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Posted 1 Apr 2017
Surely everyone remembers Freeman's mind? A series of videos depicting what goes on inside Gordon Freeman's brain while he slaughtered alien hordes in Black Mesa?
Well April's fool or not, it's back with Half-Life 2! Here's hoping this episode won't be a drop in the ocean, and that we'll see the rest of HL2 in glorious grating inner monologue from the man himself, Ross whatshisface.
Posted 1 Feb 2017I asked our very own connoisseur of comicks boox (sp?) Mr_Filament to review the new Chapter of A Place in the West, out tomorrow, thursday 2.2.2017 on Steam for all to read. Enjoy:
UPDATE 2017-03-02: It's finally out on Steam.
So before I go on to the review of the lastest issue of "A Place in the West", I'd like to say a few words about "canon".
Canon exists solely as a set of rules to follow to avoid having conflicting stories. Reading "A Place in the West", I firmly believe it should be taken as a "canon" story. However, the truth is that canon doesn't matter. We're enjoying a story set in a universe we love, and that's really all the matters. As we are currently in a decade long drought of "official" media, I am reminded of the similar predicament Doctor Who found itself in. In the early 90s, the TV series was canceled, leaving many disappointed. While the books and comics continued, fans that wanted more came together and started doing audio dramas with their own versions of The Doctor. Fast forward about 15 years or so, and Doctor Who is back on TV, with a number of people working on it that had worked on the fan audio dramas in the past. Eventually, Big Finish was founded, again with veterans of the fan works, and both new audio dramas and remakes of the old fan ones were (and still are to this day) produced but this time with BBC's blessing and the actual actors working on them
So when it comes down to it, if you feel you can't enjoy something because it isn't "official", just remember the word "canon" isn't a mark making some things better than others, it's just a series of rules to follow if you want to avoid story conflicts
If you haven't already, please make sure to check the extras tab and read "The Charnel House", as it explains a bit from the previous issue.
A Place in the West has so far been visually stunning, but the last issue left me a bit confused. I had thought the large, pink tendrils that were wrapped around the magically appearing Citadel were just strands of energy, but apparently not, it was some kind of interdimensional octopus.
To start, we're given more background about Albert's relationship with his daughter, followed by what appear to be hints that Leyla and Dreyfuss haven't exactly told the entire truth about their mission. We then meet the people in charge of "New Franklin", and by all accounts it's one of the last bastions of human civilization. We learn quickly that beneath the surface something sinister is lurking (possibly literally).
We're treated with some character development, backstory and ultimately an ominous ending to this issue and I'm still hooked.
So get out there and download the latest issue and enjoy what I hope is the start of many more high quality stories to come
Posted 31 Dec 2016Honestly, I cba about 4K, I'l stick to 1080p. HAH! resolution joke, it's so old it's almost retro by now.
Meanwhile, happy new year to whomever applicable, I love you all, except that one guy, you know who you are!
Is 2017 I promise, as HLF admin, to do absolutely nothing, and to let the site rot, but to still keep it as a shrine to amazing things past.
On a personal level, in 2015 I promised myself I'd find a less shitty job, and I did get into a school for a job I feel I'll like.
In 2016 I said I'd stop smoking, and I havent had a smoke since jan 1 2016
In 2017, I have no big plans, just carrying on the good path, and helping others in whatever minor way it could be.
Hell, that's a good a pledge as any, in 2017, I pledge to listen to, and potentially help any problems HLFers may have in their lives, be it "can't afford a new GPU" to "my wife left me".
We all have personal quests, let us sometimes have that quest have sidekicks.
Posted 30 Sep 2016Half-Life: A Place In The West is a fan-made passion project, more specifically a burgeoning series of comic books. Remember those garbage old Garry's mod comics from 10 years ago? You can forget about those as this here is the real deal, with hand-drawn artwork, original characters, a real plot, proper grammar, and everything!
I was going to write an in-depth review, but I decided to keep it spoiler free in order to entice more potential readers towards the actual work on display. In short, go read it now, it's free and good.
The story takes place On earth, an indeterminate amount of time between Half-Life's resonance cascade and the rebirth of crowbar Jesus in Half-Life 2. It would have easy to get lost in the grand universe that Valve created, but the two writers Micheal Pelletier and Ross Joseph Gardner masterfully avoided this trap by starting small, with a relatable human story of post-apocalyptic survival and misery which shows strong hints of greater things to come and will hopefully escalates to more epic proportions without overwhelming the reader.
Despite taking place in America, the backdrop of this story is definitely Half-Life, with well placed details only someone enamored with the source material could have so carefully applied, both in the writing and the artwork. Each page is a delight to look at with the wonderful art that really is on-par with Valve's own comics for their other properties.
The entire first chapter in its 38 page glory is available now for free on Steam, stay tuned for chapter two, due in January.
And if you're a special fan who's heard it all before and read it before, well this steam version comes with a fancy new menu screen and behind the scenes content (the latter slated for release around November).
Posted 6 Sep 2016We had a few weeks of fun defusing bombs, but we're back with a classic from last sunday on: Sven-coop.
So let's use the power of the viking to coop and merrily shoot many aliens.
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