The Combined Timeline | COMPLETE Half-Life & Portal Story & Lore

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The Half-Life and Portal timeline is long and complicated. Although these stories are set in different locations on Earth, they connect over the years. From Black Mesa's early years and their competition with Aperture Science, to the fall of Aperture and GLaDOS' attempts to keep The Combine out of her facility. This timeline has many important events.

In this video, I explore the whole history and story of Half-Life and Portal. Although Chell and Gordon Freeman never meet, their actions have a huge impact on Aperture Science, Black Mesa and the multiverse.

00:00 Introduction & Spoiler Warning
00:12 Before
02:55 1940s
06:13 1950s
08:49 1960s
13:40 1970s
16:13 1980s
24:05 1990s
31:26 2000s
42:00 May 16th 200-
46:21 The Resonance Cascade
58:13 The Fall of Black Mesa
01:11:01 7 Hour War & Start of Combine Occupation
01:17:06 Portal
01:28:19 20-Year-Period
01:37:11 Point Insertion
01:47:36 The Uprising
02:00:55 The Fall of City 17
02:08:18 To The White Forest
02:13:34 The Final Push
02:21:59 5 Years Ago (The Altered Timeline)
02:29:53 The Future (Portal 2)
02:36:00 Wheatley Laboratories
02:42:05 Peer Review
02:46:00 The Multiverse
02:47:28 Closing Thoughts & Ending

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Standard Sources
Game Manuals
Half-Life Series Playthrough Research
Portal Series Playthrough Research
Half-Life 2: Raising the Bar
Half-Life: Alyx Playthrough
Portal/ Half-Life Fandom
Old Valve Forums
Marc Laidlaw's Twitter
Breengrub Twitter
Reddit AMA (w/ HL: Alyx Developers)

Half-Life: Decay
Half-Life: Opposing Force
Half-Life: Blue Shift
Half-Life 2
Half-Life 2: Episode 1
Half-Life 2: Episode 2
Half-life: Alyx
Portal 2
Aperture Desk Job

Half-Life 2: OST: Escape Array
Half-Life 2 OST: Black Mesa Inbound
Black Mesa OST: Blast Pit 1
Black Mesa OST: Blast Pit 2 Remix
Portal 2 OST: 9999999
Black Mesa OST: Xen
Portal 2 OST: Technical Difficulties
Black Mesa OST: Event Horizon
Half-Life Alyx: Ost: Balcony
Half-Life: Alyx OST: Insubordinate Relocation
Half-Life: Alyx OST: Extra-Dimensional Darkness
Half-Life 2 OST: Lab Practicum
Portal 2 OST: There She Is
Portal 2 OST: Bots Build Bots
Aperture Desk Job OST: Cave’s Office
Half-Life 2 OST: Triage At Dawn

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21 Mar 2023




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Skyrionn 3 aylar önce
Who is your favourite Half-Life/ Portal character? Mine is easily Adrian.
Ubvoiu 14 saatler önce
The fisherman from lost coast
E Crash
E Crash 2 gün önce
absolutely definitely, Lazlo the greatest mind of his generation
Şehmus Hamza
Şehmus Hamza 4 gün önce
Gordon and Chell
mrSquid100 4 gün önce
doug rattman (honorary pick: gman)
GeaRics 4 gün önce
peepee man
peepee man 3 aylar önce
The clear difference between the portal series very comedic story and the half life series very serious story is absolutely hilarious. One moment he’ll be talking about black mesa opening portals to other dimensions and then he’ll be talking about Cave Johnson ranting about lemons.
Boba 2 gün önce
Almost three hours worth of serious lore then right at the end I got hit with Blapperture Mesa sent me fr
César U
César U 7 gün önce
L 11 gün önce
Half life: "The human race were enslaved, pulled apart and bolted back together as tools for the Combine, with barely any hope for freedom" Portal: "Cave Johnson ranted about lemons over the intercom, which gave him inspiration to make combustable lemons"
Piotr 12 gün önce
I've never seen Portal as light or comedic. The concept of being forever trapped in an underground facility with sadistic and sarcastic AI, not even knowing what year it is and if there is anything of our civilization left on the surface is absolutely terrifying.
Mr. Pinkk
Mr. Pinkk 17 gün önce
@Tomáš Tobola that's because it is
Lemon lad
Lemon lad 3 aylar önce
“On the way to the test chamber, Gordon stopped in the kitchen and for some reason turned on the microwave which destroyed a casserole that did not belong to him. This moment began a grudge that would last for decades” This is the best line in a document I’ve ever heard
Crêpette 8 gün önce
The gnome is also really good
PatRatrick Aylar önce
The casserole burning line and then this 2:14:09 is just absolutely phenomenal
Skyrionn 3 aylar önce
It was the most important part of the timeline! Gordon did Arne dirty there! Thanks for watching!
PokeSalad 3 aylar önce
The only thing i have to add is In Portal Bridge Builder, it is mentioned that the "Rope" type bridge material is made of tightly twisted shower curtains. Because they had a lot of them laying around, and they were very strong with some elasticity. This implies that Aperture Fixtures (at least initially) Shower Curtains were extremely strong as a safety measure in the bathroom to prevent falling via grabbing onto the curtains. The military contracts (again, initially) were probably to use the same fabric/material of the shower curtains for military purposes.
Looooopy 3 gün önce
Korstmahler 4 gün önce
The black ops invisibility camo also came from somewhere, but it could have been Black Mesa.
