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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. DxFlame
    Feb 17, 2008
    10
    This game should be rated 100/100 or even more because i realy love the game features such as,
    new Car (in ep3 i would like the car fully
    This game should be rated 100/100 or even more because i realy love the game features such as,
    new Car (in ep3 i would like the car fully upgraded), and more to the episode, also the game needs levels released everyday by Valve each day telling a day of hl2 if u know what i mean xD

    Thank You!
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    DxFlame/Xanota
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  3. MattS.
    Oct 14, 2007
    10
    I would have to say this was the most intense Half-Life Experience I have had since I first played the Original Half-Life all those long I would have to say this was the most intense Half-Life Experience I have had since I first played the Original Half-Life all those long years ago. Thank You Valve, For this 6 Hours of Bliss! Expand
  4. ScottH.
    Oct 28, 2007
    10
    Excellent story-telling, game-making, technological achievement in entertainment.
  5. MindCandy
    Oct 17, 2007
    9
    Episode two is, by far, the best episode out of the two. New and old enemies alike are now trying to kill you in every way possible. The AI Episode two is, by far, the best episode out of the two. New and old enemies alike are now trying to kill you in every way possible. The AI is virtually the same as it was in both previous additions to the hl2 series. It was a little on the short side, only taking me about 3 or so hours to complete, but I enjoyed every minute of it. Graphics additions include better blood physics (it actually looks like their bleeding), better large and small particle graphics (buildings literally splinter into rubble). I also noticed some new sounds (I might have just completely missed this in ep1 and hl2) such as reloading the shotgun, some explosions and enemy sounds. All in all, it is a very solid game, and a very satisfying new addition for the half life series. Cant wait for episode 3 (or halflife 3, whichever they decide to call it ) Expand
  6. Jan 11, 2018
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I have to admit. I did not like Half Life 2 or Episode One very much. They both had some good aspects, but they both had a lot of frustrating and/or difficult sections that occurred enough to distort my experience. However, Half Life 2: Episode 2 is a great game. I enjoyed this experience as much as I did Portal 2. It was that great. The beginning is more quiet and focuses on the story, but most of the Episode is just pure action, throwing new enemies into this universe, and providing wide open and bright environments to battle enemies in. The graphics have been updated too, which helps this feel like a new game, which it technically is. The new villains, the Combine Advisors, that take command of the Combine more explicitly in this game, are awesome villains, and much better than Breen in Half Life 2. I always found him to be a bit boring and not that intimidating or clever, and he doesn't say any profound statements like other villains have. But the Advisors are awesome. When you meet your first one, it shows its extremely powerful telekinesis, creating a tornado of wood splinters in the air before booking it. Quite an impressive technical sequence by Valve, I'll add. From then on, it, and its friends are watching you and constantly leading the Combine forces against you. Great villains. Moving on. Kelly Bailey's soundtrack is awesome, Magnusson is a great newish character, and the voice acting from every character is very good. The only sections I disliked were the ending section where you kill heaps of Striders, which is way too hard and annoying. And the part where you kill two Antlion Guards, which is bad for the same reasons. Overall, Half Life 2: Episode 2 is a great game not to be missed. And it makes me want a Half Life 3. Expand
  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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