Half-Life (PS2)

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Half-Life
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Platform: PlayStation 2
Year: 2001
Developer: Gearbox Software, LLC
This page is for the Sony PlayStation 2. For other games in the series, see Half-Life.

Half-Life is a port of the 3D adventure game originally released on Windows 32, the game was originally developed by Gearbox Software, LLC and Valve, but Gearbox Software was commissioned to make it possible on Sony PlayStation 2 hardware, published by Sierra Entertainment in 2001 for America, Europe and Oceania.

It is one of the most incredible ports in the history of video games on a very complex and limited hardware as it was the PlayStation 2, the development was a technical marvel for the company or the press, it was not very recognized but it had its own technical features exclusively for console and including the Decay DLC.

The version of this game has notable technical differences such as low resolution at 640x480 maximum, medium quality textures, voices change by region type, contains many details from the Gearbox Software team as unique animations and facial expressions, also has a fairly limited control due to the limitations of a PlayStation 2, a very changeable frame rate at specific points when we are in areas too loaded with 3D modeling or graphic effects.

From the technical point of view, this port is excellent which received average reviews with many dislikes but making it somewhat popular for a home console. The only downside of the port is the lack of online playability, substantial loss of constant performance and the tremendous technical downgrade in the audio section because of the optical CD instead of the DVD which the console could play.

This port is the most elaborate and the most complicated to develop on a console of a difficult processor to work that at the time was for teams too trained to program on the hardware of Sony, similar to several aspects of its base version from Windows 32 which the computers of the time if they could run it without problems.

This game squeezed the PlayStation 2 in all the technical qualities that had the console and still lacked the resources to be executable on a very limited machine which made the game was a titanic work to optimize this graphic engine very super loaded based on the Id tech 3 of Id Software which made Valve create an engine called Source that would later be used for the Xbox console and computers for the second title of the saga, the Half-Life 2.

The original game view returns when scrolling left or right. A lock-on mechanic is introduced, similar to the automatic targeting in the original game. Players can use this to block enemies and target them. Brackets are also placed around objects in the game world that the player can interact with. A Secret Alien mode was added that allows players to complete the game as Vortigaunt.

The PlayStation 2 version brings some key changes to the unreleased Dreamcast port, including movement indicators on the HUD and simplified long jumps, which can be moved by simply pressing the jump button while in the air.

Screenshots

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Main title-menu Screen.

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Head & Head Mode.

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Decay Menu.

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Half-Life - Gameplay 1.

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Half-Life - Gameplay 2.

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Half-Life: Decay - Gameplay.

(GIF: Half-Life: Decay Gameplay (Format: GIF))

Music

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However, musically, Half-Life has an iconic score composed by Kelly Bailey, Mike Morasky and Ben Houge (he single-handedly composed the menu theme). The music is characterized by its tense and depressing atmosphere, very appropriate to the nature of the game. The soundtrack has become a very appreciated element by fans of the game and has been praised by critics for its originality and effectiveness in creating an immersive experience.

It consists of 28 tracks with characteristic that is similar to the game Quake, usually has disturbing sounds, such as sounds of industrial machinery, metal banging, glass breaking and other similar effects. These effects combine with the darkness and ambient harmony to create a sense of impending danger and mystery in the game that is typical of the Dreamcast version on which it was based.

It fits the context of the game perfectly. For example, during action sections, the music can become more intense and frantic, while in quieter moments, it can become more subdued and ambient. It is considered one of the best soundtracks in video game history and has been praised for its ability to create an immersive and memorable experience for players.

The only drawback of this version is the low bitrate of the music, which is optimized to be burned on a "700 MB" disc, although it would be very useful if it were on "DVD".High quality.

The music was made a release called Half-Life Soundtrack, an official album released by Valve in 2014 that contained 27 tracks.

Recording

# Title Composer Length Listen Download
01 Main menu Ben Houge 0:34
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02 Adrenaline Horror Kelly Bailey, Mike Morasky 2:09
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03 Vague Voices Kelly Bailey, Mike Morasky 2:11
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04 Klaxon Beat Kelly Bailey, Mike Morasky 1:00
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05 Space Ocean Kelly Bailey, Mike Morasky 1:36
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06 Cavern Ambience Kelly Bailey, Mike Morasky 1:39
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07 Apprehensive Kelly Bailey, Mike Morasky 0:23
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08 Bass String Kelly Bailey, Mike Morasky 0:08
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09 Hurricane Strings Kelly Bailey, Mike Morasky 1:33
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10 Diabolical Adrenaline Guitar Kelly Bailey, Mike Morasky 1:44
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11 Valve Theme (Extended) Kelly Bailey, Mike Morasky 1:22
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12 Nepal Monastery Kelly Bailey, Mike Morasky 2:08
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13 Alien Shock Kelly Bailey, Mike Morasky 0:36
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14 Sirens In The Distance Kelly Bailey, Mike Morasky 1:12
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15 Nuclear Mission Jam Kelly Bailey, Mike Morasky 2:00
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16 Scared Confused Short Kelly Bailey, Mike Morasky 0:16
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17 Drums & Riffs Kelly Bailey, Mike Morasky 2:03
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18 Hard Technology Rock Kelly Bailey, Mike Morasky 1:40
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19 Steam In The Pipes Kelly Bailey, Mike Morasky 1:55
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20 Electric Guitar Ambience Kelly Bailey, Mike Morasky 1:24
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21 Dimensionless Deepness Kelly Bailey, Mike Morasky 1:24
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22 Military Precision Kelly Bailey, Mike Morasky 1:20
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23 Jungle Drums Kelly Bailey, Mike Morasky 1:49
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24 Traveling Through Limbo Kelly Bailey, Mike Morasky 1:17
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25 Credits (Closing Theme) Kelly Bailey, Mike Morasky 1:39
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26 Threatening (Short) Kelly Bailey, Mike Morasky 0:37
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27 Dark Piano (Short) Kelly Bailey, Mike Morasky 0:17
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28 Sharp Fear (Short) Kelly Bailey, Mike Morasky 0:06
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Credits

