a second after the video was uploaded, quality one and gone thread
post yfw YOU ARE not GOING TO BUY HALF LIFE DOUBLED: EPISODE III™ FOR $59.99
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I know you guys hate assfaggots but look at this gordon freedom cameo on dota two xDDDDDD
I bought PTHC VR just to watch gordon fuck alyx and her FULLY MODELED CERVIX #muhracemixedgoddess

Jackson Wilson
Jackson Wilson

Truly a 10/10 game of the century.
Eat your heart out F.E.A.R.

Daniel Scott
Daniel Scott

Dude slow mo lmao

Hunter Diaz
Hunter Diaz

Valve did develop NextBot which was supposed to be their attempt at decent AI but it was only implemented in Left4Dead and Gmod as a small tech demo. It's likely we'll never see jack shit come of it now though. I doubt its original developers still work at Valve at this point

Zachary Hill
Zachary Hill

Wait, who got fired? Are they talking about HPE and TRS?

Brandon Wright
Brandon Wright

DUDE "DUDE x LMAO" LMAO

Jonathan Ortiz
Jonathan Ortiz

Nice ironic response friend you really showed me have my upvote! XD

Jonathan White
Jonathan White

Also
this suddenly makes perfect sense
BreenGrub
twitter.com/BreenGrub

Jason Bell
Jason Bell

hey thanks!

edit: thanks for the gold kind stranger!

Jose Thomas
Jose Thomas

That's just depressing

Tyler Lopez
Tyler Lopez

What the fuck is this?

Ryan Gutierrez
Ryan Gutierrez

In 2013?
Basically the entirety of the Android/iOS team because they weren't doing jack shit, to the point the company was losing tons of money
And the hardware team that consisted of (As far as I know) a bunch of dickheads fucking around in a room with a bunch of input devices and some prototype steam boxes (That they didn't program for)

Brandon Mitchell
Brandon Mitchell

Presumably some ARG shit they had planned when the game was in its concept stage. It lines up with what Laidlaw wrote about the planned HL3 story.

Bentley Collins
Bentley Collins

That makes more sense than "firing the talent"

breengrub
before we even found out about breen's fate
i have a feeling the rabbit hole is either going to get deeper, and more depressing, or valve will finally put the nail in the coffin.

Jonathan King
Jonathan King

Also a few writers

Asher Rivera
Asher Rivera

also
a bunch of dickheads fucking around in a room with a bunch of input devices and some prototype steam boxes
lol'd

Kevin Jackson
Kevin Jackson

I knew the game was never coming out, but it's the end of the joking about it coming out that gets me.

Blake Foster
Blake Foster

what the fuck are you even saying

metal gear has never 'started' on PC, nip console devs didn't give a flying fuck about PC until very very recently with the widespread, mainstream success and market penetration of steam. MGS3 has never been on PC and never will be now that konami has gone full cancer and flavor-of-the-month cuckoldry.

Juan Scott
Juan Scott

The MSX is a PC. It even runs on DOS.

Lincoln Phillips
Lincoln Phillips

WRONG. The MSX is a "Home Computer" which is a distinct concept and market segment from the "Personal Computer" and was not compatible with the IBM platform.

Robert Baker
Robert Baker

kill yourself

Christopher Harris
Christopher Harris

Nigger you're retarded. It didn't even run standard MS-DOS, it ran MSX-DOS which was basically an MS-DOS and CP/M hybrid

William Powell
William Powell

I mean literally fucking kill yourself, you autistic faggot. Trying to talk about half life, not your autistic obsession with old computers.

Benjamin James
Benjamin James

Half life is shit. Conversation over and now you can fuck off.

Please, tell me more about old computers user.

Dylan Gray
Dylan Gray

Oooh yeah I'm the autistic one, not the melodramatic faggot getting angry that his discussion on a dead game series is getting derailed. You sure I'm the one who should be killing himself you fucking queer?

Benjamin Gutierrez
Benjamin Gutierrez

They rescue female doctor played by Ensign Ro
I wanted to see the admiral Cain once again.
Damn you, Gaben!

Ethan Lee
Ethan Lee

At least now I know I would have been disappointed by the next episode. Still focuses on City 17 wankery with no setting change as in between HL1/2.

