1998 HALF-LIFE sends a shock through the game industry with its combination of pounding action and continuous, immersive storytelling. Valve's debut title wins more than 50 game-of-the-year awards on its way to being named "Best PC Game Ever" by PC Gamer, and launches a franchise with more than eight million retail units sold worldwide.Read full description
1998 HALF-LIFE sends a shock through the game industry with its combination of pounding action and continuous, immersive storytelling. Valve's debut title wins more than 50 game-of-the-year awards on its way to being named "Best PC Game Ever" by PC Gamer, and launches a franchise with more than eight million retail units sold worldwide.
NOW. By taking the suspense, challenge and visceral charge of the original, and adding startling new realism and responsiveness, Half-Life 2 opens the door to a world where the player's presence affects everything around him, from the physical environment to the behaviors even the emotions of both friends and enemies.
The player again picks up the crowbar of research scientist Gordon Freeman, who finds himself on an alien-infested Earth being picked to the bone, its resources depleted, its populace dwindling. Freeman is thrust into the unenviable role of rescuing the world from the wrong he unleashed back at Black Mesa. And a lot of people he cares about are counting on him.
The intense, real-time gameplay of Half-Life 2 is made possible only by Source®, Valve's new proprietary engine technology. Source provides major enhancements in:
Characters: Advanced facial animation system delivers the most sophisticated in-game characters ever seen. With 40 distinct facial "muscles," human characters convey the full array of human emotion, and respond to the player with fluidity and intelligence
Physics: From pebbles to water to 2-ton trucks respond as expected, as they obey the laws of mass, friction, gravity, and buoyancy.
Graphics: Source's shader-based renderer, like the one used at Pixar to create movies such as Toy Story® and Monster's, Inc.®, creates the most beautiful and realistic environments ever seen in a video game.
AI: Neither friends nor enemies charge blindly into the fray. They can assess threats, navigate tricky terrain, and fashion weapons from whatever is at hand.
Half-Life 2 marked before and after in the gaming history when it was released by Valve in 2004, the game actually blew everyone away (Including me) by how this game was way ahead of it's time. Even today, still a really good and enjoyable game with amazing visuals and incredible mechanics that most game drew inspiration from or try to copy the formula. Freeman is the best protagonist, G-man the best mysterious man in the world and the story of the game it's just... Perfect. Rise and shine, Mr Freeman... Rise and Shine. I definitely recommend this gem.
Half-Life 2 and other Valve games were the first I ever bought when I bought a PC and started using Steam. It is a must for any PC gamer. You will love the story, the action, the AI, the maps, the puzzles, it is all just so worth it for the cheap price (especially $2.00 at time of this review). Go get and play it.
I stated, that the first game could be released today, as an indie game easily. Well, this one could be released as a AAA game, and would still dominate market! I don't remember when was the last time i had so much fun with a single player fps! The story continues, and this time around, the whole world is conquered by an alien race. There are a fwew monsters, but mainly, you will have to fight commandoes, which is great, it was the best part of the first game! The new weapons are truly great, and even the old ones work way better, then in the first game. Here, evena pistol is deadly. The graphics are just phenomenal. They are way better then anaything when it came out, and still look pretty to this day! The best part? It runs so smootly! It always did, on anything, it's truly a marvel of programing. The game isn't short. In fact, it's a good 10 hours, or even more, yet...it's never enough of this game.
Half Life 2 is a legendary game. VALVE created this game in 2004 and surprisingly it gets very positive ratings all the time. Well, I must admit that Half Life 2 is really a masterpiece. Gameplay is amazing. We run and destroy everything that gets in the way. Despite all that years, the characters look great and I have to say I like Alyx Vance. The climate of the game is also great, especially in Ravenholm where there are a lot of zombies and every sound scared me in this deserted city. Must have as this game is legendary.
The gameplay can be a bit dated, but honestly it's not bad at all. The strongest part of this game is it's presentation from the beginning of the game to the end, the story gets presented in a quick, yet interesting way.The puzzles are also entertaining to do, but not too hard to solve. In the end, I honestly wish Half Life 3 was confirmed because I would love to play another game like this.
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