Still Waiting For Half-Life 3? 4 Alien Invasion Dystopic Alternatives

Dave LeClair 24-04-2014

What if I told you that Half Life 3 was coming? Well, I could tell you that, for sure, but unfortunately, I’d be lying to you, and that’s just not in my nature.


Half Life 3 is one of the most anticipated games ever, and it seems like Valve has no intentions of dropping it any time soon. The company is releasing plenty of other sequels to its other franchises, but Half Life remains stagnant 4 Of The Best Video Game Opening Scenes Of All Time When you launch a boot up game for the first time, it needs to grab you. Just like a book, movie, or any other form of entertainment, a good opening scene is critical to keeping... Read More with only the occasional tease coming from Gabe every now and then.

While you sit patiently, longing for the day that Half Life 3 graces you with its presence, why not play some of these other games that feature similar gameplay and themes to Half Life to keep yourself busy. Will they replace Half Life 3? No, but they just might make the wait feel a little painful.


Rage lacks the aliens 10 Incredible Steam Games You Can Buy For Under $10 Read More in Half Life, but it really does a great job of capturing much of the dystopian feel that made Half Life so amazing. It adds in a heavy dose of driving around in the world, but when you are fighting in the smaller battles with enemies in the game, it has an atmosphere that feels a lot like Half Life. After all, the aliens are only a small part of what makes people love Half Life, and Rage has a lot of the other things we all love so much.

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Resistance: Fall of Man

Resistance is a shooter that came early in the life of the PlayStation 3. While it doesn’t feature the staggering level of storytelling of Half Life, the story is interesting enough to keep you moving from action point to action point. Like Half Life, it’s a first-person shooter Why Are First-Person Shooters Not As Watched As Other eSports Read More that sees the player trying to fight off an alien invasion. It’s not as dystopian as Half Life, but that’s because the game doesn’t jump as heavily into the backstory. Presumably, there is some of dystopian nonsense going on behind you, but the the plot focuses more heavily on the actual war being fought from your perspective.


Resistance: Fall of Man is a solid game, and while it won’t fill the void left in your life by the lack of Half Life as far as the story goes, fighting aliens from a first-person perspective should at least help you sleep a little easier at night as you patiently wait for Valve to bestow the greatness of Half Life 3 upon you.


Crysis is a game that most people talk about when they want to cite one with mind-blowing visuals Nvidia Fans, Listen Up! Improve Your Gaming With The GeForce Experience Read More . At the time of its release, it pushed PC gaming to its limits, and it was the metric gamers used to determine just how powerful their PC was. Aside from that, it’s also a very Half Life-like game in that it’s a first-person shooter that features aliens invading in a post-apocolyptic setting.

I will admit, that Crysis can’t hold a candle to the storytelling of Half Life, but from an action perspective, it’s right there with it. That’s not saying the story is bad, because it’s not, and it’s quite interesting, but Half Life sets the bar so high. Still, if you want to shoot some aliens, any of the games in the Crysis series have you covered, but the first one is definitely the best, and if you only play one, it’s the one to grab.

Serious Sam: BFE

Serious Same has an incredibly deceiving title, because this game is not serious at all. Instead, it’s a highly entertaining romp that sees the player mowing down hordes of aliens with some of the most insane guns you will ever encounter in a first-person shooter.


There is none of the subtlety of Half Life in Serious Sam: BFE, but that’s okay, because there is still plenty of alien goodness to keep you busy. It’s lots of fun, and you should definitely check it out.


While there is no game that features all of the elements of Half Life, these games are pretty close. If you just can’t wait to play Half Life 3, these will keep you entertained in the meantime. If you want even more, you should make sure to download some Half Life 2 mods 4 Free Online Multiplayer Source Engine Mods For Half-Life 2 Read More , as they will extend the game a great deal and give you more Half Life.

What games do you think do a good job of filling the void until the next Half Life game? Hit the comments section below and let your voice be heard.

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  1. Dann A
    April 26, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Glad to see Crysis on the list—I'm currently playing through Crysis 2, and absolutely loving it. I find it difficult, but not too difficult, and the visuals are great. I think the storyline is a bit underdeveloped, at least at this point, but there's a lot of potential and I hope they pick it up in the end of 2 and through 3.

    Also, Rage looks pretty sweet. I'll definitely be trying that out. Thanks for the write up—I love post-apocalyptic dystopian games!

  2. Noah
    April 25, 2014 at 3:29 am

    I love Crysis. Thank you for including it in this list.

    • Andrei
      April 25, 2014 at 5:29 am

      Crysis was indeed awesome! I never played Rage though, might do that.

    • Dave L
      April 26, 2014 at 3:37 am


      Rage is not the greatest game ever made, bit's definitely good, dumb fun.