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.Read full description
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.
It seems, every HL game needs at least one expansion that is crap, compared to the others. Then again, it would be unfair, to call this game the Blue Shift of HL2. For one, the story is still pretty strong here, and you can get a good 5 hours of gameplay out of this, which is really rather good, it just feels short...really really short. At least, you're in good company. Alyx almost never leaves your side here, and she is an awesome character. She is obviously scripted, yet you almost feel like there's a real person beside you. There are times, when i find myself answering to her chatter. Yes, it is that well written. Oh, and don't forget, the suppression field is down, so it's time to get busy! ;)
The first Game I ever played. I remember being 10 and booting this puppy on the family Mac. I remember thinking about nothing but the game for the next year and a half. I found my best friend through the game. I still play it today, and every time I play it I feel like a kid again. I just love the universe in which it takes place.
Half-Life 2: Episode 1 offers everything we saw in the original game, but improving weaknesses and adding new and interesting elements. A better cautious and bearable argument reveals certain pending doubts and engages the player actively. Buy recommended for lovers of shooters, and also does not require you to have Half-Life 2, as it works independently.
Though much shorter in comparison to Half-Life-2, Episode One brings plenty of new things to the series, not to mention it advances the plot and sets the ground for the massive cliffhanger that is Episode Two. With the exception of the "Zombines", the are now new enemies or weapons. There is a however an addition that definitely makes the game worth it: Alyx, which was a major NPC previously that only helped in battle briefly near the end of Half-Life 2 is now your companion (and friend, not to mention potential love interest) for the entirety of the game. She is much more human than most other sidekicks in gaming and also very capable and helpful (she can do the things that you aren't allowed to, essentially). The graphics are improved (the image of City 17 in ruins is very well-done), some of the puzzles are more imaginative than ever and the finale complete with a strider battle and NPC rescue sequence (also, Barney is present in this one; too bad this is the last we see of him canonically). The soundtrack is also mostly new (which is commendable), with some tracks that are especially memorable. All in all, while not as remarkable as the rest of the games in the franchise, the high quality that the series is known for is present here as well.
Half-Life 2: Episode 1 continues after the cliffhanger of HL2. Several Vortigaunts rescue Gordon Freeman and Alyx from stasis. Right afterwards, the threat of an imminent explosion from the damaged citadel as a result of the climax of the earlier game looms over the protagonists. From there on, Gordon and his sidekick must ensure they have enough time to escape and survive the disordered Combine force and hostile alien lifeforms that still lurk in City 17. The only allies they have are the remaining rebel force. With that said, the story and the realistic aftermath are to be praised in this game. Though gameplay received minor tweaks, it is still solid, with the fast paced action and suspense present. While the game does end the suspense left from HL2, Episode 1 is woefully short. It can be completed within at least 5 hours. To make matters worse, the game then leaves another cliffhanger for Episode 2 to take place. Given the short length and overall lack of new content, I give the game a C for allowing fans to alleviate their wait but were then presented with more waiting for Episode 2 after being forced to deal with a short sequel.
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