Why Half-Life is one of the greatest PC games of all time

Half-Life is still one of the greatest FPS games that ever existed. Out of a list of the top 100 games, 99% of people would list Half-Life in the top 5. Looking back, this was an industry influencing game and due to its success, Valve became a household name. What made this game so popular back in the 1990s? What was it about Half-Life that was so different from other PC games at the time?

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Garethvk1818d ago

It is still an amazing game and I hope we see more of it soon. It came out with little expectation and became the new standard for the genre.

ATi_Elite1817d ago

Why Half-Life is the greatest GAME of all time PERIOD


Rearden1818d ago

This sort of article comes up once every few months... Is there anyone who would argue it's not one of the greatest PC games of all time?

NastyLeftHook01818d ago

half life is one of the greatest games in general.

xPhearR3dx1818d ago

I played it and thought it was boring as hell. Nothing about it stood out at all to me. Glad I'm not someone waiting for Half Life 3 due to the retarded amount of time it's been anticipated and never revealed.

kneon1818d ago

Well for me it wouldn't make the top 100. I got all the half life games on some steam sale a few years ago but have never managed to finish the first one and never started the others. I just got bored.

Maybe I just haven't gotten far enough into it but I've yet to see anything that I would call great.

Ravenor1818d ago

If you didn't play it in 98, I don't see how you have the perspective to make a definitive judgement. It's like playing System Shock 2 today and saying Bioshock 1 is better.

The game revolutionized story telling in shooters, and was one of the major pillars that supports the notion that 1998 was one of the greatest years ever in gaming.

kneon1817d ago

So you are saying that it was influential and great for it's time, that's not the same as greatest of all time.

When something truly is great then it stands the test of time.

Ravenor1817d ago

No piece of software will be "The greatest of all time", everything is iterated on and improved upon. You can't argue the influence of Half Life in how it shaped gaming, especially in the realm of FPS.

God of War, Halo 4, CoD etc, etc while all being wildly popular, WILL be considered antiquated and quaint in 15 years. While you might not see greatness those who were there and knew what the genre was before Half Life and after Half Life understand it's importance.

kneon1817d ago

My opinion of the game has nothing to do with the software. I just didn't find the game very engaging. For me it was much like Crysis, I found both games boring, and Crysis is much more up to date with regards to the software.

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Sizzon1818d ago

A masterpiece yes ofc :D

Half-Life 3 already Valve! :P

kube001818d ago

Yes I agree how much longer do we have to wait?

SJPFTW1818d ago

One of the best games on any console... EVER

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