Half-life expansions: worth it?

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  1. cornontheCoD

    cornontheCoD L7: Fancy Member

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    Alright, Opposing force and Blue Shift are on sale for less than $2 each this weekend. Should I get them?
     
  2. YM

    aa YM LVL100 YM

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    Never played them, but for $4 where can you possibly go wrong??
     
  3. Artesia

    Artesia L6: Sharp Member

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    If you're a fan of HL1 opposing force is fun. I have blue shift but I've never played it for more than 20 minutes... so I've only seen the beginning... I've been meaning to play it though.
     
  4. Jack Riguel

    Jack Riguel L10: Glamorous Member

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    Opposing Force was fun, but very very hard. Thankfully it's countered by the fact you get some pretty badass weapons, even including a "portal" gun that in one shot will send any enemy into Xen. (and right click randomly sends you to a different place. that is special for that section of the game (each load state has a new section) ).

    As for Blue shift... it's short and the ending is disappointing and sudden. But the story isn't half bad and it's still an entertaining game.

    I'd say take it for such cheap prices. Half life is a classic, and while expansions will always be sub-par, it's still great fun. But if you're only choosing one, go for Opposing Force.
     
  5. cornontheCoD

    cornontheCoD L7: Fancy Member

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    OK, I think I will get both.
     
  6. BrokenTripod

    BrokenTripod L5: Dapper Member

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    Yeah, Opposing Force is one of my old favorites.

    Honestly, though, you can play the first half of that using only the wrench and some sneaking/jumping skills. It's pretty hilarious.

    After that, though, it gets incredibly difficult on whatever difficulty you're on. It's good for a challenge if HL1 wasn't enough for you.
     
  7. Jack Riguel

    Jack Riguel L10: Glamorous Member

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    I need to try that, haven't played it in awhile.

    I'm still waiting for the sven co-op release for that though.
     
  8. SiniStarR

    SiniStarR L8: Fancy Shmancy Member

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    I liked them enough that they are worth it. Infact my friend is making a blueshift mod that i guess will add multiplayer co-op or something. Blue-Shift Reassignment.
     
  9. PL-7764

    PL-7764 L6: Sharp Member

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    I got both for $1 around New Years' last year, and I liked 'em both okay. Opposing Force is, as stated, very hard (I admit I used cheats near the end just to be able to reach the ending :(). Blue Shift is almost like one of the HL2 "Episodes" length-wise (shorter even? Probably) and doesn't introduce any new enemies or weapons, while Opposing Force has plenty of both. It does, however, help to give some insight into how Barney Calhoun survived the Black Mesa ordeal, so if you're into that sort of background story complete-ness, it's pretty good.

    Not sure if I'll ever replay either game, but for as cheap as they are right now it's quite worth it.

    EDIT: Whoa, forgot something MAJOR you need to know about Opposing Force: There is a door about 2/3 of the way through the game which obstructs your entire path and must be opened in order to progress, but opening it crashes the game. Apparently Valve no longer updates these games so you're stuck. There are, however, a number of videos out there of how to carefully noclip to the next non-crashing point in the game (noclipping through the door also crashes it as it's having whatever is behind it on-screen that actually causes the wreck).

    Just something to keep in mind when you buy OF.
     
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  10. Ceiling Man

    Ceiling Man L3: Member

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    I have a question here, I'm getting this soon and I don't want TFC, can I just give TFC to my friend?
     
  11. Inqwel

    Inqwel L6: Sharp Member

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    Yes, you can but I don't know it you can do it with a bunch of purchases. It would be easier to do tfc as a separate transaction.
     
  12. SiniStarR

    SiniStarR L8: Fancy Shmancy Member

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    as far as i know if you own 2 or more copies of the same game on one account then you send one copy as a gift.
     
  13. Delusibeta

    Delusibeta L3: Member

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    Not necessarily.