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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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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Who's that Gnome named after?

So, in a bunch of different games by Valve, there's this Garden Gnome, and he's usually associated with an achievement, involving carrying him through an area. Over the course of my internet travels, ...
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The G-Man walking around in HL2

I've noticed the G-Man walking around in various areas in HL2 and the episodes...always just outside of the normal camera range unless if you really look at him. I realize that this is just a bit of ...
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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 you get past the electrified fence in Ravenholm?

Oh my god… physics! It's the third time I play Half Life 2 and for the third time I reach this fence and get stuck. Shame on me! So, how do you get past it? Things I've tried: destroy the ...
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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 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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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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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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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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How do I automatically skip the valve loading movie on Steam/TF2? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a way to automatically skip the intro videos in Left 4 Dead? Each time I open TF2 I see the wonderful valve loading movie, I remember there was an option of --novideo ...
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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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Why did Gman “extract” Alyx Vance from Black Mesa?

In the cut-scene for Half Life 2: Episode 2 Gman says he "plucked" her from Black Mesa. Why?
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Is it possible to dismiss antlions in Half-Life 2?

I'm replaying Half-Life 2, and I got the antlion pheremones/"bugbait" a little while ago. Now I've moved on to a smaller area where my antlion followers are getting in my way more than they're helping ...
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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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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 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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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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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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Who are the Combine?

In the beginning of the game, you are simply dropped into a world, where there are robot-like creatures attacking you. Who or what are the combine? Are they a part-robot, part-human race? Are they new ...
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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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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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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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Where is the best place to get the “Hot PotatOwned” achievement in HL2: EP2?

I'm using a PC, so I can't just get the achievement in HL2 or HL2: EP1. I would like to know, where the best place is to get the achievement.
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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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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.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 add bots in Half-life 2 deathmatch?

I have the latest free Steam version of Half-life 2 deathmatch. I have tried to add Hurricane Bot 1.1.3 and rcbot2 and didn't succeed. When I type hrcbot_add or bot_add, or rcbot addbot, console ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...