The Sun
The Sun Aylar önce
Tbh i thought they would relate to optical camouflage like since curtains are for privacy, one of the best ways to keep that privacy is making the things behind it invisible. But a super durable material also makes sense
GarbageProductions Aylar önce
@Sorain1 The Enemies seeing hundreds of soldiers wearing bathroom Curtains, firing at said Soldiers and watching the bullets ricochet
Sorain1 Aylar önce
"What are these new vests made out of?" "Shower Curtains." "Who makes shower curtains that can stop machinegun fire!?" "Aperture Science."
Iron Man
Iron Man 2 aylar önce
Holy… I am speechless, you deserve the golden crown for effort, all this research plus editing, free cam scenes and so on for nearly 3 hour’s video in high quality. Endless respect from me, this video deserves many millions of views. Hope you get some money for it as a return, for me as a half life (valve) fan, this video is priceless and mindblowing.
Skyrionn 2 aylar önce
I wish you the same! I have big plans for the channel for 2023. I'll see you there ☺
Iron Man
Iron Man 2 aylar önce
@Skyrionn no problem, your welcome. i already checked all the other videos and added some to my playlists for later viewing, and i dont know why i didnt find your channel earlier when i searched some half life video. keep up your awesome work, i appricate your work behind all this. realy thanks for all this, this is litteraly what i haved missed from valve. so in the end i have left an abo and wish a good start into 2023 :)
Skyrionn 2 aylar önce
First of all - thank you so much for the donation! That is incredibly generous! I really appreciate it. Thank you so much. This video came from a pure love of the Portal/ Half-Life universe. I've had an amazing response so far from Valve fans and the algorithm is treating this much better than my other content. Here's to more timelines in 2023 for other Valve games :D If you haven't checked already - I do have shorter lore videos on specific topics in which I deep dive and explore all of the smaller details. Thank you again!
Zalabit 2 aylar önce
Aperture: -Develops a portal gun -Develops liquids with different effects -Develops super advanced AI Black Mesa: *Ayo let's put the weird crystal on the shiny thing, c'mon guys i wanna see what happens if we put the weird crystal on the shiny thing* 🗿
Pcf1 19 saatler önce
@Quacked Up fairs fair, accurate point and ty for the lore
WalkerDLC Gün önce
@Spartan Mon He legit explain it in the video💀
CombustibleLemon 2 gün önce
Aperture also developed the gravity gun
Lord Habitaxe of Prydonia
​@Spartan Mon aperture didn't sell the portal gun or the gels(well the gels were sold as dietary food but got pulled from shelves, but they weren't sold as "portal conductive surfaces")
Seagull 10 gün önce
​@Spartan Mon because they didn't sell anything. It was all prototypes stuff buy the time glados took over
LavaTacoBurrito 3 aylar önce
Being told the absolutely bonkers and batshit crazy story of Aperture Science in a completely serious and dark tone is peak comedy. But seriously, this is really impressive work. One of the most consistent timeline videos. Good job.
Mr. Pinkk
Mr. Pinkk 17 gün önce
Nah aperture is more darker than black mesa
Giga Brain
Giga Brain 25 gün önce
most goofiest story I ever heard
Skyrionn 3 aylar önce
Thanks for watching!
Josiah Horton
Josiah Horton 3 aylar önce
Imagine being a former Black Mesa researcher and finding out that your rival company, Aperture Science, had not only beaten you to developing portal technology, teleportation, a gravity gun, and AI, but they also did so decades before you in secret 😂
Josiah Horton
Josiah Horton 10 gün önce
@Vortigaunt i dunno... Black Mesa managed to stumble their way into teleporting into a border world in between dimensions but couldn't teleport within their own dimension. They had to use Xen as a slingshot to do that, and it wasn't really accurate. It's no better than the Combine's teleportation tech. Aperture figured out how to make point to point wormholes with our dimension. They not only did that, but they also did so in a handheld device. And then there's the Borealis...
maxspecs 11 gün önce
It’s amazing the advancements you can make when safety and morality get chucked out the window.
Vortigaunt 13 gün önce
To be fair, Black Mesa’s teleportation was far superior to Aperture, being able to enter another dimension. Also, it was Russel who made the first gravity gun, so it’s not a win for either. Russel ending up making the gravity hand guns before the combine invasion lol
James Sunderland
James Sunderland 16 gün önce
If they were justified, then you automatically volunteer for such experiments as a human guinea pig, and you are the first. Your first experiment in telepathic portal technology: jump off the tallest structure within 1km², then as you fall focus on your destination. The speed, plus adrenaline plus intent will cause you to break space-time and teleport. Let me know how it goes! Oh, you get the biggest tastiest cake after :)
Agamerdoesthings 3 aylar önce
Fun Fact: According to Aperture Desk Job, Cave Johnson actually *did* get to be turned into a machine, in which his intelligence was uploaded into a big head. Unfortunately, he scared all his scientists away. Oh, and at the end of the game, there's a small cutscene of him humming along with the newly-invented turrets, teaching him to sing, which makes me think he's the Turret King.
Ubvoiu 14 saatler önce
The game isnt cannon i dont think
Jayden3649 4 gün önce
@Legostopmo. lol so ur like 10 did ur parents say not to say ur age online? Cause u can't find someone from just an age people put their date of birth as their username
Legostopmo. 4 gün önce
@Jayden3649 that is personal info, i will not tell you
The RCS Guy
The RCS Guy 3 aylar önce
The combine are truly horrifying. A fate worse than death, resist and you become a stalker or dont, and you die under subjugation.