I really was hoping for something different. Not more whacking it to stronk-waymen Alex Vince and dystopia of no sex or cheese. I mean it was fun and all for a bit but I want to see more shit like the Black Mesa incident in 1 or a whole new setting. I was fucking tired of City 17 timeline by the end of Episode 2 already.

Henry Watson
Henry Watson

Reminder that if you ever bought a hat or skin then this is entirely your fault

Logan Powell
Logan Powell

Where do you think we are.webm

Cooper Stewart
Cooper Stewart

Also, now that this happened I'd like to add something else: Valve can do a lot better than Mark Laidlaw for writing the future of Half-Life.

Owen Martin
Owen Martin

F
I hope with this we can finally bury the corpse. No more "This year's gonna be it guise!", "Gaben will finally release a real game!". It's better this way.

the future of Half-Life.
There is none.

Caleb Gonzalez
Caleb Gonzalez

I genuinely regret buying the orange box in 2007.

Carson Fisher
Carson Fisher

I don't becuase I've never been stupid enough to pay for skins to increase my e-penis.
Valve were my favourite studio for a long time. I still think almost all their games are masterpieces.

Even they didn't expect this hat skin bullshit to be so successful. Nobody wouldn't do what they did in their position.

Joshua Peterson
Joshua Peterson

No, that's what Valve would do if they were smart.
Valve would probably C&D a fan-made Half-Life 3 project if it ever got made.

Jacob Brooks
Jacob Brooks

just stop, nothing in Valve will ever be redeem due to their cancerous behavior. for now and forever they be the same as EA and Konami.

Jordan Foster
Jordan Foster

They can try me then

Jace Rivera
Jace Rivera

gabey no

Eli Allen
Eli Allen

It's already been done and it was garbage

Jason Harris
Jason Harris

Even though you are right, fucking Gearbox arguably had better Half-Life plots than Laidlaw did. Writers aren't exactly essential to the series.

Half-Life is as good as dead, but this isn't why.

Hunter Allen
Hunter Allen

Black Mesa Source exists
You can still say shit like this

Valve has problems. Not valuing content creators is not one of them.

Ryan Carter
Ryan Carter

I've always wanted to see a non-linear survival version of Half-Life 1, with all the levels are stitched together in one giant map as well as new areas to flesh out the facility. You'd start at a random location and just have to escape by any means necessary, and through any exit.

Julian Brooks
Julian Brooks

Yeah, Black Mesa Source was released.
Five years ago.
You think Valve hasn't changed since then?

Ethan Ramirez
Ethan Ramirez

The fuck is this supposed to prove? They look like photographs of a monitor screen showing a tech demo, could be fucking anything.

Dylan Collins
Dylan Collins

They recently allowed Half-Life: Prospekt, which was a shitty fan-sequel to Opposing Force.

Landon Campbell
Landon Campbell

I can't exactly argue with that, I guess.

Camden Lewis
Camden Lewis

Nigger needs to get on a treadmill and/or stop making jumbo cakes.

Xavier Johnson
Xavier Johnson

Sounds a lot more fun than the journey to a failed kamikaze attempt that was leaked today.

Ayden Thomas
Ayden Thomas

what?

Hudson Harris
Hudson Harris

He's referring to the topic that this thread was originally about.

Kayden Clark
Kayden Clark

i didnt really think about the fact they were pulling a jihadi at the end

Josiah Rodriguez
Josiah Rodriguez

Apparently HL3 EP 3 would have ended in a failed aloha snackbar on the combine using the Borealis. I'm saying your idea sounds better than that shit.

Jacob Smith
Jacob Smith

er rather the user I was responding to. dafuq

Colton Hall
Colton Hall

Half Life 4
Gordon as an independent remembers he has a PHD in fucking science wizardry and decides to work his way towards fucking over G-Man and the Combine solo.
Alyx is now G-Man's employee and ends up being given competing objectives to Freeman's.
In some quasi parallel universe in the undistant nonfuture they run into each other long after she bailed on him on the suicide boat.
What happens?

Christian Wilson
Christian Wilson

kill yourself
fuck yourself
faggot
neck yourself faggot

It's hilarious that the majority of you think you're intellectuals.
You're as bad as the hipsters you hate so much.

Lucas Turner
Lucas Turner

Who knows? Half-Life 4 was cancelled a while back.

