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FAQ/Walkthrough by Shotgunnova

Updated: 01/18/10

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 | {      |       \              }    _.-','   }    The Orange Box (Xbox 360)
 | {       ¯¯¯¯\   \             } ,-' ,-' )¯) }  Spoiler-free FAQ/Walkthrough  
 | {           /    \            } \   ¯¯¯¯ /  }  by: Shotgunnova (P. Summers)
 | {          /      \           }  ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ _.'  [- shotgunnova(@)gmail.c0m -]
 | {         /   /\   \          }      _.-'¯     
 | {        /   /  \   \         }  .-'¯          Contains guides for:
 | {       /   /    \   \__      } (              ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯
 | {      /   /      \     |     } |              • Half-Life 2
 { {     /___/        \____|     } )              • Half-Life 2: Episode 1
  \ \_                         _/ /               • Half-Life 2: Episode 2
   \_ '-.___________________,-' _/                • Portal
     '-._____________________,-'                  • Team Fortress 2

    I. CONTROLS (ALL GAMES) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CNTR
   II. TH' BASICS (HALF-LIFE GAMES) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . THBS

       Menu Overview .................................................. MNOV
       Points of Interest ............................................. POIT

  III. HALF-LIFE 2 WALKTHROUGH  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . COM1

       01) Point Insertion ............................................ WK01
       02) A Red Letter Day ........................................... WK02
       03) Route Kanal ................................................ WK03
       04) Water Hazard ............................................... WK04
       05) Black Mesa East ............................................ WK05
       06) "We Don't Go to Ravenholm" ................................. WK06
       07) Highway 17 ................................................. WK07
       08) Sandtraps .................................................. WK08
       09) Nova Prospekt .............................................. WK09
       10) Entanglement ............................................... WK10
       11) Anticitizen One ............................................ WK11
       12) "Follow Freeman!" .......................................... WK12
       13) Our Benefactors ............................................ WK13
       14) Dark Energy ................................................ WK14

   IV. HALF-LIFE 2: EPISODE 1 WALKTHROUGH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . COM2

       15) Undue Alarm ................................................ WK15
       16) Direct Intervention ........................................ WK16
       17) Lowlife .................................................... WK17
       18) Urban Flight ............................................... WK18
       19) Exit 17 .................................................... WK19

    V. HALF-LIFE 2: EPISODE 2 WALKTHROUGH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . COM3

       01) To the White Forest ........................................ WK20
       02) This Vortal Coil ........................................... WK21
       03) Freeman Pontifex ........................................... WK22
       04) Riding Shotgun ............................................. WK23
       05) Under the Radar ............................................ WK24
       06) Our Mutual Fiend ........................................... WK25
       07) T-Minus One ................................................ WK26

   VI. PORTAL WALKTHROUGH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . COM4

       01) Chapter 01 ................................................. WK27
       02) Chapter 02 ................................................. WK28
       03) Chapter 03 ................................................. WK29
       03) Chapter 04 ................................................. WK30
       03) Chapter 05 ................................................. WK31
       03) Chapter 06 ................................................. WK32
       03) Chapter 07 ................................................. WK33
       03) Chapter 08 ................................................. WK34
       03) Chapter 09 ................................................. WK35
       03) Chapter 10 ................................................. WK36
       03) Chapter 11 ................................................. WK37

  VII. TEAM FORTRESS 2 FAQ  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . COM5
       Terminology .................................................... TRMN
       Class Overview ................................................. CLSS
       Playable Maps .................................................. PLMP
       Tips N' Tricks ................................................. TPST

 VIII. APPENDICES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MSCL

       Half-Life Series Enemies ....................................... ENMY
       Half-Life Series Weapons ....................................... WPNS
       Orange Box Achievements ........................................ ACHV
       Orange Box FAQ ................................................. FAQZ

   IX. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . FAQZ
    X. UPDATES & CONTRIBUTIONS  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . UPDT
   XI. LEGALITY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . LGLT

I. CONTROLS (ALL GAMES)                                                  [CNTR]
                        ___                     ___
         L. Trigger -> /___\___             ___/___\ <- R. Trigger
         L. Bumper -> /\___/   \___________/   \___/\ <- R. Bumper
                     / ___          ___           _  \
                    / /,-.\    _   /_ _\   _    _(Y)_ \ <- Y-Button
      L. Analog -> / ((   ))  {_} ( _/_ ) {_)  (X)¯(B) \   X-Button
                  (   \'-'/        \___/        ¯(A)¯   )  A-Button
                  |    ¯¯¯  _,-._          ___    ¯     |  B-Button
                  (        /_|¯|_\        /,-.\         )
          D-Pad -> \      (|_   _|)      ((   ))       / <- R. Analog
                    \      \ |_|_/        \'-'/       /
                     \      ¯'-'_,-------._¯¯¯       /
                      \    _,~'¯           ¯'~._    /
                       '-'¯                     ¯'-'

 Only buttons with functions displayed. If playing on the Xbox 360, controls
 are roughly the same, with "Black" being the Right Bumper and "White" being
 the Left Bumper. Controls can be changed in the Options menu for any game.
         ___________ _________________________________________________
        | BUTTON    | FUNCTION                                        |
        | D-Pad     | Weapons selection                               |
        | Start     | Toggle main menu                                |
        | Select    | Move squad (when applicable)                    |
        | Y-Button  | Toggle flashlight function / Exit vehicle       |
        | X-Button  | "Confirm" or "Use" button                       |
        | A-Button  | Jump button                                     |
        | B-Button  | Reload weapon                                   |
        | R Bumper  | Toggle Gravity Gun and last-selected weapon     |
        | R Trigger | Fire weapon (main function)                     |
        | R Analog  | Camera POV control                              |
        | R3 Button | Zoom-in function                                |
        | L Bumper  | Sprint (when held)                              |
        | L Trigger | Fire weapon (secondary function, if applicable) |
        | L Analog  | Controls movement                               |
        | L3 Button | Crouch button                                   |

         ___________ _________________________________________________
        | BUTTON    | FUNCTION                                        |
        | Start     | Toggle main menu                                |
        | X-Button  | Use/pickup object                               |
        | A-Button  | Jump button                                     |
        | B-Button  | Crouch button                                   |
        | R Bumper  | Use/pickup object                               |
        | R Trigger | Fire orange portal                              |
        | R Analog  | Controls camera POV                             |
        | L Bumper  | Jump button                                     |
        | L Trigger | Fire blue portal                                |
        | L Analog  | Controls movement                               |
        | L3 Button | Crouch button                                   |

         ___________ _________________________________________________
        | BUTTON    | FUNCTION                                        |
        | D-Pad     | Weapons select                                  |
        | Start     | Toggle main menu                                |
        | Back      | Toggle class-changing menu                      |
        | Y-Button  | Bring up teams' performance report              |
        | X-Button  | Use taunt                                       |
        | A-Button  | Jump button (as scout, doubletap to doublejump) |
        | B-Button  | Cancel button (for menus)                       |
        | R Bumper  | Cycle weapons right                             |
        | R Trigger | Fire/swing current weapon                       |
        | R Analog  | Controls camera POV                             |
        | R3 Button | Call for Medic (displayed to teammates)         |
        | L Bumper  | Cycle weapons left                              |
        | L Trigger | Use weapon's secondary function (if applicable) |
        | L Analog  | Controls movement                               |
        | L3 Button | Crouch button (hold)                            |

II. TH' BASICS (HALF-LIFE GAMES)                                         [THBS]
 |¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯| [1] - Health display [1-100]
 |                                     | [2] - Suit # display [1-200]
 |                                     | [3] - Ammo remaining
 |                                     | [4] - Squad members following
 |                                     |
 |                                     |       Squads apply only to the levels
 |               [6]                   |       "Anticitizen One" and "'Follow
 |                                     |       Freeman!'". They're NPCs who
 |                                     |       fight with Gordon. Medic NPCs
 |                                     |       have a "+" over their icons.
 |                                     |
 |                                     | [5] - Flashlight (Auxiliary) power
 |    [5]                       [4]    | [6] - Weapon select HUD. Select the
 | [1]   [2]                    [3]    |       category with d-pad, and double-
 |_____________________________________|       -click til icon rests on weapon
 |¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯| [1] - Difficulty: Easy, Normal, Hard
 | [1]                                 | [2] - Audio: Change the volume
 | [2]                                 | [3] - Video: Adjust game brightness
 | [3]                                 | [4] - Captions: choose subtitles or
 | [4]                                 |       closed captioning (subtitles +
 |_____________________________________|       sound effects included)

 Just a list of stuff found in the game's environment.
 ____________ _______________________________________________________________
| TYPES      | INFORMATION                                                   |
| ALLIES     | Set apart from 'Squads,' allies such as Alyx are entwined in  |
|            | the story and are either invincible or close to it (this will |
|            | differ from game to game, depending on situations). Alyx uses |
|            | an infinite-ammo gun and doesn't need healing.                |
| AUXILIARY  | Gordon's special suit uses power when swimming, sprinting, or |
|            | using the flashlight. If it should run out, Gordon will start |
|            | to drown, stop sprinting, or be without light, respectively.  |
|            | Auxiliary power is always displayed, refilling if not in use. |
| BOXES      | Supplies, such as health, suit refills, and ammunition are    |
|            | found in specially marked boxes. They appear semi-glossy and  |
|            | aren't unlabelled like normal everyday crates, etc.           |
| CACHES     | Weapon caches (supply clusters) are often marked with Lambda  |
|            | symbols or graffiti. Some are found in odd places, others'll  |
|            | require a small puzzle to be solved. A couple achievements    |
|            | relate to finding these stockpiles!                           |
| CHARGERS   | Some wall machines will charge Gordon's health and suit by    |
|            | holding the action button. These are marked with a red cross  |
|            | (medical) or are orange (suit). Often found near each other.  |
| MISCELLANY | Debris and other junk can be picked up with the Gravity Gun   |
|            | and used as a projectile (such as sawblades), while even w/o  |
|            | it Gordon can still pick things up and throw them. Always pay |
|            | attention to the environments to be at an advantage!          |
| RADIOACTIV | Gordon's suit will make weird clicky noises (geiger counter)  |
|            | when near radioactive gloop. It's always yellow and damages   |
|            | upon contact -- use the airboat (Half-Life 2 only) or step on |
|            | floating debris, such as tension wire spools, to cross.       |
| SQUADS     | Sometimes Gordon will have NPC refugees following him. They   |
|            | either assist in shooting targets or act as medics, healing   |
|            | Gordon if he stands close enough. They can die though, which  |
|            | relates to an achievement or two (such as "Citizen Escort" in |
|            | Episode 1).                                                   |
| TRANSPORTS | There are various transports in the games. Walking's the most |
|            | used and normal, while there are some vehicles (airboat, dune |
|            | buggy) that Gordon uses in particular levels. Story-related,  |
|            | local teleportation is also shown.                            |

_______________________________________/ III. HALF-LIFE 2 WALKTHROUGH [COM1] |_
01) POINT INSERTION                                                      [WK01]

                    Plaza--/              \______/\
                          (______   ___________   /-Dumpster
                               |      |       _| (_
                             |¯|¯¯   ¯|      |  ___|
                        _____|        |      | |   |
                       |  ___  |______|      |     |-Apartment
                       |_    |_|   \         |_|_ _|
                         |___  | Cafeteria     |   |
                             | |___ _________  |   |_
                             |___  |  ___   _| |____ |
                             /  _| | |   | |   |    _|
                    Checkpoint |   | |  _| |   |__ |
                               | ___ | |   |   |   |
                               |_____| |_|_|   |   |-Laboratory
                                        |      |   |  Building
                                      Start    |___|

 Our hero -- the quick-thinking Dr. Gordon Freeman -- finds himself on a train
 after a brief "intro" from the Gman. The game will be showing controls around
 this point (and for awhile longer), making this level like a tutorial. And,
 indeed, this is one of the shorter ones in the game. But enough of that...

 Exit the platform through the turnstile gate to enter the station proper. A
 winding, fenced-off area on one side leads to a checkpoint, upon which Gordon
 will be asked to follow one of the masked enemies ('Combine') into a sideroom.
 The guy reveals himself as Barney from Black Mesa, and wastes no time getting
 in touch with a few old friends. Exit out the other side when an enemy tries
 to enter.

 In the storage area, climb the ladder and stack a box under the window, then
 jump through. Eventually this path leads to a cafeteria, and past there, a
 double door to the plaza outside. Although there are plenty of buildings,
 none have entrance -- d'oh! Follow the street toward a half-blocked alley
 and use the green dumpster to get onto a fire escape. Jump off the top of it
 to get over the fence.

 The sullen street beyond is near a playground. Look for one of lit-up doorway
 leading into an apartment. Take the staircase and keep an eye out for a hall
 with 3 Combines trying to break into a room. When they enter, get down that
 corridor and up the opposite staircase. A guy should whisper "Hey, you! In
 here!" at the top.

 This marks the start of an escape procedure, as Combine are storming the rest
 of the place and this top floor is the next target. Start making for the roof,
 which is taking every stairway in sight, pretty much. Once on top, jump to the
 next-closest roof, then "walk the planks" to a windowsill to get around the
 corner. Combine will be firing upon Gordon, so sprint (well, not too quickly
 or he might fall to his death!) along the ledges to an open window. Down the
 stairs, Gordon gets beaten up and saved by a woman named Alyx. As she ferries
 Freeman to Kleiner's office, the level ends.

02) "A RED LETTER DAY"                                                   [WK02]

Post-Lab Start-.                 After some lengthy dialogue in Kleiner's lab,
              |¯¯¯|¯¯|           Gordon gets a new suit that will protect his
              | |  _ |           health once chaged up. Speaking of which, the
          |¯¯¯|¯|_|  |           orange gizmo on a wall nearby will fill it up
          | Lab | |  |           25 points. Participate in the teleport events
          |___|_|_|  |           (push button, plugging in cord) to arrive 
                |  __|           outside the lab building accidentally. Follow
              __| |              the path to the backstair, after which Barney
          ___| ___|-Crowbar      will provide Gordon with a crowbar. This is a
     ____|  ____|                board-ripping tool and a skull-basher in one!
    |________  _|_  ---.
    |         ____|    |         Speaking of which, put it to good use on the
     ¯¯¯¯|_  _  |      |-Train   stuffed-up doorway that leads down to the
         |  __| |      |  Yard   train station from the first chapter. Upon
      ___| |____|   ---'         getting down there, a few Combine will fire
     |___  |                     upon Gordon from ahigh, so jump into a nearby
         | |                     boxcar filled with breakable junk. Out the
        _| |                     other side, steer clear of the tracks as a
   EXIT-___|                     train ships in, and find a 2nd boxcar, this
                                 one with a ladder. Using this, Gordon can hop
 over the fence like a jackrabbit and leave the trainyard in the dust, once a
 boarded-up door is cleared.

 That ends this level! Don't worry...things are going to get longer and harder
 from here on out...

03) ROUTE KANAL                                                          [WK03]
        Boxcar    Canal                   _   |           |
       __/________/   _       _____     _| |  | |¯¯¯  ¯  ¯|-Roofless
      |A    ____  |__| |__ __|    _|___|   |__| |___  ____|   House
       ¯¯¯¯|________      |  __| |_|  ___|______|_______  |
                    |___  | |__________|__________  ______|____
                        |___|                     |       |  __|-Start
                                                   ¯¯¯¯¯| | |
                                                        | | |-9MM Pistol

 The cement corridor Gordon starts in has a medical machine, so ab/use that
 sucker. Some Combine are attacking a couple nearby, and after crowbarring 'em,
 Gordon gets his first gun: a 9MM Pistol. Saving ammo by bashing skulls is a
 good idea for now, though. Low train tracks run by here, and when a train
 comes a-rollin' down, use the stairway to jump on top, then to a ladder on
 the other side.

 Break into the roof-less house nearby for some ammo, and shoot some flammable
 barrels to unblock another door. Outside, a couple Combine fire on a raised,
 parallel ledge -- shoot the barrels there to nix 'em. The mesh fence nearby
 is bend forward, and is a suitable stepping stone to get onto the walkway
 again. Look for a low vent Gordon can crawl into with some supplies, and at
 the end of the walkway there, jump down to the train tracks.

 Kill some grunts and watch out for one that throws burning barrels. The upper
 walkway will loop around and arch over the tracks to the other side, which
 bypasses another barrier. Sprint to the canal drop-down point and wait for
 the inbound train to run over some of these morons; then, pick off the rest
 and heal on the medic machine one alcove back.

 When ready, jump into the canal and learn the basics of swimming while there
 is still chance to do so. Climb up the red boxcar at the end to find a couple
 refugees who'll aid Gordon before sending him packing down the line (after
 recharging his suit 30 points!).
                                  Emplacement-----|  _  |
                                                  | | | |
                                                  | |   |           Boxcar
                                                  | | |_|__ ______ ___/
                                                  | |___   |  __  |  A|
                                                  |   | |____|  |___|¯
                                                   ¯|_  |
                                        ___         |  _|____
                                       |   |        |    __  |
                                 Deep--|   |________|___|  | |
                                Canal  | |_ _  |    |   |__| |-Deep-water
                                       |  _|_____|      |  __| Barrel Area
                                       |   |     |__|_____|
                                       |   |
                                       | |¯
                                    ___|  ¯|
                                   |  _    |-Cinderblock
                   Helicopter Area | | |___|   Puzzle
                            __\____| |______
                    _______|             _  |
                   |  ___  |__________|_   _| --.
                  _| |__ | |   |_|   |  __|     |
                 (  ____||___| |  _| | |_       |
                  \ \      |_____|_____  |      |
                  _\ \_ _______        |_|      |- Sewer Complex
                 / ____|  __  _|                |
               _/ /____| |_/ /__                |
              |  Manhacks|_____ \_              |
               ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯|_  _   _|___          |
                       |¯|____| | |_ P|      ---'
                       |____  | | | |I|
        To Water Puzzle  \G    _|_|_ P|    _        G = Grenades
                      \___\_ S| |_   E|___| |       S = Submachine Gun
                      |   | | |   | |___    |_
                      | |¯|_| |___| |_|  _|_| |
                      |_    |_________|_____  |
                        |_|_________________  |
                                   \        |_|
                            Manhack Tunnel

 Past the boxcar, start breaking any wooden junk that blocks the path. After
 ducking under some debris, a new enemy will be shown in action: a barnacle!
 Their long tongues hang from the ceiling and draw whatever they catch up to
 the mouth. Shooting them or smashing them at close-range kills them pretty
 easily, but it can still be an inconvenience. At the first real turn of the
 canal, some refugees are getting shot up.

 The enemy has the elevation advantage, so upon turning the corner, shoot the
 nearest grunt and jump into the red-lit drain. Up the ladder, smoke these
 ugly ducklings before commandeering the machine-gun emplacement and killing
 any stragglers who show up below. When everyone is dead, look for a flammable
 barrel on a wooden ledge; detonate to make the lower path whole again. Get
 out of Dodge when a mobile missile battery starts up on the highway above,
 though! Follow the dirty, stopped-up tunnel, and watch out for barnacles --
 they start to appear more often now! A female refugee points Gordon in the
 next direction.

 Follow the "elbow" paths until a deep-water one is found. A bunch of red
 barrels (one flaming) will be thrown down, but diving deep will evade all
 damage from explosions. The next outdoor canal portion will have plenty of
 red barrels as well -- use them wisely to take out nearby grunts. Under the
 bridge, two more combine try a pincer attack. The exit is at the top of a
 dirtpile, which barely gives enough clearance to duck down and get through a
 few barrels. Past a "barnacle convention," it's into another watery excursion!

 In this deep canal, plenty of flaming barrels will be littered down -- stay
 underwater like usual to evade. Only two combine are present, though, so get
 on solid (floating) ground and get some headshot practice. A ladder gets over
 the metal partition, giving access to the other half filled with makeshift
 wooden walkways. Upon surfacing there, enemies pour in...but if Gordon shoots
 the huge stack of red barrels, they'll explode and fling others near the foes
 gathered on the bridge -- an atomic twofer!

 Through the next bent-open sewer grate, Gordon encounters what is known as
 "The Cinderblock Puzzle". There is a crude seesaw here that gets up to the
 next ledge, but before that's possible, Gordon must stack all (9) on the far
 end to displace the weight he needs to jump. The sounds of a helicopter beckon
 the player forward through the dry canalbed...

 And guess what? The helicopter makes itself known down at the bifurcation.
 Immediately scramble to high ground and look for a blue door with barrels in
 front -- this is the correct path. As of now, the 'copter is invincible so
 conserve ammo. Inside the corridor, there's a hidden cache underneath the
 metal walkway; look for a drop-down point on one side, near the lambda symbol.
 Heck, even if this one's missed, there's another cache up near the supply box
 in plain sight -- duck down in the watery part and look near a burned corpse.

 But back to normal action. Find the slippery slope barnacles camp over, and
 stay clear of the window (unless you want to see just how dexterously that
 helicopter can fire). This same situation repeats once before a stair escorts
 Gordon back into the open air. Quickly run down to the nearest end of the
 area and get into a stairwell, 'fore Freeman gets any (hot) lead poisoning.

 The sewer area beyond is simple and enemy-free, so there's really nothing to
 complain about. Break loose crates and such as some have items hidden behind.
 Behind some tin roofing used as a doorstopper, there's a male refugee. He'll
 help Gordon fight off the tiny red machines with razor attachments (known as
 'manhacks') that come through the door. Beating them with a crowbar saves
 ammo, so do that technique. The tunnel beyond has more, but it's nothing
 special -- just watch out for the 2nd group that accidentally detonates some
 barrels. Healing kits are in one of the rooms.

 Eventually, the sewer complex spits Gordon out in fresh air. A Combine trio
 tries for potshots, so be ready and willing to take their lives (same for a
 manhack that tries a back attack -- no, that wasn't supposed to rhyme). On
 the ledge overlooking the dark waterway below, there is a red barrel that
 can be used to get back up "here," if there's anything left to do; otherwise,
 jumping down is a point of no return in a way.

 See the long red pipe bridging over the sewer? The vent there will loop to a
 small supply cache, mostly suit refills. Jump down into the muck to locate
 some Combine again. These grunts carry submachine guns, and Gordon can pick
 one up from the corpses. Also, one of the vents near a red barrel here leads
 to some frag grenades -- just be sure to kill the zombie torso that appears,
 as it's just as dangerous as the full thing. On the way out, another grunt'll
 drop down from the ceiling, so be ready!

 Beyond the tunnel, a large water filter/generator is spinning. The way forward
 is blocked, so look for a passage underwater, avoiding the twirling object as
 it'll kill Gordon instantly (the heck!?). Surface once for air, then get to
 the end -- it leads to a long room with a gray, steaming pipe down its length.
 Kill the four Combine who appear, then walk down the large piping, mindful of
 damage from hot steam. At the far end, after breaking some wooden debris,
 there are healing packs by a manhack. Near the drop-down point, a dark niche
 houses the entrance back in the water, this time on the other side of the
 waterfilter petition -- yay!

 Upon surfacing, some morons drop burning crates downhill towards Gordon. Take
 a swim to evade, then bury 'em! The other covered corridor is parallel with
 the water, and filled with manhacks at the other side. A dark room beyond is
 filled with supplies, and hides a vent as well. This leads to small drop
 point into a room filled with manhacks [on 2nd map, marked as "To Water
                       |¯|_ _________
                       | | |  _      |
                       |    _| |     |¯¯¯¯|-Valve
          Dirty Creek--| |_| .-|     |¯   |  Area
                       | |   | |¯¯¯¯¯   ¯¯|
                       | |   | |  ¯¯¯¯¯¯|_|
                       | |   '-|  Start | |
                       | |_____|__________|
                       |    _   __ \
                       |_|_|_____ \ \
                              ___) ) )
                             |  __/_/
                            _| |_
                Hazardous--|     |    Zombies
                  Waste    |_   _|        |
                           |  _|     .----'---.
                           |_  |     |        '   ___
            Refugee Outpost--| |_______  |¯¯¯¯¯| |   |
                             |_  |  _  |_| |¯| |_| | |     Exit
                               | |_  |    _|¯  |  _| |______/
                               |_____|___| |_____|  ______  |
                                                 ) / AIRBOAT|
                                                (_/ (¯¯¯¯¯¯¯
                                            _   |_  |
                                      _____| |    | |
                                \ \__/ EXIT  |___/ /
                                 \____/¯¯¯¯\      /

 Go genocidal on the manhacks until it's clear to climb the ladder. [NOTE: If
 you defeat the manhacks without blowing up the barrels, y'can hoist a barrel
 up the ladder and use it as a stepping stone to reach an air duct filled with
 goodies. It's hard, though.] The PVC piping gives access to the walkway on
 one side, which leads to a tall area with lots more pipes. Drop down to the
 lowest solid walkway and turn a crank valve to raise the water level here and
 the previous area. Backtrack to the ladder used to get in, and drop down
 through the hole there, swimming like a dolphin through the opening to the
 valve area's closed-off portion. Whew! Now, in this area, use the crowbar on
 the underwater floor to make various debris float up to the surface. Use these
 as stepping stones when possible.

 Next is a filthy, mostly dried-up creekbed. Use the ladder and ledge to get
 over the fence and neuter the Combine who come sneaking around. Stand on
 debris to get out of the muck and find the curved tunnel: one side goes to a
 cache near barnacles, and the other can be used to get to high ground, also
 owning a cache. But, it's the inner lowroad that leads to the exit, dumping
 Gordon near some hazardous waste. That weird clicking sound is a radiation
 detector, so stepping in that yellow goop is very damaging -- stay on dry
 ground or junk!

 Around the bend is a refugee outpost, with healing/supply equipment. Further
 along, a missile with the face-hugging headcrabs will detonate, so aim well.
 Some previously-landed vehicles will have these enemies dig up from the earth,
 too. Along the way, this will be the first enemies with "zombies," humans who
 have been killed and are controlled by face huggers (or something). Aim for
 their head, else they'll just die and the "heads" will come after Freeman as

 Past the electrified boxcar, down some more grunts and h-crabs and continue
 to the airboat location. Board the vehicle and get the controls down while
 no enemies are afoot. To end the level, drive through the radioactive goop
 to a gray lowered gate. Disembark, find the small crank valve that turns it
 on, and make tracks outta here!

04) WATER HAZARD                                                         [WK04]
                ___   __
               |   | |  \   )¯)-Cache
               | | |_|   \_/ /
              _| | |  _|\   /  ______
             |  _| | |   | |  |  __  |
             | | |___|   | |  | |  | |
             | |         | |__| |  | |_____
            _| |         |______|  |_____  |
 ______|¯|_|  _|_                        | |___
|A        <  |_ <|                       |___  |__.-Heli Battle Pt. II
 ¯¯¯¯¯¯| |¯|   | |                       /   | |  |___
       | | |_  | |                 Missile   |     _  |___
       |_| |_____|                 Battery   |_|__| |___  | Refugee
             |                                          | |__/ Camp
          Red Boxcar                                    |    |
                                                        | |__|¯|
                                  __                    |____  |
                                 /A |                        | |-Ramp Puzzle
                      _       __/ (¯                        _| |____
          LEVEL EXIT-| |_____|     ¯¯\                     |______  |
                     |_____           \                          _| |
                         | |_          \-Heli Battle            |_  |
               Gatelever-|_  |_____   _/    Final                 | |
                           |_      | |__                          | |________
                           | |ST#18     \                         |______   _|
                           | |_____|  __/                                | |_
                           |_______  |                        Station#17-|   |
                                   |_|                \¯\_/¯¯¯\      _   |  _|
                                   /                   \   /¯\ \   _| |__| |
                            Vortigaunt        __________) (   ) ) |_   ____|
                             in Pipe         |  ______  | |   | |   | |
                                             | |      |___|   | |___| |
                                             | |              |_____  |
                                 Align for --| |__    _____________ |_|
                                    Pipe     |___ \  / __________  |
                                                 \ \/ /___    ___| |
                                                  \__/|   |  |  _  |\
                                             |¯|______| | |__| | | | Heli
                                             |  ________|______| |_| Fight
                                             | |                     Start
                             Missile         | |¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯|-Magnum
                             Battery         | | St. 16 |
                                  \          | |_____  _|_
                        |¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯|     |  __________|
                         ¯| |¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯| |     | |
                         _| |_______ | |_|¯|_| |
               Missile--|_______   _||___   ___|
               Battery    \     | |_     |_|
                         Cache  |_  |     /
                                 _| |  Cache
                                |  _|
                       Missile--| |_________
                       Battery  |_________  |
                                    |  _____|
                                    | |
                         |¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯  |
                         | |  ¯¯¯¯¯¯|¯
                         | | S. #13 |
                         | |________| 
                         | |
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                      ________|¯¯| |
                     |           | |_____
                     |  |¯¯¯¯¯|  |__   __|
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                   _/    S12| |  |_|| | Secret
                  /     |___| |   __| |  Cache
             ____/ /¯|  |     |  |__| |
             START/  |__|     |___  | |
             ¯¯¯¯¯            |   __| |

 As the player will probably find out in a moment, breakable crates can be
 collected while driving for convenience's sake. Out of the storm drains and
 into the river itself, there is a large red station (#12) immediately on one
 side. Gordon can dock if he likes, but some barrel-throwin' zombies and a
 few headcrabs will be there as well. The main thing to do here is climbing
 into the rafters and getting to the button that lowers the supply crate
 suspended above on a winch.

 Downriver, use a makeshift ramp to spring over a barricade, disembarking
 under the bridge a supply-dropping refugee is on. Look for a culvert (with a
 lambda symbol on it) that leads up to 2 blue barrels -- a third will be near
 a ramp in the water. To raise the ramp, Gordon must take one of the flotation
 barrels and deposit it under the cage where one is already kept. When all (4)
 are there, the airboat can launch off of it.

 After getting up on the high ground using said method, navigate the snaking
 tunnel until a helicopter shows up. A dropship will deposit 3 combine near a
 wall, so just run over 'em. To find the secret cache here, look for a drain
 without a cover, then use a barrel to hop in and swim its length. Three more
 combine are upriver, although one good drift of the vehicle can splatter 'em.

 Upon coming to the next pile of detritus, look for a ramp along the cement
 wall, which'll rocket over the barricade. Since the helicopter now fires on
 Gordon, don't get caught between a rock and a junkpile, eh? Continue blazing
 a trail, past the gigantic water tower in a bend, to arrive near Station #13.
 A grunt will have his peashooter ready, so crash into the structural supports
 to make him swim. A dock is nearby.


 Station #13 is made up of a garage, outdoor, and a small factory portion. A
 few straggling enemies can be caught off guard in the garage, while the 2nd
 portion has a machine-gunner on an emplacement. Use grenades to flush him out
 (of existence, that is) and remember that there is infinite number in a crate
 back in the garage! The factory portion has a few enemies in a lower position,
 but nothing that stellar to report. To open the river gates, shoot some red
 barrels underneath a crane, which swings a piece of lumber into them like a
 Louisville Slugger. Now it's time to backtrack to the boat! The outdoor area
 will have more enemies (man emplacement) and the garage will have some, too.
 Grenades work well, especially since many are behind cover. Loot the place
 for the last time before leaving.

 Back in the vehicle, the next stretch of gameplay is mostly evading enemies
 by driving under bridges. A missile battery will be nearby at somepoint, so
 make an effort to evade its projectiles. Otherwise, just drive and crash
 into any foes who drop down into smashin' range. Upon finding the 2nd battery,
 look for a half-bent drain underneath which has some items (and a headcrab)
 to pocket. Be ready for 2 combine who drop down behind, too!

 The next barricade will be on fire, and if the vehicle tries to cross the
 normal way, Gordon's going to find Black Mesa as a dust particle. Drive on
 the small "sandbar" against the wall to avoid the thing almost completely.
 Along the way, a 3rd and final battery can be driven under. The enclosed
 waterway beyond leads to an area with a bunch of junk. To get the item cache
 suspended above, take the cinder blocks out of the scoop attached to it.

 After the tunnel ends, Station #16 comes into sight. The main waterway's gate
 is shut, so it's time to infiltrate the place on foot. Dock near a locked
 door, use the lockpick (i.e. crowbar) to get in, and rob the table of its
 ammo and...a Magnum?! This long-barrel revolver will give a funeral to any
 enemy in 1 hit -- later, it may take 2. Either way, it may not have a lot of
 ammo but it's going to be awesome. Kill three intruders who storm in and get
 to a freight yard. Save beforehand.

 Why? Because this place is a little labyrinthine and the helicopter will have
 a constant bead on Gordon's location. Through the boxcars, past a broken
 fence, is a building that gives temporary protection from the aircraft. Get
 ready to smite a bunch of combine, though, most who have the upper hand in
 elevation. Once the first batch is dead, jump across the tops of the 'cars and
 be prepared to take down 5-6 more. Three more are in a further stairway near
 the building exit.

 Outside, quickly navigate the sea of boxcars and find the only combine there,
 whose corpse can be used as a landmarker on where to go. Leave a trail of
 bodies en route to the tower where 2 Combine guard the gate switch. Flip the
 sucker and backtrack to the boat -- whew! The heli will still be tracking,
 so trailblaze the newly-opened canal to its length, leading to nearby river.

 This is where the "Heli Battle" -- as marked on the map -- truly starts. No
 cover to be found, really, and it starts dropping mines as well as pestering
 Gordon with gunfire (less-used, though). These explosives can be avoided by
 driving on sandbars and other areas on either side of the water, which is
 the main dropping pattern. After awhile, there will be a part where Gordon
 must drive the vehicle through some old pipe sections, which can be hard if
 he's not properly aligned (this is marked on map).

 After a long series of tunnels, the path leads back into the radioactive
 wasteland, and to a bifurcation (take right path). Follow until the path
 splits in three new ways; go "right". This leads to Station #17, which needs
 a quick thrust off a ramp or the boat'll flip into the radioactive waste.
 Land there, refill health/suit power, then use a crank to lower a cargo lift
 that the boat can fall through, circumventing the barriers/railings that
 prevent an easy jump.

 Downriver, a smokestack will be pushed over -- look for a curved part that
 can be used to jump over the rest of the sharp edges. The tunnel beyond'll
 be helicopter-free, for awhile. There's another ramp puzzle to solve, this
 one needing a certain amount of weight in a lift nearby. Pull the lever to
 sink the lift downward, then look for a ladder in the darker tunnel fragments
 section. The objective is to use the walkways there to locate a washing
 machine -- push it into the lift ever-so-gently and drive into the waiting
 tunnel where a refugee camp is set up.

 Watch the scenes here, and eventually the boat'll get a machine-gun attachment
 installed thanks to the vortigaunt (fire with R-Trigger). Get a move on out
 of this checkpoint and the hunter chopper will be waiting -- this time, the
 cannon will decimate it, forcing it to flee like a ninny. Follow it toward a
 shipyard-type area and some combine wil lock Gordon in, with a firefight all
 around! Getting through this is hard if he stays in the middle, so drive up
 the ramp on one side and gun down any emerging goofballs. The door some come
 out of is stocked with supplies -- steal 'em before jumping out of the loch!

 Continue past a missile battery, a Combine-filled tunnel, and another battery
 until reaching a bifurcation. One side ("right") has a bunch of supplies one
 may be desperately needing. Just be careful because there is a ton of head-
 -crabs with a zombie here.

 The other path will meander around to an area with a "fire wall" across the
 water, which like before, can be maneuvered around on one side. Further on, 
 a seemingly dead-end area with two missile batteries to take care of. There
 are a few item boxes in the water between them, though, which is out of
 range a bit. When they're kaput, slip through the fence under the pier and
 locate a red boxcar with red barrels inside. Blow them up (opens outer door)
 and drive the airboat underneath, which gives access to a jump into a drain


 The route leads to a large outdoor expanse which is the site of the final
 hunter chopper battle. It appears in an area with lots of floating red barrels
 and ammo, which should be avoided until it's clear of explosives. In fact,
 there's plenty of ammo boxes lying around here so it's not imperative to get
 those...or any, really. The 'boss' will drop mines, a stream at first and then
 a shower when its health gets low. Just bombard it with machine-gun shots 'til
 it gives up the ghost in a fireworks display.

 After, there is a movable gate near where the chopper first appeared, which
 opens the way into a small bay. There is a pipe in one end that leads through
 to a vortigaunt with lots of items, but there's radioactive waste to sort
 through and health will be damaged a lot, even if sprinting. Look for an old
 dock, now sunken in the water, that can be used as a ramp to get to Station
 #18. This is the last enemy outpost for this level, but even so, it's not
 that heavily guarded. Heal up and such inside, then use an outer walkway to
 find another gate lever -- this time, it opens one in the shoals where the
 helicopter was fought; or, rather, the other one.

 Use the ramp nearby to launch through it, which leads to the level's end. And
 thank gawd it's over, huh?

05) BLACK MESA EAST                                                      [WK05]

 This is the shortest level in the game, and also the easiest as it's action-
 -free, mostly.

 Dock at the laboratory (use airboat as stepping stone) and make for the back
 door, which opens. At this point, there is going to be a lengthy bunch of
 cutscenes and interaction. The first important thing to happen is Alyx giving
 Gordon the "Gravity Gun," which can attract objects from afar with L-button
 and fire them like a projectile with R-button. There'll be some fetch practice
 with Alyx' robot Dog, too.

 Once Gordon's got the ropes down well 'nough, scanners will infiltrate the
 scrapyard. Let Alyx lead Gordon back inside, and he'll have to take a side
 corridor after the two are separated. 

 NOTE: If you want to get the Flushed achievement early, make sure to take a
       toilet (from the scrapyard) with before coming inside, as it can be
       taken into the next level.

 Dog opens a garage door, which leads to a ladder are blocked by debris. The
 gravity gun can blow/repel things it can't pick up, mind you -- use this
 tactic to move the metal locker away from the door. Blow the padlock off the
 ladder and climb up, following the passage out into...

06) "WE DON'T GO TO RAVENHOLM"                                           [WK06]
                            Leaves          ____
                                \__________| |_ |    ---.
                             ___|_              |       |
                  To Mines--|     | |¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯   |       |-Graveyard Area
                            |_   _|  ¯|  ¯¯¯¯|  |¯|     |
                              | |_| |  ¯¯¯¯|  ¯¯   ¯| --'
                              |_____|¯¯¯¯¯¯ ¯¯¯¯|¯| |
                                           |¯¯¯¯|_| |
                                        ___|     ___|
                                     __|CHURCH  |
                                |¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯|¯¯¯¯¯|¯¯¯¯|-Wait for 
                                |¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯| |  H  |__  | Cart Here
                                |__________|  ¯¯¯¯¯  _| |
                                |  ____    |_|¯¯¯¯¯|    |
                        ______|¯ _|_  _|    _   G  |    |
              .-       |  ____   ____  |___|^|___|¯|    |
              |   _____| |  | | |_   |          ___|____|
              |  |       |__| |  _|  |_|_____  |        \
              |  | |¯¯¯|  __|_| |   ___| |C____|     "Factory"
    Infinite -|  | |_ D|     F _ \ |     (B) |
 Zombie Area  |  |_____)      |_) )|_____ ¯  ¯¯¯¯| LANDMARKS
              |       | |¯¯¯|_ __/ | | A |   |¯|¯
              |       | |___| |    | |_ _|     |   A: Tall Building (Shotgun)
              '-      |   E   |    |_____    | |   B: Water Tower 
                       ¯¯/¯¯¯¯      _____|   |_|   C: Adjacent Building
                 Quick Ladder      |          _|
                    to Roofs        ¯¯¯¯¯|¯  |     D: Cargo Lift Switch
                                Hospital-|   |     E: Ladder to Upper Area
                               __________|_  |___  G: Jump to "H" from Here
                              |  _  STREET      _|
                              |_| |_   __   ___|
         Electrical Shut-Off       _| |__|_|___
          Switch Building   \_____|_________   |
                           _|     |  __|  |  __|
                          |       |G|     ) )
                          | |     |A|__ _/ (_
                          | |_   _)S   |    _|-Cache
                    Cache-| |      /¯|  ¯| |
                          | |    _ ¯/|     |
                       |¯¯¯¯¯¯| |/_/ |___|_|
                       | |__  | |_       /
                       |_  |______| Car Winch
                         |     |
                     ____|_|_  |
                    |___   ____|
                    |  ___| \
                    |_  |  Spinblade
                      | |
                    |¯   ¯¯¯¯|
                    |    |  _|
                    |¯¯¯¯| |
       START-| |_|¯¯¯¯     |
             |___          |

 ...Ravenholm, the place Eli was trying to tell Alyx not to take Gordon. Oh,
 well, no turning back now! The house near the torso-less body has planks that
 can be broken off (the gravity gun can also be a crowbar deluxe!), and there
 are a bunch of sawblades to find. This place will end up crawling with zombies
 and headcrabs after jumping over the table separating the rooms, so sling the
 sawblades and oxygen tanks to cut each enemy in half.