LightningBMW Aylar önce
@miguel mackay except with the qu, no matter what you do, you get the same fate - mutilation
miguel mackay
miguel mackay Aylar önce
they remind me of the Qu of "All Tomorrows"
Sawyer Atkinson
Sawyer Atkinson Aylar önce
Has a lot of similarities with marathon or 40k
Skyrionn 3 aylar önce
Basically the timeline summed up.
Panic Powerhouse
Panic Powerhouse 3 aylar önce
The thought that Caroline may regain her complete consciousness some day, feels great and equally terrifying, imagining her conscious self to be stuck in a machine for the rest of her potentially infinite life.
AlwaysEast_UK Aylar önce
I like to imagine she's still alive.
Echo - 1138
Echo - 1138 Aylar önce
@mshy “Now little Caroline lives in here too.” heavily implies that it was a lie.
Joshua Moore
Joshua Moore 2 aylar önce
Some black mirror stuff here.
Richard Grayson
Richard Grayson 2 aylar önce
@Deimos she says she has, but ive always read that as a lie/falsehood, personally, because of the turret opera afterwards being sung from caroline's perspective to her daughter chell. in my mind, either glados is unaware that she cannot remove her being from caroline or she is lying to chell in order to justify pushing chell out into the world again (and thus away from her mother). personally, i think the former of those is more likely but the second is more of a satisfying emotional conclusion
Cynical TheAstroCreep
Cynical TheAstroCreep 2 aylar önce
@Deimos I don't remember
Salad Top
Salad Top 3 aylar önce
I love how you recreated scenes from the games and unseen parts. Really adds to the immersion and feels like a movie
re syntax
re syntax 2 aylar önce
Pretty sure he also uses Black Mesa (the hl1 remake) as well
What The Cheick
What The Cheick 3 aylar önce
You know, Chel really fits the bill for GMan's future subjects It wouldn't even matter how far into the future she was considering he can move through time...
Lord Habitaxe of Prydonia
​@Sorren Blitz the G-Man can just pluck her from the era of Portal 2 and chuck her in the HL2 era
The REAL scarlet king
The REAL scarlet king 20 gün önce
Too late houndeye gaming beaten her from being the new recruit He did by stalking Gman and jumping on a tank and eating a cheese burger while it was in the middle of combat Wake up, Houndeye gaming
yourlocalricefarmer 28 gün önce
@HalfDecentStrange Call of Gear Metal Honor Half Portal: Opposing Modern Warfare field Force Siege Fortress Theft Auto 3 the scrolls of New Vegas Episode Cold War Alyx
HalfDecentStrange 29 gün önce
@Shameful Display * Half-Portal Fortress 3
Sorren Blitz
Sorren Blitz Aylar önce
@Skyrionn now that she's free of Aperture she could show up in a half life related game. Sure, she's far in the future but her survival ensures that she would pique the G-Man's interest.
noobus world_YT
noobus world_YT 3 aylar önce
The combine: -Can control an entire planet in like 7 hours -Can harness dark energy (whatever that means) -I dunno, can geneticly moddify other creatures Aperture Science: -Put a black hole inside a gun then uses that to make teleportation tech with barely any setup -Made gels that can manipulate physics and is even a completly unknown element -Made almost human-like AI with thoughts, personalities, and free will -Discovered and harnessed the multiverse -Kinda managed to upload a human mind into a disk -One of the best turrets in the business -Does not tolerate witchcraft
King Hrath
King Hrath Aylar önce
It's that last bit that really gets you.
austra Aylar önce
@pyropulsethe portal gun creates mini wormholes
Dassem Ultor
Dassem Ultor Aylar önce
Confirmed. Cave Johnson was one of the iterations of The God-Emperor of Mankind.
James Tschirhart
James Tschirhart Aylar önce
Dark energy is just energy with a goatee
the freeman
the freeman 3 aylar önce
One of my earliest childhood memories was sitting on my father's lap as he played through the original Half-Life. Since then I have played all of the games but never truly had a full understanding of the lore and how it was all connected. The amount of work that had to have gone into this video is remarkable. I'm extremely grateful for you bringing so much more life to this series for me. Huge kudos to you Skyrionn, that's a sub from me.
Dawnfox 16 gün önce
same for me except it was my grandpa instead of my father. im in the process of playing the games right now :)
NQRTH Aylar önce
Same for me! I also played half life with my dad, 😄😄
Skyrionn 3 aylar önce
Thanks for the really kind comment Austin. I'm glad I could bring back or reignite those memories! There's more content to come too!
Firii 2 aylar önce
44:33 You can not underestimate the importance of this moment to the whole story, it's an integral part of the lore
Sonofa Seal
Sonofa Seal Aylar önce
Why would the combine be interested in earth? Only place with casserole. There's a physics theory that basically states that all casserole are holograms originating from the one, true, originator casserole - sometimes known as 'dark casserole'. Seeking this power, the combine invade earth. But Gordon somehow pre-empted this, using the microwave he must have caused the dark casserole to skip over into a parallel dimension - 'dinnerasium'. The combine have no means to reach this dimension due to lactose intolerance.
Skyrionn 2 aylar önce
It's the most important tbh.
Ketomine 3 aylar önce
i can already tell that i’m gonna watch this video multiple times. i love the Half Life and Portal games so much.
