The Combine 'clamp' symbol, seen in propaganda throughoutFirst game(2004)Created byDesigned byGabe Newell,Voiced byInformationAliasOur Benefactors, The Universal UnionAffiliationDr. Wallace BreenThe Combine is a empire which serves as the primary force in the 2004, and the subsequent episodes developed. The Combine consist of alien, synthetic, and human elements, and dominate Earth.
Jun 09, 2010 Combine Combat is a Half-Life 2 Singleplayer Mod where you are Nr. 42, a Combine Special-Unit with the task to kill Gordon Freeman. Features: - completely new maps in the Half-Life universe - new Hud - new weapons, e.g. A Sniper or a Manhack - a new. Be the bad guy in this modification for Half-Life 2: Episode 2 and step into the boots of a stranded Metrocop, left for dead in the abandoned City 10. Experience a time before the fall of City 17 – 11 months before the deployment of Gordon Freeman. Bring the brutality and chaos of the Combine regime to the hidden rebel sanctuary of City 10.
They are encountered throughout Half-Life 2 and its expansions as hostile as the player progresses through the games in an effort to overthrow the Combine occupation of Earth.The Combine are frequently shown as harsh rulers over the citizens of Earth, suppressing dissent with brutality, policing using violence and using invasive surgery to transform humans into either soldiers or slaves. Throughout the games, the player primarily battles transformed humans as well as synthetic and mechanical enemies that are the product of Combine technology. The atmosphere generated by the Combine state has been praised by reviewers, although the of the Combine characters was thought to be inferior to that of other characters in Half-Life 2.
In addition to their role within the Half-Life series, the Combine have been adapted for productions and one Combine character type has been made into plush toys by Valve. Artwork of a Civil Protection OfficerSome elements of the Combine's appearance, such as that of the Advisor, are inspired by the works of. The towering Striders seen throughout Half-Life 2 and its subsequent episodes are based directly on the Martian of the novel, where said Martians invade, using the tripods as their main 'weapon'.
The name 'Combine' itself is a tribute to novel, which features a collection of authorities which mechanistically manipulate and process individuals.During Half-Life 2 's development, various concepts for Combine non-player characters were cut. Female Combine assassins, similar to assassins featured in the first game, were planned but later abandoned, although they appear in the arcade game. Another non-player character, the cremator, was conceptualized as a Combine laborer who cleaned the streets of bodies after a battle with an acid gun and although removed from the game, its head was featured in 's laboratory. Other cuts included a variety of alien Combine soldiers that would have complemented the trans-human soldiers in the game and a number of synthetic combat machines. Many of Half-Life 2 's Combine characters went through multiple redesigns; the Combine Overwatch soldier was subjected to at least twelve redesigns before the final appearance was settled on.Opera singer and actress provides the voice for the Combine Overwatch announcer and dispatcher in Half-Life 2 and its episodic expansions, while the various Combine soldiers throughout the games are voiced. Attributes Society Little is revealed of the Combine's role outside of Earth, but dialogue in states that they control worlds in different dimensions and inhabited by a range of species.
The Combine occupation of Earth, however, is shown to be a brutal. In, an city, Civil Protection units are seen frequently, often conducting random searches of apartment blocks, interrogating human citizens and engaging in random. The military Overwatch forces of the Combine are shown attacking human resistance bases in an effort to further solidify their control. The citizens themselves are all clad in blue uniforms and live in designated apartment blocks. Citizens are shown to be moved around to different cities or locales at the Combine's will, using passenger trains., alien creatures from the original, are also shown to have been enslaved, and are observed in various jobs such as janitors. According to, the Combine are draining the Earth's oceans, minerals and resources to be used on other Combine worlds; while in both City 17's waterways and the outskirt's coastal shores the water levels are greatly reduced.At the heart of the Combine's command structure in Half-Life 2 is the Citadel, an enormous structure of Combine construction, reaching approximately 2.6 kilometers (1.6 miles) into the sky from ground level, and delving deep underground. Located within City 17, the Citadel serves as the primary headquarters of the Combine, housing both Combine Advisors and the office of the Earth administrator,.
