In this chapter, the HECU determine that they’re fighting a losing battle against the Xen aliens and, having continually failed to neutralize Freeman, abandon their mission and begin to evacuate the facility, calling in air strikes and heavy artillery to cover their retreat.
Meanwhile, Gordon makes his way into an underground storage garage to avoid the bombardments, and eventually fights his way through scores of aliens and several groups of the decimated HECU forces before reaching the Lambda Complex.
The Marines begin to evacuate Black Mesa and air strikes begin.
Gordon navigates underground water channels and tries to avoid scores of alien invaders as they pick off remaining Marine stragglers.
- The old level name featured on Half-Life: Day One, given in the “titles.txt” file was: “You’re on your own”.
HECU officer, radio operator that gives the orders to Cooper, near the end of the previous chapter Surface Tension says folowing text: “Come in, Cooper! Do you copy? Forget about Freeman! We’re abandoning the base! If you have any last bomb targets, mark them on the Tactical Map! Otherwise, get the hell outta there! Repeat: we are pulling out and commencing air strikes! Give us targets or get below!”. From sentence in the text comes the name of the eponymous chapter.
- In Half-Life:Opposing Force, this event is mentioned again, however, Adrian Shephard was at the military checkpoint when the HECU officer transmitted the message at the radio, making a focal point of the two games.
- The chapter name is mentioned again in another, more frantic radio transmission. This transmission seems to have been to all troops, and is as follows: “Forget about Freeman! We are cutting our losses and pulling out! Anyone left down there now is on his own. Repeat; if you weren’t already, you are now- *transmission is lost*”
The challenges below have been set by 2muchvideogames
- Kill an alien grunt with a ceiling turret.
- Find the HEV charger in this chapter.
- Retrieve the hand grenades hidden underwater.
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This post is part of the The Replay Experience Experiment 2012 event. This is a chance to replay all the Half-Life games and discuss them based on our experiences since we first played them.
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