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You guys knew this was going to be released sooner of later, right? XD Let's talk about these human-like creatures, shall we?
To make the game seem more beefy and bulky, instead of just headcrabs and zombies, the Combine are going to be your primary enemy in the Half-Life Two game. They usually attack in force, and travel in general groups of four, or pairs of two at the smallest, especially out in the open, and will obviously try and kill you with their guns.
Your best chance at taking the Combine forces down are to attack them at close-range while taking cover constantly, and aiming for the head. The best weapon against the Comine is the .357 Magnum, which deals great damage even if it isn't the head. The trouble is that this weapon isn't available at the beginning of the game, so you're stuck with SMGs and pistols. You will not want to attack the Combine at long-range too often, as it isn't accurate all that much with weapons like the SMG and the AR2, but all the same, the Combine will be using these weapons too, but you wouldn't want to allow your life to hang in balance when five or six Combine are shooting at one Gordon Freeman and missing a little bit when there's only one Gordon Freeman, shooting at five or six Combine, and missing a little bit. Know what I'm saying? =D Fortunately for you, the Combine tend to charge at you when they've spotted you, so you'll have a better chance of engaging with them close-range than long-range, and have a better chance of hitting them in the head with whichever weapon you decide to use against them, and you can use the chance while they're charing at you to find a decent spot to avoid fire.
Headshots are the main thing to remember when dealing with the Combine, as the Combine are the most suitable enemies for headshots, are they not? Put it another way, they are heavily armoured from below the head, so it would be a wise choice to go for headshots rather than just flare and sweep at them with your guns. Dealing them more damage than they deal you is the main objective to this, and giving them plenty of headshots will definitely help. Giving them as many headshots as possible will return us to the first tip, which is to best engage them in close-range.
Hope my little guide helped, enjoy yourselves! Have fun. ;)
Notes: Good choice with the .357, but the shotgun is also very good at close-range. When dealing with elites, prepare your gravity gun, to give'em back their balls. Also you can use ar2 secondary fire when they're in groups, because they have ar2 sec. fire ammo to refill yourself with them.
Civil protection are fools, if you see one from behind, be quiet and get closer with a crowbar in your hand. XD