Breen is frequently seen on large screens around the city from which he spreads. The Citadel projects an energy field that is able to prevent human reproduction, as well as a field that keeps dangerous alien wildlife out of the city. In addition, the Citadel contains a trans-dimensional teleporter which allows the Combine to travel between their native universe and Earth. The Citadel also contains construction facilities for various synthetic Combine combat machines.Depiction The Combine is composed of various species and machines.
The most commonly encountered enemies throughout Half-Life 2 and its expansions are the Overwatch soldiers and human Civil Protection officers. A variety of combat machines also encountered, ranging from and to a giant 'Smart wall' which encloses occupied cities and gradually destroys anything in its path.
A number of weaponized alien 'synths' are also encountered by Freeman. Advisors. The Advisor's grub-like appearance was inspired by the works of science fiction author.Advisors are large larvae-like creatures which are virtually featureless, with no visible eyes, ears or limbs, though they do possess an eye-like mechanical device attached to the left side of their heads, and detachable mechanical arms. Their faces are covered by a form of respirator, which is able to lift to reveal a mouth-like orifice from which extends a long flexible. With this, they can examine objects, or attack and kill enemies. Advisors appear to be feeding upon their victim during their attacks.
It is implied that Advisors are the original master race behind the Combine, with the Earth administrator Wallace Breen answering directly to them. Although Advisors are usually seen in protective pods guarded by Combine soldiers, they also possess with which they are able to float through the air and immobilize enemies so that their proboscis can examine their victims without interference. Their appearance was based on the from the film. Civil Protection Civil Protection is the Combine's agency on Earth, consisting of humans who have agreed to work on behalf of the Combine. Also referred to as metrocops, Civil Protection units wear light armor and gas masks, which heavily resemble a somewhat modified.
They are usually armed with and, and are occasionally seen using. Metrocops are brutal in their methods, keeping the local populace in line via intimidation and physical force. Interrogations, inspections, raids, random beatings, summary executions and acts of extreme are all used as a means of policing their respective jurisdictions; their methods are justified by their role as 'protectors of the civilians ' well-being'. On the outskirts of, Civil Protection units are observed patrolling for escapees from the city. Civil Protection officers are in constant contact with Combine Overwatch headquarters, which gives them objectives and situation updates. On the death of an officer, that officer's armor detects that its wearer is no longer alive and automatically informs headquarters of the fatality and advises nearby units as to the place of death.
Overwatch The Combine Overwatch is the primary force of the Combine on Earth. It consists of humans, who wear heavily padded long-sleeve body armor and gas masks. The markings on the suit change depending on each individual unit's assignment and rank. Elite Combine soldiers wear bright white armor with one red eye, while the majority of soldiers wear blue armor. Shotgun units wear similar armour to the standard Combine Soldier, but coloured brown with orange eyes. They are armed with a variety of firearms, including, submachine guns,.
Overwatch soldiers usually operate in small groups, using squad tactics and to flush out and flank the player. They occasionally provide support to Combine synths, and often travel to areas by use of. They use radios to communicate with each other and with Overwatch headquarters.
Combine Overwatch soldiers are usually encountered outside City 17, and only appear in the city after 'The Uprising' near the end of Half-Life 2. Combine technology The Combine use a large array of technology. They have access to technology, which takes them from their dimension to Earth.
However, their teleporter technology is restrictive in comparison to that developed by, and in that it cannot be used to teleport to other locations on Earth without significant modification. Throughout the games, various futuristic computer consoles, doors, power sources and weapon emplacements are encountered. In addition, the Combine employ the use of small airborne robots, scanners, to observe the citizens of Earth.