 Slog through the masses until finding a small courtyard with a motorized
 blade spinning around. Whatever purpose this had before has been lost, but
 now it can be used to "detorsofy" the blind zombies as they lurch forward.
 Gordon will have to duck under it to get by (or turn it off), however. The
 adjacent room here has another spinblade that can do surgery on the zombies
 when they're lured off the street. Again, this is just an ammo-saver, and can
 be deactivated if it's too easy. Blow up the barrels in the third room of the
 same type to unclog a door to the street.

 In the small plaza where a huge bonfire burns, a refugee with a shotgun shows
 up from afar, helping a bit before leaving. Three zombies will show up near
 the bonfire's vicinity, some coming from a small room with a stockpile. The
 zombie here can be set on fire via the gas valve plus a spark, which gives a
 clue to the same situation up the street. 

 But first, the large building by the bonfire has to be navigated. Inside,
 use the explosive barrels to kill the zombies on both levels in one fell
 swoop (or bring a sawblade, yadda yadda yadda). That upper area with the
 generators has a vent on top of one that leads to a cache outside -- it's
 one-way, though. The second portion involves the furniture-clogged upstairs
 area, which has a few zombies but that's not the real reason to clear it out.
 An apartment overlooking the street has a switch that deactivates an electric
 fence. That room marks the first appearance of "super headcrabs" that drop
 Gordon's health to 1 temporarily, before the poison is neutralized. They are
 not a threat since they can never kill Gordon, but when other enemies are
 around...sheesh. When the switch is off, go roadside again.

 Approach the electric fence area to awaken some zombies, then double-back and
 turn the gas on, setting them all ablaze with a spark (when close enough).
 The ladder on the fence allows access up to the rooftops, where the refugee
 from before shows up a 2nd time. Jump down onto the planks over the gas-fire
 location and enter a new apartment building. Toss a grenade or two down on
 the ground floor and reach the side-alley with a car elevated on a winch.
 Zombies come around the corner, and the car can smush them -- haha!
 Hit the 2nd winch and jump on the car as it raises. Below, look for a lambda
 symbol on a fence, and use the upper position to jump over it and find a nice
 cache behind. The real way to go is the planks at the winch's top, though.
 The refugee -- Father Grigori -- introduces himself here before leaving. Get
 a move on' through the house nearby, which has a few headcrabs and zombies in
 it, until coming to a balcony overlooking a street.

 Step on the balcony and carefully kill the zombies who try to push Gordon off,
 then start detonating the street's barrels, taking as many enemies with them
 as possible (hopefully). Also look for a barrel inside a street-level window,
 as there are headcrabs types behind and it'll send 'em to meet their maker
 soon enough. Said window houses a cache, if needed.

 But, the real way is a ladder downstreet that gets back up to the elevated
 position. The planks there lead to a house roof (items & headcrab) and to an
 apartment with a zombie torso -- the latter is the correct path to a hospital
 area. Use the sawblades and sickles to cut 'em down, particularly when they
 are just coming up the stairs and the shot items won't go too far.


 The hospital is adjacent to a larger urban area. Wait a few seconds until a
 fast-moving "animal" zombie shows up, and cut it down. Gordon can avoid most
 of the enemies here by moving directly to the nearest tall building, and
 starting the ascent. There are a few zombies and headcrabs here, but nothing
 of interest in the side-doors -- stick to the stairwell. At the top, Father
 Grigori will give Gordon a shotgun (finally!) to help fend off the advancing
 headcrab freaks who climb up the gutter pipes and such. When they're done,
 jump from the roof to the lower water tower, then to the adjacent roof for
 one more roof-defending portion (shoot them from doorway).

 Use the elevator to get down the other side of the fence, which has a zombie
 with multiple "super headcrabs" attached. These take longer to kill for
 obvious reasons. Jump the fence near the automobile and proceed to a new
 street in a dark area. This is the "Infinite Zombie Area" as marked on the
 map, and to get through without wasting all ammo, there's an order to do
 things in:

 - Go to point D and flip the cargo switch
 - Go to point E (house with boxes alongside) and get onto the roofs quickly
 - Go to point F (suspended over street) and use it to get to other rooftops

 Some fast-moving zombies appear here as Grigori talks, so have the shotgun
 on-hand. The catwalks here lead to a house's upper floor, so it's time to
 start going back the way we came, just through the houses this time. A ton of
 zombies will be here, so use sawblades for quick butchering. The nearest
 stairs will lead down further (to street-level entrance, previously blocked)
 and to an attic with little headcrabs. Toss a 'nade up there to clear 'em out
 before exiting to the upper roofs.

 Near a fenced-in area across another housetop, watch out for a super headcrab-
 -throwing zombie and the fast-moving zombie that comes near -- lethal combo
 for slow-fingered players! Jump down to the factory, the area near the poison
 zombie, and ascend the stairs, waiting for a quick zombie to get cut down.
 At the top of the factory, Grigori will send a cart to ferry Gordon to the
 safe church grounds; before that, though, there is another fight with fast
 zombies. It's mostly endless, so when the cart's over, jump in and flip the
 switch before anything else can go wrong.

 The church is stocked with weapons and Grigori will "join" Gordon as they
 slog through the graveyard. There are four stops here, all with zombies.
 The 3rd is near red barrels which can easily take out the masses, though.
 After the fourth and last, Grigori departs Gordon's company and sends him on
 the way to the mines, through the illuminated door nearby.


 Trainyard                       This stopgap section is shorter but a little
          \________              harder because it's very dark. The shaft
  ________|_   ___ \             leading down to the mines has broken splinters
 |START   | | |   ) )            of wood supports, which Gordon'll have to use
 |____   _| | |   | |-Sniper     to avoid plummeting to his death. The gaps are
   /  | |___| |   | |            large enough that he'll be damaged a bit with
Mines |___  | |   | |            each jump, but at the very bottom "rung" is a
      |  ___| |  _| |            bunch of medkits to apply. Search the upper,
      | |___| | |   (            shattered walkway for a supply cache and look
      |  _____|  ¯¯\ \           around to find the area with large fire --
      |_|           \ \-Sniper   this is the destination.
                     ) )
                     | |
                     ( (-Pulse Rifle
                      \ \__________
                       \ \     \   \  ______
                        \ \      _\ \|     _|-EXIT
                         \ \  ___\   \ [] |
                          \   \       ____|

 Jump down and race to the catwalk there, though the infinite legions of
 poison headcrabs and such, and look for part of the path that gives clearance
 to get over the locked mesh gate. A few carefully-situated barrels can clear
 the lower enemies out. At the 2nd shaft with a watery bottom, the top has a
 bunch of supplies -- Gordon has to leap quickly to a side beam and then over
 before the beam falls apart.

 Swim and surface in a cavern near a fire. Turn on the motorized cart which
 has a spinblade seen throughout this level -- it will go up and down the
 track. This will kill and zombies who appear as Gordon follows it and ducks
 into the niches, but he has to take care to duck himself, lest he be split
 in twain. The tunnel spits Gordon out in a trainyard!


 Get the small cache above the tunnel exit (use boxes), and smash a supply
 crate for a full shotgun refill. Down the tracks, there will be two snipers.
 These hide in the blacked-out windows of upper buildings [etc.] and cannot be
 killed by conventional bullets. However, tossing a grenade in their room will
 check them out early. Don't know here they are? A blue laser sight will belie
 their position. Their hits take off 20 Health, so be sure to move around a lot
 to increase chances of evasion.

 Past the second sniper, a group of Combine will be attacked by some beasties.
 Kill the stragglers after-battle and grab a Pulse Rifle, a powerful machinegun
 that (strangely) has no zoom function. Continue to another junkyard area with
 lots of red barrels. Start a chain reaction as the Combine attack and make it
 a bit easier. Enter the garage and help some refugees combat the opposition,
 which lets Gordon get in communication with Alyx afterward.

 Apparently her dad is in a bind, so the coast road to Nova Prospekt, an old
 high-security prison, is the next destination. And what a fun time it'll be
 getting there! Stock up on supplies inside and exit out the door the leader
 is standing by.

07) HIGHWAY 17                                                           [WK07]
                                                  8th Supply
                                              ___| |¯¯|_|¯| |
                                             |  ___|     _| |_
                                      _______| |        |     |
                                    _|     ____|        |   | |
                      7th Supply---|_       ___|        |___| |-Elevated
                                     |_   _|            |_  | | Train Tracks
                                       | | .-Crossbow     | | |
                                       ( (¯¯|__         |¯  | |
                                        \____  |        |   | |¯¯|
                                             | | Bridge-|   | |  |_
                                         ____| |        |   |     _|-EXIT
                                        / _____|        |___|_|__|
                                       / /       ___________
                                      ( (  ___  /   Tunnel  \
                                       \ \/   \/ /¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯\ \
                            6th Supply--\_______/  Gunship  ) )
                                      |¯¯\___ _____|^ ________|__
        .----          _____|¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯\   _ |    >| |>   BEACH  |
        |             |  _________| |__ \ ( \_/¯¯¯¯|^|___| |___  |
        |             |    |      |_|  \ \ \       ( (         | |
        |             |  _|¯¯¯|    /    \ \ \___    \ \ F.YARD |_|
        |             |    ___|  4th S.  ) )__  |__  \ \_____  |
        |             |     | \          | |  | |  |  \__      |
        |             |     | 3rd Supply | |RR| |RR|     \ \¯¯¯
        |            _|___  |            | |__   __|      \_\
        |           |  _____|            |_______| \
 Beach -|           |      _|                      5th Supply
  Area  |           |  ¯¯¯| \                      (Get RPG)
        |           |¯¯¯  | 2nd Supply
        |           |¯|  _|
        |           |  _|
        |          _| |                   R: RPG Refill Area
        |         |_  |  |¯¯¯¯|_____
        |         / |_ ¯¯¯¯¯| |<   _|
        |      1st    |_|¯¯¯   ¯) ) | 
        |    Supply   |             |
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        '----         |_____  |_____|

 This will be a very long outdoor level, so excuse the ASCII maps that aren't
 fit to size. The dune buggy fitted with a tau cannon (and infinite pistol ammo
 box) will be on the pier and placed on the ground by a crane operator. 
 Antlions, burrowing insects with a huge bloodlust, appear on the ground BUT
 ONLY WHEN GORDON IS ON SANDY GROUND. The game fails to mention that last
 tidbit until the level _after_ this one! Avoid sandy ground all throughout
 the coast (when possible) to leave these bugs in the dust. Also, if they flip
 the buggy over, use the gravity gun's shock to flip it rightside-up

 Anyway, take the paved road until it comes to a broken bridge that requires
 turbo boost (X-button) to bound over. The highway leads to a small checkpoint
 that serves as the 1st supply before the tunnel. Continue down the coast 'til
 another cliff building comes in sight. There are some headcrabs and a "crab
 thrower" here as well, but the main attraction is more ammunition and grenade
 refills. There is a machine hitting the ground (henceforth called a Striker)
 that annoys antlions and keeps them at bay. Don't turn them off as you come
 upon them, like I did my first time through!

 Drive through the rickety fence near Supply #2 to find the rest of the beach
 waiting. The third supply house is also on a beach cliff, this one occupied by
 a few Combine in and out of the place. The 4th supply shack has a trio of
 gun-toting foes also, all of which can be killed outside with the tau cannon.

 The 5th supply area, inhabited by refugee troopers, is the next area with any
 importance. In the basement of the largest house, a British general will give
 Gordon a rocket launcher to fend off some gunships...which happen to show up
 at that time. The top floor of that house is roofless and NPCs will give free
 ammunition. To hit the dexterous target, make sure to fire than put the bead
 on the target (it'll be orange-ish) to guide the missile. Do this about six
 times to win, which opens the roadway ahead.


 At the next fork, take the only unblocked path down to a beach, under an old
 bridge, and to a large freightyard with a crane. There's a rickety dock near
 here, so park near the "Striker" and climb up to the 'yard itself. Combine'll
 swarm up by the shack there, so try to take some out from the safe driver's
 seat of the buggy. Kill the Combine on the crane, then operate it and knock
 down the raised bridge -- that allows the buggy to be landed on the raised

 Cross the bridge and the garage will regurgitate a few Combine to play with.
 The control room opens the way further into the yard, where the last Combine
 can lay down the lives. Drive the buggy there and locate the building that
 has a window big enough to careen the vehicle through. This road leads to
 the fractured bridge driven under before, and a gunship appears to cause some
 trouble! Make the jump and progress to a bunch of junked jalopies on the
 highway -- there are some RPG refills here should Gordon choose to take the
 thing down. The blue van just down the road has health refills hidden inside,

 ...and if he doesn't choose to neutralize it, the gunship'll pester him for a
 very long time. Down the highway tunnel, this marks the first appearance of,
 err, mineballs. Y'know, that bouncy ball Dog was playing with in Black fMesa
 East? These are the exact same but are invincible and shock Gordon. To get
 rid of 'em, launch 'em off into the water -- otherwise they just keep going
 and going and going...

 The road leads back to the 6th supply station, this one owned by more Combine
 grunts. Hole up in the house to get necessities, then nuke the foes as they
 infiltrate and try to paint Gordon into a corner. If they come up on the 2nd
 floor, just pick 'em off in the stairwell.

 A little skirmish up the road, the 7th supply station is ahead. Before going
 in for the kill, climb up the small hill near the wrecked semi and find the
 awesome Crossbow, which DOES have a sniping function -- also, it tags its
 prey to objects like a specimin. Cool! There are a few more grunts in camp,
 some who seem to spawn after it seems like all are kaput, so watch out. The
 rather clever way to deactivate the road shield (although Gordon can go on
 foot from here) is to knock the cinder blocks out from under the armored car,
 which will rip the wiring right out.
 It's smooth sailing to the dwelling, inhabited by a solitary Combine. O,
 the frontier is so lonely! There's no refills in the first house, but down
 the way are a few other buildings ripe with supply goodness. Enemies outside
 the place don't appear until Gordon's out of the vehicle; some're inside also,
 of course. The exit is past the train tracks, but unfortunately it's blocked
 by another dang shield. There's no place obvious to go, but if you check the
 house's backyard...

 ...there's a small footpath that inches along the cliff, leading into the
 bridge's structural supports. This is only one leg in what will be a harrowing
 trip to the other end, then back again! Start moving through the struts and
 in the 2nd, take the stairway up. The bridge's skeletal archetecture is laid
 bare here, and part of the walkway has fallen down. Carefully leap down (it's
 solid) and tiptoe over the criss-crossing supports. The rest of the bridge
 will be in this fashion for awhile, with interspersed outlook sheds. Of that
 nature, the 1st has a headcrab, the 2nd an infinite RPG refill box, the 3rd
 a headcrab and Combines. Pay attention to the 3rd in particular as the foes
 open fire while Gordon walks the proverbial tightrope across the girders.

 At the other end of the bridge, expect a huge ambush in the last strut with
 7-8 enemies on both the ground floor and next one up. Once they're dead, move
 onto the outer walkway and look straight up at a small tower jutting out from
 the upper train tracks. Snipe the guard here with the crossbow before his
 grenade-lobbing does any serious damage.

 In the upper rooms, kill the 2 unsuspecting guards, and on the 3rd-floor area,
 lure the 2 guards through the field and into the stairway, where they can be
 point-blank murdered. Use the gravity gun to unplug the shield's cord, heal
 health and suit alike, and flip the console to deactivate the train-track
 shield. Finally!

 However, this triggers a gunship in the area and a few combines in-between
 rooms. Maneuvering through the bridge's "undercarriage" can be difficult when
 live rounds are flying all around, but that's the task. The temporary goal is
 the 2nd outlook shed, the one with the infinite RPG refill box. Hole up there
 and take the gunship down -- remember to fire, guide the missile with the
 reticle to avoid it being shot down, and keep the reticle orange to find the
 target. This was one of the hardest battles my first time through simply
 because I didn't listen to the British colonel in a prior refugee camp...do
 not follow my lead on that!

 Back by the building cluster where the dune buggy is parked, a few Combine &
 antlions have set up shop. But, following that, it should be an easy task to
 ride the rails (avoid the head-on train wreck, you silly gooses!) and locate
 a nearby tunnel that ends the level. Whew!

08) SANDTRAPS                                                            [WK08]
                   Antlion Territory (Stay off sand!)
                    |                              |
To Nova             |                  |¯¯¯¯¯|     |   Lighthouse
Prospekt  Pheropod              _______|     |     |     /
___)         _\__  |¯|         /     ___   __|     |  |¯¯¯|    Refugee Camp
_  |_____   |    |_| |¯¯¯¯¯¯|_/     |   ) /        |  | |  ¯¯¯|/
 |__   __|  |  ____  |              |__/ (            | | S4  |___/¯¯¯¯¯\
    |    \  | |    |_____   ____| |____   \       |¯|_| |  ________/¯¯¯\ \
     ¯¯¯\ \_( (          |_|    |__    \   )      |  ___|_|             ) )
         \    |            \       |___/   |_|¯|__| |   __|¯¯|_________/ /
          \___|         Power-up       \    ________|  |   S3           /
            /           Striker         \__|           ( (¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯
      Vortigaunt                                       | |
         Camp                                          ( (
                                                        \ \__|¯|        |¯¯(
                                                         \___   ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ S1 \
                                                             |_|¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯\ \
 The tunnel following Highway 17 is uneventful for the        |             ) )
 most part. Around the bend is an area fulled of junked      S2        ____/ /
 autos and debris, with a large supply of slow and quick              |  ___/
 zombies to play with. Supply-wise, a small room nearby               | |_
 can be accessed from a platform hole  -- there's medkits     Pileup--| | |
 and shotgun shells inside. Use the buggy's tau cannon to             |  _|
 to conserve ammo and use the gravity gun and/or turbo-           |¯¯¯  |
 -charged movement to break through the pileups and get a         | |¯¯¯
 move-on.                                                        START

 Outside the tunnel, the first real house is occupied by two Combine on patrol
 of the grounds. Sniping them with the crossbow is ever so much fun! The front
 door is locked, so to loot it for supplies, take the huge "backdoor". Items're
 upstairs, but mines will drop down near them -- bypass all that by using the
 gravity gun to attract the items. This level will be very episodic with these
 type of encounters, mind you.

 The second supply area ("S2" on map) is larger and has an eagle-eyed lookout
 who'll spot Gordon a mile away. Snipe him in preferred fashion and start the
 killin'. One of the, err, towers on the road has a medic machine so be as
 reckless as y'want! Similar to this, the third supply stop -- the one with a
 windmill -- is vacant until a dropship places 5-6 Combine on the doorstep!
 To power the camp gate, enter a building and see that it's battery-operated.
 One battery's in the slot, another's on the bedframe there, and the third
 is hidden outside an upside-down bathtub outside.


 The fourth and final pitstop on this sunny highway is a refugee camp nestled
 where the pavement turns to sand. It has a few buildings and a lighthouse to
 see. Park the buggy in the garage (if it's still with) and it'll be time to
 fight off some dropships' spawn. Order:

 - Road aft of garage
 - Entrance to refugee camp
 - Opposite end of refugee camp
 - Lighthouse

 There is an infinite ammo box near one of the buildings, so use that to re-
 -supply. When all four areas have been sweeped and cleared, a gunship will
 rear its head. Get in the lighthouse, outfitted with its own infinite RPG box,
 and destroy the gunship from the beacon summit. A medic will show Gordon the
 secret path under the lighthouse afterwards, which goes along a thin footpath
 under the "eaves" of the cliff. Save before attempting as a quick drop into
 the ocean is pretty easy to do.


 Past the secret path, a scene with a refugee and his wounded friend will be
 a quick reminder that this antlion territory. Like before, walking on the
 sand agitates them to no end, so use the rocks and debris (with gravity gun)
 to be safe. Use this tactic to get through the small ravine and into the wide-
 -open beach area.

 NOTE: If you're trying to get the "Keep Off the Sand!" achievement, Gordon
       cannot touch the sand at any point, including the refugee part where
       Lazlow bites the big one! [Rule of thumb: if antlions are summoned,
       reset.] This is said now so y'don't do the boring debris-stacking part
       only to find the achievement's null because of the refugee part.

 Until high ground is reached, it'll be tough going...so look for the remnants
 of a windmill (two parallel beams against a rock), that lead down to two more
 with a large box there. Attract debris from around the sides and stack it up
 to the cliff. Alternately, stack it on the opposite end to displace the weight
 and lift the side with the box up. Either way, get on the cliff! One way has a
 rickety dock leading to a red house -- there's magnum refills here, but the
 way back will be on the beach, sadly. The other way leads toward the huge pole
 near where the two steel siding sheets are/were, and that's the right way to

 As Gordon stacks debris to make it across, he'll probably see a Striker in
 the distance, not pounding the ground like normal. If he pays attention, he
 will see the electrical cord goes toward the red-roofed shack, which should
 be the next destination. There, a machine will power the thing on (it has no
 normal switch like previous), allowing Gordon to quit stacking junk and just
 make a dash across to it. [There are other houses to go to, like the white-
 -roofed one and the one across that on the cliff, but these are generally
 unneeded as a bunch of refills are right by the Striker machine.]

 With the antlions at bay, the opposite cliff is accessible. Kill any followers
 and jump down to the next enclosed sand area. Don't bother stacking stuff --
 hop right in. A humungous antlion will get up and attack. This one's slower
 than the rest, luckily, and evading it's not too hard (it can't fly). Shoot
 explosive barrels at it then pulse rifle it's face 'til it gives up the ghost.
 The vortigaunt who was helping fight it off takes the myrmidont's Pheropods
 off, and gives one to Gordon.

 The Pheropod allows Gordon to summon antlions with L-button and can direct
 them to attack areas by marking it with the myrmidont's scent (throw them w/
 R-button). Since there's an infinite number of antlions to command -- only 4-5
 at once -- this is a great ammo-saver. Follow the new friend to the vortigaunt
 camp and to the other side, where he'll give some practice with the new weap
 before sending Freeman packing.

________________                                         _|¯¯¯|¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯|
¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯                                   EXIT-|_   ¯| |¯¯¯¯|  |¯|
TO NOVA PROSPEKT                                          |     |    |  |_|
________________                        2-Gunship Battle--|_|¯|_|____|_  _|
¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯                                          |_   ___________|
                                 Cache                      | |_
                                   \_                       |_  |_
                              _____| |__                \¯\__ |_  |
                             |  ___  _  |         Ladder-\   \__| |
                       #3  __|  _|_  _  |_                ) )_____|
                        \ |    |   |_____ \              / /   /
        Bunker #1 #2  |¯¯¯   ¯¯¯¯¯|      \ \__ _ _____  ( ( ( (-Zombie
              \    \  |   |¯¯¯| |¯       (#4  | |     |_ \___) ) Cave
             |¯¯¯|¯¯¯|¯¯¯¯¯¯|¯   ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯|¯| |   Hill  |___/ /
  _|¯¯¯|¯¯¯|_|  -'  -'                    |_| | |_____| |  __/
_|START               /¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯|#5   |     |___|
___|¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯                     ¯¯¯¯¯

 So, as the player knows, the antlions won't attack Gordon anymore, whether
 or not he has the Pheropod out. So, let's get to work -- the prison coast
 is lined with pillboxes, bunkers, and Combines! Remember that Strikers that
 make ground vibrations scare the insectoid helpers off, so those will have
 to be deactivated as well.

 Bunker #1 has a few enemies outside and supplies 'round back -- easy pickins,
 and good target practice. Bunker #2 has a striker in front of it, so turn it
 off while using the bugs as meat shields...err, diversions near the Combine
 camp. Bunker #3 is on a cliff and impenetrable from the front; use antlions
 as a diverions while Gordon uses beach debris as cover until he can wrap
 around and get in the back way. The tunnel behind #3 will sidle behind the
 other two on the beach, also -- just be ready for a firefight in the tunnel
 and at each outpost, as per usual.

 After the #5th checkpoint, the bunker leads out to a small hill with an
 emplacement and enemies. These won't be there from the start, though, so
 make sure to get a headstart to the machine-gun nest before it renders all
 antlions useless (it's pointed uphill).

 Nearby, a small wooden path leads to a fire-lit cave, under the base of Nova
 Prospekt's environs. Kill the zombies & headcrab before destroying the small
 scaffolding they were laying under, which makes a path upwards. Three Combine
 on 3 different levels of cliff can be found next. The first two can be antlion
 fodder, but the highest might have to be crossbow-sniped.

 At the top of the ladder (2nd-story), jump off to the supply boxes on a ledge
 and follow it to a small cluster of ledges that Gordon can use to find a sewer
 drain at the top. Be ready for a quick zombie to appear, as it can easily push
 Gordon to his doom with one well-placed hit! The sewer leads to a flooded
 cistern-type area with a ladder in the outer grounds. Save here! [Sometimes
 the game doesn't give the last checkpoint and one has to restart from the
 lower hill area -- ick!]

 Use the Pheropods to attack the powers from afar, which should keep the foes
 from shooting Gordon, at least for awhile. Crossbow-sniping is really easy
 here because of that tactic. When all three towers are gone, it's time to
 take the tail-end of this place. A gunship will appear halfway there, though,
 and should be taken out ASAP -- if not, Gordon will have to do two at once
 at the back. At least one will have to be fought there though (there's free
 RPG reloads in a box) but some Combine will be on either side's upper towers.
 Put the antlions to work as diversions for this portion and make the gunship
 the priority!

 When both gunships are destroyed, look for part of the cement wall that's
 been destroyed -- close valves to quell the flames, and this one'll be in
 the history books.

09) NOVA PROSPEKT                                                        [WK09]

 NOTE: This place is hard to map (multi-tiered) so I can't do it the entire
       way through -- sorry! Even so, it may be a little generic due to this

 Enter the facility proper to find it strangely vacant. In the cellblock area,
 the only way to go is down. A lower room will have a hole knocked out, making
 a small tunnel (with a headcrab) that connects to an officer's station. Near
 there, an automated turret can be seen gunning down antlions who've broken in
 to help. Normal guns can't knock them over, but the gravity gun can attract
 or zap them, just as throwing things can topple 'em too. Here, knock it over
 so the extra help can infiltrate safely (or they might get removed anyway by
 the antlions).

 Either way, ascend the stairs nearby until part of a bent mesh fence can be
 slipped over. This leads to another officer's station with health and suit
 refills, plus monitors to check what's going on elsewhere. The stairway up the
 next flight leads to 2 more turrets facing away; knock 'em over. Adjacent is a
 sewer area, already half-flooded -- sorry, y'gotta go through this waste!

                                  |¯  |-Trash
                                __| | | Compactor
                                EXIT| |__________
                                ¯¯¯¯|____        |
                            __________| _        |
                   Kitchen-|A  A  |A     |      _|-Myrmidont #2
                           | ___|___|¯¯¯¯ ¯¯¯| |
                           |      A|   Cache |_|
                           | |¯| |¯|_   __/_
                           |_______  |_| __ |_
                                   | |        |_____
                                   |_  LAUNDRY   A  |
                                     |________|¯|A| |
                                                | | |
                    |¯¯¯¯¯¯¯|           ________|  _|
     Myrmidont #1   | |¯ OFF|          |A          _|
         \__________| | |ICE|   _____  |  ¯| |¯¯|_|
        _| __,    | | | |___|  |AA   | |¯¯¯   ¯   |
       |   ___    | |_|    |_  | | | |_|CELLBLOC| |  _____________________
       |  |___|     |      AA|_|A _|____________|_| | A: Automatic Turret |
       |________  |______________| \                 ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯
                |_   _|            Vent
                  | |
                  |A  ¯        |_| |

 The sewer winds around to part of a caved-in part of the floor. Exit and be
 prepared to kill the headcrabs that seemingly appear out of nowhere. The hall
 next-door is 3-tiered, so take the middle one to a larger chamber. Mount the
 stairs and be ready to knock over two turrets peering down, as they'll rip a
 person to shreds if one's not quick in detecting 'em. The door the duo guards
 leads to a large deserted area, once a shower room by the looks of it.

 Drop down and immediately head opposite the railing, to the hole stopped up by
 barrels. Once in there, clear out the other side and search the room for a
 white double door blocked by benches and other debris. There's a gigantic
 myrmidont on the loose, and it's easier to bypass it than take it down. It's
 been antlion-free up 'til now, but they'll rejoin in this hallway, luckily.

 Two more turrets are set up near Combines in the corridor beyond, so use the
 pillars to nix their fire and pull 'em down with the g-gun. Ignore the third
 turret behind the railing and take a perpendicular passage with manhacks &
 a few combines. They'll hide behind a shield, which is deactivate-able by
 pulling the plug. The red switch beyond gives access to a stairwell, and once
 the Combine are cleaned out up there, find the button that unlocks the gate
 to the 3rd turret previously skipped. Grenade it and proceed.

 Immediately, two turrets will fire upon the hallway. The 'safe zone' is a
 vent hidden behind a loose gate, which gets around the hallway once a huge
 fan is put out of order (make it catch something in its path, which stops its
 rotation). Simply slaughter the Combine behind, unplug the barrier, and remove
 the turrets to the fanged friends can get through safely.

 The long staircase leads to a new cellblock filled with Combine. Stay behind
 the bulletproof glass and let the antlions do all the work, including tripping
 laser mine traps, etc. Access to the staircases is guarded by a double turret
 combo, but luckily there are plenty of barrels to throw their way without
 wasting grenades (or antlions). A few more Combine show up on the middle tier
 of blocks, so don't get caught offguard. One the top tier is reached, locate a
 back passage that loops around to the active station -- that's the one with
 gate controls. Reinforcements come once the station's reached, so keep one
 finger on the trigger until it's safe travels.

 Through the opened corridors, a new room contains an antlion escape hole for
 easier access; farther on, 2 more turrets. A side-hallway is a workaround,
 though. The adjacent laundry room is teeming with opposition, too, but this
 is, once again, work for the antlion hordes. When all's said and done, mount
 the stair and enter the adjacent hall, also filled with Combine.

 The harder part (by comparison) is the kitchen, which has a few turrents and
 part of the room can catch fire. If the antlions can't get the job done, use
 grenades or RPG rounds. The stairway behind has another turret and Combine
 (teamwork!) but should be easier to neutralize, as it's narrow and not a good
 place for enemy shot opportunities. Continue the killing spree until a small
 station overlooking a former cafeteria.

 There will be a myrmidont below the second Gordon jumps through the window,
 and luckily, this one can be bypassed as well. The exit is near a door with
 laundry carts and debris in it. You'll know it's the right way, since it has
 a few supply boxes and leads to the trash compactor. Kill the zombie under
 the stair, save, and dive right in. Eventually Gordon will be fenced in by
 the giant machine, and will have to save his bacon by stacking junk to leap
 into a brightly-lit alcove. Finish the level by jumping in the hole there.

10) ENTANGLEMENT                                                         [WK10]
           ______ .--Mossman
          |   |  |¯|
          |     _| |¯|_____
          |___|__  |  _    |
            |    | |   | | |
        Teleport |  ___|  _|
                 |_|   | |_|¯|_
                       |       |
                     |¯¯¯¯¯¯¯| |       Electric Sewer
                     |        _|         /
           3-Turret--|       | |¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯|
           Cellblock |_____  |_| |_____  |______|¯|__________|¯|
                           | |  _  |   |        |  _        ___| 
                           |___|___|   |¯¯¯¯¯|1 | |  _|¯¯|_  |
                                       |  _| |____|___   ____|
                                       | |____A |_____| |   \
                                  |¯¯¯¯|____  |   ___  _| Control
                                  |      AA   | |_____|   Room #1
                 Generator Room---|    |¯¯¯¯¯¯| |
                                  |¯¯| |¯¯¯¯¯¯|A|
                                  |______   __|A|
                                         | |  |¯|_
                                         | |__|  _|
                                         |_  _|   |
                                         / |__   ¯|
                                      Vent    |¯| |
                                              |   |
                ____________                   ¯| |
               |TRAIN TRACKS              Eli-|¯  |
                ¯| |¯¯¯| |¯¯                  |_|  ¯|
                 | |   |  ¯|                 ___| |_|__
               START .-|¯   ¯|             _|_  |____  |
                     |  ¯¯¯¯¯        .----|_  _  __  | |
                     '---------------'    |_____|  |___|

 Down the hole, spy Alyx near the train tracks and rendezvous with her a li'l
 down the line -- she'll unlock the way to an elevator. Deep-six the Combine
 up top and wait for the barrier to be neutralized. More gun-toting baddies
 will be in the stairwell and on the next-highest floor, so take care. Tag
 along for the scenes involving Eli and it'll be time to find Judith Mossman.
 Alyx'll leave for awhile and help Gordon via radio, so it's time to take on
 this level by his lonesome self again

 The cramped corridor Alyx opened has headcrabs behind an old door, and it's
 plain to see so. Skip 'em if the supplies are in good working order. Through
 the cluttered door, our pal from afar opens the door to a deserted station
 area. When the obvious door doesn't work, use the vent behind the station's
 twin cabinets. Past 3 headcrabs, there's vent ends at a room full of all the
 types (have fun...).

 Alyx opens the next door to a generator room. Rob the infinite grenade box in
 the defunct station and lob a few 'nades at the turrets in the hallway there.
 The Combine themselves will show up in the claustrophobic adjacent hallway,
 and there'll be 6-7 of 'em, to boot! Lure a few out of their bulletproof
 station beyond and it'll be time to neutralize the barrier. This time, Gordon
 will have to ricochet a grenade (etc) into the station to knock the electrical
 plug out.

 Beyond, take out the turret hidden right around the corner, then 'nade the
 other two at the far end (on other side of headcrab room). This leads up to
 "Control Room #1". Take out the two occupying the room and remove the couple
 automated turrets, which can act as allies. The first time I played, I had
 one guard each staircase, although I've found that putting both in the room
 itself isn't such a bad idea. There's two things to remember: Combine will go
 after the turrets first before Gordon; and, always re-erect the things if they
 should be knocked over. Eventually the torrent of Combine morons ends and Alyx
 rejoins for a fleeting moment. Use the medic machine if not done already and
 go on your merry way through the "left" blocked door, which leads downstairs.

 Kill the headcrabs at the old station (marked with a "1" on the map) and get
 to the "electric sewer," i.e. where a wire electrifies all the water. This
 means the alternate route must be found. Off the stairway, jump onto a pipe
 and deal with a headcrab who falls out; from there, to the balcony with some
 blue flotation barrels. Start pushing as much detritus off the edge and into
 the water near the gap that must be crossed (wooden crates work best) and use
 'em as a bridge (save first).

 Following, it's zombie-killing time, kids! A few are near headcrabs, and it
 isn't such a bad idea to shoot them from the doorway where they'll congregate. 
 A crappy medic machine (+50 health) is in a room with an electrified fence;
 take the stairs afterward, including the top where some more supplies are. 
 The single door leads to the "3-Turret Cellblock," as displayed on the map.

 First, kill all enemies below, save, and jump down. Locate the automated
 turrets in a small room that separates the main walkways. The best setup is,
 undoubtedly, placing all three turrets in an area where they can fire both
 front and side-to-side: basically at an intersection. This lets them take care
 of two sides while Gordon has their back (literally). Some soldiers may throw
 grenades, at which time, quickly get the turrets reset. This portion is rather
 hard without a proper turret configuration, so it may take a few tries. A good
 tip is to fill up some entrances with junk (barrels, tables, boxes) that are
 laying around, which will prevent enemies from coming out those ways -- this
 can be used to great effect in more than one doorway, too. However, one must
 always remain vigilant or things go south real quick-like. [Unless you know
 what you're doing, I don't recommend saving anytime during this sequence!]

 When all enemies are pushing up daisies, Alyx arrives back on the scene. Use
 the medic/suit refill machines where the turrets were first found, or if those
 were used, the new machines found in the door our female partner opens. Down
 the stairs and past the double door, there will be a large firefight with a
 gang of Combine (about 10-11). The next stairtop has a medic machine adjacent
 to a security station, where Alyx can locate Mossman.

 After the unfriendly reunion, it'll be time to make a last stand in the
 teleport room. There are three turrets that can be used, and although they
 can be used well enough in the center of the room, fortifying the teleport
 platform -- which has near enough trajectory to all three doors the foes
 stream out of -- is easy enough. Luckily, this battle will seem like a piece
 of cake compared to the previous turret standoff. When the teleporter comes
 back down, get on with Alyx and kiss this junk hole goodbye. Onward to City

 View the scenes in the lab, and Dog will be following now instead of Alyx.
 Suit up and rob the infinite ammo box outside the doors, then drop into the
 newly-opened shaft.

11) ANTICITIZEN ONE                                                      [WK11]
                                    |  _EXIT
                                   _| |_ 
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                                |¯   ¯|_|
                                |     |_____
                                |_______  | |
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   |   |_                               |  ___|
   | | | |_________|¯|                  | |    \
   |B|               |                |¯  | Canal Area
    ¯| | |_  _|_  _| |                | |¯|
     |_   _________  |               _|  _|
       |_|   |     | |              |     |-Multi-tier Stairway
             |  ¯|   |-Alyx         |  ___|_____
             | | |¯|¯  Reunion      |_  _    ___|
             |¯    |                  |___|  _|_
             |  ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯|               |_   _|-Beginning of Sewers
              ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯|   |                _| |_____
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              | _____ \   |                ___| |___
              |      \    |               /  _   _  \     -.
               ¯¯¯|¯  |   |               ) | |_| | (      |
              |¯¯¯  |¯ ¯¯¯               /  |_____|  \     |- Generator
           |¯¯¯¯| | |   Bridge          /             \    |   Standoff
           |  |___|_|____/ Apt.        / /¯¯¯¯| |¯¯¯¯\ \   |
           |______       |             \/   |¯   ¯¯¯¯|\/  -'
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   Car-Hop Course              Infinite Manhack Tunnel
     ____\_____________    _________/
    |_______   ____   _|__|  _____  |________
     _| |___| |    |__   ___|     |_  |      |
    |_______  |       |_|          _| | |    |  2nd Medic
          |A| |                   |    _|____|  ____/___
          |___|                   |_  |        |        |_
                                 ___| |________|      |   |
                                |       _  |_   ______|_  |
                                |      | | |  _| |___   __|-Broken
                                |______| |  _|   |  _  |    Street
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                                |  |_  |___|  _  |_____|
                                |  __|_____  | | |
                       Hoppers--|      |_  |_| |_|
                              __|____|_  |   \
                             |         __| Strider
                             | PLAZA   \__  Street
                             |__________  |
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 This'll be one of the LONGER levels in the game... *sigh*


 Make it to the nearby street and Dog will go buckwild, smashing junk and
 killing plenty of Combine all the while. Let him do his dirty work and he'll
 eventually stop near a barrier, lifting it when Freeman draws near enough.
 Just make sure to leap over the bent fence before the massive encroaching
 machine turns Gordon into a pancake. A semi-packed corridor will lead back
 to the playground street first walked during the "Point Insertion" level.

 Help a refugee fight off some camerabots and he'll join as part of a 'squad'.
 From this point on, many others will as well, although at different times in
 the level. The maximum is four and they're either fighters or medics (heals
 Gordon if his health is too low), but all carry guns just the same. They ARE
 expendible, meaning if someone dies the place will be filled down the line,
 but a good captain doesn't try to let his team get smoked. In the plaza, the
 rest of the team will be rounded out with recruits. Look for a door similar
 to the one Dog pried open, and kill the 2 Combine who pook their heads out.

 Through the apartment overhang, a refugee warns of hoppers. Pull the tin
 siding off a floor hole to see what he means: red-glowing mines are stuck
 in the ground. The gravity gun can pull them out and deactivate 'em (they
 turn from red to blue to signify this). They'll be of little use except as
 short-range explosives, so feel free to waste them despite the refugees'

 Further along, a covered alley leads to a small avenue where a Strider, a
 gigantic spider-like robot who isn't paying attention to Gordon's group, is
 walking around. It eventually leaves, so don't waste ammo on it. Snipe the
 Combine on a tall lookout point upstreet and remove the hoppers that may
 kill any friendlies following (a medic should have joined up here).

