Half-Life, one of the most iconic productions in the history of the game, was undoubtedly a production beyond its time. Half-Life, which put stones against the games of the period such as realistic physics, background loading and mode support, is known as a legendary game that has turned 23 today.
It made a revolutionary entry into the gaming world in 1998 and is respected by the vast majority of today’s gamers. Half-LifeAlthough it is not a game that we can open and play on our computers today, it is considered a complete masterpiece for that period of the gaming industry. Half-Life, which made Valve’s name known to the world and introduced the players with the iconic crowbar, last appeared with the game Half-Life: Alyx, which was released last year.
Although it may seem like a simple first-person action game at first glance due to its debut period, Half-LifeIt is considered a production beyond its time. We can say that Half-Life, in which we gave life to our main character, Gordon Freeman, effectively neutralized the effect of DOOM, which debuted in 1993. The actors were controlling Gordon Freeman in this production, which they got in 1998, while at the same time making comparisons with DOOM, the only alternative in the same category. According to most of the players who compare DOOM and Half-Life, DOOM is considered more successful when evaluated in the FPS category. However, Half-Life offered the players most of the things sought in DOOM with its physics engine and episode designs, which were extremely innovative for its time. In this article, we’ll take a look at 5 features that make Half-Life so special and ahead of its time.
Half-Life’s revolutionary features at the time it was released:
- Reactions of the enemies during the action
- Episode uploads happening in the background
- Combining riddles and action
- Weapons serve multiple purposes
- Involving players in the development phase
Reactions of enemies during action:
Half-Life contains very fine-grained details compared to the games that have been released or have already been released in the period it is in. The most obvious of these details is the reactions of soldiers and creatures during the action.
While developing Half-Life, Valve has taken into account the details that will attract the attention of the players in the action part. While in contact with enemies, players have to include mind games rather than pure action. The clearest example of this is the difference in behavior between the soldiers and the creatures. When the players use grenades, the small details such as the fact that the soldiers retreat to safe areas by showing a survival reflex and the creatures focus on attacking the same grenade by remaining unresponsive help the game to be remembered with respect today.
Episode uploads happening in the background:
Today, game developers try to keep the downloads away from the eyes of the player as much as possible, especially in games with large section designs. This allows the actor to spend as little time as possible between two episodes or scenes. This fine detail, which is not used in every game even today, was available in Half-Life, which was released in 1998. Being aware of the fact that it is developing one of the biggest games of the period, Valve combined the level transitions with the living atmosphere, ensuring that the players stay away from the loading screens as much as possible. Especially in a game like Half-Life, where details about the story are hidden in every part of the map, it deserves praise when compared to today’s games.
Combining riddles and action:
Half-Life, which was its biggest rival DOOM at the time of its debut, aimed more than pure action to be remembered as a better game than the fondly played DOOM. Since DOOM is already a very satisfying production in terms of action, although Half-Life has achieved this, DOOM’s name would be ahead because it was older. Aware of this, Valve fell on the episode designs in Half-Life and forced players to deal with riddles and think even while they were in the action.