Has this been posted on fp before? I know it's really old, but it just occurred to me that it only has a few hundred views.
But instead, we chose to overthrow the Combine and take back Earth instead
Which even if we lost, I'd consider it passing, since it takes real balls to destroy an occupation force who were tasked with keeping us down.
In a sense you could somewhat compare him to The Illusive Man in Mass Effect.
Breen truly believed what he did was right, for the sake of mankind, and you gotta give the guy some credit. Sure, we've been mostly assimilated into the Combine but at least we still exist, if it weren't for his negotiations we probably would have been wiped out completely during the 7HW.
But I guess it's up to opinion how much you believe in what he says. With how quickly he wanted to get off planet when Freeman was after him, I always thought of him as a spineless coward who willingly became the Combine's puppet to secure his own life standards. I always assumed most of what came out of his mouth was just propaganda. I can't exactly dive into the psychology of Overwatch soldiers, but their brutality and the "pick up that can" scene established them as everything but victims to me.
Words couldn't describe the excitement inside me if we got a teaser trailer for HALF-LIFE 3 Multiplayer, something to compete with BF3/MW3, with Combine Gunships, Resistance Jeeps, defending/destroying Multiplayer objectives like EP2 ending..
Uggghhh~~ One can dream.
Is someone making a Half-Life mod of CS:GO or something? 'cause that's what those screenies are inferring...
It's sad that Episode 2 came out when I was in 8th grade...now I'm two months from graduating high school and I still haven't played the next Half Life yet. It has sure been a long time.
just a little tidbit of info for those who don't know
killing Freeman makes you Freeman
We hear him giving a speech to Eli as we head toward his office, but we never hear the full version. The full version is as follows (underlined is the part we don't hear in game):
"Oh Eli, if only you could see what I've seen, you wouldn't be so short sighted! I have studies 36 zones beyond our own. Carbon stars with ancient satellites colonised by sentient fungi. Gas giants, inhabited by vast meteorological intelligences. Worlds stretched thin across the membranes where the dimensions.. intersect? ...Impossible to describe with our limited vocabulary."
Yeah I don't think arguing with me about that point will lead to anything unless Word of God makes an explicit statement (sorry), because everything he says that you quoted can also be interpreted as honeyed words if you really want to. Winning a scientist over to your side by telling him about great discoveries and possibilities definitely sounds like a smart move, as does offering things like immortality or ruling the galaxy together as father and son.
Just... the way how full of himself he was during the scene with everyone around him, how he was actually chuckling and laughing a bit when he realized he held all the cards in his hands, he could make any bargain with the Combine, he could hire Freeman for his own purposes... it didn't seem like the man ready to do the necessary evil of sacrificing his friend to save countless other lives. It seemed like somebody drunken on power.
And for me, that made him a fantastic villain. He wasn't evil to the core, he wasn't even an anti-hero, he was just weak.
Sorry, it's just my alternative character interpretation I can't tear myself from I guess.
If you try and justify Breen's position, do you think the unseen enemy could be far far bigger than the combine is? and if Breen failed at what he did they'd destroy earth?
Breen proving humanities worth I mean. By turning them into super soldiers.
Basically because Breen failed, Earth is fucked? Apocolypse of the post-apocalyptic world
when you can see where they are coming from, just take Sofia Lamb for example of Bioshock 2, amazing villain, because you can relate to her
if you can relate to a villain and don't want to kill them, but you have no other choice, then that is a very well made villain.
To me, the sole fact humanity could rebel against a toned down version of the Combine forces and expel them from Earth is proving it worth. Rebels don't win the civil war by their raw power like the combine did during the 7 hour war, as they are quite outnumbered by the combine overwatch, but through their knowledge and wisdom (Advanced teleportation technology, on-the-fly contraptions -such as the Magnusson device-, using pre-7 hour war structures as shelter) which actually contrasts with the powerful aspect of Freeman. I think just this part of the human behaviour could make them a great asset for the combine.
Actually if Overwatch Soldiers were introduced in Day One, the rebels would have been crushed instantly. But the Combine treated it as a Civil Emergency and not a Military one, so they only sent poorly thugs (Civil Protection) to deal with it.
You know what would be amazing? If Episode 3 brought in the return of Otis the security guard from the HL expansion packs.
Also the guy posting after me has a neat idea in theory, but it won't work. See timestamp at the top of this post for why.
I just had an Idea.
I post in this thread, then edit my post when half life 3 is released.
I would type out a very similar plot to half life 3, claim it as my theory, take a screen cap, and post it to make myself seem like a prophet which no-one listened to!