Reviews and Problems with Half-Life 2: Episode Two
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Half-Life 2: Episode Two review (PC)
12 July 2008
Excerpt: Half-Life 2: Episode Two gets it right. There is very little of the plodding, stalling, and rehashing of old ideas that was found in the previous episode. What tedium this game does contain, Valve more or less gets out of its system early on, and once the adventure truly gets moving, it’s a...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Others would complain that it's been almost three years since
Excerpt: TV shows don’t get this many delays… To say that Half Life 2 was a great game would be a massive understatement; it was long, deep, had masses of variety and masses of guns. Mix into this the improvised combat and source engine physics puzzles brought in by the gravity gun and you had a game with a...
Pros: Continues the saga, yay!, solid shooter model, quite simple, interesting physics based puzzles, deep, goes quite far
Cons: doesn’t finish much off, graphics still a little dated
Excerpt: OK, so here we are with Half Life 2; Episode 2. Valve released the episodic content for Half Life 2 with the intension of quicker releases instead of us gamers waiting for a whole new game which can take years to produce.