Basic Viewer
Basic Viewer Aylar önce
Wow. Keep us updated on how many times you've watched it.
Skyrionn 3 aylar önce
Watch it as many times as you want! Thanks for the support.
Annedolf Frankler
Annedolf Frankler 3 aylar önce
I've always wanted to see a video that orders all of these stories on the timeline. Amazing work - I can't imagine how long this video took you to make! Thank you!
Rubiusly 3 aylar önce
This is the first video of yours that I've come across and safe to say that I am incredibly impressed! I can't imagine how much time and effort this beautifully intricate video took and I'm honestly quite thankful that you took that time. I'm a university student so I actively try to seek out longer videos like this in order to have something to listen to in the background while I'm studying. Your narration through the video was pleasing to listen to and very easy to follow along, even for someone who was studying at the same time. But I did find myself listening into the video every now and again and thus decided to rewatch it due to my own intrigue. I can definitely see myself returning to this video again and again in the future due to this. But with that, I hope you Keep up the brilliant work, I can't wait to watch more of your content!
Rubiusly 3 aylar önce
@Skyrionn I honestly can't wait to see them! I have my notifications turned on so hopefully TRvid will do its job and let me know when they're out. Thanks for kind comment and heads up!😄
Skyrionn 3 aylar önce
Hey! Thanks for the comment. I hope university is going well too! I'm the same as you. I listen to video essays in the background as I edit videos as it helped me focus more. I think I ran out of TRvid video essays to listen to during this monster of a video. Stick around - I have more ideas for timelines coming too!
Vibe Haven
Vibe Haven 3 aylar önce
I understand his grudge more and more each day: Imagine getting ready to eat a casserole you've brought to work only for someone to ruin it, and as you think to yourself "I'll just bring another tomorrow", cataclysmic event occurs in the place you work and not long after, a alien species arrives and takes over the Earth in 7 hours. THEN 20 years later, the same dude who ruined your very last casserole shows up finally.
charles turner
charles turner 2 aylar önce
@Muck006 some larger microwave meals can take up to 7 minutes in my experience, so plenty of time to take an urgent phone call or go to the bathroom, I have had many such situations irise in which my microwave dinner was left unattended.
Freelancer837 3 aylar önce
Cassarole: explodes Well today just couldn't POSSIBLY get any worse
Monkeketron 3 aylar önce
and they still didnt get their casserole
Sorren Blitz
Sorren Blitz Aylar önce
Hoping to hear you mention about Gordon's descent into hyper violent madness in Black Mesa and becoming the very model of a Modern Major General expecting soldiers to sing along with him as he commits multiple acts of heavily armed self defense.
Benjamin Piassa
Benjamin Piassa 14 gün önce
It's just so nice of Gman to be giving out jobs like that. He seems like a really cool guy.
Xander Zone
Xander Zone 2 aylar önce
Half Life is truly one of the greatest games of all time. One of the first games I ever played as well as a child during the new milllenium. The game is so great that its STILL being talked about, being made videos about with so much depth and research on them in current year and possibly beyond
Skyrionn 2 aylar önce
The series is a masterpiece. I hope we get a new one at some point.
Eric Hartman
Eric Hartman 3 aylar önce
Well done! The video you used for the closing thoughts. I tell ya this is one of 3 games in my life that pulled me in and made me feel like I was on a real adventure, half life 2 when you are in the air boat moving from location to location on the run. Amazing game and memories. Thanks for the revisit!
LEGO JOEY 19 gün önce
Love how Portal and Half life’s universes connects
S4ggit4rius 3 aylar önce
As a big fan of "Valve Universe" from a little kiddo to this day when I'm watching this as an adult in work I can say this video is a masterpiece. It didn't feel like 3 hours, more like 15 minutes, you are a hero to this fandom
TheEggman1640 Aylar önce
@Simon Wyzik holy fuck that’s brilliant. TF2 still happens in the half life universe, just in the 40’s. I now wanna see scout beating the shit out of Gordon with his own crowbar, that or use the mutated milk against Gordon and watch the war flashbacks.
William Fiore
William Fiore 2 aylar önce
@Simon Wyzik or maybe to fuck with TF industries
Simon Wyzik
Simon Wyzik 3 aylar önce
@Skyrionn still waiting to find out Cave hired an “elite” team of mercs to screw with Black Mesa
l 3 aylar önce
Skyrionn 3 aylar önce
Thanks for watching the whole thing! The amount of people that have called this video "a masterpiece" is pretty overwhelming. I really appreciate it! A big thank you from the UK.
Luke Dreywalker
Luke Dreywalker 3 aylar önce
Watching this for the 4th time now. I wish there was more games, this timeline is such a great story.
Skyrionn 3 aylar önce
Four times is a huge time commitment. I really appreciate that! I'm also hoping for another game in the series. I will be covering other timelines too :D
B 90
B 90 Aylar önce
This series is such a fascinating study of the dangers of science. How humanity is a technological giant yet a moral infant. This series is just fantastic storytelling with philosophical undertones.
Hudzaifah Al Hafidh
Hudzaifah Al Hafidh 8 gün önce
What I'm curious about... How you do the voice over for 3 hours long and precisely told us the whole stories. Truly stunning
Arthur Kurbedzis
Arthur Kurbedzis 3 aylar önce
Wheatley was a fantastic character, robotic yet quite human appearance made him a reason for me to return to Portal 2 from time to time.
Skyrionn 3 aylar önce
I agree. He's absolutely up there as one of my favourites.
