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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

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  • 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


  • Level select

    While playing the game, press Left(4), LB, Right(4), RB to unlock all levels.

  • Invincibility

    While playing the game, press LB, Up, RB, Up, LB(2), Up, RB(2), Up.

  • Restore health

    While playing the game, press Up(2), Down(2), Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A to spawn a medpak that will restore 25 points of health.

  • Refill ammunition for current weapon

    While playing the game, press Y, B, A, X, RB, Y, X, A, B, RB to spawn an ammunition cartridge for your current weapon.

  • No clipping mode

    While playing the game, press Up(3), LB, Up(3), RB, Up(2).

  • Enemies do not target you

    While playing the game, press Down(3), LB, Down(3), RB, Down(2).

  • Wireframe cycle

    While playing the game, press LB(2), RB(2), LB, RB, LB, RB, Left, Right.

  • AA

    While playing the game, press Y, Up, Y, Right, Y, Down, Y, Left, Y, Up.

  • Kill

    While playing the game, press LB, Down, RB, Down, LB(2), Down, RB(2), Down.

  • Alternate title screen

    Successfully complete the game to alternate the title screen.

  • Getting past turrets and other dangerous enemies

    When you need to run a long way and have some objects with you (for example, a non-explosive barrel), if you have the Gravity Gun, use it as cover, and run (while facing the enemy) to the other side. Then if possible, shoot the barrel at the enemy. Note: Make sure there is only one enemy when doing this. Also, make sure the object is indestructible, and most importantly, look at the enemy and see if you can kill it with one shot.


    Half-Life 2: Episode One


  • Level select

    While playing the game, press Left(4), LB, Right(4), RB to unlock all levels.

  • Invincibility

    While playing the game, press LB, Up, RB, Up, LB(2), Up, RB(2), Up.

  • Restore health

    While playing the game, press Up(2), Down(2), Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A to spawn a medpak that will restore 25 points of health.

  • Refill ammunition for current weapon

    While playing the game, press Y, B, A, X, RB, Y, X, A, B, RB to spawn an ammunition cartridge for your current weapon.

  • No clipping mode

    While playing the game, press Up(3), LB, Up(3), RB, Up(2).

  • Enemies do not target you

    While playing the game, press Down(3), LB, Down(3), RB, Down(2).


    Half-Life 2: Episode Two


  • Level select

    While playing the game, press Left(4), LB, Right(4), RB to unlock all levels.

  • Invincibility

    While playing the game, press LB, Up, RB, Up, LB(2), Up, RB(2), Up.

  • Restore health

    While playing the game, press Up(2), Down(2), Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A to spawn a medpak that will restore 25 points of health.

  • Refill ammunition for current weapon

    While playing the game, press Y, B, A, X, RB, Y, X, A, B, RB to spawn an ammunition cartridge for your current weapon.

  • No clipping mode

    While playing the game, press Up(3), LB, Up(3), RB, Up(2).

  • Enemies do not target you

    While playing the game, press Down(3), LB, Down(3), RB, Down(2).

  • 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.


    Portal


  • Level select

    While playing the game, press Left(4), LB, Right(4), RB to unlock all levels.

  • Create box

    While playing the game, press Down, B, A, B, Y, Down, B, A, B, Y. Note: Enabling this code will prevent achievements from being earned.

  • Fire energy ball

    While playing the game, press Up, Y(2), X(2), A(2), B(2), Up. Note: Enabling this code will prevent achievements from being earned.

  • Fire rocket projectile

    While playing the game, press Up, Y(2), B(2), A(2), X(2), Up.

  • Portalgun ID 0

    While playing the game, press Up, Left, Down, Right, Up, Left, Down, Right, Y(2).

  • Portalgun ID 1

    While playing the game, press Up, Left, Down, Right, Up, Left, Down, Right, X(2).

  • Portalgun ID 2

    While playing the game, press Up, Left, Down, Right, Up, Left, Down, Right, A(2).

  • Portalgun ID 3

    While playing the game, press Up, Left, Down, Right, Up, Left, Down, Right, B(2).

  • Portal placement anywhere

    While playing the game, press Y, A, B, A, B, Y(2), A, Left, Right. Note: Enabling this code will prevent achievements from being earned.

  • Upgrade Portalgun from Blue only to Blue and Orange

    While playing the game, press X, B, LB, RB, Left, Right, LB, RB, LT, RT. Note: Enabling this code will prevent achievements from being earned.

  • Alternate title screen

    Successfully complete the game to unlock the cake title screen.

  • ApertureScience.com login

    The graffiti in the game are clues for the ApertureScience.com 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.

  • ApertureScience.com hidden message

    While logged into the ApertureScience.com 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.

  • Overheating Xbox 360

    Play the level where you face off with the laser guided robots. Once you get past the first few robots, you must start dropping the boxes on the robots heads so they fall over. In the little area where you find the first two boxes, crouch and walk behind where the boxes were. You will find a little room with odd music playing and graffiti on the walls that says things such as "The cake is a liar". There also seems to be an Xbox 360 with a pot inside of it. The Xbox 360 is overheating and boiling the water.


    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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