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Strategy Guide/Walkthrough/FAQ - Half-Life 2
Strategy Guide/Walkthrough/FAQ - Half-Life 2: Episode One
Strategy Guide/Walkthrough/FAQ - Half-Life 2: Episode Two
Strategy Guide/Walkthrough/FAQ - Portal



  • Hidden Left 4 Dead trailer

    Remain idle at the game selection screen. After a few minutes, a demo video of one of the games will begin. After the video ends, wait for the next video to begin, which will be a Left 4 Dead trailer.

  • Achievements

    Accomplish the indicated achievement to get the corresponding number of Gamerscore points:

      Bone Breaker (5 points): Kill 30 enemies with thrown physics objects.
      Deadly Harvest (5 points): Kill an enemy by planting a hopper mine.
      Hack Attack! (5 points): Kill five enemies with a Manhack.
      Hot PotatOwned (10 points): Kill a Combine soldier with his own grenade.
      Conservationist (5 points): Kill five enemies with the same energy ball.
      Think Fast! (10 points): Kill an Elite Soldier with his own energy ball.
      Grave Robber (5 points): Steal a Zombine's grenade.
      Zombie-que (5 points): Use flares to light 15 zombies on fire.
      Malcontent (5 points): Escape the apartment block raid.
      What cat? (5 points): Break the mini-teleporter in Kleiner's lab.
      Trusty Hardware (5 points): Get the crowbar.
      Barnacle Bowling (5 points): Kill five barnacles with one barrel.
      Anchor's Aweigh! (5 points): Get the airboat.
      Heavy Weapons (5 points): Get the airboat's mounted gun.
      Vorticough (13 points): Discover the hidden singing vortigaunt cave in chapter Water Hazard.
      Revenge! (10 points): Destroy the hunter-chopper in Half-Life 2.
      Blast from the Past (10 points): Find the HEV Suit Charger faceplate in Eli's scrapyard.
      Zero-Point Energy (5 points): Get the Gravity Gun in Black Mesa East.
      Two Points (2 points): Use DOG's ball to make a basket in Eli's scrapyard.
      Zombie Chopper (25 points): Play through Ravenholm using only the Gravity Gun.
      OSHA Violation (5 points): Kill 3 enemies using the crane.
      Targetted Advertising (5 points): Pin a soldier to the billboard in chapter Highway 17.
      One Man Army (5 points): Destroy six gunships in Half-Life 2.
      Keep Off the Sand! (20 points): Cross the antlion beach in chapter Sandtraps without touching the sand.
      Bug Hunt (10 points): Use the antlions to kill 50 enemies.
      Flushed (5 points): Kill an enemy with a toilet.
      Warden Freeman (10 points): Survive the second turret standoff in Nova Prospekt.
      "Radiation Levels Detected" (5 points): Get through the toxic tunnel under City 17 in Half-Life 2.
      Plaza Defender (10 points): Survive the generator plaza standoff in chapter Anticitizen One.
      Counter-Sniper (5 points): Kill all of the snipers in City 17.
      Fight the Power (10 points): Shut down the supression device by disabling its generators.
      Giant Killer (10 points): Survive the rooftop strider battle in the ruins of City 17.
      Lambda Locator (15 points): Find all lambda caches in Half-Life 2.
      Watch Your Head! (5 points): Make it to the bottom of the Citadel's main elevator shaft in one piece.
      Containment (5 points): Contain the Citadel core.
      Pacifist (10 points): Contain the Citadel core without killing any stalkers.
      Car Crusher (5 points): Use the cars to squash 15 antlions in Half-Life 2: Episode One.
      Elevator Action (10 points): Survive long enough to get on the parking garage elevator.
      Live Bait (10 points): Help Alyx snipe 30 enemies in Half-Life 2: Episode One.
      Attica! (5 points): Destroy the gunship in the hospital attic.
