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Half-Life® 2: Episode Two is the second in a trilogy of new games created by Valve that extends the award-winning and best-selling Half-Life® adventure.
As Dr. Gordon Freeman, you were last seen exiting City 17 with Alyx Vance as the Citadel erupted amidst a storm of unknown proportions. In Episode Two, you must battle and race against Combine forces as you traverse the White Forest to deliver a crucial information packet stolen from the Citadel to an enclave of fellow resistance scientists.
Episode Two extends the award-winning Half-Life gameplay with unique weapons, vehicles, and newly-spawned creatures.
By this time, i was deep into valve mythology. The Cake is a Lie, and I'm prepared for unforseen consequences, but what happened to the cat? Anyway, this final episode is even more story driven then the rest. You team up with Alyx again, and also, a lot of Vortigauns, in order, to get to the base of the resistance, and stop the combine from sending reinforcements once and for all. The action is pretty intense, especially at the last battle, but the whole game is one action scene after the other. For the most part, you drive the buggy, and this time around the maps are so huge, that it's practically an open world adventure. The end is a cliffhanger. A long time unresolved one at that. Ifthat kind of thing bothers you...forget it, even then you should give this series a chance. Since i purchased it 2 weeks ago i litarry didn't play anything else, and i loved every second of it. These games are damn near perfect, and even those who doesn1t like first person shooters should give them a try.
Have you ever thought why Ep3 was never created? After the completion of Ep2 you can easily find the answer to that question. I would say it's because it would be hard to beat Ep2! Let's not be afraid of words, in the second episode Valve went another mile creating something so grand. New adversaries, more G-mans, the appearance of many interesting story lines, and the epic ending, what fans of the series could want more? Valve fulfilled the dreams of many fans by releasing Ep2. Unfortunately, after the completion of such a sensational game, in addition to the obvious feeling of satisfaction, there is also the feeling of slight sadness as it is invariably the last part of the series for many years.
If you didn't fall in love with Zoey, this is the time, to do it. After a rather disappointing(in valve standards) episode one, HL2 returns with an expansion, that exceeded my expectations. While there is nothing really new here, they reused the old parts of the games so masterfully, that i don't even mind. This episode is around 6-8 hours, but boy, a lot happens in that short time. You will get to know the vortigauns a lot better, you get to drive almost open world style, fight zombines, and then finally meet with your enemies face to face. Or you know...whatever they have instead... The new characters enrich the world greatly. Dr.Magnusson...I'm really sorry for your lunch...i hope you can forgive me, i was a kid, and pressed every button i could find XD The weakes point in HL2 was the boss fights, and boy...do we get a great one here finally! That last battle is so epic, so intense and i felt so great when I was able to take out the last Stryder in the very last second.... The story is superb as usual. We also get hints, that Portal and HL are really in the same universe, and then....the mother of all cliffhangers.... :/ Please, make HL3 Valve...please...
I won't get into any spoilers, but this game deserves to get some closure, or maybe the fans do. Anyway this was my favorite part of HL2, and it should get an ending. HL2:EP2:PT2, HL2:EP3 or HL3 doesn't really matter. Anyhow this game feels a bit lost when there is no continuation. But if you've enjoyed HL2, you should pick up Episode 1 and 2. If you haven't played any Half-Life games, do it now!
I wish it was longer, mostly just because it's so good. Everything is just right. I have to be realistic that Half Life 3 will never come. This game utilizes more of the Vortigaunts. After fighting beside them, I really want to play as one. The puzzles aren't overbearing, and the combat just feels good. I love the iconic sound design and the soundtrack. It's one of those games you don't want to finish because then it will be over. Guess I can just start over. I guess in some ways the levels are linear but I really don't mind. It's just the way I like it and at a really great price!
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