 The next stop is a back alley parallel to the street. A Combine will be in an
 upper window when the fighting starts, and a few more on foot near the shacks
 here. The Lambda cache here is in a small toolshed; remove part of the siding
 to uncover the small hole. Creeping onward, take a hopper/red barrel and get
 the jump on the next skirmish by shooting it into a crowd of Combine near the
 2nd shack, which can get rid of 'em all in a heartbeat (except the one in 
 said shack).

 Next-door is an apartment that leads to the street, although it's helpful to
 raid the top floor (2 zombies) for magnum bullets. That road nearby is broken
 in half, so duck under the bridge and look for a workaround path that leads
 into the brick building's basement. A medic here will join after patching a
 dude up, and there's a headcrab hiding under some supply crates (CUUUUTE!).

 Upstairs, catch some Combine behind a glass double door off-guard -- there's
 a medic machine there, as if it were needed. Directly opposite that room is
 a small hallway with doorless closets, and Combine will strafe through when
 the path split is neared. The 2nd-story bathroom leads to a hole that drops
 the team back onto the street, past the pavement hole. Just be careful to
 remove the turrets before takin' the plunge (or a comrade blindly does so!).

 The street ahead is blocked by a monolithic black barricade, and infinite
 numbers of Combine will man its top catwalk. Ignore them and focus on getting
 into the adjacent apartment complex, killing the few Combine inside. The goal
 is the 2nd-story room with a massive hole in it -- use the supply crates and
 jump down, bypassing a locked door and subverting the barricade. Kill any of
 the mask-wearing dorks (this time, not-so-infinite in masses) and use the
 walkway to get into the next building.

 A few Combine laze in this upper floor, while the sidestair should be used
 for going down (turret protects upper dead-end). It helps to save before
 doing the lower area as there are plenty of doorless rooms that can kill
 some important medics! Sweep and clear all on the ground floor, then use the
 other stairwell to get into the cement-padded basement. If Gordon is in the
 lead, killing the enemies as they pop out should be a cinch; however, if any
 of his allies get ahead of him, the corridors quickly become congested and
 the mortality rate usually rises. Make sure to sweep and clear (check every
 room thoroughly with flashlight) before continuing.

 The basement has another staircase leading down into some beat-up tunnels.
 The initial room has three turrets, one hidden around the corner and two that
 can be blown over with grenade concussions -- save first to avoid wasting any
 here. And, for a funny way to top off this room, where the path down into the
 bloody tunnel, half a zombie will crawl out from under the floor -- jump off
 backwards to catch its movements first.
 Ignore the hallway for a moment and go upstairs to the secluded courtyard.
 A Lambda cache is behind some gates, but the gravity gun can destroy and
 suck the goodies out like a straw. Take that hallway now to an old covered
 highway, which quickly hosts the "Infinite Manhack Convention." The allies
 want Gordon to move ahead, so move behind the wrecked semi and use a dirty
 debris pile to get onto and over the locked mesh gate. Shoot the lock off
 and wait for any refugees to follow. Sadly, most won't make it or will be too
 preoccupied to try. Whoever joins in the small manhack section beyond is all
 that's comin'.

 The rest of the tunnel has to be cleared of Combine, and one at the far end
 is on an emplacement. Use the structural columns as shields while blowing up
 the red barrels before the gunner hits 'em. When close enough, take out the
 guy -- he'll probably be trying to kill the trailing refugees. Regardless if
 any survive, there will be a few refugees nearby who will blow a hole in the
 fallen overpass so Gordon can get through. Man the emplacement while the
 charges are being placed, then join the troops quickly to stem the tide of
 the invaders. Unfortunately, it'll be time to part ways for awhile -- crawl
 through the nearby hole...

 ...and enter a flooded radioactive tunnel, with scrapped cars and other junk
 to use as stepping stones. Think of this as a Sandtraps redux course, just
 with sand exchanged for deadly radiation. What's worse, there is zombies in
 the goop who will rise up and try to kill Gordon when he reaches the center
 cement portion. Protip: use the pistol to fire into the goop -- if any foe is
 hit, he'll get up and betray his position, and can be killed earlier. Note
 that it's possible to bypass some by avoiding the gray cement structure toward
 the middle. Upon reaching the opposite (blocked) end, look for a fallen beam
 along one side that is accessible from a white cadillac. It leads back to the
 starting point; look for a shadowed vent that leads to the parallel hallway.
 Gordon can unlock the door near where the other medic was waiting, although
 he may or may not be there (depends on if any other allies survived?).


 Upstairs, a 'fighter' refugee joins. Stay near the entrance because a missile
 carrying headcrabs can kill Gordon if he's near the impact zone. The small
 covered sidewalk has stairway access into the apartment separating Gordon's
 crew from some refugees. There's minimal resistance inside, with the way to
 the basement open via an eerie-lit hole with supplies at the bottom. This
 leads onto the alley where the allied troops are fighting off the Combine in
 the upper reaches.

 Gordon will get two more helpers a few moments in, and enter the building
 they fled from. A grunt kills a person in the stairway, which is the right
 way to go, as the top floor has a drop-down point near some Combine camping
 on the 3rd-floor skybridge. Get 'cross to the opposite building, stock up,
 and look for a stairwell down behind a small kitchenette that leads to the
 highest floor (headcrabs and a quick zombie). As before, use the gaping hole
 there to get to the apartment base, with an exit leading into the alley, on
 the other side of the gate this time. Try to kill the Combine above or his
 grenade may just frag everyone!
 The rest of the alley is filled with Combines and hoppers, so lead by example
 and kill as many as possible before the clumsy refugees stumble into the
 explosives [etc.] and die. An adjacent apartment's fiery ground floor leads
 to its pinnacle where a medic and another are waiting. Heal up and lower the
 bridge, once again taking on the enemies Rambo-style. The rooftop enemies
 need first priority if the refugees are to assist more than being meat
 shields. Across the bridge, drop a grenade or two into the room 'neath the
 hole to clear it out a bit. Four more will be game below, two standing in a
 hallway and two who burst in from the ceiling. A darkened corner of a boarded-
 -up room gives access to 2 more. Watch for barnacles and quick zombies at the

 Through the floor hole, kill a flaming quick zombie and then any that come
 up. Stay at the front of the pack to protect the medics, then descend to
 kill any remaining headcrabs. The Lambda cache is once again gated, so break
 'em and take 'em with the gravity gun (like before). Through the deserted
 apartment corridor, the familiar "turret" noise should be like a siren's
 song to draw near, in this case down through another floor hole. When both
 are removed, Alyx will beat down a door for a reunion! Help her clear a few
 adjoining bedrooms before taking the command center downstairs, which only
 has three occupants, surprisingly. Our heroine explains the gameplan: she'll
 expose the generator core and Gordon will wreck it with the gravity gun. OK!

 The street behind the command center houses a generator. Nix the Combine in
 the small station and Alyx will get to work raising and exposing the thing.
 There are two streets (blocked off by barriers) that enemy waves come through,
 and after enough are disposed, our fair lady signals for Gordon to destroy
 the core with the gravity gun. Easier said than done, though -- ues the medic
 machine in Alyx' post if needed. Past this event, the gate lowers to a gully
 once crossed by a ravine. Make sure to approach it quickly to avoid incoming
 Combine who'll just slaughter Gordon!

 On point, Alyx will climb onto the roof of a building, and then urge Gordon
 to continue by his lonesome. Drop into the bridgeless ravine and locate the
 sewer entrance at the bottom of a hole. Use the gravity gun to raise the bar
 on the other side, where 2 manhacks appear. Knock down the platform propped
 up by barrels, giving access to the pipery running the room's length. More
 of those dang 'hacks appear on the other side of the ventilation duct, but
 it's easier from that elevation.


 There's a multi-tier stairway beyond, and much of the walkway has decayed.
 Get down to the bottom quickly, take out the 2 gun-toting goofballs, and
 enter the small sideroom near the locked double doors. A poisonous headcrab
 is there, but more importantly, the gravity gun can unbar the door via the
 window. The underground canal found beyond has Combine fighting zombies, and
 Gordon will have to take care of both eventually! Let both barrels blaze,
 paying special attention to kill any poison headcrabs 'round here. The
 barnacle-filled upper path has a few supplies but little else; enter the
 canal where a low-lying walkway is reachable. The ladder to take is right
 in plain sight, but at the end of the tunnel is a lambda cache well worth

 Via the ladder path, the end room is a much larger multi-tiered area with
 lots of pipes. The first mini goal is making it to the red boxcar-looking
 shack that controls the cargo lift. Kill the two initial Combine (one's right
 above the mesh ceiling!), heal up, save, pull the lever. Gordon'll have to
 pull that lever again to start the way back, hurrying to make the trip over.
 Three more appear: above boxcar shack, mid-level straight ahead, and highest
 level "crossbar" walkway. There's a ladder at the middle tier to make it to
 the highest; just make sure to snipe the 2 white-clothed Combine that hang
 down. Use the PVC pipes and girters to make it to the next-highest walkway,
 which in turn leads to a ladder up to the highest area. Two more Combine
 above and below, plus some trying to use the cargo lift (these can be ignored
 if fast enough). To exit, from the highest point, jump to the "crossbar"
 walkway that leads to supplies, then jump down to the balcony entrance with
 a hopper. Whew!

 Past the single-hopper stairwell, the level finally closes. About time, huh?

12) "FOLLOW FREEMAN!"                                                    [WK12]
                         Rooftop Fight--|¯¯   ¯|¯¯¯| |
                         with Striders  |      | | | |
                                  ______|___  _| |___|
                                 |  _   _______|_  |_
                            EXIT-| | | |         |_  |
                                     |_|     ______| |
                                  __________|  ______|-Carpark
               Abandoned Tunnel--|  _________________|
                                 |      |      |SS#2 |_ _________
                                  ¯¯¯|____|   _|_   _  |         | 
                                     |_  _     |     | | CAPITOL |
                                     | ___|    |     | |         |
                                     |_  _|    | BUN | |  BLDG.  |
                            |¯|______|__  | |_ | KER | |______  _|
                       _____|   |   |  _  | |  |     |___________|
              _____ __|  ___  |___|   | |_|_|  |¯   ¯|         \
             |_   _| Barney | |   |___|   |     _____|     Rooftop Exit
               | |_|_____  _| |    /      |____|   \
               |  _  _______|_| Courtyard        Suppression
               ( (____|                           Shelter #1
                \ \                              ____________________________
                /\ \                             ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯
         Start-/    \                            PART I: MARCH TO THE CAPITOL
              / /\_\/                            ____________________________
 Some refugees join up right at the beginning, saying how Barney is pinned
 down by snipers further ahead. These are the "blue laserbeam" kind, meaning
 they can only be killed by a frag grenade through their window. They pack a
 mean hit (20 health), so use cover to avoid. They will fire aimlessly if no
 shot is readily available! Expect your refugee allies to be picked off if
 Gordon doesn't want to play meat shield, however!

 In one of the buildings, two more refugees can join; immediately bolt for
 Barney's warehouse when the sniper fires "just because". With any luck, one
 of them will be able to assist. Some quick zombie will show up near the li'l
 stair before Gordon's crew can roll into the flooded basement. A wounded
 refugee will spin a story while some zombies converge on the group. Once
 they're reburied, look for the blue-lit stairwell which spawns two quick
 zombies. That route leads up to the roof where Barney's held up. There is an
 infinite grenade box, so use it to take care of all snipers before good ol'
 Barney can tag along. He leads the way to a junkpile that leads to street
 level where he opens a gate with his civil protection card.

 The adjacent condo has some poisonous "headhumpers" before a courtyard with
 red barrels and a turret. Some other refugees join out of nowhere for the
 ensuing chaos! Make it up to the top floor to survey the Overwatch nexus
 found in an old capitol building. The stealth approach quickly fails, so
 just use the stair system to get to street level, being wary of hoppers and
 the occasional turret.

 Now, the suppression device Barney talked about shows itself here in the
 form of a white-heat beam, which will incinerate anyone it hits. Sprint down
 the street toward a blueish boxcar, then near the fence -- the destination is
 a small building at the end, the first "suppression shelter" (if you're
 looking at my map). Two Combine inside, but beyond that it's safety. Out the
 side-door, the next destination is the second suppression shelter, due across
 the capitol building grounds. A small bunker is in the middle for temporary
 relief, but that's about it. Some refugee captives in said shelter can help
 out, too. Funny enough, combine still use regular padlocks with all their
 technology available. Huh! The final part of encroaching on the building is
 killing the remaining guards out front, which is easy since the suppression
 device doesn't shoot that close. To enter the structure, disable the barrier
 on one side by sucking its cord out of a socket -- ding!


 In the lower wing, only the double doors open. Barney comments that there is
 a turret hidden in the floor. To dispatch it, trigger the alarm (via laser)
 to make it prop up, then throw/roll a grenade into its slot. These types of
 turrets shoot in only one direction, which makes them easy to read. In the
 grand foyer, once again the route is singled out that left of the staircase.
 Destroy another turret, then quickly round the corner to get past the 2nd
 before it rises. Some Combine will be there also, but should be negligible
 nuisances. Upstairs, ignore the next turret trap for a moment and free some
 POWs from their feeble barrier cage. THEN, destroy the two turrets outside
 of the first generator room. Like before, zap it with the gravity gun to
 destroy the thing.

 The adjacent hallway leads to a quick outdoor walkway before jumping right
 back into the other wing. Circle around (not towards foyer, which has foes)
 and into the room -- the Combine will lock everyone in for an ambush. This
 is the only way to get to the 2nd generator, though, so y'gotta do it. Repel
 the suckers as they snipe through the walls, then lay hoppers for those who
 cut through the door. Supplies are on top of a bookshelf if needed. The
 hallway is guarded by a single turret, but it can be bypassed completely if
 needed (although one would have to take the long way 'round). Destroy the
 generator near that turret either way, though.

 The last generator is accessible from the main staircase, on the other side
 from the most recent. The only room available has a lot of laser traps, and
 Barney will say there's probably something good inside. Note that if Gordon
 sets off any traps in here, he'll die -- time to play it safe. Do this:

 1) Step on machine to bypass first laser grid
 2) Use li'l platform to jump over cluster of four laser grids (toward corner)
 3) Jump on circular part of machine to bypass next lasergrid
 4) Crouch under next lasergrid
 5) Duck under gray pipe, then jump onto it and vault over bookcase

 Once across the bookcase, deactivate the traps to make the others rejoin.
 Destroy the third and final generator and head for the lobby, where Combine
 will pour in and put up a big firefight. Continue the way they entered (door
 with green 'EXIT' sign above) to find the roof access stairway. Three more
 refugees appear at Gordon's side here, plus a bunch of rocket refills -- hint
 hint? Neutralize a single turret and a few Combine on their way down (into
 the ground) to reach the rooftops.

 Fight off a few hordes and then the gunship that follows -- abuse that RPG
 box like it's free money. Eventually a dropship's spawn will open the gate
 near the suit/medic machines, getting access to the other building via the
 skybridge (switch it on). Kill the gathering and enter the broken and burning
 stairway which leads to the street exit.

 A relatively new enemy appears here: the strider. This spider-like behemoth
 has a single powerful cannon on its head and takes multiple RPG rounds to
 destroy. There are a few wandering around the capitol grounds, and an NPC
 mentions dropping a crate of rockets (i.e. infinite refill box) in the plaza.
 Gordon starts along the far side of the capitol building, which means he
 couldn't be farther away from that box.

 To start, the first objective is to make it to the temporarily safe haven,
 the bunker in the middle of the grounds -- it was used before coming into
 the building, remember? To reach it, head opposite where Gordon starts and
 into a fiery kind of trench where pavement used to be. Through the tunnel
 with medkits inside, the other end has a slope that allows quick access to
 the bunker. Be quick about it or Gordon's mincemeat. Once there, heal up
 and save, trying to use the ammo there to take out at least one Strider
 before moving on. Other refugees are firing RPG rounds too, so maybe tagteam
 a single target. To reach the infinite RPG box, head from the bunker toward
 the first "suppression shelter" (can't enter) and the street will have been
 opened up. It's under the colonnade there. With sufficient cover, just start
 dropping every strider in sight, maybe saving after each.

 When all striders in the vicinity are toast, move back along the street
 toward the initial insertion point. This time, the building entrance will
 be closed but the nearby barrier will have been deactivated. A few Combine
 scum emerge (and some hide in a doorway) but nothing spectacular. Look for
 a stairway leading underground, to some supply boxes locally and to a lonely
 tunnel beyond. There's a Combine far down the line and a Strider enters at
 some point, too; before then, make sure to duck into the underground carpark
 to evade its fire. The far door spews Combine into the room, so throw a red
 barrel or something...yeah, that's always fun.

 Continue ascending the carpark: the 2nd story has a few Combine and a bunch
 of searchers, while the 3rd-story will have a few more plus be in a Strider's
 line of fire. To reach the fourth story, look for a fallen girder that lets
 Gordon mosey upwards and navigate the remaining skeletal framework for the
 building. Destroy any searcher around before this or they'll signal the
 strider! The stairwell at the end contains the infinite RPG box needed to
 deep-six that son of a gun, so do it...to it. Haha. 

 Down a hole, meet up with another refugee behind a boarded-up...hole, then
 jump down a...uh, hole outside. A medic will join up at this point, and
 together, everyone can stick it to the Combine (2 waves) who appear in the
 fiery mini-carpark nearby. Use the debris pile to reach the street with the
 patrolling strider, opting the safer route through the pavement hole. Turn
 left with the avenue to see a 2nd strider emerging from a pit. Wait for it
 to leave and enter the opening from there. This ground is unstable and caves
 in a bit, but shouldn't damage Gordon. Neutralize the Combine (x3) and enter
 the roofless foundation of the building, which leaves Gordon's crew open on
 all sides plus the air. Parts of the building will be blown up, and the 2nd
 time plays into the allies' favor, destroying an enemy height advantage.
 After another skirmish, the center of the former condo can be ascended. Use
 the suit/medic machines before reaching the pinnacle.

 Kill the single combine to get free access to an unlimited RPG box. There'll
 be a strider patrolling, but the refugee assistants will be infinite (which
 is good, considering they act like they have brain sepsis and walk out into
 the foe's trajectory). After the first strider is removed, a few Combine
 appear in the surrounding buildings, signalling the 2nd strider's coming.
 Earn a checkpoint by killing the last strider. To leave this building, one
 must walk the rusty girders near the RPG box to part of roof's edge and jump
 straight down onto the dumpster below.

 The street will have to be cleaned up but that basically ends the level,
 fighting-wise. When Dog appears on the scene, he'll move to one end of the
 street and lift up some machinery, revealing a hole Gordon can jump through.

13) OUR BENEFACTORS                                                      [WK13]

 There won't be a map for these last two levels, as they're rather simple to
 do and contain less running around than normal. I'll cut it in half for you!


 The level starts in a tunnel, leading to a sheer cliff. The ledges are placed
 so Gordon can drop down easily so be careful. At least one gap requires a
 running jump to clear. Follow the cliff and look for a small nook with a few
 goodies inside; a headcrab appears 'round here. Nearby is a large cylindric
 pipe sticking out toward a massive piece of the building moving vertically.
 When it's rising, do a running jump onto the platform, near small entrance.

 Up the ramp, follow the twisting and turning passages (watch out for any
 moving parts that can crush Gordon) until there's a floor "trench" to jump
 down into. It leads to another freefall area criss-crossed by girters and
 other thin jumping spots -- luckily, it's possible to get to the opposite
 side just by normal walking. The flashlight helps, of course.

 Overhead, look for "pods" moving on a rail and follow the general direction
 to stumble upon a brighter area where the pods reach a junction. Jump down
 onto a ledge to reach a spot where Gordon can get into two pods once they're
 open. Pay attention to where they're railed, because one will lead to the
 exit and the other to the machine nearby that "zaps" the pod and incinerates
 whatever's inside.

 The correct pod will take Gordon on a sight-seeing tour of the facility and
 then drop him off in a room...


 ...where all his normal weapons are destroyed. Luckily, the gravity gun is
 immune to the machine and gets powered-up! Now, it can attract and repel even
 larger inert objects from farther away, quicker, as well as being able to
 zap the Combine and even use them as projectiles! There'll be a test run here
 when some foot soldiers check up on the security alert, so be ready. A suit-
 -refill machine nearby will refill double the normal amount (200!) as well as
 acting as topping off Gordon's health. Dr. Breen will be on monitors talking
 to our hero, but feel free to cut his monologues short in a destructive way.

 Around the corner will be some more foes, so use a computer husk as a shield
 to deflect their slugs. An ambush will be a little further on as the path
 changes, also, which heralds more soldiers. Past there, the 2nd speech by
 Breen. [The weird gravity well nearby, where all the Combine come from, is a
 staging area for the Atomizer achievement -- attract an enemy and, without
 letting him drop, shoot him into the machine's beam to vaporize him. This can
 be done later, too, but it's easiest done here.]

 Look for a drop-down point into a laboratory room with 2 Combine, adjacent to
 an elevator to take. The next-highest floor is the first encounter with these
 orange-red orbs that appear in tubes. The gravity gun can attract and shoot
 them, making them bounce all around like a pinball. It's fun to look at but
 this is also how some barriers will be deactivated, so it serves a dual
 purpose. Use the 2nd suit machine for upkeep and locate another barrier,
 this one deactivated by removing its orb (that was quick!).

 After the Combine are rebuffed (they try a two-prong attack this time), the
 exit will be by a 3rd suit machine. The next part will be annoying, so it's
 not a bad idea to save here. Kill 2 foes near where Breen's 3rd speech
 starts and enter the circular room. On the far side, a switch will call for
 the elevator but this one is S-L-O-W as a snail in molassas. What's worse,
 infinite numbers of Combine will come in temporarily. So how to stay alive?
 First, use the 4th suit machine when the enemy waves ebb, and grab part of
 a computer console to use a shield. Make sure the broadest side is outward
 so it protects most of Gordon. This is the general tactic; however, I usually
 take it a step further and hide in a corner while crouching so I can't get
 cut off at the knees. This is one of the harder parts in this place so don't
 feel bad about damaging your pride a little (:p). It takes apx 80 seconds to
 find the lift; boarding makes it rise automatically.

 Kill Combine shooting from alcoves during the ascent and after eight or so,
 continue into the room with Breen's 4th talkbox. Heal on the machine next to
 it, save, and bring the beatdown in 3-door another laboratory room. There's
 only one passage to take after (5th healing machine) that leads to a drop-down
 point in a large hall. The enemies will be easy to kill...it's the strider
 that means business! Use the steel tubes halfway through the hall as shields
 and attract/repel those red orbs floating around at its face. Surprisingly,
 it goes down after 4 or so. Remove the barrier in the area the strider came
 from, jump into the lower walkway, heal up, and take the nearby pod taxi to
 the level's finish.

14) DARK ENERGY                                                          [WK14]

 This level is basically going to be one big boss battle, but it only starts
 "for real" after a lengthy bunch of dialogue scenes with friends and foes
 alike. Follow Breen up one elevator with Alyx, collect the Gravity Gun, and
 then descend into the dark-fusion reactor after fully healing.

 Breen will be trying to use a portal to escape the building. Wait for the
 vertically-moving platform to be at normal level and jump to the path that
 wraps around the central teleportation chamber. A few Combine will emerge,
 but they've already proven they're no match for the suped-up Gravity Gun.
 To get even higher and closer to the would-be escapee, extract the orbs from
 the "electrical zappers" near the highest of the two Combine entrances. Some
 only appear when a barrier is destroyed, and some will shoot from an elevated
 position -- watch it!

 When the way is clear, another mobile platform can ferry Gordon higher -- the
 path will wrap around to the central chamber. It's mostly moving parts and
 small lifts, so just make sure to stay inside the railing when killing any
 emerging enemies or their live rounds may push Gordon into the pit. The only
 healing machine in this level will be attached to this chamber, too. At its
 pinnacle, use the final vertically-moving structure to get all the way up to
 where Alyx is waiting.


 Now, the final battle will be fought...although it's a little one-sided. As
 Breen tries to use the portal, the machine will start spinning around. It's
 got gray pieces and is easy to see. Fire at all (8) of these with the orbs
 extracted from energy tubes; hit one and it shatters off. The battle will
 end when all are broken apart...of course it can't be as easy as all that.
 Two gunships will be floating around and peppering Gordon's position with
 heavy fire. The good thing is, there's no reason to fight them whatsoever,
 as they automatically die when Breen's chamber is completely broken. Note
 that this battle does have a timer, and Gordon will fail if he doesn't take
 out Breen before he escapes.

 As for the ending, here's what happens... ... ...Well, I guess the Gman
 wouldn't like that too much. Enjoy the Twilight Zone undertones and that
 dang "arbitrary imposition"!
          _________          _______    _______  _        ______   _ 
          \__   __/|\     /|(  ____ \  (  ____ \( (    /|(  __  \ ( )
             ) (   | )   ( || (    \/  | (    \/|  \  ( || (  \  )| |
             | |   | (___) || (__      | (__    |   \ | || |   ) || |
             | |   |  ___  ||  __)     |  __)   | (\ \) || |   | || |
             | |   | (   ) || (        | (      | | \   || |   ) |(_)
             | |   | )   ( || (____/\  | (____/\| )  \  || (__/  ) _ 
             )_(   |/     \|(_______/  (_______/|/    )_)(______/ (_)

 ____________________________/ IV. HALF-LIFE 2: EPISODE 1 WALKTHROUGH [WLKT] |_
 ¯/  \ 01) UNDUE ALARM                                                   [WK15]
 Welcome to the second episode, the shorter of the two mini-installments. As
 there's little need for mapping, I'll just section things off a lot.

 Gordon is awakened from the Citadel's debris by Alyx and her pet robot, Dog.
 The Gravity Gun is obtained right at the start, and can be used to attract
 objects, repel objects, and even zap certain small enemies and debris. Use
 the new device on the 2x4s blocking a door (near the fire), which can form a
 makeshift bridge out of the initial pit.

 By a remaining computer console, collect some medkits and let Alyx contact
 her dad at White Forest Base. Seems the Citadel's core is close to collapse
 and any living thing in the vicinity is going to be turned into radioactive
 dust...unless someone intervenes. Yup, time to head back into the thick of
 things! Dog will move some rubble aside, so duck (L3 button) to get onto the
 rim. Look down a bit to see there's some remaining ledges to traverse -- it's
 pretty simple going except for one jump. Newcomers may want to save before
 that part. Remember the gravity gun can blow all types of detritus off the
 path, so don't be afraid to use its talents!

 The other side is a fiery dead end. After a few scenes, Dog will throw a
 junked minivan out into the open. The hare-brained scheme to "drive" into the
 building is then hatched, so ride shotgun (X-button) when the time comes. It's
 a long way to the bottom, yo...

 The path is mostly straightforward from here on in, and remember that Alyx'
 gun has infinite bullets while she has infinite health -- she can do a lot of
 the gruntwork. A little ways in, hop a balcony to reach a Combine barrier
 controlled by stalkers. [Those wondering about the Pacifist achievement can
 breathe easy -- these stalkers don't count towards it.] One of the enemies is
 holding the barrier up so Alyx suggests finding a rollermine and letting her
 tinker with it.

 With the 2nd barrier nearby receded, travel along the ledge and find an old
 elevator. It'll start plummeting when stepped on, but en route, jump off onto
 the glass walkway to avoid being splattered at the bottom. Alternately, just
 jump down to the glass walkway and incur a little damage. Either way's fine,
 since another lift automatically starts functioning and there's a free health
 and suit recharger port on the nearby wall.

 For those uninitiated with Half-Life 2's foes, rollermines are like little
 bouncy balls that attack whomever they're programmed to...almost endlessly.
 A large tube nearby has five in it and they'll tumble out when Gordon presses
 the red button nearby. Use the gravgun to blow most off the ledge, but take
 one up the autolift to Alyx. Hold it out for her to repurpose, and shoot it
 through the erected barrier -- it'll kill the stalkers inside and kickstart
 the way forward.

 Meandering once again, the pathway shows Combine soldiers running overhead,
 before looping there and finding 'em all dead (no weapons left behind...).
 Jump through the fiery corridor to arrive at another balcony, which is to be
 hopped (expectedly). This starts a bridge event -- an wall vent breaks out,
 sending a super-powered energy wave across. If it hits anyone, they're blown
 into abyss! To get across, Gordon has to sprint (LB button) through when it's
 momentarily silent. Alyx gets through just fine, of course...

 Next up, hop ANOTHER balcony for a quick scene in the computer room, which
 is just a pitstop until one reaches the containment field. Like in the normal
 game, the weapon-removal field doesn't work on the gravgun and, instead, puts
 some extra juice into it -- now it can fling ridiculously large objects! This
 will come in handy.

 The next open abyss has a half-functioning bridge. Use the gravgun to suck in
 a loose energy ball, blowing it into one of the wall-mounted ports. Basically,
 any time an open port is seen, it's meant to be used in this way. Across the
 way, the first Combine soldiers attack. Although it's not normally able to
 attack living creatures in, the super-powered gravgun can attract them (KO'd
 on contact) and even use them as shields, the latter of which is handy since
 they come from multiple entrances and even unreachable balconies. Once they're
 all dead, make another bridge to proceed. [Hurting? Backtrack to the previous
 healing machine.] After a similar firefight, build a 3rd bridge -- this one
 requires a little trick shooting to hit a port, though.

 This corridor's mostly uneventful (3 Combine) and leads back to a gigantic
 shaft, where ledge-hopping's required to continue. After Alyx jimmies a door,
 proceed to a large elevator, powered up like so many wall ports before. The
 ride down may repeat this proceed (trick shooting and all) but the hazardous
 part is enormous debris fragments falling from above -- if Gordon doesn't
 repel them at the right moment, everyone meets the shaft's bottom with a 100
 MPH faceplant (ouch!). It may take a bit of practice, so feel free to save
 after each successful rebuff. If y'can't find a way to hit a wall port, suck
 out some of the computer equipment to reveal a hole.

 Quickly exit when the lift comes to rest, 'cause it'll be broken by a hundred
 tons of junk a few moments later. The next corridor leads to the chapter's
 ¯/  \ 02) DIRECT INTERVENTION                                           [WK16]
 This chapter is all 'bout preventing Citadel from exploding. Once the Elites
 near the computer system are eliminated, Alyx will set up shop and let Gordon
 get to the legwork. Down the elevator, the core proper is found. Unlike the
 previous incarnations, stalkers retaliate attacks with their red-eye beams,
 so watch your fire and they'll do nothing...well, except removing energyballs
 from ports (killing Gordon if he's on a bridge).

 | NOTE: The "Pacifist" achievement is obtained by not killing any stalkers  |
 | within the core. Basically, run past and ignore them as much as possible. |

 Once all 3 ports are powered-up, Gordon can use a switch to make the bridges
 connect to the core mechanism (stalkers don't try to disable anymore). Climb
 the ladder to reach the next-highest story, which has some soldiers guarding
 a computer room. Eliminate them, then power-up the wall port with a e-ball
 snagged from the core chamber. A new machine rises up to start curbing the
 meltdown. One down, three to go!

 Destroy the foes in the adjacent tunnel and blow open the door to the e-ball
 conduit. Work against the grain, up the ramp, and enter another Combine-filled
 room...time for house cleaning! Gordon should now be on the next-highest
 story, level with the core. Its expanding size has eaten away some walkway,
 but there's still enough room to sprint by when its size temporarily wanes.
 [Don't try to crouch-walk through unless you like inordinate amounts of pain.]
 This path leads to the second core-draining machine, guarded similarly as the
 first -- the only difference is the e-ball holder inside the room already!
 A nearby lift leads to the next floor, which would be 4F if counting the
 entry point as 1F.

 Through the wave of enemies, Gordon emerges at the core shaft's apex. There's
 a spinning device that can ferry one to the other, lower balcony, but not
 without dancing with a crapton of manhacks. Deep-six a few more grunts and
 burst open another e-ball conduit's door, this one longer than the previous.
 This leads to the final core-mitigating machine...however, when powered-up,
 its loses its juice! Jump through the pit from whence it came, finding three
 cells all without power. A pipe burst overhead shows the e-ball conduit, so
 powering 'em all up should be child's play. [Stand on elevator before doing
 the 3rd, in order to catch it in time.]

 With the third machine powered up, reshoot an e-ball into the port to make it
 all come together...IN A GLORIOUS EXPLOSION! Well, that's how I'd like it to
 happen, but as it turns out, everything goes off fine. The "Pacifist"
 and "Containment" achievements are both obtained around this time, if
 applicable. Rejoin Alyx next door and she'll secure an exit elevator, during
 which the gravgun's power returns to normal.

 At the bottom corridor, bolt through to avoid a Combine swarm. The chamber's
 broken into by two rollermines, but Alyx can once again rejigger both in the
 same fashion as before (i.e. hold it w/ gravgun in close proximity). This'll
 help when the Combine morons break in next door -- Gordon'll be mostly
 helpless so let Alyx' gun do the talking should any get too close. When it's
 over, heal up and jump in the train. A few events later, it wrecks and Alyx
 needs a stalker to be pulled off her. Blow open the door, duck underneath a
 wall, and chapter's over!

 ¯/  \ 03) LOWLIFE                                                       [WK17]
                     | |   |¯¯¯| | | |    |_______
                     | |     | |___|____|_____   _|-Zombie Elevator Ambush
                    _| |_    | |___   |HE  H     _|___          [EXIT]
                   |SH  _   >|S|>HS|  |_|   |S|H ___  |
                   |G  |_____| |¯¯¯     |___|H|_|   |H|
                    ¯|_____  |^|¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯|HP  ¯  |    ¯
                       /   |¯¯¯    ¯|HEH|_|¯¯   | Underground
                  Parking  |P _|    | |  HE | | |/  Highway
                   Garage  | |^|¯¯¯¯ ¯ ¯¯¯|     |
                           | |  ¯|        | | | |
                           |_    |        |_  __|_
                             |___|        |P __SP_|-Troop Train
                                           ¯|__   |
               |¯¯¯|¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯|      |  ___|_____
               | * | Starting Point  |      |___  |SHPE_|_
               | E | HEV Suit Energy |      |H    | PP _  |
               | G | Grenades        |      |  ¯¯¯ _   _| |
               | H | Health Refill   |      | | | | |  S| |  
               | P | Pistol/Ammo     |      | S E | | | | |__
               | S | Shotgun/Ammo    |       ¯|¯¯¯¯¯  |     H|
               |___|_________________|        |¯¯  ¯|_|¯¯¯¯¯¯
                                              | | | |
                                              |_   _|_____
                                              |     |  _  |_
                                               ¯¯¯|___|  *  |
 Alyx catches up after the scare, ready to pack some heat from now on. The
 ensuing tunnel's filled with slow-moving zombies, but nothing too major to
 deal with (baby steps!). Switch on the flashlight with Y-button in the dark
 corridor nearby, finding a locked door and a loose vent grate down by a
 barrel. Gordon'll have to go solo for a smidge. Collect any items inside with
 the gravgun, wary of the giant pit near there, and bust into the previous room
 via the ceiling. There's only a headcrab inside, but plenty of supplies as
 well, including a pistol & shotgun behind a fence. Use one of these weapons
 to blow the fence's padlock off, in order to switch on the lights and rejoin
 with Alyx.

 | NOTE: "The One Free Bullet" achievement is obtained by having Gordon only |
 | fire one bullet the entire game (gravgun, missiles, grenades, and crowbar |
 | kills are fine), and that one bullet has to be used to blow the padlock   |
 | off. Don't want the achievement now? That's fine -- but, it's still nice  |
 | to make a separate save to avoid having to redo the first two chapters.   |

 The next underground highway is dark, so use the flashlight to let Alyx get
 better shots (just zombies again). At the end is a troop train, helpfully
 filled with ammo refills, and unhelpfully with a new enemy: a zombine. This
 is a portmanteau of "zombie combine," and they're just like their name sounds.
 Unlike slow-moving zombies, these ones have a bumrush attack and a suicidal
 grenade rush, so watch out! [The "Grave Robber" achievement is obtained by
 stealing an active grenade from a zombine's hands.]

 Through the new opening, it's back to the underground highway. This one's got
 a few zombines among the usual lot, so make good use of the explosive barrels
 strewn around. In fact, antlions -- those insect-looking buggers -- will show
 up and distract the zombies a bit. Antlions are easily killed if their soft
 underbellies are exposed, and the gravgun will flip 'em over, so use that
 tactic. Around the flatbed truck, two more relatively new foes're introduced:
 poison headcrabs and barnacles. The former inflicts a neurotoxin that reduces
 Gordon's health to 1, gradually building back up to 100. They can't kill
 him theirselves but with other foes around, assists are certainly possible.
 The latter is affixed to the ceiling and objects that hit its long tongue are
 drawn upwards to be digested. There's another fusebox in the supply-crammed
 nook, opening the door about halfway through this section of the highway.

 Upstairs leads to the well-lit parking garage area the duo will be in for a
 while. Once the poison headcrabs are killed, proceed to the green van area --
 antlions will stream out of the hole here in infinite number. The only way to
 curb their invasion is to plug the hole with the vehicle nearby. Remember the
 method 'cause it'll be used in the future, too.

 Turn the crankwheel to enter the adjacent garage, which plays host to a few
 more headcrab types. The barnacles in the dark section are easy pickins, but
 it's funny to see other enemies get caught there and die, too, so don't forget
 they can be helpful, too! When the tunnel's all cleared of zombi(n)e threats,
 an intact stairway leads up to the parking garage proper.

 | NOTE: The "Car Crusher" achievement is obtained by defeating 15 antlions |
 | with a thrown car, so try to get a headstart here. Just screw around and |
 | get the achievement, then reload so health & resources aren't wasted.    |

 There are three antlion pits on the lowest story, but only one junked car's
 in sight. Plug any hole with it and use a fallen beam to reach the second
 story, where a parked car can be thrown to the bottom (and subsequently
 pit-plugged). The final car is on 2F, but can only be obtained by going to
 3F -- the same walk-on-beam method as before -- and jumping onto its ramp,
 where a crankvalve opens the gate. When all three holes are plugged, rejoin
 with Alyx on 3F and open the slow-turning crank, leading out of this warzone.

 Down the staircase is a half-flooded room, filled with corpses and zombie
 types. The fences keep most at bay for Alyx to do the handywork, so there's
 no rush, especially for those trying for "The One Free Bullet" achievement.
 This rancid pool is next door to a maintenance bay, where a working elevator
 can be found. This is also zombie central, and tons of creepy crawlies will
 emerge from the dark when Gordon's flashlight runs out.

 However, the real event starts when Gordon traces the elevator's power cable
 to a door barred by a piece of wood. When it's removed and the zombine inside
 is dead, turn on the powerbox to start the massive invasion. There's infinite
 amounts to kill here and the elevator takes awhile, so make ready use of the
 health kits around this area. Three flares are by the elevator, one inside a
 fenced-off portion with supplies.

 | NOTE: The "Zombie-que" achievement is done by lighting 15 zombie types   |
 | on fire with torches, and this is probably the best spot in any of the   |
 | games. It helps to find the torch locations beforehand, also, since only |
 | four are available. That means 1 torch has to light 4-5+ -- not quite a  |
 | simple feat (consider saving after doing each correctly, if Gordon's in  |
 | good health). Fires made with explosive canisters (etc.) don't count     |
 | toward the achievement! Perhaps the best time to get 5+ is when the lift |
 | has already arrived. Note that progress is not noted at 5/15, but 10/15, |
 | so manually check the achievement to see what's up.                      |

 The elevator leads up to the surface, and the chapter's end.

