Reviews for Half Life 2: Episode 2


Why you do this, Valve?

lconanl | March 23, 2016 | See all lconanl's reviews »

The exciting latest chapter in the Half-Life story (that will change soon, hopefully), Episode Two manages to innovate the franchise yet again. While not as lengthy as the first two titles in the series, it manages to deliver just as much, if not more, quality content than Half-Life 2. The setting is vastly different, moving from the landscapes of City 17 and its surroundings seen in previous games to large forested vistas, treacherous mines and also a missile silo that is one of the last anti-Combine strongholds on Earth. The driving sections also make a return, this time a lot more engaging and fun, considering you have a sidekick this time, Alyx (that is just as capable in combat as in Episode One), and the beautiful environments you'll be passing through in your attempt to escape the Combine and deliver a vital piece of information. There are also a few new mechanics introduced, but I'll leave that for you to discover. The soundtrack is, again, excellent and the plot is more intriguing than ever. You'll have to show yet again how much of badass you (Gordon Freeman that is) are by saving your friend Alyx from a near-death experience, making it safely to the missile base and finally single-handedly taking out a dozen of strider and twice more hunters (one of them alone was responsible for Alyx's near demise) in your mission to protect the launch of a rocket essential in the anti-Combine movement. The G-man also returns, more creepier than ever, the combine advisors are finally revealed (at least partially) and the final cliffhanger reminds us why the Half-Life's narrative is so unique, personal and profound (or at least, the way information is delivered to the player is). Fans of previous games should definitely buy this one, especially since it's the last entry in the series to date. I advise you to be prepared for the Big Wait if you do so.


The Last game so far from the series

LrmNick | Sept. 7, 2015 | See all LrmNick's reviews »

Half-Life 2 :Episode 2 brings back Gordon Freeman & Alyx Vance back to the most amazing fps series.It gives you a new experience by expanding the history from the other 2 games and including new enemies,this game is big as the Half-Life 2, this game created the meme Half-Life 3 confirmed, since it was released in 2007 and after that valve didn't create another Half-life so far,i is truly a masterpiece, a must buy, don't question me just press the "buy now" button


Last of Gordon Freeman...for now

vipe_1 | Dec. 15, 2014 | See all vipe_1's reviews »

Half Life 2: Episode 2 picks up right where Episode One left off...outside of City 17 and in the countryside. This is a unique chapter to the game, as you find yourself out in the hills/forests and away from general civilization. New enemies and elements of the story will be surprising and difficult. The game also has a very nice vehicle segment, and slowly driving away with City 17 in the distance is a terrific story effect. Once again, Alyx will be tagging along with you in your fight to survive. This Episode is a little more full featured and lengthier than the first. It's a quality amount of content and story that is a terrific end (for now) to the Half Life series.


Best Game Ever!

Icedwhisper | Sept. 18, 2014 | See all Icedwhisper's reviews »

I have played all the Half Life Games and this is by far the best! It not only gives you a new super cool ride, new weapon, new chapters, but also the new enemy called 'Hunter'. The Gameplay is just awesome and the graphics are just amazing. It adds a lot to the story and to what really is happening. Definitely worth the price and time you'll invest in this super awesome game!


And so it ends, for now

Fourclops | Sept. 1, 2014 | See all Fourclops's reviews »

Finishing the Half Life 2 story, this episode did a really great job to catch the whole topic and deliver it very well at the end, with a very obvious cliffhanger for the next Half Life game (let's hope it comes out soon) Gameplay wise, they polished most of the controls without actually changing much. Why fix what isn't broken??? I still wonder why make the episodes separate games instead of expansions to the first HL2, or release it all thogether, but they sure have their reasons


Fantastic game!

MaccN2 | Aug. 13, 2014 | See all MaccN2's reviews »

his game hit me so hard. I have been a fan of the Half Life series since it first hit the scene and was pretty excited when Valve decided to take the series in an episodic route. Half Life 2 was just so captivating and the environment so believable. The gameplay was top notch and the story compelling. very good!


Epic sequel

Romy68 | Aug. 12, 2014 | See all Romy68's reviews »

Definitely better than Episode 1, it provides an amazing gaming experience, rarely to be found in any FPS out there. Sound, story, even graphics for the mid 2000s', everything fits perfectly one with each other. Simply a masterpiece, a must have if for some reason you didn't buy by now.