The city variant merely moves about the streets, monitors individuals, and takes photographs, while the combat equivalent is capable of dropping mines into an area. Civil Protection makes use of smaller airborne robots called manhacks, which fly using razor-sharp rotating blades with which they attack their targets to cause injuries.
These are often deployed in closed-in areas. The Combine also use two types of; hopper mines throw themselves into the air and detonate when an enemy is detected nearby, while the spherical rollermines roll towards vehicles or other enemies, attach themselves and deliver damaging electrical attacks. Combine technology is also used to transform humans into Overwatch soldiers or stalkers, deformed and mutilated humans with no memory of their past selves who act as slaves and maintenance workers in Combine facilities.
Transformation into a Stalker is considered among the Combine's worst punishments for dissidents.Militarily, the Combine make use of both synthetic machines—machines powered by organic components—and traditional mechanical machines such as. The most prominent of the synthetic machines are the insect-like; and Striders, 50-foot-tall (15 m) armored creatures that walk upon three legs, which are armed with a high powered warpspace cannon and a head-mounted pulse turret.
In Episode Two, a smaller equivalent to the Strider, the Hunter, is introduced. These 2.5 m (8 ft) tall, tripodal assault machines fire explosive flechettes at targets and are small enough to maneuver indoors. Other synths are seen near the end of the Half-Life 2, although their roles are not elaborated on.
Are also used by the Combine. The Combine also use as a against dissidents, firing artillery shells loaded with the creatures into areas and allowing them to infest the vicinity. Appearances Half-Life series According to the backstory presented during Half-Life 2, the Combine appear on Earth after the death of the, the at the end of. The death of the Nihilanth, a powerful creature controlling the dimensional rip between and the on Earth, causes the rip to worsen, resulting in 'portal storms' which spread the hostile wildlife of Xen across Earth.
The Combine manipulate this tear in the spacetime continuum, widening it to allow access to Earth from their dimension. When it is sufficiently wide, the Combine invade in force, and in the subsequent Seven Hour War quickly defeat the forces of Earth and destroy the in. Earth's surrender is negotiated by, who is then made the Combine puppet administrator of Earth, and uses as his base of operations.
Two Overwatch soldiers in Episode Two, with a Hunter in the background.The Combine's first appearance is in Half-Life 2. Through the early stages of the game, Combine Civil Protection units pursue Gordon Freeman through City 17 after he accidentally reveals his presence to Wallace Breen. Due to Freeman's actions in Half-Life, Breen sees Freeman as a major threat. As Freeman escapes the city, Civil Protection units raid the resistance base of and capture resistance leader, who is transferred to holding facilities at. Freeman and Vance's daughter break into the facility to rescue him, but Eli Vance is teleported to the Combine Citadel by double agent.
However, the strike against Nova Prospekt is seen as the start of a revolution by the citizens of Earth, who take up arms against the Combine. In response, Combine Overwatch are deployed to City 17, and heavy street fighting takes place. Freeman manages to infiltrate the Citadel but is captured and taken to Breen. Mossman allows Freeman to break free of his captivity, and Breen flees to the Citadel's trans-dimensional teleporter, intent on escape. However, Freeman destroys the teleporter's reactor before Breen can escape, causing a large explosion that destroys the top of the Citadel.In, the destruction of the teleporter at the top of the Citadel has isolated the Combine forces on Earth, but also caused its primary reactor to begin to melt down. This forces Gordon Freeman and Alyx Vance to journey back into the critically damaged Citadel to temporarily stabilize its reactor while the city's inhabitants are evacuated. The Combine forces, however, instead attempt to accelerate the meltdown in order to send a message to their native universe for reinforcements.
