…person on Earth to probably play Valve’s brilliant Half-Life, bit it’s finally, after two years, complete. BEHOLD:
And so my two-year Odyssey with Gordon Freeman comes to an end. Nihilanth is dead, Earth (and those asshole scientists) are safe, and Gordon…well…Gordon got rather screwed, didn’t he? I was expecting him to teleport back home to a hero’s welcome, but no. Instead he got kidnapped by a creepy, not-so-human guy in a suit. Not as anticlimactic as the death that awaited him if he refused, of course, but still…ouch. I did, by the way, reload a save so I could see what happens if you refuse G-Man’s offer. Just like I thought, he was not to be trifled with, and you are killed pretty much without ceremony, and no chance of victory. Like I said: ouch.
G-Man’s little speech at the end certainly puts Nihilanth’s lines (especially “I am the last…”) into a whole new light, doesn’t it? Here poor Gordon thought he was fighting for Earth, and it seems like, really, saving the Earth was just a secondary byproduct of delivering Xen into the hands of…um…er…an evil…alien…um…corporation? (Aliens have corporations, and even wear business suits. Who knew?) I’m ASSUMING G-Man is an alien. Between his voice and teleporting ability, I think that’s fairly clear. Now the question is, what did the Black Mesa scientists know? We saw at least one of them talking to G-Man before the disaster and–unless G-Man can disguise his voice but doesn’t bother to do so with Gordon–the scientists must have been aware of his nonhuman nature.
So, it seems that Gordon has pretty much been used this whole time, basically as an unwitting mercenary, to conquer Xen and the Nihilanth. To what end, though? Well, Half-Life 2 puts it in some kind of perspective:
Time has passed. How much, we don’t know, but Gordon’s “employers” decide he needs to be woken up and thrust into this terrifying dystopian hellhole. Initially on spotting that Vort, I assumed that G-Man and his people had enslaved the Xen aliens, but that may not be the case. After all, this is Earth, and if G-Man and co had wanted to conquer Earth, I have a feeling they could have long before this. Perhaps he’s awakened us to *fight* whatever has conquered Earth? But if that’s the case, why wake us NOW? Why not before or during the invasion? Why wait until the enemy is established and in a position of complete, dominating power?
I have no idea. But I’m looking forward to finding out!