How the First 15 Minutes of Half-Life 2 Establishes Mechanics and Story

Much like in the cinematic world, the first 15 minutes are crucial for establishing the rules, tone, and story of video games. This video analyzes one of the pinnacles of gaming: Half-Life 2 and how it effectively uses the initial moments of the game to teach the player about the mechanics of the game as well as the story background and setting.

Unlike most games, Half-Life 2 doesn’t use overt tutorials, cinematics, or mission objectives. Instead the developers allow the game itself to teach the user everything that they need to know.

 

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