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Road transport is, in the barest of sense, vehicles adapted for road use, although some may also possess off-road capabilities. Road transport is featured commonly in the Half-Life series as both a mode of transport as well as obstacles or cover.
Types of road transport
Half-Life and its expansions
The selection of road vehicles available in Half-Life are confined to those used by the Black Mesa Research Facility, as well as the Hazardous Environment Combat Unit (HECU) and Black Ops. None of the vehicles can be driven, but may feature functional armaments (i.e. turrets) or contain supplies.
The vehicles are listed as follows:
- Black Mesa: The Black Mesa SUV and Black Mesa truck.
- HECU and Black Ops: The M35 cargo truck, M1A1 Abrams and M2A3 Bradley.
Half-Life 2 and its episodes
Whilst the player has no control of Combine vehicles, the Resistance owns several controllable road vehicles constructed using salvaged parts. The Resistance's vehicles in particular are integral to two storyline arcs in Half-Life 2 and Half-Life 2: Episode Two, during which they are used by the player to traverse great distances to a particular destination. The vehicles are indicated to be of utmost importance to the missions, as the player automatically fails if the player manages to lose the vehicles by dropping it onto off-limits areas of the map (i.e. deep water or cliffs).
The vehicles are listed as follows:
- Resistance: The Scout Car, Muscle Car and Jalopy (cut).
- Combine: The Combine Armored Personnel Carrier, Advisor Platform, AirEx Truck (cut), School Bus (cut), Merkava (cut), and Combine SWAT Truck (cut).
In addition, civilian car wrecks exist throughout much of the game. These wrecks are primarily used as obstacles to the player, but may also be punted as heavy projectiles or used to plug Antlion Soldier holes in Half-Life 2: Episode One, both with the aid of the gravity gun. The car traps in Ravenholm also employ such wrecks to crush zombies. With the exception of the hatchback wrecks, most road vehicle wrecks featured are East European in origin.
List of appearances
- Half-Life: Day One (First appearance)
- Half-Life: Opposing Force
- Half-Life: Blue Shift
- Half-Life: Decay
- Half-Life 2
- Half-Life 2: Raising the Bar
- Half-Life 2: Episode One
- Half-Life 2: Episode Two
- Portal (Car park only)
- PotatoFoolsDay ARG
|Vehicles, vessels and transportation|
|Black Mesa transportation||Black Mesa SUV · Black Mesa Transit System · Black Mesa truck|
|Black Ops vehicles||AH-64 Apache · M35 cargo truck|
|HECU vehicles||AH-64 Apache · F-16 Fighting Falcon · M1A1 Abrams · M2A3 Bradley · M35 cargo truck · V-22 Osprey|
|Combine vehicles||Advisor Platform · Armored Personnel Carrier · Hunter-Chopper · Razor Train|
|Resistance vehicles||Airboat · Mil Mi-8 · Muscle Car · Scout Car|
|Trainstations||City 17 Trainstation · Depot · Technical Trainstation|
|Other||Borealis · Rail transport · Road transport|
|Black Ops (cut)||V-22 Osprey|
|Combine (cut)||AirEx Truck · C-130 · Combine SWAT Truck · M2A3 Bradley · Merkava · School Bus · V-22 Osprey|
|Resistance (cut)||Borealis · C-130 · Jalopy · Jet Ski · Submarine · V-22 Osprey|
|Other (cut)||Chevrolet Caprice · Digger · F-117 Nighthawk · Ford F-250 · GMC Vandura|