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Gordon Freeman is dead (according to Mad Max)

Gordon Freeman in Mad Max
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Gordon Freeman in Mad Max

Half-Life hero Gordon Freeman was a tough guy. He survived an alien invasion of Earth, a trip to a hostile planet, and the best efforts of an extraterrestrial empire to keep him from overthrowing its chosen ruler of City 17. Yet as the sharp-eyed Imgur user Swagmastavondagmasta discovered, he didn't have what it takes to survive in the cruel Australian wasteland.

These images, from the recently-released Mad Max, leave no doubt. The bespectacled corpse, the severed arm still gripping a crowbar, and the brilliant orange "3" painted on the side of a crate all point to one inescapable conclusion: Freeman is toast. It's a grim reminder of the fragility of life, and of dreams. Because can Half-Life 3 ever really be confirmed without the Freeman?

Actually, maybe it can. This isn't the first time that Gordo has come to grief in a post-apocalyptic hellscape: He's also turned up dead in Metro 2033 and STALKER. I guess it's hard to keep a good theoretical physicist down.

Thanks, GamesRadar.

Gordon Freeman in Mad Max

Gordon Freeman in Mad Max

(This is poor Gord in Metro 2033. He really gets around.)

(This is poor Gord in Metro 2033.)

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