Crossbow (Half-Life)

{{DISPLAYTITLECrossbow (''Half-Life'')}}
{{Weapon Infobox
|image=FileCrossbow 1.jpg|250px
|affiliation=Black Mesa
*20 (Half-Life (multiplayer)|MP)
*40 (explosion) |magazine=5 |maxammo=50 |ammotype=Bolt |accuracy=Excellent |range=Very long |reload=Slow |underwater=Yes |usedby=Gordon Freeman |counterpart=Other CategoryAccurized weapons|accurized weapons |entity=weapon_crossbow |designer=*Steve Theodore{{IA|20070513091613/http//|Steve Theodore's personal website}} *Stephen Bahl (HD version)http// Stephen Bahl as quoted on ''Marc Laidlaw Vault'' on the forums }} The '''Crossbow''' is a weapon featured in ''Half-Life''. ==Overview== The Crossbow is a silent projectile weapon with a scope. It is first acquired in the chapter ''Apprehension'' kept inside a suspended shark cage where a nearby Black Mesa Science Team|scientist refers to it as a Tranquilizer Gun. It has both primary and secondary firing options. Its primary attack fires a bolt, while the secondary fire zooms in with the scope. Unlike most weapons, it can be fired underwater, making it especially useful against Ichthyosaurs. It is very effective against distant targets, but the bolts aren't as fast as bullets, making the weapon a poor choice against extremely fast enemies or moving enemies at long range. Its massive damage output is offset by the scarce ammo supply available for it. The weapon can hold only a small number of bolts at once, and its reload time is slow. In multiplayer, the bolts explode on impact. When fired while using the scope, the bolts do not explode. ==Behind the scenes== The Crossbow was designed by Steve Theodore. The Half-Life High Definition Pack|High Definition version was created by Gearbox's Stephen Bahl. The unused Hazardous Environment Suit|HEV Suit lines refer to the weapon as "high velocity stealth crossbow" with "neuro toxin treated bolts". There are no references to the bolts having this trait in the final game. The Black Ops|Female Assassins were originally to be armed with Crossbows. In the final game, they still have a quiver attached to their belt. In the Half-Life (multiplayer)|multiplayer mode, the Crossbow could fire bolts with the player's name written on them, and these arrow would pierce and stick in enemy players and remain in their corpses.{{IA|19980210190819/http//|''Half-Life'' Interview|Online Gaming Review (February 10, 1998)}} This was later removed as it was too difficult to read the names on the bolts, deeming the feature pointless.{{IA|19990209064155/http//|''Half-Life'' Preview|Voodoo Extreme (1998)}} In chapter ''Power Up'', Crossbow bolts appears in a breakable crate. It is unknown if the weapon was to be acquired earlier in the game. There was to be a similar weapon called the Tranquilizer Gun which the player could use the put other players to sleep, steal their weapons and items, and then humiliate them. The bolts can pin enemies to walls in ''Half-Life Source'' as is done in ''Half-Life 2''. The Crossbow is available for use in the multiplayer portion of ''Opposing Force'' but does not appear in the singleplayer portion of the game or any of the other expansions. However, it can still be spawned using the console. The original Crossbow viewmodel was used as a placeholder for its ''Half-Life 2'' counterpart in ''WikipediaG-Phoria|G-Phoria'' 2004 demonstration. ==Gallery== ===Pre-release=== FileBlack Ops oldpromo.jpg|Promotional artwork featuring a Female Assassin with a Crossbow. FileBm31.2.png|Female Assassin with a Crossbow. FileBm12.2.png|Worldmodel. FileOld BM crossbow.jpg|Viewmodel. FileCrossbow vents.png|Ditto, in-game. FileCrossbow Gphoria.jpg|The Crossbow used as a placeholder for the Crossbow (Half-Life 2)|''Half-Life 2'' version at ''G-Phoria'' 2004. ===Retail=== FileCrossbow hl1 hud.png|HUD icon. FileCrossbow 1.jpg|Worldmodel. FileCrossbow world HD.jpg|High Definition version. FileCrossbow HL.jpg|''Half-Life'' viewmodel. FileCrossbow hd.png|High Definition version. FileCrossbow view op4.jpg|''Opposing Force'' viewmodel. FileCrossbow view op4 hd.jpg|High Definition version. FileCrossbow view bs.jpg|''Blue Shift'' viewmodel. FileCrossbow view bs hd.jpg|High Definition version. FileCrossbow ammo.jpg|Ammunition model. FileCrossbow ammo hd.jpg|High Definition version. FileBM crossbow bolt.jpg|Bolt worldmodel. FileHD BM crossbow bolt.jpg|High Definition version. FileHL BMRF Waterplc.jpg|The Crossbow as it is first seen in a cage. ==List of appearances== *''Half-Life'' {{1st}} ==References== {{Reflist}} {{Weapons}} {{Black Mesa}} {{Black Ops}} CategoryWeapons CategoryBlack Mesa weapons CategoryCrossbows