Questions tagged [half-life-2]

Half-Life 2 (λ2) is a science fiction first person shooter and sequel to Half-Life which was developed by Valve Software. It was met with near-unanimous critical acclaim upon release.

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gfc files location - Half life 2

OK I own a copy of HL2 from 2011 game mag or so. It doesn't install properly. When I launch it requests gcf. Help page doesnt exist anymore, but I tested this game once, but dont remember how anymore, ...
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How to spawn rebel citizen medic?

In Half-Life 2 the console command npc_create npc_citizen spawns a rebel citizen. is there a cheat to spawn a rebel medic?
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What year does Half-Life 2 take place in?

Half-Life 2 is a game set in a decayed Earth after the Seven Hours War, when the alien forces of the Combine invade Earth. I'm trying to find out what year Half-Life 2 starts, with Gordon Freeman ...
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Can you play Half-Life 2 without Steam?

Is there an alternative to Steam? I would like to play Half-Life 2 legally, but I am not willing to install Steam (again). I looked at Steam alternatives, but non of them are offering Half-Life 2. ...
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HL2: Stuck at Anticitizen One generator plaza standoff

The part in which I have to defend Alyx while she's exposing core of the generator is way too hard for me. I can just reach the moment when the core is exposed, but there are way too many enemies to ...
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Can you get the Lambda Locator achievement in multiple sessions in Half-Life 2?

Pretty much as per the question. Do you have to do this in one playthrough, or can you reload chapters and pick up the missing ones later?
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How do I find which sound name belongs to which music file?

In the Hammer Editor, I've decided on some background music I want to play, using ambient_generic, but I can't find the proper music file. I have gotten music running with the "#*[soundname]" in the ...
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How do I attach ragdolls to other objects?

I'm trying to make ragdolls attach to posts in the Source Hammer Editor for Half-Life 2. The outcome would be something like what is in the Sandtraps chapter, with the Combine guard used as a dummy: ...
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How do I modify NPC health?

It seems like a very simple thing, but I just can't find the answer. In the Source Hammer Editor, how does one change the health of an NPC? I don't really think there is anything else I can add.
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Sluggish walking, no sprinting and airboat doesn't accelerate properly in Half-Life 2

I just reinstalled Half-Life 2 on this system, movement in the game is sluggish compared to what it was the last time I played it. Here are the symptoms that i've noticed: The sprint doesn't make me ...
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Half-Life 2 Eye Targets/Eye movements broken

Okay I have a very big problem with my Half-Life 2 that appeared last year and I haven't been able to fix it since. Since recently replaying, the eyes do not move on ANY NPC whatsoever. They simply ...
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Synergy (Half-Life 2 co-op mod) can't connect through SteamID number like Sven (HL1 co-op mod)

In Sven Co-op you can connect to your friends' servers by typing: connect STEAM_0:1:12345678 I'm changing the numbers of these values in the post, except for the headings. To go through Steam's ...
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Locations of energy ball infinite ammo crates in Half-Life 2 (or EP1)

The Half-Life wiki cites the AR2 alt-fire crate being available as soon as HL2, but I've yet to see one in the game. Do they exist at all? If yes, where they could be found?
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How to disable automatic weapon switching?

When a new weapon or a weapon which has ran out of ammo and is no longer in the inventory (grenade; there may be more) is picked up the game equips the item, the feature is sometimes called as "auto ...
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Half Life 2 in Linux on Oculus Rift

I'm trying to play Half Life 2 and Team Fortress 2 in Linux on the Oculus Rift. I have an ORv1. OS is Debian Jessie. Video card is Geforce GTX 460 SE. Drivers are 331.49. I can play HL2 without ...
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In half-life 2, how are the synth enemies created?

The mechanical pieces in the synths (strider, gunship, etc) are so flush with the body that I've been really bothered with how they are made. Are they born, are they built?
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What are these black wall objects in Half Life 2?

