Half-Life – First Thoughts

For a long time I’ve heard nothing but positive things about Half-Life.  I mean, it has a metascore of 96!  Its the highest scored game that I own on the PC.  So I figured it was about time I bust it out and give it a go.

Half-Life_Cover_ArtWith just over 2 hours completed, I’m not really sure I’m feeling the same things that other gamers have felt.  I know its early and there’s still a lot of game to go, but at this point I’m left with one really big question: “Where is the story?” Aside from the occasional interaction with one of the many scientist doppelgangers, there has been no story progression.  I know the name of my character and his profession.  And I know that whatever happened during that experiment released crazy monsters into the facility.  That’s it.  I really want to know more.  I want to be immersed in the story and really care about what’s going on, but I don’t.

I know I’m probably being overly harsh on the game, but I can’t help it.  The game is nothing more, at this point, than a shooting game that features some puzzles.  I know the game is old (1998), but so is GoldenEye 007 (1997), a game which featured a good story and great gameplay.  Both games have a Metacritic score of 96, so apparently someone thinks the games are on the same level.  Besides, I love playing old games.  I think they’re awesome.  I’m not judging the graphics or mechanics (I mean, it was 1998.  3D was still a new thing), or anything like that when I say its sub-par, I’m judging the gameplay and story.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not hating on the game.  I’m enjoying the shooting aspect of it, I just can’t see what the fuss is about.  That said, I do plan to finish the game.  Maybe it gets better and I’ll have to come back and apologize for speaking such blasphemy, but maybe not.  We all experience games differently, and we all have different reasons for playing games.

So what do you think?  Am I crazy for not thinking the game is awesome from the start?  Or does it just take a while to get into it?  Let me know what your thoughts are in the comments below.


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