Ryan Gray
Ryan Gray

A boss fight. Against Freeman

Hudson Hill
Hudson Hill

Mandatory answer:
They fug
Real answer:
They fight and then we learn something about the Gee Man

Wyatt Carter
Wyatt Carter

I laughed pretty hard at this

Chase Miller
Chase Miller

ywn have a qt blasian gf

Chase Torres
Chase Torres

/reddit/index.html

Jordan Kelly
Jordan Kelly

HL5
earthen languages are limited. there were translation errors
the universal union is not an empire but a corporation in service to the empire

>HL6
the combine are glorified miners
g-man employers are a rival corporation
they have access to "perfected" teleportation
black mesa occurred not only to destroy the combine's only chance of staying competitive but waste untold resources in the process
they are hemorrhaging space-money and losing contracts
gordan kills the advisors which are essentially middle management
the board of directors say fuck it and decide on a merger with g-man's employers
the story of half life is revealed to be corporate sabotage on a universal scale

HL6: after credits
earth is dead
g-man has a swag corner office
gordan, shepherd and alyx are trapped in suspended animation
in a zoo
a family of aliens stand in awe of these tiny hideous little creatures
as these alien leave for the next exhibit alyx eye's follow
they are forever trapped in the horror of their own thoughts
fuck you, the end.

Caleb Reyes
Caleb Reyes

Aperture Science (portal 2)
Christ.

Robert Ortiz
Robert Ortiz

Writing done by Marc Laidlaw a few years back. Sort of like what Michael Kirkbride does with The Elder Scrolls.

Jose Mitchell
Jose Mitchell

So, it's Slaughterhouse Five?

Luis Walker
Luis Walker

hl2 was never good anyways!
lel

Ayden Gutierrez
Ayden Gutierrez

or more likely:
One doesn't recognize the other
They fight against a common enemy
until the big reveal that one of them is who they are
then they fight
Stuff happens
You are saved by another Deus Ex Machina.

Ryder Bennett
Ryder Bennett

BLUE SHIFT DEFENSE FORCE ASSEMBLE

Unlike Opposing Force, Blue Shift was not developed to be a standalone expansion to compete at retail. Blue Shift was developed to be bonus content included on the GD-ROM for the Dreamcast port of Half-Life that never saw the light of day. Since it had to be crammed into the GD-ROM it makes sense that Blue Shift would have to make do with the existing material in vanilla Half-Life meaning there wouldn't be new weapons or enemies unlike Opposing Force. It also stands to reason that the devs would expect you to play it immediately following the base Half-Life campaign, perhaps being unlocked after you complete said campaign. Playing in this order (HL>BS>OF) makes the transition between expansion packs much less jarring since it won't feel like taking a massive step back from Opposing Force with its new content.

There is another, fairly obvious reason to play them in this order. If you have played Opposing Force you know that it ends with Black Mesa being nuked. Clearly not much more can happen in this setting after such an event, which strongly suggests that HL>BS>OF is the correct chronological order for the Goldsource era of Half-Life.

As for the HD models those were made by Gaybox and can therefore be dismissed with extreme prejudice as utter garbage. Fucking AR that fires 9mm rounds, bravo gaybox. Maybe don't tout your weapons modeller "who was actually in the military like the real actual military so he knows guns and stuff so our models are gonna be super authentic!!1" if he's a mouthbreathing retard who can't into consistency.

Jaxson Mitchell
Jaxson Mitchell

Dude, you literally gold mine for corporations spying on you.
1. stop using discord
2. install windows 7 or linux, or unfuck your windows from any spying options, google what they are
3. get rid of using internet explorer at all
4. get ublock origin or adguard instead of abp
5. instead of chrome install palemoon, brave or waterfox

If you will be this fucking lazy, some people might knock on your door tomorrow. Or at least get all information on what you are doing on the internet, and use it against you.

And learn to crop screenshots, you fat lazy ass.

Isaac Ward
Isaac Ward

What's stopping fans from making episode 3 using this as a guide? Since Valve doesn't seem to want to make it that might be the only way to see this happen.

Zachary Lopez
Zachary Lopez

copyright

David Watson
David Watson

13291283
lol deleted

Ryder Gray
Ryder Gray

It can't end like this.

Charles Martinez
Charles Martinez

13291283
uses ZSNES and Pepetext
Jesus dude.

