Vortigaunt (player character)

In Half-Life (PlayStation 2 port)|''Half-Life'' for PlayStation 2, the players are able to play the game as a '''Vortigaunt''' in two game modes.

===''Xen Attacks''===
In ''Half-Life Decay'', there is a bonus mission where the players assume the role of two Vortigaunts, Drone Subjects X-8973 and R-4913, who are sent to Earth by the Nihilanth to retrieve the stolen Xen crystal|crystals from Xen by the Black Mesa Science Team, which are used for their research. This mission can be unlocked by getting A-grade on all missions.

When controlling a Vortigaunt, the player cannot pick up any weapons or items. Health can be regained by damaging enemies and breakable objects;{{efn|The func_breakable is a breakable brush entity, and is used mostly for objects likes crates. The player can regain health by hitting these type of brushes. It does not work on brushes which break instantly when hit.}} this further shows that Vortigaunts can drain life force from their enemies. Health is displayed as a bar on the bottom of the screen. Since the player has no armor protection, it's much easier to die. The Vortigaunts are faster than human player characters, have a larger WikipediaField of view in video games|field of view (similar to the WikipediaFisheye lens|fisheye lens effect), and can attack their enemies in two ways by using their claws or by firing a green, lightning-like energy beam, that requires a vulnerable period of "charging-up" before being unleashed. When playing as a Vortigaunt, the player character can be heard making idle sounds. The players bleed yellow blood like other Vortigaunts.

===Alien Mode===
The Alien Mode allows the player to play through ''Half-Life'' as a Vortigaunt. This mode can be activated from the Cheat Codes menu in the Options, either by getting A-grade on all ''Half-Life Decay'' missions, including the bonus mission, or entering a code. The code is Up, Triangle, Up, Triangle, Up, Triangle, Up, Triangle.''Versus Books Official Half-Life Perfect Guide''

The gameplay is same as ''Xen Attacks'' with several differences. The in-game dialogue is replaced with gibberish sound effects, making it impossible to understand lines spoken by the human characters. The player can pick up the HEV suit, which is required to advance in the game, and use its flashlight. The chargers can not be used. The health chargers hurt the player when used. Unlike other aliens, the Barnacles ignore the player in the Alien Mode. The game ends when the player reaches Xen in a special ending.{{YouTube|Nw9FtSzDQVQ|''Half-Life'' PlayStation 2 - Alien Mode - Ending}}

==Behind the scenes==
A cheat code can be found in one of the areas in ''Xen Attacks''. The code is "Up, Triangle, Up, Triangle, Up, Triangle, Up, Triangle, Right", similar to the code for the Alien Mode. When entered, however, the game says it is invalid.

The gameplay seems to be inspired by the WikipediaAlien (creature in Alien franchise)|Alien mode in WikipediaRebellion Developments|Rebellion's Wikipedia Aliens versus Predator (1999 video game)|''Aliens versus Predator'' (1999). As an Alien, the player must survive by killing and eating the enemies to regain health. The health bar looks and works the same way. The field of view is wider than the vision of other playable characters.


FileVort viewmodel.jpg|Viewmodel.
FileAlien mode01.jpg|The HUD.
FileAlien mode02.jpg|Charging.
FileAlien mode03.jpg|Electrical attack.