Li 3 aylar önce
Just a few days ago, I was looking for a video like this but I was disappointed that i couldn’t find one. And now I come across this masterpiece! Thank you very much for all the work you put in to this video!!!! Those were some amazing 2 hours.
Skyrionn 3 aylar önce
Thanks for watching!
Bündzsi 3 aylar önce
Thank you Mr. Skyrionn, THIS IS the video I've always wanted, a complete overhaul of this mysterical universe with all the lore in it. Can't wait to get over it while doing my homework
Cynical TheAstroCreep
Cynical TheAstroCreep 3 aylar önce
@Skyrionn it is pretty great. Hearing the lore from some of the games I'm more familiar with gets a bit repetitive, but this is great considering it's from many other sources than the common "did you know xyz 123 that everyone with more than a cursory knowledge of these games knows?"
Nightmare Rex
Nightmare Rex 3 aylar önce
now want one that dose this entire storyline but instead dose beta line.
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[Pnezyx] φղҽՀվ× 3 aylar önce
Skyrionn 3 aylar önce
It took a while to put together completely but I'm hope you enjoy it while doing homework!
A cheezit
A cheezit 2 aylar önce
can we just apprechiate how much of a mad lad doug is, not only did he survive the takeover of glados and the resonance cascade, but he also knew how to destroy glados (kinda succeeded) and literally sacrificed himself just to safe chell, and possibly starting the era of personality cores
MOSHTO Aylar önce
The Half Life and Portal storyline is by far the most complex and amazing in gaming history. Thank you Skyrionn for this excellent detailed summary!
zealshock 3 aylar önce
Amazing and comprehensive video! Valve's games are just on a whole different level of storytelling, and you did them justice with this video.
Skyrionn 3 aylar önce
They really are! Thanks for watching :D
RTX 3070Ti
RTX 3070Ti 15 gün önce
Love this series. As a story driven series it isn’t the absolute greatest but the writing and the gameplay and the story being told as you play is really what brings them together as a masterclass of gaming.
Billy Hughes
Billy Hughes 3 aylar önce
This video is crazy good, well done. It's also crazy seeing just how normal life is in the early parts of the video for humans and how quickly it all turns sour because of a few events
Skyrionn 3 aylar önce
ikr. One crystal hits a beam and then there's a whole alien invasion.
ShinyMK 3 aylar önce
As a primary Portal fan, I have always wondered how these two games interact since they are in the same universe. A video like this that combines both stories into one is a nice surprise, and man is this going to take a while to watch. Full on movie uploaded to the channel huh?
the bird snatcher
the bird snatcher 2 aylar önce
@ShinyMKpretty sure a good bit of this is gmod too
Quagmoe 3 aylar önce
@Versace I agree. I just finished EZ2 yesterday and it was the most enjoyable game I’ve played this year. It’s the Episode 3 we never got. Except it’s also the Opposing Force 2 we never got because it’s from the Combine perspective. Truly the ultimate Half-Life/Portal game.
Versace 3 aylar önce
Entropy: Zero 2 is a game that nicely ties Portal and Half-Life together into a cohesive sense. I personally consider it canon to the lore of both games regardless if it’s fan made
ShinyMK 3 aylar önce
@Skyrionn For one I adore how you add cutscenes to the aperture sections, with a custom Cave Johnson model and everything. Don't know if you use SFM or what but it looks amazing and really helps make the video unique and immersive.
Skyrionn 3 aylar önce
When I initially decided to put this together, I thought it would only be around 1h 30 but as I added more games into the correct parts into the timeline, it just got bigger and bigger. Lemme know what you think! There should be more timelines to come too!
Shankara Rhuddlan
Shankara Rhuddlan 7 gün önce
This was amazing! Thank you for all this work and bringing this story together for me, i greatly wanted to understand this universe and story better. You did amazing work and have closed this chapter for me, thank you again, so very much!
nodvick 17 gün önce
very well put together and told. Always love seeing videos like this that explore the lore present here, and holding onto hope that the burning desire for the third game remains bright enough that valve can still see it.
Stryker 3 aylar önce
This series is easily one of my favorites. The depth, the detail, and frankly the sheer amount of story they have behind everything is insane. Thanks for the lore, Mr. Skyrionn. Truly incredible.
Skyrionn 3 aylar önce
Wow, thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed the video!
Shin T
Shin T 26 gün önce
Thank you for this video. I was a kid when I played portal 2 but was too young to play/know Portal 1 and the Half Life franchise. It's a beautiful story and I hope it comes back. So many of these old stories deserve a rebranding/remaster. This is one of them.
Joe Flowers
Joe Flowers 10 gün önce
As a fan of half life 2 and portal 1/2, I never dived into the half 1 story or anything beyond. You captivated me for almost three hours and I now have this ache of wanting more. Such great storytelling with the ppl at valve. I just hope one day for a continuation in the story but not crossing fingers. 😢 Either way terrific job on this video!
Chris Grimshaw
Chris Grimshaw 3 aylar önce
I thought this was just going to be a compilation (which would still have been an awesome and easy way to watch all your work). Once again you go above and beyond!
