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                    Half-Life 2 *Retail* (c) Valve/Sierra
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   Release Date  :  11-28-2004               Protection   :  SecuROM/Steam
   File Count    :  CD1=51 CD2=51 CD3=51     Game Genre   :  Shooters           
                    CD4=51 CD5=4
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   Release Notes:
 
   From the group that brought Counter-Strike: Condition Zero to your pc, 
   Vengeance is proud to present Half-Life 2.

   By taking the suspense, challenge and visceral charge of the original, and 
   adding startling new realism and responsiveness, Half-Life 2 opens the 
   door to a world where the player's presence affects everything around him, 
   from the physical environment to the behaviors -- even the emotions -- of 
   both friends and enemies.

   The player again picks up the crowbar of research scientist Gordon 
   Freeman, who finds himself on an alien-infested Earth being picked to the 
   bone, its resources depleted, its populace dwindling. Freeman is thrust 
   into the unenviable role of rescuing the world from the wrong he unleashed 
   back at Black Mesa. And a lot of people -- people he cares about -- are 
   counting on him.

   Characters - Advanced facial animation system delivers the most 
   sophisticated in-game characters ever seen. With 40 distinct facial 
   "muscles," human characters convey the full array of human emotion, and 
   respond to the player with fluidity and intelligence.

   Physics - From pebbles to water to 2-ton trucks respond as expected, as 
   they obey the laws of mass, friction, gravity, and buoyancy.

   Graphics - Source's shader-based renderer, like the one used at Pixar to 
   create movies such as Toy Story and Monster's, Inc., creates the most 
   beautiful and realistic environments ever seen in a video game.

   AI - Neither friends nor enemies charge blindly into the fray. They can 
   assess threats, navigate tricky terrain, and fashion weapons from whatever 
   is at hand. 

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   Install Notes:

   1. Unpack the release with WinRAR or equivalent
   2. Burn with Nero Burning ROM, CDRWin or equivalent.
   3. Install the game.
   4. Use our fully automated installer found in the /VENGEANCE/ directory
      on CD5, hl2install.exe, to apply all necessary cracks and make the
      needed shortcuts on your desktop.
   5. Play by double clicking the "Half-Life 2" shortcut found on your
      desktop.

   *NOTES*
 
    At last a 100% functional and automated retail release of the most
    anticipated sequel in PC games history.

    As you have been struggling with the 101 fixes for the EMPORiO releases
    of this fantastic game, we have been working diligently to bring you
    this quality release which is deserved for a title of such magnitude.

    Not only does this version work, it works FASTER, giving you a much
    better gameplay experience.  Through a custom built Steam emulator, 
    Vengeance allows you to play Half-Life 2 the way it is meant to be 
    played. Files are directly streamed from the Valve Game Cache Files (GCF), 
    allowing any Source Engine game to be played identical to the official 
    Valve Steam Client.  This means that you don't need to run Steam to play.

    You can expect much shorter loading times and much smoother gameplay, 
    without the need to tweak config files or to mess around with the AI Node 
    Graph Rebuilds. Oh and did we mention, you dont have to extract 30,000+ 
    fragmented files to play?

    With patience and due time, we have recreated the installation CABs with
    the decrypted GCF files (resulting in smaller CD sizes) and modified the 
    original installer to recognize the new CABs to allow for a fully 
    autmoated installation.  Combined with our hl2install to apply the cracks, 
    extract the minimal essential game files and create the necessary 
    shortcuts, Vengeance has finally brought to you a no-hassle, no-bullshit, 
    fully working and unprecedented release of Half-Life 2.

   *NOTE*
   
    Online play has been disabled, so buy this excellent title if you want to
    play online. Valve deserves it.

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   Contacting Vengeance:

   We are always looking for talented people to help fill our ranks. If you:

   ■ Work at an Electronics Boutique, Babbage's, Virgin or any similar store

   ■ Work for a games magazine as a reviewer, and have early access to games

   ■ Are able to crack most commercial protection schemes such as StarForce,
     SecuROM and Safedisc

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