I'm replaying Half-Life 2 and I'm puzzled about these objects: What are these? What is their function? They sometimes move and crash into walls. It seems they are some kind of containment measure ...
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Hammer Editor: Ambient_Generic playing alternative sound [closed]

In my Hammer map, I have an ambient_generic sound that plays a certain male citizen phrase, which is then set to output (sound source) at a npc_citizen. The problem is, some voicelines seem to have an ...
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Hammer Editor: Make Out-of-sight Enemy Target Player [closed]

I'm making a map where you work with the combine against the rebels. Everything is working pretty smoothly, however I am unable to get the rebels to start a battle automatically. I have the enemy ...
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Source Engine: How to find certain animations, textures, etc?

As I'm making maps on the Hammer editor, I'm looking for certain animations that I have seen in Half-Life 2. However, to find the exact animation in Hammer is sometimes extremely difficult. In either ...
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Picking up batteries in Water Hazard

Soon after getting the gun added to the airboat in Water Hazard, you drive through a long tunnel with walkways on both sides. At the end of the walkways, there's a doorway on the left, with two ...
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Cannot Move Half Life 2 and Episode 1

Steam has introduced a feature to move game installs from one location to another. This is awesome, since I don't need to uninstall/reinstall when moving from my SSD to a larger HDD. However, i ...
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Can't switch weapons in HL2 maps imported into Portal

After seeing Half-Life 2 being played with the Portal Gun by importing the maps into Portal's map folder, I wanted to do it myself. I got the maps to work properly, but when I use "impulse 101" to get ...
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The sand buggy has one wheel stuck in the ground and I can't continue

I'm playing Half Life 2 on The Orange Box for the Xbox 360. I'm in the "Highway 17" section, and at some point while driving along the sand, my buggy got one of it's wheels "stuck" in the ground. Here'...
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How can I show enemy health using console?

In PC Gamer's Prospekt review console is used to compare enemy base health values between Half-Life 2 and a HL 2 mod: from Prospekt's first combat encounter, it felt to me like something was off. ...
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How can I jump across the bridge?

I'm playing Half-Life 2 Episode 2 and I need to get this car to the other side of the bridge. Perhaps I'm missing something dead obvious, but how on earth do I do this? Update: It seemed some in-...
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What cat does Barney refer to during your first meeting with Kleiner in Half life 2?

During a play trough of Half life 2, I noticed Barney mentions something about a cat he "still has nightmares about". Alyx then starts to ask a few times, without answer, what cat he refers to. It is ...
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How do I get the “Payback” achievement?

In Half-Life 2 Episode Two there is a "Payback" achievement. Its description reads: Kill a Hunter with its own flechettes. I have spent quite some time trying to get that achievement but I am not ...
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How do I run Half-Life 2 in 4k on a 1080p monitor?

I would like to play Half-Life 2 with my GeForce GTX 970 at 4k on a 1080p monitor. How would I do that? I have tried to adding custom resolutions in the NVIDIA control panel but I couldn't get 4k to ...
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What secret/unused weapons are in Half-Life 2?

I was playing around with some stuff in Hammer Editor one day, when I found a weapon that piqued my interest: weapon_alyxgun Sure enough, it was Alyx's gun. The viewmodel had no hands, and was a giant ...
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Half Life 2, Episode 1 starts running slow in-game

I'm playing Half-Life 2, Episode 1 on a mediocre laptop. Half Life 2 ran perfectly after tinkering with the video settings. I understand that Episode 1 is more demanding on the graphics. The problem:...
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What is the best way to defend White Forest in Half-Life 2: Episode Two?

I always have a hard time defending the White Forest base against the oncoming Striders and Hunters. My problem is that I cannot kill the Striders as long as the Hunters are alive as they always shoot ...
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What stealth elements are in Half-Life 2 and how does the enemy AI detect the player?

I would like to know what stealth elements are in Half-Life 2 and how does the enemy AI detect the player. Specifically, I would like to know: Can enemies detect by sound? Will weapon sounds (...
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Can other people get picked up by Barnacles?

