Should I play Half Life before Half Life 2?

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#1 Posted by jvincent08 (25 posts) -
Tomorrow I'm going to go out and get Crysis and Call of Duty 4 and I thought I might as well get a few more shooters too. Someone recommended Orange Box, but I've never played the first Half Life and I was wondering if I would be completely lost when playing HL2. Does the game offer at least a brief overview of what happened in the first game so I kinda know whats going on? ("Previously on Half Life..."). Or should I play the original first?
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#2 Posted by fatshodan (2886 posts) -
You don't need to play Half Life for story elements, but you should play HL anyway because it's one of the best games ever made.
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#3 Posted by adrake4183 (668 posts) -
I don't think you would be lost but the first game is still a lot of fun. Personally I think the second game could stand by itself alright though.
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#4 Posted by 36O (823 posts) -

I don't think you would be lost but the first game is still a lot of fun. Personally I think the second game could stand by itself alright though.adrake4183

Man, I have always wanted to play Half Life 1 and 2, but every time I try Steam always screws it up for me one way or another. I REALLY hate steam.

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#5 Posted by Forerunner-117 (8800 posts) -
Well I highly recommend that you play the original Half-Life, but there's no problem with playing Half-Life 2 without having played Half-Life before it.
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#6 Posted by cmdrmonkey (994 posts) -

The original is one of the greatest games of all time, but I'm not sure it has aged all that well, and you would probably just find it incredibly dated if you were playing it now for the first time.

The plot is pretty simplistic really, and you can read up on it on wikipedia if you find yourself lost playing HL2. If you do decide to go back and play it, I would also highly recommend playing the Opposing Force expansion, as it is just as good as the original HL, and fills in some of the details of the plot a bit more and lets you see things from a soldier's perspective. Don't bother with the Blue Shift expansion though. It pretty much sucked.

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#7 Posted by Jade_Monkey (4830 posts) -

[QUOTE="adrake4183"]I don't think you would be lost but the first game is still a lot of fun. Personally I think the second game could stand by itself alright though.36O

Man, I have always wanted to play Half Life 1 and 2, but every time I try Steam always screws it up for me one way or another. I REALLY hate steam.

What are some of the problems you have had with Steam ?

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#8 Posted by stephant_6 (1758 posts) -
You don't need to play HL to get HL2,but you need to play HL just because you need to experience it. One of the best games ever made IMO.
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#9 Posted by etmaul (760 posts) -
Quite simply, play them all, Half Life, Opposing Force and Blue Shift. They all really get you into the story and they are fantastic! Sure, they graphics may be dated, but it's the gameplay that's most important IMO.
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#10 Posted by NightShade999 (180 posts) -

The original is one of the greatest games of all time, but I'm not sure it has aged all that well, and you would probably just find it incredibly dated if you were playing it now for the first time.

The plot is pretty simplistic really, and you can read up on it on wikipedia if you find yourself lost playing HL2. If you do decide to go back and play it, I would also highly recommend playing the Opposing Force expansion, as it is just as good as the original HL, and fills in some of the details of the plot a bit more and lets you see things from a soldier's perspective. Don't bother with the Blue Shift expansion though. It pretty much sucked.

cmdrmonkey

I second that