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.
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.
Army of gamers waited long time to see new adventures of Gordon Freeman main character of one of the best games in history Half Life. Half Life 2 continues Freeman's adventures in City17 where he arrives by G-Man's order and of course one more time changes and shapes the future. Game physics and mechanics set standards and homework for game developers in years to come. Awesome graphics, with astonishing surroundings and great textures will keep you in front of the screen for many many hours. Story has its ups or downs, often leaves more misteries than answered questions (even from the first game) but even with that minor flaw is once again set new levels for AAA games. Legendary classic.
Remember, when John Romero promised a game, that will be so good, that it will take every other game a decade to catch up to it, then never delivered? Well, Valve just released a game like that for the second time! After the first game, Gordon Freeman stays in hibernation for a long time, and then returns to a dystopian earth, that has been conquered bi the combine, an intergalactic empire, of slug like Darth Vaders. With the help of his old friends, and some new enemies turned allies, he takes up the fight against the empire, and i assume will win...eventually... Half Life 2 is simply put perfect. The story is stellar, the npcs are just awesome, especially the Vortigauns. They always crack me up. The best part is, that you almost always discover new things with every playthrough, for example, i never noticed the cook before. This game is a must have. The first is history, but this...this game is still standing strong, and could actually be released today, and would get a better score then the most recent COD.
First Half-Life game was vast, original and climatic. Half-Life 2 took best aspects from it and brought them to perfection. Being a singeplayer linear game Half-Life 2 has great replay value thanks to variability of weapons, enemies and locations. Befere you get bored of one thing, game gives you something new.
The first Game I ever played. I remeber 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.
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