 ¯/  \ 04) URBAN FLIGHT                                                  [WK18]
                               _|¯¯¯¯¯|_               |¯¯¯|¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯|
                           EXIT___|¯   E|              | * | Starting Point  |
                                  |¯HE|_|              | • | Survivors' Base |
                               ___|_|_  |              | C | Crossbow/Ammo   |
                            __|H C| |P| |____          | E | HEV Suit Energy |
                           |__   ¯ E _|EHP   |         | G | Grenades        |
                      ___ _|    |¯| |   |    |         | H | Health Refill   |
                  ___|   | |__| | | | |_|____|         | M | Magnum/Ammo     |
                 |sEP  | | |EH  |_|  GHE  |  \         | m | Missiles/Ammo   |
                 |   |s|   |  |_|E|_      |  Zombie    | P | Pistol/Ammo     |
                 |¯  |C|   |__   _  |¯\¯¯¯     Ambush  | R | Pulserifle/Ammo |
      ________   |  ¯|s|   |  |S| | | Hospital         | S | Shotgun/Ammo    |
     |S    __ \__|¯| |¯|   |  |R|_| | Flooded          | s | SMG/Ammo        |
Trap |H|    >) )>   _| |   |   ¯|G  | Basement         |___|_________________|
Lift-| |_    |  ¯  E | |   |    |¯  |
Area |    H|¯¯¯¯¯|   | |   |____| |_|  The zombies now behind everyone, it's
      ¯¯¯¯¯|¯¯¯¯¯|¯| | |vvv|      |    time to hit the mean streets of City 17.
          _|      H  |_|___| CHSm |    Alyx finds that the station's exit gate
         | |   ¯¯|¯¯¯   >>>       |    is broken, but Gordon can use his wits:
Guardian-|S _ES _| •EH |¯¯¯|¯¯¯\¯¯     crank open the supply room nearby and
Standoff  ¯|s   h| P   |   | Hospital  locate a red valve, meant to be stuck in
           |¯EH|¯|    _|   |           the socket near the door. Once out in
           |  ¯¯¯¯¯| |Hs   (  the fresh air, look for a blocked-up alleyway the
           |¯H E¯| | |S|    ) gravgun can dismantle. Some Combine troops will
        _|¯  R s   |G E|EHG/  rappel down from the rooftops here; when dead,
       |_  |_____|¯ ¯¯¯ ¯¯¯   search their remains for an SMG (submachine gun),
       |_ _ s _| \            a handy new rapid-fire weapon. This route leads
         |  H|   Combine      back to a side street.
         |_ ¯|_  Station
         | Ss  |              A surviving medic will be fending off antlions
          ¯|¯  |              around here, so help her out and plug up their
          _|   |-Turret       few emergence holes -- just watch for the Combine
         |s ___|_  Gunner     lackeys who appear. Upstreet, debris blocks the
         |Hs___  |            road, so unblock the deli's door. There are some
         |¯|   HE|            trap-making Combine inside, so don't walk into
         |E _  |_|_           their laser tripwire! Instead, propel a physics
          ¯|G  |sHE|¯¯¯¯|     object through, setting the area ablaze. To reach
    Sniper-|_|___       |     the propane tank shutoff valve, Gordon must jump
         ___     |_|_   |     across a long stretch of teetering pipe, which
        / HE|____| Ss|s |     can be steadied by sticking junk underneath. With
     __(  _________|____|     no fire hazard, the long stairway to 2F is ready
    /       s|_____    \      and waitin'. [Get the SMG ammo and shotgun on a
    \/¯\_________  | Laser    lone ledge if not done already.]
       |HE  * _  | | Deli
        ¯¯¯|_|_| |P|          Upstairs, the zombie welcome wagon's out, plus a
           |       |          rollermine Alyx'll reconfigure to be an ally.
           |_______|          This sucker comes in handy downstairs, where a
                              sniper's bearing down on the street -- shoot it
 out into the open and it'll naturally distract the other mine (also able to
 switch sides), and even pick off the lower Combine if shot far enough. Avoid
 the sniper by leapfrogging from cover to cover, until there's safe clearance
 to toss a grenade (or friendly rollermine) into his window. [He can't be KO'd
 with regular gunfire, remember.] Alyx will leave for a bit 'round this time
 and pick up a sniper rifle, so it's up to Gordon to advance while she has his

 Once over the fence, some zombies come out of the two buildings. Those trying
 to get "The One Free Bullet" can let Alyx do all the work, like usual. One
 apartment leads up to a skybridge, and blowing the planks off the windows'll
 let Alyx get a better shot. Back down on the pavement, there's an antlion
 burrow that needs to be plugged; however, it's right in a turret-gunner's
 sights. To find detect him first, look at the elevated platform by the white
 car and blow the tin siding off one side -- Alyx can take it from there.

 | NOTE: The "Live Bait" achievement is gotten if Alyx snipes thirty enemies |
 | in this portion, which is easiest done during the end part -- infinite    |
 | amounts spawn from behind the (yet-unbreached) barricade.                 |
 The barricade can be breached when some enemies open the door, giving Alyx a
 clear shot (those trying for "The One Free Bullet" should help her out with a
 gas canister explosion or something). She'll rejoin when it's all clear, and
 opens the way to the apartment once all antlions are given a funeral. There's
 not much to see inside besides ammunition, but eventually one of the Combine
 grunts belies their position -- in this case, a combine station right around
 the corner! When they're dead, search the environment for a new pulse rifle
 and ammo. Combine will break in from another door soon after, so be ready for
 a firefight. Resupply afterwards and make it to the apartment complex's end,
 a balcony overlooking a garage's interior.

 Save at this point and jump down -- an antlion guardian will spring up and
 start wreaking havoc, for both the Combine and Gordon. Explosive barrels
 nearby will help inflict a lot of damage, but sprinting to avoid its damaging
 bumrush attacks is almost mandatory, too. Don't bother plugging the antlion
 pits until after the main enemy's dead since its rushing can unblock 'em,
 not to mention if Gordon gets hit by a car he'll be showing going to the
 Black Mesa in the sky. [This part's actually rather hard so don't be put out
 if it takes awhile to get it.]

 NOTE: For "The One Free Bullet," Gordon will have to use explosive barrels
       and his grenades, and perhaps even run around letting Alyx finish the
       guardian off. Do _not_ use the turret!

 When the antlion skirmish is quelled, a few Combine appear from the rooftops,
 although Alyx could take care of this all by her lonesome if left alone. The
 barricade leads down into an apartment's basement, and the best way to clear
 it is to just blow everything inside up! This reveals a floor vent Gordon's
 to move through in order to unlock the door here. One way leads to HEV suit
 refills (and a wry comment from Alyx), while the other (mandatory) one drops
 Gordon smack dab in the middle of a laser tripwire boobytrap! [Yes, it would
 take some kind of miraculous foresight to predict someone would travel that
 way!] Carefully get on the vent and hop across with the same wariness, 'cause
 Gordon gets splattered if anything goes wrong. Once in the elevator, it falls
 into a watery grave...or it would until Gordon shoots off the top.

 NOTE: Those doing "The One Free Bullet" should take special care not to get
       captured by barnacles, since the crowbar's not obtained yet and it
       forces a reset, pretty much.

 Now in a watery shaft, surface onto a dry ledge and hop back into the barrel
 room, hopefully cleared of all danger. One of the bulletproof windows was
 broken and can now be entered, where some supplies and a poison headcrab are
 waiting. The waist-high vent allows higher access to the elevator shaft, and
 from there, one can hop to a ladder on the opposite side. At its summit, get
 onto one of the beams and reach a lower vent at beam height. This leads back
 to the door Alyx waits by, unlocked by flipping the fusebox on.

 The corridor leads to a supply room with some barrels inside, so do the
 honorable thing and detonate all of 'em. A little while later, the door atop
 the stair blows up as Combine storm in. The upstairs room they came from has
 the power cord to the downstairs barrier (gravgun = unplugger), plus a little
 ammo and a crossbow! This item gets little ammo but is perfect for sniping,
 since L-Trigger acts as a zoom-in function.

 The fresh air should great Gordon's face a second before a flurry of bullets
 does, and the gunfire outside tells of a constant struggle. Advance toward 
 the battle and some Combine will kill a refugee on a catwalk, dropping his
 RPG down to the sidewalk (pick it up, duh?). Once all enemies are cleared
 from the road, a refugee will open the back-alley path to where the refugees
 are held up. [If y'played through Half-Life 2, this place should be eerily

 Halfway up the haven's staircase, a headcrab rocket blocks the way, forcing
 a detour through another side of the place. A few zombines later, there's a
 living room with a hole in the floor -- walking over it will drop Gordon into
 a room full of zombies (hugging the wall nearest the blocked-up door prevents
 this from happening). Then, simply go upstairs and Barney'll talk for a bit
 before -- once again -- giving Gorden a crowbar to use. Cross the skybridge
 to the other side of the street when ready, and work upwards against the
 zombines and poison headcrabs. The reward's a second skybridge, leading over
 the previously-travelled street to the hospital. A few combine herald the
 arrival of a gunship, which can easily perforate the protagonists, so make a
 run for safety!

 The hospital's sterile hallways are now a hangout spot for Combine and their
 zombie cohorts, not to mention the gunship peppers the corridors with gunfire
 (via windows) every chance it gets. The first long hallway will require
 crouching to avoid the predator outside, so take it slow and steady -- it's
 one of the few stretches where Alyx can actually die! At corridor's end, the
 stairway to the attic...

 Up there, it starts a boss fight with the gunship. Someone who's played the
 entirety of Half-Life 2 should be a pro at this! Basically, take out the RPG
 and get a bead on the ship; once fired, hold the reticle on the enemy to make
 sure the shot hits. There's about a 01% chance of success without doing the
 follow-up part of the launch, so don't forget! There's plenty of supplies and
 infinite rockets around, so keep mobile on the basement. Good opportunities
 don't really come until the gunship blows the top off the roof, so it'll take
 awhile. [Alternatively, use the missiles to blow up the wooden walkways and
 roofing yourself.] It takes about 6-7 well-placed hits to defeat the nuisance.

 When the gunship splashes down, a few more Combine blow through a locked door
 on the ground floor (/rhyme) so use missiles to take 'em out; then, resupply
 before leaving down the boobytrapped hallway. Alyx deactivates the barrier
 and finds a shotgun, which she'll use with impunity -- and it still has
 unlimited ammo! There's not much to say about this straightforward portion,
 besides, if enemies are behind a locked door, killing another enemy (event-
 -related) will make them burst out. Not that different from what usually
 happens. Eventually the duo will come to a hole in an operating room's floor,
 which cascades Gordon into a flooded portion when he jumps down to look.

 Surface from the muck and kill all poison headcrabs and barnacles, just to
 uncomplicate things a bit. Notice that the long stretch of walkway dips into
 the water when pressure's put on the end? That's bad. Locate the blue barrel
 (this floats) and stick it under the walkway -- now it should hold Gordon's
 weight without throwing him into the sink. This is necessary because, when
 the power switch is flipped, the door across the pond opens and the water
 becomes electrified! Thus, the way to get across is: (1) jump from long part
 of walkway to tiny part (2) leap to gray concrete marker in water (3) run
 along rust-colored pipes (4) jump to tiny booth, then leave out its window
 to door.

 NOTE: Those doing "The One Free Bullet" probably find this part annoying,
       since barnacles drop down from ceilings at inopportune points, forcing
       a player to shut off the switch (de-electrifies), kill them, then redo
       it again. This happens at least twice.

 Back upstairs through the decaying ward, Alyx rejoins after having her own
 troublesome time. The new route's through a room with flames in it, and once
 the team drops down, it's time to gut some zombies. Another rarefied poison
 zombie shows up here, just to make things annoying. Use the hopper mines to
 help mitigate the dual-entry invasion. Afterwards, through an exam room's a
 corridor guarded by 2 turrets. The walls' indentations help shield Gordon
 from the rapid-fire fury, but zombies outbreak just in the nick of time...to
 screw things up. Be careful when progressing closer (the turrets will fire
 indiscriminately). To bypass the problem, unplug the barrier with the gravgun
 and sprint past. This ends this loooong chapter.

 ¯/  \ 05) EXIT 17                                                       [WK19]
 Down the hall, everyone finally makes it to the trainyard. Barney'll be right
 nearby and lead Gordon to the survivors' hidey-hole. It's up to Mr. Freeman
 to lead everyone to the train station safely. This final chapter is basically
 split into two parts: escorting and escaping.

 The basic rundown is Gordon'll lead his squad (fighters, medics) through the
 trainyard, into the station, and past the turret position eventually taken
 up by Alyx. This is repeated 5 times with different-sized groups (4,2,4,2,2;
 14 total) which can be helpful or detrimental. The trainyard has an infinite
 missile box that Gordon should be heavily reliant on, especially if going for
 "The One Free Bullet" achievement; the station may have Combine drop through
 the upper windows and fire on the survivors. The spot behind the turret is
 safety and nothing happens beyond there, although a .357 Magnum -- the first
 in the game, and last weapon obtained -- can be found on a box there. Here
 are the changes that happen with each group:

 1: No Combine appear at all (low road taken)
 2: Combine at both locations (low road taken)
 3: Sniper in trainyard, trainwreck in station (high road taken)
 4: Missile vehicle, Combine attack @ low door in station (high road taken)
 5: Elite Combine + manhacks in yard

 | NOTE: Saving all citizens gives the "Citizen Escort" achievement, so make |
 | sure to pay attention to who's with. Even one Combine grenade can kill a  |
 | NPC if it hits 'em square, so be cautious and take headcount often.       |

 Friendly hopper mines WILL help out here, so place them early in the events
 to kill Combine during the final stretch. When all are done, the train leaves
 and Alyx/Gordon will agree to take the next.

 It's time to search out another working train to use! While navigating the
 lower platform, crank open a garage door to let Alyx through...except the
 door slams shut, forcing Gordon to make his way solo. Since a strider arrives
 at this time, take cover until an explosion opens a new way across from the
 garage door. Two Combine will rappel into sight but a laserbeam should kill
 at least one there. Through some supply boxcars, the second story can be
 reached. It's as perilous as the lower one, so crowbar on through, taking
 care not to be stung by a poison headcrab out in the open.

 The boxcar-cum-ramp used to reach 2F can reach 3F once Gordon's in position
 to walk on its roof. Reach a supply catwalk here and perhaps quickly leave,
 since the strider's fire will surely ignite the flammable barrels and dwindle
 Gordon's health (even though there's a health machine there...meh). This very
 catwalk is the key to getting to the other side of the garage door, although
 the way has to be done slowly since it's dotted with hopper mines (which can
 be flung at high-up Combine to get rid of 'em). Duck to use the meager metal
 siding as a shield, too.

 Once Gordon's jumped the gap, ending up on the other side of the garage door,
 he'll land by a large boxcar. However, this is not as safe as it seems -- the
 laserbeams will gradually push it to the wall, squishing our protagonist if
 he's too slow-footed. Jump down to the landing alongside a train, waiting for
 the strider to accidentally kill the two Combine who appear (this always
 happens). Near where the fence ends, a gap in the train lets Gordon cross to
 the opposite side, which provides better cover and has a ladder up to an
 infinite missile box. Wanna take the strider out? Do y'have a choice? Nope!
 It takes about 8 shells to finally die. Ahahaha, DIE DIE DIE. Err...

 Descend the final ladder, rejoin Alyx and blow this joint once and for all.
 "The One Free Bullet" and "Escape City 17" achievements are obtained at this
 time.    _________          _______    _______  _        ______   _ 
          \__   __/|\     /|(  ____ \  (  ____ \( (    /|(  __  \ ( )
             ) (   | )   ( || (    \/  | (    \/|  \  ( || (  \  )| |
             | |   | (___) || (__      | (__    |   \ | || |   ) || |
             | |   |  ___  ||  __)     |  __)   | (\ \) || |   | || |
             | |   | (   ) || (        | (      | | \   || |   ) |(_)
             | |   | )   ( || (____/\  | (____/\| )  \  || (__/  ) _ 
             )_(   |/     \|(_______/  (_______/|/    )_)(______/ (_)

______________________________/ V. HALF-LIFE 2: EPISODE 2 WALKTHROUGH [COM3] |_
01) TO THE WHITE FOREST                                                  [WK20]
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                      | |                           | 4 | Tunnel 1 Entrnc |
                     _| |          EXIT             | E | HEV Suit Energy |
                    |E  |    _______| |             | G | Grenades        |
             ___     ¯| |_  |  _   ___|             | H | Health Charge   |
            |_ H|¯¯¯¯¯|   | |___  |                 | M | Magnum/Ammo     |
            |1 ___________| |G ___|_                | P | Pistol/Ammo     |
   _ _ ___  |_  |           | | |   |_ __________   | S | Shotgun/Ammo    |
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 After the harrowing escape from City 17, the train gets mangled and hangs
 from a railway bridge like a tiny chrysalis. Gordon can escape by moving
 down the interior, although lefties may want to take this chance to change
 the thumbsticks option to "southpaw" in the Controller menu. Alyx busts open
 the final car's door when approached and our protagonist can get reacquainted
 with the Gravity Gun.

 Using the new device, open the nearby boxcar's doors and see what's become of
 the Citadel, once y'jump down. Following, the mesh gate blocking off the mine
 will have fallen. Inside, look for some suit recharges around the hole (the
 antlion corpse nearby alludes to dangers yet unfaced...) and jump down when
 Around the bend, some normal zombies will be crawling around, and quickly
 dispatched by Alyx' infinite-ammo handgun (use physics objects nearby to kill
 the stragglers). There's a communications building outside, and a mandatory
 teleconference with White Forest plays out...once Gordon uses the gravgun to
 stick a hanging plug into an open socket.

 NOTE: If Gordon plugs in the cord too fast, Alyx may not come down from the
       platform and the player'll have to reload (not from autosave, though,
       since the game overwrites when it's plugged in).
 | NOTE: The "Little Rocket Man" achievement starts here, if the player's up |
 | to it. Locate the (indestructable) garden gnome underneath a platform by  |
 | a door, and decide if y'wanna carry it until the sixth chapter's reached. |
 | Since it's a physics object, not an equippable item, lugging it around is |
 | a hassle. Playing the game once first may be a good idea...just sayin'.   |
 Once the reunion's over, it's back to the mines. There's some health boxes
 and a poison headcrab, plus a blocked mine cart. Clear away some of its beams
 to send it careening into down the slope -- the way to the trainyard's open.
 Bypass the fence by jumping the cliff, then use nearby ladder access to get
 onto the station's roof. Through the hole there, activate the gate opener &
 use the trapdoor (gravgun the holder out) to get back outside. Unfortunately
 things don't go as planned, and Gordon will have to fight while a vortigaunt
 carries Alyx along. Normally he'd be an invincible ally but with his hands
 full (literally) he can't do anything important.

 Anyway, the gate's open so make way to the service elevator. Jump inside and
 pry the crowbar from 'tween the gears, which lets Gordon reclaim his bashing
 weapon while simultaneously plummeting the lift to the bottom. This new weap
 is good for breaking crates and some of the smaller enemies, too. Continue
 through the deserted buildings until coming to a crankvalve-operated lift.
 The real stop is the next floor up, although going a bit higher shows a suit
 and health recharge in a crack (use gravgun). There's a [Pistol] on a shelf
 around this area.

 The hole here sends its antlion maker scurrying away. Pursuit to a rickety
 shaft, at the bottom of which is a poison headcrab -- hooray! Unblock the
 pit overlooking the water and spy some fluorescent grubs. These provide small
 health refills when killed and there's an achievement for killing all of 'em
 (333) in this and the upcoming level, so always be on the lookout! [Always
 look around before jumping in huge holes; check ceiling niches too.]

 At the watery bottom, surface into an antlion-built tunnel filled with grubs.
 This will be the norm for awhile. Follow to its uneventful end, a drop-down
 point into a manmade tunnel. This will be the first encounter with acid
 antlion workers, which are like normal antlions except they spit long-range
 blobs of acid and have more constitution than their lessers.

 These guys show up again down the way, although a workbench provides a few
 new weapons: Grenades and a Shotgun. Make sure to kill the grub hidden inside
 the locker if you're goin' for that achievement! Down that hole's ANOTHER new
 weapon: the .357 Magnum. This thing is a killing machine but ammo is scarce,
 so save it for a pinch. This miniscule tunnel travels beyond the mesh fence,
 giving more access to the caverns.

 ...and this of course means more acid antlions! Prepare to chuck rocks and
 debris at their head (in the interest of ammo conservation) and trek through
 the wrap-around path to a watery cavern. Gordon'll have to submerge here to
 reach the other side, but make sure to crowbar open the underwater web cache
 -- there's an achievement for breaking all (9) of those too!

 NOTE: The Pinata Party achievement never resets, unlike "Get Some Grub", so
       any found in previous playthroughs still count. [This will be evident
       since no update shows up when they're broken.]

 Through the tunnel, one learns that antlions can't swim -- this means using
 the gravgun to push 'em in is also an instant kill, so long as they're not
 in too shallow of water. Also an instant kill, letting them get caught in
 barnacles -- the ceiling creatures whose long tongues hang down. Continue the
 destruction to the next watery pond, which leads to a looping passage with
 three acid workers (shotgun 'em). This is the last resistance before going
 down the tunnel and ending this level.

02) THIS VORTAL COIL                                                     [WK21]
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                         _|   |_____  |s _|      | * | Starting Point  |
                        |_   ___   _|_| |        | E | HEV Suit Energy |
                        |       |gSE ___|        | G | Grenades        |
                   Cart |___  |_|___|            | H | Health Upgrade  |
                   Trap    _| |                  | M | Magnum/Ammo     |
                 ___  \___|  _|                  | S | Shotgun/Ammo    |
              __|   | |SE    _|                  | s | SMG/Ammo        |
             |  __| |  ¯¯¯| |_       _           |___|_________________|
     Station |__  | |    _|_  |     ) )
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 Upon dropping down into the defunct mine tunnel, the vortigaunts' camp is
 found, and two refugee members are there. Going down to meet Alyx starts the
 antlion invasion, so before that, run around and put hopper mines (they're
 in those open-container dumpsters) around the four nearby tunnels -- this is
 a small help in the upcoming fight.

 When Alyx is met, a refugee asks Gordon to help stave off the antlion hordes.
 Each tunnel has a sensor, similar to a traffic light, and a red light tells
 how great the antlion threat is -- one light is a minor attack, three a major.
 The positioning of the ally sentry guns is the main way to kill these pests,
 and Gordon'll have to pick which tunnels to put them in. [All antlion types
 are normal, not acid.] Put them at the entrance, not inside, for the best
 effect. No point in having them get knocked over or anything.

 The refugees are invincible for this portion of the level, so don't worry
 about their welfare. Also make sure to pick up the SMG down by Alyx because
 there's an infinite-ammo box up by the forklift (and a similar box of shotgun
 ammo across the way, too). The tunnels each have random numbers assigned to
 'em but I just numbered 'em #1-4 on the map for easier use. Here's how best
 to deal with the waves.
  ____ _________ ____________________________________________________________
 | WV | TUNNELS | DEAL WITH...                                               |
 | 01 | 1       | Put a turret in front of it (no need to use own ammo)      |
 | 02 | 2       | Put a turret in front of it (no need to use own ammo)      |
 | 03 | 4       | Put both turrets in front of it (stage-2 alert)            |
 | 04 | 1,3     | Put one turret in front of each                            |
 | 05 | 2,3,4   | Put a turret in front of two, Gordon defends the third     |
 | 06 | 2,3,4   | Turret at #2 & #4, Gordon defends #3                       |
 | 07 | 1,2,3,4 | Put both turrets down by vortigaunt (forced bottleneck)    |
 | 08 | 1,2,3,4 | Put both turrets down by vortigaunt (forced bottleneck)    |
 | 09 | 3       | [vortigaunt allies appear to help]                         |
 | 10 | 1,2,3,4 | Defend where y'can (stage-3 in all tunnels)                |

 Shotguns are best for dealing with the masses, so remember to refill ammo in
 the downtime. Also, together the refugees should pack enough firepower to
 act as one "turret" in their own right, so if they're holding down a tunnel
 with a lot of activity, an extra turret helps them out faster. Speaking of
 which, the turrets start breaking around Wave #08, so if a player struggles
 to get through, let the invincible vortigaunt allies shoulder most of the
 load. [If Gordon's low on health or something, he can hide on the upper
 platform and avoid getting his hands dirty for the most part.]

 When the mess is finally over, the related achievement is obtained and the
 vortigaunt will ask Gordon to accompany him onward. Get supplies and continue
 through Tunnel #3, which has a new entrance.

 NOTE: Are you still carrying the gnome from chapter one? Don't forget it! In
       fact, the gnome can be left by where Alyx is lying, letting Gordon pick
       it up on his way back (effectively skipping the rigamarole of carrying
       it through the upcoming tunnel network).

 The new tunnel shows the reappearance of grubs and acid antlions, although
 the vortigaunt's mystical powers can either kill them outright (close-range)
 or flip them onto their back, exposing their soft underbelly (long-range).
 Either way, he can do most of the work here -- and because of that presence,
 there's little difficulty, besides finding web caches, squishing grubs, and
 maybe toting that garden gnome around.

 Eventually the antlion's burrow culminates in another manmade tunnel, this
 one partitioned by mesh fences like those prior. There are zombies blocked
 by a boarded-up door but the gravgun fixes that problem easy -- Gordon's
 helper's attacks can penetrate through that obstacle, by the way. The room
 adjacent leads to the weighted lift's highest point, and where the vortigaunt
 remains for awhile.

 NOTE: Be careful around the covered shaft (by the health boxes) as Gordon
       can fall in, losing his gnome! [Yeah, you can reset but it's still 

 To move the weighted lift, throw all manner of debris in there, particularly
 the steel beams, until it finally descends. It's best to leave the gnome
 up above, as it can be picked up again soon. [If the lift moves w/o Gordon,
 he can still make it down using the ledges, albeit with a bit of damage.]
 At the bottom is a short corridor leading to another lift, and the first
 living zombine -- basically a Combine zombie -- which demonstrates its main
 attack, a kamikaze grenade rush. This time it won't come to an end, though.
 There's also a few normal zombies and ammo (mostly SMG) too, but mostly it's
 about the elevator. This one is console-controlled and ascends when the
 switch is hit, but Gordon won't have enough time to rush there and get on...
 normally. The trick's to pile heavy equipment on so when activated, the lift
 can't move; then, get on and knock junk off to reach the top again. Unlock
 the gate after some zombicide (get it?) to reunite the twosome again. [Pick
 up the gnome, too.]

 The next tunnel bifurcates a bit. Both paths have a mine cart that slides
 downhill when disturbed, but only the shorter branch's cargo boxes disappear
 completely (into the abyss) -- the longer branch's heads straight for Gordon
 and company. This also starts a minor antlion/zombie co-op invasion, so don't
 be caught off-guard. The ladder at the end leads to a loft containing a
 cement mixer, which needs to be knocked away (repeatedly with gravgun) to
 enter the hole it blocked. This starts a mine ride into a waterlogged pit --
 but it's the burrow offshoot above that's the real destination.

 NOTE: For the gnome-carriers, it has to be brought along for the ride, else
       it's left behind a partition and can't be claimed! The gnome sinks,
       also, so have fun trying to find it at the dark bottom... =/

 Get the suit recharges before heading into the burrow, which is uneventful
 and meandering (lots of grubs to shoot in the cavern's above niches though).
 The path ends in a drop-down to a fueling station, which has a machine that
 pounds the ground -- this was first found in Half-Life 2, and its purpose is
 to annoy antlions and not let them get closer (basically a safer haven there).
 A large-scale fight breaks out here, with both kinds of antlions and zombies
 doing their subterranean hoedown. Gordon's a sitting duck amidst the buildings
 so jump up to the ladder by the pounding machine and get a bird's-eye view --
 there's a stockpile there, too.

 NOTE: Explosions here can knock the gnome around, perhaps into the abyss, so
       put it somewhere safe, like a dead-end tunnel or something.

 When the party's over, summon the lift and ride it when possible -- it does
 cue another antlion outbreak, after all. Above, the way leads around to a
 small stopgap building and then another mini-tunnel where the ancient antlion
 guardian shows up. Take a good look 'cause he's going to be causing a ton of
 trouble very, very soon. A ways down the line, shoot out some planks propping
 up a mesh fence to get behind. The end of this tunnel system shows a defunct
 service elevator, whose shaft opens into a red-tinged air duct. Gordon
 will have to leave his helper behind and jump down to it -- it's one-way,
 obviously. To get past the fan, shoot out its obstacle, and gravgun its broken
 flap to the bottom, giving clearance to duck through.

 Kill the grubs 'round the vertical, cobwebby burrow before jumping in.

PART 2: LOWER CAVERNS                           ___________
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                                   _|  _  | |HE\/_( H_/( (_ _
|¯¯¯|¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯|           |   |_| |_|•)E__ \•\  \ •) |_
| * | Starting Point  |         __| |___   __/ /  \H  )  \___  |
| • | Safety Tunnel   |     ___/ _  |_  |_____/    \_/      _| |_  1st
| E | HEV Suit Energy |    /    ( |•H )                    |  _  | Guardian
| G | Grenades        |   / /•( (_ ¯¯¯                     |_   _|-Appearance
| H | Health Refill   |  ( (_H )  |-To Final                 | |___
| M | Magnum/Ammo     |  |  __/ ,_|  Tunnel                  |    H)_
| P | Pistol/Ammo     |  |_____/                             ( ( )   |__
| S | Shotgun/Ammo    |                                      ( |_| )    \   _
| s | SMG/Ammo        |                                      (_____)___)P)_| (
|___|_________________|                                                (____  \
                                                                        \  ___/
 After the exhilirating falls into the water, get yer bearings/gnome &   \ *|
 break through the submerged, web-blocked tunnel to reach the other side  \E|
 of the stalagmite barrier. The yellow burrows must be crawled into, which ¯
 seems inconvenient now but will provide an unreachable haven for the guardian
 coming up (a "safety tunnel"). Crawl through and drop into the rocky tunnel
 occupied by three acid antlions, easily dispatched with a few shotgun blasts.
 When finding the next drop-down point, save and do so.

 The antlion guardian appears here! Unlike its puny brethren, this sucker can
 move lightning-quick and has bumrush attack, whose knockback is so severe it
 can toss Gordon off cliffs with ease. When it appears, let it ram into the
 natural pillar, then sprint (with LB) past it and into the nearest safety

 NOTE: Sprinting isn't possible while carrying the gnome, so Gordon will end
       up taking needless damage in this section. For best use, carry it with
       the gravity gun only -- this lets him blast it into the safety tunnels
       and he can sprint after it, perhaps evading the antlion's headbutts.

 NOTE: Spending time in the rocky tunnels alerts the guardian to Gordon's
       present location, even if crouch-walking. Because of this, it's best
       to leapfrog from safety tunnel to safety tunnel, avoiding its wrath.

 After getting through the next three safety tunnels, Gordon will come upon an
 open cavern with a circular walkway (cliffs on all sides), from which the
 guardian appears from the opposite direction. Bait it into going around one
 side, then sprint to where it came (like before), barely making it into the
 next safety tunnel. The guardian's neurotoxin makes things harder than normal!

 NOTE: For gnome-carriers, this part is a lot harder. The only way to safely
       get through is to shoot the gnome up the tunnel (where antlion first
       shows up), sprint to it, pick it up, shoot it once y'round the corner,
       then make for cover. As long as the gnome's within suction distance,
       it's good -- there's no way to get back to it if it's around the corner
       mentioned above, though! Guardy will block the way... =/

 The final tunnel takes a little fakeout to work (unless you immediately go
 to the entrance right after dropping down, but that probably won't work).
 First, enter the final safety tunnel, in the middle of the circular corridor.
 The exit is a boarded-up mine entrance, and the antlion is on it like white
 on rice. The fakeout is as such: approach it from the nearest way -- by the
 water puddle -- to lure it nearer, then go through the tunnel and take the
 opposite way to the entrance. Gravgun off the boards for quickest use, then
 jump inside.

 NOTE: Gnome-carriers can do the board removal part easier by shooting the
       gnome through a gap in the shaft, then jump in after it.

 Once the boards are clear, the antlion tries to attack, and a floor cave-in
 will save Gordon's bacon. [Make sure the gnome fell down!] At this point, on
 the map, the player should be in the part marked "to final tunnel," which is
 not shown there because it's so short. The final area with enemies is an
 abandoned digging environment, and the only enemies are headcrabs that fall
 from web caches. [Speaking of which, the Pinata Party achievement should be
 obtained here, if all have been done.] There's a lot of ammo refills here,
 so don't be shy about busting things up.

 The elevator regains function once Gordon pulls a cog off a puddle's machine,
 although a barnacle's tongue conveniently slides down in front of the lift to
 spite the player. Once the vortigaunt rejoins, he'll juice the generator down
 the path. This also gives access to the final grubs, which will complete the
 "Get Some Grub" achievement if one was dutiful. Once the honey...err, larval
 vortessence is obtained, return to the elevator (got gnome?™) miraculously
 connected to Alyx' slab. It's mandatory to stand next to her, by the way.

 A few scenes later, she's up and running like her old self. Before riding the
 lift outta this dingy dungeon, harness the lab's remaining supplies 'cause it
 can't be revisited after.

03) FREEMAN PONTIFEX                                                     [WK22]
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     | # | Bridge Start/End |                           (      P        _|
     | E | HEV Suit Energy  |                            \_   __| |____|
     | G | Grenades         |                  Battle w/ |      |__   _|
     | H | Health Refill    |                  Guardians )  EH  |  | |
     | M | Magnum/Ammo      |                          \/  _¯¯ S|  |*|
     | P | Pistol/Ammo      |                          (  |SGH| |   ¯
     | R | Pulserifle/Ammo  |         Stairway      ___|_  ¯ ¯  |_
     | S | Shotgun/Ammo     |         Access    ___|  ___        _|
     | s | SMG/Ammo         |   _   _ _ _|_ ___|  ___|   |______|
     |___|__________________|  | |_| | |G R|   | |___
                  _____       _|       PH|___| |_   _|
      ___________|     |     | | |___|_|___| |   HGRE|
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     |         | | |P  |  H  | TOXIC |_ HGPS |_  | |____________
     (#########|_____  | |_|_| WASTE | |     |##            EXIT
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       )         |     |   |S|s   _  |  ¯¯¯¯¯|
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       |_________|_____|_|_|_|      ¯¯¯|_____|

 Hello, sun! Haven't seen y'in awhile. At long last, the game's spelunking
 portion is over, the quest to White Forest's base can recontinue. The enemies
 on the bridge have their attention elsewhere, so for now, the team can move
 under the radar. There's a little ammo around here, in preparation for the
 antlion invasion that takes place around the pounding machines. Ignore them
 for a moment and move to the p-machine farthest away, surrounded by a scrap-
 -metal fence. [This is a good place to drop the gnome.]
 Approach the dual cave entrances nearby and two antlion guardians, furious
 from the prior theft and larvacide (haha), will now attack the team. The good
 news is they can't enter the fenced-off area, making them sitting ducks for
 firearms and gravgun-thrown explosive barrels. Their only retaliation is to
 hit straggler within range and headbutt cars around (which does heavy damage,
 if not an instant kill). Be careful until they're all dead! Alyx will be
 rather winded at this point and doesn't assist, to wit. [The "Twofer"
 achievement is obtained for finishing this section.]

 NOTE: The fenced-off area is safe 95% of the time, but beware! Occasionally
       the guardian's aim will be perfect, allowing them to careen a mine cart
       through an opening or, rarely, drop a cadillac right into the cage via
       long-range trajectory. The latter is quite impressive but deadly if not
       recognized beforehand. [Barrels they throw don't explode in this manner
       unless Freeman's shot them, so good aim's a double-edged sword here...]

 With the antlions last-ditch effort curbed, it's time to get a move-on. Find
 the elevator apparatus by a mine entrance and -- expectedly -- it doesn't
 work. Climb up the scaffolding and jump into the lift, solving the movement
 problem by unwedging the pickaxe in the lever. The covered corridor to the
 refugees' camp is easy, and when they're found, Gordon finds a pulse rifle
 laying around. [As a funny aside, look onto the bridge and see who's walking
 on it...surprise! If you haven't seen any of these sightings before, they're
 in a lot of places... :D]

 It's settled: the vortigaunt will wait with Alyx, who takes up the sniper's
 nest and will assist Gordon as he crosses the facility grounds to the junker
 (i.e. getaway car) stuck on the bridge. It won't be easy, but it's probably a
 welcome relief after fleeing the antlion guardians for so long.

 NOTE: A player can leave the gnome by the console here if they don't want to
       take it all through the level, which, on one hand, is smart since it's
       easily lost, dropped, etc. The downside is there's only a short window
       to collect it at the end. For best effect drop it by the console or the
       gray door left of the console. Worried about losing the gnome? At least
       make an extra save at this point, then.

 Gordon's trek starts when Alyx unbarriers the barrier nearby. Up the stairs,
 a boarded-up entrance is hidden by some laundry (?) carts. This starts a
 meandering procedure downwards, where entrances are hidden by debris, doors
 opened by enemies (poison zombies already? yuk) and boarded-up holes needing
 undoing. This stairway/elevator access area leads outside eventually, at least
 enough for Alyx to demonstrate her sniping skills, which are invaluable in the
 long run.

 NOTE: It's possible to skip the sniping part, and most of the level itself,
       by using a grenade explosion to careen Gordon off the upper platform
       onto the roofs below. Not sure of the details? There's Youtube videos
       that can show y'how.

 At the bottom, there's mostly just barnacles to deal with. The warehouse next-
 -door has a gas trap (remember from HL2?) that burns anything coming through,
 but can be deactivated by shutting the propane tank's valve. A side staircase
 has a room with supplies but the lights go out once inside and the "dead"
 zombies surprisingly reanimate. It's surprising because even if y'throw an
 explosive inside, they seem dead; it's event-activated revivification, yo!
 This same staircase leads outside to a locked door, but don'tcha know the
 gravgun can lockpick anything? Haha...

 Through the skinny alley, Alyx' well-placed bullets can take care of the
 zombie chaff, so don't waste any ammo. When the foes here die, a poison zombie
 breaks down a lower door, letting Gordon get through the explosive-filled
 warehouse. Hint: shoot and duck for cover. Back outside, look for a pulse
 rifle refill and one of the best physics weapons in the game: the sawblade.
 These instantly kill zombies they hit, but since they pass through 'em, they
 get lost easier than, say, a giant barrel. Make sure to carry it up the
 ladder 'cause it's ridiculously awesome. Sure beats holding a gnome... =)

 Alyx' trajectories suck for the next warehouse, so gravgun off the corrugated
 tin sheets (shiny ones are applicable) to help out. Once she's picked off the
 zombies, jump down and prepare to fight 'em off yourself. There's an elevated
 platform inside but it quickly collapses, so don't be underneath! This fight
 isn't that hard but the poison headcrabs + swarming enemies doesn't spell fun
 times, so prioritize the kills.

 The adjacent warehouse requires a lot of crawling and precision jumping. Kill
 any foes before they can hide under the shelves, then activate the forklift.
 Using the same shelves, climb up and use the gravgun to stack junk onto the
 hydraulic lift. This gives access to a vent which, when exited, drops Gordon
 near the first of many toxic waste pits. As one may have guessed, our hero's
 damaged when wading in them, so he'll have to (1) use debris and step on it
 (2) jump across if normal (3) dash through if that's the only option. It's
 worth noting that vehicles aren't damaged in this manner, which'll be useful
 for the upcoming chapter.

 The pit's not that hard to get through, but incumbent zombies go undetected
 until Gordon disturbs 'em -- naturally they're not damaged by the caustic
 byproduct. Take use of Alyx' sniping skills while y'can 'cause Freeman's out
 of range mostly when he hits the 2nd (and final) toxic waste pit near that
 location. Note that the cars here provide only temporary shelter -- too much
 weight makes them sink, and no weight makes 'em rise. Use the gigantic spools
 as platforms, moving them with the gravity gun. Alyx can take care of some
 zombies but don't rely on her 100% like before.

 A ladder leads up toward the bridge, but don't forget to stop by the two
 trailers and collect supplies, mostly health and magnum bullets. Watch out
 for a few straggler zombies, the last of the level. Once on the bridge itself,
 a small portal storm will shake the area, causing the midsection to nearly
 fall into the toxic gunk. Before even turning on the ignition, Gordon will
 have to correct the situation.

 First, use a nearby ladder to get near the semi trailer. Save and jump to
 the midsection via the nearest rusty girder -- use the one near the semi and
 Gordon will get a quick trip to his doom. To make the bridge tip towards the
 junker, thus providing a ramp to the other end, gravgun the wrecked cars off
 the far end...or, just do that to all the cars. Either way, jump back down to
 the ground (may take minor damage) and get back up to the car. Get used to its
 controls, point it towards the opposite end of the compound, and drive onto
 the midsection. To make the ramp jump, use turbo (press LB) -- without it,
 Gordon's training course comes to an abrupt, hilarous end. Once across safely,
 enter the security booth by Alyx and flip the switch to draw them out.

