Excerpt: Ok, to start, Half Life was deemed to be probably the best first person action game ever made on the PC. So with this tough act to follow, Half Life 2 comes crashing onto consoles everywhere, but how does it compare to its amazing predecessor? Well, it does a stand up job. Following on from the events of the first game, you reprise your role as Gordon Freeman, the dimensional crossing scientist from Black Mesa.
Excerpt: Honestly, there was a time where I wasn't even sure that the long awaited sequel to Half-life was going to make it to the Xbox. Some months after the release of the critically acclaimed PC version, the Xbox version finally comes out and while one can't help but wonder how the two compares, let it be known that Xbox owners will find an excellent single player story in the game that they have been waiting patiently for.
Pros: Amazing visual presentation, Action offers a lot of variety, Excellent story and well developed gameworld, Fun weapons to use
Excerpt: throws the player into an eerily realistic, theoretically conceivable, and visually staggering George Orwell-inspired game world where a certain Dr. Gordon FreemanÃ¢â‚¬â€�rogue physicist and survivor of the original gameÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Black Mesa incidentÃ¢â‚¬â€�arrives at central City 17, only to be swiftly steered into the hands of a resistance force working to bring down the suppressive administration.
Excerpt: The story starts off fairly simple. You're once again playing the role of Gordan Freeman. He's a scientist, an unlikely hero, and the savior of the world. He's also been thrown into an oppressive police state. First person shooters are big business nowadays. There's a zillion and one World War II titles on the market, a couple million science-fiction shooters, and thousands of realistic combat shooters. It wasn't always this way, though.
Excerpt: First released way back in 2004, Half Life 2 is certainly the most aged title to be included in The Orange Box. However, its inclusion in Valve’s recent compendium of excellence is a welcome one, as it gives 360, and in time PS3 owners, a chance to play one of three greatest FPS games in recent history. Unlike the Xbox release from a few years ago, this version of the game showcases Half Life 2 in all its glory, with not one nagging problem ruining the experience.
Conclusion: Clearly the PS2 couldn’t have handled this game, and this seems a little late on parade for the Xbox with a new Microsoft console just about to arrive – it’s bound to affect sales detrimentally, but whether you’re going to be an early 360 adopter or not this is a game that you need to play, so save some of the 360 budget for this gem, as I’m sure it’ll be one of the ones that plays on that.
Pros: Visuals, Characters, Storyline, Acting, Physics, I want a gravity gun and DOG for Christmas please.
Cons: Twitchy controls, Less than solid frame rate.
Summary: A year after tearing-up PCs and winning a clutch of ‘game of the year’ awards, Half-Life 2 is finally blasting its way onto the Xbox. But even though Microsoft’s gaming breezeblock shouldn’t be able to handle Valve’s gloomy classic – the PC game required five times the amount of RAM available on the Xbox, don’t you know – the developers have shoehorned just about everything from the original adventure onto a single Xbox disc.
Conclusion: Without a doubt this the finest single player game of any type available on any console for the time being. It would be a crime for you to miss out on this excellent game. Even if it’s not your favourite genre of games you’d be doing yourself a major disservice by overlooking this or pigeon holing it as just another first person shooter. Go buy it now, you won’t regret it.