Half-Life Opposing Force: Prima's Official Strategy Guide

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Extensive stats for every military, experimental, and alien weapon
In-depth walkthroughs for every alien-infested level
Detailed maps of the Black Mesa Research Facility
Developer's tips for single and multiplayer games
Essential enemy and item information for your survival

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Prima's Official Strategy Guide to Half-Life: Opposing Force is "official," read "100% dictated by Sierra." But for the $19.99 cover price you might expect a little bit more than a minimalist walk-through, a few basic maps, and a description of enemies and weapons--especially because the cover of this book claims "Insider stats, tips, and strategies." But there isn't a whole lot that's "insider" about it. Instead, with the exception of the maps, this guide strongly resembles the user guide/manual normally included with a top-flight computer game.

Although some of the more substantial information concerning Half-Life Opposing Force is lacking, there's still plenty of stuff to get the novice off on the right foot. The walk-through is written in a style that is reminiscent of a crusty drill instructor giving orders to a green recruit. And the beginner can glean some useful knowledge from the enemy and weapons descriptions as well. For example, knowing that it would take more than the seven shots in the clip of the .357 to kill a Voltigore will undoubtedly save you an embarrassing death or two.

The remark concerning this book having been dictated by Sierra is aimed at the conspicuous lack of available information about the game. Where is the information on the console and how to use it to configure certain game parameters to suit your style of play? Why is there is no information on the numerous cheats available in the game? Why did the publisher even bother to include the very limited chapter dealing with multi-player mode?

Those questions aside, if you are an absolute beginner in this genre of computer game or find yourself stuck at some point in the game, this guide will help you make it through successfully. --Robert D. Gately

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Look alive, soldier! And stay that way!

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