Dominic Thompson
Dominic Thompson

Look, few people actually bought Blue Shift as a standalone expansion. Most people got it in either the Half-Life platinum collection or on steam in a bundle. The HD weapons are cancer and rightfully considered so. The content of Blue Shit is fine if you got it in a pack because you would see it as an extra. If you bought the standalone expansion i can understand the hate. Gearbox is suffering the fate of cowards and heretics as it is written.

Owen White
Owen White

Exactly what we need, some fucking Black Mesa jews getting their hands on Ep3, no thanks. Let it stay dead and buried.

Xavier Allen
Xavier Allen

Opposing Force
new content
?

Jayden Thomas
Jayden Thomas

Like hell I'm going to let 471f28 get away with that. Open at your own risk.

Xavier Torres
Xavier Torres

Black Mesa was shit meme
Black Mesa was, and until December still is, unfinished. It's not bad, however.

Cameron Lewis
Cameron Lewis

not writing a [current year] Half Life
Instead of Half Life 4:
Disney buys Valve
new game
It's called "Half Life" and it's made by LucasArts and Bad Robot, written by Rhianna Pratchett and published by EA.
G-Man appears, says that in another time and place he bet on the wrong horse. This time he knows that he'll win. You're the chosen one
character wakes up, looks in the mirror
you're a stronk mystery meat in STEM called Alyx Vance
it's your first day at BLACKED Mesa
there's a guy with a goatee, looking at her weirdly, he's on the spectrum according to the group of scientists who welcomed her and praised her for being awesome and smarter than them.
the rest is just a remake of Half Life 1 with a big difference: your character can.'t. stop. talking. during the entire game. She will comment everything she does in her head.
at the end the autistic white guy with the goatee and the glasses tries to rape her
"not on my watch" says the security guy, who puts a bullet in the head of the scientist. "M'lady" he says, while giving his hand, "you can call me Barney. Come with me if you want to live".

Leo Campbell
Leo Campbell

It's called "Half Life" and it's made by LucasArts and Bad Robot, written by Rhianna Pratchett and published by EA.
You know how to trigger me, good God.

Christopher Morales
Christopher Morales

I didn't say it was shit, I called them jews, because they're jews.

Owen Carter
Owen Carter

thanks user for saving that horror

John White
John White

new weapons and enemies, which Blue Shift doesn't have, often cited as a reason that it sucks.

Charles Bell
Charles Bell

Nice ironic response friend you really showed me have my upvote! XD
. . .

SAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGE!

Robert Lee
Robert Lee

heres a corrected version
github.com/Jackathan/MarcLaidlaw-Epistle3/blob/master/Epistle3_Corrected.md

but, didnt valve said at one point they wont be releasing "episode three" and will just go straight for hl3?

Caleb Miller
Caleb Miller

BasicallywhatIexpected/10

At least I know that Laidlaw himself confirmed it.

I'm confused the thread started out that way and that someone imkikefy-posted without any context to go with it.

Chase Evans
Chase Evans

nice tabs fuckwit

Isaac Barnes
Isaac Barnes

It truly wasn't. But at least Episode 2 resembled a game.

Grayson Cook
Grayson Cook

muh no new weapons and enemies
often cited as a reason that it sucks.
This is Disney level retarded…

Kayden Anderson
Kayden Anderson

nah it was great fun :)

Oliver Wright
Oliver Wright

says this while using spacing to distinguish between the different anons he's responding to

Even you fucking acknowledge that making posts giant walls of text is retarded, you hypocritical piece of shit.

Lincoln Cox
Lincoln Cox

If there's one thing I can vouch for, it's that HL1 has a pretty nice atmosphere. Black Mesa is a really nice setting for a video game.

But overall
Enemy design is mediocre (Boss Fights are the only good ones)
Weapon Design ranges from "interesting" to "pain in the ass/boring"
Level design is mostly just going down a hallway until you find a locked door. Then to unlock that door, you need to take a big loop to your left and pull a switch or something.
Some of the sound effects are outdated and actually kind of annoying
Just play it yourself

Colton Garcia
Colton Garcia

When is it finally going to be finished and leave the EA?

David Cox
David Cox

thanks ben

Bentley Gray
Bentley Gray

Meanwhile on The Other Holla Forums

Andrew Cox
Andrew Cox

But not as we know it.
Not as we know it.
Jim.