BetamaxOnDemand 3 aylar önce
@Striker Fett it’s canon. The borealis is me mentioned in both game as well as the science war between black mesa and apature
Striker Fett
Striker Fett 3 aylar önce
@Skyrionn sorry if I'm stupid but we're you just theorizing about them being in the same universe or is this cannon
Skyrionn 3 aylar önce
Wow Chris! Thanks so much for the donation! A compilation would have been sooo much easier, but doing it fresh meant that I could add all of the small details and tell the interconnected story properly. The months of work was absolutely worth it! I appreciate the support :D
ВЕГАС ШОУ 3 aylar önce
Мужик красава👍 Продолжай поддерживать ютуберов своими донатами, это их мотивирует выпускать видео чаще ;)))
theFrozenLiquid7 3 aylar önce
man what a unit of a video. mad respect for putting this together. i cant imagine how long this must have taken
Skyrionn 3 aylar önce
It took about 2 months to put together but I'm so happy with how it came out. It was worth it.
Chris Hagerty
Chris Hagerty 3 aylar önce
I normally don't comment, but this video is very well done. I do not understand how i watched 3 hours and didn't get bored. Criminally underrated video
Skyrionn 3 aylar önce
Thanks Chris. That's really kind of you to say! There's more to come too!
Teirdalin Aylar önce
That was a great recap of the HL and Portal stories. Fantastic work putting this all together in a cohesive format.
Gergő Kovács
Gergő Kovács 2 aylar önce
So incredible work. The abundance of topic-relevant illustration footage and the gripping storytelling style makes this stand out brightly in the field of video essays. Every minute was a joy to watch!
Nate Bowman
Nate Bowman Aylar önce
This one was extremely interesting, as I grew up with Half-Life 2 being my first Steam game I have ever played. Being a child, I never really understood the story fully, nor played through all of them chronologically in a good timeframe for me to remember. Having this video was a great way to fill in the blanks that I had regarding the story. The animations you did for the video were amazing, this feels like a Half-Life narrarated movie and it was great. Also shout out to taking the time out of your busy day to make this and also reply to your community. Def an amazing YT creator and amazing video.
Entropy 3 aylar önce
of note with the name "the Combine" - it's actually a bit of a double meaning. While they combine every species they come across into their forces, they also act almost like a combine harvester - traveling across the field of the multiverse, ripping out everything they find for the harvest.
Sorren Blitz
Sorren Blitz Aylar önce
@random Stuff it's worth noting the soldier class that is on earth are still basically humans too. They're just kinda like Cybermen from doctor who, they have their brains kinda shut down. The stalkers and other crap are mutilated Frankenstein monsters though for sure.
random Stuff
random Stuff Aylar önce
@Leszek Janiszewski Those are Metro Cops, Not Combine Soldiers, Metrocops are base Humans, who work for the combine in exchange for awards, or "Perks", as they call them, Refer to the mods Entropy zero, and Entropy zero 2, for you to play as one of em'. But yeah, Metro cops are BASEline humans, Combine Soldiers, Stalkers and More are Gene-edited.
Leszek Janiszewski
Leszek Janiszewski 3 aylar önce
Which is also a correction for the author of the video - Barney was not just so happen to be "working" on the day Gordon arrived 1:38:14, he was undercover. Real combine soldiers are modified versions of humans, with altered physique and mental capacity, fused together with their combat suits. Barney was disguised.
SirMonkeySuit 3 aylar önce
Crocodile Rock
Crocodile Rock 3 aylar önce
Swag 3 aylar önce
This was so well produced that it didn't even feel like 3 hours
Skyrionn 3 aylar önce
That's a really kind comment. Thank you!
Scunner Darkly
Scunner Darkly 3 aylar önce
Excellent culmination to the series. An interesting side project would be a look at the world and lore of Infra, a Source-engined puzzler-explorathon with more than a couple of nods to Half-Life for those who’ve not come across it. It’s pretty much the same thing except you’ve a camera instead of a gravity gun and the environment is your enemy.
Eliza the gamer
Eliza the gamer 3 aylar önce
What an incredible video. I mostly knew all this as a big valve fangirl but I'm happy to have it all in order
Skyrionn 3 aylar önce
I'm glad I could help.
TheCrimsonLupus 22 gün önce
A brilliant video - well done for combining it all so concisely!
J 3 aylar önce
One tiny tiny detail you forgot is that it was infact the g man who pushed doctor breen to use the specified crystal and that’s why he’s at the facility early on. They had a crystal they were planning to use and on that morning, doctor breen was approached by gman with the purer crystal and insisted this be used.
J Aylar önce
@mastergabyx it’s a good theory! I’m not entirely sure what the difference was. Obviously with it being far more ‘purified’ I’m under the illusion they were pushing for this residence cascade for whatever reason. We haven’t quite reached the climax of why this all happened and who gman really is / who does he work for. I know some was explained in epistle 3 but it seems since the Alyx game that they’re about to take it down a different route! I’m hoping that there is far more portal involvement (the game) I want to hear more reference to aperture / maybe even see it! And for questions like this one to be answered in a future half life game. I think portal as a series has served its purpose and that half life needs to finish the story once and for all
mastergabyx Aylar önce
I think if humanity used the intended cristal (and not the one provided by GMAN) they could have developed teleportation technology that could have threaten GMAN employers. So they ask GMAN to "nudge" that timeline.
Flowee 2 aylar önce
@J ok ok I will check this out thanks
J 2 aylar önce
@Flowee if you look on the half life wiki it’s there. It’s referenced very briefly in hl2 part 2 during one of gmans encounters. But it is general knowledge on the series!