Half Life 2 with actual new stuff added

mugaro | June 16, 2014 | See all mugaro's reviews »

A lot of people said episode 1 didn't offer much new, and they were correct. Episode 2 offers quite a bit new stuff to the Half Life universe. The story is actually really interesting and surprisingly heart breaking for a Half Life game. If you played through half life 1, you'd be surprised at how much depth in the story, writing, voice acting and what not went into this game when Half Life 1's story was pretty bare bones. We're still waiting for Episode 3, we all want to know what happens. As of writing this, it's 2014 and we've been toiling on the cliff hanger of Episode 2 for 7 years. Pick up this game and the entire Half Life collection, get in on the know. Join the rest of us that have been clamoring for a sequel to this masterpiece series since 2007.


A game that is sure to move you

xborcx | April 16, 2014 | See all xborcx's reviews »

This This game hit me so hard. I have been a fan of the Half Life series since it first hit the scene and was pretty excited when Valve decided to take the series in an episodic route. Half Life 2 was just so captivating and the environment so believable. The gameplay was top notch and the story compelling. When Episode 1 hit I wanted more and man I think we all get more than we could handle with Episode 2. The story in this game packed such a bunch and then the end comes and it is still one of the most heartbreaking things I have seen in gaming. Typing this out and reflecting on this game is giving me chills. Absolutely get this game, and absolutely join us all in the insanity that is waiting for the next installment.


The Pinnacle of the Series - So Far

AkiMatti | March 31, 2014 | See all AkiMatti's reviews »

The old Source engine has been taken to new lengths again as Gordon goes through totally different environments compared to the last episode. Cityscapes have changed to rural countryside and forests. The gameplay is paced very well and the player feels like making progress all the time. Some new enemies are also introduced and some old ones are also reacquainted. Vehicles are in a more prominent role and they work well enough, though for my tastes there could've been less of them. The plot goes forward a lot, but I won't tell anymore of that in case you haven't played this gem yet. The ending leaves us at a cliffhanger like no other. Episode 3, pls?


Episode Two: Gordon's story continues

NikorasuSan | Feb. 22, 2014 | See all NikorasuSan's reviews »

Half-Life 2: Episode Two is the last (so far) entry in the Half-Life franchise. It continues what some call "the Half-Life 2 story arc", following directly after Episode One. Here, Gordon and Alyx must race against the Combine in order to reach White Forest, one of the largest Resistance bases in Sector 17. Now, as far as gameplay goes, it remains faithful to what we've come to expect in a Half-Life game. The Gravity Gun is still there, the puzzles are still there, and the action, is also there. However, this game offers new things: new enemies, like the Hunters, which, given their speed and strength, offer a great challenge, even for an expert Half-Life challenge. There's also a new weapon, although not one that the player directly controls: the Magnusson Device, which offers a good way of taking down Striders, although Hunters will make sure it's not as easy as one would like. As far as environments go, this game makes the Source engine shine, at least for the era it was released in. From the destroyed City 17 in the distance, going through the Victory Mines, up to White Forest and the surrounding environments... They all look magnificent. Not only that, the destruction sequences in this game (caused by the Portal Storms) are quite impressive. This game is a bit longer than Episode One, but not as long as Half-Life 2. Still, it's got a lot of tense moments and a great cliffhanger which, sadly, has not been resolved up to this day. I still recommend it, but be warned, once you finish it, you'll join us in the wait for Half-Life 3.


The Best Half-Life Has to Offer

lachking | Dec. 18, 2013 | See all lachking's reviews »

Episode 2 takes place directly after the events of Episode 1 and is quite possibly the highlight of the entire Half-Life series to date. After the underwhelming Episode 1, Episode 2 has many plot twists which are really grabbing and may even make you cry a little (I won't mention what actually happens so that I don't spoil plot points for people who haven't played this). Episode 2 takes you to a variety of locations on the outskirts of City 17 such as mines, forests, antlion nests, country towns as well as the White Forest silo base. There is also a good mix of combat and puzzle solving with strong level design. The new hunter enemy is also interesting and will provide for some tense battles with its initial encounter being quite a shock to behold. The graphics and presentation are still essentially the same as Episode 1 and look great, and the game's audio and voice acting provides a good mix between the humorous and serious. Episode 2 has so much going for it and flawlessly showcases the capabilities of Half-Life. Where is Episode 3/ Half Life 3 Gabe??