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jAkUp
11-01-04, 11:33 AM
Check it out!!

Strategy Guide:
http://www.primagames.com/strategy/book/inside/6532/

Raising the Bar:
http://www.primagames.com/strategy/book/inside/6534/

If your having trouble reading the blurry transcript on "Raising the Bar"

*Eli powers up the slide projector. A white image flashes on the wall of his room, where he has hung a white sheet.

Eli
Let's see now... where does this start?

The following images appear as he speaks
*Aerial view of Black Mesa
*Inbound Train
*Test Chamber

[A penciled in note marks all those pictures as having come from HL1]

Eli
Black Mesa. Let's not dwell on that. Nobody's blaming you. We all have to accept some responsibility... what matters is what we do next. I'll get to that. After the disaster, well... let's just say, the ripples kept spreading.

The next few scenes have the feel of Norman Rockwell in Hell:
*Headcrabs leaping onto shoppers from supermarket shelves
*Bullsquid chasing a family from a suburban house; pack of houndeyes running down Elm Street
*Gargantua overturning a tractor as a farmer flees across a Nebraska Field
*Ichthyosaur materialising in a public pool, right under a nose-pinching kid who just jumped off the high-dive

Eli
The Countryside, the suburbs, all those hard-to-patrol places, got pretty much uninhabitable. People started crowding into the cities for protection.

*People clustered at a cyclone fence topped with a razor wire, city skyline rising behind them; cops stand tensely on guard towers, blasting away at headcrab zombies outside the perimeter.

Eli
There was an illusion of safety, for a time. And then the Citadels appeared. It happened in a split second, all over the world. A chunk would disapear from the center of a city, to be replaced an instant later by one of these... headquarters for the Combine. Invasion Central...

*City center completely cored, buildings sheared off, an enormous pit appearing out of nowhere, and people falling into it
*The same view, with a Citadel now towering at the center of all

[pencil note?]

Eli
Say hello to your new masters.

*Cremators, striders, Combine machines pouring out of the Citadel into the city. Combine dropships tearing through the air.

Eli
Oh, we resisted.

*Tanks, soldiers, human army advancing on the Citadel
*The same troops reduced to ashes, completely obliterated

Eli
Earth put up a fight that lasted all of seven hours.

*A smoldering Pentagon-shaped pile of ashes

[Pencil note]

Eli
And then, the man who had seized about all the power a man can seize in a crisis, used that power to arrange our surrender.

*The Consul, at the foot of the Radio Tower, wearing a headset, hands raised high to the dropships as he proclaims Earth's surrender

Eli
They call him the Consul now. It worked out fine for him. He speaks for the Combine, he shares in their power. As for the rest of us....

*Views of City 17, citizens slouching along [pencil note]
*Air Exchange belching black fumes
*Drained seabed with beached ships, whale bones

Eli
Well, you've seen the state of things. They're replacing the air with something we can hardly breathe. They're draining the ocean. We don't know if they're preparing the planet for new residents, or just stripping it of every possible resource. All we do know is that we have to stop them. And that's where you come in, Mr. Freeman. It's up to you to....

*The projector goes dark.

six_storm
11-01-04, 12:01 PM
Oh man, I so could've beat you to posting about this. I thought that if I would've posted it, someone would've come back to say "Already been posted . . . " Dang you jakUp, lol. Nice find, I like the strategy guide preview, nice. :nanahump:

Edge
11-01-04, 12:10 PM
Huh, that Raising the Bar book sounds kinda interesting, I always like to see the behind-the-scenes stuff in games (one of the reasons I'm getting the Collector's Edition for Halo 2 ;) ). I hope that Raising the Bar book is what's included in the Collector's Edition.

tyx
11-04-04, 12:58 AM
lol, same here.

LiquidX
11-04-04, 02:29 AM
Huh, that Raising the Bar book sounds kinda interesting, I always like to see the behind-the-scenes stuff in games (one of the reasons I'm getting the Collector's Edition for Halo 2 ;) ). I hope that Raising the Bar book is what's included in the Collector's Edition.


Nope you get a "sampler".

http://www.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=164567

Edge
11-04-04, 12:25 PM
Hmm, that kinda sucks...how big is this "sampler"? Like do they know how many pages it is compaired to the "full" version?

LiquidX
11-05-04, 09:13 AM
Hmm, that kinda sucks...how big is this "sampler"? Like do they know how many pages it is compaired to the "full" version?


Knowing Valve most likely less than 5 pages. :rolleyes:

Slybri
11-09-04, 09:42 PM
you might wanna slap a "spoiler alert" on this one...