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  • Summary: Half-Life 2: Episode Two is the second in a trilogy of new games created by Valve that extends the award-winning and best-selling Half-Life adventure. As Dr. Gordon Freeman, you were last seen exiting City 17 with Alyx Vance as the Citadel erupted amidst a storm of unknown proportions. InHalf-Life 2: Episode Two is the second in a trilogy of new games created by Valve that extends the award-winning and best-selling Half-Life adventure. As Dr. Gordon Freeman, you were last seen exiting City 17 with Alyx Vance as the Citadel erupted amidst a storm of unknown proportions. In Episode Two, you must battle and race against Combine forces as you traverse the White Forest to deliver a crucial information packet stolen from the Citadel to an enclave of fellow resistance scientists. Episode Two extends the award-winning Half-Life gameplay with unique weapons, vehicles, and newly-spawned creatures. [Valve] Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 21
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 21
  3. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. 100
    I've selected these examples at near-random to avoid spoiling truly standout showpieces. Episode Two's entire five-hour experience -- vivid, emotionally engaging, and virtually unsurpassed -- is full of them.
  2. 95
    Half Life 2 Episode Two equals Half-Life 2's achievements and in many cases vaults over the high bar which it created. Brimming with great story telling and excellent action it is almost a must play for anybody even remotely interested.
  3. 94
    Any way you look at it, Episode Two stands out, even among the Half-Life series, as something special. It may be shorter than the original, but it's a burly experience packed into roughly six hours or so that offers up all the diversity, level design, and thoughtful gameplay we've known while making sure to propel the story forward and leave us wanting more.
  4. AceGamez
    90
    By staying true to the already exceptional foundation of the series and adding meaningful changes that enhance the player's experience even further, Valve have demonstrated yet again that in this ever-competitive genre they still have the ability to impress and excel.
  5. In fact, though a good bit shorter than the original Half-Life 2, Episode 2 quite possibly rivals it in terms of memorable sequences. These include some lengthy vehicle sections, some stunning scenery, some stand-out plotlines and a good few damned enjoyable fight sequences.
  6. Fine addition to the overall storyline of Gordon Freeman. Fails to stand alone, but I guess that's episodic gaming. Bit on the short side and the weakest link of The Orange Box, but good fun as long as it lasts.
  7. For the first time in its history, Valve has produced other than a superlative product. That's more disorienting than disappointing, as though the sky had suddenly changed color or cats started speaking. I don't dislike Episode Two. I just wish I liked it more.

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  1. BrandonJ
    Jan 21, 2010
    10
    Excellent! the drama between magnus and kliener was fun to watch. the puzzle to killing ratio was about the same as the rest, so its another Excellent! the drama between magnus and kliener was fun to watch. the puzzle to killing ratio was about the same as the rest, so its another masterpiece. although the crush every antlion grub achievement on steam has got to be the hardest one out there. also, someone commented on repetition of game play, well its not like a few weeks are going to change the complete game play just for this one game. And as a last comment i can't believe i predicted the ending withing a few minutes of playing it. Expand
  2. Wildsnail
    Feb 24, 2008
    10
    Awesome! Valve seem unable to do wrong to me. The only game I've played that is better than this is Episode One and, in some areas, Ep Awesome! Valve seem unable to do wrong to me. The only game I've played that is better than this is Episode One and, in some areas, Ep Two improves on it! There has been some attention payed to the linearity of HL2 and Ep One, as this episode does have a bit more freedom in some areas but mostly it's just a continuation of everything I loved about Episode One. And the ending was a tour-de-force. Anyone who plays this must surely be desperate for the third episode. Thanks to Valve for this wonderful series! Expand
  3. MichaelS.
    Oct 14, 2007
    10
    Half life 2 Ep 2 is by far one of the most thought out games in the HL series. It is not only a good story but the story relates to the Half life 2 Ep 2 is by far one of the most thought out games in the HL series. It is not only a good story but the story relates to the player's expeirence. I have gone thought the game and have listened to all the creators comments in the game and I was amazed at how much though that the makers of ep2 put into the game. In my opinion HL2 ep2 surpasses my expectations and turned out to be a Great gaming expierence. Expand
  4. Jun 26, 2021
    10
    Half-Life 2 Episode 2. That's a lot of 2s and to be exact it's two 2s... Weird.
    Episode 2 felt superior to the first episode in almost every
    Half-Life 2 Episode 2. That's a lot of 2s and to be exact it's two 2s... Weird.
    Episode 2 felt superior to the first episode in almost every way. Valve nailing the environments and story once again and the ominous feeling throughout this episode continues until the breathtaking ending. Half-Life 2 Episode 2 was a very fitting entry in the franchsie and putting it alongside portal in the orange box made it even better. I think episode two surpassed some of the design choices in Half-Life 2 and the soundtrack (while leaving you wanting more) is as deep and mesmerizing as always. Episode 2 is more great Half-Life 2 but remember... After playing this entry you will enter a lasting depression until the final episode of Half-Life 2's story occur. Have FUN.
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  5. ChrisF.
    Oct 20, 2007
    9
    Excellent continuation of the story with new challenges not seen in the previous episodes.
  6. Jun 19, 2020
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Imposible encontrarle un punto negativo a este juego, envegecio bien con el paso de los años,tanto en fisicas como en la cara de los personajes que aun me sorprende la de expresiones que tienen para ser un juego de ese año,lastima que no hicieron en capitulo 3 o half life 3 para ver como unian portal y half life
    Esta reseña es cojunta contando los este juego y los dos capitulos como uno unico
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  7. DannyM.
    Oct 26, 2007
    0
    Overpriced, over hyped, too short and is obviously a part of a larger, mythical game, called "half-life 2.5", which is made up of all three Overpriced, over hyped, too short and is obviously a part of a larger, mythical game, called "half-life 2.5", which is made up of all three "episodic" releases. Seriously, $30 for a small expansion with 5 hours game-play is a lot when you think of the price of the original. If they know something, it's how to milk. They're gonna milk this one dry, Valve. Expand

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