 NOTE: If you left the gnome by the console/area, there's a tiny window of
       opportunity to get it: from the time the switch is hit from the time
       Alyx leaves. Leave some unbreakable debris (the metal chair in the
       security booth works) by the gray door, and when the switch is flipped,
       sprint there and stick it under -- this prevents the door from closing,
       and by crouching, Gordon can suck out the gnome. As far as I know, there
       isn't enough time to gravgun it out regularly, but hey, it sure beats
       dragging it through the level!

 Alyx rides shotgun for the next level, and the vortigaunt ally leaves for the
 rest of the game. The gnome doesn't have a stored position for transport, so
 a player will have to stick/jam him into a space (backseat, between seats,
 etc.) and frequently check to make sure he hasn't fallen out due to hairpin
 turns. Hey, no one said it'd be easy...

04) RIDING SHOTGUN                                                       [WK23]
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            (_      |___/____   | NOTE: Highway map portions are simplified |
              | | |___   __  |  | and don't show ditches n' stuff. Use your |
              (_  |sHE| CGH| |  | imagination for those types of things!    |
          ___ __| |¯¯¯   ¯¯  |  |___________________________________________|
         (   \_   (¯¯¯| |¯¯¯¯
          \ \_ \ \/   | |  Train Tracks          Heli Battle | END |
           \_ \ \ )  _| |_ ______/_____________________\_____|  ___|
            _) )_/  |_   _|  __  s__        H     Hs  \ H E     _|
        ___|_   _|___ |H              /¯\ ¯¯ /¯¯¯¯¯¯  /  ___   |_
       |  ___   ___  | ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯   ¯¯/¯   ¯¯¯  /|_  |_|____|
       | |HE | |___| |                    ( (¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ |_   _|
 Comm -| |s  | |HsP| |                     ) )      ____| |__
Tower  |  ¯¯¯   ¯¯¯  |   _ _              ( (______/  __|__  |
        ¯¯(  _____/¯¯¯¯¯) | |              \_________________|
           \____    ¯¯ (    |
                \_   _) ) ( (   |¯¯¯|¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯| |¯¯¯|¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯|
                  \_(_ (   ) )  | * | Starting Point  | | E | HEV Suit Energy |
                      \_  ( (   | G | Grenades        | | H | Health Refill   |
                        \ |*|   | M | Magnum/Ammo     | | P | Pistol/Ammo     |
                         ¯ ¯    | R | Pulserifle/Ammo | | S | Shotgun/Ammo    |
                                | s | SMG/Ammo        | | C | Crossbow/Ammo   |
                                |___|_________________| |___|_________________|

 On the road again~~! This level will be vehicle-oriented, letting Gordon and
 Alyx hit up a certain stops before continuing again -- it's like a successor
 to the "Highway 17" HL2 mission. Either way, there are no enemies for awhile
 so get used to life in the driver's seat, as y'work up the road, down the
 creek, and toward the comm tower on the hill nearby.

 NOTE: I'll only mention this once -- always make sure the garden gnome is
       within the cab somewhere (if you're carrying it)! Put it somewhere in
       plain sight, like near the gearshift, and periodically look over to be
       sure it hasn't fallen out...and it will fall out unless it's been stuck
       into the roof somehow (glitch). Fast movements and bumps work against a
       player here, so try to put the gnome somewhere safe, like near the gas

 Once the facility grounds are reached, save and enter the nearest, unfenced
 building via the backdoor (zombine imminent). The video conference equipment
 has no juice, so it's off to find the fusebox! Visit the largest building and
 mount its roof via the dirt pile 'round back. Once through the roof hole,
 Alyx will station herself above while Gordon tinkers around. The basement's
 power solution is easy to fix: there're two cords, long and short, and their
 initial positions have to be switched. If plugged in right, the lights should
 come on; if not, a broken cord will flop about, signalling the wrong socket's
 been used. Power the lift to get back up.

 A prowling hunter -- y'know, that weird mechmonster that attacked Alyx a few
 chapters prior -- will be sniffing around the area at this point, and finds
 a partner to bust down some doors/walls. These annoyances can be defeated by
 gunning 'em down, but perhaps a quicker way is to use an unexplosive physics
 object (like a radiator) to absorb its flechette projectiles, then throw it
 back for an explosive kick. This method's also the way to get the "Payback"
 achievement, so now's a good time to try it out. If that don't work, sling
 some of the gas barrels around. Once all three are dead, use the hedgework to
 get out of the warehouse's area -- the final two attack here. Before leaving
 this area, supply up and use the indoor transmitter to get word to White
 Forest about the events.

 Alyx opens the gate, and the open road's nice and quiet for awhile. The next
 notable stop is an abandoned farmhouse. After exploring the barn and finding
 a hatching device (use gravgun to suck out energy orb), some Combine troopers
 will...uh, barnstorm the place, so be prepared for a skirmish. Luckily, the
 sweet [Crossbow] weapon is picked up here, and is notable for its long-range
 sniping capability with the L-Trigger held down. [It's so cool, hit enemies
 will be carried by momentum and pinned to whatever solid object's behind 'em!]
 Ammo for it is few and far between, so it's not as useful as, say, a shotgun
 on this end. More Combine and a hunter are outside near the farmhouse -- the
 game autosaves when they're all dead.

 ...and then a hunter chopper spots everyone.

 NOTE: This next part is particularly annoying for gnome-carriers, as one'll
 have to drive/maneuver fast and the chopper can actually shoot the li'l guy
 out of the cab, making this part ridiculously lame. There is only one prudent
 way to do this, and it's by "punting the gnome" -- basically shooting it with
 the gravity gun, driving up to it, and repeating. Always keep two saves here,
 in case the gnome is blasted out of the map, onto a bridge, etc. One helpful
 thing is the player can ignore the gnome for a bit, drive into the first
 dark tunnel and proceed until it autosaves; then, backtrack and collect the
 gnome chopper-free! Note that neutralizing the chopper and THEN going back is
 not an option (I've tried) -- y'gotta bring the gnome to the chopper fight.

 So, with a heli on the vehicle's tail, the only way to survive is to gun it
 to safety...which happens to be a long ways away, through an abandoned train
 yard. The enemy is equipped with a rather accurate chaingun (less accurate
 when moving at high speeds) and a mine dispenser, which drops the suckers
 out of its bottom, forcing Gordon to evade. Proceed through quickly, running
 over any zombies that get in the way (avoid barnacles or they'll suck Gordon
 right out!). At the end is a locked Lambda gate, which can be broken down by
 one good turbo boost. When the hood catches on fire, it's time to abandon
 ship and proceed to the refugee settlement on foot, through some old boxcars.

 At the other side, it's time to bring down the heli. This is done by shooting
 its mines back at it with the gravity gun. It takes 5 shots to kill the dang
 thing, and there's even an achievement (Puttin' On a Clinic) if Gordon kills
 the contraption without one misthrown mine. Alyx will throw medkits from her
 secure position, so stand by her to (hopefully) get one in time.

 Once the copter is kaput, enter the mechanic's building to end the chapter.

05) UNDER THE RADAR                                                      [WK24]
                                                    White Forest Inn
 Yard 2      ___________________                             ___   \
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|    _____  | |G ) \ \ ¯|S _| |______  |_H_|____(____  |_   |   ______|
| |  _   _| | | (_H(_ \  G    |  |          TUNNEL       |  |  |HEsC| |__
|___|Hs   |¯  |  s\  \__|¯¯¯¯¯   |¯¯¯   ¯¯¯|¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯   |   ¯¯ ¯     |
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     /    |*|___|___|_|           ¯¯¯¯/¯¯¯¯                   |  ¯¯¯ ¯¯s |
   Yard 1  ¯                   Railway Yard                   |¯|¯¯¯¯¯¯  |
                                                              |    ¯¯¯¯¯¯-> TO
|¯¯¯|¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯|                                        ¯¯¯¯¯|5|¯¯ EXIT
| * | Starting Point  |                                              ¯
| • | Autogun         |  The junkyard outside the bodyshop is plagued by a
| # | Lambda Cache    |  Combine autogun, preventing movement toward the White
| C | Crossbow/Ammo   |  Forest missile base. Gordon'll have to get rid of
| E | HEV Suit Energy |  the thing in order to leave. The upstairs door will
| G | Grenades        |  be unlocked after awhile, and the one-way drop puts
| H | Health Refill   |  our protagonist back in the thick of things. [For
| M | Magnum/Ammo     |  some fun, take the welder's drink and smash it!]
| m | Missiles/Ammo   |
| P | Pistol/Ammo     |  NOTE: Leave the gnome in the garage before doing the
| R | Pulserifle/Ammo |        next part, just NOT by the lower table -- it
| S | Shotgun/Ammo    |        may disappear when the car spawns. A safe place
| s | SMG/Ammo        |        to drop it is the upstairs table or general
|___|_________________|        vicinity, even.

 This part isn't as hard as it is slow -- the gun shoots at medium height and
 can see across the entire depot, meaning Freeman'll have to be in perpetual
 crouch-walk mode and use the vehicle husks as cover. Luckily, Yard 1 is the
 exception, out of view of the autogun thanks to the landscape. It's filled
 with zombies, though, but when the window's broken, the nearest zombine will
 probably kill all the others around 'im with his kamikaze grenade (grenakaze?)
 attack. Some supplies are in the flatbed trucks, but beware any car that can
 sink if stood on too long! Use said trucks to get up to the breakable window,
 then back down into the second yard.

 This one's mostly the same as the previous -- zombies roam free, toxic waste
 abound -- except the autogun CAN spy a player from here, so caution's the
 word. Luckily the contraption has indiscriminate fire, so let it kill foes
 to save ammo (there's a scripted zombie kill at the start that shows this).
 Continue by crawling under a turned-up fence, through a culvert, and into a
 conveniently-placed row of scrapped cars. Near where the barrels are, watch
 out for a mini turret (save!) and use said barrels to knock it over.

 The building past the turret looks safe, but a few Combine lackeys shows up
 to spoil the haven. Popshot (crouch, quickly uncrouch, shoot, crouch, repeat)
 to avoid their SMG fire, then loot the place and exit via another window.
 The crouch-walking part takes place again, this time through a minivan and
 parallel to the previous path. This repeats again once out of the next car,
 too! A few disembodied zombies and headcrabs are located around here, and
 two Combine as well, but nothing impressive.

 At long last, Gordon should be by the building the autogun's mounted in.
 Kill any combine around, the zombine knockin' on the back door, and the black
 headcrab in the flatbed to prepare for storming the warehouse. There's a full
 grenade box right nearby, whose harvest Gordon can toss through the upper
 window to easily kill most enemies inside (all except one usually). Destroy
 the autogun by opening its power source and throwing a grenade inside...adieu
 sweet prince! Now the constant gunfire will be from Alyx, mopping up some of
 the remaining zombies. The car will be repaired now and even has a special
 radar majigger that shows the location of hidden caches!

 NOTE: If the gnome isn't here, it's because (1) y'forgot it somewhere (2)
       it was by the table when the car spawned and has disappeared forever.
       Once the garage is left, Gordon and company can't get back in either!

 Leave the junkyard behind and proceed through the toxic waste swamp, until
 the other side of the autogun building's reached. The first lambda cache --
 suit refills and magnum ammo -- are inside a minivan, opened by blowing up a
 half-sunken gas barrel. Some boxes are boobytrapped to explode by proximity,
 so suck them with the gravgun and shoot to deactivate. Finding caches is
 completely optional, but they're helpful and there's an achievement about
 finding all five ("Cache Hunter").

 Down the road, the second cache causes a blip -- it's in a warehouse that's
 only accessible through a scrapped van (Alyx stays behind). There's a ammo
 box full of grenades, and behind the mesh wire, a missile launcher awaits! To
 get up to the high ledge, close the sump's metal flap and throw a grenade
 underneath. The explosion will safely throw Gordon to the higher spot where
 he can activate the fence switch. The Gordon-Propelled Rocket achievement's
 got during the course of this fun. [Missiles are basically instant kills
 against normal enemies but the ammo is usually only found when it's required
 to be shot, so save it for a rainy day.]

 Across the street is a third cache, in an old railway yard. The guardpost in
 the back has a cleverly hidden bunch of goodies beneath the floorboards,
 with the buzzsaw marking the spot. There's missiles, health/suit refills,
 crossbow ammo... Some are boobytrapped so be very careful -- there's
 explosive canisters underneath too! [This is also one of the few places to
 find emergency flares for fighting off the zombie attackers, so if you want
 the Zombie-que feat, this is a good place to try...resetting defaults the
 achievement gauge, however.] After, hit the road and enter the nearby tunnel.

 The uneventful, scenic drive finds the fourth cache further up the mountains.
 Drive up the twisting path until finding a large rock formation, and look at
 its base for a plugged nook filled with health and an SMG grenade (raaare!).
 The White Forest Inn area is up the road, and deserted. Search the buildings
 for ammo and other supplies, because when one tries to continue down the road,
 it's revealed this quiet setting's actually a staged Combine trap! The best
 place to hold everyone off is the inn's 2F, so head there immediately.

 The first wave is normal Combine grunts, breaking out of the sealed houses
 in the vicinity. Although the windows provide a great opportunity for them
 to shoot inward, the opposite is true as well (use the crossbow for sniping
 if needed). A few hunters join the festivities a few moments later, mostly
 keeping their range and using the explosive flechettes. The autosave signals
 a brazen assault on the interior by Elites, then hunters, so be prepared for
 closer-quarters fightin'. [The Payback achievement can be gotten later on, but
 this opportunity's better than what's ahead, for reference.] The fighting's
 over when all three hunters have been slain.

 ...but the road barrier's still up. Go to the hilltop outbuildings, fighting
 off a small dropship battalion. One building has a turret behind a barrier,
 but it can be knocked over by using the gravgun from around the nearest
 corner. When Alyx disables a barrier, hurry inside and unfasten a ladder by
 blowing off its lock. The roof's pipework provides a bridge behind the 2nd
 barrier, which has a vent entry (ventry?) point. The easiest way to disable
 is to open the door, then shoot the core out there, where it can bounce
 around harmlessly without flying back into the generator's tractor field.

 Now the road's open again! Get supplies, the gnome, and Alyx, and head on
 down the road. A landslide blocks the main way, and a makeshift ramp means
 Gordon's gonna have to channel the Dukes of Hazzard to get down the mountain.
 On the lowroad, the fifth and final cache lights up. Behind a stump, an arrow
 points up the cliff -- aha! A suspended crate. Use nearby rocks to knock the
 contents, mostly magnum ammo and two SMG grenades, out of their cradle.

 At this point, it's generally smooth sailing to the White Forest Base (and
 coincidentally, the ASCII map above's run out of room). The asphalt ends and
 forces the team to follow the river, where, after jumping the gate, a fun
 battle reintroduces DOG, Alyx' pet robot, to the team again. Once he's ripped
 a strider's brains out in a violent manner (good boy!) it's time to visit the
 base, up the mountain road. There's an option to race DOG, although it's not
 mandatory (it does result in an achievement though).

 NOTE: For gnome-carriers who want the "Pedal to the Medal" achievement, save
       before the race, pull ahead early and beat him, then reset and take it

 Once at the base, the gate's opened and everyone can go in on foot, gnome

06) OUR MUTUAL FIEND                                                     [WK25]
                      |H      __   |      |¯¯¯|¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯|
                      |S|¯¯/ /  \  |      | * | Starting Point  |
                      |E|_/ /¯¯¯¯  |      | C | Crossbow/Ammo   |
                     _|    / /¯¯¯\ (      | E | HEV Suit Energy |
                     \_ _¯( sHM ) ) )     | G | Grenades        |
   Shutoff   _______ /M H\ \_\   __/      | H | Health Refill   |
    Switch  /G H___ \¯¯¯) ) ) ) (         | M | Magnum/Ammo     |
          \/¯/ /     \ / / /¯¯  ¯¯¯¯¯¯|   | m | Missiles/Ammo   |
          (ME (    ¯¯|¯G___\¯\¯\¯¯| |¯    | P | Pistol/Ammo     |
           \H\_\    ¯¯¯ CMG|\sMP    |     | R | Pulserifle/Ammo |
            ¯   )¯¯¯|¯¯/¯¯¯\¯\¯¯) )_|     | S | Shotgun/Ammo    |
            |¯¯¯|_   ¯¯     )CE  _|       | s | SMG/Ammo        |
            |       |\¯\___/ /__|         |___|_________________|
            |_  |H|_| \_____/
            |  * ¯|  Silo #1
 Like the "Black Mesa East" chapter in Half-Life 2, a lot of this chapter is
 just witnessing dialogue between the reunited allies. [There's a particularly
 funny NPC conversation near the start where one guy pretends to be an RPG
 expert while one guy tries to prove him wrong.] After awhile, Gordon's party
 will visit grumpy Dr. Magnusson's rocket silo, and our main man will be asked
 to visit the areas below to see what's causing the false, un-silent alarms.

 NOTE: Finally, the "Little Rocket Man" achievement can be obtained. Before
       going to check on anything, put the gnome into the rocket's open space
       and close the door. The achievement isn't obtained if the door's open,
       and many a player has rued the day the final step's been forgotten! And
       yes, Lamar always jumps inside the rocket and can't be coaxed out...but
       I guess Kleiner could use a new pet. =)  THIS IS THE ONLY TIME THE SILO
       IS VISITED so it can't be put off for later.

 Once Magnusson opens the ladder downward, use the elevator there to get into
 the lower corridors ("What are you waiting for, Freeman? A hug?"). Down below,
 shut off the steam valve and find that Uriah isn't paying attention, so break
 the glass to the emergency override switch to get through. There's some
 supplies beyond, but it's rather quiet...until a sudden attack traps our hero
 en route to the secondary silo.

 Duck underneath the mini-stairway to reach another silo. The vantage from
 below the walkway shows a few hunters running amok, and Gordon's actually
 in a reasonably useful spot to take them out -- some of the wooden panels
 protecting him can be blown off by the flechette attacks, though. A couple
 of manhacks make a rare appearance, too. If one doesn't want to perform the
 hide-n'-shoot method, there are explosives and magnum ammo boxes scattered
 around the place. When the coast is clear, use the upper walkway to shut off
 the burst pipe blocking a ladder.

 After the autosave, venture into the tunnel a bit to cue a combine invasion.
 Bait the others out into the open because there's also a mini-turret bearing
 down one of the paths (a well-placed grenade = solution). A 2nd tunnel turret
 forces Gordon into a semi-flooded room with more foot soldiers, and even
 worse visibility/cover. Let them approach rather than vice versa to preserve
 health. Neutralize the 2nd turret when possible, then loot the room and
 save before venturing into the adjacent rampway. There's a 3rd turret here,
 plus a few soldiers, PLUS someone who starts a flaming rolling barrel toward
 Gordon...it's like a carnival! And in case y'wanted to fight another hunter,
 one appears at the slope's summit. =)

 The following hallway rounds an unnamed, unseen silo, and has minimal
 supplies. A red Combine flare nearby belies an ambush, so be prepared to
 kill the two quickly. Use the broken staircase to get over a fence, where a
 few supplies (magnum, crossbow) can be found. The waterlogged passage leads
 into the secondary silo itself. Be prepared to surface quickly and jump to
 the lowest grate, because the multi-tiered walkways are buzzing with combine
 activity. [There's no real "strategy" for ascending, besides sniping with the
 crossbow -- this is one of the best times to use that stockpiled ammo.] A
 good tip is that the enemy can't show straight downward, but crossbow bolts
 pierce right through, so aim for the next-highest enemies first.

 At the top of the silo, Gordon can just walk to the shutoff switch...NOT!
 Find some cover, then crowbar a few manhacks. [If you're trying to get the
 "Hack Attack" achievement, perhaps use this time to rack up a few extra
 kills.] The Combine up here are holed up in the control room, so one good
 grenade throw can rid the world of 'em...or if all else fails, bumrush with
 the handy shotgun. Through the broken window, hit the green switch to start
 closing the silo doors (why was it open in the first place? Who knows?) -- a
 few more Elites try to get through but it's advisable to just wait everything

 The curbed invasion brings Alyx and a medic (hi!) to the scene, plus an easy
 way out of this hellhole. Once the vortigaunt opens the exit door -- which
 may require leading him to it -- it's time for a few more dialogue scenes.
 When it's apparent the enemy striders'll try to intervene with the rocket's
 launch, Magnusson borrows Freeman to prepare for battle. It's at this time
 the main weapon for the fight will be revealed: stickybombs! They can be
 called the "Magnusson Device" or a "Magnusson," but let's not stroke the
 good doctor's ego or anything...

 Stickybombing an enemy is done in three steps: (1) obtaining one, from any
 of the soon-to-be-found delivery ports, and using the gravity gun to hold it
 (2) firing it at a strider's main body -- successful shots will stick, others
 will bounce off (3) using any firearm to explode the bomb, instantly killing
 the strider. Magnusson lets Gordon get in some practice on a defunct strider,
 so do as much as possible to prepare for the ones coming up. The car's also
 been fitted with a slot to hold a stickybomb for fast travel. [Those who
 didn't get the rocket launcher in "Under the Radar" can get another one by
 the vehicle.]

|¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯| NOTES ABOUT UPCOMING INVASION
|          SAWMILL     ENTRY POINT       | ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯
|               \    __/                 | • 1-3 striders can be in the map at
|        ,-'¯\   \  \  \_   ENTRY POINT  |   a time, and may be fast- or slow-
| CRANES-)    \___\__)   '-._       \    |   -moving. Accompanying hunters can
| ENTRY  )         |_|       '-._/¯¯¯\   |   destroy m-devices, so watch out!
| POINT /  ,'¯'.        _,-.    _ (¯\ \  |
|      /  (    /   )¯\ (    \  |_| ) ¯   | • The vehicle can store only one
|     (    )_,'   /  (  '.   )    /\     |   stickybomb at a time, so Gordon
|      \   |_|   (_   }   '-'    / WATER |   should familiarize himself with
|      (    |      \_/      _   /  TOWER |   each dispensary's location before
|       '-_.|~-._ _        | | /         |   starting the event.
|           |    )_|  _ /¯¯¯|¯¯          |
|    DISPENSARY--)   |_(--DISPENSARY     | • Only the 3 fast striders have the
|      BUILDING (       )  BUILDING      |   building-destroying capabilities!
|               (  | |  )                |
|                ¯¯/¯ ¯¯                 | • The sawmill and dispensaries are
|                BASE                    |   the only "friendly" landmarks to
|________________________________________|   save in "Neighborhood Watch".

 Approaching the sawmill starts a little dialogue and the strider event, so
 those who want the Neighborhood Watch achievement (and perhaps "Hit and Run,"
 since it's the last chance to do so) should make a separate save before the
 place gets crazy. For reference, striders can only enter the map from a few
 points, namely the cranes and water tower areas, so there's not too much
 running around. 

 NOTE: Saving before and after each killed strider is very helpful, so long
       as one isn't painted into a corner (i.e. play a little to make sure a
       situation isn't unbeatable).

 NOTE: It's a game over if any strider reaches the missile base, so even the
       slow-moving striders can be dangerous if left alone too long!
  ____ _______________ ______________________________________________________
 | WV | STRIDERS      | NOTES                                                |
 | 01 | Cranes (Slow) | Preparedly kill first, then restock car immediately  |
 | 02 | S'mill (Fast) | Destroys mill when in range; y'gotta be ready for it |
 | 03 | WTower (Slow) | The tower itself has no supply point; use the mill!  |
 | 04 | Cranes (Slow) | Ample time to resupply the vehicle afterward         |
 | 05 | S'mill (Slow) | Can be killed first while WTower's left for last     |
 |    | WTower (Slow) | Can be killed first while S'mill's left for last     |
 |    | Cranes (Fast) | Can destroy western dispensary -- kill this second!! |
 | 06 | WTower (Fast) | Can destroy eastern dispensary -- kill this ASAP!    |
 | 07 | Cranes (Slow) | Doesn't matter which order this is done in, so long  |
 |    | S'mill (Slow) | as Gordon gets one out of the way first (cranes is   |
 |    | WTower (Slow) | best). It's imperative to run over hunters if found, |
 | 08 | S'mill (Slow) | so run them over whenever the chance is given! They  |
 | 09 | Cranes (Slow) | endanger the Magnusson devices and follow Gordon...  |

 After the eighth strider dies (wave 6), there'll be a small intermission for
 Gordon to heal up, but mostly position himself to get a leg-up on the 5-foe
 stretch. When the ninth wave fiiinally ends, the game's pretty much over.
 Return to base.

07) T-MINUS ONE     [WK26]
 The final chapter is dialogue-centric, so there's no challenge to be had --
 just follow Alyx around basically. If the player put the garden gnome into
 the rocket, Kleiner can be overheard commenting how the rocket has an excess
 weight of 8.5lbs (haha). Once Gordon presses the big red button, watch the
 harrowing events. Episode 3 should be mighty interesting...
          _________          _______    _______  _        ______   _ 
          \__   __/|\     /|(  ____ \  (  ____ \( (    /|(  __  \ ( )
             ) (   | )   ( || (    \/  | (    \/|  \  ( || (  \  )| |
             | |   | (___) || (__      | (__    |   \ | || |   ) || |
             | |   |  ___  ||  __)     |  __)   | (\ \) || |   | || |
             | |   | (   ) || (        | (      | | \   || |   ) |(_)
             | |   | )   ( || (____/\  | (____/\| )  \  || (__/  ) _ 
             )_(   |/     \|(_______/  (_______/|/    )_)(______/ (_)

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(¯{     } ) VI. PORTAL WALKTHROUGH                                       [COM4]

 Portal is a simulator of sorts, where the player is tasked with solving a
 puzzle using the -- what else? -- portal gun. Portals come in two kinds: a
 blue entrance and an orange exit. Changing these around is the key to
 puzzle-solving! Here's the lowdown on portals:

 • Portals have an entrance (blue) and exit (orange)

 • There can only be one portal entrance & exit open at a time. New portals
   supersede the old ones.

 • To fling oneself overwalls, place an exit portal high on a wall and shoot
   the floor with an entrance. Jumping through the entrance builds up velocity
   which is maintained when flying out the exit, hopefully clearing whatever
   hurdles are in one's way.

 • Objects, such as energy balls and companion cubes, can go through portals
   just as Chell can. This is also critical to puzzle-solving.

 • Elevators' particle fields disintegrate objects, which means said objects
   can't be taken from level to level. This isn't that important in the long
   run, however, as doing such a thing is totally unnecessary.

 • THE FLINGING TECHNIQUE. Some solutions require using velocity to clear
   obstacles. This is done by placing an exit on a high-up spot and an entrance
   anywhere (although some parts may require extra velocity so putting the
   entrance at the bottom of a pit, for instance, is needed). When jumping
   through the portal, the velocity helps the player get extra distance;
   if even more distance is needed, on the way down, fire a new entrance at
   the floor -- this continues the fall, preserving velocity and adding more!
   Practicing this technique can be vital to success!
CHAPTER 01     [WK27]  Testchamber 00
 Puzzles are often divided by rooms or room clusters, so that's how the guide
 will be split up (nineteen in all).

 ROOM 0: The player -- or the silent protagonist Chell -- starts here, in a
 relaxation vault with a 1:00 timer counting down. A couple button commands
 are shown here to acclimate one to how things'll go. When the timer ends, a
 portal opens, leading out of the cell. Another concept -- using a cube to
 depress a door-opening button -- is introduced in the adjacent chamber. Doing
 this correctly opens the way out of this place.

 ROOM 1: Jump down to find a portal pair that alternates access between a
 cube, button, and exit area. What to do is obvious -- the purpose of this
 room is to show the player that carryable objects are capable of being taken
 through portals.

 ROOM 2: [3 Cameras] When possible, jump down to the portal gun on its stand
 and get it for yourself! It can only make blue (entrance) portals here,
 meaning the exit will be fixed for awhile...however, this makes problem-
 -solving easier. This is also the first chance to start destroying cameras for
 the "Camera Shy" achievement. Shooting a camera with a blue portal severs it
 from the wall, much to Aperture Science's chagrin, so that's how y'do it. To
 reach the other cameras, remember this tidbit: just because an orange portal
 is an exit doesn't mean it can't be used as an exit! Shooting the blue portal
 into out-of-the-way places and going through the fixed orange portal connects
 to those places! When all cameras are destroyed, exit to the next room.

 ROOM 3: [3 Cameras] This tiny room is about using portals to cross gaps. Make
 a blue anywhere to cross the first unjumpable gap, then shoot another blue by
 the elevator; this allows Chell to use the orange portal to cross the gap.
 Basically, this room's meant to demonstrate using the fixed portal as both an
 entrance and exit.

CHAPTER 02     [WK28]  Testchamber 04
 ROOM 4: [2 Cameras] A button needs to be pressed but the weighted cube is in
 a pit. Here, shoot a blue into the floor and carry the cube through the fixed
 orange, back up to the top.

 ROOM 5: [3 Cameras] There are two cubes for two buttons here, one in a pit --
 which can be brought upwards in the same fashion as the previous room -- and
 another cube on an isolated platform. Here, enter the opposite platform via
 the orange portal, then do the "exit as entrance" method of getting across
 (i.e. shooting a blue on wall by cube, going through orange to reach it).
 When the door opens, Chell's locked in by the elevator, and has to use the
 new ceiling portal to reach the lift. Don't forget to hit the third and last
 camera here!

 ROOM 6: [0 Cameras] This room introduces the energyball, which shoots from
 its receptor, goes until it hits an object, then bounces back where it came.
 The exit portal is already aligned with the e-ball so shoot a blue above the
 unused receptor to "connect the circuit" and open the exit door.

 ROOM 7: [0 Cameras] Basically the same as the last room. Complete the energy
 ball's circuit (by shooting a blue where it hits the wall), which activates
 the mobile platform on one end of the room. To land on it, shoot a portal in
 the usable part of the ceiling -- brown tiles don't hold a portal, as I'm
 sure you've found out -- and jump through the fixed exit. If all goes well,
 Chell lands right on the ride and can jump to the elevator.

CHAPTER 03     [WK29]  Testchamber 08
 ROOM 8: [0 Cameras] This room introduces a consequence for failure: an acidic
 floor that kills on touch! Like before, the 1st step is completing the energy
 pellet's circuit, and the key to placing the portal lies in where it hits the
 wall (leaving that nasty black smudge). It's a 3-step process, basically: (1)
 shoot the pellet's first smudge to make part of its route go perpendicular to
 its initial (2) shoot its 2nd smudge while it's going perpendicular to keep
 it going that way (3) shoot a blue underneath the observation window, making
 the pellet hit the platform-powering contraption. Save before the 3rd step to
 avoid doing it all over, if y'like. Finally, get to the fixed orange's
 platform and shoot a blue into the ceiling above the moving platform; then,
 go back through the orange to fall onto the platform and get to the end.

 ROOM 9: [0 Cameras] This is touted as an impossible puzzle by GlaDOS, but it
 isn't actually. Shoot a portal underneath the cube to get it onto the
 platform and follow after it. The particle field below prevents hauling the
 object through (it disintegrates) but the convenient little window above it
 is great for shooting a portal! Aim it anywhere and take the cube through the
 fixed exit, landing on the other side by the red button.

CHAPTER 04     [WK30]  Testchamber 10
 ROOM 10: [1 Camera] There's a fixed portal above the entrance here, so shoot
 a blue at the floor -- falling through uses velocity, thus propelling Chell
 forward from the horizontal portal! It seems complicated but is quite an easy
 concept to get once y'see it in action. Repeat this same thing in the next
 room, only use the floor of the pit -- greater fall, greater momentum. This
 is repeated yet again for the third room, only this time the fixed portal is
 the destination and one'll have to put a blue portal on the upper, projecting
 panels. [And, it has to be done again after that...they're really beating the
 player over the head with this'un!]

 ROOM 11: [1 Camera] The camera is right above the entrance, so don't miss it!
 This room debuts the portal gun's final upgrade, the "exit function"! To get
 it, shoot a blue portal anywhere and wait until the...uh, exit-shooter makes
 an entrance that isn't above acid. One of the possible entrances is right by
 a red-buttoned lever -- this opens a tiny flap across the way for about 5-6
 seconds. The object is to shoot a blue portal through there, then when the
 exit-shooter plasters an orange portal on the nearest wall, jump through to
 reach the next area.

 Chell should now be in the isolated portion with an energy pellet device.
 Shoot a blue portal where the pellet hits the wall, which should let the
 thing get access to the acidic chamber. If left alone, the pellet will end
 up completing the circuit itself, although given what's been learned so far,
 the player can expedite that with some portal trickery. Either way, this'll
 power the mobile platform. Make a blue portal nearby and the exit-shooter
 should come around to making an exit right over the waiting platform. This
 lets Chell ride to the exit-shooter and once claimed, the portal gun is
 finally complete! It can now shoot orange exits with the left trigger. Hit
 the red-button lever here to open a different wall flap momentarily -- shoot
 an exit through there, then ride the platform back to the wall and jump thru
 an entrance. The elevator at last!

 ROOM 12: [0 Cameras] Place an exit on the upper, projecting panels, then put
 an entrance at the bottom of the stairway pit. Once again use velocity to
 reach the upper parts of the chamber (this is done twice), until reaching a
 ledge with a red button. A nearby panel will project and become slanted --
 put a portal on it and use the pit-bottom portal to get even more velocity
 and reach the highest ledge where a cube is. [In order to reach the highest
 ledge, y'may have to blind jump to the pit's portal!] Toss the cube down to
 the button and jump after it, opening the exit door on the highest ledge.
 Then it's repetition from there!

CHAPTER 05     [WK31]  Testchamber 13
 [3 Cameras] Use the portals to open the first locked door, then make it so
 one portal's in the next room and the other's in the current -- this allows
 Chell to bypass the door while taking the cube with her. In the next room
 with many raised platforms, connect the energy pellet circuit to reactivate
 the mobile platform. Use the portals to drop in from the ceiling onto said
 platform, taking its cube -- both cubes should now be available to Chell in
 the chamber. Make a portal circuit (aim at the dice-looking designs) and drop
 each cube through, landing on the buttons; when both are done, the door opens.
 From there, just get to the door like normal and leave this sucker behind!

CHAPTER 06     [WK32]  Testchamber 14
 [0 Cameras] The levels are getting longer! Hang a left up the stairs to reach
 a energy pellet receptor with no match, plus a cube on portalproof tiles. To
 reach the cube, do the flinging method: put a portal on the wall opposite it,
 then put its end at the bottom of a pit; jump through and use velocity to
 reach it. When that's all done, put a portal above the receptor and use the
 cube to power the downstairs door. This leads to an acid pool with retracting
 platforms, so jump across -- don't use portals -- to reach the energy pellet
 bouncing around. Place a portal at its black wall smudge and it should fire
 into the receptor across the chamber, powering the exit elevator. Follow
 after it and finish this sucker.

CHAPTER 07     [WK33]  Testchamber 15
 [5 Cameras] This is the first fling-happy level. Basically, put an exit on
 the upper, projecting panels in the main chamber, then put an entrance in a
 nearby wall panel. After jumping through, normal velocity won't be enough to
 pass through the particle field -- the solution is, in midfall, to fire
 another entrance at where Chell will land, which gives extra velocity and
 should clear the hurdle. Remember this tactic!!

 The adjacent chamber is a little harder than normal. It features two particle
 fields and an energy pellet that needs to go to its receptor! Orchestrate the
 portals so pellet, in its natural route, passes overhead of the receptor.
 When it's passing overhead, enter the particle field -- which also removes
 all present portals, y'may notice -- to trap the pellet in its new cycle. 
 Stand by the receptor, shoot a portal where the pellet normally hits and
 overhead, which should complete the circuit when the thing comes back.

 This leads to the humungous third chamber. It's basically the same as the
 first -- using extra velocity to clear the particle field -- except most of
 the floor and wall is portalproof, so the ease of previous method has to be
 rethought. The solution: put an entrance at the upstairs pit's bottom, then
 use velocity to fly onto the normal tiles. Once over this hurdle, there's a
 pellet receptor that needs to be fired up. Velocity-jump the hurdle's field
 nearby to get near the two slanted tiles turned away from each other. When
 the pellet's going back to its starting point, put a portal at the walls each
 slanted tile faces -- this should complete the circuit satisfactorily.
 Velocity-jump back over the hurdle.

 The next corridor is filled with acid and platforms moving in one direction,
 so moving upstream is necessary. Place a portal right by the entrance to
 this tunnel, then the match at the farthest wall; once on a platform, place
 the match farther down the tunnel. Keep repeating this until reaching the
 exit elevator.

 Now it's the final chamber. Ride the elevator up to a red-buttoned lever,
 seeing that it momentarily opens one of the two shades blocking a receptor;
 across this balcony ledge is the other button lever. The objective is to
 fire a portal underneath the energy pellet so that it's aimed at the receptor,
 hit the first button lever, then quickly make a path to the 2nd lever and
 hit that -- with both levers up the pellet should hopefully have clearance to
 power the exit elevator. [This can take a few tries.]

CHAPTER 08     [WK34]  Testchamber 16
 [5 Cameras] The normally scheduled course has been replaced with a military
 simulation, and live-firing turrets can mow down Chell if she's not careful.
 Knocking these over will deactivate them after a moment, so as long as their
 red laserbeam -- their "eyesight" basically -- is avoided, things'll be hunky
 dory. Portals can be used to bypass their defenses, so there's not much
 difficulty here -- it's more about having some fun instead of tediousness.

 [This is also the best level to get the "Friendly Fire" achievement on. I
 suggest dropping the 2nd turret onto the 3rd one, since it (3rd) has a red
 "x-marks-the-spot" overhead, making aiming rather easy. Turrets can also be
 carried if approached from behind.]

 In fact, plenty of turrets have that red "X" overhead, so quickly pop into
 view, put a portal there, then drop other turrets or weighted cubes through
 a matching portal...lots of fun. If you're having trouble, remember that the
 those awesome cubes can be used as shields when advancing towards an angered
 turret! [Even though they have cute robogirl voices, they still kill with

CHAPTER 09     [WK35]  Testchamber 17
 [2 Cameras] A little ways down pathway, a tube drops a Weighted Companion
 Cube, those lovable cubes with heart insignias. Its name is derived from how
 it's meant to stick with Chell throughout the level (it also has the capacity
 to love but that's not important here...), helping her get up on ledges or
 as a shield against attack. In fact, atop the first set of ledges, the 2nd
 part will have to be used -- use it to deflect an energy pellet! [Save before
 this in case something goes wrong.] When going up the parallel stair, go up
 backwards because if the pellet is broken against the far wall, it'll be shot
 again and hit Chell from behind.

 The next area has three pellet receptors, each powering a lift necessary to
 (legitimately) reach the exit. Here's how to turn on each:

 • The easiest is in the isolated room with a receptor and a pellet-shooter.
   Use the flat edge of the companion cube to ricochet the pellet into its
   receptor -- bingo bango!
 • Put the companion cube on the higher of the two gate buttons, then use the
   portals to get back up toward the two pellet-shooters passed en route to
   this area. Put a portal where the pellet hits, and another on the lift
   area's lower, projecting panel (the one aimed at the gates). When the
   pellet passes through, quickly step on the 2nd gate button to let it pass
   by cleanly and activate another lift.

 • There should only be one remaining pellet-shooter, and it's the first one
   encountered during this mission. Put a portal where it hits, then return
   to the lift room. See how the upper receptor is slanted? The trick is to
   put the exit portal on the ceiling opposite that receptor, so when the
   pellet fires downward, it hits the slanted portion and fires straightaway
   to the proper destination.

 With all three lifts raised, get the companion cube onto the high ledge and
 start using the raised platforms to reach a far ledge. [The companion cube
 will probably be dropped on each platform during the jump, forcing the player
 to redo this for each.] There's a final button for the cube to depress...
 unfortunately for it, it opens into a booth with an incinerator's lever! The
 player is then forced to euthanize the companion cube, earning the Fratricide
 achievement (if not already obtained) and opening the exit.

CHAPTER 10     [WK36]  Testchamber 18
 [2 Cameras] The first part of this mission should be a cinch -- it's basically
 just using portals to cross acid, while climbing higher all the while. When
 Chell reaches a circular locked door, use the flinging method to reach the
 ledge opposite there (the one with a button). Press the red-button lever to
 make part of the wall extend; enter.