      Citizen Escort (15 points): Don't let any citizens die when escorting them to the escape train.
      Escape From City 17 (20 points): Escape City 17 with Alyx.
      The One Free Bullet (40 points): Beat Episode One firing exactly one bullet. Grenade, crowbar, rocket, and Gravgun kills are okay.
      Acid Reflex (5 points): Kill an Acid Antlion worker.
      Get Some Grub (20 points): Squish every Antlion Grub in Half-Life 2: Episode Two.
      Pinata Party (5 points): Find and break every web cache in Half-Life 2: Episode Two.
      Into the Breach (5 points): Help Griggs and Sheckley hold off the Antlion invasion inside the mine shaft.
      Hit and Run (5 points): Run over 20 enemies with the car in Half-Life 2: Episode Two.
      Puttin' On a Clinic (15 points): Defeat the chopper in Half-Life 2: Episode Two without any misses.
      Cache Checker (10 points): Find every radar cache in the Under The Radar chapter.
      Gordon Propelled Rocket (5 points): Unlock the rocket launcher lambda cache in the Under The Radar chapter.
      Pedal to the Metal (5 points): Beat DOG in a race to the White Forest base.
      Little Rocket Man (30 points): Send the garden gnome into space.
      Neighborhood Watch (35 points): Save all buildings outside the missile silo from destruction.
      Payback (10 points): Kill a Hunter with its own flechettes.
      Lab Rat (5 points): Acquire the fully powered Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device in Portal.
      Fratricide (5 points): Do whatever it takes to survive in Portal.
      Partygoer (5 points): Make the correct party escort submission position decision in Portal.
      Heartbreaker (10 points): Complete Portal.
      Terminal Velocity (5 points): Fall 30,000 feet in Portal.
      Long Jump (5 points): Jump 300 feet in Portal.
      Cupcake (10 points): Beat two Portal advanced maps.
      Fruitcake (20 points): Beat four Portal advanced maps.
      Vanilla Crazy Cake (30 points): Beat all six Portal advanced maps.
      Basic Science (10 points): Earn bronze medals on all Portal challenges.
      Rocket Science (20 points): Earn silver medals on all Portal challenges.
      Aperture Science (40 points): Earn gold medals on all Portal challenges.
      Turret (5 points): Accumulate 10 turret kills with a single turret.
      Nemesis (5 points): Get five revenge kills.
      Hard to Kill (10 points): Get five kills in a row without dying.
      Master of Disguise (15 points): Trick an opposing medic into healing you.
      With Friends Like these... (10 points): Play in a game with seven or more players from your friends list.
      Dynasty (10 points): Win 20 games.
      Hardcore (15 points): Accumulate 1000 total kills.
      Powerhouse Offense (5 points): Win 2Fort with a shutout.
      Lightning Offense (10 points): Win Well in 5 minutes or less.
      Relentless Offense (20 points): Win Hydro without giving up a capture.
      Impenetrable Defense (10 points): Successfully defend Dustbowl without giving up a capture.
      Impossible Defense (30 points): Successfully defend Gravel Pit without giving up a capture.
      Head of the Class (5 points): Play a complete round with every class.
      World Traveler (5 points): Play a complete game on every map.
      Team Doctor (5 points): Accumulate 25000 heal points as a Medic.
      Flamethrower (5 points): Set five enemies on fire in 30 seconds.
      Atomizer (10 points): Disintegrate 15 soldiers by throwing them into a Combine ball field.
      Follow Freeman (10 points): Gain command of a squad of rebels in the uprising.
      Grey Matter (5 points): Get 25 headshots as a Sniper.
      Camera Shy (5 points): Detach security cameras from the walls.
      Friendly Fire (5 points): Knock down a turret with another turret.