Flowee 2 aylar önce
@J source? that interests me
silentsc 3 aylar önce
Wow, just wow, as a fan of the Half-Life/Portal universe and games, this video has been everything I've wanted to see, the amount of effort you've put into this video didn't go unappreciated, excellent video, can't wait to watch more of your content, keep up the awesome work
Pedro Bernardes
Pedro Bernardes Aylar önce
Crazy good content. I played all of those games, but in a really long period of time. Seeing it glued together with such skill really brings back the enthusiasm. Hope Valve goes back to this universe, so many stories to keep telling. Congrats on your work!
Outcast_games932 20 gün önce
Nice job with this video! Just started playing portal and I wanted to know the lore. Didn’t think it was going to get this deep😂
Eric Michael Lea Paulsen
The most vital part of the entire half-life lore stems from this one moment 44:36
infectedN8 20 gün önce
Half Life is the best game that was ever produced. I have played it many times ... and I will continue to play it over and over again.
Linus_ 3 aylar önce
This is easily going down as the best half life universe recap, great work and quality here Skyrionn, as always!!
Skyrionn 3 aylar önce
Thanks Linus. Very high praise of a compliment there!
Sophisticated_1 Gün önce
I never knew the lore for this and always thought it was _deep and serious_ all the time but hearing Aperture's goofy backstory and Gordon randomly destroying a casserole it's s shame I didn't look into it before
Sjoerd van Gestel
Sjoerd van Gestel 13 gün önce
Thanks for putting all this togheter to a cohecive story to follow. I recently pickedup HL2 after 10y not playing it and the story hit me hard this time and wanted to hear it all.
The Game Grinder
The Game Grinder 3 aylar önce
This was a treat! Thank you for putting this together. I pray for a continuation of Half-Life and Portal. Maybe with Half-Life Alyx, the gears are turning again.
JustFlippy 2 aylar önce
As a huge half life fan, the accuracy of this video is amazing, great work. Definitely earned the sub.
__sh_martin__ 12 gün önce
My personal head cannon with GladOS is that she has this resentmen against the facility because Caroline was forced to upload her consciousness into a machine and her personality was suppressed by this anger and hatred while the transfer is being done. Meaning, GladOS is just a very angry and resentful AI because of her "unconsenting transfer" decades ago.
Hive knight
Hive knight 3 aylar önce
Black mesa actually had a TON of issues with privacy, due to the 18 mercenaries fighting each other not super far away
The REAL scarlet king
The REAL scarlet king 20 gün önce
​@Black Mesa there was a idea where a Younger Gman and the classic team fortress team went to a lab called allied processing
Sorren Blitz
Sorren Blitz Aylar önce
@Just Dom I want a conclusion to Gordon's Adventure.
Sorren Blitz
Sorren Blitz Aylar önce
@Black Mesa oh God no. If gearbox did that they would all be voiced by jon st John again like they were in opposing force and blue shift.
re syntax
re syntax Aylar önce
@Austin H but the land that zepheniah Mann bought was in New Mexico. The mercs fight on it constantly.
Austin H
Austin H Aylar önce
Nevada (badwater, gravel pit, etc.) is pretty far away from New Mexico tho.
lukx 1
lukx 1 Aylar önce
thank you for this!! I have some friends who are long time fans of the half life and portal series and it feels good we have such a comprehensive story video to reminisce about our childhood gaming. For all the effort our guy put in this video.....like and subscribe folks! ps. i hope i get the creators like and comment even though im a month late to this video:)
Jamersunify 25 gün önce
Thank you for making such a great video! In a way, it honors and preserves one of the greatest game series/IP/universe I have experienced in gaming and for that, I am grateful.
Drewsepheralis 2 aylar önce
This is a really well done video, one that I had wanted to see for a while. I liked how you inserted some of the secret achievements and just tied both series' together really well
sun sun
sun sun Aylar önce
This is the most in depth lore video I’ve watched and is so easy to follow compared to others which skip over certain points
Doc 5 gün önce
tbh the lore in video games and often board games (talking warhammer and such) is so deep, it makes you wonder how come movies aren't made about them.. it's so interesting !
Ambrus Raul
Ambrus Raul 3 aylar önce
Surprisingly , this video gave me peace of mind and a bit of finality on the story of 5 nerve wrecking endless gameplay always leading to an anti climactic ending . This video is the perfect ending to wrap the series from my mind until they release another Half Life which they will but with this video i can find some peace of mind . Thank you for your sacrifice of making this video and it has been worth it
Skyrionn 3 aylar önce
I'm glad this video gave you peace. It was a tough one to put together but I feel it was worth it!
Colonel Crockett
Colonel Crockett 2 aylar önce
Fantastic video summary. I love the amazingly talented and ingenious writers of this universe.
Skyrionn 2 aylar önce
Much appreciated!
hhofent 2 aylar önce
This is awesome. It's like an audiobook version of the HalfLife universe.
Natasha The Femboy
Natasha The Femboy 12 gün önce
I love the combine as it’s sort of a more evil Covenant
Eric Michael Lea Paulsen
22:02 “But to do this, they needed a machine that was capable of the level of analysis they needed.” So they needed the machine they needed
dk kanofkash
dk kanofkash 13 gün önce
I like how certain player-choice events in the games are made canon here to make sense, plot-wise. For example, Gordon Freeman blowing up the casserole, or putting the can into the trashcan, while the players had the choice to either not do the first h thing or throw the can at the cop.
Edu DSP 3 aylar önce
This is a true HL love letter. Thank you for the dedication and time you took to do this. Greetings from Brazil.
Skyrionn 3 aylar önce
Hey thank you. It is. I love the series and wanted to blend everything together. Greetings from the UK.
