Like it's predecessor Half Life, Opposing Force exhibits excellent game play throughout. Gearbox has listened to gamers and done an excellent job of solving the few flaws inherent in Half Life. Puzzles seem less frustrating and even the end boss is much more enjoyable this time round. The expansion has also somehow avoided cloned scientist syndrome, as you never see, or at least notice, a scientist that looks the same as the last one. The pure action scenes are also right up there with those of Half Life, with swarms of alien life forms and the odd pocket of Black Ops agents to scythe down with your extended arsenal. Gearbox also decided to take Corporal Sheppard to places gamers will remember from playing as Gordon Freeman, and you'll even catch a brief glimpse of the hazard suit clad hero himself just to remind you that you are wandering Black Mesa at around the same time. However, the whole game is far from a recycling of Half Life levels. There are lovely new locations such as aquatic research areas, power generators, sewage-processing plants and a multitude of other interesting and very professionally created locations.
The sound and graphics of Opposing Force are also right up there with Half-Life. The new weapons sound great, new voice acting sounds just right and although the Half Life engine is now almost a year old, Gearbox more than make up for this by creating some gorgeous locations and providing new weapons with some very nice firing effects.
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