 There are four turrets here on platforms and they'll make this part of the
 puzzle hard, if not impossible, to solve. Notice how there are four black
 smudges on the wall from the energy pellet? Set up a portal at one, with its
 exit at where a turret's "eyesight" is looking, and systematically knock each
 nuisance into the lava.

 The next step is powering up a pellet receptor nearby -- notice how it's
 protected by a shade? The lever for it is elevated and accessible by falling
 out of the slanted panel nearby. Put a portal on the panel (far) opposite the
 receptor, then send a pellet through. Quickly reorganize the portals to hit
 the lever, and when the receptor's powered-up, the room's platform becomes
 mobile. However, this can't give direct access to the weighted cube! To reach
 that ledge (1) jump to the portalproof niche below there (2) hit the lever
 there to make part of the far wall turn upwards (3) place an exit at that
 upward-turned portion, then an entrance nearby, allowing passage back to that
 ledge (4) quickly place a new entrance at the acid-level platform, then jump
 through, propelling Chell to the cube's ledge.

 Whew. Move the cube to the other ledge, near the locked white door. To get
 the cube past, do the above portion again to make the wall outturn, giving
 passage through (if you're quick enough). Past the newly-opened door, there
 is another acid chamber with multiple platforms. This part can be kinda hard
 so save first. Put an exit on the lowest platform and an entrance at the pit's
 bottom. Jump through and in midair, move the exit to the next-highest platform
 and the entrance to the platform immediately below. Keep repeating this, at
 least until reaching the highest level platform. From there, Chell can hit
 the slanted platform with a portal and place an entrance on a lower (within
 jumping distance of course), and propel to the exit elevator.

CHAPTER 11     [WK37]  Testchamber 19
 [3 Cameras] Here it is, the "final" exercise. Chell starts in an area with 2
 slanted tiles and a pellet-shooter/receptor. Power that sucker up to make a
 platform start moving over a li'l acid canal. Ride it, or use portals, to
 reach a red-button lever in a nook by the gate it controls -- the gate shuts
 too fast to ride it manually, but the portal workaround should let Chell hop

 Use portals to get rid of the pellet rattling around the passage, and follow
 until an obstruction can force Chell off the ride. Put an entrance and exit
 portal on the same side, opposite barrier -- leaping through one should land
 on the rest of the platform that's already passed under. Unfortunately, the
 beautiful serenades of cake have all been lies! All that waits at the end of
 the joyride is a fiery, fiery death! Hellfire! Luckily, it can be avoided by
 putting a portal on the platform wall above the death pit, then an entrance
 on any of the walls before the fire. From here, use the flinging method to
 reach the dingy metal balcony across from the pit-o'-flame. [This earns the
 "Partygoer" achievement.]

 Portal yourself up the broken staircase. Past the door (opened normally),
 use the portals to bypass a locked chain-link fence, then past a ventilation
 fan. This leads to a pit of acid which, of course, is also crossed by using
 the p-gun. Once on the opposite side, the door there is locked -- what's
 needed is using the portals to land on the catwalk leading to the observation
 room. [The jump can be kinda difficult since an actual jump's required, not
 momentum or just falling.] Once made, don't actually go to the sciencey area,
 but the rusty, gross opposite side. Use the flinging method to reach the
 broken catwalk above there, which leads to a circular air vent. It's broken,
 and when Chell enters, she's swept onward without any ability to control the

 Jump through the hole to land in...the "impossible" Testchamber 9!? Only this
 time it's not in use, so there's no cubes or anything to assist. Stand on the
 switch and portal past it, then down the elevator shaft. To bypass the locked
 gate, portal into the shaft's bottom and the low ceiling by one a laterally-
 -moving piston. To get out of the room, stand on a vertically-moving piston,
 portal into the top of that low "ceiling", then portal underneath it too (by
 crouching) -- essentially, the p-gun's made a hole to jump out of (hilarious
 considering all the possibilities of the gun). The lateral piston leads to a
 blocked shaft: portal entrance inside, backtrack and use an exit to bypass.
 There's little wiggle room in here but the low portal/high portal trick to
 reaching upper ledges still applies. Chell can exit this area now...

 The next room has four vertically-moving pistons. To exit, pick one that hits
 the ceiling, fire a portal entrance straight up, then fire an exit at the
 high passage -- Chell should be pushed through the entrance portal instead of
 being squished. [This can be done a number of ways, naturally.] Down the
 rusty hall, this technique is to be repeated again, although our heroine may
 accidentally fall by a lateral piston and be smushed, so watch it. Once she
 lands safely, start working higher. When the game autosaves by the cube-
 -making pipe, y'know you're going the right way.

 Harnessing the flinging method, land on an the highest green catwalk. Use
 the portals to bypass some of the more dangerous piston setups, reaching a
 room where, overhead, a crapload of pistons and clamping pipes are retracting
 and extending. Once Chell makes it onto one of the upper devices, put a portal
 in a floor behind the fence and get outta this hectic place (follow the cube
 pipes). The next puzzle involves getting onto a piston that passes over a
 cube pipe: put an exit portal on the wall the piston hits when fully
 extended, then backtrack a bit and put an entrance on the wall above some
 acid -- do a good jump and land right on the piston! Jump down the hole marked
 with a red arrow when possible.


 Further in, the floor retracts and drops Chell in a pit with three doors, and
 after a smidge, turrets appear in each (although not at once). A player's
 already learned how to dispose of turrets so this isn't hard, unless one's
 shot in the back for being slow to act. One of the turrets' "garage" has a
 white mechanical hand in it -- there's also a gap in the ceiling, giving a
 vantage point over a 4th turret. Take it out, bypass the fence, portal onto
 the cube pipe, then jump to the balcony. A brightly-lit drop-down point shows
 a 5th turret.

 Take it out and the wall flaps open, revealing a generator room. Using that
 very flap, fling onto the walkway. The corridors are now quite sterile, none
 of that rustbucket junk. In a sideroom, press the red-button lever to summon
 a robot that fires RPGs -- it'll shatter the glass window, but that's the key
 to getting across the other side too (bait it into firing). This tactic is
 used to break the next glass window seen as well, although it has to be done
 with portals. To get out of this area, use the portals to bait the the robot
 into firing its rocket, then switch the nearest portal so that it fires at
 the pipe above, knocking down a weighted cube. This gives vent access, and
 leads to a tiny fan -- portal underneath it (may require backtracking).

 This leads to an acid collection pool, which is easily bypassed (I hope!).
 At the end is a tiny ceiling grate, which has just enough room to portal
 through -- it leads into a muddy area. When Chell portals to the upper rim,
 the game autosaves as a massive turret event starts. The first objective is
 to find cover, then portal into a turret's niche and disable it. Do this for
 all of 'em, actually! When they're gone, notice how two of the "garages" have
 flaps? Yes, it's flinging method time -- use the lower one to get access to
 the higher flap, then start flinging off that one to reach the opposite,
 highest ledge. [Autosave is the reward.] Two turrets are placed right after
 this, but portalling them out of commission works like usual. There's a large
 gap in the ceiling where the turrets came from: to get through, put a portal
 on the ground, then jump off the ledge nearby, using velocity to ascend! [It
 pays to save before this though.] From up here, it's a cinch to reach the
 lonely walkway series to...

 The semi-mean, semi-sweet computer who's been trying to kill you lately is a
 fun opponent, although not necessarily uber-difficult. When first approached,
 a part of it -- a white eyeball-like device -- falls off. The player has an
 unlimited amount of time to figure out what to do with it, which is operating
 the booth's lever and putting the "eyeball" into the incinerator across the
 way (portal over there).

 Destroying the first piece turns off GlaDOS' neurotoxin inhibitors, and she
 will start flooding the place with the nerve agent. This event also turns on
 the turret defenses, and that's the key to winning the battle. Essentially,
 bait the turret into firing, then let the rocket go through a portal and hit
 GlaDOS -- this knocks an "eyeball" loose. The first time this happens, the
 "eyeball" gets stuck on an easily accessible pipe; the second time, it's on
 a ledge that can only be accessed through the flinging method; the third and
 final time, the eyeball gets stuck in midair. To get it out of midair, it'll
 require falling right near it and picking it up with RB. Kinda annoying but
 for a portal pro, it's not that difficult. There's about a 6:00 to do all this
 in, before the neurotoxin 

 When its last "eyeball" is incinerated, GlaDOS goes bye-bye. This also earns
 the "Heartbreaker" achievement and beats the game! The cake is a lie, but
 the incredibly catchy "Still Alive" ending theme is totally worth all the
 pain and suffering.
          _________          _______    _______  _        ______   _ 
          \__   __/|\     /|(  ____ \  (  ____ \( (    /|(  __  \ ( )
             ) (   | )   ( || (    \/  | (    \/|  \  ( || (  \  )| |
             | |   | (___) || (__      | (__    |   \ | || |   ) || |
             | |   |  ___  ||  __)     |  __)   | (\ \) || |   | || |
             | |   | (   ) || (        | (      | | \   || |   ) |(_)
             | |   | )   ( || (____/\  | (____/\| )  \  || (__/  ) _ 
             )_(   |/     \|(_______/  (_______/|/    )_)(______/ (_)

 Beating the game allows one to do specialty versions of Chapters 5-10: least
 steps, portals, or time taken; or, an advanced map that's much harder than
 that nancyboy "standard" stuff!

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 Here's a list of terms that'll be thrown around when y'play this game, and
 are good to know for TF2 newcomers.

 • AIRSHOT: Term for when a soldier shoots an airborne enemy with a rocket.
   It's worth noting only because of the difficulty on the console, where one
   needs forewarning and time to adjust the shot. [The term can apply to other
   classes who have difficulty doing airshots, like demomen, but soldiers in
   particular stake claim to the term.]

 • ASSIST KILLS: When 2+ people concentrate their fire on an enemy and manage
   a kill, this occurs, and the kill display shows "[x] + [y] killed [z]".
   Person [y] would be counted with the assist; person [x] got the finishing
   blow so they'd get the normal points. Medics healing an ally who scores a
   kill automatically get the assist. Assists can be counted towards any kind
   of kill (besides suicide), such as dominations, revenges, etc.

 • ATTACK/DEFEND: This is a game mode played on multi-stage maps like Dustbowl,
   where one team is tasked with defending a stage (preventing control points
   from being captured) and the other with attacking (capturing all control

 • AUTOBALANCE: This is a feature that, when one team has two more players
   than the other, one is forcefully moved to that other team to even the
   forces out. Since this can split up clans and friends playing together,
   a host should always consider turning it off, for better or worse.

 • BACKSTABBING: When a spy attacks a target's back with his knife, instantly
   killing them. This can be performed with or without a disguise, but cannot
   be done while invisible -- the spy must first decloak to stab someone.

 • BATTLEMENTS: The name for the "sniper balcony" on 2Fort, overlooking the
   bridge area and opposite base.

 • BODYSHOT: This term is specifically used for snipers' hitting an opponent's
   body, i.e. any place but their head. Bodyshots don't automatically critical
   hit like headshots do, but sometimes its prudent to aim for the larger
   portions -- an example would be an approaching scout, an enemy sniper who
   may be lookin' your way, or opponents running from the fray and calling for
   a medic. [Fully-charged bodyshots will still take out any medic, sniper,
   spy, or engineer; sometimes there's no need to aim for the head!]

 • BOOSTJUMPING: AKA Boosting, Rocketjumping, Stickyjumping. This is an extra
   high jump accomplished when a demoman/soldier crouch-jumps into their
   explosive's blast. Since both classes have subnormal speed, this is a good
   way to surprise the enemy, by jumping into their battlements (on 2Fort) or
   getting onto out-of-the-way ledges to dominate the tiny peons below (like
   in Hydro). However, the user incurs damage while boostjumping, so it will
   result in a suicide if attempted at low health! [As a rule of thumb, it's
   more useful to rain down destruction from above than fire upwards at a

 • BUILDING: This is the collective term for an engineer's machines, being
   the teleporter, dispenser, and sentry/turret. It's also how they're listed
   in the player's progress report.

 • BUTTON REMAPPING: Although this isn't technically necessary, long-time
   players may remap their configuration to better allow for mobility. For
   instance, remapping jump can help scouts without having to take a finger
   off the right analog stick; remapping reload functions the same way. 

 • CAPPING: This is often heard in the form of spycapping, democapping, etc.
   This means the host has prevented (further) people from using a certain
   class by way of their options. While this is often done by a host to tip
   the odds in his/her favor -- such as being the only spy or engineer in the
   game -- it isn't always so sinister, and allows one to play themed games,
   such as an all-sniper 2Fort (common one).

 • CAPTURE THE INTELLIGENCE: This game mode has a team trying to infiltrate
   their opponent's base, take their briefcase of info, and reach their own
   intel room to "capture" it. This earns one point for the team. Dropped
   intelligence can be collected by other teammates; if no teammate touches
   the briefcase for 'x' amount of time, it respawns in its appropriate intel
   room. There's not much else to say about this CTI besides (1) intelligence,
   once taken, cannot be dropped unless the player dies or enters a supply room
   (2) spies cannot turn invisible while carrying the intel (3) the person
   carrying the intelligence leaves an actual paper trail, allowing close-by
   enemies to pursue easier. [This is basically a variation on CTF, or Capture
   the Flag, that some games have.]

 • CONTROL POINT: In some game modes, all of these must be captured to win a
   game. They look like metallic circles in the ground with a red/blue light
   pillar coming forth (or gray, if neutral). Capturing is when one team
   stands on another team's (or neutral) point, which shows an icon that it's
   proceeding. If capturing fails, the progress remains for awhile until it
   gradually starts wearing away -- this is done so a team doesn't lose all
   of its work in a heartbeat. [Control points can only be captured if their
   icon shows no padlock, i.e. they're closest to the last-captured. This way,
   a scout can't run to some far-off control point and capture it because no
   defensive effort could be made.]

 • CRITICAL HIT: When a weapon deals random extra damage instead of its normal
   range-based type. A player knows this has happened because "Critical Hit!!"
   appears over the target's head; their projectile may leave a team-colored
   trail or aura (as in bullets and stickybombs, respectively); and there's
   always an accompanying 'ding'. Special notes about critical hits are (1) the
   spy's knife can only critical during backstabs, not normal hits (2) players
   get higher critical hit chances the better they perform in-game, such as
   sustained kill streaks, etc.

 • CROCKET: Portmanteau of "Critical Rocket," naturally fired by soldiers.

 • DAMAGE SPREAD: There's an option to toggle this in the main options menu.
   Basically, projectile weapons do approximate damage within a range (such
   as a hypothetical 50±20), and toggling it off eliminates the range, making
   shots deal hurt more consistently. [At least I think that's how it works...]

 • DEATHCAM: [AKA Freezeframe] When a player dies, they see a "freezeframe" 
   (still image) of the person who killed them. This is done to reveal the
   location of the killer and allow one to properly provide a strategy to
   counter them, provided they haven't changed locations. If the player used
   a taunt after killing the victim, their funny pose will be showed during
   this segment, essentially blowing a raspberry at the recently deceased. ;p

 • DECLOAKING: This is the act of a disguised spy taking off his invisibility,
   either to imbed himself in friendly territory or just to avoid wasting it
   in an area with no enemies. Backstabbing cannot be done while cloaked, so
   this does factor in quite a bit to the class' gameplan. Being damaged by
   any means will show the enemy a silhouette of the spy as well, so while
   not a proper decloak, can be a very dangerous outcome. [Being lit on fire
   overrides cloaking's purpose of concealment, which makes pyros a very real

 • DESCOPING: When a sniper quits looking through his scope, returning his
   movement, vision, and charged shot gauge to normal. This should be done
   often to avoid getting backstabbed by spies, probably the snipers' most
   constant killers.

 • DOMINATION: When person [x] kills person [y] three times unanswered, person
   [x] becomes person [y]'s nemesis, and person [y] is considered "dominated."
   All dominators, except for cloaked spies, appear to the dominated with a
   special boxing-glove icon above their heads, easily identifying them. When
   person [y] kills person [x], a "revenge" takes place and the nemesis icon
   is dropped.

 • FACESTABBING: This is the occurance where a spy obtains a backstab kill
   while stabbing from the front. It occurs most often when the spy's victim
   is running backwards away from him, although some situations, such as where
   the spy is jumping over a target and aiming downard, can bring about this
   as well. Either way, it's a glitch.

 • GIBBING: Killing an enemy with an explosive, causing them to gib (turn into
   giblets). Naturally only demomen, soldiers and Lv3 sentries can do this.

 • GRIEFING: This is basically being a nuisance while playing, screwing around
   with your own team or the opposition. Examples would be healing enemy spies,
   teleporting teammates into places they can't escape from (like the
   observation deck in Red's 2Fort intel room), putting buildings outside or
   under the map for an advantage, just stupid gameplay (like flame-obscuring
   a sniper's sightlines as Pyro), etc.

 • HEADSHOT: In the Xbox 360 version, this can only be done by the sniper
   class. Basically, whenever a sniper hits an enemy in the head with his
   rifle, he scores a critical hit -- this instantly kills four (scout,
   sniper, medic, spy) classes if uncharged, and when fully charged, kills any
   other class (demoman, heavy, soldier, pyro), even if overhealed. Headshots
   do not work on ubercharged targets.

 • HUMILIATION: This is the period after winning a round but before the next
   begins. The winning team deals critical hits, moves faster, and can hunt
   down the losers, who move slower, can't attack, can't resupply, and have
   their turrets deactivated. Winners can also enter the enemy's normally
   inaccessible places, like their base's spawnpoints. Overall, this is just a
   way to give the winners a pat on the back while scolding the losers for
   their incompetence. [Cloaked spies don't automatically lose their disguise
   during this, however.]

 • JUGGLING: Certain weapons (rocket launcher, stickybomb/grenade launcher)
   can knock an opponent airborne, giving the attacker time to either shoot
   them out of the air or anticipate where they land, typically getting an
   easy kill out of the deal. It's can be hard to intentionally juggle the
   opponent, however, and typically occurs randomly when the foe jumps into
   or away from a blast radius; or, the explosion detonates while the target's
   on an incline, most commonly a stairway.

 • KILL LOG: The list in the upper-right corner during gameplay listing the
   most recent frags. Pay close attention to this! If you know where your
   friend is getting sniped at, spy is sapping your teleporter at, etc. then
   it can be an early warning system. [Own kills take presidence on the log and
   stay longer than allies', you'll notice.]

 • MEDIC BUDDY: A person being healed by a medic who also looks out for that
   medic's wellbeing in offensive situations. Classes that use explosives,
   pyros, and heavys are examples of good buddies, who can deal out quick,
   lethal damage in a short time period and hold their own in a fight due to
   decent health and firepower. An example of a class that's not a good medic
   buddy would be, say, a sniper -- single-shot primary? Can't watch the doc
   when yer scoped, son!

 • NINJANEER: Term for an engineer who's great (1) using well-placed sentries
   to prevent the enemy's advancement, seemingly no matter how large (2)
   infiltrating the enemy's base of operations to place sentries where they
   can do much damage. [Spawncamping is an amateur tactic and not associated
   with this superlative term.]

 • NULLNAME: When the game is lagging badly, there's a chance ally/foe names
   change to "nullname" -- basically, the data isn't being loaded. An event
   that accompanies this (in bad cases) is where "dummy players" die in the
   human-controlled players' spots, perhaps as a kind of self-correct method.
   Either way, "nullname" is not an actual person! If you're frequently seeing
   nullnames, it might be time to find a different game.

 • OVERTIME: When time runs out but a control point is being captured, the
   game goes into overtime to see how it plays out -- if the attackers claim
   it, time is added; if the defenders stonewall the attackers, the round ends.
   Overtime is not the same as Sudden Death, as respawning _is_ possible as
   long as the point's control is being contested.

 • PERFORMANCE REPORT: When a game is loading, or accessible from the menus,
   the player can see this report. It shows the amount of time played with
   each class, how many points obtained in those times, and other assorted
   curiosities, like how many headshots or invulns (ubercharges) were done in
   one life. 

 • POCKET UBER(CHARGE): When a medic initiates ubercharge and switches weapons,
   that ubercharge isn't automatically depleted, but rather stored in the
   medigun. Switching back to the medigun automatically reinitiates the uber,
   letting the medic escape some sticky situations it normally wouldn't be able

 • QUICKSTAB: This is when a spy scores a backstab with a normal knife swing,
   often resultant from a quick 180-degree turn while sidestepping a target.
   This is differentiated from a facestab since this is more of a taught skill,
   not a random glitch. [Similarly, a "cornerstab" is when you do a quickstab
   and just manage to hit the "back" area from the opponent's sides.]

 • RAGEQUITTING: When a player frustrated with their current situation (getting
   dominated, etc.) or team situation (getting beaten badly, teammates are
   horrible, etc.) quits the game prematurely. While sometimes there's a legit
   reason behind leaving -- such as wasting time with deadweight players or
   avoiding cheaters -- most of the time it's done for selfish reasons, and
   can hurt the team's chances of winning, even further perhaps.

 • RESPAWNING: When a player dies, they have 'x' amount of time until they're
   let back into the game -- this is usually 9-15 seconds, although it lowers
   the more the enemy team outnumbers your own. 

 • REVENGE: [See: Domination] When a dominated player kills the person who's
   been dominating them, a revenge kill takes place -- this makes the dominator
   lose his special icon. The 360 version has an achievement obtainable by
   getting five revenge kills.

 • SCOUT RUSHING: Strategy used in point-control and CTF games, where one team
   becomes predominantly of the scout class, and rushes forward to gain quick
   control of the point (they capture twice as fast as other classes) or to
   claim the intelligence before anyone can get their defenses setup properly.
   A single well-placed turret can often counter this strategy, though. Expect
   to see this a lot in Granary, 2Fort and the like.

 • SETUP: In Attack/Defend games, each team gets 1:00 to setup before starting
   the round -- basically, to let the defenders set up their turrets (etc.)
   and get placed. Defenders get basically the entire map to set up in, while
   the attackers are fenced off near their spawn during that one-minute time.

 • SKYWALKING: An exploit that allows a team to place turrets in the sky, and
   effectively kill enemies below with less effort than usual. It's countered
   by sniping/ubercharging generally, but oftentimes, the non-cheating team
   just leaves. After all, who wants to play with no-skill cheapos? [Don't
   forget to file cheating complaints against the offenders, too!]

 • SNIPER WAR: Term for a situation where each team's snipers are preoccupied
   with killing the other's, effectively doing little to help advancement (and
   understaffing the offense, generally).

 • SPAWNCAMPING: When an enemy(s) stands in front of a team's spawnpoint and
   slaughters them without letting them leave. For example, a heavy/medic
   combo supported by a turret -- leaving will be extremely difficult, even
   with a team-formulated plan. Although some can say a team in this situation
   brought it on themselves, there's no doubting that it's a cheap shot. [Note
   that changing classes inside a respawn point doesn't make one die, and may
   let the person start in another available spawnpoint, if applicable. This
   means if a team is cheaply camping one, just change classes until arriving
   at another, then flank 'em. This works best in maps like 2Fort, obviously.]

 • SPYCRAB: This "occurs" when a spy equips his cigarette disguise kit, then
   looks directly up while crouching -- the spy crab-walks around. Doing this
   offers no offensive advantage and, in fact, pretty much ensures the guy'll
   die if spotted. There's a phenomenon where many enemy players won't bother
   to kill the spycrab because they're allegedly "endangered species" and
   don't try to stab anyone.

 • SPYCHECKING: This is the act of shooting "teammates" in order to out a
   disguised spy. If the teammate is an actual friendly, they'll take no
   damage and may not even react to the threat; a disguised spy will take
   damage and may decloak, revealing his location, or act strangely, which
   also gives away his position.

 • STAB AND SAP: A technique used by spies to kill an engineer and deal with
   his sentry while it hasn't locked on. Naturally this works best when the
   sentry is facing away from the spy, as that position takes the most time
   to swivvel around. [One can be sloppier if the turret is Lv1 but it's not
   that wise to incur needless damage.]

 • STALEMATE: As the name suggests, this occurs when neither team wins, i.e.
   both fail in their map objective, within the allotted time limit. This is
   like a dual Humiliation, where neither team can attack and only taunts are

 • STICKY WHORE: Derogatory term for a demoman who always uses the stickybomb
   launcher in every situation, and doesn't switch even when it would be more

 • SUDDEN DEATH: When no team completes a map goal in the allotted time --
   such as failing to capture/defend a point -- the game goes into sudden
   death. In this mode, there's a short time limit to either complete the
   normal goal (like capturing intelligence) or killing the entire enemy
   team. No respawning or supplies are available during this portion, although
   engineers can still erect dispensers for supplies and medics can heal like
   normal. [Also, intelligence remains in the spot it was in normal play, so
   if a team goes into sudden death with the enemy intel in their base, they
   can simply reclaim it and walk it to the end for an easy win.] Unlike in
   normal play, when an engineer dies, all his buildings do as well -- this
   means spies can be more brazen in their tactics, like stabbing in front of
   a sentry.

 • TAUNTING: Pressing the X-button performs the class' taunt, which differs
   depending on what job the player is and what weapon's being held. In the PC
   versions, certain weapon taunts could instantly kill enemies too close to
   them; in the 360 version, they do nothing important. Taunting is popular
   for the Freezeframe, however.

 • TELEFRAGGING: This is an instant death scenario that occurs when an enemy
   stands on their opponent's teleport exit while someone's coming through the
   other side. This is done to discourage camping on teleports, which thrust
   their participant into a new situation where they can easily be swarmed by

 • TURTLING: [noun: turtlers] This usually applies to teams in CTF games, who
   focus purely on defense and don't bother trying to achieve the objective.
   An example would be the wide majority of players being engineers. Naturally
   the name derives from a turtle's defensive capability, pulling itself into
   its shell to hide from attackers.

 • UBERCHARGE: This applies to the Medic class. While healing targets, the
   class' ubercharge gauge is gradually filling up; if they die, it's depleted
   entirely. When full, and a target is being healed, L-Trigger will initiate
   the ability: 10 seconds of invulnerability! This is a good way to barrel
   through heavily-fortified areas -- such as with turrets, stickybombs, etc.
   -- without huge casualties. [AKA Invuln]

 • WEAPON HECKLING: This applies specifically to the scout, the fastest class.
   By repeatedly moving forward with the scattergun, and backpedaling with the
   pistol, opponents (such as pyros) may have to switch weapons in order to
   hit their target. The scout basically uses his speed to make the foe waste
   time cycling weapons, perhaps with a mismatched one, and giving time to
   close in for a potshot or retreat to safer ground. [This won't work on
   everyone, but it does work...just practice. Other classes can do this to
   a degree, such as by moving out of sight, but scout does it best.]

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 The Xbox 360 version currently has nine playable jobs, all with their own
 strengths and weaknesses. Unlike the PC version, there are no class-specific
 unlockables and few class-specific achievements; taunts, such as the Pyro's
 hadoken fireball, cannot kill anyone; there are no custom maps; most voice
 commands have been removed.

 But hey, that doesn't mean the game's a threadbare thrill -- there's still a
 lot to have fun with.
|- SCOUT - |-------------------------------------------------------------------
 Health: 125
 Speed : Highest

 Despite being tied for lowest health of everyone, this punk has a number of
 reasons to be used: (1) he can capture points twice as fast as any other
 class (2) double-jumping is possible by tapping the button again, and Scout
 can even change direction in midair, which is good if someone's coming up
 from behind (3) having the highest speed in the game means this class is
 highly lethal against some of the slower classes, like medics. Staying mobile
 is the key, as well as making quick work of people by shooting from behind.

 • Scattergun [6/32] -- a quick-reloading sawed-off shotgun, that does lethal
   damage in close proximity but a lot less at mid-range (or farther). It's
   pretty common for a scout battling a foe to wait for an opening to charge
   in, fire at close range, and back out again.

 • Pistol [12/36] -- just a normal pistol with no special attributes, except
   its average accuracy. Use it for mid- to long-range fire.

 • Baseball Bat -- melee weapon. It'll do less damage than other classes'
   similar weapons, but attacks faster than all of them, so the damage stack
   can be worthwhile, especially if attacking unsuspecting targets. Remember
   that the weapon still has a decent critical hit chance per swing, so it's
   not a bad tradeoff...don't be surprised to see "bat scouts" who do little

 • Medics -- in comparison, they're just too slow and have comparitively lesser
   firepower to defend themselves with. In a straight fight, nine times out of
   ten, the doctor is down.

 • Snipers -- since the class' best abilities require it to stand still and
   charge its critical shot, close-range scouts maul these guys. Even if a
   sniper should spot a scout at long-range, one who keeps mobile SHOULD have
   a high chance of avoiding damage, even if the opponent's got a high stick
   sensitivity. [Also, double-jumping + sniper's ledges = bye-bye]

 • Spies -- they just won't have the capacity to backstab a scout who's giving
   'em the runaround, especially if they've given themselves away. Just be
   careful not to get facestabbed on accident!

 • Sentries -- these automated turrets expose the scout's low health, and will
   undoubtedly kill them if in range for more than a second or two. Popshotting
   an unwatched sentry is possible, but if it's being continuously repaired by
   an opposing engineer, it's an impasse.


 • Know when to double jump! While it's enough to propel one over an enemy,
   or catch them off-guard, being able to change direction applies to where
   the scout is facing, not where he's landing...basically, prolonged flight
   lets a quick enemy know exactly where Scout's gonna end up.

 • Half the maps (Granary, Well, Hydro) are point-capturing levels, which is
   where the scout's strengths can be brought to the forefront. This will be
   especially evident if the opposition is disorganized or "doing their own
   thing," and even applies to CTF rounds.

 • Close-range fighting is "the butter zone" for scouts, and they shouldn't be
   used for anything else, in my opinion. Take the scattergun out of the
   equation and they're not nearly as effective as they can be.

 • Don't be a "bat whore"! That's a scout who runs around meleeing, even if
   it's thin air or in situations where they're outclassed. Yes, swinging the
   bat means y'may get more criticals, but this is just poor tactics; erratic
   movements won't best experienced explosives-users 90% of the time. Switch
   to scattergun when backpedaling, else that time's just wasted! [Even with
   a boosted critical hit% due to one's stellar kill/death ratio, there's
   times when batting is just dumb.]

|- SOLDIER -|------------------------------------------------------------------
 Health: 200
 Speed : Second-worst

 This class is supposed to an easy-to-use, balanced class, and great for both
 beginners and vets alike. Despite their rather slow movement, their primary
 weapon is very powerful and also inflicts splash damage, which is good for
 taking out weaker classes, or hitting enemies around corners. Since rockets
 only explode upon contact, it's a lot more useful to aim for the ground
 beneath nearby enemies, rather than trying to "snipe" them from afar. 

 Soldiers also have the ability to rocket-jump -- which is firing a rocket at
 the ground and timing a crouch-jump with the explosion to reach higher places
 -- which costs some health but can be makes a great fakeout tactic. This
 gives the class an unexpected mobility despite its speed, so learn to use it

 • Bazooka [4/36] -- this rocket launcher is the soldier's best ally, as it'll
   OHKO an enemy on direct contact and can even pin down enemies in a certain
   place, given its long-range. Despite a low clip capacity, it really IS one
   of the best weapons in the game...just make sure to reload constantly.

 • Shotgun [6/32] -- just a normal shotgun, with slower reload and a worse
   total capacity than the Scout's awesome Scattergun. It's really only good
   up close, and coincidentally, so is the bazooka -- only use the secondary
   if someone catches y'during a reload, or if the primary's outta ammo.

 • Shovel -- just a normal melee weapon. However, given the slow reloading
   time and low clip capacity of the primary and secondary weapons, shoveling
   people can be a very satisfying way to leadoff or end an struggle.

 • Proximite foes -- this ups the likelihood of hitting the target and uses
   splash damage to its fullest potential. Enemies rounding corners can be
   get trampled if they're not careful, and buildings can be destroyed without
   being nearby. "Sniping" foes with rockets often gives them time to evade,
   so soldiers work best when they're leading the charge, not hanging back.

 • Snipers -- any slow-moving target may end up as sniper fodder. If the foe
   is spotted first, however, throwing a rocket their way may force them to
   relocate, thereby breaking their critical-hit charge. The one saving grace
   is that uncharged headshots don't instantly kill soldiers due to their HP,
   so have a little more longevity on that end.

 • Spies -- any slow-moving target can end up as spy fodder, also. It pays to
   be very vigilant, and fire warning shots at "friends" who are acting out of
   the ordinary.

 • Demomen -- although a similarly-matched class, their increased speed and
   ability to lay stickymines and shoot around corners can really be vicious
   against the soldier, who needs line of sight to make direct hits. Finding
   high ground can be good in these cases, even if it's just rocket-jumping
   into sight.

 • Don't fire all your rockets at once! Fire 2-3, start reloading, repeat
 • You have a shotgun for a reason -- switch to it in lieu of reloading
 • Rocket-jumping is an important mobility factor, so learn & use it wisely
 • Pull a "Crazy Ivan" -- a random spy-checking maneuver -- occasionally
 • Crouch-jumping, while silly-looking, is an effective sniper-evading tactic

|- PYRO -|---------------------------------------------------------------------
 Health: 175
 Speed : Third-best (tie)

 Is the pyro a man? A woman? Two monkeys in a pyro suit? The world will never
 know, but that's okay, because the pyro is a fun class to be. Pyros are good
 short-range attackers, and their flamethrowers cause persistent burn damage,
 which can end up killing targets even after the pyro's dead. It's often
 prudent to ambush enemies so they have a harder time getting away. The class'
 other strength is spychecking, i.e. burning any "friendly" unit to see if
 they're fakers. Fire damage overrides invisibility and disguises, so spies

 • Flamethrower [200/200] -- the pyro's main weapon is the flamethrower, which
   has no "clip" and instead just uses fuel from its tank, gradually reducing
   as the flame is held. This a great spychecking tool and never has to
   reload, although it can chew up ammo quite fast, so look for ammo deposits
   or fallen weapons to replenish the supply.

 • Shotgun [6/32] -- just a normal shotgun, with slower reload and a worse
   total capacity than the Scout's awesome Scattergun. The range isn't that
   far but it's longer than the flamethrower, which means any smart pyro will
   switch to this to gun down fleeing mid-range enemies.

 • Fireman's Axe -- normal melee weapon. Does about the same damage as most 
   other melee weapons except it arguably has the slowest animation of the
   lot, so this isn't recommended too highly. [If you're at close range, it's
   better to spycheck with the flamethrower.]

 • Pyros -- since pyros have flame-retardant suits, they don't incur residual
   burn damage from fire like other classes, so they're made to take out their
   brethren. [Note, however, they can still be damaged by proximity burns, so
   their suits don't completely null everything.]

 • Spies -- pyros are perhaps the best class at spychecking. Not only can they
   quickly fire a small burst to see if that "teammate" is really a trueblood,
   but wasting this ammo doesn't put the pyro at a disadvantage, unlike other
   classes who would have to reload. [Yes, this does come into play.] Spies
   who are caught on fire have their disguise automatically removed and they
   incur burn damage...nice.

 • Stragglers -- you know, enemies walking around at less than optimum health.
   These guys come by the boatload, so hiding in a supply room can work well
   for a couple kills (although they'll eventually catch on, so relocate).

 • Sentries -- without any long-range capabilities, sentries massacre pyros
   99% of the time. Someone else will need to take them out, or at least serve
   as a distraction to get out of sight. [Note that sentries placed around
   corners can still be destroyed with the flamethrower, but the pyro may
   have to jockey for that "just right" positioning.]

 • Long-Range Classes -- snipers, soldiers, demomen, scouts...any class that
   can fire across the map spells danger to these guys. Pyros can use their
   great speed to catch up, of course, but against a veteran player, the trek
   forward will often be a funeral march. [Against snipers, pyros can increase
   their survivability by blowing random flame in the direction -- scoped
   snipers then have their sights obscured somewhat and may miss or only score
   a flesh wound.]

 • High-HP enemies -- in a one-on-one fight, soldiers and heavies may be able
   to kill a pyro even it strikes first...they just take a long time to burn.
   Be prepared to do some fancy footwork and evade their shots, if at all
   possible, or ambush to even the odds. A good pyro can take down a heavy if
   things go right; just don't bumrush into their bullets or anything... [Foes
   can die from persisting burn damage, so guerilla tactics can work here.]

 Pyros are a ridiculously easy class to use, so there's really only a few
 things to remember:

 • Ambush! Learn where the map's best hiding spots and most-travelled areas
   are, and plan ahead. Walking around in open spaces works against pyros if
   they're using their primary. [Just remember to be unpredictable when doing
   this; the enemy(s) catch on eventually.] 

 • Switch to shotgun for fleeing mid-range targets! If you've ever played a
   pyro who rushes with the flamethrower, and then dies, this tactic will be
   obvious. Faster classes can backpedal and shoot pyros while evading flames,
   so it's important to use the shotgun to inflict damage outside the primary's
   attack range. This is good all-around, but especially on flaming foes who
   are desperately seeking water, health pickups, or medics.

 • The axe sucks -- it's slow and if the pyro's going to attack at close
   ranges, he may as well do it with the flamethrower or shotgun. Unless one's
   completely out of gun ammo (like that ever happens!) then avoid meleeing
   and do the burn-and-shoot tactic.

|- DEMOMAN -|------------------------------------------------------------------
 Health: 175
 Speed : 4th-best

 KABOOOOM! Demos are masters at demolition, and they use grenade launchers and
 stickybombs to entrap reckless characters. They move slightly slower than a
 pyro but have the ability to bounce their payloads around corners, and can
 put stickybombs in high-traffic areas, giving them a higher survival rate.
 Just remember: stickybombs disappear when the demoman is killed! Don't go all
 kamikaze or anything. [Pressing L-Trigger when Stickybomb Launcher is out
 will detonate all of its planted ammunition.]

 Two other things of note: (1) stickybombs can be used to boostjump into/onto
 places not normally accessible, which can be very helpful and easy to perform
 with practice (2) holding the R-trigger fire button propels stickybombs a lot
 farther than normal, a good tactic for shooting "the long ball" into the foes'
 base balcony on 2Fort, for instance.

 • Grenade Launcher [4/30] -- the demoman's main weapon, it fires grenades that
   bounce off objects, exploding after awhile or when contact's made with an
   enemy. Because they can be lobbed in from high, medium, or low ranges, this
   class has a huge element of surprise. The reloading time is tolerable but
   not fast. [AKA Pipebomb Launcher]

 • Stickybomb Launcher [8/40] -- Sort of like the grenade launcher, except
   these bombs only explode when an enemy comes in a close proximity. They can
   be stuck to walls, ceilings, floors...basically any place that can hold 'em.
   However, they're best used in high-traffic areas -- this forces enemies to
   either trudge through and incur damage, or waste time shooting the bombs
   out of the way (they don't detonate when shot). Only eight (8) stickybombs
   can be placed on the field at a time; shooting a 9th removes the first, and
   so on. It helps to know maps well, since enemies may take an alternative
   route in lieu of hitting the stickys.

 • Whiskey Bottle -- melee weapon. Nothing that special about it, although it
   will break when a critical hit's scored.

 • All! The demoman really has no weakpoints against any class, which is why
   it's so lauded. Their ability to shoot around corners, drop grenades in
   unannounced, place stickybombs where people walk...they're very annoying
   and deserving of their praise.

 • Buildings -- if he's got cover, a demoman's the fastest way to take down a
   turret, and probably anything else (dispenser, engineer) nearby. 3-4 shots
   should do the trick...really awesome.

 Being the most balanced class, the demoman doesn't have any true "cons" as
 far as characters go. However, if one has to press for 'em...

 • His own reload times -- getting caught in the field with no usable weapons
   is very annoying and, sadly, new players still perfecting their skill with
   this class are going to end up in this situation occasionally. However,
   once a player's aim becomes true(r) -- basically able to direct hit enemies
   at close-range, and figure out how to get the "bounce" when shooting from
   long-range -- then the class really has no weaknesses.

 • A good demoman plays anticipatorily; plan a few moves ahead of your foes.
   What if an enemy comes around that corner? Is there a secure path to
   retreat from? Are my weapons all reloaded? Strategic placement of stickies
   and good grenade-shooting go hand-in-hand on this end, of course.