In Half-Life 2, the Barnacle is an enemy that uses its tongue to pick the player up, and then bites them to death. I was wondering if NPCs such as citizens, Combine, zombies, and Alyx could be picked ...
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Why do all Valve games have the 'hl2.exe' process? [closed]

I play many Valve games. Particularly Portal 2, and TF2. However, after playing these games for a while, I have noticed that in the task manager these programs come up under a process hl2.exe - Half ...
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Half-Life Deathmatch order

Does the Half-Life: Deathmatch and Half-Life 2: Deathmatch go in any order or are they just literally a deathmatch with no meaningful story? I want to know before I begin playing the series
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How to make custom button mapping persistent in Half-Life 2

I'm playing Half-Life 2 with an Xbox 360 wired controller in Ubuntu Steam, but the default key mapping is really weird: not only is the default mapping strange to me (e.g. L_SHOULDER for jumping), ...
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How can I protect myself against this hack in Neotokyo?

While playing Neotokyo (Halflife 2 full conversion or CS variant, depending on whom you ask), someone trolled all or most players in one of the following ways: change keybindings so that pressing w ...
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Can Dropships be shot down?

In Half-life 2, there are Dropships and Gunships. Gunships fire bullets at you, and can be easily shot down with a rocket launcher. Dropships deploy Combine troops. Is it possible to use a Rocket ...
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Can I bring a turret through the teleporter at the end of Entanglement?

In the Half-Life 2 chapter Entanglement, one can bring along two turrets from first turret standoff all the way to the teleporter where you escape with Alyx. Is it possible to bring them further, out ...
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Which Half-Life 2/Ep1/Ep2 save files store what in my Steam folders?

I was hoping to find the answer to this question somewhere, since it seemed so simple, and since Half-Life 2 and Episode 1 and 2 are such popular story driven games, but with no luck. I have a ...
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How to map mutliple keys to a button in Half Life 2/Team Fortress 2?

I'm sick of trying to get my rocket jumps accurate enough to actually jump places, that I'm left trying to jump instead of killing the enemy. This would be helpful in Half Life 2 too. As they have ...
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HL2 Crashes when i open a map

I bought the orange box(yes, they still sell it). I turned on the console with-console and enteredmap push_pro it loads the map but when I press w hl2.exe crashes! What is going wrong?
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Can I see individual achievement progress for Half Life 2 Episode 2?

I've started working on the Get Some Grub achievement, it requires me to kill 333 antlion grubs throughout the first 2 chapters. From reading some guides I gather I should be able to track my progress ...
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Why do my rockets sometimes go haywire?

For some reason, my rockets sometimes fail to hit the drop ship I'm aiming at, which can be a problem because it requires a full set of 3 rockets to take one down. How do I prevent the rockets from ...
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Does standing still on the sand still summon more ant-lions?

In the chapter "sand traps", touching any of the sand along a large portion of the coast causes an ant-lion or two to spawn, and if you try to run across a long stretch of sand you can easily spawn ...
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Is the 8th episode bugged and inaccessible?

For some reason, after driving miles along the coast in the 7th episode, I came to a long bridge with a combine fence blocking entrance to it, and the road continues away from the bridge to a tunnel, ...
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Half-Life 2 (plus episodes) have a tendency of crashing my computer

I've recently started plowing through HL2 and the episodic content (currently starting out on Ep 2), and have noticed a weird problem. It seems that after an undetermined amount of time, my computer ...
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How to pass the “dark zombie garage” in Half-Life 2: Episode One?

In Half-Life 2: Episode One, the last underground level is where Gordon and Alyx find an unpowered elevator, look around for a switch to power it on, and then try to survive the zombie onslaught while ...
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Does the Black Mesa mod for Half-Life 2 work with Episode 2?

Does the Black Mesa mod for Half-Life 2 work with Episode 2? I couldn't find any clear answer on the mod page.