USS Darkstar

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'''''USS Darkstar''''' is a ''Half-Life'' Mods|mod created by Neil Manke and his team, largely based in WikipediaCanada|Canada. The mod follows Gordon Freeman and several other scientists on board USS ''Darkstar'' in the year 2066, a large exploratory starship that resembles the ''Nostromo'' from the movie ''WikipediaAlien (film)|Alien''. 

==Plot==
Very early in the game, a security guard is injured on an away mission to a nearby planet and is taken into the sickbay. When scientists are operating on him, a Headcrab bursts from his chest cavity, mirroring a scene from ''Alien'', forcing the scientists to activate an incinerator. The flame jet kills the Headcrab but also detonates a fuel canister, which creates a chain reaction.

This causes a surge that badly damages the ''USS Darkstar'''s main computer, deactivating all the WikipediaForce field|force fields and letting loose the aliens which kill most of the crew. However, Freeman manages to reach an escape pod and escape the ship, shortly before it explodes. The game ends with Freeman's pod heading towards a nearby planet, pursued by a large alien vessel.

At least one other scientist also survived the destruction of the ''USS Darkstar''. During Freeman's entering of the labs, a scientist in an escape pod elevator can be seen through a window. When reaching the escape pod launch room, one of the vehicles has already been launched.

==Reception==
''USS Darkstar'' was selected by Valve Software for presentation at the first ''Half-Life'' Mod Expo at San Francisco in 1999.{{IA|20070520203000/http//planethalflife.gamespy.com/View.php?view{{=}}Previews.Detail&id{{=}}1|Black Widow Games Five Days of Fear (Day 1)|Planet Half-Life (January 2, 2006)}}

== See also ==
* ''They Hunger''

==References==
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==External links==
*{{IA|19991009111335/http//planethalflife.com/manke/|Official website}}
*http//blackwidowgames.com Official Black Widow Games website
*{{IA|20110719165656/http//planethalflife.gamespy.com/View.php?view{{=}}LOTW.Detail&id{{=}}127|Level of The Week - ''USS Darkstar''|Planet Half-Life (September 19, 2000)}}
*http//www.runthinkshootlive.com/posts/uss-darkstar/ ''USS Darkstar'' on http//www.runthinkshootlive.com/ Run Think Shoot Live
*{{ModDB|url=uss-darkstar|text=''USS Darkstar''}}

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