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Dr. Freeman is taken out of stasis by his "employer" to help rid the planet of invading aliens forces known as the Combine that entered through the portals he helped create.

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David Speyrer

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Marc Laidlaw
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Complete credited cast:
Robert Guillaume ... Dr. Eli Vance (voice)
Robert Culp ... Dr. Wallace Breen (voice)
Louis Gossett Jr. ... Vortigaunt (voice)
Michelle Forbes ... Dr. Judith Mossman (voice)
Merle Dandridge ... Alyx Vance (voice)
Mike Shapiro ... G-Man / Barney Calhoun (voice) (as Michael Shapiro)
Harry S. Robins Harry S. Robins ... Dr. Isaac Kleiner (voice)
Jim French Jim French ... Father Grigori (voice)
John Patrick Lowrie John Patrick Lowrie ... Citizens / Misc. characters (voice)
Mary Kae Irvin Mary Kae Irvin ... Citizens / Misc. characters (voice)
Ellen McLain Ellen McLain ... Overwatch (voice)

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After previously causing portals to open between worlds, Gordon released a race of aliens from enslavement on Xen and was placed into stasis by a mysterious figure known only as the G-Man. Meanwhile a race of aliens known as the combine enslaved Earth and is devouring its resources. Freeman awakens on a train heading for a massive city known only as City 17. The alien Combine empire watches over its human minions from a massive fortress called the Citadel, within which the human governor is none other than Gordon Freeman's old administrator, Dr. Wallace Breen. Uniting with the resistance fighters which contain some of his old acquaintances from the Black Mesa research facility (such as Barney Calhoun from Half-Life: Blue Shift), Gordon leads the resistance to free mankind with the help of the creatures he liberated from Xen, and the Antlion controlled with pheromones. After the fall of the first fortress G-Man places Gordon back into stasis.

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Some of the gas pumps are Swedish. Instead of "total sale" it says "summa" and there is the Swedish currency "krona". "Volume" is "volym" and it's measured in liters in stead of gallons. See more »

Quotes

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G-Man: Rise and shine, Mister Freeman. Rise and... shine. Not that I... wish to imply you have been sleeping on the job. No one is more deserving of a rest, and all the effort in the world would have gone to waste until... well, let's just say your hour has... come again.
G-Man: The right man in the wrong place can make all the difference in the world. So, wake up, Mister Freeman. Wake up and... *smell the ashes*...
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Best PC Game Ever (or at least one of the best)
8 December 2004 | by gs_playerSee all my reviews

First off, let me clear up a few things. Ignore "A poor game and STEAM is crapware." That person clearly doesn't know what they're talking about. Yes, your forced to install STEAM. But the program is on the CD/DVD (depending how you got it). Second, the graphical problems they're having are a problem with THEIR compputer. Either Matrix29 has a poor video card or outdated drivers. I have a poor FX5200, and I've had no graphical problems. It runs great. Of course, I have it on low settings, but still it runs great. Finally, STEAM (From Valve, not Sierra) is a good program.

Anyway... I'll just talk about my experiences, not anything about the story. Half-Life 2 runs great on lower end systems. I'm getting at least 25 - 30 fps(frames per second). This shows how Valve wanted great graphics and technology while having a large amount of gamers being allowed to play. And the water...well, it's the best looking water EVER. Good A.I. Take note that on easier settings, the A.I. wont be as good. The story is great. It really doesn't require you to have played the original Half-Life to understand the story.

So, in closing, this is a must own for any PC gamer. Just for the fun physics, or tossing stuff and getting your a** beat by metro cops in the train station.


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