(Source: Game)

As was done on Sega Saturn, these recordings were made by GatoVerde95 using PCSX2 as a base, VLC media player, Cheat Engine and Audacity to transfer the music from RAW data to FLAC and foobar2000 to add metadata. Make List was used to encode the list recordings and Elisa Music Player KDE tool to test the audios to OGG. Make List was used to code the recordings in the list.

Albums

Game Rip

Format

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Audio Devices

PlayStation 2 was mainly distributed on DVD-ROM, with some titles released in blue-tinted CD-ROM format. In addition, the console can play audio CDs and DVD movies and supports almost all original PlayStation games, in this case the game is CD format.

Releases

America

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Title: Half-Life
Platform: PlayStation 2
Released: 1995-05-11
Publisher: Sierra On-Line, Inc.
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Title: Half-Life
Platform: PlayStation 2
Released: 1995-05-11
Publisher: Sierra On-Line, Inc.
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Title: Half-Life
Platform: PlayStation 2
Released: 1995-05-11
Publisher: Sierra On-Line, Inc.
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Title: Half-Life
Platform: PlayStation 2
Released: 1995-05-11
Publisher: Sierra On-Line, Inc.
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Title: Half-Life
Platform: PlayStation 2
Released: 1995-05-11
Publisher: Sierra On-Line, Ltda.

Europe

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Title: Half-Life
Platform: PlayStation 2
Released: 1995-07-08
Publisher: Vivendi Universal Games, Ltd.
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Title: Half-Life
Platform: PlayStation 2
Released: 1995-07-08
Publisher: Vivendi Universal Games, Ltd.
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Title: Half-Life
Platform: PlayStation 2
Released: 1995-07-08
Publisher: Vivendi Universal Games, Ltd.
  Ireland.svg   Ireland
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Title: Half-Life
Platform: PlayStation 2
Released: 1995-07-08
Publisher: Vivendi Universal Games, Ltd.
  Spain.svg   Spain
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Title: Half-Life
Platform: PlayStation 2
Released: 1995-07-08
Publisher: Vivendi Universal Games, Ltd.
  France.svg   France
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Title: Half-Life
Platform: PlayStation 2
Released: 1995-07-08
Publisher: Vivendi Universal Games, Ltd.
  Italy.svg   Italy
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Title: Half-Life
Platform: PlayStation 2
Released: 1995-07-08
Publisher: Vivendi Universal Games, Ltd.
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Title: Half-Life
Platform: PlayStation 2
Released: 1995-07-08
Publisher: Vivendi Universal Games, Ltd.
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Title: Half-Life
Platform: PlayStation 2
Released: 1995-07-08
Publisher: Vivendi Universal Games, Ltd.
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Title: Half-Life
Platform: PlayStation 2
Released: 1995-07-08
Publisher: Vivendi Universal Games, Ltd.
  Romania.svg   Romania
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Title: Half-Life
Platform: PlayStation 2
Released: 1995-07-08
Publisher: Vivendi Universal Games, Ltd.
  Malta.svg   Malta
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Title: Half-Life
Platform: PlayStation 2
Released: 1995-07-08
Publisher: Vivendi Universal Games, Ltd.
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Title: Half-Life
Platform: PlayStation 2
Released: 1995-07-08
Publisher: Vivendi Universal Games LtdLB.
  Germany.svg   Germany
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Title: Half-Life
Platform: PlayStation 2
Released: 1995-07-08
Publisher: Vivendi Universal Games für Deutschland GmbH.
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Title: Half-Life
Platform: PlayStation 2
Released: 1995-07-08
Publisher: Vivendi Universal Games Europe PtH.
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Title: Half-Life
Platform: PlayStation 2
Released: 1995-07-08
Publisher: Vivendi Universal Games Europe PtH.
  Iceland.svg   Iceland
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Title: Half-Life
Platform: PlayStation 2
Released: 1995-07-08
Publisher: Vivendi Universal Games Europe PtH.
  Norway.svg   Norway
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Title: Half-Life
Platform: PlayStation 2
Released: 1995-07-08
Publisher: Vivendi Universal Games Europe PtH.
  Finland.svg   Finland
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Title: Half-Life
Platform: PlayStation 2
Released: 1995-07-08
Publisher: Vivendi Universal Games Europe PtH.
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Title: Half-Life
Platform: PlayStation 2
Released: 1995-07-08
Publisher: Vivendi Universal Games Europe PtH.
  Austria.svg   Austria
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Title: Half-Life
Platform: PlayStation 2
Released: 1995-07-08
Publisher: Vivendi Universal Games Europe PtH.

Oceania

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Title: Half-Life
Platform: PlayStation 2
Released: 1995-00-11
Publisher: Vivendi Universal Games Co. Ltd
  New Zealand.svg   New Zealand
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Title: Half-Life
Platform: PlayStation 2
Released: 1995-08-11
Publisher: Vivendi Universal Games Co. Ltd

Links

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