Bridge Point

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|era=Combine occupation of Earth|Combine occupation
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{{Quote|Use extreme caution when approaching the Bridge. Radio silence from that outpost leads me to believe it has come under Combine control. Still, you're clearly the right man for the job!|Odessa Cubbage|Half-Life 2|Filenlo cub roadahead.ogg}}

'''Bridge Point''' ( the scenes|see below for a note regarding the name) was once a Resistance outpost on the Coast near a large railroad bridge. Its occupants were eliminated by the Combine and Xen wildlife some time before Gordon Freeman's arrival.

==Overview==

FileHighway 17 BG.jpg|200px|left|thumb|Bridge Point and its bridge.

The base consists of three houses, two small sheds and a windmill. The largest of the buildings is three stories tall. All the larger buildings contain beds and other necessary items for living. In the way of New Little Odessa and other Resistance bases, the windmill was possibly used to generate electricity or pump up ground water; however there does not appear to be any infrastructure for either function.

Bridge Point is located right beside an old 2-track Razor Train|train bridge spanning a river which, at Gordon Freeman's time of arrival, is used by the Combine to connect Nova Prospekt and City 17. One track is blocked by a partially derailed train and the Combine has secured the bridge and the tunnels leading to it with Force Fields to prevent unauthorized traffic from crossing. The narrow catwalks and walkways under the bridge have fallen into serious disrepair, presumably from general disuse. The power supply for the Force Fields located on the far side being only seen to be accessible using these walkways, the Combine troops stationed there were probably brought by Dropship.

On the cliff face on which Bridge Point rests upon is a small path which leads to the lower levels of the bridge. It is evident that this pathway, and the catwalks under the bridge, are rarely used, as various Xen wildlife have taken up residence there.

It is evident that Resistance soldiers made use of the base at some point before Gordon Freeman's arrival. However, probably because of its location near an important supply railroad, the Combine Overwatch has eliminated the residents. Now the Combine seem to have no particular use for the base and simply left it abandoned. The other Resistance occupied bases and outposts (such as New Little Odessa and Shorepoint) apparently did not risk attempting to retake the base.

==Appearances==
FileSoldier buggy pwnd.jpg|200px|right|thumb|Overwatch Soldier being killed with the Scout Car after throwing himself at it.

===''Half-Life 2''===

During the events of ''Half-Life 2'', Gordon Freeman visits the base in his journey along the Coast to Nova Prospekt. The Combine decided to reinforce the base when Freeman was detected heading that way and two squads are air-dropped in by Combine Dropship right before Freeman reaches the spot. As he must cross the bridge with his Scout Car to proceed, he has to deactivate both Force Fields barring its way. Crossing the bridge on foot by using the catwalks located under it, he succeeds in deactivating the Force Fields protecting the bridge, destroying the Combine Overwatch garrisons located there as well as a Gunship sent as reinforcements by the same occasion. After going back to the main site, he is now able to cross the bridge, but has to narrowly escape a Razor Train coming from the opposite direction.

The Combine probably did not retake the base after this, as their military presence in the area was significantly weakened after the destruction of Nova Prospekt.

==Behind the scenes==
FileWasteland bridge05 01.jpg|In wasteland_bridge05".|200px|right|thumb
FileWasteland railbridge.jpg|In "wasteland_railbridge".|200px|right|thumb

The name "Bridge Point" used on the wiki is not given in any official source; it was merely chosen for more convenience and to reflect the names of two of the Resistance bases located along the Coast, which feature the word "Point".

Some of Bridge Point's several stages of development are known thanks to the related maps found in the WC mappack. The oldest known map, wasteland_bridge05", last modified in March 2001, consists of a simple metal railway bridge over a dried riverbed filled with Bullsquids. Another version, "wasteland_railbridge", last modified in September 2001, is similar to the final version. It includes a larger metal railway bridge above a canyon with Combine guardposts on each side, and a Razor Train comes once the player goes on the tracks. The map was to be played on foot, and the player was to leaving from behind a storage building located on the other side of the canyon, near the tracks. Finally, "seafloor_bridge.vmf", last edited in July 2003, consists of a roughly made maps and a road bridge.WC mappackDevelopment of Half-Life 2 game|''Half-Life 2'' leak

Furthermore, the area is complete in the Development of Half-Life 2 game|''Half-Life 2'' leak. While it is close to the final version, it bears several differences it has no railway, as the bridge is a road bridge through which the road continues, Combine Smart Barrier|Smart Barriers are used instead of Force Fields to block the path, the Combine Dropship is shown holding a placeholder of its final container model, and the bridge command building stands above the bridge instead of next to it.Development of Half-Life 2 game|''Half-Life 2'' leak This explains why in the final game the road ends for no reason upon reaching Bridge Point, while the Coast map still shows that the road passes across the railroad, and is joined by another section afterward. In the final game, the other section is still present and is taken by Freeman after avoiding the train, resuming the journey on the road. When turning the leak version of the road bridge into a railway bridge, the developers created a design inconsistency by not extending the road into another direction, for instance beside or under the bridge.

