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.
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!
Run to the hills!AkiMatti | March 31, 2014 | See all AkiMatti's reviews »
Episode 1 is a logical sequel to Half-Life 2 which begins exactly where the last game ended. The G-Man again shows his extraordinary powers over time and space but even he does not have everything in control as he soon discovers.
Gordon, our lovable protagonist, gets to follow Alyx through City 17 and beyond. A great cataclysm is about to happen as the Citadel is crumbling down to its core and City 17 is not a place to be when it happens.
The mechanics are familiar from HL2, but everything has been taken up a notch. The fights are harder, the atmosphere is more pressing and all in all Gordon does not seem to be at the top of the situation at all times.
The game has suspense and great fps gameplay, only the plot does not go forward as much as one would like. Still, a necessary part of the game series and worth checkin out.
Half-Life goes onNikorasuSan | Feb. 17, 2014 | See all NikorasuSan's reviews »
Half-Life 2: Episode One is the continuation of Gordon Freeman's adventure. This game starts shortly after the end of Half-Life 2, and it deals with the consequences of Gordon's actions during his brief time at City 17.
The aesthetics of the game are very well designed. Seeing the previously cold and clean Citadel falling apart after the destruction of its teleporter gives a good sense of the repercusions of Half-Life 2's final battle. Not only that, but we do get to see the aftermath of the Uprising in the streets of City 17, and the massive evacuation planned designed by the Rebels. It also has quite of a horror vibe to it, in the underground areas; even with Alyx's company, you'll still feel a sense of danger while exploring those tunnels.
As for gameplay, this game offers the same weapons as its predecessor, with the lack of the bugbait. Still, it introduces new enemies, the Zombine, and the Stalker, and there's also a brief appearance of a future enemy.
This game's length is rather short, of a couple hours. Even then, it's packed full of action and intense moments. If you're a fan of the series, you'll enjoy it.