Reviews for Half-Life 2
Showed the Way ForwardAkiMatti | March 31, 2014 | See all AkiMatti's reviews »
HL2 came around at a time when fps games where stagnating a bit. It showed us how to keep it fresh by adding physics, great lip-syncing for its time and a breathtaking world made alive by the new Source engine.
There were just so many things that went right with this game I don't know where to begin. The combine was an intriguing enemy that offered many variations of enemies. Many NPCs were met along the way and many weapons which were all useful in different situations. Not to mention Gravity Gun, which was just SO cool as it was the first of its kind in fps games.
As much as could be said about the base game, there is also the side of HL2 that must be mentioned and that is the moddability. A huge array of mods have been released for the game, some as good in quality as AAA games.
But the main game has also very good replayability factor in it, still. If you have not experienced HL2 yet, I suggest you try it, if only to see where many of the tropes in this days video game genre originate from.
Possibly the best FPS madeMooliopunk | Feb. 14, 2014 | See all Mooliopunk's reviews »
To start with, Half Life 2 is a classic game. I am sure many of you will know that it is one of the most decorated games of all time and for a good reason too. The Source engine that it runs on allows for a very fulfilling game play experience, and it has a good range in the level of difficulty within the puzzles on each chapter. To add to that, it doesn't need a super computer to run it, unlike some FPS games on the market and the graphics are good, especially when you put them all up to max. Overall 96/100
The sequel to one of the best games in historyNikorasuSan | Feb. 10, 2014 | See all NikorasuSan's reviews »
Half-Life 2 puts the player back in the shoes, or rather Hazard Suit, of Gordon Freeman. This game, pretty much like its predecessor, set a standard in FPS games, if not in gaming in general.
This game is set some time after the events of the original game. The intro alone is breath-taking. For starters, we learn that everything did not go well at the end of the game, as we find an oppressed Earth, under the rule of the Combine. As the game progresses, we learn more and more details about what happened while Gordon was in stasis, but these are only bits and pieces of information. Not only do we learn this from conversations, but from the environments itself; by exploring, one will find small details revealing how the life was under the new role.
Now, as far as gameplay goes, there have been some improvements over the original game. There are new weapons, the most noticeable being the Gravity Gun, which provides a lot of freedom during combats, as you can use any object that's lying on the ground as a weapon, and it's also essential for some puzzles. The variety of weapons, and their different secondary functions, makes all of them viable, even in the late stages of the game.
Another addition to the gameplay are vehicles. There are two sections that involve them; the first one is the Airboat section in Water Hazard; and then there's the Buggy in Highway 17 and Sandtraps.
I could talk about this game the whole day, but it's better to experience it than to be told about it. Believe me when I say, you'll enjoy this game.
"An Innovating FPS"Maxxyboy1000 | Feb. 8, 2014 | See all Maxxyboy1000's reviews »
As a first person shooter, Half life 2 has innovating design and introduces a new standard to the overall gameplay experiences.
Gameplay In Half life 2, you do so much more than just blast random goons. From the get go, you offered the chance to explore the world around you (yes, this includes bumping into the guards causing their aggression). Once you've received your armour and first weapons, you can start having fun with the shooting and physics mechanics.
Story I won't spoil the story for you, but it involves the linear going after the evil character, but with the occasional plot twist and exciting side missions.
Design The graphics in half life 2 are pretty well done. The animations are smooth, the speech and character emotions are well portrayed, and each level feels not only unique but purposeful.
Overall, it's an innovating FPS, and something that sets the benchmark apart from modern & linear first person shooters. 87/100
Valve's Signaturechataolauj | Jan. 24, 2014 | See all chataolauj's reviews »
When you think of valve, what comes to mind first? No, I'm not talking about Steam, but that does come to mind too. I'm talking about Half-Life, the game of all games. I mean, this game is just incredible with it's story. It's an absolute classic that you will always play and never get bored of.
I just wish they would hurry it up and make a part 3 to add onto he series, but I'm pretty sure it's not coming anytime soon. They're more focused now on their Steam machines, which is understandable. Do buy this game. I repeat; DO BUY THIS GAME!!!
Must-Play for Gravity Gun Alone!NucularS | Jan. 12, 2014 | See all NucularS's reviews »
Half-Life 2 is a classic, which holds out exceptionally well years after release. Exceptional storytelling and a good balance of action and exploration, make this an enjoyable experience from start to finish. However, the experience is more cinematic than explorative, and protagonist’s inability to communicate takes away from overall immersion. This is where the game shows its age, while the graphics are still top notch, game mechanics belong to the 90s and 00s. In other words, it is a great FPS with a deep story, but not much interactivity or choice. Oh, and Gravity Gun!
