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  • Summary: [Metacritic's 2004 PC Game of the Year] By taking the suspense, challenge and visceral charge of the original, and adding startling new realism and responsiveness, Half-Life 2 opens the door to a world where the player's presence affects everything around him, from the physical environment[Metacritic's 2004 PC Game of the Year] By taking the suspense, challenge and visceral charge of the original, and adding startling new realism and responsiveness, Half-Life 2 opens the door to a world where the player's presence affects everything around him, from the physical environment to the behaviors -- even the emotions -- of both friends and enemies. The player again picks up the crowbar of research scientist Gordon Freeman, who finds himself on an alien-infested Earth being picked to the bone, its resources depleted, its populace dwindling. Freeman is thrust into the unenviable role of rescuing the world from the wrong he unleashed back at Black Mesa. And a lot of people -- people he cares about -- are counting on him. [Vivendi Universal] Expand
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  1. Positive: 81 out of 81
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 81
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  1. Where it goes beyond a typical first person shooter is in its story telling. The graphics engine is so realistic that you feel like you are participating in a movie. The character's facial animation is incredible. It's done so well, you can get a sense of how the characters are feeling.
  2. 100
    Half-Life 2 has astonished us from start to finish. Valve has done to the FPS genre what restaurants in Chinatown do to ducks; shredded it, smothered it in a delicious sauce of their own devising, and served it up in a way which you simply couldn't have imagined when looking at them in the pond.
  3. 100
    Nothing less than a revolution in the gaming industry that will keep gamers busy for years to come, just as the original did.
  4. It's a beautiful game with fantastic design and writing that's a little short but delivers boatloads of action in what time you do end up playing.
  5. 95
    An ephemeral and controversial ending, along with the few issues described above, means that for me, Half-Life 2, while a compelling and highly enjoyable game, falls short of the size of impact that the first title had on the gaming world.
  6. With tasty graphics and gameplay that is sheer madness, Half-life 2 is sweeter than a chocolate-and-honey lollipop coated with sugar, and it provides twice the rush.
  7. netjak
    85
    I think this is probably the worst teammate AI I've seen in an FPS since "Daikatana." It's like every one of your followers are the Redshirt sidekicks from "Star Munchkin."

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  1. J4Y123
    Jun 3, 2006
    10
    I would rate it 20/10 if i could, the only problem with the game was "Steam." When i bought the game i was so Pis**d Off because i could not I would rate it 20/10 if i could, the only problem with the game was "Steam." When i bought the game i was so Pis**d Off because i could not play it because i did not have the internet at the time so i installed it on someone else's computer to play it, later to find out they didn't have a good enough graphics card so that didn't help. Then eventually i got the internet and the i still couldnt play it because the disc was already registered to another comp. and user >:( in order for me to play it i had to send it away to get checked etc.. and i just really couldn't be bothered. So i went out and bought it for the Xbox to find out that it was the best game i had ever played :) so i had to get it for the pc because i was soon to be selling my xbox so i could get an Xbox 360 and this is one game i have to have. So once i bought it AGAIN for the pc if ound out it was even better than the xbox version, the graphics and lightig was practically twice as good and the physics engine etc. Expand
  2. BenF
    Apr 20, 2010
    10
    This game is FPS at its best! No matter how many times you play it, youll either crap your pants or have your mind explode out of the sheer This game is FPS at its best! No matter how many times you play it, youll either crap your pants or have your mind explode out of the sheer awesomeness of this game!! Incredible puzzles, Frightful and disgusting enemies, superb dialogue, and best of all a gun like no other that allows you to turn every day items to super destructive items of terror!!! I dont care if you're the world's greatest gamer, if you havnt played this game...you havnt lived yet. Expand
  3. LukeM.
    Aug 19, 2007
    10
    Best Game Ever!!!!
  4. Sep 12, 2021
    10
    My favorite game, I just love it, for the time its graphics are phenomenal and until now they continue to impress me, its physics engine notMy favorite game, I just love it, for the time its graphics are phenomenal and until now they continue to impress me, its physics engine not to mention, the havok is still excellent today, if you did not play it what are you waiting for, it surpasses the original Half - Life 1, just great and its final boss surpasses that of 1 Expand
  5. May 20, 2021
    10
    The Sequel to the award winning game was released 6 years after the original and how it played? Did it offer anything new?
    Well, boys and
    The Sequel to the award winning game was released 6 years after the original and how it played? Did it offer anything new?
    Well, boys and girls i have to announce that Half-Life 2 surpassed everyone's expectations. Just like the original Half-Life 2 blew everyone's mind back in 2004 and revolutionized PC gaming once more . I think experiences like Half-Life 2 are the type that we need more these days, games that have many genres and themes and present new and innovative ideas and concepts, games that take full advantage of a creative force behind them, seriously Half-Life 2 innovated like no other game.
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  6. Apr 10, 2022
    9
    Great innovation from the first game - everything is better and you quite understand why the game is taken as a classic and everyone wants aGreat innovation from the first game - everything is better and you quite understand why the game is taken as a classic and everyone wants a sequel. The story is great and the gameplay is awesome!

    The map design hasn't aged well - I'd be glad if NPCs gave you direction sometimes, some parts of it aren't really clear of where you need to go/what you need to do.

    Also, the game NEVER stops. You'll always be shooting stuff or doing something. Take some good pauses while playing it.
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  7. EvanT.
    Jun 14, 2006
    0
    The worst game ever it is all fake and the guns are crap. do not get this game!

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