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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on November 13, 2000
I beat "Half Life" before even opening this book, but I still found it to contain plenty of useful information and tips even for the experienced gamer. If you're getting this book for the walkthrough only, then you'd probably be better off not purchasing it. You can find many detailed walkthroughs online (albeit not quite as detailed as the one found here, but still detailed enough to understand.) On the other hand, if you want to pick up a few new tricks to beat enemies, or load yourself with information on the weapons, beasts, levels, and tactics than this book is definitely for you. The walkthrough itself was very good, although, as I said before, not worth the price of the book. It includes clear pictures and precise details about where to go, what to shot, what to do, and how to do it. Other sections include information on all items you can pick up, and all enemies you will face. There is also a "tips and tricks" section of the book for the game, explaining various tactics that are useful for different situations. Near the back of the book, as well, there is a chapter dedicated to tactics for multiplayer games. Even though I haven't tried playing online or over a network yet, the advice seemed to be quite sound and reasonable.
I enjoyed the book immensely, and it's a definite must for any serious "Half-Life" player.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on June 26, 1999
There is NOTHING that this book does not show you, it will guide you through the game step by step. This book will show you stategies and give you tips on how to easily beat your enemy. I would recommend this book even if you are not having trouble with the game because it shows important tips that can be easily overlooked.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
It must be remembered that the average deserved rating of a computer hintbook these days is about negative 2; worse than useless. This guide must be considered against that rather forgiving set of expectations.
The quality of the enemy and equipment briefing is very high, as is the walkthrough. My only quarrel with the walkthrough is the difficulty of visualization with regard to the maps. For US$20, you'd think it wouldn't be too hard to draw a couple of stupid arrows.
Another black mark is that this is one of the *most* obvious examples of PC game manual blackmail. "We'll just put in a thin, lame manual with the game, then sign up for Prima to do the manual we should have included, and we'll take a percentage of all the royalties. That's easier than selling the game for what it costs us to produce a respectable manual." We all know it's how things are, but we don't have to like it. Of the above, only the US$20 expense involved in the hintbook is factored into the final rating.
Recommended for the value of its information, but a lot of what's here should have been in the manual and is not.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on February 11, 1999
Half-Life is a huge game (H-L players already know that!).Dis-orientation is likely to happen and does happen unless you have this guide. Prima has done it once more! The walkthroughts are accurate and easy (or so) to follow even for the novice player of such games . Advanced players though should only use it only when the going gets tough .After all what mostly this book achieves is that it is a non player-level dependent guide.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on July 21, 2000
I got this guide after I beat the game for entertainment. I started to read it and it's a great guide to me it showed some secret places I haven't been to and how to complete some situations in an easier fashion. I reccommend it to anyone.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 31, 1999
The book reviews everything from the beginning thru the end. Plus some hints for multiple players. Joe Bell are doing a good job for strategy guide. I never been disappointed. Thank you.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on December 19, 1999
Very helpful. But the book doesn't tell you everything, so you sill feel some suspense about playing the game. The book doesn't give the whole game away, but it keeps you from ripping your hair out.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 2, 2000
A very thurough walkthrough covering just about everything, and very useful description of enemies and strategies to handle them. My only complaint is that the maps could have been better.
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on December 9, 2014
This is a good strategy guide, but altogether incomplete. I've aced Half-Life numerous times, but happened to buy this guide for its collective value.

Some of the monster hints are useful for those completely new. But they are incomplete in my opinion - not the sort of hints you would get from a player who aced the game and knows every little detail. The walkthrough doesn't exactly contains any 'maps' but rather overhead 3D screenshots... While the walkthrough will get you through the game by offering some clear advice, it doesn't quite cover every little secret. For instance, in Unforeseen Consequences, it neglects to mention that you can visit the tram platform to find some extra items. Little oversights like this are common, and will keep you from enjoying and experiencing the whole game.
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on April 27, 2014
Perfect strategy guide if you are playing the original Half Life 1, if you are playing the Half Life 1 Source though, some of the levels will be different than what is shown in the guide. I believe Valve made the some of the levels in HL Source, longer, and added extra monsters, and more events that are not in the original Half Life.
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