How to Use a Jetpack in "Half Life"
By Richard Bashara
Updated September 22, 2017
"Half Life" star Gordon Freeman has more than a crowbar at his disposal. In addition to a small arsenal of weapons, Freeman can find a long jump module that resembles a jet pack. The device does not make the player fly, but it can help you get to hard to reach spots around the game. The player will be required to utilize the long jump module in order to complete the Black Mesa Hazard Course, so use this tutorial to familiarize yourself with the basics before you dive into the adventure.
Pick up the Long Jump Module by walking over it. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your acquisition of this device, it may be on the ground, on a pedestal or on a platform by itself. According to the "Half Life" wiki, you will hear the HEV suit say “Power Movement Assist Activated” indicating that the power up is ready to go.
Move forward, press crouch and then press jump simultaneously. Timing is a factor, but the timing is not too strict. Your fingers should tap the crouch and jump keys in rapid succession, making sure to land on crouch before you press jump.
Practice this move a few times in the Black Mesa Hazard Course. The single player game puts players into situations where mastery of the Long Jump Module will greatly increase chances of survival, so the Hazard Course is ideal for familiarizing yourself with the basics.
“Opposing Force” users can play Capture the Flag multiplayer matches. During these matches, warning sounds will announce when a nearby player has acquired the Long Jump Module. Be near those areas to shut down your enemy’s offensive before it can spiral out of control.
If you have enabled the console, you can spawn a Long Jump Module for yourself to use in-game by pressing the “~” key to open the console. Enter “item_longjump” without quotes and the module should spawn at your feet. It may also auto equip as soon as you close the console, so listen for the HEV suit message to confirm that you have it.
The Long Jump Module distance is shorter in multiplayer matches.
Xen has many islands that float above empty space. If you miss a long jump, you will fall to your doom.
The Long Jump Module is only on "Half Life 1"-engine games.
Richard Bashara writes for various entertainment and technology publishers. He has been covering topics such as dating, Comic-Con and the technology trade since 2007. Bashara holds a B.A. in writing.