 • Protip: when shooting stickybombs in spaces with wiggle room, it pays to
   shoot in one direction to force the foe into another. This works especially
   well if there's mines already placed, which entraps the target between 'em,
   raising their chances of death. Depending on the occasion, it may be wise
   to detonate the stickies all at once rather than individually. Cast a wide
   net! [Players are creatures of habit and can continuously be brought to
   heel this way. ;) ]

 • Hiding demo mines is a common ambush tactic, getting enemies in the blast
   when they round a corner. To ensure death in the explosion, four does the
   trick on all classes, even overhealed ones, provided they're close enough
   to the blast's epicenter. Good places to hide mines: (1) door frames (2)
   the ceiling, particularly near light sources (3) in water, where vision's
   obscured (4) underneath the intelligence, machine debris, supply pickups,
   and corpses, all of which can mask the mines' presence (5) stairways and
   other bottlenecks people can easily rush into but exit much slower (6)
   other unobvious places, like the frame of the bridge in 2Fort, which are
   high-traffic areas often passed by unthinkingly.

 • When defending the intelligence, mine near the intelligence itself but
   also mine the area a bit further away. This accounts for fast characters
   and human error when detonating. [This should be obvious but it's common
   to see players let the intel get away because they're not fast enough on
   the trigger!]

 • Stickybomb Jump! Mastering this technique will make a demoman a bigger
   threat than he already is. An easy way to do it is by placing a stickybomb
   in front of the thing y'wanna jump onto; then, jump in midair over the
   bomb and detonate it, letting the blast vault the demo onto the "thing."
   It's important to have momentum, though...otherwise the demo is flung 
   upwards and crashed down for even more damage (they can only do a few good
   demojumps before needing to heal, so fall damage is a no-no)

|- HEAVY -|--------------------------------------------------------------------
 Health: 300
 Speed : 6th-best (worst)

 Boasting the highest health and slowest speed, the heavy (a.k.a. heavy weapons
 guy) is meant to just perforate enemies like no tomorrow. However, speed is
 often everything: having little of it makes him support-reliant. Going off
 by yourself? Spend a half minute getting to [x] only to be lamely killed by
 a sniper, spy, and so on! Having someone support a heavy improves his massive
 staying power and is highly recommended.

 • Sasha [200/200] -- A heavy's primary weapon is its minigun, which, like a
   flamethrower, has no clipsize, meaning it can be fired until all its ammo
   runs out (if y'want). Because of this, a heavy MURDERS in high-traffic,
   confined areas, and guard entrances with its furious bullet spray. It takes
   a few moments to start firing, however, so hold L-Trigger to always have
   Sasha spinnin', ready for action. [Having the gun spinning makes the Heavy
   ridiculously slow, however, so watch your back.]

 • Shotgun [6/32] -- just a normal shotgun, with slower reload and a worse
   total capacity than the Scout's awesome Scattergun. Since firing Sasha
   makes the heavy's speed horrible, this can be a welcome alternative to
   people who don't want to move slow as molasses.

 • Fists -- the heavy just pummels foes with his fists, foregoing an actual
   melee weapon. This is also a faster alternative to using Sasha, but should
   be ignored unless there's ammo troubles (etc.)

 • Bottleneck Enemies -- as said, if Sasha has time to warmup and fire down a
   corridor or similar close-knit space, any enemy advancing forward will be
   catching bullets with his face. In fact, there really is no head-on counter
   to a heavy in this situation besides a demoman's grenade launcher. [Be sure
   to minimize chances of spies backstabbing in this situation.]

 • Weak Enemies -- pyros, medics, and scouts foolish enough to walk into view
   in normal situations can be heavily damaged, if not outright killed, without
   much of a trouble. Again, knowing the map and where the most commonly
   traveled routes are helps immensely.

 • Everything if Ubercharged -- heavies' strengths are outshined by their
   weaknesses most of the time, but ubercharging them is a common tactic for
   bumrushing turrets, and similarly fortified positions. This allows them to
   massacre everything and anyone in sight.

 Being the slowest class, heavys can be ripped up most any class, especially
 if the opponent knows what s/he is doing. However, some jobs specifically are
 great for countering these brutes:

 • Spies -- heavys move and turn slow, and are often concentrating on what's
   ahead rather than what's behind. Spies often target heavies because of their
   huge damage capability and for good reason...they're often easy pickings.

 • Demomen -- heavys require line of sight to shoot their targets, and are far
   too slow to actively pursue anyone (at least realistically). Demomen, who
   can move fast and popshot into view/around corners, are the bane of their

 • Snipers -- it should be obvious: if a sniper finds the heavy first, there's
   a good headshot opportunity setup. [NOTE: This typically applies when the
   heavy is inert; when a sniper fires into the heavy's bullet spray head-on,
   there's a chance the shot may miss entirely due to the live rounds. This
   seems to be less of an issue the farther the heavy is from the sniper,
   however, but it still ruins plenty of sniper shots.]

 • Spinning the chaingun makes the heavy's already horrible speed even slower
   (by over 50%). It's prudent to jump around corners, spinning up the gun in
   midair, so it's ready to shoot by the time one lands -- this saves time and
   could just save yer life!

|- ENGINEER -|-----------------------------------------------------------------
 Health: 125
 Speed : 3rd-best (tie)

 This support class is purely defense-oriented, and relies on making machines
 to do the fighting rather than fighting himself. Machines able to be made are
 (1) turrets, which can be upgraded by using 80-200 metal (2) dispensaries,
 which refill health, ammo, and metal if in close proximity (3) entrance and
 exit teleporters, to get to far parts of the map quicker. The Engineer is a
 fragile class to be sure, but is versatile in he has many ways to assist his

 An engineer can make turrets for 130 metal initially, a dispenser for 100
 metal, and teleporters for 125 metal each. Additional upgrades cost 200 metal,
 and improve a building's health and the rate at which they do their job (for
 turrets, rate of fire & firepower). ONLY ONE BUILDING OF EACH TYPE CAN BE
 ERECTED AT A TIME; however, the engineer can destroy his buildings at whim
 with his other "blueprints," if they're needed elsewhere.

 People playing sentry should get good at using their shotgun in defense, and
 also luring enemies towards their turret. Don't get too far, though...

 The Engineer's primary weapon is a "blueprints" page, which allows creation
 of certain machines ("buildings").

 • Sentry -- this automatic gun is fixed to a location and fires upon any
   identified enemy (disguised spies can get by) in its range, until they leave
   that range. Its first upgrade starts with only one gun, while its 2nd adds
   another gun and its final, a rocket launcher. It's quite common to see an
   engineer, next to a dispenser, continuously banging on a sentry to ensure
   it isn't destroyed. Should that happen, the sentry must be rebuilt from its
   lowest form. [Putting a sentry underwater is particularly evil, but funny
   as long as it lasts.] Also, sentry kills count for the player, included
   towards dominations; however, destroying sentries doesn't count towards
   foes' revenge. Nice!

 • Dispenser -- not really a weapon but a machine to give health, ammo, and
   metal to those in close proximity. Upgrading increases the amount and
   alacrity of the help given. Classes with continuous fire, such as a heavy
   or pyro, can stand next to a Lv3 dispenser and have their ammo replenish at
   a faster rate than their fire, i.e. as long as they don't move, they get
   unlimited ammo. [Another use is to build a dispenser at the top of a ladder,
   blocking enemies from getting to the roof. When used in conjunction with a
   turret, this is particularly helpful.]

 • Teleporter -- a teleporter can be used once its entrance and exit have both
   been made. Standing on the entrance will teleport a player to its exit, and
   then make itself recharge. Recharging takes approximately ten (10) seconds.
   Disguised spies can't use enemy teleporters.

 • Shotgun [6/32] -- just a normal shotgun, with slower reload and a worse
   total capacity than the Scout's awesome Scattergun. The only difference is
   it's the engineer's PRIMARY weapon, which is pretty crappy. That doesn't
   mean it can't be used effectively, but engineers with great shotgun use
   aren't exactly commonplace.

 • Pistol [12/200] -- like the Scout's pistol, only this one holds a crapton
   more ammunition. Switch to this for medium-range enemies.

 • Wrench -- the engineer's melee weapon. Unlike others of this type, it also
   necessary to upgrade current machines. Hit a machine with the wrench to
   contribute up to 25 metal for its upgrade! When creating a machine, hitting
   it with the wrench also builds it twice as fast it would self-erect.

 • Bottleneck Enemies -- that is, the turret is good at that, not the engineer
   himself. Building a turret in an out-of-the-way place, such as a roof or
   ledge, gives the machine a commanding line of fire on the enemies below,
   and is insanely helpful for pinning enemies down. Just remember to stay and
   heal the machine or the good times may not last... [A well-placed turret
   can deal with most enemies, not just bottleneckers!]

 • Scouts -- as mentioned in the scouts page, they've got too little health to
   deal with these guys, and their speed often doesn't help as much as you'd
   think it would. They go down fairly quickly so if a teammate isn't taking
   them out, perhaps a class change is in order.

 • Pyros -- similar to a scout in the health department, except these guys've
   got basically no range to deal with the turrets.

 Engineers aren't that durable to start with, but since their role is to build
 a continuously be on-hand to repair their machines, this often brings up a
 few select annoyances:

 • Demomen -- their ability to damage turrets (and engineers) without being
   in the machines' line of fire can be a major problem. Three stickybombs can
   destroy any turret, so it helps to have some support if the team's only got
   one turret.

 • Spies -- with their Sapper device, they can sneak behind enemy lines and
   kill turrets (and engineers, with their backstab ability). There's a main
   reason why engineer fanatics spycap (a.k.a. make it so no spies can be
   selected) in fights, and this is it.

 • Never stray too far from the buildings -- this gives sapping spies an in
 • Learn the map's best setup points -- they'll be the best spots defensively
 • Always building a dispenser, not a turret, first when infiltrating an area!
 • In spy-heavy games, patrolling the turret's area can pay off bigtime
 • Turrets can't shoot through ally dispensers (foes can capitalize on this!)
 • Engies can be killed by their own sentry projectiles!

 • Standing atop a sentry prevents spies from placing a sapper; just know that
   Lv3 sentries will often damage an engie from this position.

 • Spy sappers take two wrench whacks to remove, but the enemy will also try
   to attack in this downtime, perhaps putting another sapper on the second
   the first is removed. The trick for these situations is to hit the sentry
   [etc.] once and then try to melee the spy, hopefully getting him to cast
   off the disguise; then, hit the sentry a 2nd time to have it lock-on the
   spy. It doesn't always work but many mediocre spies fall for the tactic,
   and it saves a lot of rigamarole in the long run.

|- MEDIC -|--------------------------------------------------------------------
 Health: 150
 Speed : 2nd-best

 Medics are the only class that can heal others, making them one of the most
 prized allies in the game (and as many will say, self-sacrifice to save one
 is quite virtuous). Their offense leaves a bit to be desired, but the syringe
 gun can be quite devastating against weaker classes, and the bonesaw shouldn't
 be forgotten -- it's range is longer than it seems. Although some medics can
 be played "rogue," it helps to cling on to another player (via medigun) for a
 symbiotic relationship: medic heals teammate, teammate kills medic's attackers
 to keep the health coming.

 • Syringe Gun [40/150] -- this is basically a pistol which fires syringes
   instead of bullets. Since these aren't normal bullets, they don't fly in a
   straight trajectory, and instead arc after [x] amount of distance. This
   means for longer-range shooting, the medic has to aim up to hit the target.
   While this is the class' main way of offense, it's not that awesome...still,
   its reload times are tolerable.

 • Medigun -- this isn't a gun per se, but a healing device. Once a perceived
   friendly target is within range (this includes disguised enemy spies), this
   "weapon" starts healing them and can even temporarily boost their HP an
   additional 50% of its normal maximum. More importantly, healing teammates
   builds up an "ubercharge" tally which, when maxed out at 100%, can be used
   with the L-Trigger. It makes the medic and the person he's healing damage-
   -immune for ten seconds which, when planned carefully, is enough time to
   bust in to a fortified section and destroy turrets and other emplacements.
   [There's a reason the Heavy/Medic combo is the common choice for this

 • Bonesaw -- the medic's average melee weapon. At close ranges, many people
   prefer this to the syringe gun. The medic actually extends this weapon out,
   rather than normal down-swings from other classes, so its range seems to be
   a bit longer than others. [This may just be lame hit detection, at least
   from the prey's POV!]

 • None -- the dude's a medic and he's got the Hippocratic Oath to think about!
   In all seriousness, he's a weakling who may bootstrap a kill from time to
   time but won't accomplish much on his own.

 • Overheal all allies you see! Don't just cling to a power class! Duh?
 • Spycheck for your healing target (the medigun requires no aiming, so...)
 • Don't waste ubercharges on weaker classes (engies, spies, etc.) if possible
 • The bonesaw & syringe gun can be quite deadly -- play offense occasionally.
 • Learn how to pocket an ubercharge.

|- SNIPER -|-------------------------------------------------------------------
 Health: 125
 Speed : 3rd-best (tie)

 Although a little more vulnerable from the PC version of TF2, the sniper is
 still a great support ally geared towards offense. As his name suggests, he
 is a long-range shooter, and his goal is to shoot opponents in the face. In
 fact, he's the only class capable of getting headshots. Enemies can see the
 lasersight of his rifle, which can belie his position -- or, he can use it to
 cover a doorway and dissuade enemies from walking right out into his sights.
 Additionally, try to have the sniper's back against a wall to avoid incoming
 spies' backstab attempts.

 Note that while an uncharged headshot is usually good enough to bring down a
 normal enemy, medigun-buffed enemies may require a charged one (if you don't
 want to go for the easier bodyshot). A fully charged headshot kills any foe
 100% of the time, unless they're ubercharged.

 • Sniper Rifle [1/25] -- a basic rifle with only one zoom-in capability. Any
   headshots critical-hit automatically, but for body shots, it's advised to
   stay scoped to charge up the damage meter (the thing with a lightning bolt
   on it). When fully charged, it becomes a lot easier to pick off enemies at
   distances. Unfortunately, not all maps are geared to this long-range sort
   of play.

 • Submachine Gun [25/75] -- the fallback weapon is an SMG which is great for
   up-close attacking, although each individual bullet doesn't do that much
   damage. It's got a short reloading time, thus making it an obvious choice
   to carry when relocating from sniper nests.

 • Kukri -- the sniper's melee machete. Although one would think it's mostly
   for fighting off spies, it's not a bad weapon to tote when relocating from
   point to point.

 • Low-Health Foes -- a fully charged bodyshot alone does 150ish damage, enough
   to down half the classes (medic, sniper, engineer, spy) with ease. Of course
   at closer range, the advantage is almost entirely lost (except against spies
   and their weak melees) so it pays to either be a deadeye headshottist or
   relocate frequently to prevent foes from wising up.

 • Heavys -- in fact, snipers' best targets are these lumbering oafs, who are
   best at short-range fighting. Their high health almost definitely requires
   a headshot, although it's possibly to bodyshot and get in a few melees to
   do the trick, also. May their shiny domes be a beacon to you!

 • Snipers -- snipers are high-priority targets and should be picked off when
   possible, which is good 'cause snipers themselves are well-equipped for
   that job. Popshotting (quickly going into view, trying for a headshot, and
   taking cover again) is recommended, and scoping masters can even crouch to
   throw the enemy's game off momentarily. [At the very least, keeping foes
   scoped increases the likelihood a teammate attacks them as well.]

 • Spies -- in his element, a sniper is inert, has tunnelvision due to scoping,
   and is looking in only one direction...for spies, this is like taking candy
   from a baby. And, in fact, most deaths will probably come from this sneaky
   class. The only way to counter is to descope every couple of seconds (if
   y'think it wise) and to check the area with the SMG/Kukri.

 • Scouts -- although they're not that hard to pick off from afar, scouts are
   probably the #2 killer of snipers, due to their extreme speed, bouncy
   movements, and lethal scattergun that mows down foes...especially scoped
   snipers. Even with forewarning and a high stick sensitivity, scouts can
   use their agility to move in close, shoot/melee, then backpedal out of
   reach, preventing the sniper from reciprocating. [However, not all scouts
   double-jump around for no reason, so they may not always belong in the
   "Poor Vs" column.]

 • Close-Range Fighting -- sorry, but the SMG is crap and the Kukri won't be as
   helpful versus powerclasses (explosives-users). Snipers can still pick off
   damaged enemies but generally, attacking a pyro or soldier at such a close
   proximity is just inviting death! [Being caught on fire makes one's aim
   unsteady, and flames can obscure good shots, so pyros are especially 
   annoying in this respect.]

 • Unpredictability gives an edge over purely defensive snipers; move around!
 • Spycheck "allies" with headshots, just to be safe
 • Don't stay scoped for too long -- that makes y'spy fodder!
 • Don't hit L-trigger to descope -- switching weapons gives a faster getaway
 • Enemy snipers often have reticles at head level; crouching can save yer life
 • Sniping in view of turrets/pyros may dissuade spies from trying stabs
 • In close quarters (like 2Fort sewers), the SMG/kukri should be drawn!
 • Having a higher stick sensitivity assists in shooting faster targets
 • Learn when to melee and when to backpedal with the SMG!
 • Prioritize engineers over their buildings; this stops the repairing process!
 • Precision aiming is screwed up if on fire, so flee from pyros if able

|- SPY -|----------------------------------------------------------------------
 Health: 125
 Speed : 3rd-best (tie)

 Spies are one of the deadliest classes, if not the most deadly. Their ability
 to camouflage themselves as enemies tricks opponents into letting them pass,
 while giving time to backstab for instant kills. Additionally, pressing the
 L-Trigger lets the spy go temporarily invisible, perfect for making quick
 getaways when disguises are blown. Despite this praise, a clumsy player will
 get spies killed -- after all, they're tied with Scout for the lowest health
 of anyone. A few quick tips:

 • Don't de/cloak in front of an enemy
 • Remember that knifing people removes disguises
 • Save invisibility for post-backstab getaways, or bypassing enemy defenses
 • Blend in! "Shoot" at teammates, don't immediately sap sentries, etc. -- 
   look busy and resist the urge to immediately kill things, because that, too,
   is part of camouflage.

 Just remember that plenty of hosts will spycap (set amount of possible spies
 to zero) to prevent their perceived cheapness, often in order to run amok with
 engineer-centric games.

 Ways to identify a spy are:

 • Spies' disguise-changing smoke is always the color of their team
 • Spies who take teleporters have a team-colored trail after them for a bit
 • Bumping into a spy while he's invisible shows his team-colored outline
 • Actual allies can be run past without much effort; disguised spies can't.
 • Spies can only disguise as classes with their primary weapon out
 • Medic disguises don't have an ubercharge rating
 • Scout disguises run at normal speed, not higher ones
 • [When sniper aims at water] invisible spies make the reticle appear
 • [When exiting deep water] invisible spies still drip
 • If a disguised spy calls for a medic, the team is not notified on-screen

 Spies cannot attack while invisible, so always be on the lookout for those
 fakers decloaking (often in dark corners or other areas easy to miss with a
 cursory glance). It makes a peculiar "whoosh" noise but that telltale sign
 can be lost in the hustle and bustle of nearby fighting.
 • Spy Kit -- this "weapon" allows the spy to disguise himself as any enemy
   enemy class. When disguised, the spy appears as a regular enemy, seems to
   hold a class-appropriate weapon, and so on. Being damaged by enemy fire
   removes the disguise, and plenty of foes will spycheck -- that is, attack
   a seemingly friendly unit -- in order to flush out he who does not belong.
   Choosing the right disguise is key, since arousing suspicion increases the
   odds of someone spychecking you. Support classes (medic, sniper, spy) may
   be good choices since they're not meant to go around killing people, and
   enemies may not think twice if they camp in one place. Just look busy!
   [Disguises also appropriately equilize the spy's speed, so he's not moving
   normal speed when pretending to be a heavy, and so on.]

 • Revolver [6/24] -- the spy's old-timey primary weapon is accurate and
   fairly damaging, although it's use is mostly relegated to getaways once
   a disguise is removed.

 • Sapper -- this weapon is meant to cripple engineers' buildings. When
   placed, the machine quits working and incurs damage as time goes on, until
   it's destroyed or an engineer starts repairing it (undoing the sapper).
   Using this device does not remove a spy's disguise, and having no ammo, can
   be used repeatedly. [How fast a building dies depends on how upgraded it

 • Knife -- another no-ammo weapon, this weapon's main function is pulling off
   a backstab, which is just as it sounds, to instantly kill an enemy. Using
   the knife, even if it misses, removes a spy's disguise, so it's always best
   to kill a target to avoid a more hectic getaway. [The knife can do damage
   from the front, but it's meant to be used from behind!]

 Any class can die via backstabbing, but a couple classes especially...

 • Snipers -- snipers are the equivalent of taking candy from a baby: they're
   often in one spot, inert, and using a zoomed-in scope so they can't identify
   spies nearby. [Undisguising spies still make a sound, however, and footsteps
   can betray their presence.] Backstabbing snipers is an established fact, so
   much so that the PC version had a sniper achievement about them dying!

 • Heavys -- like snipers, these guys often lack time to watch their backs,
   since they're slow and turn slow. Their giant size gives a wide target for
   the knife. This also applies to soldiers, but unlike heavies, they can turn
   faster and use rocket-jumping for quicker maneuvering, so spies are in more
   danger there.

 • Pyros -- as stated before, this is the best class for spychecking: they
   never have to reload, are moderately fast, and there's always at least one
   person (if not more) using this class. Of course, if a spy isn't barbecued
   on sight, being witnessed fleeing the flame is just as good as sending up a
   giant neon sign saying "I AM A SPY, PLEASE KILL ME".

 • Learn the map's hiding spots for use as staging areas or retreats
 • Practice backstabbing people with the normal stabbing motion
 • Don't travel disguised with friendlies nearby -- it easily betrays you!
 • In a scout disguise, crouch-jump; to onlookers, it's similar to a doublejump

 • Spies can make their disguises more believable by using a reloading trick.
   Basically, fire a round(s) with the revolver before disguising; then, reload
   while disguised. To any onlookers, it looks like a friendly unit reloading,
   something spies shouldn't be able to mimic.

 • Use invisibility to mislead targets, by baiting them in one direction while
   you double-back and come up from behind. Many slower classes fall for this.

 • If an engineer is repairing a sentry, and it's facing away from the spy,
   it's possible to stab the engie first and THEN sap it, provided one's fast
   enough. [Damage may be incurred, but if pulled off, it cuts down on wasted

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 The console version of Team Fortress 2 only has six playable maps: Dustbowl,
 2Fort, Well, Hydro, Gravel Pit, and Granary. There are three game modes that
 are associated (can't be changed) with these maps: attack/defend, territorial
 control, and points control. Overview:

 Dustbowl is a three-stage level with two points (A & B) to capture each time.
 Blu Team is tasked with capturing the points, while Red Team defends. Time
 is extended when points are captured, and Red wins if there are any unclaimed
 points when time runs out. [Thus, it's important for Red to hold the line from
 the get-go.] Here's some information about the notable locations

 • Blue Spawn -- has a health/ammo locker. One exit leads up to the cliff where
   Point A is, another leads to the lower canyon path, and a third to the
   opposite cliff rim near another shed.

 • Shed 1 -- this is by the spawnpoint, and overlooks the higher of the two
   exits. While many engineers setup a turret here to easily kill enemies
   passing underneath, it's right in view of the entrance by shed 2, letting
   snipers crit-hit buildings to relieve the pressure. 

 • Shed 2 --  This she'd by the far spawnpoint exit. Snipers here can shoot the
   turrets atop Shed 1, but this can't work in reverse, unfortunately.

 • Point A -- This building has three entrances: one on the cliff by Shed 1,
   one from the canyon's lowroad, and a higher from the far canyon wall (which
   leads toward Point B). It's commonplace for a turret to be setup inside
   here, on the ramp leading upwards -- this impedes people trying to get
   past and simultaneously prevents Blu team from capturing the point.

 • Tunnels to Area B -- two tunnels run from Point A's area to Point B's: one
   leading through the upper minecart caves, and the other through the lower
   entrances, which lead to the bridge overlooking Point B. A good sniping
   point is in the minecart tunnels, where crouching by a cart almost always
   gives a great shot of enemies passing by. [This works for most classes,
   not just sniper.] Medium health/ammo refills can be found in both tunnels.

 • Point B -- this semi-covered point is in full display of the bridge, two
   of the lower cave entrances, and is connected to a stairway leading to the
   minecart tunnels. Attackers usually come from all fronts here, so it can
   get hectic. Small health/ammo refills located here.

 • Sniper Spot -- on top of the defenders' spawn building's roof, there's a
   relatively safe spot to overlook the action coming into Point B, as well as
   the bridge and the isolated cliff accessible from the minecart area. You'd
   be surprised at how many enemies ignore this spot, so use the element of
   surprise while y'can.

 • Defenders' Spawn -- the Red base is a little ways away from Point B, with
   its door facing away from there. Spies might be able to have some fun here,
   but it's quite dangerous for anyone else to hang around. [Unless you're a
   no-good spawncamping demoman or something.]

 • BLU Spawn Area -- situated at the map's terminus, a two-exit tunnel
   separates it from the Point A building area. This tunnel also has a dip in
   it, which usually fills up with demoman stickybombs; or, the curvature is
   used to fling normal bombs toward the base without putting oneself in harm's

 • Shed -- this lonely shed overlooks the largest entrypoint, and a turret can
   rack up an ungodly amount of kills here. It's advised for the defenders to
   build a dispenser at the top of the shed's ladder, preventing unauthorized
   spies from getting close enough to backstab. The other mentioned entrance
   may allow a sniper to crithit any building, which is helpful if that route's

 • Point A -- the point is on a roof in plain sight of most activities, and
   can be accessed by taking the interior stairwell or by jumping up a crate
   stack near the canyon wall (particularly good for cloaked spies exiting up
   the spawn area's far route). 

 • Side Building -- this two-room shack has health/ammo here, and defenders
   can put a teleporter here, if so inclined. On the flipside, enemy spies can
   wait by a window and see who's entering the hut (often without being seen),
   which can setup backstab opportunities. 

 • Mining Tunnels -- from the Point A area, there are three paths that lead
   to the camp down the way: (1) a long minecart tunnel, coming out the left
   side (2) an entrance that opens out into the middle (3) a similarly long
   minecart tunnel on the opposite side, that opens into the upper part of the
   central building. The latter tunnel is gated, and has a health pack there.
   This is the advised route for an ubercharge advancement as the enemy usually
   prefers to camp in the central building itself.

 • Central Building -- this two-tier building is connected by a stairway on
   the opposite side that connects to the mining tunnel (describe above). This
   place gets quite hectic, since it overlooks the often sentry-filled Point
   B platform, and pyros like to just run around here lighting up anything that
   moves (good spychecking). A health/ammor refill is on a ledge overlooking
   the central tunnel drop-down point.

 • Rock Formation -- a large rock spire serves as cover on one side of the
   central building, and has a health/ammo refill there. Sometimes engineers
   are able to get on top of the rock and plant a turret, in which case it can
   bear down on one of the long mining tunnels, usually forcing attackers to
   go up the middle/opposite side. 

 • Point B -- just a platform with no building to protect it. It's visible from
   the central building and its lower tunnel, and by the rock formation on one
   side. Defenders, if they want any hope of defending this place, should put
   at least one turret in a corner, as it combats demomen quite well. [On the
   flipside, putting a turret on the platform itself increases the chance it's
   destroyed in a coordinated attack.]

 • Defenders' Spawn -- although it's usually low priority or even improbable,
   a turret can be setup to bear down on the single-door garage exit and kill
   a lot of those trying to get to Point B. Some can say "you deserve it for
   letting it get to this point!" but it's often considered a cheap tactic to
   turretcamp the entrance, so don't do it...

 • Attackers' Spawn -- this opens into the two-story garage, and of course has
   normal supplies. There's clearance to turretcamp if you're a huge cheapo,
   but overall, this place won't see much action ('less you're a spy, in which
   it can be a goldmine).

 • Two-Story Garage -- the highest story is actually just ground level, and
   it has two exits: the garage doors on one side, and a side tunnel leading
   to a single door kittie-corner from there. The first defense point peers
   down on the garages, so beware of soldiers, snipers, and similar enemies
   trying to pin a team down there. [Additionally, the windows provide access
   to shoot those same enemies, which is good for sniping engineers as they
   build their mechanical surprises around the corner.]

 • Defense Point -- This L-shaped platform is parallel to the two-door garage,
   and provides access to shoot at enemies there. It has a wide view of that
   entire area, although there's one corner by the fence where enemies (like
   demomen) may find refuge and pop some 'nades through a hole. The one-door
   side entrance isn't viewable from here, so beware of enemies rounding the
   corner. Engineers setup turrets here for good reason.

 • Point A -- behind the first defense building is the point, unobscured and
   on a waist-high ledge. It's within view of the single-door entrance and all
   enemies advancing forward will come into view through that one bottleneck.
   Turrets can work here, but generally not without a second to fallback on.

 • Small Hill/Ledge -- the defenders can access this ledge via a shortcut,
   and it's common for a turret to be placed here since, once again, it views
   the lowroad mandatory for advancement. The shortcut closes once the Point
   A is captured, but by using a teleporter, allies can still get there. The
   best way to counter is popshotting the area with soldiers/demomen (who can
   rocket/stickyjump up there). It should be cleared out for good before the
   real assault on Point B starts.

 • Alley -- a mandatory path to the final point, the alley has high ledges on
   either side of it, and y'can be defending soldiers/demomen will be here
   shooting aimlessly (and it works a lot of the time). This alley connects to
   a (1) lower tunnel that leads to Point B's gorge's bottom (2) a high ledge
   that leads to the alley's high ledges and supply point (3) the highroad to
   Point B (4) a side building overlooking some of Point B.

   The upper ledges rimming the alley are good for the aforementioned demomen
   and soldiers, who can shoot downwards and get splash damage, but there's a
   high ledge where the advancers backs are to the defenders -- snipers can
   do well here, although occasionally an enemy spy cloakcamps here, so watch

 • Side Building -- this two-story building has a health/ammo refill and
   is accessible via the alleyway. A balcony entrance peers out over said
   alley, plus another balcony looking over most of Point B and its buildings.
   This is prime territory to shoot out defending sentries, although depending
   on how inwards they're built, only well-placed splash damage may be able to
   hit them. The balconies have no cover, so watch out for gorge snipers using
   the stairway to take the heat off defenders.

 • Point B/Defenders Base -- the base wraps around Point B, which is basically
   naked, having no natural defenses. Many places overlook this spot: (1) the
   alleyway itself has a straightaway shot to defenders there (2) the balconies
   of the side building have trajectories (3) the gorge stairway leads up to
   the bridge, although it's never fortified (4) the corridor leading to the
   Point A shortcut has a ledge overlooking the gorge and part of Point B, and
   is great for a turret. [The latter has health/ammo inside, and a curling
   corner is a good hiding spot for spies, pyros, etc.]

 This level plays host to CTI (Capture the Intelligence) and can be a hectic
 free-for-all, considering it's just one big map -- there are no stages. The
 best way to get acclimated to this place is to just play it, and it helps that
 one side is a mirror image of the other. Plus, it's arguably the most popular
 map of the six.

 Basically, each team has an underground base where the intelligence is kept,
 and two exits to the surface. The base itself is two-tier and contains various
 resupply points. A balcony overlooks the center covered bridge, underneath
 which is a sewer system connecting to the other team's base. A little class
 overview here...

 • SCOUTS: It's no surprise that scouts rule CTF games, as they can get in,
   quickly get out, and evade decently against some powerclasses. A crucial
   tactic is double-jumping off the center bridge's roof to land in the foes'
   balcony, where they can wreak havoc on snipers or get quick access to one
   of the two basement entrances (this may evade local turrets, depending on
   where they're placed). 

 • ENGINEER: There are plenty of good places to put sentries, so long as they
   are constantly maintained. A few of 'em: (1) in the courtyard stairs, which
   lead toward the fort balcony and a basement entrance. A sentry here can
   block all through enemy traffic, which is good for invisible spies, and it's
   right by a resupply point (2) in the basement briefcase room, in any of the
   corners; a diligent team may even put one in each corner! (3) on a balcony,
   behind one of the mini-walls, which can kill pesky scouts and boost-jumping
   classes trying to backdoor defenses (3) a water-logged corner, excellent
   for killing stragglers, particularly those already weakened by the fighting
   above. [If you want to be evil, building sentries in the enemy's intel
   room can be a fun, deadly tactic that can break the game wide open.]

 • MEDIC: Considering how often this map devolves into a turret war, these
   guys can be priceless in clearing engineer-infested rooms (basement in
   particular) or just mass-killing people, such as following pyros and
   demomen around. Don't go wandering off without assistance, though, as
   it won't be as effective.

 • PYROS: Although they best function as spycheckers, this class can really
   rip it up, particularly if a piggybacking medic's around to smooth over
   damage. Considering how fast this class can bring down stragglers, and even
   unaware targets, a player may even be able to force premature ubercharges
   if a medic and his teammate are caught early. [Plenty of enemies jump into
   the water to avoid dying, which can throw off their strategy temporarily.]

 • DEMOMEN: The bane of turret-heavy maps everywhere! Since 2Fort is 2-tier
   plus a basement, their ability to shoot around corners, ricochet grenades
   onto balconies, and use splash damage effectively can really rip this map
   up (in the right hands). On the flipside, a demoman playing defensively --
   basically sticking around the battlements are, laying stickymines and
   retreating to the nearest supply point if necessary -- can stonewall pure
   offensive teams. Their versatility is just awesome here...as it is

 • SOLDIER: A powerclass that can really rock midfield (bridge area), but is
   also good in the sewer system, where the straight corridors and long lines
   of sight assist more than they would for other classes. Rocket-jumping onto
   balconies to kill sentries is also a good tactic -- just remember y'can use
   splash damage for these purposes, especially if the engineer isn't around
   to heal it.

 • SNIPER: Sniper's best spot is on the balcony, where he can see the bridge
   and opposite balcony...unfortunately, with scouts and boostjumpers crashing
   the party, it's important to not stay scoped for more than a few seconds.
   Balconies can be shot at from the lower entrances to the bridge and from
   the lower sewer (water area), which gives just enough clearance to pop a
   few domes if they're not backed up against a wall. The long sewer hallway,
   the ground-level base hallway underneath the mesh drop-down point, and the
   balcony itself all provide clear sights, making them good other choices.
   [Stairways can also be shot through, which is helpful in the base courtyard
   as an early warning system.]

 • SPY: A great help here, whether it be backstabbing scoped snipers in the
   enemy base, or cloaking to infiltrate the enemy's base. If there's any
   downside to their assistance in CTF, it's that they can't go invisible 
   while carrying intelligence, and thus are pretty easy targets if faster
   enemies/turrets are waiting. A spy/scout team can be pretty fun, though:
   scout takes the intelligence, which alerts enemies, who then start moving
   toward the basement entrances, who then can be backstabbed! [Cloaking in
   corners, such as one right by the enemy's spawnpoint into their battlements
   balcony, can really light up the scoreboard.]
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|                    Radar Dish       |                  HYDRO
|                      /              |        _________________________
|  Warehouse |¯¯¯¯¯|¯¯¯¯¯|¯¯¯¯¯|  Red |        ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯
|           \|  B     R     R  |-Base |  Hydro is a fast-paced territorial
|       _____|_   _|_   _|_____|      |  control map: whoever owns all five
|      |     |     |     |            |  annexable spots (four stages plus the
| Base-|  B     B     R  |-Dam        |  enemy base) wins the round. The two
|      |_____|_____|_____|            |  current stages are chosen at random,
|             |                       |  between a blue and red stage, with
|           Power Station             |  the enemy base always being the final
|_____________________________________|  stop.
 Here's an overview of each location. Remember that there's always alternate
 routes to the control point (this is mentioned a few times in the commentary,
 if y'listened to it), and that teleporters can help immensely respawn-wise,
 since this map moves FAST. Teams that can't do a balance of offense & defense
 find themselves failing very FAST as well, so it's good to have a team with
RED Stage: DAM
 The gigantic dam rises high above the pond's control point, which lies naked
 on a platform. This area is filled with nooks, crannies, stairways, and
 paths at all elevations. A twisty cliff path opens toward the power station,
 and a lower path follows the creek to the warehouse. 

 • The stairway platform right by the control point can serve as a great
   boostjumping springboard onto the cliff rocks, which lets one survey the
   area from relative safely (duck by rocks) and get some decent shots off in
   the meantime.
 The radar dish is a giant satellite set in the ground, with the control point
 in a small building in the center, accessible by two tiny ramps. Routes out
 of the area include (1) a cliff path rising out of the rim, past a giant hole
 in the ground, to the power station (2) a low mining tunnels, both leading to
 the dam's control point. The controlling team can also use the two dish
 entrances to leave their starting supply point.

 • It's possible to boost jump onto the satellite dish building's roof, which
   gives a commanding 360-degree view of the area. Great for the attacking
   or defending team.

 Notable for being at the bottom of a small cliff and having a mini satellite
 dish out front, Red's base is accessible from a flip-up stairway outside, an
 outbuilding's stairway, and a toll booth's vent entrance. The control point's
 at the bottom, elevated on a little platform. Blue team's supply point is in
 very close proximity to this place, which makes battling very hectic indeed!

 The region's control point is out in the open, like Dam's, and the titular
 building provides a good lookout point, with its ledges and windows giving a
 good vantage point. Accessible by (1) radar dish, by a cliff path and mine
 tunnel (2) the dam area, via a sunken creekbed.

 • Obviously, because it has such a good lookout point, snipers may hole up
   in here. Watch out for spies, who can use the numerous corners and nooks
   to their advantage. 

 The titular location houses the control point, which is elevated in the
 center and has access stairways over three directions. Outdoors, one side
 connects to the dam via cliff ledges and a lowroad; one to the BLU base via
 two side-stairways; the final from the flooded, low-lying area.

 • Again, boost-jumping can be helpful here, in the uppermost area.

 In the SW part of the map, this base's control point is held within the bowels
 of the earth, accessible by two descending ramps, one air vent, and a small
 path leading down through the control booth. Naturally there's a heapin' 
 helping of supplies, both on the outer ledges and the interior.

 Similar to Hydro, Well is another control-point-capturing map, with each
 team having two initially and a neutral in the map's middle. The goal is to
 capture all of them, of course! There's really not much to talk about in
 this level, although it can move very fast for an offensively-minded team,
 or the exact opposite in similar circumstances. Here's a few points of

 • TRAINYARD: On either side of the train station is a trainyard, which is a
   wide-open space with a few boxcars and a small bridge leading into each
   two-doored base. The canal here connects to the base and to the station,
   which is a good way for spies to move around quickly. Each base's 2F faces
   the trainyard, so good snipers may find easier prey...just watch out for
   any opposing brethren in the station. [Note that it's possible to jump over
   the boxcar dividing the two trainyards before the match has started, by
   either boost-jumping or, as a scout, using a windowsill to get onto the
   upper ledge, then using a nearby lamppole as a springboard.]

 • TRAIN STATION: This is where the neutral point is housed, and what should
   be the first destination in the game. The building has four lower entrances
   (two on each side) and two ledges opposite each other, facing each team's
   base. As one would expect, trains actually run underneath the point's
   platform, and any player hit gets splattered, so it pays to listen for that
   train whistle. Boostjumping players can pop inside for surprise attacks,
   but besides that, there's not much variables. The long-range game ain't
   that good here, but snipers can stand in the entrances and get some easy
   kills on those trying to cap the point.

 • RED/BLU BASES: Each base is a mirror image of each other, and contains two
   of the control points. Stairways leading to 2F provide snipers a lookout
   spot nto the adjacent trainyard (or station's ledge) and both control
   points. On the ground floor is a one-way pipe leading into the canal and,
   by proxy, the station -- a good workaround point in case the opposition's
   built local defenses.

 Like Well, this is another symmetrical 5-control-point map -- each team
 starts with two and the neutral one (the first destination) is in the middle.
 Also like Well, each of the three "indoors" spaces are alternated by a
 generally open area, which helps one class from instant supremacy. This is
 also a good place for medics, since there aren't that many health refills to
 (easily) find, and the ones around ain't that helpful.

 Points of interest:

 • RED/BLU BASES: Rather small and uncomplicated. Basically just a control
   room with two stairs leading down to two exits. A rocket in the middle
   provides a little cover if the enemy strikes close to home, but it's rather
   spartan besides that.

 • WIDE-OPEN SPACES: Each of these two locations has some waist-high debris
   (like tractor tires) scattered around, and can be used as shields for any
   incoming fire. A small stairway runs parallel with the overhanging pipes,
   providing access to the central building. Boostjumpers can get onto the
   other, higher pipe for a wider command of the area. Each of these yards
   has one control point by the aforementioned stairs. Snipers won't find much
   to work with here, unfortunately.

