First post, by ADDiCT
I've finally found the time to install and play the original Half-Life, which for some reason I didn't manage to finish when it came out. I have Half-Life, Opposing Force and Blue-Shift on CD's, and I'm playing in Win7 x64.
The game works pretty well so far, though it seems to be quite buggy even after installing what I think are the latest updates (getting stuck in elevators, etc.). Just as I remember it (; .
Anyway, I'm wondering about which updates to apply, and in which order. AFAIK, the latest non-Steam CS version (I've installed the mod version for giggles) is v1.5, and it updates HL as well (cant remember to which version). The latest HL update I've found is v126.96.36.199, which seems to also update Opposing Force (which makes sense, since OF is installed like a mod, where BS lives in its own directory and has its own executable). For Blue-Shift I've found an update "bspatch.exe" which updates the game (and the high definition pack) to v188.8.131.52. There's also "Half-Life: Blue Shift 184.108.40.206 patch", but this actually says something about updating Opposing Force to a version lower than the one given in the HL v220.127.116.11 update, so I didn't install this one.
To make it short, I've installed:
Is this order OK, and do I need anything else?
Sound-wise, there's two weird things. The first one is that he reverb effect applied in some "cave-like" structures seems to be way too strong, and also "additive". This lead to some areas where the "reverb on reverb on reverb..." chain leads to every single sound effect sounding like someone is strumming a giant bass guitar slowly. Is this a known problem? I don't use any of the 3D audio stuff.
I've also noticed that there's no reload sound for the Colt Python (or "Magnum") at all. All other projectile weapons produce appropriate clicking sounds when reloading, only the Python is silent. I couldn't find anything about this issue on the web, so I'm starting to believe it's a feature, not a bug. On YouTube I've found a couple of vids from a guy playing the german HL via Steam, and in those vids the reload is quiet as well, which hints towards a "feature".