Half-Life 2

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Half-Life 2 is a first-person shooter adventure game for Windows, XBox, and Macintosh. It was released on November 16, 2004 by Valve.

Review

Good

  • The 3D engine was awfully impressive at the time featuring water reflection, fog, dynamic lighting, light blinding, cast shadows, focus changing, etc.
  • The weapons feature a nice gradual increase in power that allows you to feel like you're becoming stronger as the game progresses.
  • The Ravenholm chapter is deliciously terrifying. One of the scariest experiences I've ever had with a game.
  • There are a lot of secret areas in the game which aides in the replay value.

Bad

  • The NPCs continue to talk even if you're out of earshot which means you can often miss dialogue.
  • There are a few points where the game gets dull and repetitious, like the highway section.
  • Some of the puzzles are tedious, especially jumping puzzles. Not touching the sand in the sand lions section was especially annoying.

Ugly

  • This game doesn't really have any serious faults.


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