Half-Life 2 v1.0 ENG

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Half-Life 2 v1.0 ENG

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V e n g e a n c E P r e s e n t S Half-Life 2 CDVersion Upgrade (c) Valve/Sierra Release Date : 11-30-2004 Protection : SecuROM/Steam File Count : 1 File Game Genre : Shooters Release Notes: From the group that brought Counter-Strike: Condition Zero to your pc, Vengeance is proud to present Half-Life 2. By taking the suspense, challenge and visceral charge of the original, and adding startling new realism and responsiveness, Half-Life 2 opens the door to a world where the player's presence affects everything around him, from the physical environment to the behaviors -- even the emotions -- of both friends and enemies. The player again picks up the crowbar of research scientist Gordon Freeman, who finds himself on an alien-infested Earth being picked to the bone, its resources depleted, its populace dwindling. Freeman is thrust into the unenviable role of rescuing the world from the wrong he unleashed back at Black Mesa. And a lot of people -- people he cares about -- are counting on him. Characters - Advanced ****** animation system delivers the most sophisticated in-game characters ever seen. With 40 distinct ****** "muscles," human characters convey the full array of human emotion, and respond to the player with fluidity and intelligence. Physics - From pebbles to water to 2-ton trucks respond as expected, as they obey the laws of mass, friction, gravity, and buoyancy. Graphics - Source's shader-based renderer, like the one used at Pixar to create movies such as Toy Story and Monster's, Inc., creates the most beautiful and realistic environments ever seen in a video game. AI - Neither friends nor enemies charge blindly into the fray. They can assess threats, navigate tricky terrain, and fashion weapons from whatever is at hand. *UPGRADE NOTES* These are our new installers and our new emulator v1.10 which are all found on the DVD release. This is ONLY for those who have downloaded our previous CD version. This upgrade will fix any remaining issues during offline/firewalled installation and play. It will also enable online play for cracked servers of CS: Source and enable you to host games as well. The upgraded emulator will also improve gameplay as you will read below. This release is simply the contents of the /VENGEANCE/ directory from the DVD, so as you follow the steps, when it says "from the VENGEANCE directory on the DVD", just use the files in this upgrade. Read the NFO carefully and follow exact instructions. Good luck. *NOTES* Vengeance presents yet another excellent release of the action-packed thriller Half-Life 2. This time around, we have made a fully compatible installer for those who did not wish to have their internet connection active while installing this game, or for those who had firewalled STEAM/VALVE servers. In addition, we have also upgraded the emulator's capabilities and as a result the game runs even FASTER than our previous release. As a result, you can expect even better gameplay, and shorter loading times. The emulator has been carefully profiled against Half-Life 2, and file data throughput has been optimized even further. This brings the emulator to version 1.10. Most of the important emulator settings are configurable for advanced users by using the steamemu.ini configuration file. And in addition to improved game performance, we have enabled our emulator to create cracked servers for Counter-Strike Source. Thus, whoever is running the game using the Vengeance emulator from this release can create their own cracked servers for CS: Source, and also play on other cracked servers. Please note that the previous release DOES work, if you have your internet connection active and your firewalls off. Install Notes (Please follow these instructions IN ORDER) 1. Unpack the release with WinRAR or equivalent 2. Burn with Nero Burning ROM, CDRWin or equivalent. 3. *OPTIONAL STEP* Disconnect your computer from the internet if you do not wish any contact with the VALVE servers during the installation. This WILL NOT alter or disable gameplay or any features, so do not worry if you have chosen to disconnect your internet. 4. Run the autoplay, choose "Install Half-Life 2", then follow the instructions on-screen to install STEAM, and then Half-Life 2. *NOTE* You MUST install Counter-Strike Source as well or you will get an error for the file hl2.ico1 in hl24.cab on CD4. This is by fault of VALVE itself and this error is found on the original retail copies of both the cd version and dvd. 5. After installation, depending on if your internet connection is active, STEAM will ask you to create an account or login as an existing user. Simply close this window once you see it as you DO NOT need a STEAM account to play this release, nor do you need to launch or logon to Steam. It will also attempt to update the STEAM platform client, so just turn on your firewall if you do not want to update the STEAM client. If your internet was inactive during installation, once you reconnect it may pop-up for you as well, so just close the window and turn on your firewall only if you wish to avoid contact with STEAM at this point of the installation. REMEMBER THIS UPDATE IS FOR THE STEAM CLIENT ONLY! IT IS NOT NECESSARY TO UPDATE. YOU DO NOT NEED INTERNET TO PLAY OUR HALF-LIFE 2. CONTINUE READING ENTIRE NFO FOR MORE INFORMATION. 