    Additionally, there are eleven secret achievements:

      Defiant Achievement (5 points): At the beginning of Half-Life 2 where the carbine cop asks you to pick up the can, pick it up and hit him with it.
      Submissive (5 points): Put the can in the trash in Half-Life 2.
      Where Cubbage Fears to Tread (5 points): Defend Little Odessa from the gunship attack in Half-Life 2.
      Hallowed Ground (5 points): Escort Gregori safely through the church cemetery in Half-Life 2.
      Singularity Collapse (25 points): Destroy the Citadel's reactor core in Half-Life 2.
      Twofer (5 points): Defeat both antlion guards outside the White Forest.
      Meet the Hunters (10 points): Survive the Hunter ambush with Alyx.
      Gunishment! (5 points): Destroy the Combine cannon in the junkyard.
      Quiet Mountain Getaway (10 points): Survive the ambush at White Forest Inn.
      Secondary Silo Secured (5 points): Secure the launch doors on missile silo 2.
      Defense of the Armament (20 points): Save the missile silo from the Combine offensive.

    Half-Life 2

  • Alternate title screen

    Successfully complete the game to alternate the title screen.

  • Cheat Codes

    Enter the options menu, select "Controls", then "Advanced". Turn on the option for the console. Then while playing the game, press ~ to display the console window. Type "sv_cheats 1" to enable cheat mode. Then, type one of the following codes and press [Enter] at the console window to activate the corresponding cheat function:

    Result Cheat Code
    Toggle God modegod
    Cannot die due to damagebudda
    All weapons and extra ammunitionImpulse 101
    Toggle no clipping mode noclip
    Ignored by NPCsnotarget
    Damage player by indicated amounthurtme [number]
    Map list maps
    Load indicated mapmap [map name]
    Spawn indicated weapon or itemgive [weapon or item name]
    Spawn Jeep impulse 82
    Toggle framerate displayshowfps
    Crosshairs on hud_quickhelp/text? 1
    Run script file exec [filename]
    Developer modedeveloper [0-2]
    Toggle HUD cl_drawhud [0 or 1]
    Toggle HUD cl_enablehud [0 or 1]
    Toggle disabled NPCsai_disable
    Spawn NPC npc_create_aimed
    Spawn NPC npc_create
    Picker mode picker
    Set gravitysv_gravity [number]
    Set vertical viewsv_waterdist [number]
    Set air densityair_density [number]
    Set explosion length dsp_explosion_effect_duration [number]
    Limit texture unitsmat_numtexttureunits [number]
    Bounding box debug prop_debug
    Set bounce multiplier sv_bounce [number]
    Set minimum stopping speedsv_stopspeed [number]
    Set pitch yawsetang [number]
    Set frictionsv_friction [number]
    Set maximum velocity sv_maxvelocity [number]
    Commit suicidekill

  • Map names

    Use one of the following values with the "map [map name]" code:


  • Weapon and item names

    Use one of the following values with the "give [weapon or item name]" code:


    Half-Life 2: Episode One

  • Cheat Codes

    Enter the options menu, select "Controls", then "Advanced". Turn on the option for the console. Then while playing the game, press ~ to display the console window. Type "sv_cheats 1" to enable cheat mode. Then, type one of the following codes and press [Enter] at the console window to activate the corresponding cheat function:

    Result Cheat Code
    Toggle God modegod
    All weapons and extra ammunitionImpulse 101
    Toggle no clipping modenoclip
    Spawn indicated itemgive [item name]
    Reduce your healthbuddha
    Damage playerhurtme [amount]
    Ignored by NPCsnotarget
    List mapsmaps
    Load indicated mapmap [map name]
    Spawn indicated NPCnpc_create [name]
    Set max ammo for .357 Magnum sk_max_357 [number]
    Set max ammo for Pulse Rifle sk_max_ar2 [number]
    Set max ammo for Pulse Rifle energy orbs sk_max_ar2_altfire [number]
    Set max ammo for shotgun sk_max_buckshot [number]
    Set max ammo for crossbow sk_max_crossbow [number]
    Set max ammo for hand grenades sk_max_grenade [number]
    Set max ammo for pistol sk_max_pistol [number]
    Set max ammo for RPG sk_max_rpg_round [number]
    Set max ammo for submachine gun sk_max_smg1 [number]
    Set max ammo for SMG grenades sk_max_smg1_grenade [number]
    Set damage value for pistol sk_plr_dmg_pistol [number]
    Set damage value for .357 Magnum sk_plr_dmg_357 [number]
    Set damage value for Pulse Rifle sk_plr_dmg_ar2 [number]
    Set damage value for shotgun sk_plr_dmg_buckshot [number]
    Set damage value for crossbow sk_plr_dmg_crossbow [number]
    Set damage value for crowbar sk_plr_dmg_crowbar [number]
    Set damage value for grenades sk_plr_dmg_grenade [number]
    Set damage value for RPG rockets sk_plr_dmg_rpg_round [number]
    Set damage value for submachine gun sk_plr_dmg_smg1 [number]
    Set damage value for SMG grenades sk_plr_dmg_smg1_grenade [number]

  • Map names

    Use one of the following values with the "map [map name]" code:

      Introduction: ep1_citadel_00
      Beginning of Chapter 3: ep1_c17_00
      Beginning of Chapter 4: ep1_c17_01
      Chapter 4 City 17 after the first load point: ep1_c17_02
      Chapter 4 City 17 after the second load point: ep1_c17_02a
      Chapter 4 City 17 after the third load point: ep1_c17_02b
      City 17 after the first load point: ep1_c17_00a
      Citadel after the first load point: ep1_citadel_01
      Citadel after the second load point: ep1_citadel_02
      Citadel after the third load point: ep1_citadel_03
      Citadel before the lift ride: ep1_citadel_02b
      Near the end of the Citadel: ep1_citadel_04
      Last Chapter near the end: ep1_c17_06
      Last Chapter: ep1_c17_05
      Looking in the car garage (glitch): ep1_background01a
      Looking off into the damaged City 17 (glitch): ep1_background02
      Looking up at the citadel (glitch): ep1_background01

  • NPC names

    Use one of the following values with the "npc_create [name]" code:

      Alyx: npc_alyx
      Antlion guard: npc_antlionguard
      Antlion: npc_antlion
      Barnacle: npc_barnacle
      Barney: npc_barney
      Breen: npc_breen
      Ceiling Turret: npc_turret_ceiling
      City 17 Citizen: npc_citizen
      Combine Scanner: npc_cscanner
      Combine Soldier: npc_combine_s
      Crow: npc_crow
      Dog: npc_dog
      Fast Zombie: npc_fastzombie
      Hunter (early version): npc_hunter
      Pigeon: npc_pigeon
      Seagull: npc_seagull
      Stalker: npc_stalker
      Strider: npc_strider
      Vortigaunt: npc_vortigaunt
      Zombie without legs: npc_zombie_torso
      Zombie: npc_zombie
      Zombine (Combine Zombie): npc_zombine

  • Item names

    Use one of the following values with the "give [item name]" code:

      Black Hole grenade: weapon_hopwire

    Half-Life 2: Episode Two

  • Hidden pumpkins

    Set the system date to October 31. After you are ambushed by Hunters and Combine at a big house, drive along the road. Near where the supply cache is found, you will see an old truck. Go up to it, and there will be lots of pumpkins lying on the ground.

  • Lost reference

    When you enter the White Forest base, you meet a Vortigaunt in a lab coat named Uriah. When you first enter the room where you meet Uriah, there is a gas tank against the back wall. Behind that tank is a small room with a computer that has a sequence of numbers on it. This is a reference to the TV show Lost that Gabe Newell added due to the fact that he and the creator of Lost were close friends.

  • Cheat Codes

    Enter the options menu, select "Controls", then "Advanced". Turn on the option for the console. Then while playing the game, press ~ to display the console window. Type "sv_cheats 1" to enable cheat mode. Then, type one of the following codes and press [Enter] at the console window to activate the corresponding cheat function:

    Result Cheat Code
    Toggle God mode god
    All weapons and extra ammunitionimpulse 101
    Toggle no clipping mode noclip
    Toggle ignored by enemies notarget
    Toggle enemy artificial intelligenceai_disable
    Toggle Buddha mode, damage does not result in death buddha
    Infinite auxiliary powersv_infinite_aux_power 1
    Spawn airboat ch_createairboat
    Spawn jeepch_createjeep
    Spawn indicated NPCnpc_create [name]
    Lose indicated number of health pointshurtme [number]
    Wireframe modemat_wireframe 1
    Display damage done to enemy in wireframe mode r_modelwireframedecal 1
    Allows no clipping while game is pausedsv_noclipduringpause 1
    Shows trigger brushes when set to 0showtriggers 0
    Bind key to console commandbind
    Toggle display of frame rate and filename of current map cl_showfps [0 or 1]
    Toggle current position and angle displaycl_showpos [0 or 1]
    Toggle crosshaircrosshair [0 or 1]
    Display current positional co-ordinatesgetpos
    Spawn item, one time onlygive [name]
    Save screenshot to "episodicscreenshots.[number]" jpeg
    Load indicated map to a specific mapmap [name]
    List map namesmaps *
    Level performance toolsperfui 1
    Play back existing demoplaydemo
    Records a demo of your gamerecord
    Reload current save filereload
    Restart the current levelrestart
    Set view directionsetang
    Set position on the mapsetpos [coordinates]
    Shake your charactershake
    Stop demo recording stop
    Set gravity; default is "600"sv_gravity [number]
    Commit suicidekill
    Disable cheat modesv_cheats 0

  • Spawn NPC names

    Use one of the following values with the "npc_create [name]" code:

    NPC or object Code
    Antlion Guardnpc_antlionguard
    Ceiling Turretnpc_turret_ceiling
    City 17 Citizennpc_citizen
    Combine Dropshipnpc_combinedropship
    Combine Gunshipnpc_combinegunship
    Combine Helicopternpc_helicopter
    Combine Metrocopnpc_metropolice
    Combine Scannernpc_cscanner
    Combine Soldiernpc_combine_s
    Crab Synthnpc_crabsynth
    Fast Headcrabnpc_headcrab_fast
    Fast Zombienpc_fastzombie
    Father Gregorinpc_monk
    Floor Turretnpc_turret_floor
    Headcrab Launchernpc_launcher
    Mortar Synthnpc_mortarsynth
    Poison Headcrabnpc_headcrab_poison
    Poison Headcrabnpc_headcrab_black
    Poison Zombienpc_poisonzombie
    Zombie without legsnpc_zombie_torso
    Zombine (Combine Zombie)npc_zombine


  • Alternate title screen

    Successfully complete the game to unlock the cake title screen.

  • login

    The graffiti in the game are clues for the website. Go to the site, and enter "LOGIN" as a command. Enter "CJOHNSON" as a username and "TIER3" as a password. After logging in, type "HELP" for a list of commands. In addition to logging in as "CJOHNSON" (Chell), you can login as anyone desired by typing a username longer than two characters and using "PORTAL" as a password.

  • hidden message

    While logged into the website, type "THECAKEISALIE" to access a hidden message left by some employees.

  • Completing Chamber 18 easier

    At the end of the advanced map for Chamber 18, you will have the same raised platforms as you did in the normal one except now after you leave the lower one, it falls into the toxic water. This forces you to be more precise with your portal jumps. However, you can get past this easily. Do the platform jumping as usual, but if you miss, just land on the platform you came out of. You should be able to fire an opposite color portal at the wall where you entered this area, allowing you to go back to the start. All the platforms rise again, and the portal is still where you left it. You can now fall into the pit again and be able to portal jump to the next ledge. This take longer but does not require precise timing.

  • Box head pictures

    On the level where you get the companion cube after you run past the energy balls and are in the room with the three elevators, there are two doors leading to a catcher and a platform that is pushed out of the wall. Walk up to the platform that is pushed out. Crouch behind it, and walk through the opening. On the left hand side are a group of pictures of people with boxes for heads and hearts around them.

  • Using cheats and earning achievements

    If the "sv_cheats 1" code is enabled, achievements are disabled; however, there is a way around this. There are a few command strings that can be bind to keys which allow you to enable or disable God mode when desired, get all equipment such as weapons, plus the better portal gun. To do this, use the bind [key] "sv_cheats 1; wait; god; wait; wait; wait; sv_cheats 0" console command. For God mode, use the bind [key] "sv_cheats 1; wait; Impulse 101; wait; wait; wait; sv_cheats 0" console command.

  • Cheat Codes

    Enter the options menu, select "Controls", then "Advanced". Turn on the option for the console. Then while playing the game, press ~ to display the console window. Type "sv_cheats 1" to enable cheat mode. Then, type one of the following codes and press [Enter] at the console window to activate the corresponding cheat function:

    Result Cheat Code
    God modegod
    Take damage, but cannot diebuddha
    No clipping mode noclip
    All weapons, including those from Half Life 2impulse 101
    Enemies do not target you notarget
    Allow separate sets of portals to be created change_portalgun_linkage_id [0-3]
    Allow use of second portal placementupgrade_portalgun
    Portal placement cannot be bumpedsv_portal_placement_never_bump 1
    Portals can be placed on almost any surface sv_portal_placement_never_fail 1
    All challenges completedsv_bonus_map_complete 1
    Spawn citizennpc_create npc_citizen
    Spawn Breennpc_create npc_breen
    Spawn zombienpc_create npc_zombie
    Spawn Bouncy metal ballent_create_portal_metal_sphere
    Spawn Weighted Storage Cubeent_create_portal_weight_box
    Basic portal gungive weapon_portalgun
    Fire an energy ballfire_energy_ball
    Fire rocket from head (glitched)fire_rocket_projectile
    First person viewfirstperson
    Third person viewthirdperson
    Set gravity; "600" is defaultsv_gravity [number]
    Disable cheat modesv_cheats 0

    Team Fortress 2

  • Faster construction

    As an engineer, do not wait for your building. Just whack it with the wrench so that it builds faster.

  • Easy achievements

    Play a game with just you and a friend. Have your friend let you repeatedly kill him or her to easily get achievements.

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