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Dr. Freeman is taken out of stasis by his "employer" to help rid the planet of invading aliens forces known as the Combine that entered through the portals he helped create.

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David Speyrer

Writer:

Marc Laidlaw
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Guillaume ... Dr. Eli Vance (voice)
Robert Culp ... Dr. Wallace Breen (voice)
Louis Gossett Jr. ... Vortigaunt (voice)
Michelle Forbes ... Dr. Judith Mossman (voice)
Merle Dandridge ... Alyx Vance (voice)
Michael Shapiro Michael Shapiro ... G-Man / Barney Calhoun (voice)
Harry S. Robins Harry S. Robins ... Dr. Isaac Kleiner (voice)
Jim French Jim French ... Father Grigori (voice)
John Patrick Lowrie John Patrick Lowrie ... Citizens / Misc. characters (voice)
Mary Kae Irvin Mary Kae Irvin ... Citizens / Misc. characters (voice)
Ellen McLain Ellen McLain ... Overwatch (voice)
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Storyline

After previously causing portals to open between worlds, Gordon released a race of aliens from enslavement on Xen and was placed into stasis by a mysterious figure known only as the G-Man. Meanwhile a race of aliens known as the combine enslaved Earth and is devouring its resources. Freeman awakens on a train heading for a massive city known only as City 17. The alien Combine empire watches over its human minions from a massive fortress called the Citadel, within which the human governor is none other than Gordon Freeman's old administrator, Dr. Wallace Breen. Uniting with the resistance fighters which contain some of his old acquaintances from the Black Mesa research facility (such as Barney Calhoun from Half-Life: Blue Shift), Gordon leads the resistance to free mankind with the help of the creatures he liberated from Xen, and the Antlion controlled with pheromones. After the fall of the first fortress G-Man places Gordon back into stasis.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

16 November 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Half-Life 2 See more »

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Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)
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Valve See more »
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Color
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In an early version of the game script, Gordon was to receive a briefing by Eli Vance via slides to fill him in on what had happened in between the large gap of time he had been gone. The slides would have featured Bullsquids chasing people from their homes and an Icthyosaur materializing in a public pool under a kid halfway through a dive. It also set up how the combine was able to gain power. It would have ended by showing Dr. Breen and the power he received. This was cut for pacing reasons. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
G-Man: Rise and shine, Mister Freeman. Rise and... shine. Not that I... wish to imply you have been sleeping on the job. No one is more deserving of a rest, and all the effort in the world would have gone to waste until... well, let's just say your hour has... come again.
G-Man: The right man in the wrong place can make all the difference in the world. So, wake up, Mister Freeman. Wake up and... *smell the ashes*...
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Alternate Versions

In the original Xbox version of Half-Life 2, the combine binoculars cannot be found. Resistance Station 6 - In the PC version of Half-Life 2 there are more shantytown structures, more connections to the canals, and two less loading points than in the original Xbox version of the game. The smoother and shinier Vortigaunt model used in Episode Two are used in Half-Life 2 and episode one in The Orange Box. See more »


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Hard Fought
Kelly Bailey
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Best game ever-period
2 December 2004 | by impfacSee all my reviews

This game sucks you in and doesn't let go. Every detail has been attended too. See those barrels, that look like they can be moved? Guess what-THEY CAN BE!

The physics engine is nothing short of brilliant. Everything acts as you would expect in the real world.

The facial animations are great, as are the amazing textures (you'll wonder around with your flash light every time you find a new texture to explore).

The game play is fast and fun, but still has puzzles like the original.

I don't know what game these cranks are talking about, but from what I understand they do not know enough to get rid of graphic card specific problems and thus didn't like the game. The problem is their rig, drivers, or setting, not HL2. Plus, HL2 doesn't even have that high a system requirements. It runs better than doom 3 but looks far better.

verdict: **** (four stars out of four)


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