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Half-Life 1 Anthology - PC

by Electronic Arts See the Amazon Page for this brand
Windows 98 / 2000 / Me / XP
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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  • 4 exciting tiles in 1 great action-adventure compilation
  • Survive killer aliens in Half-Life's plot-driven, complex world
  • Explore restricted areas of mysterious government facility in Blue Shift
  • Opposing Force offers new arsenal of weapons and 12+ multiplayer maps
  • Team-based multiplayer game, Team Fortress Classic

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  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000AOE4BM
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.5 x 1 inches ; 4.8 ounces
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Release Date: September 26, 2005
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,036 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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Product Description

This is the must-have collection for those who haven't yet experienced the thrill of Half-Life. Discover the danger and thrills of the entire Half-Life universe with this full suite of games, expansions, mods and more. A variety of real-world, experimental, and alien-world weapons 32 player Internet/LAN support Worldcraft 2.0 beta level editor included

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Half-Life 1 Anthology features four exciting tiles in one great compilation. Titles include Half-Life, Half-Life Blue Shift, Half-Life Opposing Force, and Team Fortress Classic.

Half-Life features an integrated storyline with stunning visual effects and a huge, sprawling environment filled with aliens determined to hunt you down and kill you. You no longer just point and shoot--Half-Life is a dynamic, plot-driven, complex world where you need to play smart to survive. Monsters have a strong instinct for self-preservation. They will duck, jump, hide behind barriers to avoid gunfire, and even retreat if feeling threatened. Superior AI drives these behaviors and they are different for each species. Plus you can choose from 18 different weapons, ranging from a crowbar to laser-guided rockets.

Half-Life Blue Shift
In Blue Shift, players are challenged to take on the role of the Black Mesa security guard and explore restricted areas of the mysterious government facility. Blue Shift also contains the Half-Life HD Pack, which automatically upgrades the weapons and characters of all the games in the Half-Life saga with new high-definition content.

Half-Life Opposing Force
Built upon the amazing technology and with the visceral action of the original, Opposing Force returns you to the Black Mesa Research facility as one of the military specialists sent in to eliminate Gordon Freeman. The new single-player experience included is massive and incredibly challenging. Opposing Force also contains a completely new arsenal of weapons and over 12 new multiplayer maps created by many of the gaming industry’s all-star designers.

Team Fortress Classic
The hugely popular team-based multiplayer game, Team Fortress Classic, runs on top of the Half-Life engine.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This box isn't that bad. December 20, 2005
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
I just bought this game yesterday, and when I got online and looked at some of the reviews I was a little worried about how well it would play, due to the Steam game engine. The fact that it only comes with one cd-rom disc for 4 games also had me a little concerned.

However, once everything was installed, there's been no problems. Despite what some reviews might say, you CAN PLAY THIS GAME OFFLINE.

Once you've installed the game, and set up your Steam account, put in the cd key, etc. you can simply click the game icon and the steam account will try to start up, but once it realises you're not online it'll give you the option of playing in offline mode.

My computer didn't suffer any lags or gameplay problems, so aside from the fact that setting up the Steam account and downloading the updates will take almost 3 hours on a 56k.

For the price, it's a good deal. just don't be surprised when you can't play it right out of the box.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game. May 8, 2006
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
The way I see it, Steam is fine if you have the correct specs. Although, even though I'm all for anti-piracy, Steam does take it a tad far.

Although, it's a good package overall. Some things I might want to point out though... if you have a dial-up connection or no internet connection at all, I do not recommend this package. Steam requires an internet connection, and updates can take a very long time on dial-up. Your best bet is probably an older copy, most likely the Platinum edition. That contains everything in this package, plus Counter-Strike.

Now, about this being a 'downgrade' from the previous Platinum edition... it's not, really. As far as I know, the version included in Platinum is 1.5, and the current version is 1.6. Plus, 1.5 can be downloaded for free legally, I think. But it shouldn't really matter, either version works.

But the game is superb... even after it being released for quite a while. Good for me though, HL2 doesn't even run on my graphics card... heh... but all the expansions are great, very fun.

So, if you haven't already.. get this. If you have bad internet or anything I said above, or don't have Counter-Strike already, or don't like Steam, or etc., get Platinum. But either way, both great buys.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Definately worth it February 7, 2007
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I've seen a few reviews that talk about how outdated the game is and honestly they are right. But what can you expect from a game that's almost 10 years old? The graphics and sound are obviously lacking in comparison to today's standards but I'm one of those guys who judge games based on gameplay and not raw horsepower. And Half Life: Anthology has plenty of gameplay to go around.

I want to address Steam first. I do not like Steam at all. I think it's a poor way to package a sell a product to consumers. Now I do know why Valve is so sensitive about piracy and all. But there's gotta be a better way to prevent it than this. Steam is just a shear annoyance in my opinion. Now with that said though I haven't had any problem running any of my games with Steam. But I do know for a fact that if you have anything less than a DSL connection you should not getting any game that requires Steam. When I bought HL2: EP1 it took me several hours to download the program which is a far cry from just installing directly from a CD. But if I had a choice I'd do away with Steam and find an alternative because Valve is really turning away a chunk of their market by this approach.

Now with that outta the way lets talk about the game. Now as I've already stated, as well as many others here, Half Life is a outdated game in terms of graphics and sound quality. But that definately does not take away from the action and intensity that this provides you. The battles are fierce and challenging and the AI is not too shabby either. And I've jumped several times when a head crab has lunged toward the screen. The storyline is interesting also. I think I'd prefer some cutscences or narration to help flesh it out a bit more but its not bad. But take my advice, talk to the NPCs when you can.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An inexpensive way to replay a classic January 25, 2007
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Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I bought this version of Half-Life simply because I wanted to go back and play it (to the end this time) but had lost my CD key for my older copy. (The older copy was also not Windows XP-friendly). This is a very cheap way to play Half-life, etc. again. You do need a high-speed internet connection, it does take a few steps and some patience to load the games, and the graphics are improved, but still dated. This is my first experience with Steam, and I have no problems to report. My only minor complaint is that the game does not work with a joystick for some reason. You may have to mess with the coding based on what I've seen on the net for this feature. But even playing the game with a hand on the keyboard and the other on the mouse, it is still a great experience overall.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it May 23, 2007
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Ok so first off I would like to talk about steam. Most people complain about how it sucks and they dont like using it. I think it is great because it comes with a messanger and it saves the game to your hard drive so you don't even need a cd.It has never screwed me once, exept when a giant storm hit the steam hq and crashed their severs but then you can just go to offline mode. Also people complaine how bad it works for them because of dial up i used to have it and the only thing was a 45 second log on time.

Ok back to the game. Let me emphasize this, THE GAME WAS MADE IN 1998 what do you expect a perfect game with awsome gears of war graphics. This game has so much replay value and is so fun just buy it the visuals may not be the best but the box includes 4 or 5 games so about 4 or 5 dollars per game. All the games are great.
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Published on September 2, 2012 by N. Ashe
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent bundle, great price.
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Published on April 24, 2011 by Adol A.
1.0 out of 5 stars It doesnt work with steam if used...
I cant exactly make a review of this game mainly because i bought a used copy. and being a used copy its more than likely already been added to someones Steam. Read more
Published on October 15, 2010 by Christopher Downing
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I already reviewed this once before, but Amazon for some reason shows that I have not reviewed it. Since I reviewed it so long ago, I am just copy and paste from mfg. Read more
Published on December 27, 2009 by crow11ad
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! Age shows sometimes
Fun, interesting story, I'm enjoying it.
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