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.
Half-Life 2: Episode One is the first of a series of stand-alone episodes based on HL2, the popular and acclaimed shooter epic. This episode takes place right after the events in HL2, as Gordon and Alyx flee from City 17, fighting against creatures who were previous blocked from entering the city. The Citadel you assaulted in HL2 is tumbling into chaos, and this event will have catastrophic effects on the surrounding area, prompting your escape. Secondary characters Alyx and Dog will have a much more significant role in this follow-up. Graphics were improved a lot. I recommend this masterpiece to everyone!
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.
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