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
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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.
As I wrote in the title, if Half Life 2 was released today it would still be awesome. And that really says a lot about this game, because it was released in 2004. It's really hard to imagine a game that would hold up graphically and gameplay-wise after 12 years. Take the original Doom, for example. It was released in 1993. In 2005, 12 years later, you know what game was already out? Half Life 2. Now compare these two games and you'll have an idea why HL2 is so praised. Because, even today, and I repeat, 12 years after the original release, you won't see much difference between fps's of today and HL2. And that's because HL2 is so groundbreaking that it set a standard that lasts to this day, and everyone wants to make a game that's a least on par with it. Get it. Play it. See how history was written.
Despite the game being 12 year old, it is still jaw dropping and extremely fun to play. The graphics hold up, and the sound design is great. The story and atmosphere are strong, and the gunplay is very fun and fluid. The best part of the game is the realistic physics, and how it challenges you to think like you would in the real world. For example, near the beginning of the game, you have to stack boxes to get out of a window. You can also kill enemies in many different and creative ways. You can shoot almost anything at them with the gravity gun, pick up a turret and make it shoot people, etc. Overall, this game is a classic and is a must have.
Considering how good Half-Life was, Half-Life 2 is even better. I really thought there was no way to make a game like that and don't spoil all the fun. Half-Life 2 is a masterpiece in every single aspect you may think about the game (except maybe music, I never liked the soundtrack of the whole series). Storyline, gameplay, graphics and... physics! Because the source engine worked like a charm and you didn't even had to have the most outstanding pc in the market. Half-Life 2 even has the time to challenge you with puzzles based on physics. The first time I saw something like that, and nowadays every single game has something like it. But Half-Life 2 is a FPS (well, you know there is more to it than meets the eye), and shooting is also great. Powered by those rag doll tools you'll feel like you are playing Max Payne from a first person perspective. Physics plus rag doll equals perfection. Go for it, no matter in which situation you are reading this. If you've played the first one there is no way you won't like this, and if this is your first Half-Life experience (which shouldn't be) you will love it too.
The game Half-Life 2 has one of the best game stories and some of the best game play in current PC/Steam gaming. The many supporters of this "must have" game are awaiting more from Valve. Some believe that the game is ready to be release while others believe it's nothing more than just a myth or rumor. Believers of Half-Life 3's existence think Valve is just waiting to release the game for the anniversary of Half-Life or some other important date. Nonetheless Half-Life 3 is most likely on the "Valve game backburner" just patiently waiting to be worked on. Valve is working on other games along with upkeep for Team Fortress 2. Also, a game mod for Half-Life which is well known on Youtube and by many Half-Life gamers called The Hidden was released on September 8th, 2007 (as a free mod/download), which was lots of added icing to the stacked cake that Valve is. If you are reading this review right now, Get This Game! Honestly you'd be stupid not to. It is well worth the money to buy it. I myself have replayed the game over and over again many times because of how great and fun the gameplay is. Valve created something special when it released Half-Life 2, and now we are all just waiting for more greatness from Valve and Half-Life.
There is a reason why this game is on top of the "50 games you must play before you die" list. Even though it came out more than a decade ago, Half-Life 2 is one of these games that don't age, a truly timeless classic. As pointed out by other reviewers, there are some people that consider it overhyped and average, and while there is some truth to that (considering the squad AI of your comrades present in short events near the end of the game, the AI of the Combine grunts, regular soldiers and later elites you fight for the most part, some of the more uneventful driving parts present and also the newly gained, unexplained Messiah status Gordon has throughout the entirety of the campaign; all in all, it's perhaps the amalgam of genres Valve tried to put in the game compared to the pure platformer FPS experience that was Half-Life 1 that displeased so many fans). Still, there are too many redeeming factors to ignore: the aforementioned mix of genres can be quite the strength too at times, offering variety and a sense of never getting stale to the game; the story, though not the central aspect, is excellent - particularly the realistic portrayal of an alien invasion; the gameplay is solid as always with the Half-Life franchise, though the weapons aren't as satisfying as in the previous title; finally, the physics engine brought by the new source engine is innovative and well-made, the graphics still hold up to this day and were definitely awe-inspiring when it came out, and the soundtrack is even better than before, featuring some truly unique and adrenaline pumping tracks. There is a lot more that can be said about this title, but I think the rest should be up to each potential fan to discover. Do know however that you should expect a different experience from the first Half-Life. While there are definitely connections and plenty of similarities between the two, they are meant to be different stories, each with a certain feel and purpose. I can guarantee that you won't regret buying Half-Life 2, especially at that low ball price!
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