==Trivia==

While the game originally wanted the player to avoid the Razor Train by outrunning it with the Scout Car's turbo function in a game of chicken, the latest update made to the game has made it very difficult to achieve. However the train can be avoided with other methods, such as reversing as soon as the horn sounds and pulling off onto the other track, or, while leaving the car in a safe place, walking down the tracks on foot to trigger the train and then standing aside while it passes.

==Gallery==
===Pre-release===

FileWasteland bridge.jpg|Concept art for an early Bridge Point, based on the map "wasteland_railbridge".
FileBridge Point early.jpg|An early official screenshot of Gordon firing at the Overwatch Soldiers.
FileLeak d2 coast 070000.jpg|Dropship with container placeholder in the leak.
FileLeak d2 coast 070001.jpg|General view, in the leak (with the windmill propeller model not showing).
FileLeak d2 coast 070004.jpg|Ditto.
FileLeak d2 coast 070005.jpg|The kitchen in the leak.
FileLeak d2 coast 070002.jpg|Smart Barrier and Watchtower on the bridge in the leak.
FileLeak d2 coast 080006.jpg|Under the bridge in the leak.
FileLeak d2 coast 080007.jpg|Ditto.
FileLeak d2 coast 080008.jpg|Ditto.
FileLeak d2 coast 080009.jpg|Overwatch Soldier on a Watchtower at the other side of the bridge, in the leak.
FileLeak d2 coast 080013.jpg|Under the bridge in the leak.
FileLeak d2 coast 080010.jpg|General view of the bridge from the other side in the leak.
FileLeak d2 coast 080011.jpg|Overwatch Soldier and his OICW in the control room, in the leak.
FileLeak d2 coast 080012.jpg|Ditto.
FileLeak d2 coast 080014.jpg|The control room from the outside in the leak.


===Retail===

FileCoastmap sheet numbered.png|Bridge Point on the Coast map, at #9.
FileD2 coast 070012.JPG|View of the site and the bridge.
FileD2 coast 070001.JPG|Dropship leaving after offloading the troops.
FileD2 coast 070019.JPG|View of Bridge Point, facing the railway.
FileD2 coast 070020.JPG|Combine Watchtowers at each side of the bridge, with an active Force Field in-between.
FileD2 coast 070031.JPG|Overwatch Soldier running towards Freeman with his shotgun.
FileD2 coast 070033.JPG|Overwatch Soldiers running towards Freeman with their MP7s.
FileD2 coast 070069.JPG|Overwatch Soldier firing at Freeman with his OSIPR.
FileD2 coast 070023.JPG|Inside one of the buildings.
FileD2 coast 070024.JPG|Kitchen in one of the buildings.
FileD2 coast 070030.JPG|Overwatch Soldier hiding from Freeman with his OSIPR.
FileD2 coast 070025.JPG|Combine Watchtower attached to the bridge.
FileD2 coast 070027.JPG|Combine Watchtower seen through the missing roof of one the buildings.
FileD2 coast 070026.JPG|Poison Zombie and Classic Headcrab on the cliff path.
FileBridge Point watchtower1.jpg|Combine Watchtower attached to the bridge, seen from the first map.
FileBridge Point watchtower.jpg|Ditto, seen from the second map, where the top of the bridge is not featured.
FileD2 coast 070022.JPG|View of the bridge in the fog.
FileRail bridge supports.jpg|Under the bridge.
FileD2 coast 080060.JPG|Cabin under the bridge, with a dead Citizen and ammo, notably rockets to be used against the Gunship.
FileD2 coast 080061.JPG|Cabin under the bridge.
FileD2 coast 080037.JPG|The end of the bridge in the fog.
FileD2 coast 080039.JPG|Overwatch Soldier aiming at Freeman with his OSIPR.
FileD2 coast tank.jpg|Tank under the bridge.
FileD2 coast 080040.jpg|The command building at the end of the bridge.
FileD2 coast 080041.JPG|The Force Field inside the command building.
FileBridge access active.jpg|The interface controlling the Force Field located above, showing the field is active, with schematics of the bridge.
FileBridge access inactive.jpg|After killing the guards and deactivating the Force Field protecting the interface and blocking the bridge.
FileD2 coast 080049.JPG|Gunship firing at Freeman after the Force Fields are deactivated.
FileRazor destroy buggy.jpg|The Razor Train about to destroy the Scout Car and kill Freeman.
FileD2 coast 070090.JPG|Freeman narrowly escaping the Razor Train.
FileD2 coast 070015.JPG|The Razor Train continuing its journey after being avoided by Freeman.
FileD2 coast 070099.JPG|Ditto.
FileD2 coast 070021.JPG|Collapsed road bridge near the end of the railway bridge.


==List of appearances==

*''Half-Life 2'' {{1st}}
*''Half-Life 2 Raising the Bar''

==References==
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