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  • Summary: Half-Life 2: Episode One is an all-new episode created by Valve that extends the Half-Life 2 single player adventure. The player reprises his role of Dr. Gordon Freeman, who must immediately face the repercussions of his actions in City 17 and the Citadel. Freeman reconnects with Alyx VanceHalf-Life 2: Episode One is an all-new episode created by Valve that extends the Half-Life 2 single player adventure. The player reprises his role of Dr. Gordon Freeman, who must immediately face the repercussions of his actions in City 17 and the Citadel. Freeman reconnects with Alyx Vance and her robot, Dog, as they continue their support of the resistance's battle against the Combine forces. [Valve] Expand
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  1. Positive: 58 out of 61
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  1. Half-Life 2: Episode One demonstrates how games ought to be made, forged by dedication, imagination and risk-taking. It's an outstanding, stirring experience.
  2. Valve really has done a great job showing people that episodic content doesn't have to be such a bad thing and can give the developers a chance to implement changes to the code as hardware becomes more and more powerful with time. The game is absolutely worth playing through and should not be overlooked in any case.
  3. 90
    Delivers exactly what you'd expect from a Half-Life expansion: it returns to the intriguing setting of City 17, delivers lots of tight action sequences and well-crafted puzzles, and is arguably the best-looking shooter out today.
  4. 89
    One of Valve’s smartest decisions in Episode One was to not have a timer or countdown. Not only does this make the game less frustrating, but it allows players to explore the still gorgeous environment of the game.
  5. Episode One is a memorable romp through the Half-Life universe, with gameplay that's even more satisfying than that of "Half-Life 2." The only downside is that, due to its episodic nature, it's over far too soon.
  6. 85
    If you were hoping that Episode One would shed more light on Half-Life 2's cryptic storyline, keep on dreaming. Taking a cue from "Lost," Episode One dances around key plot mysteries while giving very little in the way of new information.
  7. Episode 1 is strictly for the fans. Anyone hoping that this expansion would explore some new gameplay elements or even improve on the old ones is up for a disappointment. It's good stuff—hey, it's Half-Life!—but it's the same stuff.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 58 out of 586
  1. RichardR.
    Jun 9, 2006
    10
    Great game, very exciting. I loved the Zombines!
  2. AmitK.
    Oct 24, 2006
    10
    Episode One is a fantastic game. Gamers have improved the game to a much greater extent, including AI, Visual Graphics and gameplay. It Episode One is a fantastic game. Gamers have improved the game to a much greater extent, including AI, Visual Graphics and gameplay. It deserves better. Expand
  3. ds
    Dec 6, 2009
    10
    Half-Life, Half-Life 2...quite possibly the best FPS games ever created. Episode One, is just more of the same fantastic game. Plus the added Half-Life, Half-Life 2...quite possibly the best FPS games ever created. Episode One, is just more of the same fantastic game. Plus the added bonus of playing along side Alyx with superb AI. And added bad humor :p Expand
  4. RichV.
    Aug 26, 2006
    9
    it was a very good game and i really enjoyed it, and i cant wait to see ep2, and Alex Vance is Hwat.
  5. Nov 30, 2017
    8
    I liked it more than Half-Life 2. It felt more focused, without any tedious and unnecessary gameplay moments. I also found the graphicsI liked it more than Half-Life 2. It felt more focused, without any tedious and unnecessary gameplay moments. I also found the graphics considerably better. The negative side is the game is even more linear, stuffed with scripted scenes. At the end, I think this is a more polished game than the original, although pretty short.

    PS: Alyx is hot
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  6. Aug 12, 2017
    7
    This wasn't too well received by fans, mainly due to its length and the fact that it's all setup and no payoff. The concept of episodic gamingThis wasn't too well received by fans, mainly due to its length and the fact that it's all setup and no payoff. The concept of episodic gaming was pretty new at the time. The low price now, and the fact that you can play Episode Two right after if you like, means these aren’t big problems. As I said, it’s not bad, but it’s also not great. Maybe it’s just because I’m comparing it to the legendary Half-Life 2, but something is lacking.

    On the surface at least, there’s very little that's new here. Most levels feel like they might have been abandoned during HL2’s development, and then adjusted slightly for this Episode (though I’m not saying that’s actually the case). No new locations, just new areas of locations we’ve already been in. No new weapons. There’s hardly even any new assets. There’s one new enemy... But, that’s it.

    This episode has a focus on Alyx, her character development, and teamwork with her. They succeeded at that, and her AI is a lot better than the normal friendly NPCs. Or at the very least, she isn’t a burden. Since she’s such a great character, it’s a welcome change to go through game alongside her. It also took a darker tone (and darker levels in the literal sense) than HL2, which was originally supposed to be a darker game, and they were probably trying to explore that a little with this episode. So there are new things here, there’s just not a lot of substance to it.

    Still, its 3-4 hours of your time, and it leads into the fantastic Episode Two. It's a perfectly adequate game, it's just not a very adequate follow-up to Half-Life 2.
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  7. BellinoP.
    Jun 2, 2006
    0
    Way to little content for Way too much Money. Don't fall for this rip off like I did.

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