In a vast cave, Gordon finally confronts the powerful and mysterious being that is holding the portal open. Gordon destroys the Nihilanth’s shield, allowing him to destroy its vulnerable brain. As the creature dies, it floats toward the ceiling, and explodes in a giant green blast that overpowers Gordon’s senses.
“It’s time to choose!”
– The G-Man
When Gordon comes to, he is confronted by the G-Man. Both are transported to various locales around Xen, while the G-Man praises Gordon’s actions in the borderworld (which he refers to as “a nasty piece of work”). He explains that his “employers”, agreeing that Gordon has “limitless potential”, have authorized him to offer Freeman a job. The final teleportation takes Gordon to the same tramcar that he rode on at the beginning of the game, but apparently flying through space at immense speed. Gordon accepts this offer by stepping though a portal, and, finding himself floating in nothingness, hears the G-Man’s voice one last time: “Wisely done, Mr. Freeman, I will see you up ahead…” The story continues from this point in Half-Life 2.
Alternatively, the player may choose not to step into the portal in the final scene. This causes Gordon to be teleported into a giant cave facing rows of Alien Grunts and Manta Rays as the game ends with the G-Man’s comment, “Well, it looks like we won’t be working together. No regrets, Mr. Freeman.” Gordon’s appearance in Half-Life 2 suggests that this ending is non-canonical. Following this scene is a status report saying, “Subject: Freeman; Status: Observation terminated; Post Mortem: Subject declined offer of employment.”
The chapter name “Endgame” is given in the “titles.txt” file and in Half-Life save and load dialogs.
The rows of Alien Grunts in the non-canon (“bad”) ending are not all spawned NPCs. The rear rows of Alien Grunts are actually rendered as sprites
The challenges below have been set by 2muchvideogames
- Hidden surviving scientist!? (Thanks, Dr. Amazing)
- Finish off Nihilanth with the crowbar.
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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.
All text taken from the CombineOverWiki, a fan-supported, editable wiki covering the Half-Life series of games.
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