I just finished the game, and here are my thoughts. I have to say I was a little disappointed. There was a pretty limited selection of weapons and most of them didn't seem all that powerful. I also noticed the occasional frame skipping and some long loading times, which shouldn't occur on a computer like mine. I have to say the plot of the game made no sense at all. They never explain anything. Who are these Combine guys anyway? Just a bunch of dweebs in funny looking suits for all I could tell. Who are these "benefactors" that Dr. Breen kept going on about? What year does the game take place, and how does the timeline relate to the first Half-Life? I have like a billion questions about the plot, few of which were answered, and the absence of any printed manual was very noticeable, and annoying. And what was up with the ending? Really bizarre. I have to say that another thing that bothers me is that they never explain what happened to Adrian Shephard from Opposing Force. I was also really disappointed that no other aliens appeared in the game as enemies besides the old headcrabs and zombies, and the new antlions. The vortigaunts make an appearance, but they are nothing little the fierce frightening killing machines they were in the first Half-Life, and you never actually fight them. Another thing that annoyed me was how disproportionally difficult some parts of the game were. One minute the game would be really easy, and the next it would be insanely difficult. And am I the only one who noticed there is practically no difference between the difficulty settings? It also annoyed me how my squadmates would get in the way all the time and follow me into tiny rooms and then block the door. I found the grenades to be practically worthless. It's tough to throw them with any accuracy, and there didn’t seem to be a way to time the explosion. It annoyed me that it takes like 20 rockets to shoot down one helicopter. But by FAR the worst of anything, was registering my cd key and trying to get Steam to fucking work. Not to mention the other hundred problems I had installing the game and getting it to work. I won't even go into that. Now, on to the good. First, let me say that there are plenty of things to like about Half-Life 2, and here are some of them. The graphics were overall very good, and well comparable to other such new games as Doom 3 and Far Cry, though there was an ugly or blocky texture here and there. The AI was excellent, and kicks the crap out of any other game I have ever seen. The music was very atmospheric, though the sound effects were only decent. One of the best things I saw though were the character details and facial animations, which were really spectacular. Voice acting was done well, though the dialogue was pretty corny at times. Vehicles were a lot of fun, and operating them was my favorite part of the game. I liked how interactive the game was, and how you could pick up almost anything, and even use it as a weapon (with the gravity gun). I would say the best thing about the game though was the realistic physics engine, which just blew me away. Every object behaved in a realistic way, and always in proportion to it's weight. Amazing. The gravity gun was a blast, and I've never had as much fun as I was when I was hurling sawblades around with it. Despite what I said earlier, I thought the game was fun most of the time. My final score: 9/10
I found the grenades to be practically worthless. It's tough to throw them with any accuracy.
I used a shitload of grenades through the entire game, I dont understand what you mean by lack of accuracy.
It annoyed me that it takes like 20 rockets to shoot down one helicopter.
It takes 6 rocket hits (1 reload) to shoot down the airship-thingies on normal difficulty.
I also noticed the occasional frame skipping and some long loading times, which shouldn't occur on a computer like mine.
I didnt. :p
I have to say the plot of the game made no sense at all. They never explain anything.
I actually appriciated the way the storyline left me with room to speculate myself. I dont like sci-fi explained to death to prove its worth.
all sed and done doom 3 still owns hl 2 as far atmosphere and thrills are concerned
hey cyber raptor you say the loading times are high and there are some skips and that shouldnt hapen on a PC like yours. what are your system specs?
'[+Glasius+']I used a shitload of grenades through the entire game, I dont understand what you mean by lack of accuracy. It takes 6 rocket hits (1 reload) to shoot down the airship-thingies on normal difficulty. I actually appriciated the way the storyline left me with room to speculate myself. I dont like sci-fi explained to death to prove its worth.
The grenades are only good for taking out turrets and zombies. The Combine soldiers almost never get caught by them. I mean they are difficult to use in that there is no way to cook them off or even an effective means for controlling how far you throw it. Basically there is a long throw and short throw. A good system for using grenades should allow the player to control how far the grenade is thrown by holding down the button for a certain period of time. As for taking down helicopters with rockets, I was exaggerating a bit, but it does take quite a few. Don't try to tell me I'm just bad at the game either because I played through the entire thing on difficult and beat it within just a couple days. My system specs are: AMD Athlon 64 3600+ 2.30 GHz, 512mb DDR RAM, ATI Radeon 9800 Pro. I shouldn't need a better computer than that. Although I admit it performed better than Doom 3 did.
ItsindaGameall sed and done doom 3 still owns hl 2 as far atmosphere and thrills are concerned
True that, but Half-Life 2's physics engine and AI pwned Doom 3.
I think you are a little unforgiving with all of your negative points about the game, your comments on the plot are most definately opinionated, i like being kept interesting in something because you don't know much about it.
The grenades were fine for me, i hit plenty of combine soldiers, maybe you need to play some more?
I took 4-6 rockets to take down an alien aircraft, but that didn't bother me, was a good challenge to be honest, 1 or 2 rockets would be to easy and predictable.
The squad mates could get in the way yes, but at least the move when you need to get past (and apologise!).
I had frame skipping from time to time to, particulary around loading times. I agree with you on that.
The weapon choice was enough for me, i didn't feel the need for any other weapon to be brought in, although i did hate using the Combine machine gun thing.. I wanted to use the Ant lion bate some more to..but i didn't, it was great fun using it though! They also left at the M-29 machine gun out the game to.
The enemies were various enough for me, that's all i need to say..
Its M-249 Saw, not "M-29"
HI CYBER RAPTOR, YOU SAY. "My system specs are: AMD Athlon 64 3600+ 2.30 GHz, 512mb DDR RAM, ATI Radeon 9800 Pro. I shouldn't need a better computer than that. Although I admit it performed better than Doom 3 did.[/QUOTE]" very good specs, But please splurge a bit and get another 512 RAM. it will improve performance dramatically. I run Athlon 64 3400+ and 1G RAM and it runs great.
Perhaps I should practice with the grenades a bit more. Yeah, I was a little unforgiving in my review, but after all my years of playing the first Half-Life, I had some pretty high standards. But overall, I really enjoyed the game. I just like to be nitpicky about stuff. Maybe I should get another 512 RAM. I've been seriously considering it. People tell me it would help a lot. My processor sure gets the job done though. It's not as if I didn't like the game. I just think they could have done a little better.