CPS2 10 gün önce
This is truly excellent. Well done!
CyanDumBell Aylar önce
The fact aperture made a building that can withstand whatever combine throw at them is interesting
C Aylar önce
I commend you on the time and care you put into your research on these games, and the quality of the editing and script. A lot of love goes into these videos and I can tell. Thank you for the awesome video!
Skyrionn Aylar önce
It took a lot of time but it was so worth it!
skidmod4 6 gün önce
This video was fantastic! It must have taken hundreds of hours to research and produce! Thank you for your contribution to the half life franchise.
Skyrionn 5 gün önce
Glad you enjoyed it!
Link Aylar önce
This was phenomenal. Loved it from the beginning to the end. Keep it up!
Ennius Drusus
Ennius Drusus 3 aylar önce
41:17: A Gus Cameo! He's my favourite character. I remember his iconic line where he says to Gordon "It's over Gordon! I am now forklift certified!" You see, Gus made himself Gordon's Rival(without Gordon even knowing he exists at all.) And through his sheer spite, he managed to get into Black Mesa first before Gordon.
play dsaf rn please (Lex)
toompy floyd
toompy floyd Aylar önce
@generic TC2ber Indeed my man, indeed...:D
generic TC2ber
generic TC2ber Aylar önce
@toompy floyd thats gussin
toompy floyd
toompy floyd 2 aylar önce
I like the part where he jumps on the forklift and says "its Guss'n time"
Dave Dunks
Dave Dunks 3 aylar önce
niikiyama 2 aylar önce
beautiful video and i really feel like it properly showed just how great valve stories are and how great they are at story telling shame how we aren't sure if they'll eventually be finished or not
DrDanielRoberto Aylar önce
Really cool video! I thought I knew most about the Half Life universe, but I learned a lot here! Such impressive storytelling. There is so much that Valve can do with this story. I wonder if they will eventually use Adrian Shephard again in the future. I heard there was a game in development starring him and Father Grigory trying to escape Ravenholm or something, which sounds cool. But like many other Valve games they canceled the project. Out of all the characters, the G-Man in my opinion is the most intriguing and mysterious character ever created. I am curious what they will do with him.
Harrypotamus Aylar önce
The fact that I knew literally everything in this video prior to watching, I still listened to the entire video because it's just that enthralling of a universe, and that well written of a script.
George Anderson
George Anderson Aylar önce
I have played these games over a few decades. It wasn't until your video today, that I actually understood the games that I enjoyed. Thank you so much for your time and effort.
Jeff 3 aylar önce
I always felt like Aperture was always an analogue for Valve. Brilliant products that push the bounties, only to spawn a wave of imitation that floods the market. Overly testing products and getting them stuck or scrapped. The gold standard that fell down because of its own expectations.
Dilly Doo
Dilly Doo 3 aylar önce
This is my most favorite video on Half-Life/Portal lore I have ever seen. It's cleverly and concisely written, greatly addresses nuances and yet also important pieces of Half-Life/Portal lore, and makes sure that only what is canon is described. I thank you for this experience and for making this video in the way you did. Cheers!
Thymii 2 aylar önce
@Skyrionn But did glados really convince chell to incinerate the morality core, or was glados actually telling her to leave it alone? I recall differently from your video, altough it is just a minor detail as chell would destroy it regardless of what glados says.
James TDG
James TDG 3 aylar önce
Not to mention saves a playthrough of HL OF and BS unless you want to play the nostalgia of GoldSource
Skyrionn 3 aylar önce
This is probably my favourite comment so far. It took so long to put together to put the correct information in without dragging the whole thing on. It seems to have worked well. Thanks for watching the video - I really appreciate you taking the time to watch the video and comment.
O Salty
O Salty Aylar önce
Bro really somehow made Portal 2 look like a serious game
Machinerium Aylar önce
For anyone who loves the "Valverse", this video is a masterpiece
Callum Aylar önce
Big respect to you for doing all this work for this video. I love seeing someone that’s so passionate about something to be able to do a big project like this
Skyrionn Aylar önce
I do love the series! There are other series I love just as much too which I'll explore too.
Losttoanyreason Aylar önce
Enjoyed the video. I also enjoyed playing the Decay: solo mission demo you referanced. I've played decay enough over the years to know what to do but it was so nice not to have to deal with the annoying switching between characters. I look forward to when the guy completes the mod.
Chicken Draws Dogs
Chicken Draws Dogs 2 aylar önce
The scope of the Half-Life/Portal universe is insane. How Valve developed and kept parts of it secret for decades at this point is astounding - and equally frustrating.
StormTheSource 3 aylar önce
Admiring your dedication, an almost three hour long video must be a monumental effort to make
Skyrionn 3 aylar önce
It was but it was so worth it! Thanks for watching the video :)
M4trix Aylar önce
1:49:22 I love how gordon has blood all over him, when seconds before he didnt, it looks like in the middle of Judith's dialogue he took a break to kill some combines
Ian Anderson
Ian Anderson Aylar önce
What a masterpiece!! Thank you for making this!!
Skyrionn Aylar önce
Glad you enjoyed it! Thank you so much for the donation!
Caden the Gay
Caden the Gay Aylar önce
To make sense of the multiverse stuff with portal and half-life, I like to think of places like Xen and Earth to be different realms in the same universe and the multiverse is filled with multiple similar universes. So there would be 1 version of the combine for each universe and the combine just travel through realms
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