Do i need to play Half-Life 1 before playing Half-Life 2?

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#1 Posted by helium_flash (9245 posts) -

I want to play Half-Life 2, but i'm bought HL1 for $10 off of Steam, and it really isn't that fun. There are some interesting puzzles, but i'm not getting the whole fun facter out of it. Also, the outdated graphics don't make it any better.

So, can i just skip HL1, because the Half Life: Orange pack looks cool this year, but i dont want to be lost.

#2 Posted by cobrax25 (9649 posts) -
yeah, you probably can....just read up on the story on wiki,
#3 Posted by justheretodl124 (1255 posts) -
Graphics aren't fun if you can't enjoy the game on its own you don't really deserve to be playing video games.
#4 Posted by Gigas_Yuu (2386 posts) -
Graphics aren't fun if you can't enjoy the game on its own you don't really deserve to be playing video games.justheretodl124


Ignorant answer. People have different tastes.
#5 Posted by Hot_Potato (3422 posts) -
All you need to know for Half Life 1 is aliens invade. Half Life 2 isn't really a full fledged follow up story wise, more just showing the effects of what happened. In fact, people in game fill you in one what happened after the aliens came to earth (Half Life 1).
#6 Posted by ice_radon (70347 posts) -
You should really play it just due to the fact that it explains alot, plus its just a damn good game!
#7 Posted by waza000 (1906 posts) -
well the story isn't that impressive .... i can say it's not important at all to enjoy the game, but it's always good to know what people are talking about
#8 Posted by xcryonicx (1294 posts) -
I played HL2 once through having only played the HL1 demo a million years ago and found the story/game just as amazing as the next guy..I'm probably going to get shot down for saying this but HL1 as of today feels so archaic that I can't seem to finish the opening mission every time I give it a try :P
#9 Posted by Stratos53 (67 posts) -

If you dont care to learn who the characters are, and what the whole series is about, then go ahead - but you are missing out on the whole freeman person'a - and being lost is the deal.. True - HL 2 does "carryover" and fill in on the story, but at least for me, I dont want to start up without knowing what is going on, and getting a feel for the game itself.
- I still jump when the headcrabs jump out of nowhere - from the original - I am sure others would agree..

#10 Posted by FragMonkey09 (1543 posts) -

http://members.shaw.ca/halflifestory/

That link is the most widely accepted telling of the Half-Life story thus far.

You will find every detail of what happens in HL1 or any other half-life game so you won't feel lost at all.

#11 Posted by PSdual_wielder (10646 posts) -
i didnt beat hl1 and went through hl2 and episode one. You dont really need to know the complete details of the first game to play, just that gordon freeman is a scientist who happened to see aliens invade his lab and he kicked their butts. Half life is more about fun factor than story, although there is a pretty good story it goes really slowly through all the games, half life 2 is fun, just skip the first one.
#12 Posted by FragMonkey09 (1543 posts) -
I beg to differ. The half-life story is, IMHO, the best story in a game to date. Many people will agree with me. Just use the site I posted above.
#13 Posted by Aufban (53 posts) -

No. Not at all.

There's not really a coherent story anyway. Play HL2 and go with the flow.

#14 Posted by jorgeluisbl (1479 posts) -

You should really play it just due to the fact that it explains alot, plus its just a damn good game!ice_radon

Agreed.

#15 Posted by bigd131 (144 posts) -
black mesa source will come out and it will be a remake of hl1 and it will have better graphics
#16 Posted by yourbeliefs (247 posts) -
I played 2 before I played 1, and like you I wasn't very impressed with the package and quite frankly the game just started annoying me. While you could argue that you miss out on what some consider to be one of the best games ever, and also it would probably make some of the stuff in HL2 make more sense, I had a ton of fun playing HL2 and its expansion stories without HL1. Don't let your frustrations with HL1 deter you or delay your playing of 2.
#17 Posted by Land-0-Funk (863 posts) -
I tried playing through the first one , but became bored with it and moved on to something else. I havn't played the second either since i'm waiting for the orange box release later this year
#18 Posted by koza_76 (338 posts) -

So, can i just skip HL1, because the Half Life: Orange pack looks cool this year, but i dont want to be lost.

helium_flash

What a silly question, ofcourse you can. =). Try to figure out the story by playing the game, look at the environment for clues such as posters and such. If your still lost after that, read a bit about the half-life story. Have fun HL2 is a great game.

#19 Posted by dttk0009 (38 posts) -
You could just always read the story and watch someone beat the game on a speedrun. I think the record right now is something close to 20 minutes.
#20 Posted by chandu83 (5185 posts) -

No, you don't haveto play Half Life to understand or enjoy Half Life 2. But you would be missing out on a great game is you don't play Half Life. The graphics might seem dated, but as you play through the game, you will being to enjoy it, just as I did.

So go ahead, play for a little while longer. You will see what the fuss is all about ;)

#21 Posted by drnick7 (995 posts) -
No, you don't need to, but honestly, you really should, as it is not only one of the greatest games of all time, but also, in my opinion, is better than its sequel. But hey, that's just me.
#22 Posted by chandu83 (5185 posts) -
It was definitely groundbreaking for its time. Too bad I didn't play it back then. When I recently played, I was accoustomed to the newer and initially I got a little bored. But as I played, I throughly enjoyed it.
#23 Posted by Agent_13 (571 posts) -
I played HL2 before I played 1, and it wasn't confusing or anything, I only had to look up a couple of things and I knew most of what was going on in the story.
#24 Posted by Ninja_Of_Pie (71 posts) -

Try getting Half Life: Source and downloading this pack - http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=ru&u=http://filespace.ru/games/hl2/hls/HLSHD_BETA.rar.html&sa=X&oi=translate&resnum=1&ct=result&prev=/search%3Fq%3DHLSHD_BETA.rar%26hl%3Den%26safe%3Doff%26sa%3DG

A beta of the Half Life: Source High Quality Model pack; took some work to find it.