6. From the /VENGEANCE/HL2Installer/ directory on the DVD, double click the file hl2install.exe. This installer will automatically rename needed GCF files in the SteamApps directory on your HDD (which is normally done by STEAM when installing with an active internet connection). The installer has now been modified to work offline, without any interaction with the VALVE servers. So no worries about the installation ever being blocked or calling home. Next, the h2install.exe will automatically extract the necessary files to run Half-Life 2 to "<install directory>SteamAppsUserHalf-Life 2". Finally, the hl2install.exe will render the game into full offline mode, meaning, upon the first launch of the game, there will be no contact with VALVE's master server or friends servers. *** SAVED GAMES TIP ****************************************** You can copy your save games to the following folder to continue playing them: "<install directory>SteamAppsUserHalf-Life 2hl2SAVE" And note that the "User" folder literally means User, it DOES NOT refer to any STEAM account name you previously used. ************************************************************** *** REMINDER ************************************************* Remember, you DO NOT need a STEAM account to play our release, nor do you need to have STEAM running when you do want to play. ************************************************************** 7. *OPTIONAL STEP* This step is only for those who wish to play CS: Source online, to host or play on cracked servers generated by our emulator. *** IMPORTANT STEP ******************************************* From the /VENGEANCE/ directory on the DVD, double click the file "Steam Online.reg" to return the game to online mode. If this step is not done, the game will remain in offline mode and Counter-Strike Source will only work for LAN games. ************************************************************** From the /VENGEANCE/CSSInstaller/ directory on the DVD, double click the file cssinstaller.exe. This installer will similarly to hl2install.exe, rename the needed GCF files and extract necessary files to play Counter-Strike Source. Counter-Strike Source will be installed to "<install directory>SteamAppsUserCounter-Strike Source". However, cssinstaller.exe will enable the emulator to play Counter-Strike Source! You can create and join cracked servers by choosing the appropriate action while playing the game. 8. --- Half-Life 2 --- To play Half-Life 2 double click the "Half-Life 2" shortcut found on your desktop. (Half-Life 2 will work in either OFFLINE or ONLINE mode - read below) --- Counter-Strike Source --- To play Counter-Strike Source double click the "Counter-Strike Source" shortcut found on your desktop. (CS: Source is ONLY functional if you are in ONLINE mode and have completed step 7 - read above and below) *** SHORTCUT NOTICE ******************************************* Our installers will make shortcuts ONLY to the REAL location where windows believes the desktop is. If you have played around with the desktop using TweakUI or other programs, you may not see the shortcuts on your "desktop" which is NOT where windows thinks the desktop actually is. So, follow these instructions to make your own shortcut: For Half-Life 2: "<install dir>SteamAppsUserHalf-Life 2hl2.exe" -steamlocal For Counter-Strike Source: "<install dir>SteamAppsUserCounter-Strike Sourcehl2.exe" -steamlocal -game cstrike <install dir> being wherever you installed the game obviously. *** OFFLINE / ONLINE MODE ************************************* --- ONLINE --- From the /VENGEANCE/ directory on the DVD, double click the file "Steam Online.reg" to put the game in ONLINE mode. Make sure your internet connection is active and the needed ports to play CS: Source are open (or turn firewalls off). --- OFFLINE --- From the /VENGEANCE/ directory on the DVD, double click the file "Steam Offline.reg" to put the game in OFFLINE mode. --------------------------------------------------------------- The game MUST be in ONLINE mode to play Counter-Strike Source on cracked servers, or to host a cracked server, and you obviously must be connected to the internet. OFFLINE mode is for those who do not have a constant internet connection or for those who do not want any contact with VALVE servers and want to play Half-Life 2. Remember that OFFLINE mode will disable Counter-Strike Source online capabilities. So if you want to play online, follow the instructions above to enable ONLINE mode. Remember, STEAM does NOT need to be running to play either Half-Life 2, or Counter-Strike Source and you DO NOT need a STEAM username/account. *************************************************************** Contacting Vengeance: We are always looking for talented people to help fill our ranks. If you: Work at an Electronics Boutique, Babbage's, Virgin or any similar store Work for a games magazine as a reviewer, and have early access to games Are able to crack most commercial protection schemes such as StarForce, SecuROM and Safedisc Vengeance salutes the competition: GAME COMPANIES DESERVE YOUR SUPPORT!! IF YOU ENJOY THIS To anybody who still cares. GAME, BUY IT NOW!! ASCii by Edge of Superior Art Creations

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