Nicholas Cooper
Nicholas Cooper

yesterday was valve's 21st bday

Dominic Sullivan
Dominic Sullivan

PRESS F TO PAY RESPECT

James Hall
James Hall

straight reboot after a cliffhanger

That would be such a dickmove.

I'm not sure what would be wrong with a soft reboot actually. Half Life 2 was a soft reboot, in case anyone didn't realise.

Ethan Morris
Ethan Morris

Voice Actors
Source Engine limitations
Still being a damn cliffhanger
Finding other people willing to work with Source Engine in current year
I'd honestly try organizing such a project if I felt like it.

Christian Phillips
Christian Phillips

F
May you continue in death as you did in life, absent.

Adam Allen
Adam Allen

lets remake half-life 1 in a better engine guys!
first lets replace the solid movement and gunplay of half-life 1 with the shitty half-life 2 movement and gun play!
some of the areas in half-life are too long and confusing so instead of improving them lets just remove them!
remember all of the cool looking designs of the guns and enemies in half-life 1? lets replace them with ether stuff from half-life 2 or completely change them to be more realistic! like the battled harded rolled up sleeves merc like no fucks given grunts from hl1? too bad you get genetic soldiers with a grey lookin camo also no balacava shotguners because lulz we were to lazy to add it
we could add those remade hl1 weapons and hev arms that a member of the community is working on that actually look good and are infinitely better then the shitty weapon models and recolored hl2 arms we are using but then we'd probably have to pay them and making money off of something we promised back when we started we would never sell or make money off is more important goy!
no xen yet but don't worry you'll get it soon guys! (but only in the paid version)
black mesa source
good
Black Mesa Source was absolutely garbage

Xavier Brown
Xavier Brown

I've got to interject here, mate. I though the HECU soldiers were cool. Especially CPL Shepard. He's got the CBRN mask on but with sleeves up. Doesnt even care, mate.

Camden Nguyen
Camden Nguyen

telling people to unfuck their system so they are not spied on
telling them to use google

Nicholas King
Nicholas King

whole board is /pol/
soon the internet, it's all apart of the plan /b/ made up years ago

Josiah Collins
Josiah Collins

it was only implemented in Left4Dead and Gmod as a small tech demo
I think it's also in TF2.

Jose Scott
Jose Scott

not always, it's mostly just memes. We had a lot of political polls here and people are mostly left leaning.

Leo Martinez
Leo Martinez

I really like it. Alyx being consumed by vengeance and even leaving Gordon to die would have been neat to see. I don't even really mind Gordon being retired at the end. My only gripe is that the G-Man isn't explained more.

It was cool of Laidlaw to do this

Jacob Hall
Jacob Hall

Valve did not create a physics engine for HL2. Pretty much all the game's valve have ever made were Quake mods and they hired the mod team.

David Allen
David Allen

My only gripe is that the G-Man isn't explained more.
The G-Man should stay like that, mysterious. Look at what they did on the show Fringe with the Observers. They tried to explain everything and it sucked;

Jace Powell
Jace Powell

playing the HL2 fan commentary from the fan-made upgraded version
nearing the end of the commentary, there is a bit of history behind the mentality valve entered when making the game
it essentially boils down to "don't worry about the money, just focus on making the game good", and the working environment feeding into the idea of working to make the game as good as it can be, regardless of resources and time constrains
a creative force that takes precedence over the need for profits, and while they do want the profits, there's at least a sense of doing it for videogames moreso than corporate desires
fastfoward to now and valve is nothing but the rotting corpse of what it was, all creative intent completely gone and replaced by a lazy complacency, doing nothing more than token bullshit updates to games they temselves killed by turning then into literal slot machines
this is how it ends, a simple, remorseful, uneventful leak in the face of a beast that no longer cares or probably even remembers his work, with a faint speck of hope that something will be done about it, yet the acceptance that it'll amount to nothing

Man, what a fucking bust, this is some depressing shit.

Jaxson Sanders
Jaxson Sanders

Nothing changes 'cause it's all the same
The world you get is the world you give away
It all just happens again
Way down the line…

Isaac Thompson
Isaac Thompson

muh physics engine shilled to hell and back in HL2 was not even made by Valve

Well, thanks for giving me even more evidence of Valve being a bunch of greedy hacks who never made anything worth a shit besides Half-Life.