 • GRANARY BUILDINGS: This massive building encapsulates three of the control
   points, and is split up into two warehouses and a stockyard in the middle.
   Access points from the lower entrances, stockyard, and the wide-open yard's
   pipe catwalk are present, which sets the scene for hectic two-tier fights.
   Additionally, each granary ("Blue Corn" or "Red Bread") has a skybridge
   that drops them at the near the stockyard -- not that helpful generally,
   but a good way to get the drop on enemies nearby. 

 • STOCKYARD: The granary's stockyard is full of boxcars at various heights, 
   which is a hindrance to slower enemies (like heavys, who may not be able to
   use them to their full advantage) and a boon to faster classes, like scouts
   and pyros, who can defend this middle point easier. Additionally, players
   can jump onto the rims of boxcar stacks, i.e. the protruding edge of the
   lowest, for the element of surprise. The control point here is on a naked
   platform in the center of the area -- capturers will find that the numerous
   obstacles don't necessarily work in their favor here... [This is basically
   the only location helpful to snipers, also.]

 Gravel Pit, like 2Fort, consists of one giant map. The three control points
 (A,B,C) must be captured in alphabetical order, while the opposing team
 struggles to defend the points. Unlike similar missions, the points capture
 about twice as slow as normal, even for scouts. The three points are A (Radio
 Tower), B (The Radar), C (Laser Gun).

 • CONTROL POINT A: Located in a shed atop a hill, with a couple mining sheds
   strewn around the hill's base. It's adjacent to both Points B & C, as well
   as the blue team spawnpoint. The terrain provides decent cover for faster
   classes, and the sheds serve as decent hiding points for pyros and spies,
   should they choose to wait for victims. Point A's hilltop shed has multiple
   windows and a lost wall, so snipers can pick off people camping there from
   the spawnpoint entrance (etc.) Boostjumpers and scouts can get onto the
   shed roofs for better vantage points and surprise attacks. [The control
   point has a pane of bulletproof glass, allowing capturers to see enemies
   coming up one path without being in any risk.]

 • CONTROL POINT B: Essentially one large radar building with little cover
   around its base. It's accessible by the spawnpoint and Point C only, so
   it's one of the better regions, defense-wise. Its many windows and few
   access points still provide long-range shooters opportunities to get those
   holed up inside, though. Since this area borders the enemy's two-exit spawn
   area, rocketjumpers (or an engineer building something and using it as a
   stepladder) can get up the drop-down point into this area, then wreak havoc.
   Building a turret here is annoying but since there's more than one way out,
   it's technically an inconvenience, not cheap play! [The open windows are
   of particular use to demomen, who can shoot stickies in and detonate the
   stuff inside without repercussion...usually.]

 • CONTROL POINT C: A large ramshackle tower with a laser atop it, this is the
   tallest point in the map and accessible by the meandering, ascending ramp,
   or perhaps even boostjumpers. Unlike Point A, this final point is very easy
   to capture with one scout, which, when coupled with the many entrances and
   entry points into the region, make it rather hard to defend. [Engineers who
   camp there with their sentries can be sniped from fringe doorways.] Having
   a dispenser + Pyro/Heavy can give a neverending stream of ammo, however, so
   that's one way to help out. [This area is adjacent to Red's spawnpoint and
   points B & A.]

 • GOING IN BLIND: If you're new to a map, familiarize yourself with it first.
   This can be done by starting a system link game and letting yourself be the
   only player; or, play with a few friends to learn the ins and outs. It's a
   good tactic for the (seemingly) lesser-played, more complicated maps like
   Hydro, and not too shabby for learning some of the finer points, like

 • TACTICAL RELOADING: This happens in most competitive shooters. Basically,
   the player reloads a clip (even if it's not empty) when the coast's clear,
   rather than getting into a fight and finding their primary weapon's short
   on ammo. It need not be said that reloading when the enemy's shooting is a
   ridiculous faux pas. Some weapons have fast reload times, like the scout's
   scattergun, so this is more important to weapons with low capacity and slow
   reload times, like the soldier's bazooka. [Pyros and Heavys don't have a
   normal clip, so they're exempt from this tip!]

 • INCOMMUNICADO: It's never fun to play on a team with no/unused mics, and
   that lack of communication can damage team synergy. If you say there's a
   heavy/medic combo coming up from the sewers, how does one know anyone's
   even listening? When a team dominates your own, it's often NOT a case of
   monkey-see-monkey-do, but the players acting as a unit, not just everyone
   doing whatever they want. [Finding a team with mics works better when one's
   there at the start, or the host, even.]

 • SPYCHECKING. This is when you "attack" a teammate to make sure they're not
   a spy. Real allies won't take any damage from these precautions, but spies
   will have their current disguise removed. Anyone can do this but some jobs,
   like the pyro -- which has no "clip" and does burn damage -- really excel
   at it.

 • DISGUISE SWITCHUPS. The purpose of a disguise is to fool the enemy; thus,
   when y'backstab someone, don't change into the same disguise! Basically,
   consider that the last victim relayed your current garb and position to
   their friends -- it's important to not camp in one place too long.

 • KNOW WHEN TO WEAPON-SWAP. Each class has a primary & secondary weapon, plus
   a melee for up-close fighting. It's important to understand each job's
   weapons and their ranges, and switch when necessary. I'll use Sniper as an
   example. When coming into a long hallway, having the rifle out is good, as
   it's more useful at hitting faraway enemies. When nearing a spot enemies
   may be walking out of, having the kukri (flaying knife) out is a good idea
   since the rifle isn't meant for close-range use. The sniper's SMG is really
   only good for its quick-fire capability in finishing off targets, or giving
   a few warning shots to dissuade enemies from approaching. Other classes
   get better secondary weapons (like shotguns) than this example's, but the
   concept still applies.

 • JUDGE YOUR TEAM: Press the Y-button when playing to see an overview of your
   team, and try to supplement your team. For instance, having 5 snipers and
   3 engineers can mean your team gets steamrolled by powerclasses; or, if a
   team is mostly made up of demomen, heavys, and soldiers, switch to a medic
   to help 'em live longer. While it's not vital to your OWN survival, picking
   a helpful class to win the game -- and not just get kills -- is a good way
   to play.

___________________________________________________/ VIII. APPENDICES [APND] |_
HALF-LIFE SERIES ENEMIES                                                 [ENMY]
 Here's a list of the opposition! Unless otherwise noted, they're found in all
 three HL games in the Orange Box package.

 Antlions are burrowing insectoid creatures, fiercely territorial and quick to
 anger. They originate in Half-Life 2 where they only came out when Gordon
 stepped on sand, and later became allies who could be sicced on enemies with
 the Pheropod. In the two Episode installments, however, they're nothing but a
 nuisance, often found in endless supply until their burrows are covered with
 debris (via gravity gun). These are one of the few enemies the normal-charged
 gravity gun can effect, as well -- this flips them over, showing off their
 soft underbelly. Alyx suggests this tactic as a way to quickly kill 'em.

 This behemoth antlion is far more resilient than its tiny brethren, and will
 use its massive size to bumrush targets, giving a huge knockback effect. To
 make things worse, its presence summons lesser antlions to assist in its
 rampage -- nothing's ever easy when they're around. They first appeared in
 Half-Life 2's Sandtraps chapter as a "myrmidont" but, by Episode 2, is called
 a guardian. Shooting them works fine, but propelling explosive barrels into
 their ugly mugs (via gravity gun) is often a more expedient way of getting
 them out of the way.

 One of the easier enemies, barnacles attach to ceilings and look like a big,
 fleshy pod with a tongue hanging down vertically. When an object -- any
 object, really -- comes in contact with its tongue, it drags it up and tries
 to eat it. Gordon can free himself from their grip in a manner of ways, while
 hapless enemies caught in it can only curse their own carelessness as they're
 devoured. [Crowbarring these guys saves ammo.]

 Generic soldiers of the combine horde, they use assault rifles, grenades, and
 shotguns in their pursuit of Alyx and Gordon. They often appear in groups but
 that's about it for their lethality.

 These white-armored combine (or comboopers...combine + stormtroopers...no
 takers? Maybe it'll catch on) are more powerful than normal grunts but not
 by much. They're crack shots though, so use a bit more caution.

 These dangerous enemies can easily pick off Gordon if he's running in open
 ground. They can't be killed by normal gunfire -- they're shooting from the
 recesses of a window and can't be seen normally -- but can die if a missile,
 grenade, or ally rollermine's directed into their space. Take lots of cover
 when approaching these guys 'cause it only takes a few shots to pick Gordon

 Sometimes Gordon can be endangered even if the Combine forces aren't anywhere
 around. Corrosive toxic waste can eat through his suit, forcing him to find
 a new path or hop over using debris. Explosions and falling from steep
 heights can also inflict damage, perhaps fatal.

 Found: Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2 Episode 1

 Gunships are half-insectoid, half-machine hybrids that are very dexterous and
 can only be defeated by RPG rounds. They also show up in the worst of places,
 such as during the road in Highway 17 and under the train bridge at the end
 of that same level. They're very dangerous and Gordon has to carefully guide
 his RPG rockets to take them out (usually takes 5-6).

 With such a cute name, it sounds like these guys would be more fun...but they
 aren't. They're weak, fleshy-colored, crablike monsters that often leap out
 from hiding spots, and try to attack Gordon multiple times before he can get
 a good shot off. Overall, low damage and low importance.

 Found: Half-Life 2: Episode 2

 These fast-moving, bumrushing enemies appear numerously toward the later half
 of the game. Their primary attack is firing multiple flechettes (needlelike
 projectiles) that have a delayed, albeit minor, explosion effect. They're a
 giant annoyance in the sixth chapter primarily, so be sure to turbo-boost the
 car and run 'em down in cold blood! [Don't worry, no jury will convict you.]

 Found: Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2 Episode 2

 When these helis appear, they'll pester Gordon as he proceeds through the
 chapter. It's equipped with dual frontal machine guns, as well as a mine
 dispenser, which can be drop large mines or a wide fan of tiny bomblets. The
 method of defeating is either shooting it with the airboat (Half-Life 2) or
 using the gravity gun to throw its large mines back at its frame (Episode 2).

 Hear that buzzing propeller noise? That's the lovable, huggable manhack! It
 just wants to slit Gordon's throat with its razor-sharp blades! These flying
 robotic drones often appear en masse, and while their constitution is weak,
 Gordon often can't see where every one is -- that's how they getcha. The
 gravity gun can attract and shoot 'em into walls (OHKO) while the crowbar can
 bash some sense into 'em (2HKO).

 Basically a black, spidery facehugger who moves just as fast and can poison
 Gordon. Poison alone can't kill Freeman but it bottoms out his health, which
 can make him easy pickins for other nearby foes. Luckily, when poisoned, HP
 regenerates back to 100, so sometimes these suckers end up giving Gordon
 extra health in the long run.

 Basically a normal zombie who's been infected by multiple poison headcrabs.
 Although they appear infrequently, they're still annoying -- the zombie's
 piggybacking headcabss will jump off and poison Gordon, which can set up
 a quick kill if things aren't careful. [Poison alone can't kill Gordon, but
 it does bring his HP to 1 and that's not good for other enemies 'round the

 I was unsure what to call these things, but this is as good a name for 'em
 as any. Created from a headcrab and a skinless human, these monsters sprint
 towards Gordon and do a barrage of claw attacks. A single headshot from the
 shotgun will neutralize but their speed works to their advantage on this end.
 They mostly appear during select times in the "We Don't Go to Ravenholm"

 These look like the toy Dog was playing with back in Black Mesa East, 'cept
 these will repeatedly shock Gordon. They're impervious to normal weapons and
 will follow our hero around endlessly (generally), so the only way to get
 rid of them is launching them out of the current area via the gravity gun --
 or, in Episode 1, letting Alyx reprogram them to be allies. [Since they can
 be propelled to where they need to be, ally r-mines can take out snipers as

 Found: Half-Life 2 

 A trap setup by Father Grigori during the 5th level set in Ravenholm, these
 automated machines spin a blade laterally and endlessly, splitting in two
 whatever comes in contact. Gordon will have to duck under these to keep his
 head intact, and can toggle them on/off using a lower panel. These traps're
 mostly to save ammo against zombies and headcrabs, which at during this 5th
 level are relatively new foes. They only appear during in Ravenholm.

 These massive insect-like enemies appear late in the game, and can only be
 killed by landing a well-shot magnusson device (a.k.a. stickybomb, for those
 who don't want to use such a stupid term) and then exploding it with firearm.
 They'll mostly leave Gordon alone with other refugees incurring its ire, but
 it does have a massive laser that'll decimate buildings -- don't be inside if
 that happens.

 These guns are erected to face down a narrow path, opening fire on enemies
 (Gordon) if he enters the proximity. They can be knocked down & incapacitated
 by successfully tossing objects -- barrels, boxes, debris, etc. In at least
 one occasion, the allies can use turrets in the same manner.

 Found: Half-Life 2 Episodes 1 & 2

 Zombie + Combine = Zombine! These once-proud enemies have lost their guns and
 now appear (mostly) in close-quarters situations, using kamikaze attacks with
 their grenades. They also move faster than normal zombies and have a bit more

HALF-LIFE SERIES WEAPONS                                                 [WPNS]
 HL2  : Route Kanal (#3)
 HL2E1: Lowlife (#3)
 HL2E2: To the White Forest (#1)

 A simple handgun carried by the Combine, this weapon shoots one bullet at a
 very slow rate. Gordon can fire quicker manually, but generally this isn't
 going to be the best weapon and -- naturally -- is outclassed later, which
 relegates it to shooting faraway enemies to conserve other ammo, etc. It's
 not too bad at close-range, though...just don't try to take on anything
 bigger than a Combine with it.

 HL2  : Highway 17 (#7)
 HL2E1: Urban Flight (#4)
 HL2E2: Riding Shotgun (#4)

 The crossbow is the only weapon in the game with sniping capabilities, and
 is deadly accurate because of it. Although it has a small magazine, it only
 takes one hit to kill a Combine-sized enemy. Use the left trigger to peer
 through the scope and -- POW!! -- the target's dead. The funny thing is that
 enemies hit with it either crumple like a rag doll or are pinned to whatever
 is behind them. There's even an achievement (Targeted Advertising) based off
 the latter function in the main game.

 HL2  : "A Red Letter Day" (#2)
 HL2E1: Exit 17 (#5)
 HL2E2: To the White Forest (#1)

 Although it has no long-range capabilities, this handy tool has a variety of
 purposes just the same. It can break boxes of all sorts, pull back planks
 that block doorways, smash windows, and naturally give hemorrhages to any
 smaller type enemies (Headcrabs, Combine, Zombies, etc.) It doesn't use ammo,
 of course...but it'd be cool if it did, huh? Ironically, while it's known for
 being a weapon Gordon receives early in the games, in Episode 1 it's obtained
 near the end -- much to some gamers' chagrin, no doubt.

 HL2  : Black Mesa East (#5)
 HL2E1: Undue Alarm (#1)
 HL2E2: To the White Forest (#1)

 A gun that really doesn't outlive its usefulness whatsover, the gun can suck
 in small objects (sawblades, for instance) and launch them as projectiles at
 whatever's nearby. On the flipside, just being able to attract objects on a
 whim is good, and is in fact prudent in levels like "Freeman Pontifex," where
 crossing hazardous waste is required. It never truly runs out of ammo unless
 there's no physics objects lying around.

 HL2  : Route Kanal (#3)
 HL2E1: Lowlife (#3)
 HL2E2: To the White Forest (#1)

 Fragmentation (frag) grenades are used to clear out rooms, greatly damaging
 the enemies while Gordon is safe and sound. Firing one incorrectly (they go
 in a parabolic trajectory) and it can cause Gordon to scramble for cover!
 Obviously it pays to get out of the way when a grenade -- foe or own -- is
 sitting around. These can also be thrown back if the player is quick, but
 this generally isn't the wisest course of action.

 HL2  : Water Hazard (#4)
 HL2E1: Urban Flight (#4)
 HL2E2: To the White Forest (#1)

 The Magnum is a six-shooting handcannon, and will OHKO a small enemy if shot
 in the head; then again, shooting near the head will do the trick also. Since
 it's so powerful, ammo for it isn't as commonplace as other types. Saving it
 for a rainy day ain't such a bad idea...or if you're feeling lazy, which is
 alright too.

 HL2  : ---
 HL2E1: ---
 HL2E2: Our Mutual Fiend (#6)

 This weapon is used with the gravity gun, and is found in dispensaries during
 the chapter's final stretch. If lobbed at a strider -- and it hits the body
 cleanly -- it adheres and flashes, allowing it to be detonated with a firearm
 to OHKO the strider. [In fact, it's the only way to kill the striders.] These
 devices are ridiculously fragile, however, and can be destroyed by misshots
 or enemy interference, hunters in particular.

 HL2  : Sandtraps (#8)
 HL2E1: ---
 HL2E2: ---

 The last weapon obtained in the game isn't even a weapon, really: it's a
 piece of a myrmidont monster. These are thrown like grenades, and wherever
 they land, antlions will attack that location (or locate a nearby enemy and
 run to them). The secondary function with the L-trigger is to squeeze the
 'pod and gather muster the antlions nearby. Antlions can only be used during
 the Sandtraps and Nova Prospekt chapters; however, hitting a Combine with a
 pod will temporarily cause it to stop firing, which gives a good opportunity
 to take it out. Good for saving ammo but, again, it'll see much of its use
 in the aforementioned two chapters.

 HL2  : "We Don't Go to Ravenholm" (#6)
 HL2E1: Urban Flight (#4)
 HL2E2: Freeman Pontifex (#3)

 More powerful but slower than the SMG, the rifle can take down enemies at a
 lot faster rate...it doesn't carry as much ammo though. But, the secondary
 weapon is really where it shines. The left trigger shoots a pulsating orb,
 which after bouncing around the room like a pinball and striking as many
 foes as possible, will explode and take out even more! The pulse orbs are in
 short supply and should be saved for a pinch, though.

 HL2  : Highway 17 (#7)
 HL2E1: Urban Flight (#4)
 HL2E2: Under the Radar (#5)

 This bazooka launches rockets which, unlike fire-and-forget weapons (such as
 a grenade launcher), can be steered by moving the reticle around. Half-Life 2
 had much use for this behemoth in taking down gunships, but in Episode 2, it's
 mostly just overkill -- it can't even kill a strider in the penultimate
 chapter! It's mostly a cheap thrill since its max ammo is 3, and scarce at

 HL2  : "We Don't Go to Ravenholm" (#6)
 HL2E1: Lowlife (#3)
 HL2E2: To the White Forest (#1)

 What can be said about the shotgun that isn't already conjured up by one's
 own mind? It's brutal at close-range fighting and can take down most foes
 with a well-placed headshot, while it can be used to lesser effect for some
 medium-range action. There's a reason why it's often players' favorite gun
 to use on most levels. However, with its clip size, it pays to play off its
 strengths. Speaking of which, Gordon can use the left trigger to fire its
 second barrel!

 HL2  : Route Kanal (#3)
 HL2E1: Urban Flight (#4)
 HL2E2: This Vortal Coil (#2)

 Pretty good all throughout the game, the machine gun combines rapid-fire
 capacities with a decent clip size. But, like most guns of this sort (at
 least as they're portrayed in video games), it takes a lot of rounds to down
 one enemy. The secondary weapon is a frag grenade, which fires in an arc via
 the left trigger -- also good for clearing out hordes when it comes to saving

ORANGE BOX ACHIEVEMENTS                                                  [ACHV]
 Achievements give gamerpoints by performing special feats of excellence, and
 for the five-games-in-one Orange Box, there's quite a lot to do. I'll split
 'em up by game. Additional notes will be found in the games' section, if
 applicable. Asterisked (*) items denote achievements mandatorily unlocked in
 the course of a full playthrough.
  ______________________________ ____ _______________________________________
 | HALF-LIFE 2 ACHIEVEMENTS     | PT | OBTAIN                                |
*| Anchors Aweigh!              | 05 | Get the airboat (Ch. 3)               |
 | Atomizer                     | 10 | Throw 15 soldiers into a ball field   |
 | Barnacle Bowling             | 05 | Kill 5 barnacles with one barrel      |
 | Blast From the Past          | 10 | Find the HEV Suit Faceplate (Ch. 5)   |
 | Bone Breaker                 | 05 | Kill 30 enemies w/ thrown objects     |
 | Bug Hunt                     | 10 | Use the antlions to kill 50 enemies   |
 | Conservationist              | 05 | Kill 5 enemies w/ the same energyball |
 | Counter-Sniper               | 05 | Kill all of City 17's snipers         |
 | Deadly Harvest               | 05 | Kill an enemy with a hopper mine      |
 | Defiant                      | 05 | Hit the trashcan cop w/ a can (Ch. 1) |
*| Fight the Power              | 10 | Shut down the suppression device      |
 | Flushed                      | 05 | Kill an enemy with a toilet           |
*| Follow Freeman               | 10 | Gain a squad of rebels (Ch. 12)       |
*| Giant Killer                 | 10 | Survive the strider battle (Ch. 12)   |
 | Hack Attack                  | 05 | Kill 5 enemies with a thrown manhack  |
*| Hallowed Ground              | 05 | Escort Gregori through the cemetery   |
*| Heavy Weapons                | 05 | Get the airboat's mounted gun (Ch. 4) |
 | Hot Potat0wned               | 10 | Kill a Combine with his own grenade   |
 | Keep Off the Sand!           | 20 | Beat Sandtraps w/o touching the sand  |
 | Lambda Locator               | 15 | Find all (45) lambda caches in HL2    |
*| Malcontent                   | 05 | Escape the apartment raid (Ch. 1)     |
*| One Man Army                 | 05 | Destroy six gunships total            |
 | OSHA Violation               | 05 | Kill 3 enemies using the crane        |
*| Plaza Defender               | 10 | Beat the generator standofff (Ch. 11) |
*| Radiation Levels Detected    | 05 | Get through City 17's toxic tunnels   |
*| Revenge!                     | 10 | Destroy the hunter-chopper (Ch. 4)    |
 | Submissive                   | 05 | Put the can in the trash (Ch. 1)      |
 | Targetted Advertising        | 05 | Pin a soldier to a billboard (Ch. 7)  |
 | Think Fast!                  | 10 | Kill an Elite with his own energyball |
*| Trusty Hardware              | 05 | Get the Crowbar (Ch. 2)               |
 | Two Points                   | 02 | Use DOG's ball to make a basket (Ch5) |
 | Vorticough                   | 13 | Find the singing vortigaunt (Ch. 4)   |
 | Warden Freeman               | 10 | Beat the turret standoff (Ch. 10)     |
 | What Cat?                    | 05 | Destroy Kleiner's teleporter (Ch. 2)  |
*| Where Cubbage Fears to Tread | 05 | Destroy the gunship (Ch. 7)           |
*| Zero-Point Energy            | 05 | Get the Gravity Gun (Ch. 5)           |
 | Zombie Chopper               | 25 | Beat Ch. 6 using only the gravity gun |

 • KEEP OFF THE SAND: This only applies to the beach parts where touching the
   sand belies Gordon's position to the antlions. Use debris and careful
   jumping (and saving?) to get the achievement.

 • TARGETTED ADVERTISING: During the Highway 17 portion, Gordon will come upon
   a small encampment of a couple buildings inhabited by Combine. On a hill
   overlook, he can find the crossbow, and with its zoom-in function, snipe
   the soldier walking along the billboard. Unless there's some weird fluke
   accident, the crossbow bolt should pin him to the sign.

 • VORTICOUGH: This is done in the Water Hazard level. After defeating the
   hunter chopper and gaining access to the shallow lake around what's to be
   the final station, search the rocky perimeter for two pipes, one with an
   open grate. Save, sprint through the toxic muck, and find the vortigaunt
   in a dead end, get the achievement, reload!

 • WHAT CAT: The teleporter to break is a tiny one on Kleiner's desk, left of
   the entrance. When an object is placed on its pad, it moves to a pad nearby,
   then moves back. Pile as much loose junk into the thing as possible and it
   will eventually short out.

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 | EPISODE 1 ACHIEVEMENTS  | PT | OBTAIN                                      |
*| Attica!                 | 05 | Destroy the gunship from the hospital attic |
 | Bone Breaker            | 05 | Kill 30 foes with thrown physics objects    |
 | Car Crusher             | 05 | Squish 15 antlions with a car(s)            |
 | Citizen Escort          | 15 | In last chapter, let no citizens be slain   |
 | Conservationist         | 05 | Kill 5 enemies w/ the same energy ball      |
*| Containment             | 05 | Contain the Citadel's core                  |
 | Deadly Harvest          | 05 | Kill a foe with a planted hopper mine       |
*| Elevator Action         | 10 | Survive to reach the parking garage's lift  |
*| Escape from City 17     | 20 | Beat Half-Life 2: Episode 1                 |
 | Grave Robber            | 05 | Steal a Zombine's grenade                   |
 | Hack Attack!            | 05 | Kill five (5) enemies with a manhack        |
 | Hot Potat0wned          | 10 | Kill a Combine soldier w/ his own grenade   |
 | Live Bait               | 10 | Let Alyx snipe 30 enemies                   |
 | Pacifist                | 10 | Kill no (unmandatory) stalkers in Citadel   |
 | The One Free Bullet     | 40 | Finish game & fire only 1 bullet during it! |
 | Think Fast!             | 10 | Kill an Elite w/ his own energy ball        |
*| Watch Your Head!        | 05 | Get to the bottom of the Citadel's elevator |
 | Zombie-que              | 05 | Use flares to set 15 zombie types alight    |

 • THE ONE FREE BULLET: Gordon can only fire one bullet throughout the game,
   but grenades, crowbars, rockets, and the gravgun are A-OK to use. Alyx can
   also lend her ballistic assistance without screwing up the achievement.

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 | EPISODE 2 ACHIEVEMENTS  | PT | OBTAIN                                     |
*| Acid Reflex             | 05 | Kill an acid antlion worker                |
 | Bone Breaker            | 05 | Kill 30 foes with thrown physics objects   |
 | Cache Checker           | 10 | Find all five lambda caches (Chapter 5)    |
 | Conservationist         | 05 | Kill 5 foes with the same energy ball      |
 | Deadly Harvest          | 05 | Kill a foe with a planted hopper mine      |
*| Defense of the Armament | 20 | Complete the strider invasion event (Ch.6) |
 | Get Some Grub           | 20 | Kill all (333) antlion grubs               |
 | Gordon Propelled Rocket | 05 | Find the rocket launcher cache (Chapter 5) |
 | Grave Robber            | 05 | Steal a Zombine's grenade                  |
*| Gunishment!             | 05 | Destroy the junkyard's Combine Autogun     |
 | Hack Attack!            | 05 | Kill five (5) enemies with a manhack       |
 | Hit and Run             | 05 | Run over 20 enemies with the car           |
 | Hot Potat0wned          | 10 | Kill a Combine soldier w/ his own grenade  |
*| Into the Breach         | 05 | Hold off the antlion invasion in the mines |
 | Little Rocket Man       | 30 | Put the garden gnome in the rocket (Ch. 6) |
*| Meet the Hunters        | 10 | Survive the hunters' ambush with Alyx      |
 | Neighborhood Watch      | 35 | Let no strider destroy a building (Ch. 6)  |
 | Payback                 | 10 | Kill a hunter with his own flechettes      |
 | Pedal to the Metal      | 05 | Beat DOG in the race to White Forest Base  |
 | Pinata Party            | 05 | Destroy all (9) web caches                 |
 | Puttin' on a Clinic     | 15 | Defeat the chopper w/o any misthrown mines |
*| Quiet Mountain Getaway  | 10 | Survive the ambush at White Forest Inn     |
*| Secondary Silo Secured  | 05 | Close the secondary silo's launch doors    |
 | Think Fast!             | 10 | Kill an Elite w/ his own energy ball       |
*| Twofer                  | 95 | Kill the antlion guardians (Ch. 3)         |
 | Zombie-que              | 05 | Use flares to set 15 zombie types alight   |

 • Hot Potat0wned: when a combine throws a grenade at Gordon, use the gravity
   gun to pick it up and throw it back. Not that hard to get.

 • Little Rocket Man: This involves finding a garden gnome in chapter one and
   carrying it all through the game, before finally putting it in the rocket
   during Chapter 6 (when first meeting Dr. Magnusson). The gnome is found on
   a shelf in the building where Alyx and Gordon first make contact with Eli.

 • Payback: hunters shoot explosive flechettes, which is basically another way
   of saying "pinlike projectiles". These can't be sucked up with the gravity
   gun like some other projectiles, but by holding up a shield -- any item that
   the flechettes can stick to -- and then throwing that shield at the hunter,
   the achievement can be gained if it deals a killing blow. It's best to use
   shields that aren't inherently dangerous (like boxes) although there's
   plenty of chances to get this, especially in the sixth chapter.
 • Pinata Party: this achievement does not reset even if a new game's begun,
   so remember that only new web caches will show the progress update when

 • Puttin' on a Clinic: during the chopper boss battle, it'll drop mines that
   have to be shot back at it. Basically, the achievement's gotten by striking
   it perfectly each time (feel free to save in-between each).
  ____________________ ____ _________________________________________________
 | PORTAL ACHIEVMENTS | PT | OBTAIN                                          |
 | Aperture Science   | 40 | Earn gold medals in all Portal challenges       |
 | Basic Science      | 10 | Earn bronze medals in all Portal challenges     |
 | Camera Shy         | 05 | Detach all surveillance cameras from the walls  |
 | Cupcake            | 10 | Beat 2 Portal advanced maps                     |
 | Fratricide         | 05 | Beat Level 17                                   |
 | Friendly Fire      | 05 | Knock over a turret with another turret         |
 | Fruitcake          | 20 | Beat 4 Portal advanced maps                     |
 | Heartbreaker       | 10 | Complete Portal                                 |
 | Lab Rat            | 05 | Acquire the fully-powered portal gun (Level 11) |
 | Long Jump          | 05 | Jump 300 feet                                   |
 | Partygoer          | 05 | Beat Level 19                                   |
 | Rocket Science     | 20 | Earn silver medals in all Portal challenges     |
 | Terminal Velocity  | 05 | Fall 30,000 feet                                |
 | Vanilla Crazy Cake | 30 | Beat 6 (all) Portal advanced maps               |

 • TERMINAL VELOCITY: Falling 30K feet requires a portal loop, where an exit
   is placed in the ceiling, right above the entrance. Then, just jump
   through and check back after awhile. Obviously it's best done with a very
   high ceiling...

  _________________________ ____ ____________________________________________
 | TF2 ACHIEVEMENTS        | PT | OBTAIN                                     |
 | Dynasty                 | 10 | Win 20 games                               |
 | Flamethrower            | 05 | Set 5 enemies on fire within 30 seconds    |
 | Grey Matter             | 05 | (As sniper) get 25 total headshots         |
 | Hardcore                | 15 | Accumulate 1000 total kills                |
 | Hard to Kill            | 10 | Get 5 kills in a row without dying         |
 | Head of the Class       | 05 | Play a complete round with each (9) class  |
 | Impenetrable Defense    | 10 | Defend Dustbowl w/o giving up a capture    |
 | Impossible Defense      | 30 | Defend Gravel Pit w/o giving up a capture  |
 | Lightning Offense       | 10 | Win Well in five minutes or less           |
 | Master of Disguise      | 15 | (As spy) have an enemy medic heal you      |
 | Nemesis                 | 05 | Get 5 revenge kills                        |
 | Powerhouse Offense      | 05 | Win 2Fort in a shutout (enemy scores zero) |
 | Relentless Offense      | 20 | Win Hydro without giving up a capture      |
 | Sentry Gunner           | 05 | Score 10 kills with the same sentry gun    |
 | Team Doctor             | 05 | Accumulate 25000 heal points as a Medic    |
 | With Friends Like These | 10 | Play a game with 7+ friends                |
 | World Traveler          | 05 | Play a complete game on every (6) map      |

 • IMPOSSIBLE DEFENSE: This achievement can be obtained by playing a system
   link match (i.e. one with just the host, no opponents). Simply wait until
   the time limit expires and bingo! It's achieved.

 • SENTRY GUNNER: Getting 10 kills with one gun can be difficult -- the foes
   often get wise by the first 1-3. This is easiest done by being a cheapo,
   such as spawncamping, playing all-engie/no-spy games, etc. It can be done
   legitly, but it's a lot harder.

THE ORANGE BOX FAQ                                                       [FAQZ]
 [Q] - Hey, I should've got this achievement but it didn't say I did!
 [A] - Barring one not completing the objective, it's worth noting that the
       commentary mode disables achievement updates.

[Q] - Where is the secret vortigaunt in "Water Hazard"?
[A] - After downing the hunter chopper near the end of the level, open the
      gate to the small bay beyond (the one with the dock ramp). Instead of
      going that way, locate two pipes at the far end -- one of them is ajar
      slightly. Use the airboat to get up and in, and make sure to sprint
      through the radioactive waste. The vortigaunt is at the very back, and
      has a bunch of supplies (health for the way back is most important, no?)

[Q] - How come my RPG rounds are always shot down by the gunships?
[A] - Because Gordon (you) have to steer them manually. The crosshairs directs
      the projectile, which should be used to evade the gunships' attempts to
      knock them out of the air. When the coast is clear, leave the reticle on
      the target to 'mark' it for destruction. You'll know it's marked because
      the reticle turns orange-ish.

[Q] - How come my achievement(s) aren't being unlocked?
[A] - This seems to be save-related, and deleting them seems to be necessary
      to correct stuff again.

[Q] - Do you get anything for the Gman sightings?
[A] - Nope, it's just for fun and...kinda creepy.

 [Q] - Do I have to play HL2 before playing the episodes?
 [A] - No, but it does put a lot of the survivors' plight into perspective,
       plus it's longer than both combined and very fun, so don't set it aside
       when y'could play it!

 [Q] - I have the PC version and I want to put in this cheat, and--
 [A] - I don't have the foggiest idea about PC stuff.

 [Q] - What weapons can I use for "The One Free Bullet" achievement?
 [A] - Besides the titular "one bullet" used to blow the padlock off in the
       third chapter, Gordon can only use rockets, grenades, gravity gun and
       its physics objects, and the crowbar. Secondary weapons, like the SMG
       grenade and pulse rifle's orb, are cleared to use as well. Note that
       the crowbar is obtained a little before the final chapter so a player
       will really have to rely on the gravity gun and Alyx for breaking and
       killing things, respectively.

 [Q] - How do I power the elevator during Lowlife's zombie outbreak?
 [A] - Alyx talks about following the lift's powercords to the generator.
       Follow them to the fenced-in supply area and right nearby will be a
       door barricaded with a wooden beam; inside's the powerbox.

 [Q] - Can Alyx die?
 [A] - Ninety-nine percent of the game, no -- her almightiness reigns supreme,
       and she seemingly has infinite health and ammo. However, in gunships'
       presence, y'may get a rare game over if she happens to be ganged up on.

 [Q] - What all comes with Orange Box?
 [A] - It contains five games in all: Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Episodes 1 & 2,
       Portal, and Team Fortress 2. 

 [Q] - Where's the garden gnome at?
 [A] - It's in the very first chapter, in the house where Alyx first contacts
       White Forest. Look underneath a wooden platform and it'll just be
       sitting there, waiting for you to piggyback it to Chapter 6!

 [Q] - How do I get the Payback achievement?
 [A] - Hunters' flechettes can't be sucked in by the gravity gun, but they'll
       stick to most any object. What y'do is, use an object as a shield and
       absorb the darts; then, propel it w/ the gravity gun to do explosive
       damage. It may take a few tries but that's how it's done.

 [Q] - Is "Portal: Still Alive" the Portal packaged in The Orange Box?
 [A] - No, it's a different game with challenge maps.

 [Q] - How come the post-game challenges aren't unlocked?
 [A] - You have to beat the game legitly -- using cheats disables 'em.

 [Q] - I want to be _____ class but my team's slot is filled up!
 [A] - There's a way around this, albeit it's rather cheap, since it deprives
       the enemy of their slot. Basically, change teams, become that class,
       then switch teams again -- now you can be that spy (etc.) and the enemy
       force can't.

 [Q] - Is there a single-player mode?
 [A] - Nope -- this is a purely online game (requires Xbox Live, of course).

 [Q] - Is the online community good?
 [A] - For the most part, yes -- there are a few whiners and quitters, but it's
       a far cry from the ridiculousness of some other, more popular games'.
       Worst-case scenario, the opposing team starts glitching outside the map,
       skywalking, and so on...the wide majority are A-OK, though.

 [Q] - I'm pretty good and want to join a clan. Where do I sign up?
 [A] - [http://z13.invisionfree.com/TF2_Ladder] is the place to go if you're
       looking to team up with other like-minded individuals.

 [Q] - What's it mean when "connection to host was lost" happens?
 [A] - The server's quality depends on the host's connection, and a player may
       be disconnected if they a host tries to take on more people than the
       connection allows. [Disconnection can happen when the host goes straight
       to Xbox Dashboard instead of quitting, too.] Try to remember good hosts
       and stay away from games with laggy connections -- in the listing where
       host name/players/scenario is shown, the three green bars at the right
       side show how good that is.

 [Q] - What does it mean, "this game is no longer accepting players?"
 [A] - It could be that the remaining slots are private, but most often, the
       game is loading from the lobby, so no one can join until it's done.
       [Your NAT type may also affect this.]

 [Q] - Can I get achievements in player matches instead of ranked ones?
 [A] - Yes. In fact, it's pretty rare to see anyone playing ranked matches.

 [Q] - Will the PC updates ever come to 360?
 [A] - That's the million-dollar question. There's a lot of speculation, but
       no real word since 2008... Problems seem to arise from the 360's RAM
       or something.

 [Q] - How are points calculated?
 [A] - When certain actions are taken, points are earned -- these go towards
       a player's performance chart and, while not necessarily important in
       the long run, are good reminders for one's progress. Here's how they

       [½] - Friendly teleporter used by self or teammate
       [½] - Assist in a kill
       [1] - Defend a control point
       [1] - Normal kill (or Sapper removal)
       [1] - Ubercharge, AKA invuln, used
       [1] - Destroying a barrel (environmental target)
       [1] - per 600 health healed (medic/engineer-only)
       [2] - Headshot kills (sniper-only)
       [2] - Backstab kills (spy-only)
       [2] - Destroying an engineer's building
       [2] - Capturing a control point or briefcase

       Revenge kills' point is in addition to another earned, so a revenge
       headshot would be worth 3 instead of just 2. I believe this applies to
       dominations, also.

 [Q] - I checked my host settings and they were all screwed up!
 [A] - Sometimes if you check the options menu when someone is hosting (or even
       if you don't, in rare cases) their settings will override your own. They
       can still be changed so there's no long-term harm done, but it's still

 [Q] - Is there a way to unlock PC achievements, hats, etc. in the 360 version?
 [A] - Nope. Only the PC's initial 17 achievements made the transition.

 [Q] - Can you kill with taunts in the 360 version?
 [A] - Nope -- they're perfectly harmless.

 [Q] - How do I counter griefers/cheaters/etc.?
 [A] - There are ways to outgrief a griefer, although it requires sinking to
       their level. Even someone like me, who plays a gentleman's game the
       entire time, ends up learning a few tricks in passing. Example: one
       method allows an ally demoman to destroy friendly buildings, which is
       helpful for cheating teammates but can similarly be used "for evil" in
       the hands of an unscrupulous amateur. [That's why I'm not saying the
       methods outright. Don't ask!]

 [Q] - What's your gamertag? :)
 [A] - Antirine.

X. UPDATES & CONTRIBUTORS                                                [UPDT]
 12-09-09 ------------------------------------+ Started walkthrough
 01-17-09 ------------------------------------+ Finished walkthrough

 • Sailor/Ceej, for hostin' my stuff
 • TOB Messageboard, for being awesome
 • Rory Schmidt-Linseman, for Zombie Chopper correction
 • WandrianWvlf, for info on host settings changing
 • SNES_64_DC_Xbox, for headcrab terminology
 • The Sniper, for being the coolest TF2 character! [Say g'bye to yer head...]

 • Portal advanced strategy
 • Readers' TF2 strategies (I'm sure there are some good ones I've forgotten)

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