Half Life 2: Episode 1
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Half-Life 2 has sold over 4 million copies worldwide, and earned over 35 Game of the Year Awards. Episode One is the first in a series of games that reveal the aftermath of Half-Life 2 and launch a journey beyond City 17. Also features two multiplayer games. Half-Life 2 not required.
Must play after Half Life 2abelegu2 | Jan. 16, 2015 | See all abelegu2's reviews »
This game is a must-play, simply because the first game in the series leaves such a gigantic plot-hole (pretty literally, even), that you'll need to jump into this Episode promptly after you're done. Granted, it's a little too short to be entirely satisfying, it feels more like an update than a whole "episode", but it does introduce a few new concepts and fun enemies/levels.
I would recommend getting the whole HL2 (or Half Life Complete) Pack, better bang for the buck, but definitely a must play.
The next chaptervipe_1 | Dec. 15, 2014 | See all vipe_1's reviews »
Half Life 2: Episode 1 is a direct sequel to the events of Half Life 2, putting Gordon Freeman on his way out of City 17.
This game is very similar to HL2, with a nice bump to graphics from the original game. Most of the action takes place in the city, and is fast paced and generally challenging. You will tag along with Alex Vance for virtually the entire length, and her character is not only fun to go through the story with, but is one of the few quality AI companions in the video game genre. The amount of other friendly NPCs is nice as well.
The Episode is somewhat short, lasting only a handful of hours. Still, the extra content added to the Gordon Freeman story is well worth the trip and a must for Half Life fans.
Sequels are always good, but...Fourclops | Sept. 1, 2014 | See all Fourclops's reviews »
Cutting the story very abruptly and starting it back again in another "expansion" of the game, seems a little unnecessary. Then again, it leaves a lot of expectation and suspense for the player The game continues with the same amazingness from the first part, and then ends again for a final chapter. HL2 Episode 2 I'm glad the game doesn't cost much, otherwise I'd feel cheated, and it does give you a great backstory for what's next
The first Chapter to an amazing Seriesalanmaz567 | July 3, 2014 | See all alanmaz567's reviews »
The game is 4 hours long and the gameplay plays like the other half-life games. The storyline is good and the places you visit in the game are amazing, this is my second half-life game so i can't say it's the best one because of it's short campaign. The Requirements to play this game are low and the graphics aren't amazing but somehow they found a way to make the environment look amazing. It runs on the source engine, like most of Valve's games. I would definitely recommend this game to someone that hasn't played one of the Half-life games and would like to give them a try. The price is a bit high for a short episode in an amazing series and should be a little bit cheaper in my opinion. Wait for a sale on this episode and buy it, you won't regret it.
More of the same, but the same is all goodmugaro | June 16, 2014 | See all mugaro's reviews »
Appreciate the different route that episode 1 takes. In pretty much every FPS, you start out with a knife/crowbar/axe or whatever melee weapon, then you get a pistol, then a SMG, and by the end of the game you have the BFG/rocket launcher/golden gun. HL2 episode 1 takes a different approach, where you start out at maximum power and eventually end up at your weakest.
Anyway, the story in the half life universe is interesting enough that this is work paying attention to. You spend almost the entire game with Alyx Vance, a really cool character from Half Life 2. Is there a romantic connection between her and Gordon Freeman? Cast your own fan theory.
Get the Half life anthology pack or Half life 2 complete pack, this game will be included and it's definitely worth playing through. Added bonus: be a true hero & get the "One Free Bullet" achievement!