Adrian Morgan
Adrian Morgan

Age old photos of a supposed demonstration of Episode 3 or Source 2 from a European "journalist" claiming on Twitter that he had a private viewing of it at Gamescom 2012.

Bentley Flores
Bentley Flores

Pirate it.

James James
James James

Well if you haven't played it so far you should probably not get into it. You are either a young kid or a total faggot if you haven't played it so far.

Luke Smith
Luke Smith

Reddit's reaction is priceless right now. They're all mimicking each other in dignified shock and solemn revery. I've seen numerous posters conflate a vaporware game not releasing to actual family and friends who've died.

Though it is refreshing to see that site FINALLY talk shit on Valve. Maybe it really was the HL franchise that held them under the spell. Gabe milked that for more than a decade without hazarding the brand by releasing anything.

Matthew Cooper
Matthew Cooper

going to reddit
Go back. Stay there.

Adrian Wood
Adrian Wood

not enjoying grade A reddit salt

Oliver Roberts
Oliver Roberts

I let retarded faggots (who believe they're welcome here) post screencaps of what they think I would find interesting while browsing reddit, then let them know that cross-posters aren't welcome; and in the event they aren't the fact that they actually have to go as far as reddit to get a "salt fix", then they have serious validation issues.

Cameron Ortiz
Cameron Ortiz

those webms

WEW

I can just picture him seeing the hazard course in the menu and thinking "lol i dont need no tutorial im already the fps MASTAH 360noscope bizzaaaaaatch"

I almost want to watch him play Unreal 1 on Unreal difficulty, just to see how long before he breaks down in tears like a woman OMG GAME IS SO BROKEN AND UNFAAAIIIIR

Angel Cox
Angel Cox

It's dsp, he is a total retard.

Charles Parker
Charles Parker

second webm
black mesa even has a popup in the fucking campaign that tells you how to crouch jump
he still can't do it

That's actually amazing. He even acknowledges he saw the popup but keeps doing the same shit that obviously doesn't work. How can someone be completely incapable of following a simple direction that pops up right in your fucking face, yet still be able to stream and upload videos? How is that even possible?

Asher Adams
Asher Adams

use google to remove spies
use brave (Chrome) to remove spies
install old software to remove spies

You're both wrong and misguiding others on properly securing their privacy and should fuck right off.

Jacob Cruz
Jacob Cruz

While I'm also saddened by the HL series not continuing, just imagining Reddit being defeated by yet another thing ever since Trump came around makes me happy. It's good to see others suffer sometimes, as I imagine most of their memberbase are upper-middle class trendies. Suffer and embrace the destruction of this infernal jewish machine.

Adam Scott
Adam Scott

This basically proves Breen did nothing wrong becuase even after all that, humans still lost. We could've use the teleportation technology as leverage to create a more symbiotic relationship with the combine but Gordon Freeman and co had to fuck everything up becuase FUCK ANY AND ALL ESTABLISHMENT FIGHT THE POWER DOWN WITH FASCISTS XD

Sebastian Sanchez
Sebastian Sanchez

I checked Reddit, they're not anywhere nearly as salty as I was hoping.

Mostly just,
…Man, I remember playing HL2 when I was 14, never would have imagined we'd go 10 years and be told we're not getting a sequel
I think there's only a handful of people out there these days who give more than 2 shits about the Half-Life franchise. Hell, even the "classic" YouTube Gamers like Ross Scott and Djy1991 have admitted they're sick of Half-Life.

Now, what I wanna see is a big Bethesda project blow up in their faces. I can only imagine the delicious salt generated from both Reddit and Toddard combined. Fallout 4 was already a global disappointment for everyone except shills and literal retards, but I wanna see TES VI be such a big fucking failure that Bethesda becomes another name of mockery like EA and Ubisoft.

Eli Peterson
Eli Peterson

Reddit please fuck off, holy shit.

Alexander Reed
Alexander Reed

I dont know why Im so fucking depressed about this bullshit. Valve's been sprinting downhill since 2012 and I pretty much assumed HL3 wasnt coming out the moment Valve forgot its 10th anniversary. It just feels like a giant goddamned reminder that everything that brought me once brought me joy now fills me with nothing but disappointment and seething hatred.

Caleb Campbell
Caleb Campbell

those are minor. why not make you own board?

