As the game begins, Barney Calhoun rides the tram from the Area 8 Topside Dormitories on the surface, into the underground sector of the Black Mesa Research Facility.
Along the way many new details about Black Mesa are revealed; Calhoun passes a laundromat and several fast food outlets, suggesting that the facility is very self-sufficient and probably houses many of its workers.
While Calhoun is locked outside the door to Area 3 Security Facilities, he is passed by Gordon Freeman riding in another tram heading towards Sector C in a scene that mirrors one in the original game, in which Gordon Freeman sees a guard locked out of a door on the inside of a tunnel.
- A soccer ball that fell from the basketball terrain above can be seen under the tracks at the very start of the ride.
- In the laundromat, a scientist and a security guard are playing a fighting arcade video game, named Prax Wars 2: Dante’s Revenge; the security guard eventually loses the game. A second scientist is reading The Mesa Times while waiting for his laundry to be done. Prax Wars is a nod to Prax War, an actual canceled game by developer Rebel Boat Rocker, on which Gearbox’s Randy Pitchford worked. It was announced at E3 1998 as a very promising game.
- This chapter takes place at the same time as the Half-Life chapter Black Mesa Inbound.
This section is new for TREE. I will ask a couple of questions and see if you know the answers before you play.
- What’s the name of the taco place called?
- Where did Barney go to college?
- What Security Checkpoint Area number does Otis left you down from?
Got all three right? Well done Mr/Mrs/Ms Smartypants!
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This post is part of the The Replay Experience Experiment event. This is a chance to replay all the Half-Life games and discuss them based on our experiences since we first played them.
All text taken from the CombineOverWiki, a fan-supported, editable wiki covering the Half-Life series of games.
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