After Alyx acquires an encrypted copy of the message to be sent, Overwatch forces desperately attempt to stop the pair from escaping the city, spurred on by Combine Advisors. As the pair escape on a train at the end of the game, the Citadel detonates, sending the message and destroying City 17.opens with Alyx and Freeman discovering that the Citadel's destruction has resulted in the formation of a to the Combine dimension, which is slowly progressing to a stage where the Combine can send overwhelming reinforcements. They also discover that the data packet in the message they retrieved from the Citadel contains codes that can be used to close the portal, and so traverse the countryside to deliver the packet to the resistance headquarters at. As they progress, it becomes evident that the Combine Advisors escaped the Citadel's destruction, and that remaining Combine forces are regrouping, albeit under occasional attacks.
Aware of the resistance's plans to close the super portal, the Combine attack White Forest in force, but are repelled. The super portal is destroyed after the resistance launch a satellite containing the appropriate data. However, in the game's closing scenes, two Advisors attack Freeman, Alyx and Eli Vance, and kill Eli before being driven off by Dog.Appearances in other media The use of sandbox applications like have allowed for Combine to be used in a variety of and productions. The Combine are also referenced in the. In one webcomic, the Combine are portrayed as a highly bureaucratic and often inept organization. One issue shows a Civil Protection briefing for attempting to capture the comic's protagonist Gordon Frohman, in which officers are instructed to cluster around explosive barrels, seek cover on unstable structures and rappel down from bridges in front of fast moving vehicles.
In another example, the machinima series Combine Nation follows Civil Protection officers in a similar style to documentaries. The officers perform their duties with various twists, such as the team's medical officer having an obsession with and the legal consultant, an Overwatch soldier, favoring dramatic entries, such as throwing, which often backfire on him. Another web series, called The Combine, parodies the TV show. This series attempts to portray the combine as an intergalactic corporation that suffers from everyday office issues and problems.
One episode shows the soldiers attempting to bypass a so they can watch videos online instead of working. Other media portray the Combine with more serious overtones, such as the video The Combine Interview, which parodies an interview with discussing. The video, described by ActionTrip as 'eerie, to say the least' and by both and as 'creepy', instead presents an interview with a Civil Protection officer discussing the Combine's rule of Earth, adapting Cruise's words to fit the Combine theme. Noted that 'the suggestion, of course, is that Scientology's purpose or self-image in some way resembles that of the homogenising intergalactic murderous alien collective'. Cultural impact Merchandise The Combine have inspired the creation of several items of merchandise for the Half-Life series. A toy was created by Valve, based on the synthetic tripod Hunters introduced in Episode Two.
Sold and distributed via Valve's online store, the toy was released in February 2008. In addition, Valve has produced depicting the Combine's idea of humanity's, from ape to Combine Overwatch soldier, and a displaying twelve pieces of for the Combine soldier. Reception. Collectively, the Combine expressed control over every aspect of human life, from assigned living quarters to an energy field designed to suppress human reproduction. Have transformed humans into faceless soldiers, known as Civil Protection and mindless slaves known as Stalkers.– IGN, The Top 100 Videogame VillainsThe Combine have received a positive reaction from critics.
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For those so inclined, now would be an excellent time for procreation, which is to say, in layman's terms, you should give serious consideration to doing your part for the revival of the species. (2006). Level/area: Lowlife. Alyx Vance: Antlions here? The Combine's defense field must have collapsed.
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The portal destination is untenable, surely you can set the relay else where. There's no way I can survive in that environment! A host body?! You must be joking, I can't possibly—oh, all right, dammit, if that's what it takes. Just hurry, he's right behind me!. (2004).
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About This Game ABOUTDownFall is a FREE Half-Life 2 single-player mod taking place in the White Forest surroundings.You're once more putting on the HEV suit as Gordon Freeman. Your mission is to recover a newly developed technology by the resistance, known as the 'citadel buster', before the Combine manage to destroy it.WHAT TO EXPECT?A high-quality Half-Life 2 mod,taking place in new locations while staying true to Valve's design. Chapter 1 is available now, it's short but sweet, with an average playtime of 35 minutes.THE FUTUREWhile the initial release is short, there's an additional 2 chapters coming in the future at an estimated lengh of 40 minutes each. There is no ETA when the next chapters will release.