Reviews and Problems with Half-Life 2: Episode Two
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Pro Evolution Soccer 2008
12 May 2008
Conclusion: Many Wii games are seen to cater more towards the so-called casual audience as opposed to the hardcore gamer. This certainly was the case with FIFA 08 which completely missed the boat in terms of single player offerings. The Wii version of Pro Evolution Soccer 2008, however, seems to be a healthy blend between the two, leaning more towards the hardcore crowd.
Excerpt: While console gamers have been squabbling over which system has the best FPS (the Xbox 360 with Halo 3 if you want our opinion), PC gamers have been quietly waiting for their own FPS masterpiece to arrive. Half-Life 2 pretty much started next-gen gaming back in 2004 and developer Valve has now finally managed to release part 3 of the Half-Life 2 story: Half-Life 2: Episode Two.
Excerpt: Garden Gnomes. Just when I honestly thought that Valve couldn’t do anything more to enhance the Half-Life universe, they go in and add Garden Gnomes, just to show that they have a sense of humor in addition to their immense talent at creating compelling, entertaining video games. Let me elaborate. In one of the first areas in Episode Two , when you awaken from the giant explosion that closed the first chapter in this episodic trilogy, you encounter a Garden Gnome.
Episodic games: Half-Life Episode One & Two + Portal
28 December 2007
Excerpt: What’s the deal with episodic games? They’re not exactly a trend, but some of them did manage to pull it through and then some. But the problem is: are episodic games good for gaming humanity? Are they worth waiting and buying,...
Excerpt: Half Life games are quite possibly amongst the most revered PC titles of the recent years. And how could they not be? Both the original and its sequel pushed forward the boundaries of FPS story-telling, making players experience the story first hand, not through directed cinematics. That was not all they did however!
Excerpt: Episode 2 is the second stand-alone expansion pack for Valve’s Half-Life 2, released in 2004. It is packaged in the Orange Box with Portal and Team Fortress 2, which become Episode 2’s puzzle and multiplayer elements. The game itself is simply an extension of the single player story of Half-Life 2 with no new modes or weapons.
Excerpt: Bought separately or as part of “Orange Box” Half-Life 2: Episode 2 is just what the gaming public wants from Valve: more Half-Life 2 so handily crafted that one can’t help but restart the game immediately after the credits roll. The biggest departure from the other Half-Life 2 installments is there’s a lot less shooting to be found in Episode 2, but what shooting there is generally epic – particularly the extremely satisfying climatic battle.
Conclusion: There were times when I thought that such a short campaign was nothing more than a ploy to extort more money from addicted gamers like you and me. After playing the game, I had a strange feeling of accomplishment and I've reached the conclusion that it was just the right length. Simply put, it's the best one so far and I've started my own countdown to the final one. First person shooters just can't get any better that this.
Excerpt: . They might start off by complaining that it took two years for Valve Software to put together five hours of gameplay with a bunch of characters and gameplay ideas they recycled from previous games.