Angel Diaz
Angel Diaz

he uses regular spacing, therefore excess spacing is justifiable

Gavin Cook
Gavin Cook

a new resistance and science team, so far in the future that everyone he knew previously is dead.
God damn it I like Alyx tho. Yes she's a half? nigger but out of all the vidya companions out there, Alyx is waifu tier. It's too bad the porn is shit.
But really, they were planning on killing off everyone after you spend a full game and two extra episodes coming to know and get used to? Come the fuck on, man.

Benjamin James
Benjamin James

being okay with being occupied by a hostile foreign power
being okay with being enslaved by said foreign power
being okay with said foreign power bleeding your planet dry of resources without any compensation
being okay with being a cosmic bottom bitch
Sup Germany.

Blake Moore
Blake Moore

The human race were to be assimilated into the Combine, they did not only want our resources. If they only wanted our water and air and minerals, they 7 hour war could have just lasted 3 hours longer and annihilate all life on earth.
They could use small, versatile units like men in their future conquests. Becoming a part of the Combine is a far better bet on prolonging our species than we can ever hope to get on our own.

Ryan Wilson
Ryan Wilson

I was expecting something like "i went back in time to the test chamber level from HL 1, grabbed a glock and put two rounds in the back of my own head' or" i replaced the crystal moments before it arrived through the deposit system". Would have been a neat way to tie it all up (even to the glimpse of the dude carrying the thing in camera footage in blue shift) but i guess that's too cliche and not enough cliffhanger enough for Laidlaw. Fuck this shit

Hunter Sanders
Hunter Sanders

Its not but the combine originally planned to just wipe out humanity and it was Breen who convinced them not to. Its not exactly ideal, but its better to be a serf than being suicidal dumbass.

Julian Thomas
Julian Thomas

I take it you're the kind of person who would willingly join the Borg.

Lucas Roberts
Lucas Roberts

claims he wouldn't join a hivemind

Buddy you're in one already

Grayson Wood
Grayson Wood

Am I allowed to judge the effectiveness and quality of the authority before I join get assimilated?
Because the Borg are absolutely useless and repeatedly show that they waste their resources. Despite claiming that they will "add (victim)'s biological and technological distinctiveness to their own", they clearly don't. They are also highly dependent on a single ruling Queen, rather than a true collective consciousness.
1/8, terrible hivemind. Would not join.

In turn, The combine clearly use a wide variety of biomechanical creatures, enhanced to peak effectiveness and usefulness, assimilated from various species. Having seen humanity's potential they realized our race can be used, and they chose not to waste resources. They are not a hivemind, but they use distributed hierarchy, with advisors ruling from their citadels. We know nothing of their top-level leadership, but I highly doubt it's a single entity - Possible that all the advisors are part of a single collective consciousness.
Pretty good overlords, at least 6/8.

Nicholas Morgan
Nicholas Morgan

I think he's just really good at pretending to be retarded.
i hope

Isaiah Hall
Isaiah Hall

He reminds me of Cliff Bazinga when that fisheye effect kicks in

Ryan Watson
Ryan Watson

Photo of a generic stairwell and a bell

Welp I guess that confirms hl3

If this was in any way legit, why would valve announce a fucking card game before this?

Dominic Smith
Dominic Smith

What do you think that page is?

Samuel Hall
Samuel Hall

What do you think that page is?

Christian Murphy
Christian Murphy

why do you hate books?
why do you hate them so much you autistically red text "muh books"?

Jason Morales
Jason Morales

Why would that matter?
One of the few good things about valve, is that unlike kiketendo, they're open to fan creatons.

Andrew Martinez
Andrew Martinez

At first glance it looked like that website that shows statistics and other data about Steam games.

Joshua Roberts
Joshua Roberts

nah if you watch the webm he posted right after dude is clearly not pretending, he is actually positively too retarded to even feign retardation.

William Reyes
William Reyes

Is it wrong that I miss waiting for HL3? Like I miss the games too but I miss being on Holla Forums and hyping up everything valve does as a possible HL3 announcement.

Dylan Sanchez
Dylan Sanchez

I got tired of HL3 hype and wished they'd just be upfront and say "fuck it, we're not actually gonna make it.", and lo and behold.

Colton Edwards
Colton Edwards

Imagine if Gordon ultimately has to kill himself to stop it all from happening.
What a bullshit ending, might as well have been a dream sequence.