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Alternate Title:Half-Life Anthology
Console: IBM PC
Region:U
Year: 2005
RFG ID #: U-016-S-08840-A
Part #: ISBN 0-7845-3889-1
UPC: 0 14633 09841 9
Developer: Valve
Publisher: Valve
Rating:
M (ESRB): Blood and Gore , Intense Violence , Language

Genre: Shooter
Sub-genre: First Person Shooter
Players: 1+
Controller: Keyboard & Mouse
Media Format: DVD x1
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  • 19 of 7250 collectors (0.2%) have this game in their collection
  • 1 of 7250 collectors (0%) have this game in their wishlist.
  • 0 of 7250 collectors (0%) have this game for sale or trade.
Overview:

Includes:
  • Half-Life
  • Half-Life: Opposing Force
  • Half-Life: Blue Shift
  • Team Fortress Classic

From the individual game descriptions on Steam:

Half-Life: Named Game of the Year by over 50 publications, Valve's debut title blends action and adventure with award-winning technology to create a frighteningly realistic world where players must think to survive. Also includes an exciting multiplayer mode that allows you to play against friends and enemies around the world.

Half-Life: Opposing Force: Return to the Black Mesa Research Facility as one of the military specialists assigned to eliminate Gordon Freeman. Experience an entirely new episode of single player action. Meet fierce alien opponents, and experiment with new weaponry. Named 'Game of the Year' by the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences.

Half-Life: Blue Shift: Made by Gearbox Software and originally released in 2001 as an add-on to Half-Life, Blue Shift is a return to the Black Mesa Research Facility in which you play as Barney Calhoun, the security guard sidekick who helped Gordon out of so many sticky situations.

Team Fortress Classic: One of the most popular online action games of all time, Team Fortress Classic features over nine character classes -- from Medic to Spy to Demolition Man -- enlisted in a unique style of online team warfare. Each character class possesses unique weapons, items, and abilities, as teams compete online in a variety of game play modes.
Review:

Quite simple, a great collection, contains one of the best games ever, and it's expansions. It does, however, suffer from the addition of Steam, which takes away some value. Still a good buy for anyone who does not own any of the Half-Life games yet.
- Matt Rideout
Another take by Tondog:

Half-Life: What more can be said about Half-Life? It's only won zillions of awards, considered one of the greatest games of all-time, and set the standard against which all first-person shooters to follow would be measured against. But wait, this is a review, so I should probably say a few words about the game. Oh alright, I will. Anyways, Half-Life has you in the shoes of Gordon Freeman, an Theorotical Physicist working for the Black Mesa Research Facility who is part of an experiment that goes horribly wrong, bringing boatloads of aliens to Earth. And guess what? It's up to you to stop this invasion! Everything about Half Life is perfect. The only downfall of the game are the later missions that take place on Xen. These missions kind of turn the game into a jumping puzzle for a little bit, but the whole world of Xen is very interesting. Regardless, if you're into first person shooters, or just gaming in general, this is a must-play.

100%

Half-Life: Opposing Force: Originally released in 1999, Opposing Force is the first expansion pack for Half-Life. In it, you do not play as Gordon Freeman, but rather Marine Corporal Adrian Shepard, who is part of a team sent to silence Black Mesa. The expansion pack's storyline takes place in the same timeframe as the original Half-Life, and in fact, you even see some memorable events from the first game in an entirely new perspective. Other than the new point of view, you will encounter some neat new alien race named Race X, and you'll also encounter even more of those nasty Black Ops that you hated so much in the first game. Opposing Force is far and away one of the best expansion packs ever released for a game, however it is not as good as the orignal Half-Life. For instance, when you are commanding a squad of three or so other Marines and you go fight some enemies, sometimes they will get stupid and fire at you...a minor annoyance to say that least. Also, some of the new Race X aliens don't seem to be as intelligent as the other Half-Life aliens. For example, the Pit Worm. While he's gigantic and daunting, he's fairly easy to outsmart. Also, let's not even talk about the voice acting, it's just plain horrible. I guess my main complaint is that while Opposing Force is a very fun expansion pack, it just doesn't pull you in as much as the orignal game.

90%

Half-Life: Blue Shift: Originally developed for the ill-fated Dreamcast port of Half-Life, this is the second and final expansion pack for the original game. In it you play as Barney Calhoun, everyone's favorite security guard. The game takes place at the same time as the two previous entries in the series. In fact, one of the coolest parts of the game is right at the beginning of the game when you get off the transit system at your stop and have to wait for security to open the door. If you look behind you, you'll see Gordon Freeman, decked out in his lab coat, on his way to work. A nice little touch I thought. The beginning of the expansion pack is very well done with scientists giving you shit since you're a lowly security guard, but the rest of the game is just even less engaging than Opposing Force. Even worse is the fact that it is extremely short. Opposing Force was actually a dang long expansion pack (near 10-12 hours in length), but Blue Shift is only about 6 hours long. But the biggest problem with Blue Shift is that it just tries to copy the original rather than expand on it. However, it is still a rather fun game and definitely worth a play.

85%

Team Fortress Classic: Ah, good ol' TFC, the grandaddy of class-based multiplayer shooters. Me and TFC go a long way back. I've been playing this game ever since 2000 or so and have wasted countless hours on it. How I love going in for a round of 2fort and totally getting some frags as a scout or a pyro. The game is almost 10 years old, but still has a very devout following, with over 500 servers up at this writing. This devout following is totally warranted because even to this date, TFC is one of the deepest and most fun online experiences you can have...even if it means having to deal with all kinds of grenade spam and people that are loads better than you'll ever be. One of the best things about TFC is the huge mapping community the game has attracted. There are all kinds of weird maps, ranging from Pac-Man, to Legos, to a hotel, and everything in between. If you enjoy playing online shooters (and don't mind the huge learning curve), you'll get some fun out of TFC.

95%
Variations:

Console Reg. Type Title Publisher Year Genre
IBM PC Brazil S Half-Life 1: Anthology EA Games 2005 Compilation
Related Games:

Console Reg. Type Title Publisher Year Genre
IBM PC U S Half-Life Sierra Studios 1998 Shooter
IBM PC U S Half-Life: Blue Shift Sierra 2001 Shooter
IBM PC U S Half-Life: Opposing Force Sierra 1999 Shooter
IBM PC U S Team Fortress Classic Sierra 1999 Shooter
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