What hasn't been said before about this?juxtaposed_j | Jan. 1, 2014 | See all juxtaposed_j's reviews »
The best FPS, revolutionised a lot of things within the genre, from the gravity gun, gameplay mechanics and deep storyline for a first-person shooter.
If you haven't played or experienced this game, what are you doing? Play it now!
An all-time FPS classicRedFrix | Dec. 2, 2013 | See all RedFrix's reviews »
Everything about this is epic, the plot, the events, the soundtrack, the enemies, the character development... Everything is perfect on this game, I'm not lying, I really did feel like I was into the City 17 world, even more if you use nowaday's technology like Oculus Rift or similar. It has quite a variety of hard puzzles and you'll most likely to get stuck most of the times if you don't search the map really carefully. So... A little time spending on a single map is most likely to happen. Simple utopia and zombie apocalypse world bundled together in a good way and you'll get a good awesome story as Half-Life 2, a really must buy game for everyone who still didn't play this yet.
Atmospheric classiccommanderhavoc | Dec. 2, 2013 | See all commanderhavoc's reviews »
Half Life 2 is one of those types of first person shooters that have a great atmosphere. And one place in the game unsettled a lot of players the first time they played the game and that place is Ravenholm. That place is an eerie ghost town where Headcrab zombies roam the streets and there are devious traps set to kill anything or anyone unlucky enough to get caught in them. And of course this is also the game that gave us the outstanding Gravity Gun which brought a whole new level to games when it came to physics puzzles as well as combat, yes you can pick up barrels and such to throw at any unlucky enemy infront of you. Also, you might wanna check out the two expansion packs for the game as they progress the story of the game further.
An Absolute Classiclachking | Dec. 1, 2013 | See all lachking's reviews »
An all time classic. Even after playing through Half-Life 2 countless times, I still get a great deal of fun out of playing it. Almost everything about the game is top notch: the levels, characters, music, sound and graphical style. The game's physics were at the time unheard of and still even today are quite good in how you can use the gravity gun to pick up and throw objects at enemies and to solve puzzles. As you play, you will see the characters develop and you will start to care about them and how they interact. The whole game being a long continuous level is also really cool as you can clearly see how the whole game links together. If I were to nitpick the game, the vehicle sections are a little too long, especially the car levels, but this is just a minor complaint really. If you haven't played this yet where have you been?!?!?
One of the best FPSirfanullahjan | Nov. 30, 2013 | See all irfanullahjan's reviews »
One of the best first person shooters that I have played. It has a long single player campaign and gives you some fun weapons to deal with variety of enemies. Environment is very interactive unlike many other games. Graphics are good enough to provide a decent gameplay experience. Very good story and the presentation is excellent so you feel immersed. I have played this multiple times and still enjoy it.
Game of the decadegforcesa | Nov. 29, 2013 | See all gforcesa's reviews »
Who hasn't played this game yet ? Like seriously before reading this go and play it.One of the greatest games ever created and game of the decade.Valve has never disappointed with any of their games and after HL1,HL2 is the next best thing.For a game that released in 2004 the graphics are great.Valve's Source engine is first introduced in Half Life 2 and Episode 1 and 2 after that.The main protagonist is yet again Gordon Freeman and almost at the beginning of the game you are in trouble again as usual.Probably the best gun in a video game is the physics gun with which you can pick up and throw light and heavy objects.If you still haven't played the Half Life games go and pick them up they are definetely worth the money.
WOW!beltmatt_usa | Nov. 29, 2013 | See all beltmatt_usa's reviews »
This game was way beyond its time...I played it recently and it is still a great game!
I am one of the few people in this world that have not played Half-Life 1, so I have nothing else to really base this game off of.
When I started playing I thought "yea people said this was cool, but that was like 10 years ago so it probably sucks..." I could not have been more wrong.
The controls with keyboard and mouse are as good as any FPS could be (not bad!). I prefer to play with a controller (yea yea I'm a filthy casual) and it is smooth. The graphic are good, for example when you see water in the game it is beautiful! The characters and story in the game are very memorable. After about 10 minutes of game play...when you first get a crow bar and start bashing anything you can find... you will love this game.
If you like FPS or great story games, this is for you! Also I am not normally a FPS fan (because I am a casual gamer) but this is by far the best one I have ever played!